Bell Pottinger litigation support helps secure Suzuki court victory in four-year Volkswagen case

Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation has won a major decision against rival manufacturer Volkswagen in the International Court of Arbitration with help from the litigation support team of comms firm Bell Pottinger.

The interior of a Suzuki Celerio
The interior of a Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki filed the arbitration at the court in November 2011 after Suzuki "requested VW to terminate its business and capital alliance through amicable negotiation", according to a Suzuki press release that directs enquiries to Bell Pottinger.

While partially upholding the counterclaims advanced by VW in the London court, the 29 August judgement from the court has ruled that Suzuki's termination of the agreement was valid.

The judgement has therefore ordered VW to dispose of its shareholding in Suzuki. Osamu Suzuki, chair of Suzuki, said that the return of the shares was the "primary objective" in the litigation.

Bell Pottinger's team - led by chief operating officer David Beck - had been advising Suzuki on the matter since just before the arbitration process began in 2011.

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