Category: Asia Pacific

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Federal Government Issues Advanced Release of Revised Building and Construction Code
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High Court Finds No Duty of Care From Builder to Owners Corporation
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Overhaul of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld): How the Changes Will Impact Queensland, Australia
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Biggest Risk of Corruption in The Construction Industry: The Global Picture
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“MINT” Countries Focus in Arbitration World – July 2014
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Welcome to the 26th Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World
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Welcome to the 24th Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World
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Welcome to the 23rd Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World
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Welcome to the 22nd Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World
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Welcome to the 21st Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World

Federal Government Issues Advanced Release of Revised Building and Construction Code

By Duncan Fletcher, K&L Gates, Perth and  Matthew Parker, K&L Gates, Sydney

The Federal Government has issued an advance release of its revised Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 (Revised Code), which will come into effect when the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2014 (Bill) commences as an Act. Once enacted, the Bill will also reestablish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

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High Court Finds No Duty of Care From Builder to Owners Corporation

by Sandra Steele, Belinda Montgomery, Marcel Marquardt, Matthew G. Sier, K&L Gates, Sydney

The High Court has held that a builder of a serviced apartment complex does not owe a duty of care in negligence for financial loss arising from defects in common property to an owner’s corporation (Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corporation Strata Plan 61288 [2014] HCA 36).

The serviced apartments were built by the builder under a design and construction contract with a developer. The owner’s corporation was a subsequent owner of the land.

This is an important decision for the building and construction industry as it has defined the circumstances in which a commercial builder will be found liable for defective works in negligence. 

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Overhaul of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld): How the Changes Will Impact Queensland, Australia

Sandra Steele and Marcel Marquardt, K&L Gates, Sydney

The amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIP Act) were passed on 11 September 2014 and received assent on 26 September 2014. The changes contained in the Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Act 2014 (Qld) (BCIPA Act) are extensive and will impact most participants in the building and construction industry in Queensland, Australia.

The commencement date is expected in the coming weeks. 
 
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Biggest Risk of Corruption in The Construction Industry: The Global Picture

By Elizabeth RobertsonLaura Atherton and Dylan G. Moses, K&L Gates, London

The construction industry is big business. A recent study[1] has predicted that global construction output will increase by more than 70%, to US$15 trillion per year worldwide, by 2025. The dominant sources of this growth will be three countries in particular, China, India and the U.S., with much of the remainder in the emerging markets.

This growth is a cause for celebration, but it will not come without challenges[2]. Some of those countries where the highest growth is predicted are also perceived as having the highest levels of corruption[3].

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1 The Global Construction 2025 by Global Perspectives and Oxford Economics.
2 The Chartered Institute of Buildings found that 49% of respondents to a 2013 survey thought that corruption was common within the UK construction industry.
3 China is listed at number 80 and India is listed at number 94 out 177 countries ranked by Transparency International on their corruption perceptions index in 2013.

“MINT” Countries Focus in Arbitration World – July 2014

Welcome to the 27th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

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In this edition, we include articles specifically relevant to the “MINT” countries of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey, tipped as the next economic giants by ex-Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill who coined the term “BRIC ” countries back in 2001. We look at energy reform in Mexico and its potential impact on commercial and investor-state dispute resolution and a recent decision regarding threshold jurisdictional requirements applicable to bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claims, with particular reference to Indonesia. We review some recent decisions of the Nigerian courts which offer support for arbitration, and current trends and future prospects for arbitration in Turkey.

More generally, we survey the tricky issues that can arise with respect to corruption and bribery in international arbitration. We examine the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India in the Enercon India case and its implications on the drafting of arbitration agreements. We report on a recent case from Texas regarding the implications of allowing the deadline for rendering an arbitration award to pass. We also provide our usual update on developments from around the globe in international arbitration and investment treaty arbitration.

We hope you find this edition of Arbitration World of interest and we welcome any feedback (e-mail ian.meredith@klgates.com or peter.morton@klgates.com).

Welcome to the 26th Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World

Welcome to the 26th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

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In this edition, we report on the much-anticipated decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina regarding the respective roles of courts and arbitrators in deciding threshold issues of arbitrability or jurisdiction. We review a recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court in the context of the wider changes in India regarding international arbitration in recent years, as well as a decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia regarding the implications of seeking to resist enforcement of an award after already unsuccessfully challenging the award at the seat of arbitration.
We include articles on the new arbitration rules issued by the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) and report on the interesting development of the introduction of “Optional Appellate Arbitration Rules” by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) / International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).
We consider the potential issues that may arise with short-form ‘ad hoc’ arbitration clauses, and continue our series of articles on means of protecting foreign investments with a review of the means of access to relevant dispute resolution mechanisms. We also provide our usual updates on developments from around the globe in international arbitration and investment treaty arbitration.
We hope you find this edition of Arbitration World of interest, and we welcome any feedback (email ian.meredith@klgates.com or peter.morton@klgates.com).

