By Davy Karkason
Founding Attorney

A pending International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) award could have far-reaching implications for Chinese and U.S.-based biotech companies. The award comes in response to a dispute between two companies, one U.S.-based and the other Chinese, over their joint venture agreement. This case is unique because the ICC has jurisdiction over both parties, giving it a global reach. Let’s examine what this means for those involved and why this case is essential. 

The Background of the Dispute 

The dispute relates to a joint venture agreement between two companies, one based in China and the other in the United States. According to reports, it started when one of the partners failed to fulfill its obligations under the agreement, leading to disagreements about how best to move forward with their joint venture. As a result, they decided to turn to arbitration as an alternative form of dispute resolution. 

The ICC Award 

The ICC is an international organization that provides arbitration services and awards in disputes between parties from different countries or jurisdictions. In this case, they were asked to consider both sides of the argument and issue an award on whether or not either party had breached their contract or acted in bad faith during negotiations regarding their joint venture agreement. After hearing both sides of the story and deliberating for several months, they issued their award, which found that one party had indeed acted negligently in fulfilling its contractual obligations concerning the joint venture agreement.  

Implications For U.S.-Chinese Biotech Companies 

The ICC award has wide-reaching implications for Chinese and U.S.-based biotech companies working together across borders or jurisdictions. This case serves as an example of how arbitration can be used as an effective form of dispute resolution outside of traditional court proceedings – something which is especially useful when dealing with two companies from different countries or legal systems which need an impartial third-party arbiter who can decide fairly on issues related to their contract without any bias towards either side’s nationality or the legal system. Furthermore, it shows that even if one side does not agree with or abide by an award from the ICC or any other arbitration body, legal remedies are still available should either party wish to pursue them further down the line if necessary. In addition, this case also serves as a reminder for all parties involved in cross-border business transactions involving biotechnology products that they must ensure that their agreements are crystal clear from day one so as not to avoid any potential misunderstandings or disputes further down the line.  


This pending ICC award has far-reaching implications for U.S.-Chinese biotech companies doing business together across borders or jurisdictions – particularly when resolving disputes out-of-court through arbitration rather than traditional court proceedings, which are often slower and more costly for all parties involved. By understanding how arbitration works and taking steps ahead of time to ensure clarity in contracts and agreements between both sides, we can avoid many of these types of costly disputes before they ever happen – thus saving time, money, and energy while allowing us all to focus on what truly matters; building better products faster!

About the Author
As a lawyer and the founder of Transnational Matters, Davy Aaron Karkason represents numerous international companies and a wide variety of industries in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. He is dedicated to fighting against unjust expropriation and unfair treatment of any individual or entity involved in an international matter. Mr. Karason received his B.A. in Political Science & International Relations with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. If you have any questions about this article you can contact Davy Karkason through our contact page.