Lawsuit Between Teco and Guatemala To Be Resolved in 2014

For the first quarter of 2014 the Center for International Investment Arbitration could issue a ruling on the suit brought against the Guatemalan State.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This was explained by Silvia Alvarado, director of the National Energy Commission (CNEE).

The company "in 2010 went to the International Centre for Arbitration Relating to Investment Disputes (ICSID) claiming that the State gave an unfair and inequitable treatment by setting the Value Added Distribution (VAD) in 2009 at an amount less than requested by the Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala S.A. (EEGSA), of which Teco at that time was a shareholder along with the Spanish Iberdrola " reported Elperiodico.com.gt.

"... The ruling ... could adhere to the decision in the suit against Iberdrola."

For his part, Alfredo Skinner Klee, the defense attorney for the State said that the notification of the ruling could be given a maximum of four months after the end of the process.

Teco Guatemala Holdings filed its lawsuit under the investment chapter of CAFTA between the U.S., Central America and the Dominican Republic for the amount of $237 million.



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With the upcoming implementation of the Third Central American Convention on Arbitration Centers the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution is being encouraged.

Alfredo Skinner-Klee, an expert in arbitration from the company Arenales & Skinner Klee said in an interview with Elperiodico.com.gt conducted by Lorena Alvarez: that "Arbitration has become a major institution in the trade, in international transactions and in the last 20 years resolution mechanisms via arbitration investment disputes have been enabled."

State of Guatemala vs Teco Energy Litigation

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A recent ruling by an international tribunal in a dispute between Guatemala and Iberdrola, sets a precedent against the claims of Teco Energy.

The U.S. Corporation Teco Energy, a former shareholder of Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala (EEGSA), sued Guatemala before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), in 2010, claiming economic losses caused by a reduction in the Value Added Distribution implemented by the National Energy Commission in 2008.

State of Guatemala Wins Arbitration Against Iberdrola

August 2012

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank, has ruled against the claim of the Spanish company Iberdrola against the State of Guatemala.

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TECO Energy Sues Guatemala

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The U.S. Corporation, a former shareholder of Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala (EEGSA), sued the country before the ICSID in Washington.

The process is similar in its content to the one initiated by Spanish company Iberdrola (also a former shareholder of EEGSA) in December 2009, before the same institution, the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

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