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WEBINAR: Investing in India – an update on the landscape and challenges for inbound investment

Monday 7 September 2015, 12:30-1:30pm BST

With the Modi Government well into its second year, we review the economic, political and legal environment for foreign direct investment (FDI) into India. With some still calling for ‘big bang’ reforms to transform the investment landscape, others are hailing perceived incremental changes of policy and practice by a government apparatus still trying to shape itself to majority rule after decades of coalition and compromise.

Meanwhile, the larger Indian economy has continued to grow at more than 7% a year, making India the fastest-growing big economy in the world.

In this webinar, we are joined by Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow in the Asia Programme at the independent policy institute Chatham House based in London. Dr Price will consider the progress of economic reform in India and what it means for ongoing and future FDI.

He will be joined by Alan Montgomery, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in the India Practice at Herbert Smith Freehills who will reflect on his ‘on the ground’ experiences of handling investment into India. Also speaking will be Nicholas Peacock, Head of the India International Arbitration Practice at Herbert Smith Freehills who will provide an update on enforcement and rule of law issues for inbound investors, including the challenges of negotiating the Indian court system, international arbitration, and the use of investment treaty protection.

The session will be moderated by Chris Parsons, the Chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Practice.

Speakers:

Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

Alan Montgomery, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Nicholas Peacock, Head of India International Arbitration Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Chair:

Chris Parsons, Chairman of India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, London

What is a webinar?

A webinar is an online seminar delivered to your desktop. On the day of the webinar you will be sent a link to login to the live event.

  • The webinar is recorded so you can listen again. If you are unable to listen to the live event, register anyway and you will be able to listen to the recorded version when convenient.
  • CPD hours are available for events. Further guidance on how to claim CPD can be found on the attachments tab.
  • Audio is available via your PC. Click here to see if your system supports live audio streaming.
  • The webinar is interactive and we welcome questions from our audience. Email your comments to the speakers on the day using the appropriate tab on the player.
  • Check the attachments tab for a PDF copy of the slides and other relevant material.

… and the benefits to you

One off registration – Register once to access any event. This will create your own account on BrightTALK, our webinar service provider. After registering you will gain access to a full programme of relevant events.

  • Easier access to archived webinars – Each practice area channel holds full details of events held during the past year as well as forthcoming webinars.
  • Add events to your calendar – When choosing a webinar there is now an option to add an appointment to your Outlook calendar. You can also manage your email alerts.
  • Keep up-to-date with topics of emerging importance.
  • Hear our experienced speakers from across our global network without leaving your office.

 

Past Events

The changing landscape of Investment Treaty arbitration

Live audio webinar

Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 12.45pm – 1.45pm GMT

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 and Investment Partnership has provoked very heated legal and political debate from both sides of the globe. Yet, while the debate rages over the provisions contained within these treaties, arbitral tribunals continue to produce arbitral awards which raise interesting new issues in this ever developing area of international law.

In this webinar, four of our Investment Treaty arbitration specialists will look at the ongoing debate surrounding investment protection and ISDS, focusing on the TTIP and TPP and the current approaches being adopted in their negotiation. They will consider what the future looks like for ISDS if these two treaties form a “blueprint” for the future of investment protection. They will also provide an update on recent developments in the sphere of investment arbitration, including the EU’s developing position on Intra-EU claims, They will also provide an update on recent developments in the sphere of investment arbitration, including the EU’s developing position on Intra-EU claims, provisional measures, arbitrator challenges and the annulment process.

Speakers:

Isabelle Michou, Partner, International Arbitration, Paris (Chair)

Christian Leathley, Partner, International Arbitration, London

Andrew Cannon, Partner, International Arbitration, Paris

Iain Maxwell, Of Counsel, International Arbitration, London

 

If you would like to register for this event please contact Jane Webber.

What is a webinar?

  • A webinar is an online seminar delivered to your desktop. On the day of the webinar you will be sent a link to login to the live event.
  • The webinar is recorded so you can listen again. If you are unable to listen to the live event, register anyway and you will be able to listen to the recorded version when convenient.
  • CPD points are available for both events. The live event carries one accredited CPD point and the recording one non-accredited point. Further guidance can be found on the attachments tab.
  • Audio is available via your PC. Click here to see if your system supports live audio streaming.
  • The webinar is interactive and we welcome questions from our audience. Email your comments to the speakers on the day using the appropriate tab on the player.
  • Check the attachments tab for a PDF copy of the slides and other relevant material.

… and the benefits to you

  • One off registration – Register once to access any event. This will create your own account on BrightTALK, our webinar service provider. After registering you will gain access to a full programme of relevant events.
  • Easier access to archived webinars – Each practice area channel holds full details of events held during the past year as well as forthcoming webinars.
  • Add events to your calendar – When choosing a webinar there is now an option to add an appointment to your Outlook calendar. You can also manage your email alerts.
  • Keep up-to-date with topics of emerging importance.
  • Hear our experienced speakers from across our global network without leaving your office.


