Region: France

Lord Hoffmann criticises Enka in Gaillard Lecture

In a lecture in Paris in honour of the late Emmanuel Gaillard, Lord Hoffmann has criticised the "rabbit-out-of-a-hat" reasoning of the UK Supreme Court in Enka v Chubb, suggesting that it will give rise to "dirty tricks" and needs to be addressed in the current reform of the 1996 English Arbitration Act.

28 November 2022

Convicted businesswoman seeks to revive Kuwait claim

A Russian businesswoman who took refuge in an embassy after being convicted of money laundering in Kuwait has applied to revive her US$150 million investment treaty claim against the Gulf state.

14 November 2022

Stoyanov to steer practice at A&O

Allen & Overy partner Marie Stoyanov in Paris is to take over as head of the firm’s international arbitration group from Mark Levy KC in London.

04 November 2022

ASA-AFA event compares Geneva and Paris as international seats

A joint conference of the Swiss and French Arbitration Associations looked at what makes these jurisdictions "arbitration friendly" and considered the future of Geneva and Paris as arbitration seats.

26 October 2022

France joins rush to exit ECT

France is the latest European country to announce it is pulling out of the Energy Charter Treaty because of environmental concerns, following similar moves by the Netherlands and Spain.

24 October 2022

French court won’t revive treaty claim against Venezuela

The Paris Court of Appeal has refused to resurrect a US$600 million BIT claim brought by two real estate investors against Venezuela, ruling the arbitrators were right to find the treaty’s offer of UNCITRAL arbitration was “obsolete”.

03 October 2022

Kabab-Ji ruling cements cross-Channel clash

The French Court of Cassation has upheld an ICC award won by Lebanese company Kabab-Ji after confirming that French law applied to the arbitration agreement, cementing an “embarrassing” clash with the UK’s top court which has already denied enforcement after finding that English law applied.

29 September 2022

French investor fails to revive award against Libya

The French Court of Cassation has upheld a decision to annul an ICC investment treaty award against Libya based on corruption allegations that were never raised in the arbitration.

09 September 2022

Libyan sovereign wealth fund defeats attachment bid

The French Court of Cassation has blocked a Kuwaiti arbitral creditor from attaching US$300 million worth of assets belonging to a Libyan sovereign wealth fund, in line with recent EU case law curbing attempts to target assets frozen by international sanctions.

08 September 2022

Bruno Leurent 1945-2022

The arbitration world continues to mourn Bruno Leurent, a leading specialist in the field and founder of Foley Hoag's Paris office, who has died aged 77.

08 September 2022

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