Interesting discussions about Energy Investment Arbitration: SCC in Hong Kong

The SCC conducted a seminar in collaboration with Shearman & Sterling during the Hong Kong Arbitration week 2016. The session involved an account of the European experience of energy disputes – in particular gas price disputes, ECT disputes and other energy investment arbitrations. Panellists focused on what lessons could be learnt from the European experience and how China and Chinese practitioners in the field could benefit from this.

Kristin Campbell-Wilson, the SCC Deputy Secretary General, initiated the seminar with a brief introduction to the SCC experiences of energy disputes. She then moderated two panels, the European panel and the Chinese panel.

The European panel consisted of Kristoffer Löf (Mannheimer Swartling), Matthew Secomb (White & Case) and Monica Feria-Tinta (20 Essex Street). The panel discussed how the Chinese market will have the advantage of preparing for the opportunities as well as the challenges.

The Chinese panel consisted of Huawei Sun (Zhong Lun), Emmanuel Jacomy (Shearman & Sterling) and Peter Thorp (independent arbitrator). They discussed China’s previous, present and possible future investment regime. The panel also talked about how State Owned Enterprises in the energy sector deals with disputes and arbitrations and how the ECT is relevant to China.

Despite the Hong Kong Observatory having issued a Black Rain Warning the event was well attended with a good participation from the floor. The session offered an insightful and vivid discussion with various perspectives of the European experience of energy disputes.

See selected presentations from the seminar below:

Kristin Campbell-Wilson: Energy disputes at the SCC

Matthew Secomb: ECT disputes

Monica Feria -Tinta: Energy Investment Arbitration

Emmanuel Jacomy: PRC Investment Treaty Programme

Photo above: from left to right; 
Emmanuel Jacomy, Kristin Campbell-Wilson, Matthew Secomb, Monica Feria-Tinta, Kristoffer Löf, Huawei Sun, Peter Thorp.

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