On 5 November 2020, the Luxembourg Court of Appeal handed down a judgment in Hellenic Republic v. Leidos Inc., confirming the exequatur in Luxembourg of a EUR 40 million arbitral award against the Hellenic Republic. Leidos is a global leader in the integration and application of information technology.
In this landmark decision, the appellate court dismissed all of the Hellenic Republic's claims of corruption and followed the reasoning of NautaDutilh's Benelux Arbitration Team. The court ruled that the Hellenic Republic "has failed to present any evidence to support the acts of corruption to which it refers” and that the award does not violate Luxembourg public policy. This ruling paves the way for Leidos to enforce the award in Luxembourg. The court of appeal’s ruling is the latest development in a long-running legal battle - with King & Spalding acting as global counsel - to enforce a 2011 arbitral award relating to IT contracts for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
"This victory extends the successful record of our Benelux Arbitration Team in enforcement matters of arbitral awards" comments Antoine Laniez.
NautaDutilh's Luxembourg team was led by Antoine Laniez and Florence Remouchamps, in close cooperation with our Arbitration teams in Amsterdam (Mirjam van de Hel - Koedoot, Kasper Krzeminski and their team) and Brussels (Sophie Jacmain, Stan Brijs and their team).