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 between the United States and the European Union. Negotiations for the TTIP began in July … Read more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a New Year’s resolution of special significance

Following a further round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (the TPP) held in Singapore at the start of December 2013, it is expected that the agreement will be signed in early 2014 after more than three years of highly secretive negotiations. The TPP is a regional free trade agreement which, if the negotiations … Read more

Argentina’s “expropriation” of Repsol oil subsidiary: the legal landscape

On 16 April 2012, Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, presented a draft Bill to Congress setting out the Government’s intention to nationalise Repsol’s stake in Argentinian oil major YPF.  Spanish oil major Repsol formerly held a 57.4% stake in privatised YPF and will be left with 6.4% as Argentina acquires a controlling interest of … Read more