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    Dunning Rievman & MacDonald LLP is a New York-based boutique firm of experienced litigation, international arbitration, corporate, transactions, and tax lawyers.  We focus on providing high-quality and personal legal advice to businesses from around the world.

    Our attorneys have decades of experience in large US firms and have resolved disputes and conducted transactions worldwide. We understand and have experience in a variety of legal systems and have three international desks: Turkish, Spanish and French. With our native lawyers of Türkiye, we are well-equipped to serve the legal needs of the Turkish-speaking clients, in the U.S. and at an international level.

    Organizations and individuals come to us not only for receiving complex legal advice but also because of our understanding of their core businesses.

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    Litigation, International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Transactions, General Counsel Services
    Litigation, International and Domestic Arbitration, Commercial Transactions
    Transactions, Commercial, Tax
    International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Public International Law, Litigation and Arbitration Funding (Third-Party Funding), Commercial Transactions

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    Litigation, International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Transactions, General Counsel Services
    Litigation, International and Domestic Arbitration, Commercial Transactions
    Transactions, Commercial, Tax
    International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Public International Law, Litigation and Arbitration Funding (Third-Party Funding), Commercial Transactions

    The Importance of the Arbitral Seat In International Commercial Arbitration

    The arbitral seat, or place of arbitration, significantly impacts legal consequences and practical considerations in dispute resolution. Factors influencing seat choice include neutrality, convenience, familiarity with the legal environment, and language. Legal consequences comprise recognition and enforcement of awards, supervisory jurisdiction, judicial assistance, internal arbitration procedures, conflict of laws, mandatory laws, arbitrability, and arbitration agreement validity. Parties should carefully consider the arbitral seat's implications to ensure smoother navigation of future disputes.
    Joshua D. Rievman
    Damián Vallejo

    A New Way of Using Rico: Injuries Caused to Foreign Plaintiffs Due to Frustration of Enforcement of Arbitration Awards

    The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that foreign plaintiffs can use RICO to seek damages for injuries to their intangible property, including US judgments and arbitration awards, if the injury is felt in the US. This decision expands the enforcement options for foreign plaintiffs facing frustration in enforcing arbitration awards. RICO is a federal statute aimed at combating organized crime and allows private individuals to take legal action for damages. The ruling provides guidelines for determining whether an injury is domestic under RICO. This decision enhances the enforcement-friendly environment for foreign arbitration awards in the US.
    Joshua D. Rievman
    Damián Vallejo

    International Arbitration Landscape in the U.S.

    The US is considered a pro-arbitration forum with independent, experienced, and neutral courts. The Federal Arbitration Act is the primary legislation governing arbitrations, including those related to the maritime transaction, contracts involving interstate and foreign commerce. The act provides limited grounds to vacate an arbitration award, and Chapter 2 ensures the application of the New York Convention in the US. U.S. courts must stay the trial of action if any suit or proceeding is brought upon any issue referable to arbitration. The domestic application of the NY Convention provides for a similar outcome. There are plenty of well-regarded arbitral institutions in the US capable of administering international arbitrations.
    Joshua D. Rievman
    Damián Vallejo

    The U.S. – Türkiye Market

    The US and Turkey have had a strong economic relationship for over a century, and bilateral trade between the two countries has risen to nearly $28 billion, with Turkey exporting goods such as machinery, carpets and textiles to the US, and importing US goods including aircraft, mineral fuels, and medical instruments. While Turkish foreign direct investment in the US in 2021 amounted to $2.272 billion, US FDI in Turkey reached $4.3 billion. Factors considered by investors when deciding where to invest in a foreign country include government transparency, low corruption, technology and innovation, tax rates, and investor and property rights.
    Joshua D. Rievman
    Damián Vallejo