Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Government of Balochistan, Representing Balochistan in a case brought by a joint venture owned by Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals regarding alleged breach of contract in denial of a mining lease.
Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Pakistan, Counsel to Pakistan in a claim brought by a joint venture owned by Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals regarding the denial of a mining lease application in Pakistan.
Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim A.S. v. Pakistan, Counsel to Pakistan in annulment, revision, and enforcement proceedings related to one of the largest ICSID awards. After filing the first, successful second request for revision, the case settled with Pakistan paying no monetary compensation. The result saved Pakistan over USD 1.2 billion. We also achieved a stay of enforcement in the US courts, despite the ad-hoc Committee lifting the stay of enforcement, as well as discovery from the claimant's law firm pursuant to section 1782.
PDVSA Servicios S.A. v. Petrosaudi International Ltd., Counsel to an affiliate of the Venezuelan State-owned hydrocarbons company regarding a claim for damages related to the repair, maintenance, and operation of an offshore gas drilling rig.
Various, Various applications pursuant to 28 USC § 1782 seeking documents and testimony for use in foreign proceedings in Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Pakistan, and Brazil. We have won such orders in New York, DC, Florida, and other states.
Author, “Convicting Inhumanity In Absentia: Holding Trials In Absentia at the International Criminal Court”, vol. 44, no. 107, 2012, The George Washington International Law Review.
Author, “Third-Party Funding in Investment Arbitration: How Non-Disclosure Can Cause Harm for the Sake of Profit”, vol. 33, no. 109, 2017, Arbitration International.
The Commercial Court in London has requested further details pertaining to a partial ICC award won by an Australian mining venture against Pakistan as corruption allegations continue to be invoked. Christopher Hancock QC of Twenty Essex chamber appeared on behalf of Balochistan, while GST LLP acted for the provincial government there and as co-counsel for Pakistan.
Quinn Smith of GST LLP agrees with move by US District court to pause litigation filed by a Turkish energy company against Pakistan, so that a World Bank arbitral institution considers allegations of corruption, namely a scheme to influence the award of the contract.
As a Delaware-based Chancery Court hears arguments, Quinn Smith of GST LLP asserts that the letter of Venezuelan law states that only the President of Venezuela has the right to name board members to Citgo in that country. He said, “Reading powers outside the text in dangerous. That word [interim] is crucial.”
A US court in Washington, DC has refused to enforce US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls US$129 million award against Venezuela’s ministry of defense in a 17-year dispute over a contract to upgrade two missile-armed navy frigates. The Virginia based Huntington Ingalls had previously asked a federal court in Mississippi to retain jurisdiction in the case. GST LLP’s Quinn Smith, representing the ministry, was pleased with the ruling to dismiss.
A Washington DC Federal court judge ruled that an earlier Mississipi district court retains jurisdiction over a dispute involving US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls and Venezuela’s Ministry of Defence. Quinn Smith of GST LLP approved of the judge’s decision to “…dismiss the case, without ordering its transfer.”
A US court said “limited” discovery was warranted in support of a pending investigation by anti-corruption authorities in Pakistan. The court ordered Arnold & Porter to answer a number of “basic questions” posed by Pakistan about the material within 30 days. Pakistan sought the material in aid of its efforts to overturn an US$850 million ICSID award issued in 2017 by a tribunal composed of Yves Derains of France, Horacio Grigera Naón of Argentina and David Edward QC of the UK.
Pakistan, represented by GST LLP attorneys Quinn Smith, Gary Shaw and Derek Womack, argues that Turkish energy company Karkey’s bid to confirm a prior award should be denied, that it had not been properly served, that the court lacked jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and importantly, that the award is suspect, as the tribunal did not permit access to evidence demonstrating corruption by Karkey.
GST LLP argues that Pakistan was deprived of its due process in proceedings awarding Turkish energy company Karkey an award of nearly US$846 million. They assert that documents proving corruption were refused consideration by the ICSID tribunal.
Areas of Practice
George Washington University Law School, J.D., (Hons)
West Virginia University, B.A., summa cum laude
L’Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Italian studies