Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTC: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”) announces that a ruling has been handed down by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales (the Commercial Court) (“the English Court”) in the proceedings initiated by the Kyrgyz Republic (the “Republic”) to set aside the award on jurisdictional objections rendered by the Arbitral Tribunal on January 25, 2017 (“the Award”) in the UNCITRAL arbitration brought by the Company and Kutisay Mining LLC against the Republic. The Company prevailed before the English Court. The Republic’s claim was rejected.
On February 22, 2017, the Republic notified the Company that it had filed a claim before the English Court to set aside specific paragraphs of the Award. This claim was brought under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996. The Republic was able to have recourse to the English Court on this point because, after the arbitration had been commenced, the parties agreed that it be seated in London.
In its decision, the English Court rejected the Republic’s argument and supporting expert evidence in respect of the interpretation of the dispute resolution provision in the 2003 Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Investment. It accepted that, under that law, a foreign investor is permitted to submit any dispute concerning the implementation of investments to arbitration and not only disputes concerning the sale of investments, as submitted by the Republic. The decision of the English Court is available online: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Comm/2017/2359.html.
“It is encouraging to have the High Court of Justice rule in the Company’s favour. Despite all attempts by the Republic to delay and obstruct the settlement of our Claim against them, the proceedings are moving towards the final merits stage. I would like to thank our counsel before the English court: Ben Juratowitch QC, Belinda McRae instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer,” states Rodney Irwin, CEO and President.
The proceedings before the Arbitral Tribunal continue with the Parties’ submissions on the merits (and remaining jurisdictional objections). A hearing is expected to be held in April 2018.
About Stans Energy
Stans Energy Corp. is a resource development company focused on advancing rare and specialty metals properties and processing technologies Stans is now transitioning into a supplier of materials and technologies that will assist in satisfying the future energy supply, storage and transmission needs of the world. Previously, the Company acquired, among other things, the right to mine the past producing rare earth mine, Kutessay II, in the Kyrgyz Republic Due to the expropriation actions taken by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Company is undertaking international arbitration litigation to protect the Company’s rights and recover damages estimated at over US$210,000,000, caused by the Republic.
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