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Procedural Order No. 7 Concerning the Claimant’s Request for Provisional Measures


A. The Underlying Dispute

B. The Parties

The claimant is Nova Group Investments, B.V. ("Nova" or "Claimant"), a company established under the laws of The Netherlands. Nova is represented in this proceeding by Lord Goldsmith, QC, PC, Mr. Patrick S. Taylor, Mr. Boxun Yin, Ms. Ciara A Murphy, Mr. Jonny McQuitty, and Mr. Mark McCloskey of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in London; and Mr. Mark Friedman of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York.
The respondent is Romania (also referred to as "Respondent"). Romania is represented in this proceeding by Dr. Hamid G. Gharavi, Ms. Nada Sader, Ms. Sophia von Dewall and Mr. Emmanuel Foy of Derains & Gharavi International in Paris; Ms. Eloise Obadia of Derains & Gharavi International in Washington, D.C.; Prof. Ziya Akinci of Akinci Law Office in Istanbul; and Mr. Valentin Trofin, Mr. Alexander Popa, and Ms. Oana Cuciureanu of Trofin & Associates in Bucharest.

C. The Decision

This Decision addresses Nova’s application for provisional measures dated 21 June 2016 (the "Application"), which Romania opposes. The Tribunal first sets out the Parties’ respective requests for relief (Section II), the relevant procedural history (Section III), and a summary of certain relevant facts as alleged or undisputed (Section IV). In Sections V and VI, the Tribunal sets out the applicable legal framework and summarizes the Parties’ positions, both on the relevant standards for provisional measures and on application of these standards to the situation at hand. The Tribunal then provides its analysis of the relevant legal standards and the particular measures requested in the Application (Section VII). Finally, the Tribunal sets out its Decision (Section VIII).
The Tribunal emphasizes that it has reviewed and considered all of the extensive factual and legal arguments presented by the Parties in their written and oral submissions. The fact that this Decision may not expressly reference all arguments does not mean that such arguments have not been considered; the Tribunal includes only those points which it considers most relevant for its decision.


The specific relief Nova seeks as provisional measures has been amended several times, based on additional events allegedly transpiring in the interim. Nova’s original request for relief was contained in the Application,2 but was subsequently amended in Nova’s Reply to Respondent’s Observations on the Claimant’s Request for Provisional Measures, dated 8 November 2016 (the "Reply").3 The Tribunal thereafter granted Nova’s request for a further amendment on 21 December 2016. Finally, following the death in Romania of Mr. Dan Adamescu, Nova informed the Tribunal of further amendments to its request for relief by letters of 9 and 28 February 2017.
As currently framed, Nova requests that the Tribunal order Romania to:

a) suspend all criminal proceedings related to the present arbitration, including Cases No. 577/P/2015,578/P/2015 and 929/P/2016 and refrain from recommencing or initiating criminal proceedings against Nova’s investments in Romania or the officers of the investment companies, including Alexander Adamescu;

b) withdraw (i) the transmission of European Arrest Warrant Ref. 3576/2/2016 by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and associated request for extradition submitted to the Home Office of the United Kingdom on 6 June 2016 and (ii) the preventive arrest warrant No. 13/UP issued on 19 May for Alexander Adamescu and refrain from reissuing or transmitting this or any other European Arrest Warrant or other request for extradition or arrest warrant for Alexander Adamescu;

c) refrain from undertaking any surveillance or otherwise seeking to intercept any privileged or confidential communications of any nature between Alexander Adamescu and/or any other of Nova’s representatives and Nova’s international and Romanian counsel or any other third parties;

d) withdraw the Asset Sequestration Order or, alternatively, amend the Asset Sequestration Order to pe rmit Nova to comp lete the sale of an interest in [REDACTED] SPV and in [REDACTED] Center SA, and refrain from issuing any further orders adversely affecting assets which are the subject of the Asset Sequestration Order or any other of Nova’s investments in Romania;

e) suspend or refrain from bringing any actions against Nova, its representatives, Nova’s investments’ representatives or Nova’s investments to establish or collect on any alleged liability to Romania disputed in this arbitration;

f) refrain from initiating any other proceedings, criminal or otherwise, directly or indirectly related to the present arbitration or engaging in any other course of action that may aggravate the dispute or jeopardize the procedural integrity of this arbitration; and

g) take all necessary steps to:

i) preserve all documents potentially relevant in this arbitration, including all documents in the ASF’s possession, custody or control relating in any way to Astra, any of Nova’s assets in Romania, Dan Adamescu, or Alexander Adamescu, and that it will continue to take such steps for the duration of the arbitration; and

ii) reconstruct any lost ASF data potentially relevant in this arbitration, relating in any way to Astra, any of Nova’s assets in Romania, Dan Adamescu, or Alexander Adamescu, using hard copy records; and

h) pay to Nova the full costs of this Request, together with interest on those costs.4

Opposing the Application in its Observations on Claimant’s Request for Provisional Measures, dated 14 October 2016 (the "Observations") and Rejoinder on Claimant’s Request for Provisional Measures, dated 12 December 2016 (the "Rejoinder"), Romania requests that the Tribunal:

241.1. deny Claimant’s Request in its entirety; and

241.2. order such relief as the Tribunal may deem just and appropriate; and

241.3. Order Claimant to pay the cost Respondent has incurred in connection with Claimant’s Request, including, but not limited to, legal and other associated fees or expenses.5


