CALIFORNIA NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION
Howard B. Miller*
The most important change in international legal affairs in 2018 for California lawyers and their clients was the legislature unanimously passing and Governor Brown signing Senate Bill 766 (SB 766), sponsored by Senator Bill Monning (D. Monterey). SB 766, signed by Governor Brown on July 18, 2018, effective as of January 1, 2019, permits a non-California lawyer qualified as a lawyer in another state or country to represent parties in international arbitrations in California. As international contracts, whether for financing, trade, joint ventures or suppliers, ordinarily include an international arbitration clause, SB 766 will have widespread effect.
It will not only bring more international arbitrations to California. It quite separately will provide additional leverage to California companies negotiating all international contracts.
I. INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN CALIFORNIA PRE-2018