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Australia gets in line: recent amendments to the International Arbitration Act

In October 2015, important amendments were made to the Australian International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth) (IAA).  The amendments affect provisions in the IAA relating to the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and the confidentiality of arbitral proceedings. The changes bring … Continue reading

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS – SMU ASIAN ARBITRATION LECTURE

MULTIPLE PROCEEDINGS IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION This year's Herbert Smith Freehills-SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture will be delivered by Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, followed by commentary from Alastair Henderson, Managing Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills Singapore and Head of International Arbitration Southeast Asia. … Continue reading

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Musings on the 2015 QMUL International Arbitration Survey: are clients and counsel aligned in their views of arbitration?

The 2015 Queen Mary University of London International Arbitration Survey has just been released. Sponsored by White & Case and PwC on an alternating basis, this survey seeks to gain quantitative data on arbitration. This year, the survey has opened … Continue reading

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‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’: Singapore High Court upholds competence-competence where existence of arbitration agreement in dispute

In its recent decision in Malini Ventura v Knight Capital Pte Ltd & others [2015] SGHC 225, the Singapore High Court has dismissed an application made under s. 6(2) of the International Arbitration Act (“IAA“) for an injunction to stay … Continue reading

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Upcoming webinar: The changing landscape of Investment Treaty arbitration – Tuesday 23 June 2015 – 12.45pm BST

There has never been a time of greater public engagement in the whole system of Investment Treaties and the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions contained within them. The ongoing negotiation of both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade … Continue reading

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EU Commission issues “Concept Paper” on ISDS in the TTIP and beyond: proposals for “profound reform”

Further to its report on the outcome of the consultation on investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement in the TTIP, the EU Commission has issued a “Concept Paper” which envisages a very different future for resolution of investor-state disputes. The … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills and Chatham House event on TTIP: meeting report now available

As reported in our previous post, on Wednesday 4th March Herbert Smith Freehills hosted an event in partnership with Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Affairs, London), seeking to explore the opposition to the TTIP and, in particular, the … Continue reading

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The recast Brussels Regulation: Implications for commercial parties – PLC Magazine article

The recast Brussels Regulation has introduced significant changes to the EU rules on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments for proceedings commenced from 10 January 2015, as well as clarifying the scope of the exclusion of arbitration from the Brussels regime. … Continue reading

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Legal implications of default, renegotiation and possible exit of an EU member state: protections for investors under bilateral investment treaties

Following the recent Greek elections and Syriza’s commitment to negotiating a restructuring of Greece’s debt, many in the EU and beyond will be considering the implications of a renegotiated bailout or a Greek departure from the Eurozone. For a discussion of … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice announces relocation of partner Andrew Cannon to Paris

Herbert Smith Freehills today announced that London-based international arbitration partner Andrew Cannon has relocated to Paris. His move strengthens the firm’s unmatched Paris-London arbitration axis, and enhances our common law and public international law expertise in our thriving Paris practice. … Continue reading

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