Topic: Bribery and corruption

Saipem settles with Sonatrach in shadow of bribery trial

UPDATED. Embattled construction group Saipem has reached a deal with Algerian state oil and gas company Sonatrach to settle four ICC arbitrations worth billions of euros over projects that Italian prosecutors allege were procured through bribery.

28 March 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

ISDS: a shield for the criminal and corrupt?

In the wake of a journalistic exposé of investment treaty arbitration that claims it "helps executives convicted of crime escape punishment", leading international lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC has acknowledged that international arbitration and crime increasingly collide, posing challenges for arbitrators and practitioners and from a public policy perspective.

14 September 2016

Arbitrator fights bribery suit in New York

An Italian arbitrator has instructed counsel to defend him in a US lawsuit where he is accused of taking a bribe to determine the outcome of a €3 billion dispute between former insurance partners.

08 September 2016

Bribery prosecution in Romania triggers ICSID claim

An insurance and media tycoon convicted of bribing judges by the Romanian courts is the victim of a politically motivated campaign that has denied him urgent medical care, it is alleged in a new ICSID claim against the state.

29 July 2016

Arbitrator bribery suit continues despite settlement

A US insurer has settled an acrimonious dispute with a former business partner whom it accused of bribery – but has yet to withdraw litigation against the Italian arbitrator alleged to have been bribed.

20 July 2016

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