On 21 June 2016, Nova filed a Request for Arbitration of the same date ("Request for Arbitration"), accompanied by the Application. In the Application, Nova requested, pursuant to Rule 39(5) of the ICSID Arbitration Rules, that the Secretary-General establish time limits for the Parties to present their observations on the Application, which could then be considered by the Tribunal promptly upon its constitution.
In accordance with Article 36 of the ICSID Convention, on 5 July 2016, the Secretary-General registered the Request for Arbitration and so notified the Parties. At the same time, the Secretary-General provided the Parties with a schedule for their written submissions on the Application, noting that it would apply unless the Parties agreed on an alternative schedule.
By letter of 1 August 2016, Romania requested that the Secretary-General grant an extension of 60 days (from 8 August to 8 October 2016) for Romania to file its observations on the Application. On the same day, the Secretary-General invited Nova to respond to Romania’s request. In accordance with this invitation, Nova submitted its response by letter of 2 August 2016, in which Nova opposed the requested extension on several grounds. The following day, Romania submitted a request for leave to respond to Nova’s letter within 24 hours. The Secretary-General granted this request, noting that Nova would be given an opportunity to briefly respond to the content of Romania’s additional letter. Romania submitted its letter on 4 August 2016, which was followed by Nova’s further observations on 5 August 2016.
Also on 5 August 2016, ICSID received a letter from Dr. Hamid Gharavi, together with a corresponding power of attorney, informing ICSID that Romania had engaged attorneys of Derains & Gharavi International, Akinci Law Office, and Trofin & Associates. Dr. Gharavi also stated that it would be impossible for Romania’s new counsel to file observations on the Application before the extended deadline requested by previous counsel.
By letter of 5 August 2016, the Acting Secretary-General informed the Parties that, in light of the status of the proceeding, Romania’s request for an extension was granted.
On 6 September 2016, upon Nova’s request, ICSID confirmed that the Tribunal would be constituted pursuant to the formula provided by Article 37(2)(b) of the ICSID Convention.
On 5 October 2016, Romania requested that the Secretary-General grant it a further extension of seven business days to file its observations on the Application. Upon the Secretary-General’s invitation, Nova submitted its response on 7 October 2016, stating that it would agree to an extend the deadline for Romania’s observations, with a corresponding one-week extension of the following deadlines on the briefing schedule. By letter of 7 October 2016, the Secretary-General informed the Parties that Romania’s request for an extension was granted to the extent agreed by Nova.
On 14 October 2016, Romania submitted its Observations in accordance with the revised briefing schedule.
By letter of 20 October 2016, Nova informed ICSID that it was seeking to engage with Romania regarding possible amendments to the briefing schedule because Alexander Adamescu’s extradition hearing (originally scheduled for 22 November 2016) had been postponed until the week of 24 April 2017, and Dan Adamescu’s medical treatment in Romania was continuing.
On 26 October 2016, Nova requested that the Secretary-General grant Nova an extension of seven business days to file its reply to the Observations. Upon the invitation of the Secretary-General, Romania responded on 27 October 2016, opposing Nova’s request. By letter of 28 October 2016, the Acting Secretary-General informed the Parties that, in light of the status of the proceeding and the previous extensions granted to Romania, Nova’s request for an extension was granted. The Acting Secretary-General further noted that Romania would have a corresponding extension of time to file its rejoinder on provisional measures.
In accordance with the revised briefing schedule, Nova submitted its Reply on 8 November 2016, together with the first witness statements of Mr. Alexander Adamescu and Mr. [REDACTED] W [REDACTED] the "Adamescu Statement" and [REDACTED] "Statement," respectively).
On 17 November 2016, the Tribunal was constituted in accordance with Article 37(2)(b) of the ICSID Convention, and is composed of: Ms. Jean Engelmayer Kalicki (U.S.), President, appointed by the Chairman of the Administrative Council in accordance with Article 38 of the ICSID Convention; Mr. Klaus Reichert, SC (German/Irish), appointed by Claimant; and Professor Thomas Clay (French), appointed by Respondent.
The case file thereafter was provided to the Tribunal, including all prior communications between the Parties and ICSID, as well as all prior communications between the Parties that were copied to ICSID. The case file provided to the Tribunal contained several communications that in some way addressed the Application, including Nova’s letter of 25 September 2016; Romania’s letters of 28 September 2016; Nova’s letter of 30 September 2016; Nova’s letter of 3 October 2016; Romania’s letter of 5 October 2016; Nova’s letter of 14 October 2016; Romania’s letter of 25 October 2016; Nova’s letter of 4 November 2016; Romania’s letter of 5 November 2016; Nova’s letters of 10 November 2016; Romania’s letter of 11 November 2016; and Nova’s letter of 16 November 2016.
On 21 November 2016, the Tribunal proposed that the first session be held by teleconference on either 20 or 21 December 2016, and that the Parties reserve 11 and 12 January 2017 for a potential hearing on the Application in Paris, France. The Tribunal noted that the proposal of Paris was for convenience only in light of certain travel constraints for the Tribunal in January, and was without prejudice to the determination of venue for any future hearings. The Tribunal invited the Parties’ views on these proposed dates.
On 23 November 2016, the Tribunal circulated a draft agenda for the first session and a draft Procedural Order No. 1 to help facilitate the Parties’ discussion on procedural issues in advance of the first session.
On 28 November 2016, Romania confirmed its availability for the first session teleconference on 21 December 2016, but stated that its counsel was unavailable for a hearing on the Application on the proposed dates. By the same letter, Romania requested an extension of seven days to file its rejoinder on the Application.
Also on 28 November 2016, Nova confirmed its availability for the first session teleconference and a hearing on the Application on the proposed dates. However, Nova requested "that Romania be invited to agree that the Provisional Measures hearing should take place in London." Nova argued that Alexander Adamescu was unable to travel to Paris because of bail conditions of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court and an Interpol Red Notice, both of which resulted from Romania’s actions. According to Nova, Alexander Adamescu’s presence in person at the hearing and ability to provide instructions to counsel "would be necessary to respect equality of arms and the integrity of the arbitral process."
Nova further requested that, if Romania would not agree to London as the hearing venue, the Tribunal order Romania to take all necessary steps to ensure that Alexander Adamescu could travel outside of the United Kingdom for the hearing; or that the Tribunal order a procedure in which he could be cross-examined in person in London one day in advance of the hearing and then be provided a means of following the hearing the next day and instructing counsel.
In response to the Parties’ letters of 28 November 2016, the Tribunal wrote to the Parties on 29 November 2016 to inquire (a) whether Nova would consent to Romania’s request for an extension of seven days to file its rejoinder on provisional measures, and (b) whether Romania would consent to holding the hearing on provisional measures in London (on a date to be determined), without prejudice to further discussion of the appropriate venue for subsequent hearings.
By letter of 1 December 2016, Romania objected to holding the hearing in London, arguing that this venue would be unduly burdensome, in part because of visa requirements for certain of its representatives. Romania also asserted that Nova’s request for London, based on Alexander Adamescu’s inability to travel, was meritless because (a) Romania would be willing to cross-examine him by video-conference if necessary, and (b) Mr. Adamescu is not a representative of Nova.
In the same letter, Romania asked the Tribunal to order Nova to disclose the identity of its real owners, beneficial or otherwise, with supporting documents, including but not limited to a copy of the Terms of Administration ('Administratievoorwaarden') of and a copy of the depository receipt holder’s register of the [Stichting [REDACTED] (the "Stichting")].
By letter of 2 December 2016, Nova (a) made further submissions in support of its request to hold the hearing in London, (b) stated that Romania was not entitled to the requested disclosure at this stage of the proceeding, and (c) informed the Tribunal that it consented to Romania’s request for an extension.
On 3 December 2016, the Tribunal confirmed that, in light of Nova’s consent, Romania’s request for an extension of one week to file its rejoinder on provisional measures was granted.
On the same day, the Parties were informed of the Tribunal’s ruling on the venue for the hearing on provisional measures:

a. The Tribunal accepts the Claimant’s request that its counsel be permitted to attend from the same venue as Mr. Alexander Adamescu, which would be London given Mr. Adamescu’s present constraints. The Tribunal also accepts the Respondent’s representation that a visa may be required for one or more of its representatives to attend in London.

b. The Tribunal’s strong preference is an in-person hearing to be held in London, on any two consecutive dates among 6-7 February, 9-10 February or 13-17 February.... If no witness examination will be needed, the hearing could perhaps be concluded in a single day.

c. The Tribunal Secretary will be in touch with the Respondent regarding issuance of official travel certificates to support any necessary visa applications. If the Respondent’s representatives nonetheless ultimately are unable to obtain visas to attend in London, the hearing instead will proceed by videoconference, with the Tribunal sitting together in person in a location to be determined (separate from either side’s counsel), the Claimant’s team participating from London, and the Respondent’s team participating from Paris. This is not the Tribunal’s preference.

