Work Area: Arbitration

Guatemalan power project generates arbitration

A Colombian energy distributor has launched a US$230 million International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) claim against Guatemala over a project to upgrade the Central American state’s electrical grid – with a second claim threatened.

09 November 2020

Argentine arbitrator Grigera Naón survives Venezuela challenge

Venezuela has failed to unseat Argentine arbitrator Horacio Grigera Naón from an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal over allegations the claimant’s counsel provided him with legal advice while the case was pending.

05 November 2020

Lifetime Achievement Award: Paulo Cezar Aragão

At the age of 69, as active as ever, Paulo Cezar Aragão remains among Brazil’s most influential and respected lawyers, a titan of the profession capable of making the difference at a high-stakes negotiation table like very few are.

03 November 2020

Peru will face mining arbitration over local blockade

A Canadian company has made good on a threatened US$100 million International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) claim against Peru over a gold mining project halted by a rural community blockade – as the state is reportedly threatened with another claim at the centre over environmental issues at a port development project.

02 November 2020

Brazilian boutique hires former AB InBev disputes and compliance head

Brazilian disputes boutique Marchini Botelho Caselta Advogados has hired a former chief compliance officer and litigation head of drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev to lead its arbitration and compliance groups.

30 October 2020

Argentine grid manager faces second arbitration claim

Argentina’s electricity market manager is facing a second claim at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) filed by an investor in a World Bank-sponsored renewables incentives programme.

22 October 2020

Odebrecht bribery ruling upheld in Colombia

Colombia’s highest administrative court has upheld an award that nullified an Odebrecht consortium’s contract for a billion-dollar highway construction on grounds of corruption – a project that has also given rise to International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) claims and an investment treaty dispute.

16 October 2020

Israeli investor fails in arbitration claim against Guatemala

A divided United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) tribunal has dismissed an Israeli energy company’s US$117 million claim against Guatemala, ruling that the state is not liable for pursuing a criminal investigation into the tax affairs of electricity distributors owned by the investor.

15 October 2020

Mayer Brown hires LatAm arbitration counsel from White & Case

Mayer Brown LLP has hired Luiz Aboim from White & Case LLP as partner in London, strengthening its Latin America disputes offering.

07 October 2020

Reprieve for Maduro in battle over Venezuelan gold

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that the UK government’s recognition of Juan Guaidó rather than Nicolás Maduro as lawful president of Venezuela is not necessarily conclusive for the purpose of determining who has control over US$1.95 billion in gold reserves held by the Bank of England.

07 October 2020

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