The new draft Dutch BIT: what does it mean for investor mailbox companies?

The Netherlands has released a new draft investment treaty for public comment (“Draft BIT“).  If adopted, the Draft BIT may raise questions about the Kingdom’s attractiveness for foreign investors who have long taken advantage of Dutch treaty protections by structuring their investment via companies in the Netherlands.  The Netherlands proposes to use the new model … Read more

Upheaval and uncertainty in mineral regulation in parts of Africa: resurgence of resource nationalism highlights the importance of investment treaty protections

The last few months have seen significant changes to mining regulations in various African states, giving rise to a concern that a regional trend of resource nationalism may be (re-)emerging. In this context it is important for companies associated with the mining sector to be aware of the protection international investment treaties may provide against … Read more

Head of India Arbitration Practice, Nick Peacock, comments on India’s draft Model BIT 2015 for CNBC TV18’s “The Firm”

As reported in our recent blog post here, India has recently released a draft  “Model Text for the Indian Bilateral Investment Treaty” (“Model BIT“).  Head of the India Arbitration Practice, Nick Peacock was invited to comment on the Model BIT for CNBC TV18’s The Firm, India’s only television programme covering corporate law, M&A, financial regulation, … Read more

“Company vs Country”: BBC documentary on investor-state dispute settlement on BBC Radio 4 tonight

After decades of governments concluding international investment agreements, reservations concerning free trade agreements (such as the TTIP, between the US and the EU) have led to unprecedented levels of public debate, focussing largely on the proposed inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. Matthew Weiniger QC was interviewed for a BBC Radio 4 programme to … Read more