The Parties were requested to inform the Tribunal of, inter alia, their availability for a hearing within the proposed date ranges.

On 8 December 2016, Nova confirmed its availability for a hearing on certain dates proposed by the Tribunal. By letter of the same date, Romania informed the Tribunal that it was not available on the proposed dates, as counsel would be attending a hearing in another ICSID case. Regarding the venue for the hearing, Romania reiterated its view that it should be Paris or Washington, D.C., but further stated that:

Respondent however takes note that the Tribunal has expressed a strong preference for the Hearing to be held in London in person. On this basis, with all rights reserved and by courtesy to the Tribunal only, Respondent will for this sole occasion accept to hold the Hearing in London, depending on the Hearing dates, with the understanding that it takes roughly two weeks for Turkish nationals to obtain a visa to the United Kingdom.

By letter of 9 December 2016, the Tribunal acknowledged that the hearing dates it had proposed would not work due to the constraints of counsel, but noting its reluctance to allow a provisional measures hearing to be deferred for months. The Tribunal proposed additional date ranges, including weekends, and urged the Parties to make the maximum effort to accommodate them.
In accordance with the revised briefing schedule, Romania filed its Rejoinder on 12 December 2016.
On 12 and 13 December 2016, the Parties responded to the Tribunal regarding their availability for the hearing on the proposed dates. Nova, in its letter, also alleged that Romania was taking steps to advance certain criminal proceedings against Dan Adamescu, which were part of the subject matter of the Application.
Based on the Parties’ letters, the first mutually available dates for a hearing were 2-3 March 2017. The Tribunal therefore confirmed that the hearing on the Application would be held in London on those dates.
On 15 December 2016, the Parties submitted their joint comments on the Tribunal’s draft Procedural Order No. 1, which had been circulated by the Secretary on 23 November 2016.
On 19 December 2016, Romania filed a Request for Bifurcation of the Proceedings (the "Bifurcation Request").
Also on 19 December 2016, Romania restated its disclosure request of 1 December 2016. Romania argued that the identity of Nova’s ultimate owners and beneficiaries was material and relevant to Nova’s request for provisional measures, the Tribunal’s jurisdiction, and potential conflicts of interests. Romania asked the Tribunal to order disclosure immediately, before the first session scheduled on 21 December 2016.
On the same day, the Tribunal informed the Parties that they would be invited to address Romania’s request for disclosure during the first session, following which the Tribunal would rule promptly.
On 20 December 2016, Nova requested leave to submit a letter to the Tribunal in advance of the next day’s first session, to respond to Romania’s letter of 19 December 2016. The Tribunal granted this request with the understanding that the letter would be filed that day, rather than on the day of the first session. In accordance with the Tribunal’s instructions, Nova filed its response later on 20 December 2016.
Before the first session on 21 December 2016, Nova submitted two further letters to the Tribunal. In the first letter, Nova sought leave to amend one of its requests for a provisional measure (at paragraph 272(d) of the Reply), so that Romania would be ordered to:

refrain from undertaking any surveillance or otherwise seeking to intercept any privileged or confidential communications of any nature between Dan Adamescu and/or Alexander Adamescu and/or any other of the Claimant’s representatives and the Claimant’s international and Romanian counsel or any other third parties. (amendment underlined)

With its second letter, Nova submitted a press release regarding the initiation of criminal court proceedings against Dan Adamescu in Romania on charges related to alleged abuse of office when he served as President of the Supervisory Board of Societatea de Asigurare-Reasigurare Astra S.A. ("Astra"). Nova stated that these proceedings were one of the subjects of the Application, and that it would raise the issue during the first session later that day.
The first session teleconference was held as scheduled on 21 December 2016. The Tribunal and the Parties discussed outstanding procedural matters, including the procedural calendar. They also addressed three matters relating to the Application:

a. First, each Party was invited to make oral submissions on Romania’s disclosure request.

b. Second, Romania was given an opportunity to comment on Nova’s request to amend the relief sought at paragraph 272(d) of the Reply, and Romania stated that it had no objection. The President of the Tribunal then confirmed that absent objection, Nova’s requested amendment was deemed to have been made. The President also confirmed that Romania would have an opportunity to respond to the substance of Nova’s letter, and Romania undertook to do so by 15 January 2017. Pursuant to this agreement, Romania filed its response on 15 January 2017.

c. Third, Nova summarized the content of its second letter regarding further criminal proceedings in Romania. Nova confirmed that it was not seeking an immediate decision from the Tribunal, but indicated that it likely would need to request specific measures in advance of the hearing on the Application, unless it received certain assurances from Romania that it would respect the status quo and avoid any aggravation of the dispute. Romania was given the opportunity to comment, and the matter was closed, pending any specific application by Nova.

