Nature & scope
FDI & Investment
FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and investment-related cases involve legal issues related to foreign investment in a country and disputes that may arise between foreign investors and the host country’s government or other parties. Here are some common types of FDI and investment-related cases:
Investment Treaties and Disputes:
Cases involving disputes between foreign investors and host countries under bilateral or multilateral investment treaties, such as violations of investment protection provisions, expropriation claims, or breaches of fair and equitable treatment obligations.
Cases brought by foreign investors against host governments through investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms, such as international arbitration or mediation, to seek compensation for alleged breaches of investment agreements or discriminatory treatment.
Cases related to compliance with regulatory frameworks and requirements imposed on foreign investors, including permits, licenses, environmental regulations, labor laws, or intellectual property rights.
Nationalization or Expropriation:
Cases involving the nationalization or expropriation of foreign investments by the host country, where disputes may arise over the compensation offered, the legality of the action, or the justification for expropriation.
Investment Protection and Guarantees:
Cases related to the enforcement of investment protection provisions, including guarantees of fair and equitable treatment, protection against discriminatory practices, or guarantees of repatriation of profits and capital.
Joint Ventures and Shareholder Disputes:
Cases involving disputes among shareholders or partners in joint ventures or foreign-owned companies, such as disagreements over management control, profit-sharing, breach of contract, or allegations of fraud or misrepresentation.
Securities and Financial Regulations: Cases involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, or violations of financial regulations by foreign investors or investment firms.
Intellectual Property Protection:
Cases related to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including disputes over patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets involving foreign investors or multinational corporations.
Cases concerning tax disputes or challenges to the tax treatment of foreign investments, including transfer pricing, withholding taxes, double taxation issues, or disputes over tax incentives or exemptions.
Labor and Employment Disputes:
Cases involving labor or employment disputes between foreign investors and local employees, including claims of unfair labor practices, wage and hour violations, or discrimination.