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Mayer Brown’s UAE disputes head goes solo

Alain Farhad, the head of Mayer Brown’s disputes practice in the United Arab Emirates, is retiring from the firm to practise as an independent arbitrator.

23 February 2024

Gowling hires from DLA in Dubai

Construction disputes lawyer Peter Anagnostou has left DLA Piper to join the partnership at Gowling WLG in Dubai.

23 February 2024

Should tribunals use “consultant” experts?

During a session at GAR Live Damages, panellists and delegates debated whether an independent consultant appointed by the tribunal could help arbitrators to “umpire” disagreements between the experts.

23 February 2024

Novavax pays to settle covid-19 vaccine dispute

US biotech company Novavax has agreed to pay US$400 million to settle an ICC claim brought by global health organisation Gavi over a cancelled contract to supply covid-19 vaccines to low and middle-income countries.

22 February 2024

UK latest to leave ECT

The UK has confirmed it will withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, citing the failure of efforts to align it with climate change goals.

22 February 2024

Spain avoids damages in ECT case

A split ICSID tribunal has rejected a Swiss investor’s €175 million damages claim against Spain after concluding that the state’s reforms to its renewable energy regime resulted in only a limited breach of the Energy Charter Treaty.

22 February 2024

Leadership changes at ICCA

The International Council for Commercial Arbitration has elected a new vice president and treasurer to its executive body and welcomed four new members to its governing board.

22 February 2024

India fails to block assignees from French enforcement battle

Three US entities that were assigned the rights to a US$111 million investment treaty award against India over a cancelled satellite deal have been allowed to intervene in French enforcement proceedings – as an appeal over a related award heads to the US Supreme Court.

21 February 2024

Chinese consortium brings claim over Cyprus LNG project

A Chinese consortium is pursuing a €200 million claim in a London arbitration against two Cypriot state-owned entities over a delayed project to construct a liquefied natural gas terminal.

21 February 2024

Boies Schiller hires from White & Case in DC

Kristen Young, who has been acting on a billion-dollar investment treaty claim against Panama, has joined Boies Schiller Flexner as partner in Washington, DC, from White & Case.

21 February 2024

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