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    • 01/08/2022
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    CJEU rules that judgments on awards circumventing the Brussels Regulation cannot form the basis for non-recognition of irreconcilable judgments

    In a recent judgment in the case of London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Limited v. Kingdom of Spain (Case C‑700/20, Judgment of 20 June 2022), the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a preliminary ruling holding that arbitration proceedings initiated in the United Kingdom and the resulting award could not block the recognition of a Spanish judgment requiring an insurer to compensate Spain for the environmental damage caused by the Prestige oil tanker off the coast of Spain.

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    • 29/07/2022
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    European Union Imposes Severe Sanctions on Russia

    In response to Russia’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine on 22 February 2022 and its continuing military aggression against Ukraine starting on 23 February 2022, the European Union (“EU”) has adopted several packages of sanctions severely restricting economic relations with Russia, Russian entities, and persons. VBB’s Guide to the EU sanctions against Russia has been updated to cover the “maintenance and alignment package” published on 21 July 2022. The Guide identifies the relevant regulations, explains what sanctions apply, and flags key compliance actions.

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    • 26/07/2022
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    AGGIORNAMENTO — Riepilogo Delle Sanzioni Adottate Dall'Unione Europea Contro La Russia

    Con l’inizio del conflitto in Ucraina, l’Unione europea ha adottato una serie di misure restrittive contro la Russia, volte a colpirne, inter alia, settori strategici della sua economia. Questa breve nota ha l’obiettivo di fornire uno strumento di rapida consultazione del complesso quadro sanzionatorio adottato dall’UE.

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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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