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Nigeria’s $11 Billion Case Threatens Biggest African Economy

  • Nigeria wants to bar hedge fund-backed firm from the award
  • UK High Court to start trial on Nigeria’s case against P&ID
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After years of stop-and-go litigation, Nigeria could be on the hook for a debilitating $11 billion payout if a trial which started on Monday in a London court doesn’t go its way.

The Nigerian government urged the UK high court to stop the hedge fund-backed firm Process & Industrial Development Ltd. from collecting a massive arbitration award that was handed down in 2017 following a failed — and allegedly fraudulent — gas deal. That amount equals almost a third of Nigeria’s forex reserves, and its payout would deal a huge blow to Africa’s largest economy, which is still recovering from a pandemic-induced recession.