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International Arbitration

  • June 21, 2018

    Japan, S. Korea Poised For WTO Clash Over Steel Duties

    The Japanese government has brought a World Trade Organization case challenging South Korea’s decision to maintain anti-dumping duties on its stainless steel bars, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    WTA Says Romanian Tennis Star Must Arbitrate Dispute

    Romanian billionaire and former tennis star Ion Tiriac has sued the CEO of the Women's Tennis Association following a dispute stemming in part from Tiriac's alleged aversion to offering equal prize money to both sexes, but the feud belongs in arbitration, a New York lawsuit alleged on Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Oman Sues US Mining Co. Owner Over Unpaid $5.6M Award

    Oman sued a U.S. mining company owner in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging he has failed to pay any part of a $5.6 million arbitration award issued against him by an International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal in a dispute over mining leases.

  • June 21, 2018

    Venezuela Must Pay $101.6M Award, Food Products Co. Says

    Vestey Group Ltd. enlisted the help of a D.C. federal court to enforce a $101.6 million award against Venezuela that was issued after the cash-strapped South American nation wrested control of the British food products company's nearly 100-year-old cattle ranching operation in the country.

  • June 21, 2018

    Pakistan Must Pay $846M Award, Turkish Energy Co. Says

    A Turkish energy company asked a D.C. federal judge to confirm a nearly $846 million arbitration award issued after Pakistan detained several of the firm’s vessels, among other alleged misdeeds, saying the country must pay up now that an order staying enforcement of the award is over.

  • June 20, 2018

    $22M Arbitral Award In Panama Canal Row Upheld

    A Florida federal judge refused to vacate a more than $22 million arbitral award against a Panama Canal contractor after ruling that the bid by the designer and builder of a set of locks on the waterway to toss the award came too late.

  • June 20, 2018

    Slovenia To Sue Croatia Over Disputed Border Ruling

    Slovenia will bring Croatia to Europe's highest court for refusing to implement an arbitral award issued last year to resolve a territorial and maritime dispute that arose after the two Balkan nations declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

  • June 20, 2018

    Software Co. Wants Award Revisited In LG Licensing Fight

    A Portuguese company asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to vacate part of an arbitration award it won in a dispute claiming LG Electronics Inc. owes up to $50.9 million under a licensing agreement for cellphone navigation software, saying the tribunal did not award proper compensation despite finding breaches of the pact.

  • June 20, 2018

    Gazprom's English Assets Frozen As $2.6B Award Row Rages

    An English court has frozen assets belonging to Russia's Gazprom as Ukraine's national oil and gas company looks to enforce a $2.6 billion arbitral award against the natural gas giant, a move that comes less than a week after a Swedish court suspended the Ukrainian company's enforcement efforts, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • June 20, 2018

    EU To Hit US With Retaliatory Tariffs On Friday

    The European Union on Friday plans to implement retaliatory tariffs on €2.8 billion ($3.2 billion) worth of U.S. products in retaliation for the Trump administration recently slapping double-digit tariffs on aluminum and steel products entering the United States from the continent’s economic bloc, it announced Wednesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Nutraceutical Co. Must Pay $5.4M Chinese Award, Court Says

    A California federal judge on Monday confirmed an approximately $5.4 million arbitral award issued to two individuals following a dispute with a nutraceutical company over shares in a Chinese biotechnology firm, rejecting the company's arguments that it had not signed the applicable agreement.

  • June 19, 2018

    Spain Ordered To Pay €112M Over Renewable Energy Reforms

    Spain must pay more than €112 million to units of the European private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners for revoking certain economic incentives for renewable energy producers, marking another loss in arbitration for the country over the measures, a source with knowledge of the award told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Orrick Snags Energy Disputes Partner From Vinson & Elkins

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has nabbed a former Vinson & Elkins LLP international arbitration partner with expertise in the energy sector to work in its London office as part of the continued growth of its European practice group, Orrick announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Satellite Operator Blasts 'Baseless' Challenge To $1M Award

    A Bermuda-based satellite operator urged a New York federal judge Monday to confirm a $1 million arbitral award stemming from a soured transaction, accusing a Korean satellite communications provider of doing everything in its power to get out of paying up.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 19, 2018

    UK Court Says BNY Mellon Can Freeze $23B In Kazakh Assets

    A London appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling allowing Bank of New York Mellon Corp. to freeze $22.6 billion of assets in Kazakhstan’s oil fund as part of a dispute over the country’s refusal to pay a $506.7 million arbitration award granted to a Moldovan investor.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Iron Cos.' Action Over $48M Award Survives Dismissal Bid

    A New York federal judge declined to ax litigation seeking to enforce an over $48 million arbitral award secured by Brazilian iron companies, saying the alleged successors of steel company Steel Base Trade AG failed to show that they shouldn’t be held liable for the award or that it shouldn’t be recognized.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • The State Of Creditor Recovery Efforts In Venezuela: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    The next several weeks may shed a great deal of light on how vulnerable Venezuela and its state-owned oil company PDVSA are to creditor collection efforts. Bondholders should also closely monitor developments in the U.S. bribery suit brought by the PDVSA U.S. Litigation Trust, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Defining Female Athletes: IAAF Gets It Wrong Again

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Association of Athletics Federations recently released new rules for "athletes with differences of sex development," and there is ample basis to attack them as unjustified measures that discriminate against women based on natural characteristics, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.