We were retained by an international businessman with holdings across Europe to promote his success in a €130m arbitration against a European state. The tribunal ruled that the state’s president and government had undertaken a politically motivated campaign against our client, and their businesses in the jurisdiction had been illegally seized.
Our initial media liaison focused on publicising the arbitration award. However, following delays in the enforcement process we needed to secure longer-form articles about our client’s mistreatment by the other party in order to embarrass the state into satisfying the €130m arbitration award.
Due to our client’s prior public profile in the United Kingdom, there was an initial media hostility that had to be overcome. We thoroughly briefed prominent international journalists on the story over the course of many months, and our work resulted in long-form features telling our client’s story being published.
In particular, we alerted one journalist to the attendance of the head of state at a conference in London, where the journalist attempted to interview them. Their refusal to comment was featured prominently in the following article.