Investor-State Arbitration

Четвертый международный форум по разрешению споров стран Восточной Европы EEDRF-2019 состоялся в Минске
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Четвертый международный форум по разрешению споров стран Восточной Европы EEDRF-2019 состоялся в Минске

See English text below. Четвертый международный Форум по разрешению споров стран Восточной Европы (EEDRF – Eastern European Dispute Resolution Forum) состоялся 18-21 сентября 2019 года в Минске. Основная цель Форума – представить Беларусь на мировой арбитражной сцене и открыть возможности для обмена опытом между профессионалами этой страны, Восточной Европы и всего мира. CIS Arbitration Forum, как и в […]

New Event in Minsk: Representing Interests of States in International Courts and Tribunals
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New Event in Minsk: Representing Interests of States in International Courts and Tribunals

This joint event of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Belarusian State University will focus on complexities of representing the interests of states in international proceedings, with a particular focus on investor-State disputes. Topics: What makes representing interests of States different compared to representing commercial entities? What are the challenges of […]

London High Court: too late for Kazakhstan to challenge an award issued on Canada-USSR BIT

London High Court: too late for Kazakhstan to challenge an award issued on Canada-USSR BIT

On 29 January 2019, by its Judgement, the High Court in London refused to allow Kazakhstan a time extension to pursue a challenge to an award on jurisdiction (Award). The High Court held that the fresh evidence obtained by Kazakhstan was not determinative that would justify reopening the jurisdictional matters of the case The proceedings […]

The legal clash between MTS and Turkmenistan – impairment of investor’s rights or defense of State interests?

The legal clash between MTS and Turkmenistan – impairment of investor’s rights or defense of State interests?

In July 2018, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) started a new investment arbitration at ICSID against Turkmenistan. The long-running legal conflict between these parties clearly shows how investment climate depends on the State’s ability to maintain foreign investor and to guarantee its rights of inviolability of property. Generally, the reckless policy of the State in relation to […]

Investment claim against Ukraine follows an antimonopoly fine imposed on Gazprom
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Investment claim against Ukraine follows an antimonopoly fine imposed on Gazprom

On 25 October 2018, Gazprom filed an EUR 6.4 billion investment treaty claim against Ukraine in accordance with UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, under the Russia – Ukraine Bilateral Investment Treaty of 1998 (BIT). The claim concerns a fine imposed by a state authority. Although analysing the merits of the claim at this stage is premature, the […]

Exxon Consortium – Rosneft dispute on the migration of oil in the Sakhalin-1 Project
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Exxon Consortium – Rosneft dispute on the migration of oil in the Sakhalin-1 Project

One of the major recent disputes in the Russian oil & gas industry arose between a subsidiary of the U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil – Exxon Neftegas and the Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft over the Sakhalin-1 project (the “Project”). The dispute between these oil giants led to two parallel proceedings. In the first case, […]

The Svea Court of Appeal set aside the final award won by Spanish investors in Yukos Oil Company

The Svea Court of Appeal set aside the final award won by Spanish investors in Yukos Oil Company

On 7 June 2018, the Svea Court of Appeal in Sweden set aside the award by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC”) in favour of the Spanish investors (“Quasar de Valores SICAV and others v. Russia”). Seven Spanish companies (the “Claimants”) originally filed the SCC claims against Russia in 2007, seeking […]

International Disputes Experts Focused on Non-Conventional Topics During SPBILF 2018
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International Disputes Experts Focused on Non-Conventional Topics During SPBILF 2018

Leading experts discussed various innovative ideas in the area of law during May 15 – 18 at St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. Unlike previous years, this time panels related to international dispute resolution included no discussions of standard topics on international arbitration. Rather they concentrated around specific types of arbitration (investment and sports arbitration) or […]

Ratification of Arbitration-Related Conventions by CIS States: Global and Regional Framework

Ratification of Arbitration-Related Conventions by CIS States: Global and Regional Framework

Trying to create a favourable investment climate, all CIS states have adopted investment protection laws which provide certain privileges to foreign investors. However, when it comes to ratification of international treaties in which states reflect consent to international arbitration of investment disputes, the situation is more nuanced. All CIS countries are parties to the basic international […]

