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    • 18/05/2022
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    Investor-State Claims against Mexico: Recent Developments in the Energy and Mining Sectors

    As an update to our August 2021 client alert, this client alert provides an overview of the most recent regulatory developments in the energy and mining sectors in Mexico and their potential effect on foreign investments.

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    • 02/05/2022
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists Giant Electric Vehicle Kunshan (“GEV”) in obtaining the annulment of the EU anti-dumping and countervailing duties on e-bikes from China

    In two judgments issued on 27 April 2022, the General Court of the European Union annulled the anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on e-bikes manufactured by GEV. The General Court found that the price undercutting calculation carried out by the Commission in the context of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations was vitiated by a methodological error because the price of the Union producers included certain elements, namely SG&A and profits of their related selling entities, which were not included in the price of GEV used by the Commission. This methodological error led to an unfair price comparison and was liable to call into question the legality of the contested regulations by invalidating the Commission’s entire causation analysis. This has led the General Court to annul the contested regulations in so far as they concern GEV, thereby scrapping the 20.7% anti-dumping and 3.9% countervailing duties applicable to imports of e-bikes from GEV. GEV was represented in the proceedings by managing partner Philippe De Baere and senior associate, Joanna Redelbach. A copy of the judgments is available here and here.

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    • 29/04/2022
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    Isabelle Van Damme and Aldo Scalini spoke on IBRAC’s panel discussing US and EU sanctions against Russia

    On 27 April 2022, Isabelle and Aldo participated in a panel on US and EU sanctions against Russia organized by IBRAC, the Brazilian Institute of Studies on Competition, Consumer Affairs and International Trade. Isabelle and Aldo spoke on the rationale and objectives of the EU sanctions and provided an overview of the sanctions adopted by the Council of the EU against Russia and Belarus in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine. Further details can be found here.

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    • 23/02/2022
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    ICSID tribunal declines to revisit its decision in light of the CJEU’s judgment in Komstroy

    On 1 February 2022, the tribunal in Infracapital v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/18) dismissed Spain’s request to reconsider the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear a dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”). In its Reconsideration Decision, the tribunal examines and rejects Spain’s intra-EU jurisdictional objection based on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in Case C-741/19, Republic of Moldova v. Komstroy LLC (“Komstroy”) (see our client alert). According to the tribunal, the Komstroy judgment is entirely irrelevant to its rulings on jurisdiction and on liability. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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    • 14/01/2022
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    欧州委員会による炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)導入規則案の公表及び日本企業への示唆 / Note on the implications of future EU CBAM for Japan

    2021年7月14日、欧州委員会は、炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)を導入する規則案を公表しました。今後、欧州議会や閣僚理事会により重要な修正が加えられる可能性もありますが、本稿では、規則案において提案されているCBAMの主要な要素及び日本企業への示唆を説明します。

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    • 09/12/2021
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    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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