Foreign Judgments

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Alert: International Enforcement of English Asset Recovery Judgments

Civil proceedings brought by the state or a state entity are one mechanism to recover the proceeds of corruption, or to claim compensation for corrupt acts. Typically, substantial corruption cases are international in...more

Dispute Resolution in the Middle East - A Year in Perspective

2014 proved to be yet another transformative one for dispute resolution in the Middle East, as key business centres across the region made further, convincing strides towards cementing their reputation as robust jurisdictions...more

Recent Cases Are Likely to Reduce the Use of New York Courts for 'Turnover' Actions"

New York's position as a global financial center means litigants often have sought to use New York courts as a forum to enforce judgments or arbitration awards against foreign entities. In reality, the burden of enforcement...more

Supreme Court to Clarify the Liability of Canadian Corporations for Acts of their Foreign Affiliates

The Supreme Court of Canada today heard argument in a case that will clarify whether a judgment obtained in a foreign country against a foreign corporate entity can be enforced in Canada against a Canadian affiliate of that...more

Power to Assist Foreign Insolvency Proceedings in the British Virgin Islands

The attention of foreign insolvency and bankruptcy professionals is often turned towards the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The volume of asset holding structures and the network of connected service providers and directors...more

Litigation Update: Sovereign Immunity vs Commerciality: Enforcing A Foreign Judgment Against A Nation State In Australia

The recent decision by the NSW Court of Appeal in Firebird Global Master Fund II Ltd v Republic of Nauru [2014] NSWCA 360 illustrates the complex considerations involved in enforcing a foreign judgment against a foreign State...more

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in the United States (VIDEO) [Video]

Every year, thousands of judgments from foreign courts are brought to U.S. federal and state courts for recognition and enforcement. Thanks to the sharply rising tide of transnational litigation, more and more U.S. and...more

BVI advice necessary in relation to BVI company claims: Wong v Wang

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance confirmed in its recent decision in Wong Ming Bun v Wang Ming Fan [2014] 1 HKLRD 1108 that in any claim by way of derivative action on behalf of a company incorporated in the British...more

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in the United States

Every year, thousands of foreign court judgments are brought to U.S. federal and state courts for recognition and enforcement, raising thorny issues for both U.S. and foreign lawyers seeking to obtain, or oppose, recognition....more

Why should, and when can, international parties litigate before the English courts?

The international caseload of the English commercial court is enormous. A survey of 705 commercial court judgments handed down in the past five years showed that about 62% of the litigants involved were based outside England...more

Supreme Court of Japan Decision Clarifies Ability to Enforce Certain Foreign Judgments

On April 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of Japan issued a decision (Decision) with respect to the 'enforcement of foreign judgments' by Japanese courts. The Decision sets out criteria for when a Japanese court must enforce an...more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Limits on The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Securities Laws

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action brought by purchasers of foreign issued-securities on a foreign exchange. City of Pontiac...more

The Big Chill

Phillip Kite of Harneys looks at the subject of injunctions generally with a particular emphasis on recent case law on freezing orders - The British Virgin Islands is an idyllic collection of islands in the Caribbean....more

New York Court Recognizes Foreign Criminal Judgment in Case of First Impression

On April 1, 2014, a New York state appellate court held that a judgment rendered by a foreign criminal court that required the defendant to make a payment of money to victims of his fraud was capable of domestication under...more

Recognition Of Foreign Country Judgments In The United States: A Primer

Transnational litigation is an expanding field, fueled by globalization, cross-border transactions and the pervasive movement of assets across national borders. As a consequence, the issue of recognition and enforcement of...more

Russian Court Recognizes a Northern Ireland Court Decision in Order to Fullfill International Legal Obligations to Combat...

This alert examines a recent resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (“SCC”), No. 6004/13, dated 8 October 20131 (“Resolution”), which recognized in the Russian Federation the...more

Game-changer: Harneys opens door to foreign enforcement actions in the BVI

Harneys has successfully brought an action that changes the law relating to the access of the BVI Courts to enforce a foreign judgment. The Court of Appeal victory was quickly followed by a change in the civil procedure rules...more

Further Cause for Alarm for Canadian Corporations with Foreign Operations

We last wrote in July 2013 about Choc v Hudbay Minerals Inc., 2013 ONSC 1414, a decision which seemed to signal an increased willingness by an Ontario court to assume jurisdiction in a case of alleged wrongdoing by a foreign...more

Court clarifies enforceability of foreign judgments in BVI

On Thursday 5 December the ECSC Court of Appeal handed down an order bringing much needed clarity to the Eastern Caribbean Civil Procedure Rules (the CPR) relating to service out of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The...more

Position of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation concerning denial of recognition and enforcement of foreign...

On 27 December 2012, a Resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (the “Supreme Commercial Court”) No. 7805/12, dated 23 October 2012, (the “Resolution”) was published. The...more

Personal Jurisdiction Over Judgment Debtor Not Necessary to Domesticate Foreign Judgment

A judgment creditor sought to domesticate and enforce foreign judgment in Florida. The judgment debtor challenged enforcement on the grounds that Florida lacked personal jurisdiction over the judgment debtor...more

Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments In Australia

In an increasingly globalised business environment, it is not uncommon for a company or individual to enter into transactions or hold assets in several jurisdictions around the world. If such a company or individual were to...more

Russia’s Supreme Arbitrazh Court Summarizes Application of the Public Policy Clause

As in many other countries in the world, in Russia the violation, by a foreign state court judgment or arbitral award, of the public policy constitutes a ground to deny recognition and enforcement of such judgments and...more

Qualitative shift: Saudi Arabia's new Enforcement Law

Saudi Arabia is currently going through major legislative and regulatory reforms. One of the most significant is the new Enforcement Law, issued by Royal Decree No. M/53, which is now in effect in the Kingdom of Saudi...more

Rubin: Enforcement of US Judgments in England

UK Supreme Court decision confirms traditional rules on enforcement of all US judgments in England and reverses a significant liberalisation of cross-border bankruptcy law....more

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