By Bryan Dayton and Samuel Song, Associates at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dubai
Many construction contracts require the contractor to procure a performance bond to give the employer additional recourse should the contractor be delayed in performing, or fail to fully perform, its contractual obligations.
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By R. David Gallo, Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of International Trade
On January 18, 2017, the Second Circuit issued an opinion in the case of CBF Indústria de Gusa S/A et al. v. AMCI Holdings, Inc., 846 F.3d 35 (2d Cir. 2017).1 In Gusa, a party sought to enforce a foreign arbitral award against an entity that was not a signatory to the underlying arbitration agreement. Gusa is the latest in a line of Second Circuit cases to tackle this difficult issue. Gusa is also the latest case to invoke New York Convention (“Convention”) Article V(2)(a) and apply U.S. law – the law of the enforcing jurisdiction – to the question of whether a foreign arbitral award can be enforced against a non-signatory. The below discussion explores some of the reasons why this approach is untenable.
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