Russian mall dispute moves to the UK and US courts

Set aside and enforcement proceedings are under way in London and Los Angeles after an LCIA tribunal held that Russian politician Ashot Egiazaryan appropriated his business partner’s stake in one of Moscow’s largest shopping malls.

Ashot Egiazaryan

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Was the tribunal’s assistant the fourth Yukos arbitrator?

Perhaps the most striking of Russia’s grounds for seeking the set-aside of the Yukos awards by the Dutch courts is the role it says was played by the assistant to the arbitral tribunal, Martin Valasek – who it suggests did more work on the case than any of the tribunal members and was effectively “a fourth arbitrator”.

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Yukos moves to the Dutch courts

Albert Jan van den Berg has been retained by Russia to seek the set-aside of the Yukos awards in the Netherlands, with Marnix Leijten of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek defending them on behalf of the former majority shareholders in the defunct Russian oil company.

Albert Jan van den Berg and Marnix Leijten

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Dentons promotes in Paris as it joins forces with Chinese firm

As news comes of its combination with China’s largest law firm, Dentons has announced the promotion to partner of Paris-based Anna Crevon, who cut her teeth on the Yukos arbitrations and was part of the team that represented Gazprom in a US$1.9 billion arbitration with Lithuania.

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Panel grants interim measures against Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has been ordered not to interfere in the management of a Singapore development company or its stake in a mining project pending a claim against the state at ICSID.

The Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea

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