Monetary claim as a protected investment under ECT: Energoalians v. Moldova case

Monetary claim as a protected investment under ECT: Energoalians v. Moldova case

On 28 March 2018, the French Court of Cassation reinstated a $49 mln Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”) award against the Republic of Moldova, that was set aside by the Paris Court of Appeal on jurisdictional grounds in 2016. The Court of Cassation considered that the lower court violated the text of ECT by imposing a […]

Foreign Investment in the Post-2014 Ukraine: Signs of Improvement?
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Foreign Investment in the Post-2014 Ukraine: Signs of Improvement?

Foreign direct investment (“FDI“) inflow in Ukraine was drastically reduced after the Euromaidan, the annexation of Crimea and the military unrest in the East of Ukraine. This number fell from $4.5 billion in 2013 to $410 million in 2014. The Ukrainian government faced the difficult task of improving the investment climate in the country. How well has […]

New Book: The Law and Practice of International Arbitration in the CIS Region

New Book: The Law and Practice of International Arbitration in the CIS Region

CIS Arbitration Forum authors and other experts from the region teamed up to produce the first comprehensive overview of commercial arbitration in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The Law and Practice of International Arbitration in the CIS Region edited by Kaj Hober and Yarik Kryvoi provides a country-by-country analysis of regulation and practice […]

Belarus may face an ICSID claim for the first time
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Belarus may face an ICSID claim for the first time

Over the entire period of its independence Belarus has never been a respondent in an investor-state dispute. This remains so despite the fact that the country adheres to an active policy of investment promotion. According to public data in the first quarter of 2017 the leading investment partners of Belarus originate from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Cyprus […]

Baltic Arbitration Days-2017: issues discussed
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Baltic Arbitration Days-2017: issues discussed

Riga hosted the 6th DIS Baltic Arbitration Days which discussed arbitration of disputes involving states or state-owned entities, corporate disputes and reflected on the lessons taught by annulment or  unenforceability of major arbitral awards in recent past. The conference was organised by BNT attorneys-at-law – one of leading international law firms in Central and Eastern […]

Интервью с генеральным секретарём МЦУИС Мег Киннер: МЦУИС и регион СНГ

Интервью с генеральным секретарём МЦУИС Мег Киннер: МЦУИС и регион СНГ

Арбитражный форум СНГ продолжает серию интервью с представителями крупных международных арбитражных организаций, занимающихся спорами, связанными с Россией и регионом СНГ. В этом месяце профессор Ярослав Кривой взял интервью у Мег Киннер, которая с 2008 года является генеральным секретарем Международного центра по урегулированию инвестиционных споров (МЦУИС) во Всемирном банке. Госпожа Киннер поделилась своими мыслями о том, […]

Interview with ICSID Secretary-General Meg Kinnear: ICSID and the CIS region

Interview with ICSID Secretary-General Meg Kinnear: ICSID and the CIS region

CIS Arbitration Forum continues its series of interviews with representatives of major international arbitration institutions working on disputes related to Russia and the CIS region. This month Professor Yarik Kryvoi interviewed Meg Kinnear, who since 2008 has been the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank. Ms Kinnear shared her […]

Conference overview: International Arbitration in the Spotlight: from Tokyo to New York
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Conference overview: International Arbitration in the Spotlight: from Tokyo to New York

On 20 March 2017 Moscow hosted International Arbitration in the Spotlight: from Tokyo to New York, a conference organized by the LF Academy and Arbitration Centre at the Autonomous Non-profit Organisation ”Institute of Modern Arbitration” (Russia). CIS Arbitration Forum was its media partner. The first part of the event was devoted to the most recent […]

Round-Up of Investment Arbitrations Against CIS States: Recent Developments

Round-Up of Investment Arbitrations Against CIS States: Recent Developments

In the December 2016 – March 2017 period, some major procedural developments occurred in several pending and concluded investment arbitrations against CIS states. In some of these pending disputes, arbitral tribunals have asserted jurisdiction over the investors’ claims, addressing noteworthy issues such as: provisional application of the Energy Charter Treaty, application of BITs to investments in Crimea and corruption […]

