Developments in Sovereign Disputes

April 01, 2008
We are pleased to present this first edition of Dechert LLP’s Developments in Sovereign Disputes, which we have developed to keep you informed of interesting legal developments around the world related to commercial disputes involving foreign states, state-owned or controlled businesses, and other sovereign instrumentalities. Disputes with foreign governments and their instrumentalities have become part of life for many businesses engaged in international commerce. These disputes arise disproportionately in some sectors—energy, construction, and investment in distressed emerging market debt top the list—and we plan to give significant attention to those sectors. But as our first article on shipwreck salvage demonstrates, disputes with sovereigns can arise in unexpected contexts as well.