Financial Fraud Victims May Benefit from Swiss Bank’s Disclosures

Lawyer Michael Diaz, Jr., says financial fraud victims may benefit from Swiss bank’s disclosures Swiss banking giant UBS’ decision to turn over information on 4,450 “secret” bank accounts to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service signals a major shift in accountability for the world’s financial markets. We spoke about the impact of this with Michael Diaz,…

The NAFTA of the Pacific

On November 12, 2011, leaders of the nine Trans-Pacific Partnership countries – Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Chile and the United States – announced that they haD reached initial consensus on drafting an ambitious, 21st-century Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that will enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries. The TPP…

Investor-State Arbitration Provisions under Colombian-US Free Trade Agreement

Chapter 11 of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the first international trade agreement provision to give foreign investors a direct cause of action for investment disputes against the host government in a binding international tribunal, commonly known as “investor-state arbitration.”  However, NAFTA investor-state arbitration continues to be a source of debate.  Critics…