Past Events

The recast Brussels Regulation: what it means for commercial parties

Live audio webinar

Wednesday 19 November, at 12.45 – 1.45pm GMT

The EU rules governing has jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments will change significantly from 10 January 2015, when the recast Brussels Regulation (No 1215/2012) will apply in place of the current regime.

The webinar will consider the key changes and their impact on commercial parties in practice, including a look at the problems addressed by the new rules and a discussion of where uncertainties remain. In broad outline, the main areas of reform are:

  • clarifying the extent and effect of the exclusion of arbitration from the ambit of the Regulation
  • extending the rules relating to jurisdiction agreements and defusing “torpedo” actions
  • new rules on stays in favour of proceedings in a non-member state
  • extending the rules relating to consumers and employees to apply to non-EU domiciled traders and employers
  • making Member State judgments immediately enforceable across the EU

Speakers:

 

Instability in Iraq and the implications for international energy contracts

21 October 2014

Our panel of expert speakers drew from their own experience in advising clients in the oil and gas sector to consider the implications of this instability on international energy contracts, including:

  • Hydrocarbon legislation in Iraq, including the positions of the Government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRG) and the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in relation to power to legislate and contract for petroleum operations;
  • The legal proceedings launched by the FGI against the KRG and third party purchasers of oil exported by the KRG;
  • The implications of the ICC arbitration initiated by the FGI against Turkey under an Inter-Government Agreement;
  • The impact on international energy contracts of a potential declaration of independence by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; and
  • The implications of export of oil from Iraq by IS (formerly ISIS).

Speakers:

  • Matthew Weiniger QC, Partner
  • Caroline Kehoe, Partner
  • Dominic Roughton, Partner
  • Christopher Thomson, Senior Associate

 

The LCIA Rules 2014: What You Need To Know

24 September 2014

The LCIA Rules 2014 come into effect on 1 October 2014 and apply to any arbitration commenced after that date. Dr. Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration, joined Paula Hodges QC for an interactive webinar, to discuss the key features of the LCIA Rules 2014 and the implications of the changes.

The speakers discussed the important developments in the new Rules, including those designed to promote efficient conduct by legal representatives and arbitrators, save time and costs, and deal with the growing complexity and diversity of disputes, as well as looking at the new Emergency Arbitrator process.

The speakers also considered the implications of the changes to the LCIA Rules 2014 on drafting LCIA arbitration clauses and LCIA proceedings.

Speakers:

  • Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Paula Hodges QC, Global Head of International Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Sanctions Update: Ukraine and Russia

22 September 2014

The international sanctions landscape has continued to develop in response to the situation in Ukraine.

On 12 September, the EU and US both published details of expansions to their existing sanctions against Russia, including in relation to the restrictions on certain Russian companies’ ability to access the EU/US capital markets. Both the EU and US have also designated additional individuals and entities under their respective asset freeze regimes.

This webinar provided

  • An overview of the current sanctions, including the amendments to the EU and US sectoral sanctions
  • An overview of relevant EU institutions and decision-making processes in relation to sanctions
  • An update on any further EU and US developments during the course of this week
  • An opportunity to pose your questions to our expert team.

Speakers:

  • Susannah Cogman, Partner, Compliance and Investigations, London
  • Lode Van Den Hende, Partner, Competition, Regulation and Trade, Brussels
  • Jonathan Cross, Of Counsel, Compliance and Investigations/Securities Litigiation, New York

International Oil and the Creation of New States in Africa, Asia and Europe: Diplomatic, Industry and Legal Perspectives

4 September 2014

There have been a number of new States created in recent years following independence of the constituent States of the former USSR and of the former Yugoslavia. More recently, there has been the birth of South Sudan in 2011; and questions as to State succession are already being asked in relation to the Crimea, Iraq and potentially also Scotland. These events raise a number of questions under municipal and public international law and we will look at issues common to these events, particularly as they relate to oil and gas activities.

In this seminar, our speakers looked at the international law underlying some of the questions raised in these events including:

  • What are the legal ramifications of an independent state from an international law perspective?
  • What impact would independence have on oil and gas sector regulation?
  • How are land and maritime boundaries drawn in the event of independence and how does that impact oil and gas reserves?
  • Would states continue to be bound by, and benefit from, international treaties after independence?

Speakers included:

  • Dominic Roughton, Head of, Public International Law
  • Matthew Weiniger QC, Partner, International Arbitration and Public International Law
  • Andrew Cannon, Partner, International Arbitration and Public International Law

India Insights: the challenge of India-related dispute resolution and the post-election Investment landscape

7 July 2014

It has been a time of change for the investment climate in India – driven in large part by recent and very significant changes in the political climate in India, changing attitude of the Indian courts and an increasing willingness of foreign investors to take on the Indian state.

