Work Area: Arbitration

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

Spanish food importer threatens Mexico with arbitration

A Spanish businessman who ran a business importing gourmet foods has threatened to bring an investment treaty claim against Mexico after its customs authorities impounded and destroyed a container of his products.

05 October 2020

Airport investor brings tax claim against Ecuador

A Canadian construction company is pursuing an investment treaty claim against Ecuador over taxes relating to the construction of Quito’s international airport – nine years after an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) case over the same project was discontinued.

01 October 2020

Arbitration Summit: pandemic and populism to increase investor-state disputes

Lawyers speaking at Latin Lawyer-GAR Interactive: Arbitration Summit yesterday recommended companies plan infrastructure investments carefully and with the backing of investment treaties and thorough due diligence, amid arbitrary actions by populist politicians and a slew of new laws pursued by governments in Latin America to fight the covid-19 pandemic.

30 September 2020

Panama Canal Authority reclaims damages from consortium

An International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) tribunal has ordered the consortium that worked on the expansion of the Panama Canal to repay US$265 million to the country's canal authority while awarding the contractor a smaller amount of damages.

30 September 2020

Winners of Latin Lawyer’s 2019 Deal of the Year Awards announced

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The winners in all 10 categories of our 14th annual Deal of the Year Awards are revealed here.

29 September 2020

Aguilar Castillo Love expands in Ecuador with Bustamante hire

Central American law firm Aguilar Castillo Love has hired an energy lawyer from Bustamante & Bustamante in Ecuador, adding its second partner in Quito this year.

29 September 2020

Deal of the Year 2019 winners announced online next week

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Latin Lawyer will announce the winners of its 14th annual Deal of the Year Awards on Tuesday 29 September.

21 September 2020

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