Money Laundering Allegations by Kyrgyzstan against Latvian Investor Resurface in Paris Cour d’Appel
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Money Laundering Allegations by Kyrgyzstan against Latvian Investor Resurface in Paris Cour d’Appel

In a recent judgment (21 February 2017), the Paris Cour d’Appel annulled the USD 15 million arbitral award in Valery Belokon v The Kyrgyz Republic rendered by the UNCITRAL tribunal against Kyrgyzstan under the 2008 Latvia-Kyrgyzstan BIT. The arbitral tribunal had previously rejected the allegations by Kyrgyzstan that the Claimant had, through its investment, Manas Bank, […]

Ukraine: 2016 international arbitration year in review
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Ukraine: 2016 international arbitration year in review

2016 turned out to be extremely eventful yet quite exhausting for the international arbitration community in Ukraine. The rapidly changing arbitration environment and recent developments in the international arbitration arena leave no other option than to adapt oneself and break through. But would the inner powers of international arbitration in Ukraine suffice? In changes we […]

Paris court confirms state companies’ use of investment arbitration under Russia-Ukraine BIT (Ukraine v Tatneft)

Paris court confirms state companies’ use of investment arbitration under Russia-Ukraine BIT (Ukraine v Tatneft)

On 29 November 2016 the Paris Court of Appeal (the Court) decided to uphold the arbitration award in the long-lasting dispute between Russian oil firm PJSC Tatneft (the Tatneft) and Ukraine. In this case, Ukraine unsuccessfully tried to set aside the $112m investment treaty awards in favour of Tatneft. The main issue in the case was […]

Russian Investors Turning More Frequently to Investment Arbitration
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Russian Investors Turning More Frequently to Investment Arbitration

In 2016 the Russian Federation has most commonly appeared on the host state’s end of investor-state disputes, facing numerous arbitration claims brought in relation to the events in Crimea. However, quite recently Russia has also become more involved as a home state, with Russian investors becoming more active in investor-state disputes. This post highlights the […]

Recent Investment Arbitration Disputes involving CIS States
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Recent Investment Arbitration Disputes involving CIS States

The period of July–October 2016 has seen several developments in the field of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the CIS region. The arbitral tribunals in these cases will further address issues such as: the succession of the former Soviet republics to USSR investment treaty obligations, the mandatory nature of local courts’ litigation provision in the Turkmenistan–Turkey […]

TSIKinvest LLC v. Republic of Moldova

TSIKinvest LLC v. Republic of Moldova

An investor filed the emergency arbitration proceeding against Moldova. The claims arose out of the suspension of claimant’s voting rights in a Moldovan bank and the forced sale of its shares within three months allegedly ordered by Moldova’s National Bank. The emergency arbitrator stayed Moldova’s attempts to force the claimant to divest its shares in a bank. The […]

Energoalians TOB v. Republic of Moldova

Energoalians TOB v. Republic of Moldova

In Energoalians TOB v. Republic of Moldova, an investor brought claims arising out of the non-payment of accumulated debt by the State-owned entity Moldtranselectro and by another former partner of Energoalians, for energy supplied in 1999-2000. The arbitration proceeded under the UNCITRAL Arbitration rules. The Tribunal decided in favour of the investor and the award was rendered on […]

State Enterprise “Energorynok v. Republic of Moldova

State Enterprise “Energorynok v. Republic of Moldova

Energorynok,  a state-owned energy company, brought an arbitration claim against the Republic of Moldova seeking to recover a debt of USD 1.7 million from an economic agent affiliated to Moldova’s Energy Ministry. The Tribunal found confusing and inconsistent the Claimant’s arguments on quantum and rejected the claim as groundless. The award was rendered on 29 January 2015 and is available […]

Iurii Bogdanov, Agurdino-Invest Ltd. and Agurdino-Chimia JSC v. Republic of Moldova

Iurii Bogdanov, Agurdino-Invest Ltd. and Agurdino-Chimia JSC v. Republic of Moldova

