Category: Asia Pacific

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K&L Gates Arbitration World, Summer 2008
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International Arbitration: A Tool to Manage Risk When Dealing in High Growth/High Risk Markets
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K&L Gates’ Arbitration World, Spring 2008
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Potential Pitfalls in Australian Dispute Resolution Clauses
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K&L Gates’ Arbitration World, Summer 2007
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K&L Gates’ Arbitration World, Winter 2006/2007
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K&LNG’s Arbitration World, Summer 2006
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K&LNG’s Arbitration World (U.S. Version), Winter 2005/2006
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K&LNG’s Arbitration World (U.K. Version), Winter 2005

K&L Gates Arbitration World, Summer 2008

By K&L Gates attorneys Ian Meredith, John L. Boos and others.

Arbitration World is an update for clients and contacts on recent development in international arbitration law and practice.

Welcome to the Sixth Edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ Arbitration Group which aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this edition, our review of key case law includes reports on the keenly awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hall Street v. Mattel, a U.S. appellate decision excluding class actions, and a recent case from the Court of Arbitration for Sport with potentially wide-ranging implications.

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International Arbitration: A Tool to Manage Risk When Dealing in High Growth/High Risk Markets

By K&L Gates partner, Ian Meredith, and published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

As many businesses experience declining growth in their domestic and traditional markets, they are looking increasingly towards the "BRIC" countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other high growth economies outside their traditional trading areas.  The report of the International Monetary Fund entitled the "World Economic Outlook" which was released on 9 April 9, 2008 downgraded projections for growth in 2008 and 2009 across the major Advanced Economies including those of the US, Canada and Western Europe whilst continuing to project relatively higher rates of growth across certain Emerging and Developing Economies including China and India.  It seems likely that the move by many US businesses to target Emerging and Developing Economies will gather pace.

This article will assess the extent to which international arbitration can play a role in assisting US businesses in managing commercial risk when seeking to invest and/or trade in higher risk overseas markets and it will provide a number of suggestions on ways to limit risk[1].

Read the full article here.

K&L Gates’ Arbitration World, Spring 2008

By K&L Gates attorneys Peter R. Morton, Ian Meredith, John L. Boos, Joanna A. Diakos.

Arbitration World is an update for clients and contacts on recent development in international arbitration law and practice.

Welcome to the Fifth Edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ Arbitration Group which aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration for executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this edition, in terms of U.S. developments, we look at the growth of “class arbitration” in the U.S. and Canada, review the case law on challenging the scope of submission to an arbitrator in the U.S. and take an early look at an important Supreme Court case regarding the scope for Federal Courts to review arbitral awards as well as the proposed “Arbitration Fairness Act.”

We consider two aspects of the continuing development of the ethical framework for arbitrators:  guidelines from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on the interviewing of prospective arbitrators and a U.S. Court of Appeal case on the duty to investigate potential conflicts of interest.

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Potential Pitfalls in Australian Dispute Resolution Clauses

Seeley Int’l Pty. Ltd. v. Electra Air Conditioning BV, 2008 WL 276689, [2008] FCA 29 (Fed. Ct. Austl.)

This Australian case illustrates the issues, in that jurisdiction, which can turn on niceties in the drafting of dispute resolution clauses.  Seeley, a distributor of air conditioners sued their manufacturer, Electra, in the Australian Federal Court for breach of contract, seeking a declaration and summary judgment.  Electra sought to restrain the proceedings on the basis of an agreement to arbitrate any issue between the parties before a single arbitrator seated in Melbourne under the IAMA Rules.  However, the relevant clause also provided that nothing in it “prevents a party from seeking injunctive or declaratory relief in the case of a material breach or threatened breach of this Agreement.”
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K&L Gates’ Arbitration World, Summer 2007

By K&L Gates attorneys Wing L. Cheung, Martha J. Dawson, Ira S. Kaufman, Ian Meredith, Sarah A. Munro, Glenn R. Reichardt, Thomas M. Reiter, Stephen A. Smith, Sarah Turpin and Tiffany Yeung.

Arbitration World highlights the significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

Welcome to the Fourth Edition of “Arbitration World,” a publication from K&L Gates’ Arbitration Group which aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to executives and in-house counsel with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this edition we look back at the firm’s third annual London International Arbitration Seminar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge in April and look forward to hosting a similar event in San Francisco on 4-5 October 2007 (details in the Forthcoming Events section on the back page).

We are pleased to include a guest contribution from Petter Tornquist of Setterwalls, the leading Swedish law firm, on the new rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

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K&L Gates’ Arbitration World, Winter 2006/2007

By K&L Gates attorneys Ian Meredith, Michael D. Napoli, Martin J. King, Andrew H. Davies, Douglas J. Simmons, Ben Morgan, Clare Tanner, Brian R. Davidson, Kari M. Horner, Sarah A. Munro and Rachel G. Stephens.

Arbitration World highlights the significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

Welcome to the third edition of “Arbitration World” and the first edition, we are proud to say, following the combination of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP with Preston Gates Ellis LLP, effective 1 January 2007, to form Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP – “K&L Gates.”

In light of this development, page 3 of this issue includes a short commentary on arbitration in Asia and a profile of the firm’s Asian offices which enable the firm to advise clients in arbitration in this increasingly strategic part of the world.

For those reading for the first time, “Arbitration World” aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

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K&LNG’s Arbitration World, Summer 2006

By Ian Meredith, Linda A. Kent, Peter R. Morton, Kelly D. Talcott, Matthew E. Smith, Clare Tanner, Sarah A. Munro.

Arbitration World, a publication of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, highlights the significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

Welcome to the second edition of “Arbitration World,” a publication from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP’s Arbitration Group.  “Arbitration World” aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this significantly expanded edition:

  • We look back at our International Arbitration Seminar held at Claridge’s, London in March this year and look forward to our forthcoming International Arbitration Webinar programme in the Autumn;
  • We examine some practical considerations in relation to arbitration clauses in insurance contracts, consider the issue of whether an arbitrator has authority to grant rescission of the contract as a remedy in arbitration and offer some thoughts on ways to deal with the tricky area of arbitration of multiparty disputes with particular reference to the construction sector;

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K&LNG’s Arbitration World (U.S. Version), Winter 2005/2006

By Thomas E. Birsic, Ian Meredith, Linda A. Kent, Peter R. Morton, Kelly D. Talcott, Matthew E. Smith and Clare Tanner.

Arbitration World highlights the significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

Welcome to the first edition of “Arbitration World,” a publication from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP’s Arbitration Group.  “Arbitration World” aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this issue we will be covering some recent decisions of the European Court of Justice which serve to highlight the benefits of agreements to arbitrate, and some English case law developments including a House of Lords decision re-affirming the English court’s noninterventionist approach to arbitration.

We look at the growing importance of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and how they might be used not only in claims by investors against governments of developing nations, but also in claims against Western States.

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K&LNG’s Arbitration World (U.K. Version), Winter 2005

By Ian Meredith, Linda A. Kent, Peter R. Morton, Kelly D. Talcott, Matthew E. Smith and Clare Tanner.

Arbitration World highlights the significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

Welcome to the first edition of “Arbitration World,” a publication from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP’s Arbitration Group.  “Arbitration World” aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this issue we will be covering some recent decisions of the European Court of Justice which serve to highlight the benefits of agreements to arbitrate, and some English case law developments including a House of Lords decision re-affirming the English court’s noninterventionist approach to arbitration.

We look at the growing importance of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and how they might be used not only in claims by investors against governments of developing nations, but also in claims against Western States.

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