The first session teleconference was recorded, and the audio recording was made available to the Tribunal and the Parties following the teleconference.
Following the first session, on 23 December 2016, the Tribunal issued Procedural Order No. 1, embodying the agreements of the Parties and the decisions of the Tribunal on the procedure to govern the arbitration. The Procedural Timetable was attached as Annex A of Procedural Order No. 1.
On 26 December 2016, the Tribunal issued Procedural Order No. 2, which addressed Romania’s request for disclosure. The Tribunal denied Romania’s general request for an order that Nova disclose "the identity of its real owners, beneficial or otherwise," with supporting documents, on the grounds that Nova contended it already had done so by reference to the Stichting (which Nova contended could have no beneficial owner as a matter of Dutch law), and the Tribunal "sees no reason at this juncture to examine the validity" of this assertion by making determinations of what "real ownership" and "beneficial ownership" mean in the context of a Dutch Stichting. However, the Tribunal granted Romania’s more specific request for an order that Nova disclose a copy of the Stichting’s Terms of Administration and its register of depository receipt holders, as these potentially could be relevant to the pending provisional measures Application. Nova was ordered to produce these documents within 14 days. The Tribunal also invited the Parties to suggest a date for simultaneous supplemental submissions on the relevance or lack of relevance to the Application of the information contained in the new documents.
By letter of 27 December 2016, Nova requested leave to submit into the record a report prepared [REDACTED] Ltd, dated 19 September 2016 (the [REDACTED] Report") in support of its request for provisional measures. Nova asserted that, although it had already provided sufficient evidence to establish that it was entitled to apply for provisional measures, it was seeking to introduce the [REDACTED] Report "in case the Tribunal is moved in any way by Romania’s complaint of a lack of sufficient evidence at this stage." According to Nova, the [REDACTED] Report would support its position that Romania’s actions toward Nova were part of a politically motivated campaign against the Adamescus. Nova also argued that its request was reasonable because it was made more than two months in advance of the hearing on provisional measures, and because the [REDACTED] Report already was known to Romania.
On 29 December 2016, the Parties were informed of the following decision of the Tribunal:

The Tribunal grants Claimant’s request to submit the [REDACTED] Report, subject to the Respondent having the opportunity to submit, within 10 days of the Claimant’s submission, any observations it may have on the asserted relevance of the new document for the provisional measures application.

By email of the same date, Romania requested that the Tribunal withdraw or at least suspend its decision to admit the [REDACTED] Report until Romania was given an opportunity to comment on such request. Romania referenced paragraph 16.3 of Procedural Order No. 1 to support its position.6 The Tribunal responded to Romania’s message on the same day, stating that its decision had provided Romania an opportunity to comment on the substance of the new document, but that "if the Respondent wishes to be heard preliminarily on the threshold issue of admissibility, including any potential prejudice from the document’s submission at this time, such opportunity is granted." The Tribunal directed Nova not to submit the [REDACTED] Report pending further instruction from the Tribunal.
Also on 29 December 2016, Romania submitted a letter asserting that in Procedural Order No. 2, the Tribunal had failed to address one of the three grounds Romania had raised in support of its 1 December 2016 request for disclosure, namely that the requested documents were relevant and material for the purpose of assessing potential conflicts of interests. Romania requested that the Tribunal rule on this third ground.
On 30 December 2016, the Tribunal invited Nova to comment on Romania’s request. In accordance with that invitation, Nova submitted a letter on 5 January 2017 opposing Romania’s request.
On 6 January 2016, the Tribunal issued Procedural Order No. 3, addressing Romania’s request of 29 December 2016. The Tribunal acknowledged, as noted in paragraph 9 of Procedural Order No. 2, that Romania’s prior request for disclosure of Nova’s "real owners, beneficial or otherwise," had been stated to be relevant to "potential conflicts of interests," as well as the issues of jurisdiction and provisional measures expressly addressed in Procedural Order No. 2. The Tribunal further noted that, pursuant to Procedural Order No. 2, Romania would receive the depository receipt holder’s register of the Stichting and a copy of the Terms of Administration of the Stichting. The Tribunal then stated its view that:

this information should be sufficient for (a) the members of the Tribunal to make any disclosures that may be warranted on account of the identity of the certificate holders, (b) Respondent to undertake any further investigations it considers appropriate regarding any hypothetical relationships between any member of the Tribunal and any certificate holder, and (c) Respondent to make (promptly) any application that it considers appropriate regarding any alleged conflicts of interests of a member of the Tribunal, on account of the identities of the certificate holders.

On this basis, the Tribunal denied Romania’s renewed application for an order that in addition to producing the subject documents, Nova identify its "real owners, beneficial or otherwise."

Also on 6 January 2017, Romania submitted its letter objecting to Nova’s 27 December 2016 request for leave to submit the [REDACTED] Report. Romania argued, inter alia, that (a) Nova had failed to show "good cause" to justify the belated submission of the [REDACTED] Report, as required by paragraph 16.3 of Procedural Order No. 1; (b) the allegation Nova was attempting to support with the [REDACTED] Report was irrelevant to provisional measures; and (c) admitting the [REDACTED] Report would prejudice Romania, especially because its counsel had not yet been able to obtain a copy of the document, it was not clear that Romania itself had previously seen it, and the admission of the [REDACTED] Report would require further inquiry into its provenance and underlying support.
On 9 January 2017, in accordance with Procedural Order No. 2, Nova produced copies of (a) the Terms of Administration of the Stichting and (b) the depository receipt holder’s register of the Stichting, the latter referencing [REDACTED] Lmited (" [REDACTED] ') as the sole depository receipt holder.
By letter of 11 January 2017, Romania requested "confirmation and identification, with supporting evidence" of (a) "the identity of the Adamescu family members for which the shares in [REDACTED] are held in trust, as well as the proportion of each family members’ beneficial interest in the shares of [REDACTED] since 2006"; and/or (b) "any beneficiary holders of the shares in [REDACTED] other than the Adamescu family since 2006, and the proportion of their beneficiary interest in the shares of [REDACTED].
Upon the Tribunal’s invitation, Nova submitted its response on 13 January 2017. Although Nova considered Romania’s further requests for disclosure to be meritless, it disclosed seven additional documents.
Also on 13 January 2017, Nova filed its Objection to Respondent’s Request for Bifurcation (the "Objection to Bifurcation").
On 16 January 2017, the Tribunal issued Procedural Order No. 4 to address two outstanding procedural issues: (a) Nova’s request to submit the [REDACTED] Report and (b) Romania’s request for additional disclosure. Regarding the first issue, the Tribunal denied Nova’s request, explaining that "the Tribunal initially had understood that the [REDACTED] Report already was well known to both Parties" and therefore they could "address in short order its relevance or lack of relevance" for the Application. Based on Romania’s contentions otherwise, however, the Tribunal explained as follows:

the Tribunal is concerned that introducing the [REDACTED] Report at this juncture could open the door to broader supplemental proceedings prior to the provisional measures hearing than the Tribunal originally had anticipated, including potential additional information requests that could expand the scope of (and threaten the orderly preparation for) such hearing. At th e same time, the Tribunal notes that neither Party suggests the [REDACTED] Report is essential to the Tribunal’s consideration of the pending application for provisional measures. Indeed, the Claimant’s own primary submission is that the Report is not necessary for its provisional measures request, as "sufficient evidence" already has been adduced "to establish that it has a prima facie claim" of improper action by the Respondent, and that the appropriate time to adduce further evidence regarding such claim is at the merits stage, "rather than now." The Respondent concurs (albeit for different reasons) that the document is not "material at this stage."... In light of these fa ctors, the Tribunal considers it best to defer introduction of the [REDACTED] Report, and related consideration of its relevance and weight, to the stage of the case for which both Parties consider it material, namely the substantive proceedings on the merits.

