Work Area: Telecoms

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

Telecoms investor takes on Costa Rica

A Venezuelan investor has brought an ICSID additional facility claim against Costa Rica seeking at least US$25 million for the alleged expropriation of his mobile phone distribution business.

19 August 2020

Dos Santos telecoms award enforced in BVI

The High Court of the British Virgin Islands has enforced a US$646 million award against a company owned by beleaguered Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, finding that the ICC Court was right to appoint all five members of the arbitral tribunal itself.

18 August 2020

Telecoms claim against Sudan discontinued

The first ever ICSID claim against Sudan, brought by a Jordanian-Lebanese telecoms investor, has been discontinued by agreement of the parties.

13 August 2020

Uruguay telecoms fight shifts to new front

A US company’s bid to revive a US$65 million claim against Uruguay has been discontinued at ICSID, but the claimant’s owner has threatened the state with a new treaty claim.

17 June 2020

Telecoms investors accuse Georgia of extortion

UPDATED WITH COUNSEL. Two US investors in Georgia’s largest telecoms group have filed an ICSID claim against the state, accusing the former government of arresting and extorting the company’s founder on politically motivated charges.

13 February 2020

Algeria sees end to telecoms and sanitation claims

UPDATED WITH COMMENT: Algeria has defeated a €420 million treaty claim by an insolvent Italian telecoms company, as an ICSID claim over a wastewater treatment project is discontinued.

10 February 2020

Mobile telecoms arbitrations: keeping pace with industry growth

Tiago Duarte-Silva and Billy (Milinda) Muttiah of Charles River Associates examine the growth of the mobile telecommunications industry and the accompanying rise in the number of investor-state arbitrations relating to this sector.

27 November 2019

Egyptian billionaire’s company liable in post-M&A dispute

An abortive discovery request in Delaware has shed light on efforts by a Russian-owned telecoms multinational to enforce an LCIA award worth more than €150 million against the holding company of Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris and his family.

23 March 2018

Senegal telecoms dispute gives rise to ICC claims

A failed deal for the sale of Senegal’s second-largest mobile operator is understood to have given rise to three ICC claims, brought by the intended seller, Luxembourg-based telecoms company Millicom International Cellular, and intended purchaser the Wari Group.

13 November 2017

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