California Opens The Door To International Arbitration

By Sarah Reynolds, Soledad O'Donnell and Hannah Banks (August 15, 2018, 1:42 PM EDT) -- On July 18, 2018, California passed a new law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the California bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. SB 766, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown after being passed by the state assembly on July 9, 2018, is part of the state's effort to increase its visibility as a center for international arbitration.

Prior to the passage of SB 766, foreign lawyers were required to engage local co-counsel to appear in international arbitrations seated in the stat,e because of uncertainty created by a 1998 California...

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