Topic: Criminal proceedings

Azerbaijani state entity prevails in billion-dollar case

An LCIA tribunal has reportedly awarded damages to Azerbaijan’s national oil company in a billion-dollar dispute with a Turkish shipping group, whose founder has accused the state entity of providing false testimony that led to his imprisonment.

09 November 2020

ICC arbitrators targeted in Kenyan mobile dispute

A Kenyan company has obtained a court order in Nairobi requiring the ICC to turn over documents for use in a fraud suit against an arbitrator – and says it has filed related criminal complaints against tribunal members in France and Austria.

02 November 2020

Detained US investor settles Russian bank fight

A US businessman’s private equity group has settled a dispute over control of a Russian bank that led to LCIA arbitrations and litigation in five countries, while he remains under house arrest in Moscow on separate criminal charges.

30 October 2020

Romania secures extradition of ICSID witness

A London court has upheld a ruling allowing Romania to extradite the key witness in an ICSID case to face corruption charges – despite a recommendation by the arbitral tribunal that a warrant for his arrest be suspended.

23 October 2020

Israeli investor fails in claim against Guatemala

A divided UNCITRAL tribunal has dismissed an Israeli energy company’s US$117 million claim against Guatemala, ruling that the state is not liable for pursuing a criminal investigation into the tax affairs of electricity distributors owned by the investor.

12 October 2020

Angolan state entity wins Dutch asset freeze

A Dutch court has frozen assets controlled by the husband of embattled Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos in support of two arbitrations over a share purchase that is the subject of a criminal investigation for alleged money laundering and embezzlement.

22 September 2020

UK crime agency won’t be joined to fight over 1MDB-linked funds

The High Court in London has dismissed an attempt to join the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to litigation over the proceeds of an arbitral award that Malaysian authorities have linked to the 1MDB corruption scandal.

26 August 2020

Former Cooley lawyer charged in fraud scheme

A former special counsel at Cooley has been charged in connection with an alleged fraud scheme spanning his time at the firm and at the Commonwealth Secretariat – with his wife, an anti-corruption lawyer, facing separate charges.

07 August 2020

Sierra Leone free to pursue criminal case, rules ICSID panel

An ICSID tribunal hearing a claim against Sierra Leone has refused to restrain the state from pursuing criminal proceedings against several of the claimant’s local employees – who had been accused of inciting a deadly riot before the case was dropped without charge.

07 August 2020

Betto faces criminal inquiry after Paris Bar sanction

Prominent French arbitration lawyer Jean-Georges Betto is reportedly facing a criminal investigation for alleged sexual and moral harassment, months after being sanctioned by the Paris Bar Council over inappropriate behaviour towards employees at his law firm.

01 July 2020

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