Region: British Virgin Islands

BVI non-signatories seek to escape Google claim

Two British Virgin Islands companies have asked a US court to overturn an ICDR award that found they are bound by an arbitration agreement in a US$146 million dispute with Google’s Asian arm over unpaid advertising fees.

08 September 2022

Crypto fund collapse produces billion-dollar claim

A Singapore-based currency trader has filed a US$2.4 billion ICDR claim seeking to recover loans issued to a crypto hedge fund that it says suffered an “unprecedented implosion” following market volatility.

21 July 2022

BVI court upholds costs award in dispute over Chinese taxes

A costs award issued by an LCIA tribunal in favour of two Chinese companies has been upheld after a court in the British Virgin Islands ruled that the Chinese tax authorities had no interest in the award.

06 July 2022

“Even pariahs have rights”: law firm can't drop sanctioned Russian client

A judge in the British Virgin Islands has refused to allow Ogier to cease acting for a Russian state-owned bank in a pending litigation despite the offshore firm’s concerns about reputational damage and the impact of sanctions.

25 March 2022

Freezing injunctions against non-signatories in the BVI

Peter Ferrer of Harneys considers a recent British Virgin Islands freezing injunction granted in aid of a foreign arbitration against non-signatories and how it departs from English principles.

25 February 2022

LCIA award surfaces in Russian bank fraud case

Sons of a prominent Russian businessman took part in a “dishonest scheme” with a bank executive to replace US$500 million worth of secured loans with “unmarketable” bonds, according to a now-public LCIA award.

22 February 2022

Privy Council clarifies law on freezing injunctions

The UK Privy Council has confirmed that common law courts can grant freezing injunctions against parties over whom they have personal jurisdiction to aid enforcement of foreign judgments.

06 October 2021

Caribbean appeal court can’t grant interim relief against Pakistan

The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has ruled it has no power to grant injunctive relief against Pakistan at the request of an ICSID creditor when a lower court’s finding that the state enjoys immunity has not been set aside.

15 July 2021

BVI court unfreezes Pakistani airline assets

A court in the British Virgin Islands has lifted attachments obtained by an ICSID creditor against US$3.1 billion worth of assets belonging to Pakistan’s national airline, including interests in two hotels in New York and Paris.

26 May 2021

British Virgin Islands defeats airline claim

The British Virgin Islands has defeated an ICDR claim worth more than US$10 million brought by two airline companies over a failed project to establish direct flights between Tortola and Miami – while vowing to pursue related litigation in its own courts.

17 May 2021

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