Topic: Criminal proceedings

Ex-law firm partner pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

A former international arbitration partner at several well-known US law firms has pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud before a federal court in New York.

13 September 2023

Ukraine warned of BIT claim over bank takeover

UPDATED WITH COUNSEL: A Luxembourg company linked to Russian-Israeli billionaire Mikhail Fridman says it has notified Ukraine of a potential investment treaty claim over the “illegal expropriation” of one of the country’s biggest banks – while accusing the state of aggravating the dispute by bringing criminal charges against the businessman.

08 September 2023

Market manipulation scheme leads to set-aside in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong court has upheld a jurisdictional challenge to an HKIAC award in favour of the daughter of a jailed Chinese pharmaceuticals executive – relying on new evidence that emerged through criminal proceedings over a market manipulation scheme.

31 August 2023

Ex-CIArb deputy fined after sexual assault conviction

A former deputy director general of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators who pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges has been fined by a UK disciplinary body but will be allowed to continue in practice.

18 August 2023

US biotech company seeks damages over troubled drug trial

A US biotech company is seeking over US$100 million in an AAA claim against a clinical research company for breaching a contract to run trials for an experimental antibody treatment – as both parties’ former CEOs are investigated for allegedly defrauding investors over the drug’s potential.

12 July 2023

Spanish arbitrator charged over Malaysia mega-award

More than 60 arbitration practitioners have condemned the decision of Spanish authorities to bring criminal charges against Gonzalo Stampa over his role as the arbitrator who issued a US$15 billion award against Malaysia.

31 May 2023

Emirati investor wins damages over Algerian park project

An entity owned by Abu Dhabi’s royal family has been awarded over US$228 million plus interest and costs in an ICSID claim against Algeria over a failed project to develop a metropolitan park – as a dissenting arbitrator argues the case should have been rejected based on evidence of malfeasance.

10 May 2023

Italy fails to dislodge Poncet from ICSID case

Italy has failed to disqualify Swiss arbitrator Charles Poncet from a renewable energy dispute at ICSID based on a criminal conviction in the Milan courts that was annulled nearly 25 years ago.

27 April 2023

Pinsent Masons hires from Betto in Paris

Gaëlle Filhol has left troubled French disputes boutique Betto Perben to join the partnership at Pinsent Masons in Paris.

19 April 2023

Deripaska escapes contempt claim in London

The Commercial Court in London has refused to have Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska committed to prison for contempt of court over allegations that he flouted undertakings he had given in an action to enforce an LCIA award against him.

18 April 2023

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