Region: France

New ICC panel to hear bid to review Congo award

A new ICC panel will consider the Republic of the Congo’s bid to revise a billion-euro award in light of its allegations of corruption against leading French arbitrator Yves Derains – who has in turn brought a defamation complaint against the state’s counsel.

15 December 2021

German fruit juice dispute leads to French asset freeze

CORRECTED: A German businessman has attached assets of a European fruit juice group as part of his efforts to enforce a €60 million award rendered in Russia.

15 December 2021

Bühler faces bid to revive conflict complaint

After the Paris Bar Council cleared him of an alleged conflict of interests relating to work at his old firm Jones Day, international arbitration practitioner Michael Bühler is facing a novel effort to reopen the allegation in the French courts.

10 December 2021

Success fee row leads to fraud conviction

A French-Italian consultant is fighting to overturn her conviction on fraud charges over her work on an enforcement matter against Equatorial Guinea – a saga that has also led to an ICC award finding she was wrongly deprived of a success fee.

10 December 2021

Paris court upholds lockdown award

In the first known French decision on a covid-related set-aside request, the Paris Court of Appeal has refused to set aside an ICC award that was issued by a Paris-seated tribunal in March 2020 – 10 days into the first lockdown in France – and because of the circumstances signed by each arbitrator separately.

07 December 2021

Dual nationals resurrect award against Venezuela

The French Court of Cassation has reinstated a jurisdictional award in favour of two Spanish-Venezuelan nationals in a dispute with Venezuela, finding the underlying treaty didn’t require them to hold Spanish nationality at the time they made their investments.

01 December 2021

Orange head resigns after guilty verdict in Tapie affair

Stéphane Richard has resigned as chairman and CEO of Orange after being convicted over his role in the French government’s decision to submit a €400 million dispute with the late French businessman Bernard Tapie to arbitration.

26 November 2021

EDF settles ICC dispute over sale of nuclear assets

UPDATED: Électricité de France has settled a dispute over the sale of its interest in three US nuclear power plants that led to a “baseball arbitration”, a rare use of the ICC’s pre-arbitral referee procedure and a full-blown ICC arbitration that produced an award within 10 months.

16 November 2021

ECJ bars attachment of sanctioned assets

A Kuwaiti company’s efforts to collect on a billion-dollar award against Libya may have been dealt a blow after the European Court of Justice ruled that EU law precludes the attachment of assets that have been frozen as a result of international sanctions.

11 November 2021

Spain and France escape lawsuits in oil spill saga

The Court of Appeal in London has blocked an insurance club from pursuing litigation against Spain and France over their failure to comply with awards relating to an oil spill in the Atlantic 19 years ago – but related arbitrations brought by the club will proceed.

09 November 2021

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