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Hong Kong confirms IP rights are arbitrable

Hong Kong has now enacted amendments to its Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609), clarifying that disputes over intellectual property rights (IPRs) may be resolved by arbitration and that it is not contrary to Hong Kong public policy to enforce arbitral awards … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court rules on staying execution of arbitral enforcement order

Overview In Israel Sorin (IZZY) Shohat v Balram Chainrai [2017] HKEC 1118, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance considered that enforcement of arbitral awards should be subject to the same regime as governs the stay of execution of an … Continue reading

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Singapore High Court holds mandatory arbitration agreement in company constitution operative despite earlier litigation

The Singapore High Court ("Singapore Court") has clarified a number of issues concerning the content, scope and operability of arbitration agreements.  Of particular note is the Singapore Court's view on the extent to which a party's choice to subject a … Continue reading

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Global Pound Conference Hong Kong  – a mandate for change

Hong Kong's status as a leading international dispute resolution hub is well-known. It enjoys a strong, independent judiciary as well as world class international arbitration services. Mediation and other forms of ADR are heavily supported by a myriad of institutions. … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance – end of the automatic opt-in

Parties entering into an agreement on or after 1 June 2017 that provides for arbitration in Hong Kong can no longer rely on Section 100 of Hong Kong's Arbitration Ordinance and automatically opt-in to Schedule 2 simply by providing for … Continue reading

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CIETAC launches first public-private partnership arbitration centre in China

On 16 May 2017, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) launched the CIETAC Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Arbitration Centre. The opening ceremony was attended by Wang Chengjie, the CIETAC Secretary General and Vice Chairman, Jiao Xiaoping, Director of … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Third-party funding of international arbitration now permitted in Singapore

Overview We reported previously (here) on the Singapore Parliament's passage of the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill (Bill No. 38/2016) (Bill) on 10 January 2017. The Bill entered into force on 1 March 2017 as the Civil Law (Amendment) Act 2017 … Continue reading

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ADR in Asia Pacific: Spotlight on Indonesia

 The third edition of our ADR in Asia Pacific Guide spotlights alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Indonesia.  We summarise the state of play in relation to ADR in Indonesia and its interplay with adversarial processes like litigation and arbitration. We … Continue reading

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New TAI Rules 2017 – welcome changes for the Thai arbitration institute

On 30 December 2016, the Thai Arbitration Institute (the "TAI") published updated arbitration rules (the "TAI Rules 2017"). The rules came into force on 31 January 2017 and, unless otherwise agreed by the parties, will apply to all TAI arbitrations … Continue reading

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New dispute resolution rules for foreign investors in South Africa

South Africa’s draft regulations for investor-state mediation require refinement to work effectively with international arbitration. Interested parties have until 28 February 2017 to comment on draft Regulations on Mediation Rules (Regulations) published by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry … Continue reading

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