A world class arbitration practice advising clients on commercial and investment arbitration all around the world
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Our specialised arbitration counsel have considerable experience of representing a wide range of clients across a variety of sectors (including energy, mining, construction, technology, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals and many more) in complex, high value arbitrations.
Recent experience includes representing :
We regularly represent both investors and states in significant arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. We also help our investor clients navigate complex legal, cultural and political landscapes to secure the best ongoing protection for their foreign investments, often providing risk mitigation advice before and during the life cycle of critical investments.
Recent experience includes representing:
Our arbitration team regularly represents individuals, corporations, state and sovereign entities in local court proceedings all over the world before, during and after arbitrations. This includes helping clients obtaining court orders in support of arbitration, recognition, enforcement, and setting aside proceedings for both commercial and investment treaty awards, and tracing and seising assets to enforce against. This work often requires seamless co-ordination across multiple jurisdictions in parallel.
Recent experience includes representing:
31 May 2023 //
On 26 May 2023, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria signed the Arbitration and Mediation Bill into law. The Bill, now the Arbitration and Mediation Act 2023 ("New Arbitration Act") repeals the country’s 35-year-old Arbitration and Conciliation Act and will govern both domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Nigeria. This post examines the main changes introduced by the New Arbitration Act, which promises to cement Nigeria’s status as a leading arbitration hub in Africa.
26 May 2023 //
The world of massively multiplayer online RPGs has spawned significant disputes between industry players. In this post we take a look at a recent SICC decision regarding the use of arbitration agreements in the licensing of the well known Legend of Mir series.
16 May 2023 //
In February 2023, the African Union Heads of State adopted the Protocol on Investment to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement. The Protocol is not yet publicly available. This post, however, examines the provisions of the final draft in a bid to anticipate the extent of protection under the adopted Protocol.
10 May 2023 //
UNCITRAL’s Working Group III recently completed its draft Code of Conduct for Arbitrators as part of its work to reform investor-State dispute settlement. This marks a key milestone for the Working Group which was mandated with the task of drafting proposals to reform investor-State dispute settlement back in 2017.
5 May 2023 //
On 1 May 2023, the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration (“SCCA”) published its revised Arbitration Rules (the “2023 Rules”), which aims at strengthening the governance and efficiency of SCCA arbitration. The revised Rules mark the latest instalment in a series of developments that seek to bring Saudi Arabia’s legal and regulatory arbitration framework in line with best practices in international arbitration. This blog post highlights the main changes for international arbitration proceedings conducted under the 2023 Rules.
19 April 2023 //
On 18 April 2023, the German Ministry of Justice published a key issues paper on a prospective reform of German arbitration law. Key points include a greater use of English in annulment and enforcement proceedings, integration with the (forthcoming) Commercial Courts and a range of clarifications to remove uncertainties which have shown themselves since the last reform effort. The proposal is a first step towards a reform bill and the substance of the reform can still change significantly.
31 March 2023 //
The legal situation for multinational companies operating in Russia continues to become more precarious by the day. It is important for any companies operating in or seeking to exit Russia to consider the developments we consider in this post, as well as to take appropriate steps to protect their interests.
23 March 2023 //
On 23 March 2023, the Luxembourg government approved a new law to modernise arbitration in Luxembourg. The aim is to improve flexibility, speediness and confidentiality, and boost arbitration’s place as an alternative to the national courts. In this post, we look at some of its key features.
6 March 2023 //
A number of Russian parties have recently filed (or threatened to file) claims in the Russian Courts, notwithstanding arbitration agreements in the underlying contracts providing that claims must be exclusively submitted to arbitration. These claims have been made possible by previously enacted Russian legislation. The Russian Courts are already issuing judgments taking jurisdiction and issuing anti-suit injunctions targeting foreign arbitration proceedings.