Topic: Bribery and corruption

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.

01 August 2018

Ukrainian gas contract survives “collusion” claim

A Stockholm Chamber of Commerce tribunal has rejected claims that a Ukrainian gas joint-venture agreement was procured through collusion or corruption, while ruling it must be terminated because changed circumstances including a royalty hike on gas sales have made it unworkable.

16 July 2018

Driller wins against Petrobras after bribery defence fails

A Cayman offshore drilling company has asked a US court to enforce a US$622 million ICDR award against Petrobras over the early termination of a contract that the Brazilian state-owned company alleges was procured through bribery.

03 July 2018

Florida court confirms award in Ecuador bribery dispute

A Florida court has confirmed an ICDR award that rescinded an Australian company’s purchase of an Ecuadorean engineering consultancy in light of evidence that the sellers had engaged in a “far-reaching and intricate bribery scheme” to procure government contracts.

29 May 2018

Guatemalan power plant award upheld in Singapore

A Singapore court has upheld a US$149 million ICC award in a dispute over a power plant in Guatemala – rejecting arguments that the tribunal unfairly restricted one side’s access to evidence and failed in a duty to investigate corruption allegations.

27 April 2018

Corruption defence fails in Cairo gas pricing case

A Cairo-seated tribunal has rejected a Spanish company’s price adjustment claim against an Egyptian state-owned gas supplier while dismissing allegations that the underlying contract was procured through corruption – part of a dispute over an LNG plant that has spawned two other pending cases worth US$3 billion.

13 March 2018

Ecuador bribery scheme laid bare in Florida award

Details of a bribery scheme allegedly implicating Ecuador’s vice president and a former energy minister have come to light thanks to an ICDR award that is now the subject of enforcement proceedings in Florida.

06 November 2017

Djibouti claim sunk after corruption ruled out

UPDATED. The East African state of Djibouti has lost its claim against a Dubai state-owned ports operator after an LCIA tribunal rejected allegations that a concession to operate Africa’s largest container terminal was secured through bribery.

22 February 2017

“It takes two to tango”: English court questions validity of bribery case against Libya

The English Commercial Court has refused to declare that a tribunal was validly constituted in a shipping dispute involving an alleged US$5 million bribe to a son of former Libyan president Muammar Gadaffi – raising questions over the continued existence of one of the parties.

20 January 2017

Fortier takes lead in development bank’s corruption battle

Yves Fortier QC is to chair a newly formed enforcement committee at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as it declares a “zero tolerance” stance on corruption.

20 September 2016

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