DISPUTE RESOLUTION CHOICES FOR BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: MAXIMISING THE CHANCES OF SUCCESSFUL ENFORCEMENT – WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE

Choice of dispute resolution forum can have a fundamental impact on the ability of banks and financial institutions to enforce contractual obligations. In our client webinar on 23 September, Dispute Resolution Choices for Banks and Financial Institutions: Maximising the Chances of Successful Enforcement, Julian Copeman, Nick Peacock and Hannah Ambrose discussed recent trends in dispute … Read more

Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) launches new arbitration rules for public consultation

On Wednesday, 1 July 2020, the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), launched its new International Arbitration Rules for public comment. The international Drafting Committee was chaired by Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer and included other high profile individuals including Ndanga Kamau, Jennifer Kirby, Lise Bosman, Chiann Bao, Remy Gerbay and Jonathan Ripley-Evans (Director, HSF Johannesburg). … Read more

THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA PROPOSES ARBITRATION REFORMS TO PLACATE FOREIGN INVESTORS. WILL IT WORK?

Authors: Emma Schaafsma and Kemi Wood Introduction  In 2017, the Tanzanian government introduced a raft of legislative reforms to the natural resources sector. Through the reforms the new government looked to ensure that investor disputes were resolved locally and that the Tanzanian government would not be subjected to international arbitrations. The new government showed a particular hostility towards … Read more

ETHIOPIA ACCEDES TO 1958 NEW YORK CONVENTION

On 13 February 2020, Ethiopia’s parliament approved accession to the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention” or the “Convention“). Ethiopia will become the 163rd state signatory and the 39th African state to accede following the recent accessions of the Seychelles, Cabo Verde and Sudan. Read more

EVENT – LONDON PREVIEW OF JOHANNESBURG ARBITRATION WEEK – 21 NOVEMBER 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be the platinum sponsor of next year’s Johannesburg Arbitration Week, which will take place in March 2020 and is hosted by the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA). Further details can be found here. We are also delighted that three of our International Arbitration team are involved as part … Read more

Court Support For Arbitration In South Africa: Knowing Where You Stand

In December 2017, South Africa brought into law its first piece of legislation dedicated to international arbitration, the aptly named International Arbitration Act of 2017 (the New Act). The New Act The New Act incorporates the provisions of the UNCITRAL Model Law and further aligns the country’s national law with the New York Convention. The … Read more