In this webinar, our speakers discussed their views of some of the opportunities and challenges for investors into India, and in particular the role played by Indian law, the Indian courts and the Indian arbitration system. As always, the stability and efficiency of the Indian legal regime will be critical to converting optimism and interest into investment and economic growth. Our speakers reviewd the current legal climate in India, recent decisions impacting on the use of courts and arbitration both in India and outside India, and best practice for parties looking to maximise protection for their inbound investment. They also considered the recent spate of investment treaty arbitrations launched against India and what this may mean for the resolution of current and future disputes with the Indian state.

Speakers:

  • Chris Parsons, Chairman, India Practice
  • Nicholas Peacock, Partner, Head of India International Arbitration Practice
  • Kritika Venugopal, Associate
  • Vikas Mahendra, Associate

Cutting through the politics of the Scottish Independence Referendum: The International Law implications of independence

14 July 2014

The Scottish Independence Referendum is set to take place on 18 September 2014. The “Yes” and “No” campaigns hold highly divergent positions on certain key issues, including EU membership and ownership of oil and gas reserves.

So what is the law behind the politics? What are the legal ramifications of an independent Scotland from an international law perspective?

In this webinar, our speakers looked at the international law underlying some of the questions raised in the referendum, including:

  • How would Scotland’s maritime boundaries be drawn in the event of independence and how does that impact oil and gas reserves in the North Sea?;
  • Would Scotland automatically be bound by, and benefit from, the UK’s international treaties after independence, and would the remaining UK’s international law rights and obligations be affected?;
  • What impact would independence have on oil and gas sector regulation?; and
  • How can Scotland negotiate continued membership of the EU and what are implications?

Speakers:

  • Matthew Weiniger QC, Partner, International Arbitration and Public International Law
  • Dominic Roughton, Partner, International Arbitration and Public International Law
  • Stephen Murray, Partner, Global Head of Oil and Gas
  • Andrew Cannon, Partner, International Arbitration and Public International Law
  • Iain Maxwell, Of Counsel, International Arbitration and Public International Law

Investment Treaties and the African Continent – Change, Risk and Opportunity

8 April 2014

This webinar focused on Investment Treaties and the African continent.

Our speakers discussed the differing approaches adopted by African jurisdictions towards Investment Treaties and the continent’s history in terms of Investor-State disputes. The speakers looked at sources of foreign direct investment into Africa (such as China) and the impact this has had on the Investment Treaty landscape. Our speakers considered the likely approaches to be adopted by African jurisdictions in future, and the risks and opportunities these present to our clients in the context of an increasingly transparent investor-state dispute settlement system.

Speakers:

  • Matthew Weiniger, Partner, International Arbitration, London
  • Brenda Horrigan, Partner, International Arbitration, Shanghai
  • Simon Chapman, Partner, International Arbitration, Hong Kong

Chaired by:

  • Hannah Ambrose, Arbitration Practice Manager, London

Live Soundbite audio webinars

Designed to keep Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts up-to-date with the business implications of the latest legal developments, our interactive “Soundbite” webinars are delivered in a practical, convenient way – direct to your desktop. You will hear our experienced speakers from across our global network lead you through the latest technical updates, accessing the audio from your computer or telephone, and can view slides and send questions via your computer.

Register once to access any event. This will create your own account on BrightTALK, our webinar service provider. After registering you will gain access to a full programme of relevant events. Each practice area channel holds full details of events held during the past year as well as forthcoming webinars. Details of upcoming webinars are available here.

The webinars also qualify for CPD points.

Some previous webinars on international arbitration topics are listed below. Each of these is available as an archived version and can be downloaded as a podcast. If you are interested in registering for a webinar, or would like to obtain links to the archived versions of webinars, please contact Jane Webber.

Previous arbitration topics have included:

  • Global Arbitration Highlights of 2013 – In the US and Beyond – 13 March 2014
  • Global Arbitration Highlights of 2013 – 17 February 2014
  • African investment disputes – the rise of African arbitration – 29 November 2013
  • Structuring investment and maximising treaty protection – 22 October 2013
  • What value your BIT protection now? – withdrawals, annulments and refusal to enforce – 4 July 2013
  • Enforcing arbitration awards on the fringes of EMEA – 12 July 2013
  • Deals and Disputes in Africa: Latest Trends, Practical Workarounds and Handling Risk – 16 May 2013
  • A Beginner’s Guide to BITs: What are they and why do you need them? – 11 April 2013
  • Business and Human Rights: Key Developments Which Could Affect Your Business – 20 March 2013
  • Unilateral Dispute Resolution Clauses: Risks and Recommendations – 7 March 2013
  • Enforcing against state assets – the landscape post-Gécamines and SerVaas’ – 4 October 2012
  • Eurozone crisis: A Greek exit from the euro – potential contentious issues – 30 May 2012
  • Investment protection in China and India: an update on best practice and developments – 3 May 2012
  • Changes to the ICC Arbitration Rules – how will they affect your business? – 26 January 2012

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