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Crowell & Moring’s Ian Laird Launches Book in Shanghai

Shanghai–September 24, 2019 – Crowell & Moring partner Ian A. Laird has co-edited a new book that provides an overview of rules that apply to making and protecting foreign investments.

The Business Guide to Trade and Investment—Volume II—International Investment has been translated into Chinese and was unveiled at a panel discussion held by the International Law Institute, International Chamber of Commerce and the Landing Law office on September 23 in Shanghai.

The book enables the business community, in-house counsel, government counsel and students to better understand the types of protection provided by international investment agreements and investment contracts, as well as a range of issues that arise in the arbitration of investment disputes.

With contributions from 25 legal experts, the book addresses:

  • preliminary issues that an organization contemplating making a foreign investment must consider
  • sources of investors’ rights with respect to their investments
  • the substance of investors’ rights
  • important jurisdictional issues
  • the process of investor-state dispute settlement

The Business Guide to Trade and Investment – Volume II – International Investment, is “an indispensable tool for the business community and in-house or government counsel considering making or dealing with foreign investments,” wrote Matthieu Grégoire, a barrister, in a review published in the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin.

With more than two decades of government and private-practice experience, Laird is considered a pioneer in the field of international investment arbitration, and he represents a range of clients in a wide number of proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. His cases have involved Egypt, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Turkey. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

About Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 550 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.


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