An investor filed the SCC arbitration claim alleging indirect expropriation after the Moldova’s Customs Department supposedly restricted the operations of claimant’s paint-manufacturing company in a so-called free economic zone. The tribunal rendered the decision on 31 January 2006 in favour of the State. The award is available here. Bogdanov and Agurdio Invest v.Moldova (SCC 2005)

Moldova: a Summary of Investment Arbitration History
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Moldova: a Summary of Investment Arbitration History

The Republic of Moldova is a party to numerous multilateral investment treaties including the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT“) and the ICSID Convention, which came into force for Moldova on 4 June 2011. Moldova has also signed bilateral investment treaties (“BITs“) with 43 countries. This article presents a short overview of known investor-state cases brought against Moldova. Cases initiated by Yuri Bogdanov  Russian citizen […]

Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! (KAD-2016)

Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! (KAD-2016)

  Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! Ukrainian Bar Association is happy to announce the next Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! (KAD-2016) which will take place on 3 November 2016 in Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev, Ukraine. The conference is conducted under the auspices of the Ukrainian Bar Association. KAD-2016 will bring together world-class dispute resolution […]

Counterclaims in Oxus Gold v Uzbekistan: Is Investor-State Arbitration Still a One-Way Road?

Counterclaims in Oxus Gold v Uzbekistan: Is Investor-State Arbitration Still a One-Way Road?

The arbitral tribunal in Oxus Gold Plc v The Republic of Uzbekistan in the final award that became publicly available in April 2016 rejected all counterclaims raised by the host state against the British investor. The award, rendered by Prof Pierre Tercier, Prof Brigitte Stern and Hon Marc Lalonde (issuing partial dissent on another legal issue) […]

Opposite Results in Two SCC Emergency Arbitrations (Evrobalt v Moldova and Kompozit v Moldova)

Opposite Results in Two SCC Emergency Arbitrations (Evrobalt v Moldova and Kompozit v Moldova)

Two recent Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC“) emergency arbitration awards in investment arbitrations against the Republic of Moldova, with different conclusions based on a similar factual and legal background, inject uncertainty regarding the interpretation of conditions for granting interim relief in investment arbitration, while reaffirming positions on certain long-debated issues. Practical implications The messages to […]

Interim Relief Against the Host State: Analysis of Emergency Awards against Moldova

Interim Relief Against the Host State: Analysis of Emergency Awards against Moldova

Applications for interim relief have become a frequently used procedural tool among foreign investors arbitrating against CIS states. Emergency arbitration proceedings under the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) Arbitration Rules are particularly in demand: at least four applications for interim reliefs against CIS states have been filed since 2014 (TSIKInvest v Republic of Moldova; JKX Oil & […]

Kompozit LLC v Republic of Moldova (SCC Emergency Arbitration)

Kompozit LLC v Republic of Moldova (SCC Emergency Arbitration)

In June 2016 Kompozit LLC, a Russian shareholder of JSC Moldova Agroindbank (MAIB)  applied for interim relief from SCC Emergency Arbitrator Mr. José Rosell. The dispute arose out of the actions by the National Bank of Moldova impairing the Claimant’s shareholding in MAIB: finding that Claimant failed to receive its approval of obtaining substantive shareholding, subsequent suspension of its shareholding […]

Recent Investment Arbitration Cases involving CIS States

Recent Investment Arbitration Cases involving CIS States

While the spotlight of the CIS arbitration community is currently focused on investment disputes between Ukrainian claimants and the Russian Federation, moving to jurisdictional phase in mid-July 2016, other CIS states have also provided some noteworthy developments. This post highlights general trends identified in CIS-related Investor-State Dispute Settlement (“ISDS“) since 2015, and addresses certain cases that […]

Russia losing battles but winning wars with foreign investors: cases overview

Russia losing battles but winning wars with foreign investors: cases overview

More often than not, foreign investors reach some success in arbitration cases against Russia. However, obtaining ultimate remuneration for their efforts usually becomes a long and evasive target, because the award either gets annulled or faces insurmountable enforcement difficulties. Many international treaties of the Russian Federation including those concluded by the USSR as its legal predecessor include a “narrow” […]