On 24 June, a post on the always interesting FCPA Blog reported that a UK court has upheld an arbitration award against French transport giant Alstom brought by a small Hong Kong-based agent that helped it win rail network contracts worth over $1.1 billion in China from 2003 until 2012, and which had been pursuing Alstom for in punitive and compensatory damages in 3 different jurisdictions, including the UK. This is despite a finding of a French appeal court last year of “serious, precise and consistent indicia that the sums Alstom paid to ABL financed and remunerated the bribery of public officials”. The post makes interesting (not to say disturbing) reading, noting that the UK court set a different standard in its judgment and did not feel bound by the French ruling.



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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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