The Tribunal also denied Romania’s request for further disclosure, while acknowledging Nova’s 13 January 2016 disclosure of additional documents. The Tribunal explained that:

Although it is possible that the Respondent may have further questions flowing from these documents, the Tribunal considers that they provide sufficient supplementary factual information to address the underlying rationales of Procedural Order Nos. 2 and 3. Accordingly, no further production is ordered.

The Parties were instructed to file within ten days a supplemental submission regarding the relevance or lack of relevance of the information contained in the documents Nova produced on 9 and 13 January 2017 to the issues before the Tribunal in connection with the Application. As scheduled, on 26 January 2017, each Party filed such a submission.
By letter of 25 January 2017, Nova informed the Tribunal that Dan Adamescu had passed away in Romania. Nova noted that it would "in due course, write separately on the implications of these tragic circumstances."
In accordance with the procedural timetable, as revised by the Parties agreement of 21 January 2017, Romania filed its Reply to Objection to Request for Bifurcation, dated 25 January 2017 (the "Reply on Bifurcation").
Also in accordance with that procedural timetable, Nova filed its Rejoinder on Objection to Request for Bifurcation, dated 6 February 2017 (the "Rejoinder on Bifurcation").
On 8 February 2017, in preparation for the pre-hearing teleconference, the Tribunal provided the Parties with a draft procedural order addressing the organization of the hearing on provisional measures. The Tribunal requested that the Parties confer and submit their comments in advance of the teleconference.
On 9 February 2017, Nova wrote to the Tribunal "regarding the immediate implications for the arbitration of Dan Adamescu’s death while in Romania’s custody." By this letter, Nova withdrew its request for the following provisional measure, which was originally contained in subparagraph (c) of its request for relief:

[that Romania] give assurances that for the duration of Dan Adamescu’s detention he shall:

i) receive all necessary medical attention, including all necessary medication and medical treatment;

ii) be permitted to meet with Nova’s counsel whenever a meeting is requested, up to daily if necessary, in order to give instructions to counsel in respect of this arbitration and to discuss his evidence with counsel, and that such meetings shall not be monitored, recorded, or listened to in any way by any instrumentality, representative, employee, or agent of the Romanian State; and

iii) be permitted to give evidence in this arbitration at any hearing in person at the place of the hearing if required.

Nova also revised the provisional measures sought in subparagraphs (a) and (d) of its request for relief, to the extent related to Dan Adamescu.
By the same letter, Nova expressed concerns about the circumstances of Dan Adamescu’s death and, in this context, requested that Romania disclose his medical records from the period of his incarceration and any documents related to examinations conducted after his death.
On 15 February 2017, the Parties submitted their comments on the draft procedural order addressing the organization of the hearing on provisional measures.
On 16 February 2017, the Tribunal held a pre-hearing teleconference with the Parties to discuss procedural matters relating to the hearing on provisional measures, including the allotment of hearing time, examination and sequestration of witnesses, and hearing materials. Subsequently, on 17 February 2017, the Tribunal issued Procedural Order No. 5, recording the Parties’ agreements and the Tribunal’s decisions on the organization of the hearing.
By letter of 28 February 2017, Nova made a further amendment to subparagraph (a) of its request for relief, as follows:

[that Romania] suspend all criminal proceedings related to the present arbitration, including Cases No. 577/P/2015, 4153/2/2014 and 578/P/2015 and 929/P/2016 [...]

By the same letter, Nova requested the Tribunal to order Romania to produce Dan Adamescu’s medical records and any documents related to examinations conducted after his death. Romania responded to this request by letter of 10 March 2017.7
The hearing on provisional measures was held at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London on 2 and 3 March 2017. The following individuals attended the hearing:

Tribunal :

Ms. Jean Kalicki President

Professor Thomas Clay Arbitrator

Mr. Klaus Reichert Arbitrator

Secretary of the Tribunal :

Ms. Lindsay Gastrell ICSID Secretariat

Nova :


Lord Goldsmith QC, PC Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mr. Patrick S. Taylor Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Ms. Ciara A. Murphy Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mr. Mark McCloskey Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Mr. Boxun Yin Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Ms. Doreena Hunt Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Ms. Diana Moise Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


Mr. Alexa nder Adamescu The Nova Group Investments B.V.


Romania :


Dr. Hamid G. Gharavi Derains & Gharavi International

Ms. Nada Sader Derains & Gharavi International

Ms. Eloise Obadia Derains & Gharavi International

Mr. Emmanuel Foy Derains & Gharavi International

Mr. Stefan Dudas Derains & Gharavi International

Ms. Marine Juston Derains & Gharavi International (Intern)

Mr. Sixto Sanchez Derains & Gharavi International (Intern)

Professor Ziya Akinci Akinci Law Firm

Mr. Aycan Ozcan Akinci Law Firm

Mr. Valentin Trofin Trofin & Associates

Ms. Oana Cuciureanu Trofin & Associates


Mr. Attila Gyorgy Ministry of Public Finance, Secretary of State

Mr. Victor Strambeanu Ministry of Public Finance, Legal Department,

Chief of Office

Court Reporter :

Ms. Diana Burden

At the close of the hearing, each Party confirmed that it had concluded its presentation of evidence and arguments on the Application.


The following summary is based on the Parties’ submissions filed to date and is not an exhaustive presentation. The Tribunal takes no position with respect to disputed facts, and no part of this Order constitutes a finding by the Tribunal with respect to the factual record. The purpose of this summary is to contextualize the Parties’ arguments on the Application.

A. Claimant’s Case

This dispute arises out of Nova’s alleged investments in Romania, including:

a. Societatea de Asigurare-Reasigurare Astra S.A. ("Astra"), which, according to both Parties, has been considered one of Romania’s largest insurers with a strategic position in the consumer insurance market and, more generally, in the Romanian economy.8

b. Medien Holding, owner of the newspaper Romania Libera.

c. [REDACTED] S.A. ("TNG Romania"), a Romanian holding company with various investments.

d. [REDACTED] Center SA ("[REDACTED]"), a company listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, [REDACTED]

e. [REDACTED] Romania SA [REDACTED] a company listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, which holds the [REDACTED] Bucharest.

f. [REDACTED] SPV (" [REDACTED] "), which holds interests in [REDACTED] in Romania.

g. [REDACTED] Center [REDACTED] SRL [REDACTED] which holds a [REDACTED] in Bucharest.9

Nova’s case is that in 2013, State actors began to target its investments and its founder and Chairman, Dan Adamescu. Nova alleges, inter alia, that (a) the Romanian financial services regulator (the "ASF") undertook actions to wrest control of Astra from Nova, leading to the bankruptcy of Astra and Romania Libera,10 and (b) the Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate (the "DNA") acted on baseless allegations to initiate criminal proceedings against Dan Adamescu and his son, Alexander Adamescu, for bribery (the "Bribery Proceedings") and for abuse of office and money laundering arising out of Astra’s bankruptcy (the "Abuse of Office Proceedings").11
According to Nova, this was a politically motivated campaign arising from the fact that Dan Adamescu and Romania Libera were highly critical of Romania’s Social Democratic Party and its leader, Mr. Victor Ponta, who became Prime Minister in May 2012.12
Romania denies that any of its actions toward Nova, Astra or the Adamescus were illegitimate or politically motivated.
Despite the Parties’ disagreement on other matters of fact, they largely agree on the occurrence and timing of the events described in the following sections.

