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Established in 1994, we pioneered the first international arbitration claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) winning a landmark settlement in favour of our client. Since then, we have brought many pioneering actions on behalf of major multinational companies, financial institutions and business corporations to protect foreign investments and international trade rights, under the NAFTA, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements, and many other international trade and investment treaties.
We can advise on and conduct arbitrations under all major arbitration rules, including the ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes), UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), AAA (American Arbitration Association), LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration) and ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Rules. We can also provide advice and assistance in relation to the recognition and enforcement of international arbitration awards before domestic courts.
We are experienced in related international legal services, including advising on dispute resolution agreements and structuring foreign investments to optimize coverage by investment protection treaties against political and other risks. We also provide advice on the challenges associated with the issuance and trading of greenhouse gas emission credits.
March 20, 2015
Bilcon wins NAFTA claim against Canada. The Panel found Canada responsible for unfair regulatory treatment as other review panels looking at similar quarry expansions provided better treatment to local Canadian applicants than the Whites Point Quarry Joint Review Panel provided to Bilcon.
A damages hearing is to follow. Damages claimed are not less than $300 million.
March 4, 2015
Barry Appleton and Sean Stephenson discuss a submission to the New York International Economic Law working group entitled “The Awareness of Fairness:Are there Binding Ethical Standards for Investment Treaty Arbitrators?” on legitimacy and due process in international investment treaty arbitration.
January 16, 2015
Managing Partner Barry Appleton leads intensive seminar on Potential Reform of the Investor State Dispute System at the University of British Columbia Faulty of Law.
October 31, 2014
Closing argument to be made in Mesa Power Group v. Canada. Hearing Transcripts and video will be made available at a future date.
October 24, 2014
NAFTA Tribunal to commence week long public arbitration hearing in Mesa Power Group v. Canada. This hearing is being transmitted live to the public in a nearby designated viewing facility. Hearing Transcripts and video will be made available at a future date.
July 17, 2014
A copy of the Investor’s Reply Memorial in the Mesa Power Group v Canada NAFTA Arbitration has been released to the public.
Investor’s Reply Memorial
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