Region: India

India’s arbitration rollercoaster in 2020

Nicholas Lingard and Rohit Bhat of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Singapore consider key developments in Indian arbitration in 2020.

29 January 2021

Satellite investors seek to enforce treaty award against India

Mauritian investors have applied to a US court to enforce a US$111 million investment treaty award against India over a cancelled satellite telecoms deal – months after the enforcement of a billion-dollar ICC award related to the same project.

13 January 2021

Emergency arbitration recognised in India

The Delhi High Court has refused to restrain Amazon from trying to block a US$3.4 billion transaction in India’s retail sector, confirming that Indian law does not prohibit recourse to an emergency arbitrator.

04 January 2021

India fights airport services claim

A Mauritian entity linked to a British private equity firm is pursuing a treaty claim against India that appears to relate to its stake in a provider of airport ground handling services.

05 November 2020

Lockdown in India leads to LCIA challenge

The majority shareholder in an Indian razor-blade maker has failed to disqualify all three members of an LCIA tribunal over their refusal to postpone a hearing because of the covid-19 pandemic.

04 November 2020

Singapore judge bars India from sharing documents in BIT cases

A Singapore judge has refused to allow India to cross-disclose documents between two related BIT cases arising from multibillion-dollar tax demands – affirming that the general obligation of confidentiality in arbitration under Singapore's common law extends to investment treaty cases.

16 October 2020

SIAC arbitrator rules against Indian stock exchange

A sole arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre has ruled that an Indian stock exchange’s bid to end a partnership with a US provider of financial indices was invalid.

15 October 2020

Amazon files SIAC claim to halt Indian retail deal

Amazon has launched a SIAC claim against an Indian conglomerate to block the US$3.4 billion sale of its retail business to Reliance Industries.

12 October 2020

India liable in Vodafone tax dispute

Vodafone says it has prevailed in a multi-billion dollar dispute with India, after a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration found the state liable over its pursuit of a retroactive tax bill.

25 September 2020

Hague panel finds India cannot prosecute Italian marines

An arbitral tribunal in The Hague has ruled that India must cease to exercise criminal jurisdiction over two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen in the Indian Ocean eight years ago but that the state is entitled to compensation from Italy over the incident.

02 July 2020

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