Region: Iraq

Kuwaiti investor loses ICSID claim against Iraq

An ICSID tribunal has dismissed a Kuwaiti investor’s US$664 million claim against Iraq over the alleged expropriation of a mobile phone operator in Kurdistan – a dispute that has spawned several other arbitrations and bribery allegations.

23 February 2021

Dechert faces renewed discovery bid in Iraqi telecoms dispute

A joint venture between French telecoms group Orange and Kuwaiti logistics group Agility has asked a US court to compel Dechert to produce documents concerning an alleged bribery scheme in Iraq for use in a US$1 billion ICC arbitration over its stake in a Kurdish mobile operator.

01 December 2020

US court won’t enforce Iraqi oilfield award

A court in Washington, DC has refused to enforce an ICC award against an Iraqi state-owned oil company – ruling the entity was separate from the state and lacked commercial ties to the jurisdiction.

30 October 2020

Orange brings claim against Iraq

UPDATED: French telecoms group Orange has filed an ICSID claim against Iraq over the alleged expropriation of its US$500 million investment in a Kurdistan-based mobile phone operator.

13 October 2020

Iraq faces billion-dollar claim over cement plant

A German company has filed a US$1 billion ICSID claim against Iraq over the alleged expropriation of its cement production business.

29 June 2020

Iraq fails to revive three-decade claim over warships

A French court has refused to allow Iraq to revive a US$1.3 billion ICC claim filed almost 30 years ago against two Italian defence contractors, which failed because of sanctions imposed after the country's invasion of Kuwait.

04 June 2020

Iraq defeats ICSID claim under Islamic treaty

An ICSID tribunal has declined to hear a claim by a group of telecoms investors against Iraq under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation investment agreement – with the panel dividing over whether the state’s consent to ICSID arbitration could be imported from another treaty via a most-favoured nation clause.

08 April 2020

Iraqi oilfield dispute heads from New York to DC

A Canadian engineering company has applied to a court in Washington, DC, to enforce an ICC award against an Iraqi state-owned entity after discontinuing a similar action it commenced in New York earlier this year.

20 September 2019

Claim against Iraq proceeds amid collusion allegations

An ICSID tribunal has partially upheld jurisdiction over a US$800 million claim against Iraq in relation to its alleged expropriation of a Kurdistan-based mobile phone operator – amid allegations of collusion between local shareholders and officials from the state’s regulatory body.

15 July 2019

LCIA rules on dispute over Kurdistan settlement

Two Emirati energy companies have prevailed in an LCIA claim against a consortium partner that contested their decision to settle a US$39 billion dispute with the Kurdistan regional government of Iraq two years ago.

16 May 2019

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