B. Astra and Romania Libera

In 2013, the Romanian motorway agency, Compania Nationala De Autostrazi Si Drumuri Nationale din Romania SA, commenced civil proceedings against Astra seeking payment of an insurance claim for partial non-completion of a highway project.13 This led ASF to inspect Astra’s financial recording practices.14
Subsequently, from 22 January to 4 February 2014, the ASF carried out a second inspection of Astra’s financial situation.15 As part of this inspection, ASF alleged that Astra’s reported solvency margin was significantly overstated at RON 188 million, when in fact it was negative RON 810 million.16
On 18 February 2014, the ASF issued Decision No. 42/2015, placing Astra under special administration, and appointed the international accounting firm KPMG as special administrator.17 KPMG issued a Special Administrator’s Report (the "KPMG Report") on 25 March 2014, setting out a series of recovery measures to be taken by Astra, including:

• Cash contribution to the share capital in the amount of 490 million lei, consisting of:

- Short-term capital increase of 192 million lei (starting with April 2014)

- Additional capital increase of 298 million lei (January 2015)

• Operational measures without impact on cash (non-cash), with a net effect on Company’s equity of 316 million lei, consisting of:

- The extension of the catastrophe reinsurance risk programme (40 million lei) - until 30 April 2014

- Guarantee / payment of intra-group loans (125 million lei) -until 30 April 2014

- Amicable settlement of disputes relating to the insurance contracts with Romstrade (151 million lei) - until 30 May 2014

• The merger with Axa Romania SA, with a net effect on the Company’s liquidity and own equity amounting to 118 million lei (simultaneously with the latest share capital increase)18

On 7 April 2014, the ASF approved the recovery plan provided in the KPMG Report.19
Later that month, the ASF issued Decision No. 159 opposing Astra’s purchase of AXA’s Romanian interests, and in September, AXA terminated the purchase agreement.20 Thus, one of the main recovery measures contained in the KPMG plan failed, for reasons disputed between the Parties.
Following the failure of other measures suggested by KPMG, on 25 August 2015 KMPG recommended initiation of bankruptcy proceedings for Astra.21 The same day, Nova sent a letter to the ASF notifying it of a dispute under the BIT.22
Two days later, the ASF issued Decision No. 2034, which closed Astra’s financial recovery process and commenced bankruptcy proceedings.23 Astra’s shareholders challenged this decision in the Bucharest Court of Appeal, requesting a stay of the bankruptcy proceedings.24 However, in December 2015, the court declared Astra insolvent and appointed KPMG as Astra’s liquidator.25 On 15 December 2015, Nova sent a letter to the President and Prime Minister of Romania, notifying them of a dispute under the BIT.26
Romania Libera was also affected by Astra’s difficulties. While managing Astra, KPMG called for immediate payment of loans Astra had made to Medien Holding, the owner of Romania Libera.27 As Medien Holding could not repay these loans outright, and a repayment plan was rejected, on 9 February 2015 Astra filed a petition with the Bucharest Tribunal Court to declare Medien Holding liquidated.28

C. The Bribery Proceedings

The Bribery Proceedings against Dan Adamescu began on 22 May 2014, when the DNA identified him as a suspect based on allegations of bribery.29 He was arrested on 5 June 2014 and subsequently indicted for bribing two bankruptcy judges.30
On 2 February 2015, Dan Adamescu was convicted of those charges and sentenced to four years and four months of imprisonment.31 Nova has criticized the conditions of his detention, alleging that he was not provided adequate medical care. This originally was the subject of one of Nova’s requested provisional measures. As noted above, on 25 January 2017, Nova informed the Tribunal that Dan Adamescu had died in Romania.
Alexander Adamescu also was implicated in the Bribery Proceedings. The DNA first summoned him as a suspect in May 2014, and he was indicted on 20 June 2014.32 However, the DNA took no further action against Alexander Adamescu until 11 December 2015, when the DNA summoned him for questioning.33 He was then residing in London and did not appear before the DNA in Romania.
The DNA understood this failure to appear as an attempt to escape the investigation.34 In March 2016, the DNA sought an arrest warrant for Alexander Adamescu, which a Romanian court granted on 4 May 2016.35 Although he successfully appealed the arrest warrant on 19 May 2016, the DNA obtained a new warrant that same day.36 The court rejected his appeal against this new warrant.37
On 6 June 2016, the DNA obtained a European Arrest Warrant for Alexander Adamescu, and one week later, he was arrested in London.38 He was released on bail a few days later, with an extradition hearing initially scheduled for 22 November 2016.39 This hearing has now been rescheduled for the week of April 2017.40

D. The Abuse of Office Proceedings and Asset Sequestration Order

In connection with its investigation into Astra’s financial reporting, the DNA initiated the Abuse of Office Proceedings against Messrs. Dan and Alexander Adamescu in March 2016.41 They are accused of abusing their office while serving in Astra’s management and of money laundering.
Based on the claim against Dan Adamescu, the DNA issued an asset sequestration order over Nova’s equity interests in several Romanian entities, including [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] (the "Asset Sequestration Order").42 The Asset Sequestration Order freezes these assets as security for claims against Astra.43 Appeals against the Asset Sequestration Order in Romanian courts thus far have failed.44


The Tribunal’s power to grant provisional measures is embodied in Article 47 of the ICSID Convention and ICSID Arbitration Rule 39.
Article 47 of the ICSID Convention provides:

Except as the parties otherwise agree, the Tribunal may, if it considers that the circumstances so require, recommend any provisional measures which should be taken to preserve the respective rights of either party.

ICSID Arbitration Rule 39 states in relevant part:

(1) At any time after the institution of the proceeding, a party may request that provisional measures for the preservation of its rights be recommended by the Tribunal. The request shall specify the rights to be preserved, the measures the recommendation of which is requested, and the circumstances that require such measures.

(2) The Tribunal shall give priority to the consideration of a request made pursuant to paragraph (1).

