A higher POG might have nudged Vz toward settlement if they were intent on mining ASAP. However, Vz already has a lot of gold, so they are probably not in any real rush, regardless of the POG. The reason they hijacked the mining operation in the first place was to preserve the resources for the long term. A higher POG just means the gold is worth more, or more accurately that paper currency is worth less.
As for influencing a decision or award value, the current POG is irrelevant in the eyes of the law. The award is based on the POG at the time that GRZ had its concession (or when it was unlawfully rescinded, I'm not quite sure). However, in the hearts and minds of the judges, the current POG is not irrelevant and may indeed influence their decision on an award.
I think the question was more in regard to the super small volume trades of under 100 shares per trade, not the general daily volume. These trades are part of my super secret computer program that I use to manipulate the stock market. Shhhhhh...
Well, one way to hedge your bet would be to invest in a North American pharmaceutical company that sells anti-depression drugs, or a Venezuelan company that makes party hats. :)
I'm guessing the slower the roulette wheel gets, the more players that will start placing bets. Might be a an idea to load up and sell a few shares right before the ball stops. Keeping an eye open for any dips.
I'm sure both teams of lawyers are very good at their jobs. I was just being facetious.
If the panel is requesting legal costs, that pretty much implies that the legal proceedings are finished or nearly finished.
You're preaching to the choir here. Keep in mind that public statements need to be written, checked, revised, re-checked, checked by lawyers, proof-read, revised, re-checked, and then issued. Don't expect Doug to open a twitter account and start tweeting "LoL the Venezuela lawyers are such newbs." any time soon.
Vz can't just "set aside" a ruling. ICSID rulings are backed by the World Bank and are enforceable under International Law. In other words, if Vz thumbs its nose at the ICSID, GRZ can seize Vz assets. Bank accounts, oil shipments, etc.