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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

Colombian mining claim clears hurdle

An ICSID tribunal has rejected Colombia’s preliminary objections to a US$250 million treaty claim brought by a Canadian company which says illegal miners have blocked access to its gold and silver projects in the country.

01 December 2020

Hong Kong-China enforcement arrangement updated after two decades

Twenty years after it was first signed, the Hong Kong government and Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China have updated their arrangement on mutual enforcement of awards, paving the way for all mainland China-seated awards to be enforceable in Hong Kong irrespective of the administering authority.

01 December 2020

Award enforced against Nigerian airports authority

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that a property developer’s US$130 million award against Nigeria’s airports authority should be enforced – holding that a first-instance judge was wrong to rescind an order for its enforcement after the respondent belatedly posted security.

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

Firms publish new online case management protocol

Six law firms have launched a protocol for online case management in international arbitration following a global consultation process, promoting it as the new “industry standard.”

30 November 2020

Dechert lawyer heads for European boutique

Dániel Dózsa, who has acted for and against Eastern European countries in investment treaty cases, has left Dechert to join the partnership at newly launched disputes boutique Queritius in Budapest.

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

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