Region: Africa & Middle East

English court bars beIN piracy claim

Qatari media group beIN has been barred from raising piracy allegations against a Saudi broadcaster as a counterclaim in UK proceedings to enforce a DIFC-LCIA award.

25 October 2021

Zimbabwe wins currency dispute with hydro producer

An ICC tribunal has ruled that Zimbabwe’s state-owned electricity company was entitled to pay a hydropower producer in its local currency, a case that could reportedly affect other renewable energy projects.

25 October 2021

Egypt faces another cement claim

Egypt is facing a new ICSID claim by a German company over alleged interference in a cement business, while a PCA claim brought against it by Qatar has been discontinued.

21 October 2021

Dubai's abolition of joint venture was a shock, confirms LCIA

The LCIA has confirmed that Dubai's recent abolition of its joint venture with the DIFC and transfer of its assets to a rival arbitration centre came as a complete shock, as sources speak to GAR about the ramifications of this "outrageous expropriation of the crown jewel of the Dubai arbitration landscape".

15 October 2021

LCIA responds to Dubai's proposals on handling of DIFC-LCIA cases

The LCIA has said that its still in discussion with the authorities in Dubai over the handling of cases being conducted under the DIFC-LCIA rules in the wake of the emirate's abolition of their joint venture, after Dubai issued a statement proposing they be handled by the LCIA on a "secondment" basis.

15 October 2021

Malaysian state-owned entity takes Sudan to ICSID

Malaysia’s national oil and gas company Petronas has launched an ICSID claim against Sudan after a complex it operates in Khartoum was confiscated following allegations the land rights were illegally obtained.

12 October 2021

Congo accuses Derains of corruption

The Republic of the Congo has filed a criminal complaint alleging that a billion-euro ICC award against the state was obtained through corruption on the part of Yves Derains – allegations the leading French arbitrator has dismissed as “pure inventions”.

11 October 2021

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Qatari sports broadcaster

Saudi Arabia is lifting its ban on Qatari state-backed broadcaster beIN Sport, paving the way for the potential settlement of a billion-dollar investment treaty dispute and a UK arbitration over the purchase of an English football club.

07 October 2021

Abu Dhabi courts take unified approach

The Abu Dhabi court system is taking a unified approach to the recognition of valid arbitration agreements in the face of parallel litigation, argues John Gaffney of Al Tamimi & Company in Abu Dhabi.

07 October 2021

Agility and Orange win fraud claim against Lebanese bank

A joint venture between Kuwaiti logistics group Agility and France’s Orange has won a fraud claim against a Lebanese bank concerning an investment in an Iraqi mobile operator that is the subject of two ICSID cases.

05 October 2021

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