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White & Case builds Lat-Am and lusuphone capability in Houston

White & Case builds Lat-Am and lusuphone capability in Houston

17 August 2018

White & Case has added a Portuguese and Spanish-speaking lawyer to its new office in Houston to expand its international arbitration capability in Latin America and lusuphone countries.

Saudi prince faces jails for seeking to avoid London award

Saudi prince faces jails for seeking to avoid London award

17 August 2018

A Saudi prince ordered to pay nearly US$530 million to Kuwaiti-listed mobile operator Zain in an LCIA arbitration award faces jail in the UK for flouting English contempt laws by failing to halt legal proceedings he brought in Riyadh in relation to the same dispute.

French defence company seeks to stay and compel cases

French defence company seeks to stay and compel cases

17 August 2018

French defence company Safran and its German unit have asked a New York court to stay an ICC arbitration filed against them in the city, while compelling an ad hoc arbitration that began in Paris weeks before – both concerning a dispute under a 15 year-old technology licence and know-how agreement.

Brower’s former clerk joins King & Spalding

Brower’s former clerk joins King & Spalding

16 August 2018

UPDATED. A former law clerk for “the world’s busiest arbitrator” Charles Brower and legal adviser to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal has joined King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice as counsel in Washington, DC, after five years at White & Case.

Freezing order in favour of Angola’s sovereign wealth fund is lifted in London

Freezing order in favour of Angola’s sovereign wealth fund is lifted in London

16 August 2018

UPDATED. A US$3 billion worldwide freezing order obtained by Angola’s sovereign wealth fund in support of claims of a dishonest conspiracy involving the son of the former president has been lifted, with the Commercial Court in London ruling that many of the claims belong in arbitration in Angola, Portugal or Mauritius, not litigation in England.

CIETAC opens in Vancouver

CIETAC opens in Vancouver

16 August 2018

China’s largest arbitration provider, CIETAC, has opened a North American branch in the Canadian city of Vancouver – its first outside China.

GAR Live Hong Kong Lookback: Asia’s overlapping investment treaties, chaos or cohesion?

GAR Live Hong Kong Lookback: Asia’s overlapping investment treaties, chaos or cohesion?

15 August 2018

Asia is curious in treaty terms in that any pair of Asian states can be bound by multiple competing pacts. And often those treaties will overlap and even contradict. How has this “noodle soup” of treaties occurred, and what does it mean in practical terms?

Bolivia faces claim from Spanish banking group

Bolivia faces claim from Spanish banking group

15 August 2018

Bolivia is facing its first new claim at ICSID in years, brought by Spanish banking group BBVA over the transfer of management of pensions, while the issuance of an award in another investment case against the state has been put in doubt by the serious illness of an arbitrator.

Zuleta challenged by Spain in ECT case

Zuleta challenged by Spain in ECT case

15 August 2018

Spain has sought to disqualify Colombian arbitrator Eduardo Zuleta from presiding over one of many Energy Charter Treaty cases it faces over reforms to renewable energy subsidies, pointing to the recent award in a similar case he chaired against the state.

LMAA president shares insights

LMAA president shares insights

15 August 2018

In an interview that first appeared in Marine Strategy, Ian Gaunt, president of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, talks about the work of the world’s leading body specialised in commercial maritime dispute resolution.