A number of law firms have published articles dealing with the legal impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. This post brings a few of them together, highlighting the key issues for businesses.
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The Hong Kong Court refuses to grant an indemnity costs order following an anti-suit injunction, rejecting an argument that the general approach in arbitration cases to award indemnity costs should be extended against a person who was not a party to the arbitration agreement.
The Hong Kong High Court grants a permanent anti-suit injunction to stop court proceedings continuing on the Mainland on the basis that they were oppressive, vexatious and brought for the purpose of frustrating the arbitration.
In an unusual case, a party filed evidence and sought to resist enforcement of an award but at the hearing advised that it would not advance any arguments to oppose the application to set aside the order granting leave to enforce, thereby leaving the party seeking enforcement to satisfy the court that order ought to be set aside.
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The new Macau arbitration law has been gazetted and will come into force in early May 2020. A local law firm provides an overview of the new legislation.
The HK High Court grants an anti-suit injunction to restrain court proceedings on the Mainland, confirming that the relief is an “interim measure” within the terms of s.35 and s.45 of the Ordinance (and Article 17 of the Model Law).
The Court of Appeal dismisses an appeal against a bankruptcy order finding that the debt was not covered by an arbitration clause. The Court also considered recent authorities arising out of the Lasmos case.
The HK High Court refuses leave to appeal an award under the Schedule to the Ordinance, finding that the Arbitrator was “not obviously wrong”.
A range of cases from Hong Kong, England, Malaysia and Singapore including an update on the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Measures between Hong Kong and the Mainland, an Arbitrator’s duty of impartiality and independence, and a host of enforcement-related cases.Continue Reading
The HK Court confirms an earlier decision holding that there is no provision in the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards that the limitation period should not run while a successful party seeks to enforce an award in China.
In the context of a pending set aside hearing, the Court considers and rejects an application for security costs, applying the tests in Soleh Boneh International Ltd.
The Court refuses to set aside or remit an arbitration award arising out of a project in Macau, rejecting arguments that the employer was unable to present its case or that the tribunal failed to deal with all the issues.
The Arrangement concerning Mutual Assistance for interim measures, empowering Chinese courts to order interim measures in support of HK-seated arbitrations came into effect on 1 October and has already been used.
This month, in addition to the usual International Arbitration updates from around the globe, we highlight an issue which arises regularly and continues to vex courts around the world – the extent to which third parties/non-signatories may rely on or be bound by an arbitration agreement.
A cross-border update of judgments dealing with challenges to arbitration awards, dealing with decisions from the courts of Hong Kong, Singapore and England.
A practical overview of third party funding in belt and road disputes in the main arbitral seats together with practical takeaways on what a party should consider when considering third party funding and tips to ensure its use is successful.
Golden Oasis is the latest in a series of cases (Lasmos, But Ka Chon) dealing with the interplay between insolvency proceedings and arbitration. While the Court agreed with parts of Lasmos, it dismissed the stay to arbitration application as no relevant arbitration clause existed.
The HK Court dismisses an application for setting aside and remission of awards on the grounds of serious irregularity and alleged failure to present case, with a helpful restatement of the applicable legal principles.
In addition to the usual IA updates from around the globe, we highlight two cases, a HK CA decision dealing with a stay application in the context of insolvency proceedings, the other from Singapore refusing an extension of time to bring a setting aside application under Article 34 of the Model Law.Continue Reading
The HK High Court sets aside an award remitted to the tribunal following an initial challenge, stating that the defects resulting in the remission had not been cured by the route taken by the Arbitrator.Continue Reading
The HK High Court grants an anti-suit injunction, holding that a party cannot pursue a claim under an insurance policy without also being bound by the dispute resolution provisions in the policy.Continue Reading
The HK High Court finds that an arbitration clause in a head contract was not incorporated into a sub-contract, and sets out the relevant principles under Articles 7 & 8 of the Model Law.Continue Reading
The HK High Court sets out the principles to be adopted on applications to set aside court judgments and refer matters to arbitration, and the salient principles of contract interpretation.Continue Reading
In But Ka Chon, the CA suggested that the approach in Lasmos – that a petition to wind up a company should generally be dismissed where the contract contains an arbitration clause – propounded an overly one-sided approach to the discretion to set aside a statutory demand.Continue Reading
This month, a series of cases from Malaysia dealing with injunctions, including to restrain the calling of performance bonds and the grant of an anti-arbitration injunction, as well as a review of the Rakna decision from Singapore, concerning the effects to enforcement of non-participation in the arbitration proceedings.Continue Reading
Baker McKenzie review the Hong Kong High Court’s decision in Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Co …Continue Reading
An interesting array of legal developments this month including the Hong Kong court’s refusal to grant a stay to arbitration under Article 8 ML, and a range of enforcement-related cases from Hong Kong, Singapore and England.Continue Reading
Hugill & Ip provide an overview of the arbitral process in Hong Kong, dealing with …Continue Reading
The April 2019 agreement between the Hong Kong Government and China’s Supreme People’s Court will …Continue Reading
As noted in the updates from Linklaters and Baker McKenzie the April 2019 Arrangement concerning …Continue Reading
In a significant legal development, on 2 April 2019, the Hong Kong Government and the …Continue Reading
Practitioners regularly encounter time bar and limitations issues when seeking to enforce or resist enforcement …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills summarise the December 2018 publication of the Code of Practice for Third …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills reviews the decision in N v W  HKCFI 2405, a decision …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills reviews the 2018 decision of the Hong Kong High Court in Company …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills review the decision in P v M  HKCFI 2280, where the …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills reviews the 2018 decision of the Hong Kong High Court in Z …Continue Reading
The HKIAC implemented its new arbitration rules on 1 November 2018. Stephenson Harwood examine the …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills review the new HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules 2018 that came into force on …Continue Reading
Baker McKenzie review the HKIAC’s new Administered Arbitration Rules, effective on 1 November 2018. The …Continue Reading
King and Wood Mallesons review the new HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules that came into effect …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills reviews the decision of the Hong Kong High Court in U v …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills review the 2018 decision of the Hong Kong High Court in Paloma …Continue Reading
Baker McKenzie analyse the April 2018 decision from the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills review the Hong Kong High Court’s decision in Leung Kwok Hung trading …Continue Reading
The HK Companies Court departs from previous authority, holding that a petition to wind up a company on insolvency grounds should generally be dismissed when, inter alia, the contract under which the debt is alleged to arise contains an arbitration clause.Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills review the Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s decision in the long-running proceedings …Continue Reading
Herbert Smith Freehills review the Hong Kong High Court’s decision in A and Others v …Continue Reading