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Von Wobeser partner leaves to found boutique

Von Wobeser partner leaves to found boutique

14 June 2019

Marco Tulio Venegas, the founding partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra’s litigation and arbitration department, is leaving the Mexican firm after 25 years to establish a disputes boutique.

Kenyan state entity beats bulk of LCIA claim

Kenyan state entity beats bulk of LCIA claim

14 June 2019

A Kenyan state-owned entity has reportedly defeated the bulk of a US$26 million LCIA claim brought by a UK energy company over debts owed for drilling geothermal wells.

Linklaters hires Dutch practice head from NautaDutilh

Linklaters hires Dutch practice head from NautaDutilh

14 June 2019

Prominent Dutch practitioner Gerard Meijer has joined Linklaters to lead its arbitration practice in Amsterdam.

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

13 June 2019

Last year’s GAR Live Istanbul closed with a mock cross-examination session intended to contrast the common law and civil law approaches to witness questioning.

Slovenia may face claim over “fracking” permit

Slovenia may face claim over “fracking” permit

13 June 2019

UPDATED: A UK oil and gas company has threatened to bring an arbitration against Slovenia if it refuses to issue an environmental permit for works to boost productivity at two natural gas wells amid public concerns about fracking.

Dentons targets client’s Congo award in fee dispute

Dentons targets client’s Congo award in fee dispute

13 June 2019

Dentons and the global head of its international arbitration group have asked a court in Delaware for permission to recover unpaid fees from a client by forcing the sale of a US$96 million ICC award that the law firm helped it obtain in a dispute with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dutch firm hires team from Simmons & Simmons

Dutch firm hires team from Simmons & Simmons

13 June 2019

Rogier Schellaars has left the partnership at Simmons & Simmons to co-head the arbitration practice at Dutch firm Van Doorne where he will be joined by a team of associates – while his old firm has added a consultant in Hong Kong.

Settlement of Libya claim overturned after fraud finding

Settlement of Libya claim overturned after fraud finding

13 June 2019

An UNCITRAL tribunal has overturned a US$120 million consent award that brought an end to a treaty claim against Libya after finding that the German claimant had taken advantage of the political turmoil in the country to procure the settlement through fraud.

Russia fails to suspend enforcement of Crimea award

Russia fails to suspend enforcement of Crimea award

12 June 2019

The Hague Court of Appeal has rejected an application by Russia to suspend enforcement of a US$159 million award compensating Ukrainian investors for expropriated real estate in Crimea – finding the state had not shown that its bid to set aside the award had a high probability of success.

Australian investor launches ECT claim against Georgia

Australian investor launches ECT claim against Georgia

12 June 2019

An Australian energy company has launched a US$24 million Energy Charter Treaty claim against Georgia, alleging the state wrongfully terminated a contract for an oil and gas block.