Long-Arm Jurisdiction In A Post-Daimler Era

January 11, 2017

In Ace Decade Holdings Ltd. v. UBS AG, No. 653316/2015, 2016 BL 413780 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Dec. 7, 2016), Justice Eileen Bransten of the Commercial Division dismissed a $500 million fraud suit brought by an investment holding company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, Ace Decade Holdings Ltd., against the Swiss Bank UBS AG for lack of personal jurisdiction and inconvenient forum. Justice Bransten found no basis to exercise jurisdiction over UBS for alleged fraud in connection with a financing deal negotiated in Hong Kong to purchase shares of a firm listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Justice Bransten further held that, even if the court could exercise jurisdiction over UBS, the causes of action lack a substantial enough nexus with New York and, thus, dismissal is also warranted based upon the doctrine of forum non conveniens. Ace Decade highlights the nuanced issues involved in specific personal-jurisdiction disputes following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), and provides important lessons for plaintiffs and defendants alike in cases involving foreign defendants.

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