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New ICSID claims against Turkey, Guatemala and Algeria

New ICSID claims against Turkey, Guatemala and Algeria

15 December 2018

A US company has filed a claim against Turkey at ICSID over the seizure of uranium mines earlier this year, while Guatemala and Algeria also face new claims at the centre.

Research into European arbitration kicks off – in Egypt

Research into European arbitration kicks off – in Egypt

14 December 2018

A £1 million, five-year research project into the social and psychological underpinnings of commercial arbitration in Europe, which researchers believe is the biggest empirical research project yet to be undertaken in the field, has kicked off – unexpectedly with a series of interviews in Egypt.

ArbitralWomen president made partner at Sidley

ArbitralWomen president made partner at Sidley

14 December 2018

ArbitralWomen’s president Dana MacGrath has been promoted from counsel to partner at Sidley Austin in New York.

Jones Day promotes in Frankfurt

Jones Day promotes in Frankfurt

14 December 2018

Jones Day has promoted of counsel Anna Masser, who has led the under 40 groups of two arbitral institutions, to the partnership in Frankfurt.

Quinn Emanuel promotes Korea specialist

Quinn Emanuel promotes Korea specialist

13 December 2018

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has promoted a practitioner with expertise in South Korean disputes to partner in Hong Kong.

Naftogaz turns to US courts in battle with Gazprom

Naftogaz turns to US courts in battle with Gazprom

13 December 2018

Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz has asked the US courts for help in obtaining information about Gazprom’s European assets in connection with its efforts to enforce a US$2.56 billion SCC award.

LCIA award enforced in Ukraine despite “collusion” claim

LCIA award enforced in Ukraine despite “collusion” claim

13 December 2018

The Kiev Court of Appeal has ruled that an LCIA award against a subsidiary of Ukraine’s Naftogaz should be enforced even though local anti-corruption and competition authorities believe the underlying contract was procured unlawfully.

Venezuela fails to annul bottlemaker's award

Venezuela fails to annul bottlemaker's award

12 December 2018

An ICSID committee has upheld a bottlemaking company's US$485 million award against Venezuela – rejecting arguments that arbitrator Alexis Mourre had a conflict of interests because of short-lived plans to do consulting work for Dechert.

Jay-Z drops bid to stay AAA case for lack of diversity

Jay-Z drops bid to stay AAA case for lack of diversity

12 December 2018

US rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z has withdrawn a request for a temporary stay of a US$200 million American Arbitration Association proceeding, saying the institution has agreed to work with him to address his concerns about lack of diversity among its arbitrators.

Arbitrators convicted in Qatar

Arbitrators convicted in Qatar

12 December 2018

Three prominent arbitrators have been criminally convicted by a court in Qatar and are being pursued for US$250 million in damages in connection with their role on a tribunal that issued an award against a relative of the Qatari royal family.