18 December 2015

Australia wins Tobacco Plain Packaging ISDS case.  Media reports have announced that the ISDS claim brought by Philip Morris Australia against Australia’s tobacco plain packing measure has been unanimously dismissed by the tribunal deciding the case.  While the decision is not yet public, in this note we provide some background on the objections which the tribunal had to decide on in dismissing the claim.

5 November 2015

Following the release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, we review some of the key features.  We will release these over the coming days, starting with an initial analysis of the carve-out for tobacco control measures from investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)

31 August 2015

There is growing awareness of the potential to use investment treaties in the wealth management context to gain an extra level of protection for clients.  This note examines the key strategic issues and pitfalls which wealth managers need to be aware of in seeking to secure this protection: Benefiting from bilateral investment treaties in wealth planning

17 June 2015

Today, after around 10 years of negotiations, China and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement.  With the text of the China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA) now published, we take a closer look at some of the outcomes in the Investment Chapter.  The ChAFTA Investment Chapter contains a number of interesting and innovative features and we have reviewed three of these (click on the links below):

ChAFTA’s innovative ISDS safeguard for government regulation;

ChAFTA’s relatively limited scope and future work program; and

the relationship between ChAFTA and the 1988 bilateral investment treaty between Australia and China.

10 June 2015

Lexbridge is proud to announce that the firm has partnered with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to establish the ACCI-Lexbridge Trade Law Support Service. The Trade Law Support Service was launched today and is available to help Australian businesses navigate the complex rules and requirements of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and to take full advantage of the benefits of Australia’s FTAs. Click here for more information.

25 March 2015

The establishment of Lexbridge featured recently in a news article on Australasian Lawyer.  The article announces that “A ground-breaking public international law firm is set to shake up the legal sector after launching this month. The firm is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.”  Read the full article on Australasian Lawyer here.