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International Arbitration

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Boutique Firm Gains 2 New Hires In Miami

    Mark Migdal & Hayden has grown its bench with the addition of a former Berger Singerman LLP partner and a former Genovese Joblove & Battista PA associate who bring experience handling real estate matters and bankruptcy proceedings and representing clients in the fields of franchise law and international arbitration.

  • November 15, 2018

    $150M Ch. 7 Deal To Free Ampal From Egypt Gas Row OK'd

    Ampal-American Israel Corp. received permission Thursday from a New York bankruptcy judge to enter into a deal that will allow the company to exit arbitration hearings involving Egypt and two state-owned oil and gas companies and give a boost of about $150 million to the company’s Chapter 7 estate.

  • November 15, 2018

    Danish Energy Co. Wins €11M Following Dispute With Spain

    Danish renewable energy firm Athena Investments A/S said Wednesday that an international tribunal has awarded it €11 million ($12.47 million) in a dispute with Spain over the revocation of certain renewable energy subsidies, marking another loss for the country in a slew of similar cases.

  • November 15, 2018

    Dutch Court To Mull Fraud Claims In Kazakh $500M Row

    A Dutch court has agreed to consider allegations that a more than $500 million arbitral award issued against Kazakhstan to two Moldovan oil and gas investors is tainted by fraud, the Central Asian nation told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday in its appeal challenging ongoing U.S. enforcement efforts.

  • November 15, 2018

    Panama Canal Contractor Can't Escape $22M Payment

    A Florida federal judge has refused to let a Panama Canal contractor dodge a final judgment upholding a more than $22 million arbitral award against it, rejecting the contractor’s claims that the award was already satisfied.

  • November 15, 2018

    Taiwanese Weightlifter Hit With 8-Year Doping Ban

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday it had imposed an eight-year ban on a Taiwanese weightlifter and former world record-holder for violating anti-doping regulations.

  • November 14, 2018

    Saudi Heirs Fight Chevron's Bid To Nix $18M Arbitral Award

    The heirs of two Saudi sheikhs urged a California federal court Tuesday not to toss their suit to confirm an $18 billion arbitral award against Chevron over an oil field development agreement, arguing the oil giant's claims the arbitration was a "sham" are part of its efforts to discredit everyone involved.

  • November 14, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Gómez-Acebo Arbitration Atty In Spain

    DLA Piper has nabbed a partner from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo to serve as the head of its litigation and arbitration team in Spain, bringing his experience in guiding financial institutions and other clients through civil and criminal litigation, international arbitration, and administrative actions.

  • November 14, 2018

    Carpatsky Gets Win In Ukranian Co.'s Contract Breach Suit

    A Texas federal judge has granted a win to Carpatsky Petroleum Corp. in a long-running dispute initiated by a Ukrainian oil company over a soured oil and gas development deal, ruling that a $147 million arbitral award issued in the U.S.-based company’s favor precludes the Ukrainian company’s claims.

  • November 14, 2018

    Kazakh Assets Can Be Seized To Enforce $500M Award

    A D.C. federal judge has allowed two Moldovan oil and gas investors to begin pinning down assets to enforce an approximately $500 million arbitral award issued against Kazakhstan despite a pending appeal, denying the Central Asian nation's bid to pause the proceeding without posting a bond first.

  • November 14, 2018

    China Panel Backs Trump's Confrontations With Beijing

    An influential China watchdog commission gave high marks to the Trump administration on Wednesday for taking more aggressive steps to counter China on trade where past diplomatic efforts have failed and floated new ideas for the White House to keep pressure on Beijing.

  • November 13, 2018

    Contractor Denied Win In Row With Afghan Ex-JV Partner

    A Tennessee federal court judge on Tuesday denied an American man’s bid for a quick win in a breach of contract suit brought against him by an Afghan national with whom he partnered on a joint venture in Afghanistan, saying there was insufficient proof the contract at issue was superseded by another agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Energy Co.'s Suit Over $50M Moldova Award Taken Off Hold

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday unpaused a Ukrainian energy company's lawsuit seeking to confirm an approximately $50 million arbitral award against the Republic of Moldova, concluding that the award is enforceable despite related ongoing annulment proceedings in France.

  • November 13, 2018

    Romania Sees Energy Co.'s $450M Contract Claim Nixed

    An international tribunal has rejected Swiss energy company Alpiq AG's $450 million claim against Romania, ruling that the country did not violate its international obligations by canceling long-term energy delivery contracts involving Alpiq subsidiaries and the state-owned power producer Hidroelectrica SA.

  • November 13, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Rethink GE Unit's Arbitration Bid In $45M Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has declined to reconsider its decision that an Alabama steel plant owner doesn’t have to arbitrate its $45 million dispute with a French unit of General Electric Co. over allegedly faulty motors because there’s no written arbitration agreement between the parties.

  • November 13, 2018

    Japan Cries Foul On S. Korean Shipbuilding Support At WTO

    The Japanese government has filed a new World Trade Organization case against South Korea, asserting that Seoul has been illegally propping up its shipbuilding sector with subsidies and other financial support, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

  • November 9, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a pair of disputes involving asset manager CGrowth, another suit from private equity-linked firms taking on parties linked to Thailand's KPN Group and Kodak bring a competition case against Goldman, Glencore and others the film giant has accused of manipulating aluminum prices in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 9, 2018

    Vantage Pushes Back On Petrobras Expert In $622M Battle

    Vantage Deepwater Co. continues to push a Texas federal court to strike the declaration of an expert Petrobras relied on to support its bid to vacate a $622 million award, claiming the testimony is unreliable and that a second declaration does not remedy the issues.

  • November 9, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Seeks OK For New Investor After Deal Sinks

    The parent company of American electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has filed suit in California federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award affirming its right to find alternative financing after a Hong Kong-based investor shirked its obligation to make a payment partway into a $2 billion agreement.

  • November 9, 2018

    Pillsbury Snags Dorsey & Whitney Partner With China Focus

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has nabbed a Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner to bolster its litigation offerings, furthering the firm’s global disputes prowess and expanding its presence in Asia with his background in representing Chinese and U.S. clients.

Expert Analysis

  • Hong Kong Rules Foster Collective, Opt-In Class Arbitration

    Gilbert Samberg

    Effective Nov. 1, 2018, new rules from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center provide noteworthy institutional means, without the consent of all parties, for joinder of parties and consolidation of proceedings so as to effectuate collective or opt-in class arbitration proceedings, says Gilbert Samberg of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • When International Arbitration Becomes Domestic

    Claudia Salomon

    Many global companies prefer to enter into contracts with foreign counterparties through a locally incorporated affiliate. This approach might help streamline business relationships and confer certain tax advantages, but the validity of the arbitration clauses in such contracts rarely has been tested, say Claudia Salomon and Irina Sivachenko of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Section 1782 Appeals Receive Stricter Scrutiny In SDNY

    Jonathan Tompkins

    To benefit from U.S.-style discovery in foreign proceedings, litigants have increasingly turned to 28 USC Section 1782. Federal courts, which impose a stringent test for personal jurisdiction, have been more lax in analyzing the statute's residency element, but four recent cases in the Southern District of New York buck this trend, says Jonathan Tompkins of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • With Conflicting Paths On FAA, High Court Likely To Take Both

    Scott Oswald

    Fierce brainpower was on show Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices seemed likely to deliver a business-friendly outcome in two separate cases under the Federal Arbitration Act — even though this would require treating the FAA’s blind enforcement of arbitration agreements as sacrosanct in one instance while undermining it in another, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.