RUSSIAN SUPREME COURT REQUIRES UNIFORM APPROACH IN ARBITRATION CASES AND CLARIFIES MEANING OF PUBLIC POLICY

On 10 December 2019, almost four years after the Russian arbitration reform of 2016 and one year since the Russian Supreme Court (the “SC“) published its guidance in relation to various issues concerning international commercial arbitration, the SC issued an important resolution relating to arbitration. Resolution No 53 On the fulfilment by the Russian state … Read more

SINGAPORE COURT OF APPEAL CONFIRMS THAT THE PARTIES’ INTENTION TO ARBITRATE SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN EFFECT “AT ALL COSTS”

Introduction In BNA v BNB and Anor [2019] SGCA 84, the Singapore Court of Appeal (the “COA“) confirmed that the phrase “arbitration in Shanghai” meant that Shanghai was the seat of arbitration, reversing the position taken by the arbitral tribunal and the High Court. The COA made this finding notwithstanding the fact that the arbitration … Read more

ENGLISH COURT REFUSES ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTION AGAINST NON-PARTY TO ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

In Evison Holdings Ltd v International Co Finvision Holdings, Orient Express Bank Public Joint Stock Company [2019] EWHC 3057 (Comm) the English Court dismissed an application for the continuance of an anti-suit injunction against a non-party to an arbitration agreement, which was issued in support of LCIA arbitration proceedings. The anti-suit injunction was ordered based … Read more

CRAIG TEVENDALE EXPLORES TRENDS IN LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS DISPUTES

Craig Tevendale, Head of the Herbert Smith Freehills International Arbitration Group in London and UK Head of Energy, has produced a video with Thomson Reuters, exploring trends in liquified natural gas (LNG) disputes. The full video can be found here and is available to view without a subscription until 6 December 2019 (after that date … Read more

HONG KONG COURT GRANTS INTERIM ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTION IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION TO RESTRAIN COURT PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING THIRD PARTY

In GM1 and GM2 v KC [2019] HKCFI 2793, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance granted an interim anti-suit injunction restraining mainland Chinese court proceedings involving a third party, and clarified the jurisdiction basis for doing so. The decision reflects the long-standing pro-arbitration approach of the Hong Kong courts and confirms that arbitration clauses … Read more

High Court grants anti-suit injunction, having found that the parties to an insurance policy had agreed to arbitration despite a Service of Suit clause

In Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Member v Weyerhaeuser Co [2019] EWHC 2671 (Comm), the High Court (the English Court) continued an anti-suit injunction against the defendant (Weyerhaeuser), having been satisfied to a high degree of probability that the parties had agreed to submit their dispute to London arbitration. The central question was one of contractual interpretation: … Read more

CICC delivers first ruling, confirms arbitration agreements severable

The First International Commercial Court of the Supreme People’s Court of China (“CICC“) has recently published its first rulings [1] on the validity of three arbitration agreements in relation to one same transaction. CICC recognised the principle of severability of arbitration agreement and held that although the underlying contracts had not been formally signed, the parties … Read more

HONG KONG: COURT GRANTS ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTION TO RESTRAIN FOREIGN PROCEEDINGS IN BREACH OF AN ARBITRATION AGREEMENT UNDER AN INSURANCE POLICY

In the recent case of AIG Insurance Hong Kong Ltd v Lynn McCullough and William McCullough [2019] HKCFI 1649, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (CFI) considered the effect of an arbitration agreement under an insurance policy and, in particular, the circumstances in which an anti-suit injunction may be granted to restrain a party … Read more