(3) The Tribunal may also recommend provisional measures on its own initiative or recommend measures other than those specified in a request. It may at any time modify or revoke its recommendations.

(4) The Tribunal shall only recommend provisional measures, or modify or revoke its recommendations, after giving each party an opportunity of presenting its observations.


In this section, the Tribunal summarizes each Party’s position on the Application, primarily focusing on the Parties’ arguments as set forth in their written submissions. During the hearing on provisional measures, the Parties elaborated upon these arguments, and the examination of witnesses revealed further relevant information. The Tribunal will address these additional points as necessary in its analysis contained in Section VII below.

A. Claimant’s Position

(1) The Scope of the Tribunal’s Power to Grant Provisional Measures


Nova submits that ICSID tribunals have broad power to recommend provisional measures under Article 47 of the ICSID Convention and Rule 39 of the ICSID Arbitration Rules.45 According to Nova, it is well recognized that such interim relief is binding on parties.46


Nova argues that this broad power extends to provisional measures that touch upon criminal proceedings and detention.47 In this regard, Nova opposes Romania’s argument that the Tribunal cannot interfere with Romania’s sovereign right to enforce its criminal law.48 Nova proposes several reasons that this argument should fail, including:

a. ICSID tribunals have power to grant "any" provisional measure required to preserve a party’s right, and have used that power to grant measures concerning judicial proceedings and decisions.49

b. All provisional measures will have some impact on State sovereignty, which is permissible because States, including Romania, have accepted certain limitations on their sovereignty by ratifying the ICSID Convention.

c. Numerous ICSID tribunals have ordered provisional measures relating to criminal proceedings, as Romania acknowledges.50 Nova cites, for example, Tokios Tokeles v. Ukraine,51 Quiborax v. Bolivia,52 Menzies v. Senegal,53 and Hydro v. Albania.54

d. Because measures such as those requested are only temporary, they neither prevent a State from enforcing its criminal law nor challenge any final decision of its domestic courts.55

(2) Applicable Legal Standard

Nova submits that ICSID tribunals may order provisional measures when:

a) the tribunal has prima facie jurisdiction to hear the claim;

b) the requesting party has rights susceptible of protection by way of provisional measures, including procedural rights such as the right to the non-aggravation of the dispute and protection of the procedural integrity of the arbitration;

c) the measures requested are urgent, necessary and proportionate.56

(3) Jurisdiction


In Nova’s view, the first requirement—that the tribunal have prima facie jurisdiction—is a low threshold; a tribunal need only decide whether the claims are frivolous on their face or obviously outside its competence.57 Regarding the level of scrutiny involved in this analysis, Nova relies on the following statement of the tribunal in Millicom v. Senegal:

the Arbitral Tribunal cannot and must not examine in depth the claims and arguments submitted on the merits of the case; it must confine itself to an initial analysis, i.e. "at first sight". For this, it is necessary and sufficient that the facts alleged by the applicant establish this jurisdiction without it being necessary or possible at this stage to verify them and analyse them in depth.58

Contrary to Romania’s position,59 Nova asserts that a tribunal’s power to grant provisional measures is unaffected by the fact that the tribunal has not yet ruled on jurisdiction.60
Nova submits that it demonstrated the Tribunal’s prima facie jurisdiction in the Request for Arbitration.61 In particular, Nova’s position is that (a) it is established under the laws of the Netherlands and owns qualifying investments in Romania as required by Article I of the BIT; (b) it has observed the cooling off period contemplated in Article 8(2) of the BIT; and (c) the jurisdictional requirements contained in Article 25 of the ICSID Convention have been met, as Nova is a National of a Contracting State under Article 25(2)(b) of the ICSID Convention, and its claims involve a legal dispute arising out of a qualifying investment. Nova also asserts that there is no basis on which its claims could be classified as frivolous.62

(4) Rights to be Preserved

Nova submits that provisional measures may be ordered to preserve both substantive and procedural rights that relate to the arbitration.63 Nova relies on the following procedural rights:

a) the right to the procedural integrity of the arbitration proceedings; and

b) the right to the preservation of the status quo and non-aggravation of the dispute.64

a. The Right to Procedural Integrity

Nova argues that the right to procedural integrity, including access to evidence and to integrity of evidence, is subject to protection under Article 47 of the ICSID Convention.65

In this regard, Nova cites Quiborax v. Bolivia, in which the tribunal ordered the suspension of criminal proceedings to protect the claimants’ right to present their case.66 In particular, the tribunal found that the criminal proceeding had impeded the claimants’ access to relevant documents and would deter witnesses from testifying against the State.67 While recognizing the power of sovereign States to enforce criminal law, the tribunal stated that "such powers must be exercised in good faith and respecting Claimants’ rights, including their prima facie right to pursue this arbitration."68 Nova also cites the statement of the tribunal in Lao Holdings v. Laos that domestic criminal proceedings could disrupt the arbitration by diverting the claimant’s resources.69

According to Nova, the recent decision on provisional measures in Hydro v. Albania has many parallels with the Application. In that case, the tribunal reasoned that if claimants were detained, they could not effectively conduct business and fully participate in the arbitration, which would be a "grave concern to the procedural integrity of the proceeding."70
Nova’s position is that its rights are at greater risk than the claimants’ rights in these past cases.71 In particular, it submits that Romania’s actions prevent Nova’s representatives and witnesses from instructing counsel, giving evidence, obtaining testimony from other witnesses, and accessing resources needed to fund the arbitration (as explained further below).

b. The Right to Preservation of the Status Quo and Non-Aggravation of the Dispute

According to Nova, Article 47 of the ICSID Convention allows tribunals to grant provisional relief that prohibits "any action that affects the disputed rights, aggravates the dispute, frustrates the effectiveness of the award or entails having either party take justice into their own hands."72 For Nova, this is an extension of the international law principle that parties must "not allow any step of any kind to be taken which might aggravate and extend the dispute."73
To support its position, Nova cites, inter alia, City Oriente v. Ecuador, in which the tribunal ordered the respondent to suspend criminal proceedings, based on its finding that the respondent was using those proceedings to secure a payment that was contested in the arbitration.74
According to Nova, without the requested provisional relief, Romania’s actions "risk terminating Nova’s commercial presence in Romania before this Tribunal has had a chance to consider Nova’s claims," and would frustrate the effectiveness of the Tribunal’s award.75

(5) Urgency, Necessity and Proportionality

Nova refers to the requirement in Article 47 of the ICSID Convention that a tribunal must be satisfied that the "circumstances require such measures," and submits that ICSID tribunals will grant provisional measures if they are urgent, necessary and proportionate.76
Nova argues that "a measure is considered urgent when it cannot await the outcome of the award,"77 and points out that Romania has acknowledged this standard.78 Nova cites the tribunal in Quiborax v. Bolivia for the view that measures protecting the procedural integrity of arbitration are "urgent by definition."79

