Event – The future of investment arbitration: have we reached a high water mark?

Herbert Smith Freehills and BIICL Investment Treaty Forum warmly invite you to attend ‘The Future of Investment Arbitration: Have We Reached a High Water Mark?’.

DateWednesday 1 November 2017
Time17:00: Registration
17:30: Panel discussion followed by drinks and networking
VenueExchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG
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Registration Click here to register with the BIICL events team directly.
Please note there are a limited number of complimentary spaces.


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Breakfast panel with TPP negotiators on 7 January 2016: Investor-state dispute settlement under the trans-pacific partnership

Join us for a panel discussion on the dispute resolution system in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), presented by experts in international arbitration, as well as members of TPP government negotiating teams from Peru and Mexico. They will discuss the controversies arising out of the TPP's adoption of investor state arbitration.

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016

Time: Registration will begin at 8:30am. Breakfast will be served. The panel discussion will begin at 9am.

Venue: Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Please click here to view map.

Registration: To register please contact Rochelle.Eades@hsf.com or Danielle.Schultz@hsf.com

For more information and the list of speakers, please see below.

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Forthcoming events and new edition of “National Arbitration Laws”, ed. Mistelis and Shore

The autumn conference schedule in London offers a number of interesting opportunities to explore arbitration-related topics. Please find below the details of a number of forthcoming events in which our international arbitration partners are involved.

LCIA/CIARb 11th Annual Joint Seminar: “Tribunal Secretaries: Myths and Realities”: 10 September, 2015

The Legal Business International Arbitration Summit: Controversies and rising stakes as arbitration sweeps the globe: 17 September, 2015

Dispute Resolution in the Oil and Gas Business, hosted by AIPN and LCIA in London: 22 and 23 October 2015

CDR Autumn Arbitration Symposium: 12 November 2015

For more information, please see below. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please click on the links.

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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.

The webinar is part of our series of “Soundbite” webinars, which are designed to update clients and contacts on the latest developments without having to leave their desks. The webinars can be accessed “live”, with a facility to send in questions by e-mail, or can be downloaded as podcasts after the event. If you would like to register for a webinar, or to obtain a link to the archived version, please contact Prudence Heidemans. The webinars, both live and archived, also qualify for one CPD point.

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

Monday 14 July 2014, 12.30 – 1.30pm BST

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 will cut through the politics and look 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 the implications?


  • 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

If you would like to register for this event please contact Prudence Heidemans.

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Herbert Smith Freehills hosts its second Young Arbitration Practitioner music and drinks event

On 6 November, Herbert Smith Freehills hosted the second HSF Young Arbitration Practitioner (YAP) music and drinks event, at its London offices in Exchange Square. The drinks event, set against a backdrop of live jazz music, was organised by London arbitration associates Susan Field, Jennifer Hartzler, Maguelonne de Brugiere and Emily Blanshard, following a successful inaugural event in 2012. The evening provided an opportunity for young arbitration practitioners from numerous arbitration practices, chambers and institutions to meet and network with their peers in a relaxed environment and to develop their existing contacts in the arbitration community.

The event is aimed at associates in private practice, barristers, academics and others under 40, engaged in arbitration work. Please contact YAP Music and Drinks to be added to the mailing list for future Herbert Smith Freehills YAP events.

Susan Field
Susan Field
+44 20 7466 2818

Jennifer Hartzler
Jennifer Hartzler
Associate (New York)
+44 20 7466 7536

Maguelonne de Brugiere
Maguelonne de Brugiere
+44 20 7466 7488

Emily Blanshard
Emily Blanshard
+44 20 7466 2833