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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 Prof 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 […]

State immunity and state-owned enterprises: a recent dispute involving Moldova

State immunity and state-owned enterprises: a recent dispute involving Moldova

In a recent judgement (27 January 2017), the Court Southern District of New York, ordered the state enterprise Moldovagaz S.A  and the Republic of Moldova to pay the amount of 27 mln $ to Gater Assets Limited. The judgement raises certain issues regarding the State’s liability for state-owned enterprises commercial activities. Given that the Government of Moldova has […]

By 16 May, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Rules of the Game for Arbitral Institutions in Russia

New Rules of the Game for Arbitral Institutions in Russia

The new Russian Arbitration Law has already been in force for eight months. One of the most significant changes that the new Law introduced concerns the authorisation requirement for arbitral institutions. At the beginning of May 2017, the Government of the Russian Federation released its first decision on the granting of authorisation to act as a permanent […]

The VII Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum: 16–20 May 2017

The VII Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum: 16–20 May 2017

Each year the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum brings together ministers of justice, chairpersons of constitutional courts, secretary generals of international organisations, heads of leading law firms, chief legal officers of major companies, representatives of state regulators, international organisations and law schools from over 80 countries. CIS Arbitration Forum is an information partner of this […]

By 31 March, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
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

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, […]

By 28 February, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
ICAC’s new “kompetenz-kompetenz” dilemma in domestic arbitration

ICAC’s new “kompetenz-kompetenz” dilemma in domestic arbitration

Since 27 January 2017, due to the profound Russian arbitration law reform effective from 1 September 2016, the ICAC at the Russian CCI (the “ICAC”) may also deal with domestic (non-international) arbitration. The question arises as to whether the ICAC may now resolve internal disputes under pre-reform arbitration clauses: at the time of their conclusion […]

By 22 February, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Belarusian law firm wins doping case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Belarusian law firm wins doping case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport

On 23 January 2017 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rendered an award on doping case CAS 2016/A/4708 Belarus Canoe Association & Belarusian Senior Men’s Canoe and Kayak team members v International Canoe Federation. The appeal filed by the Belarus Canoe Association (the “BCA“) and the Belarusian senior men’s canoe and kayak team members against the decision […]

New rules of the ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce: what has changed for international disputes?

New rules of the ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce: what has changed for international disputes?

Russian arbitration legislation reform has triggered a large-scale revision of regulations of arbitral institutions. One of the oldest arbitral institutions in Russia, the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the “ICAC”), has adopted new regulations and rules, including new rules on resolving international commercial disputes. Previous rules came into […]

ASCOM case: Kazakhstan’s request to set aside is rejected, the SCC award “was not fraudulent”

ASCOM case: Kazakhstan’s request to set aside is rejected, the SCC award “was not fraudulent”

On 9 December 2016 the Svea Court of Appeal (Sweden) rejected Kazakhstan’s request for the award in Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati, Ascom Group SA and Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd v Kazakhstan (Arbitral Award in SCC Case No. V (116/2010) the “Award“) to be set aside, finding Kazakhstan’s allegations regarding a presentation by investors during the […]

By 10 January, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
English Court of Appeal upholds arbitration award in a complex Moscow mall dispute

English Court of Appeal upholds arbitration award in a complex Moscow mall dispute

In its recent judgment, the English Court of Appeal (the “Court“) decided to uphold the arbitration award in a dispute between a former Russian MP Ashot Yegiazaryan and his business partner Vitaly Smagin. The case was rather complex as the arbitration proceedings involved two arbitration agreements based on two separate contracts, one of which was not […]

Ukraine: 2016 international arbitration year in review

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 […]

By 29 December, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CIS Regional Conventions on Cross-Border Litigation and Its Application by Russian Courts

CIS Regional Conventions on Cross-Border Litigation and Its Application by Russian Courts

Recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments in Russia generally require the existence of a treaty between the issuing state and the recognising state; otherwise, the principle of reciprocity applies. On the CIS level this procedure is relatively facilitated by a number of conventions. This post looks at the main features of these CIS regional […]

By 9 December, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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

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 […]

By 22 November, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Insightful Arbitration Days Took Place in Kiev

Insightful Arbitration Days Took Place in Kiev

Kiev Arbitration Days have traditionally been a rendez-vous for envisioning the future of arbitration, based on today’s developments. KAD 2016, organised by the Ukrainian Bar Association, was no different, bringing together renowned dispute resolution practitioners and prominent arbitration experts to discuss issues and perspectives on international arbitration. As Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi (Member of the Organising Committee […]

By 9 November, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
No education – no representation. Russian Constitutional Court decides on legal education requirement for administrative proceedings

No education – no representation. Russian Constitutional Court decides on legal education requirement for administrative proceedings

Until quite recently Russian procedural law has had no particular requirements as to parties’ representatives in non-criminal legal proceedings. This situation started to change in 2015 when the Russian Parliament approved the new Code of Administrative Procedure (the “Code“). These changes, which quickly turned out to be controversial, became part of the larger dispute on the so-called […]

Recent Investment Arbitration Disputes involving CIS States

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 […]

By 17 October, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Commercial Dispute Resolution in Eastern Europe: Debugging the Mechanisms

Commercial Dispute Resolution in Eastern Europe: Debugging the Mechanisms

One may compare arbitration with a car: it may be luxurious or modest, but to run it you always need four properly functioning wheels: arbitral institutions, parties, arbitrators and state courts. Tetiana Slipachuk, managing partner of Sayenko Kharenko law firm, reminded us of this while moderating the first arbitration section of the first Eastern European […]

By 28 September, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Moldova: a Summary of Investment Arbitration History

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 […]

By 23 September, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Russia fights Ukraine over “Yanukovych debt”

Russia fights Ukraine over “Yanukovych debt”

The slowly developing Russia-Ukraine $3 billion sovereign debt dispute got a sudden new development when, at the end of July 2016, Russia requested the London High Court make an expedited ruling on the dispute. Following that, on 8 September 2016, the High Court scheduled the hearings for the dispute for 17-20 January 2017. The debt The history of this […]

By 9 September, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New Russian Law on Arbitration and International Standards

New Russian Law on Arbitration and International Standards

The new arbitration laws which came into effect on 1 September 2016 have brought about some long-awaited changes. The Federal Law on Arbitration in the Russian Federation (the “Law on Arbitration”) and its ancillary law address, in particular, “pocket” arbitral institutions (established and controlled by a commercial company), uncertainty in connection with the arbitrability of […]

By 7 September, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Russian court rules on foreign currency use in real estate transactions

Russian court rules on foreign currency use in real estate transactions

On 18 July 2016 the Commercial Court of Moscow region refused to confirm the settlement agreement between PAO Vimpel-Communications and PAO Tizpribor in the year-long dispute between the two companies. The outcome of this case may have significant consequences both for Russian real estate, in particular for the use of foreign currency in tenancy agreements, as well […]