Work Area: Commercial arbitration

Dechert faces renewed discovery bid in Iraqi telecoms dispute

A joint venture between French telecoms group Orange and Kuwaiti logistics group Agility has asked a US court to compel Dechert to produce documents concerning an alleged bribery scheme in Iraq for use in a US$1 billion ICC arbitration over its stake in a Kurdish mobile operator.

01 December 2020

Is Saudi Arabia the next frontier for Arab arbitration?

A virtual panel at Dubai Arbitration Week discussed Saudi Arabia’s potential as a hub for Arab arbitration – including recent reforms, the influence of Sharia law, ethics and enforcement.

01 December 2020

M&A insurance award upheld in Frankfurt

A Frankfurt court has dismissed a Japanese construction group’s challenge to an award in favour of US insurer AIG, holding that a tribunal did not ignore witness testimony in an arbitration over the unwitting purchase of a heavily indebted company.

30 November 2020

Peruvian state bank settles gold mine dispute

A Peruvian state-owned development bank has agreed to pay US$34 million to a Canadian-listed mining company to satisfy a Lima arbitration award and settle a dispute over the financing of a gold project.

30 November 2020

UAE proceedings blocked in wake of asset freeze

A London judge has granted an “unusual anti-suit injunction” blocking court proceedings brought by a company that had already filed for ICC arbitration in the United Arab Emirates, purportedly to preserve an asset-freeze.

30 November 2020

Panama Canal arbitrators under fire over "cross-appointments"

The consortium that oversaw the expansion of the Panama Canal has applied to set aside a US$265 million ICC award in favour of the canal authority, alleging that the arbitrators failed to disclose “multiple cross-appointments and inter-relationships”.

27 November 2020

UK Supreme Court dismisses appeal over apparent bias

UPDATED: The long-awaited UK Supreme Court ruling in Halliburton v Chubb is out, unanimously dismissing the appeal over apparent bias and naming the arbitrator at the centre of the controversy as Kenneth Rokison QC.

27 November 2020

Halliburton v Chubb: comments from counsel

Counsel who took part in the Halliburton v Chubb appeal before the UK Supreme Court, representing the parties and interveners, have shared their views on the judgment.

27 November 2020

Insurer fails to stay Thai hotel owner’s pandemic claim

The owner of a luxury hotel in Phuket that was forced to close because of the covid-19 pandemic can proceed with a lawsuit against its insurer, after a Singapore court found that disputes over how to interpret the insurance policy had been carved out from the arbitration clause.

27 November 2020

Thai bank must face fraudulent transfer claims

One of Thailand's largest commercial banks has failed to knock out part of a UK fraud litigation in which it is accused of conspiring to steal US$2 billion worth of wind energy assets and frustrate enforcement of a US$700 million ICC award.

26 November 2020

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