GlobeNewswire | 16 September
Odyssey Marine Exploration files first memorial in Mexico NAFTA case
Source: Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a deep-ocean exploration pioneer engaged in the discovery, development and extraction of seabed minerals, is pleased to report that on Friday, September 4, 2020, Odyssey filed the First Memorial in the case brought against Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on its behalf and on behalf of subsidiary Exploraciones Oceánicas (ExO), alleging that Mexico wrongfully denied environmental approval of the ExO Phosphate project in breach of NAFTA.
The First Memorial presents Odyssey’s NAFTA claims that Mexico, among other things:
Odyssey seeks damages of more than $2.3 billion including interest from April 2016 to the date of the First Memorial’s submission.
The First Memorial is supported by documentary evidence, and 20 expert reports and witness statements. In summary, this evidence includes:
This NAFTA arbitration is being administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and it is expected that a redacted version of the First Memorial will be available to the public within approximately 60 days. Once the Memorial is made available by ICSID, Odyssey will provide a link to the filing on its website, www.odysseymarine.com.
The NAFTA hearing is scheduled to take place in January 2022 unless settled earlier by the parties.