News 11 Jun. 2012

ICSID Tribunal Dismisses Caratube Case Against Kazakhstan

New York, June 11, 2012 - The ICSID arbitral tribunal, in the arbitration brought by Caratube International Oil Company LLP (CIOC) against the Republic of Kazakhstan, dismissed the entire case for lack of jurisdiction and ordered CIOC to pay US$3.2 million to Kazakhstan towards its arbitration costs. Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP acted as counsel for Kazakhstan in the arbitration.

The dispute related to the termination of a contract for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the Caratube oil field, which Kazakhstan maintains was due to CIOC's breaches and non-performance of the contract. CIOC, which claimed damages in excess of US$1.2 billion, had argued that jurisdiction could be based on the US-Kazakhstan Bilateral Investment Treaty. Curtis represented Kazakhstan in the case.?

The Curtis team of lawyers representing Kazakhstan was led by partners Peter M. Wolrich, Geoffrey P. Lyonnet and Gabriela Alvarez-Avila.

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