Topic: Bribery and corruption

Peru passes arbitration reform in wake of corruption scandal

As the international fallout from the Odebrecht corruption scandal continues, Peru has made several reforms to its arbitration law with the aim of increasing transparency for disputes involving state entities – drawing criticism from practitioners in the region who say the measures are ill-conceived.

28 January 2020

Odebrecht project triggers new claim against Colombian agency

An Odebrecht-led consortium has launched an ICC claim against Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency over a highway concession – months after a domestic arbitration panel concluded the project had been procured through corruption.

21 January 2020

Samsung pays to end Petrobras bribery dispute

Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has paid US$200 million to satisfy a London arbitration award in favour of an offshore drilling contractor, weeks after settling a related US investigation over bribes paid to former officials at Brazil’s Petrobras.

08 January 2020

Corruption and standards of proof in investment arbitration

Ashique Rahman and Miglena Angelova of Fietta in London ask whether investor-state tribunals have dispensed with “abstract” standards of proof when it comes to assessing corruption allegations.

08 January 2020

Nigeria files corruption challenge to mega-award

Nigeria has launched a fresh challenge in UK courts against US$9.6 billion award won by a British Virgin Islands company arising from a failed gas deal, arguing the underlying contract was procured through fraud and corruption.

06 December 2019

Billion-dollar mining fraud award upheld in London

The Commercial Court in London has rejected an application by a Guernsey mining company founded by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to set aside a US$2 billion LCIA award that found an iron ore concession in Guinea was procured using bribes.

02 December 2019

Peruvian arbitrators released on appeal

A Peruvian court has overturned pre-trial detention orders against eight arbitrators accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, including one whose arrest prompted outcries from the international arbitration community.

29 November 2019

Malaysia's 1MDB wins appeal over challenge to LCIA settlement

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB can proceed with an application to set aside an allegedly fraudulent settlement of an LCIA arbitration with an Abu Dhabi government-owned entity amid a scandal over billions of dollars in misappropriated funds.

27 November 2019

Arbitrators jailed in Peru amid Odebrecht corruption scandal

UPDATED WITH JUDGMENT: A Peruvian judge has ordered the pre-trial detention of 14 arbitrators – including one who has sat at ICSID – for 18 months while they are investigated for allegedly taking bribes to favour scandal-hit construction company Odebrecht in a series of cases that cost the state more than US$250 million.

07 November 2019

Dutch court sets aside PDVSA award because of corruption

The Court of Appeal in The Hague has set aside an ICC award against a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA on the ground that the underlying contract was procured through corruption.

06 November 2019

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