Work Area: Arbitration

Canadian oil investor takes Tunisia to ICSID

A Canadian energy company has lodged an ICSID claim against Tunisia relating to oil concessions in the country.

06 June 2023

Van Bael & Bellis practice head to join Lalive

Nicholas Lawn is leaving Brussels-based firm Van Bael & Bellis, where he was head of international arbitration, to join the partnership at Lalive in London.

06 June 2023

An “earthquake” for distribution law in Belgium

Belgium’s supreme court has overturned decades of precedent to hold that disputes over the termination of exclusive distribution agreements are arbitrable even when governed by a foreign law – a ruling one commentator has called an “earthquake” for Belgian commercial distribution law.

05 June 2023

Argentine arbitrator survives challenge over Venezuela appointments

A UK election technology company has failed to disqualify Argentina’s Raúl Vinuesa from hearing its US$1.5 billion ICSID claim against Venezuela over his repeat appointments by the state.

02 June 2023

Third toll-road claim against Lima underway

A panel is in place at the Permanent Court of Arbitration to hear the third arbitration filed by an Odebrecht-linked consortium against the Peruvian municipality of Lima in a long-running dispute over the termination of a toll-road concession.

02 June 2023

Honduras threatens to withdraw from ICSID

Honduras has threatened to withdraw from ICSID, alleging the centre has breached “law and procedure” in its administration of a US$11 billion treaty claim.

01 June 2023

Libyan refinery award upheld in Paris

The Paris Court of Appeal has upheld an ICC award in favour of Libya’s national oil company, rejecting arguments that tribunal chair Hilary Heilbron KC lacked impartiality because another barrister at her London chambers acted as counsel to Libya in a separate case.

31 May 2023

Freezing order lifted in Adidas footwear feud

A New York court has lifted an attachment over assets held by rapper Kanye West and his Yeezy shoe brand, obtained by Adidas pending JAMS proceedings the sportswear group filed after it ended their partnership following his antisemitic and racist rants.

30 May 2023

Mauritius seals win in treaty dispute with dual national

A French-Mauritian businessman whose US$1 billion investment treaty claim against Mauritius was dismissed five years ago because of his dual nationality has lost a final bid to challenge the decision in the Belgian courts.

29 May 2023

Spanish wind farm award survives challenge over virtual hearing

A French court has upheld an ICC award issued in favour of a Saudi energy company over its collapsed deal to buy Spanish wind farms, finding that the tribunal did not violate procedure by conducting a hearing virtually during the pandemic.

29 May 2023

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