Topic: Bribery and corruption

Peru faces claim over gold seizure

Italian investors have launched a US$65 million UNCITRAL claim against Peru after a state authority allegedly seized gold bars to satisfy a third-party tax liability.

16 September 2021

Singapore court upholds duty to consider corruption

The Singapore International Commercial Court has upheld two BIT awards favouring Laos in a billion-dollar dispute with two gaming companies, ruling that arbitrators have a “public duty” to review evidence of corruption presented to them.

10 September 2021

Guinea fails in corruption challenge to telecoms award

With the country in the midst of a military coup, Guinea has failed to persuade a Paris court to overturn a US$25 million ICC award won by a Seychelles-based telecoms group on grounds of corruption.

07 September 2021

Ghana’s central bank sees off LCIA claim

An LCIA tribunal has dismissed a US$480 million arbitration against the Bank of Ghana over a cancelled payments systems project after the claimant failed to post security for costs – a dispute that saw the bank raise allegations of fraud and corruption.

25 August 2021

Chevron foe guilty of contempt in Ecuador dispute

US lawyer Steven Donziger has been found guilty of criminal contempt for refusing to hand over evidence in a long-running dispute with Chevron over pollution in the Amazon rainforest, which led to a landmark treaty claim against Ecuador.

28 July 2021

“Grand corruption”: Dutch panel rules against dos Santos

UPDATED WITH AWARD: A Dutch-seated tribunal has ordered an entity owned by billionaire Isabel dos Santos to return shares worth over €650 million to Angola’s national oil and gas company, ruling they were acquired illegally.

27 July 2021

Latvian banker seeks to revive Kyrgyz award

A Latvian businessman is seeking to overturn a landmark French court ruling on corruption and reinstate his investment treaty award against Kyrgyzstan, GAR has learned.

22 July 2021

PDVSA award reinstated despite corruption allegations

The Dutch Supreme Court has reinstated an ICC award against a subsidiary of Venezuela’s national oil and gas company PDVSA that was set aside two years ago on grounds of corruption.

16 July 2021

Brazilian miner’s claim against Steinmetz entities can proceed

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that an LCIA award does not preclude Brazil’s Vale from bringing a US$500 million claim against entities beneficially owned by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to claw back some of the proceeds of a rescinded mining deal in Guinea.

16 July 2021

What Shakespeare tells us about the impact of state corruption proceedings

“Though justice be thy plea, consider this, that, in the course of justice, none of us shall see salvation”, says Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Peter FitzGerald of Peter & Peters in London looks at how state corruption proceedings impact justice in international arbitration, with other references to Shakespeare’s plays.

09 July 2021

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