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We have been involved in arbitrations, court proceedings and given advice on legal issues across Asia. For our expertise in Hong Kong, please see the dedicated page for this region.

Keyu & Others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Another (Court of Appeal)

Danny Friedman QC and Professor Zachary Douglas QC acted for the appellant Malaysian individuals in this high-profile claim against the UK Secretary of State. The appellants argued that there should be a public inquiry into the 1948 events on the Batang Kali rubber plantation in the former Federation of Malaya, where 24 civilians were shot and killed by members of the British Army. The case is now under consideration of the UK Supreme Court.

BMIC Ltd v Chinnakannan Sivasankaran and Siva Ltd (Commercial Court)

Antony White QC acted for the defendants in this $300 million claim in London’s Commercial Court arising out of the crisis in the Indian telecoms market. The case concerned the claimant company, BMIC, a subsidiary of the Bahrain Telecommunications Company, and the defendant parties, an entrepreneur and an industrial conglomerate with its headquarters in India. The case raised issues with the two parties pre-contract negotiations.

Lawyer(s): Antony White QC

Niko Resources v Bangladesh Petroleum & Production Company (BAPEX); Niko Resources v Bangladesh Oil Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)

Luis González García and Alison Macdonald are involved in an on-going arbitration involving two Bangladeshi state-owned oil companies in two ICSID arbitrations. The first concerns an environmental claim brought by the Government of Bangladesh in the Bangladeshi courts for damage arising from two gas blowouts. The second case considers issues arising out of a petroleum contract dispute.

Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration between Bangladesh and India (Permanent Court of Arbitration)

Professor Philippe Sands QC and Professor James Crawford AC SC represented Bangladesh for this case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The case concerned the delineation of the Bay of Bengal maritime boundary between Bangladesh and India. The tribunal was unanimous on a number of issues, including whether it had jurisdiction to identify the land boundary terminus and the location and determination of the maritime boundary.

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