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International Arbitration Community Welcomes Argentina and Uruguay’s New International Commercial Arbitration Acts

On July 3, 2018, Uruguay passed its International Commercial Arbitration Act after its upper house, the Chamber of Senators, signed off the draft in May.[1] A day later, it was Argentina’s turn.[2] These enactments mark the final step of a … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills appoints Christian Leathley US Head of International Arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Christian Leathley to the role of US Head of International Arbitration in New York. Christian, who is also the Head of the firm’s Latin America Group, is based in Herbert Smith Freehills’ New York office, where he … Continue reading

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Inside Arbitration: Issue #6 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration. In addition to sharing knowledge and insight about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills expands New York offering with top disputes hire

Herbert Smith Freehills has further strengthened its New York offering with the hire of Partner Peter Behmke, a leading litigator in the market. Peter joins the firm from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, where he was a partner. Lauded by … Continue reading

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Event: Investing in Latin America: How best to protect your investments, Thursday 8 March 2018

Herbert Smith Freehills and the ICC warmly invite you to attend ‘Investing in Latin America: How best to protect your investments?‘ Date Thursday 8 March 2018 Time 18:00: Registration 18:30: Panel discussion followed by drinks and networking Venue Exchange House, … Continue reading

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Bear Creek Mining Corp. v. Peru: the potential impact on damages of an investor’s contributory action and failure to obtain a social license

In an award dated 30 November 2017 (the “Award“), an ICSID Tribunal ordered Peru to pay around US$30.4million to Canadian company Bear Creek Mining (the “Claimant“) following its finding that a 2011 decree (“Decree 032“) constituted an unlawful indirect expropriation … Continue reading

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US Court blocks enforcement of award due to effect of the terms of arbitration agreement

In Diag Human S.E. v Czech Republic Ministry of Health, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the Court) has dismissed an application brought by Diag Human (Diag) to enforce a 2008 arbitration award it obtained against … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills launches blog series on NAFTA renegotiations

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of blog posts which will report on the latest developments in the NAFTA renegotiations. The series will run on our Public International Law Blog which provides analysis … Continue reading

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NAFTA Renegotiation: ISDS reform objectives

The United States will lobby for changes to the investor-state dispute settlement (“ISDS”) provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) in the upcoming discussions to renegotiate the regional treaty. ISDS reform is one of several “negotiating objectives” announced … Continue reading

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Second Circuit Upends Enforcement of ICSID Awards in New York, Eliminates Circuit Split

In a ruling handed down on July 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit resolved a circuit split that had sown legal uncertainty on the correct procedure for the enforcement in the United States of … Continue reading

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