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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

30/04/2019

Potential Investor-State Issues in Belt and Road Initiative Projects

In the latest edition of Asian Dispute Review, Duncan Matthews QC and Simon Milnes discuss the protections available to State-owned entities (SOEs) under investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The article addresses three related aspects of the protections available to participants in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, particularly State-owned entities (SOEs).

These are:

  1. geographical variations in the scope of protections available;
  2. the requirement for an ’investment’, particularly under the ICSID régime; and
  3. last but definitely not least, the much more intricate question of whether, and when, an SOE qualifies as an ‘investor’.

This article follows a 20 Essex Street seminar at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in May 2018.

For the April issue of Asian Dispute Review, see here.

Relevant members
Duncan Matthews QC Simon C Milnes
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