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International Arbitration

  • 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.

  • June 18, 2018

    EU's Russia Sanctions Over Crimea Extended By A Year

    The European Union will continue to impose sanctions on Russia over its 2014 military incursion and subsequent annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, announcing Monday that imports from, investments in and tourism to the territory would remain blocked for an additional year.

  • June 18, 2018

    Slot Club Investor Gets $200M Award Enforced In Singapore

    The Singapore High Court on Monday enforced a more than $200 million arbitral award to a Macanese investment firm following a dispute over a slot club with several Laotian entities, concluding that, despite some procedural irregularities, there was no evidence the parties had been adversely affected during the underlying arbitration.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Apple Blasts Arbitration Bid In $25M Row As 'Gamesmanship'

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge not to force it to arbitrate a $25 million dispute with a Chinese supplier of materials that were to be used for the glass screens on iPhones, calling the company's arbitration bid "blatant gamesmanship and forum shopping."

  • June 18, 2018

    US, Canada Ag Leaders Try To Play Nice Amid Trade Tensions

    The top agricultural officials for the U.S. and Canada did their best to patch up their nations’ trade relationship Friday, mere days after President Donald Trump publicly blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit for Ottawa’s tight restrictions on its dairy sector.

  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    BSGR Seeks OK To Depose Soros In $10B Guinea Mining Row

    Mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz that are accusing George Soros of inducing Guinea to ax their iron mining rights asked a New York federal court on Thursday to allow them to depose the business magnate and start collecting evidence even as a related arbitration remains pending.

  • June 15, 2018

    Trump Throws A Curve With Two-Pronged Tariff Approach

    President Donald Trump’s decision to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese technology in a squabble over intellectual property policy arrived with a wrinkle as the administration primed one set of duties for July while keeping another batch for the future, adding a new layer of intrigue to the sprawling trade fight.

  • June 15, 2018

    Sport Court Denies Albanian Soccer Club Stay Of 10-Year Ban

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday dismissed Albanian soccer club Klubi Sportiv Skenderbeu's request for a stay of the Union of European Football Association's decision barring the team from club competitions for 10 years and imposing a fine of €1 million ($1.2 million) for various match-fixing activities.

  • June 15, 2018

    $300M Pellet Facility Bankruptcy Suit Kicked To Fed. Court

    A federal magistrate judge in Louisiana has removed a lawsuit from state court against a German insurance company that issued a policy covering a now-bankrupt $300 million heating pellet facility, finding that the matter invokes an international arbitration clause.

  • June 15, 2018

    Luxembourg Co. Can't Enforce $177M Award: Swedish Court

    A Swedish appeals court has suspended enforcement of a more than $177 million arbitral award issued to a Luxembourg investment firm following the alleged forced sale of its shareholding in a Polish bank, as Poland looks to have the award nixed under a monumental decision issued by Europe's highest court.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The State Of Creditor Recovery Efforts In Venezuela: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    There is a large pool of creditor claims against Venezuela and its state-owned oil company PDVSA that are not yet in litigation. Until recently, creditors had little incentive to litigate, but that may be changing for two reasons, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • 4 Tips For Drafting A Strong Arbitration Agreement

    Zela Claiborne

    When counsel finish negotiating and memorializing a business deal, there may be little attention paid to crafting a dispute resolution provision for disputes that may never arise. However, it's important to take the time to craft a straightforward clause that will serve the parties well even when a complex dispute arises years later, says Zela Claiborne of JAMS.

  • Arbitration Jujitsu: 'Sealed Settlement Offers' Add Leverage

    Gilbert A. Samberg

    When negotiating a settlement before incurring the costs of arbitration, counsel may leverage the weight of anticipated arbitration costs by means of a "sealed settlement offer" — thereby putting additional pressure on a counterparty to be realistic in calculating the settlement value, says Mintz Levin member Gilbert Samberg.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Energy Firms Face NAFTA Investor-State Dispute Revamp

    Rachael Kent

    The North American Free Trade Agreement's Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision has helped the U.S. domestic energy industry protect its cross-border investments. But the Trump administration has indicated a desire to eliminate the ISDS provision. Energy firms must stay aware of the dynamics of NAFTA renegotiation — and consider how a post-ISDS world would affect their business, say attorneys with WilmerHale.