Welcome to the 24th Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World

Welcome to the 24th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

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This edition focusses on Africa, a continent that offers significant opportunities across a number of business sectors, and which is seeing remarkable GDP growth rates in many of its nation states.  We include a commentary on the means of mitigating risks arising from disputes when concluding business transactions in Africa.  We review the recent changes in the arbitration landscape in Africa and their potential impact.  We also include a comparative review of Maghreb’s arbitration laws, with particular focus on Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

We provide our usual update on developments from around the globe in international arbitration and investment treaty arbitration.  We look at recent U.S. court decisions on the evolving issue of class arbitration, continue our series of articles on means of protecting foreign investments with a review of the fair and equitable treatment protection standard, and consider the approach to multi-tiered dispute resolution provisions in different jurisdictions.  We hope you find this edition of Arbitration World of interest, and we welcome any feedback (email Ian.Meredith@klgates.com or
Peter.Morton@klgates.com).

Welcome to the 23rd Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World

Welcome to the 23rd edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

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We are delighted to be able to include in this edition a guest contribution from Wieger Wielinga of Omni Bridgeway, funder and manager of cross border claim recoveries.  In his article, Wieger offers his insights and practical tips for the enforcement of arbitral awards against sovereign states and entities under their control, advising that parties overlook at their peril the potential risks and pitfalls of enforcement of awards.

We also include in this edition our usual update on developments from around the globe in international arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, along with specific articles covering some of those developments, along with other topics of interest in more detail, authored by members of K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group.

We hope you find this edition of Arbitration World of interest, and we welcome any feedback (email ian.meredith@klgates.com or peter.morton@klgates.com).

Welcome to the 22nd Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

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We are delighted to be able to include in this edition a guest contribution from Rubini Ventouras, Group Executive Legal Affairs, Asia Pacific, of Newmont Mining Corporation.  In her article, Rubini offers her perspectives on the challenges associated with the management of disputes in multiple, widely varying jurisdictions and explains why arbitration remains her preferred process for the resolution of international commercial disputes.

We are also pleased to welcome a contribution from James Blick, Director at TheJudge Limited, a leading broker of litigation and arbitration funding and after-the-event insurance.  In his article, James offers some practical tips and insights on how to get the best deal when negotiating with potential third-party sources of funding for arbitration.

This edition also includes our usual update on developments from around the globe in both international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, along with specific articles covering some of those developments and other topics of interest in more detail, authored by members of K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group.  This edition includes a contribution from our new colleagues in Melbourne, Australia (following the combination of K&L Gates LLP with Middletons, effective 1 January 2013) describing a recent constitutional challenge to the international arbitration regime in Australia.

We hope you find this edition of Arbitration World of interest, and we welcome any feedback (email ian.meredith@klgates.com or peter.morton@klgates.com).

Welcome to the 21st Edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World

Welcome to the 21st edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

We are delighted to be able to include in this edition a guest contribution from David Burt, Corporate Counsel for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont).  In his article, David describes the way in which DuPont’s “Global ADR Guide”, for use by DuPont’s 200 in-house lawyers across the world, came to be developed.

We are also pleased to include an article by Mick Smith, Partner & Co-Founder of Calunius Capital LLP, one of the leading providers of third party funding.  Third party funding is becoming ever more prevalent in both litigation and arbitration. In his article, Mick describes the processes of case assessment and case monitoring from the funder’s perspective.  This is the first of what will be a short series of articles on the important topic of third party funding in international arbitration.

We also include in this edition our usual update on developments from around the globe in international arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, along with specific articles covering some of those developments and other topics of interest in more detail, authored by members of K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group.

We hope you find this edition of Arbitration World of interest, and we welcome any feedback (email ian.meredith@klgates.com or peter.morton@klgates.com).

In this Issue:

• DuPont Navigates ADR Worldwide
• News from around the World
• World Investment Treaty Arbitration Update
• Third Party Funding: Case Assessment and Monitoring
• U.S. Supreme Court Fires Shot across Oklahoma’s Bow
• What Qualifies as an Investment? A Primer on Protecting Foreign Investments (Part 2)
• Astro: Affirming Singapore’s Position on Challenging Awards on Jurisdictional Grounds
• No Dispute About It – Dispute Boards are Hot in Chinese Construction Projects
• A Comparative Analysis of the “Choice of Law” Approaches to Privilege in International Proceedings
• UAE Arbitration Insight – New York Convention Shifts Enforcement Approach

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