Brexit Blog launches with Brexit Q&A

As formal Brexit negotiations have now started, Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of its new Brexit Notes blog, where you will find articles and updates on the latest Brexit developments.   As well as reporting on… Read more

Christian Leathley speaks at BritishAmerican Business event with keynote speech by EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht: “TTIP and the Investment Dimension: What is the State of Play?”

International arbitration partner Christian Leathley spoke on a panel at an event organized by transatlantic business organization BritishAmerican Business yesterday discussing how important investor-state dispute settlement is to the success of the TTIP and whether it is feasible or desirable… Read more

Europe consults on investment protection and ISDS in the TTIP

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its proposed approach to investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (the TTIP).  The TTIP is a free trade agreement currently in negotiation… Read more

Breach of fair and equitable treatment standard (ICSID)

In Ioan Micula and others v Romania (ICSID Case No. ARB/05/20), an ICSID tribunal considered whether Romania was in breach of the Sweden-Romania bilateral investment treaty. The majority of an ICSID tribunal (Laurent Lévy and Stanimir Alexandrov) held that Romania breached… Read more

EU implementing Regulations for Iran oil embargo

On 23 January 2012, the European Council adopted Decision 2012/35/CFSP, setting out a range of new sanctions on Iran, including an oil embargo. Many elements of the extended sanctions required implementing legislation to be brought into force.  That legislation was… Read more

Financial and trade sanctions against Iran strengthened

Three measures against Iran adopted on 23 January 2012 by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council add yet another layer to the extensive Iranian sanctions regime, which will need to be carefully considered by any EU business involved in any enterprise… Read more