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COVID-19 and Potential Investor-State Claims
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6/3/2020
When: June 3, 2020
6:00 PM EST


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Description: In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, States are resorting to drastic measures that could impact foreign investments in ways never seen before. What are the potential claims that foreign investors can bring against the State for measures? Join our panel of investment treaty arbitration experts from across the globe as they discuss the intricacies involved and the important considerations that States should be mindful of in instituting measures to pre-empt investment treaty claims. This panel will include a segment that focuses on investment treaties involving South Asian States. involved and the important considerations that States should be mindful of in instituting measures to pre-empt investment treaty claims. This panel will include a segment that focuses on investment treaties involving South Asian States.

 

Speakers:

Viren Mascharenhas

Partner, King & Spalding (New York)

Viren Mascarenhas is a partner in King & Spalding’s New York office, and is a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group.  He is a specialist in international arbitration, focusing on both investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration, public international law, and business and human rights.

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Preeti Bhagnani

Partner, White & Case (New York)

 

Preeti Bhagnani is a partner in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice. She represents international corporations and states in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, electricity, mining, telecommunications, construction, insurance and financial services. Preeti has represented clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC, KLRCA and UNCITRAL rules. Her experience includes disputes involving privatizations and contracts with states and state-entities.

 

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Chester Brown

 

Professor of International Law, University of Sydney and Barrister, Essex Court Chambers

 

Professor Chester Brown is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the University of Sydney Law School, Australia, and he is also a Barrister at 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Sydney. He practices, teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international arbitration, international investment law, international trade law, and general commercial matters.

Professor Brown is currently acting as counsel in a number of investment treaty claims, in which he represents claimants as well as respondent States. He has also served as counsel in inter-State arbitrations, as well as in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, and a Conciliation Commission constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He has also been appointed presiding arbitrator in an international commercial arbitration.

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Danielle Morris

 

Partner, WilmerHale (Washington D.C.)

 

Danielle Morris is a partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of the International Arbitration Practice. She joined the firm in 2012. Ms. Morris' practice spans both private and public international law. She has 10 years of experience representing clients in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including under the rules of ICSID, the LCIA, the SCC and UNCITRAL. She has represented clients in various sectors, including mining, oil and gas, financial services, construction, pharmaceutical and automotive. Among others, Ms. Morris has recently represented a government in an arbitration seated in London involving disputes under a contract to provide gas processing facilities; leading banks in investment arbitrations against an Eastern European State; a leading construction company in an investment arbitration against a Middle Eastern State; a leading pharmaceutical company in an investment arbitration against a Latin American State; and a leading aerospace and defense technology company in a dispute under a contract to develop and supply military aircraft.

 

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Moderator

 

 

Radha Raghavan

 

Of Counsel, Draper and Draper LLC (New York)

 

Radha is a dual-qualified attorney in India and New York. She has represented Asian States and State-owned entities in investor-state and commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL and ICC rules.

 

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