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  • Year: 2017
  • Month: November

Adopting a compliance approach to fight corruption and protect investments

30 November 2017 Christian Albanesi; Adam Lurie; Caitlin Potratz, England & Wales; Latin America; North America

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At the 15th annual International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Miami Conference earlier this month, one of the programme’s top-line issues for discussion was the matter of a “compliance” approach to arbitration. Here, Christian Albanesi (Head of Latin American Arbitration), Adam Lurie (US Head of Litigation and Government Investigations), and Caitlin Potratz (Senior US Associate), outline their stance on the topic.  

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High Court decides that FOS decisions are not arbitral awards

22 November 2017 Joanne Finnegan, England & Wales

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In Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration LLP v Charlton [2017] EWHC 2396 (Comm), the High Court held that a determination of the FOS was not an arbitral award and therefore cannot be appealed under section 69 Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”).

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Subpoenas under the Australian IAA: foreign-seated arbitrations need not apply

15 November 2017 Nick Rudge; Caroline Swartz-Zern, Australia

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A recent Federal Court of Australia decision suggests a narrow approach to judicial support of international arbitrations, limiting access to evidence located in Australia for parties of foreign-seated arbitrations.

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English Court examines approach to interpretation of foreign law

09 November 2017 Mikhail Vishnyakov, England & Wales

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In The Kyrgyz Republic v (1) Stans Energy Corporation and (2) Kutisay Mining LLC [2017] EWHC 2539 (Comm) the English High Court rejected a challenge to an award based on a lack of jurisdiction on the part of the Tribunal. The challenge was brought under Section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996, which applies to all London seated arbitrations. Although the claim concerned the investment protection legislation of Kyrgyzstan, and the application of Kyrgyz law, the Court’s ruling is instructive in the process that the English courts will follow in interpreting the meaning of foreign laws in general (including investment/investor protection legislation).

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First ICSID award to be enforced by an Australian court

06 November 2017 Alexander Fawke, Australia

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In an Australian first, in Lahoud v The Democratic Republic of Congo [2017] FCA 982, the Federal Court of Australia granted leave to two Lebanese investors to have two International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) awards recognised and enforced in Australia. While the relevant legislation is straightforward and the enforcement of the award unsurprising, it adds another limb of certainty to Australia’s legal framework for the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

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French Cour de Cassation puts an end to the “Tapie-saga”

01 November 2017 Clément Fouchard, Europe; France

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Earlier this year, the French Cour de Cassation brought the long-running “Tapie-saga” to an end. Mr Tapie and his former bank were in dispute over a 2008 arbitral award ordering the bank to pay Mr Tapie over €400 million in damages. This award was successfully challenged by the bank before the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 which annulled the decision on the basis of fraud. The Cour de Cassation confirmed the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal.

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