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Saudi prince faces jail for seeking to avoid London award

A Saudi prince ordered to pay nearly US$530 million to Kuwaiti-listed mobile operator Zain in an LCIA arbitration award faces jail in the UK for flouting English contempt laws by failing to halt legal proceedings he brought in Riyadh in relation to the same dispute.

French defence company seeks to stay and compel cases

French defence company Safran and its German unit have asked a New York court to stay an ICC arbitration filed against them in the city, while compelling an ad hoc arbitration that began in Paris weeks before – both concerning a dispute under a 25 year-old technology licence.

White & Case builds Lat-Am and lusuphone capability in Houston

White & Case has added a Portuguese and Spanish-speaking lawyer to its new office in Houston to expand its international arbitration capability in Latin America and lusuphone countries.

Freezing order in favour of Angola’s sovereign wealth fund is lifted in London

UPDATED. A US$3 billion worldwide freezing order obtained by Angola’s sovereign wealth fund in support of claims of a dishonest conspiracy involving the son of the former president has been lifted, with the Commercial Court in London ruling that many of the claims belong in arbitration in Angola, Portugal or Mauritius, not litigation in England.

  • CIETAC opens in Vancouver

    China’s largest arbitration provider, CIETAC, has opened a North American branch in the Canadian city of Vancouver – its first outside China.

  • Brower’s former clerk joins King & Spalding

    UPDATED. A former law clerk for “the world’s busiest arbitrator” Charles Brower and legal adviser to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal has joined King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice as counsel in Washington, DC, after five years at White & Case.

  • Bolivia faces claim from Spanish banking group

    Bolivia is facing its first new claim at ICSID in years, brought by Spanish banking group BBVA over the transfer of management of pensions, while the issuance of an award in another investment case against the state has been put in doubt by the serious illness of an arbitrator.

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US alleges kickbacks by law firms in Venezuela cases

The US Department of Justice has alleged that unnamed law firms representing Venezuela in international arbitrations arranged to pay “kickbacks” to the relative of a Venezuelan government official.

India loses billion-dollar case over gas migration

India’s Reliance Industries and its foreign partners in an offshore gas block have prevailed in a US$1.7 billion UNCITRAL dispute with the Indian government, which was filed after they were fined for profiting from gas that had allegedly migrated from adjacent state-owned fields.



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