CETA UPDATE: CETA is signed; Provisional application of CETA and Brexit; First government-to-government meeting to discuss establishing the multi-lateral investment court system

On 30 October 2016, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the CETA).  As explained in our blog post here, the text of the CETA, which was originally agreed in 2014, was subjected to "legal scrubbing" in February 2016 which led to the inclusion, at the instigation of the EU, of … Read more

ICC report on financial institutions and international arbitration: a condensed overview of a gradually changing landscape

This autumn, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR published a report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (the "Report"). The Report offers a detailed analysis of the use of international arbitration in specialist sectors of the banking and finance industry, from derivatives and sovereign finance to advisory matters and asset management. The Report is … Read more

Middle East arbitration highlights from 2016 and trends for 2017

The last 12 months have seen a number of important developments in arbitration practice in the Middle East, some comforting to the arbitration community, some controversial. Here, we present a summary of the key themes from 2016, and give our thoughts on what to expect in 2017. Read more

Arbitration in India: a pro-arbitration approach?

Nick Peacock, Head of the India Disputes practice at Herbert Smith Freehills speaks with Moazzam Khan (Co-head International Dispute Resolution Practice at Indian law firm, Nishith Desai Associates) to discuss the current approach taken by the Indian courts towards arbitration. Nick and Moazzam discuss the arbitrability of certain types of disputes in India. They also look … Read more

Arbitration in Dubai: two steps forward, one step back

Introduction Dubai promotes itself as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction, in line with its objective of attracting international business. A recent, much-publicised change to the UAE Federal Penal Code which introduces potential criminal sanctions for arbitrators, threatened to undermine this reputation. It would now appear that this threat is real, as arbitrators are in increasing number withdrawing from … Read more

French Conseil d’État rules on scope of powers to set aside arbitral awards / Le Conseil d’État s’est prononcé sur l’étendue de son contrôle s’agissant de l’annulation d’une sentence arbitrale internationale

In a decision of 9 November 2016, the French Conseil d’État, France's highest administrative jurisdiction, ruled on the extent of its scope of review as regards annulment of an international arbitral award. The decision relates to an ICC arbitral award made in Paris arising from a dispute between Fosmax, subsidiary of French power utility Engie … Read more

Astro v Lippo: First Media’s Hong Kong appeal dismissed

Hong Kong's Court of Appeal (CA) has given judgment in the latest instalment of the dispute between Malaysia's Astro media group and Indonesia's Lippo. On 5 December 2016, the CA dismissed an appeal by First Media, a Lippo Group entity, against an order granting leave to enforce in Hong Kong various arbitral awards made in … Read more