Regarding the "necessity" requirement, Nova states that "measures are necessary where they are required to avoid harm or prejudice being inflicted upon the applicant that would be 'significant',"80 Contrary to Romania’s position,81 Nova argues that it is not required to demonstrate a risk of irreparable harm that cannot be compensated by monetary damages. In Nova’s view, the irreparable harm standard is unsuitable for investor-State disputes, where the State can use its sovereign power to impair the investor’s ability to pursue its claim.82

Nova asserts that this view is supported by commentators and jurisprudence, citing inter alia, the statement of the tribunal in PNG v. Papua New Guinea that "substantial, serious harm, even if not irreparable, is generally sufficient to satisfy this element of the standard for granting provisional measures."83
In any event, Nova argues that even if it were necessary to show irreparable harm, this requirement would be met in the present case because "a serious disregard of the requirements of procedural fairness could not be compensated by monetary damages."84
With respect to the "proportionality" requirement, Nova considers the relevant question to be whether the measures would result in disproportionate prejudice to the respondent when compared to the potential prejudice to the claimant without the measures.85

Relying on a statement by the tribunal in Churchill Mining v. Indonesia, Nova asserts that its burden of proof is to establish these three requirements "with sufficient likelihood, without however having to actually prove the facts underlying them."86 Specifically in respect of the "necessity" requirement, Nova argues that it is sufficient to show that the harm is likely; establishing actual harm is not required.87

In response to Romania’s submissions on the appropriate legal standard, Nova contends that Romania, without support, overstates the applicable threshold.88 According to Nova, the tribunal in Quiborax v. Bolivia expressly held that it is not necessary for the requesting party to show "identity between the object of the coercive measures from which protection is sought and the rights in dispute."89 Similarly, the tribunal in Hydro v. Albania stated that tribunals should avoid intervening in domestic proceedings when such proceedings are "divorced from the investments made by the Claimants," for instance "where a person is charged with a serious offence totally unrelated to the factual circumstances of the dispute being arbitrated, such as murder."90
Nova further contends that provisional measures may be granted in relation to domestic proceedings even if they were not initiated for the sole purpose of interfering with the arbitration. In Nova’s view, the "only enquiry is whether the State authorities acted in good faith and with due regard to the claimants’ procedural rights in the arbitration."91

(6) Application of the Legal Standard to the Measures Requested

a. The Criminal Proceedings

Nova seeks an order suspending the Bribery Proceedings and the Abuse of Office Proceedings against Alexander Adamescu.92 Nova submits that allowing these proceedings to go forward in Romania would cause significant harm to the integrity of this arbitration by impeding Nova’s ability to present its case.93
In particular, Nova argues that its representatives could not give evidence or otherwise participate in the proceeding, potential witnesses would be deterred, and Romania could obtain evidence unfairly.94 In addition, the "criminal proceedings are extremely disruptive and divert resources from Nova’s defence of its substantive rights in this arbitration."95 According to Nova, the proceedings would also frustrate its request for relief in the arbitration by terminating its remaining investments in Romania.96
Contrary to Romania’s position, Nova contends that the connection between the criminal proceedings and the arbitration "is undeniable."97 First, measures aimed at preserving Nova’s ability to present its case obviously relate to the arbitration.98 Further, according to Nova, the requested measure would protect the very same rights at issue in the arbitration.99 In this regard, Nova points to its underlying claim that Romania has violated the BIT by pursuing criminal proceedings against Nova’s officers as part of a politically motivated campaign.
Specifically regarding the Abuse of Office Proceedings, in which Dan and Alexander Adamescu each are alleged to have abused his office and laundered money while serving on Astra’s Supervisory Board, Nova alleges that Romania’s actions are aimed at shifting the blame for Astra’s bankruptcy on the Adamescus to justify seizure of their other assets with the Asset Sequestration Order.100 Therefore, in Nova’s view, there is obviously an overlap of evidence, experts and witnesses in the Abuse of Office Proceedings and this case.101 Moreover, any attempt by Romania to "determine " such issues would aggravate the dispute and disrupt the status quo.102
With respect to the Bribery Proceedings, Nova submits that the conviction and detention of Dan Adamescu allowed Romania to inhibit his influence over Astra, and to commit many of the breaches alleged in the Request for Arbitration.103 Nova further alleges that Romania’s decision to "revive" bribery charges against Alexander Adamescu in September 2015 "provided Romania with a pretext to extradite him to Romania, preventing Nova from effectively pursuing its case in the arbitration."104
For Nova, the abusive nature of the Bribery Proceedings is clear from (a) the absence of reliable evidence against Alexander Adamescu, (b) the escalation of the investigation following notification of Nova’s claims, and (c) Romania’s acknowledgment that the Bribery Proceedings against Alexander Adamescu were recommenced to advance the Abuse of Office Proceedings.105
According to Nova, the chronology of the criminal proceedings confirms their connection with this arbitration.106 Nova highlights the following three points:

a) the Adamescus were not implicated in the Bribery Proceedings until after Ponta revealed his vendetta against Dan Adamescu;

b) Romania did not re-open the bribery proceedings against for [sic] Alexander Adamescu until Nova notified Romania of its intention to refer disputes to arbitration in the absence of a settlement; and

c) the Abuse of Office Proceedings followed the second notification of dispute, issued on 15 December 2015.107

Nova also cites a 23 June 2014 resolution of Nova’s Management Board which, in its view, shows that Nova considered commencing arbitration long before the Adamescus were implicated in the criminal proceedings.108
Nova rejects Romania’s assertion that Nova has failed to show that the criminal proceedings "are fabricated, based on objectively frivolous evidence, or 'improper'."109 For Nova, Romania’s submissions in this regard are misleading and in any event irrelevant to the Application.
Therefore, Nova submits that, to prevent aggravation of the present dispute, it is necessary to suspend the criminal proceedings against Alexander Adamescu pending this arbitration. According to Nova, the provisional relief it requests would not prejudice Romania, as Romania could pursue the criminal proceedings after the arbitration, whereas Nova would suffer "substantial and/or irreparable harm" without such relief.110

b. The European Arrest Warrant and Extradition Request for Alexander Adamescu

Nova requests that the Tribunal order Romania to withdraw the European arrest warrant and request for extradition for Alexander Adamescu, which Nova considers a proportionate response to the serious harm it faces.111 Nova alleges that the European arrest warrant and extradition request represent an escalation of Romania’s pursuit of Mr. Adamescu since Nova initiated this arbitration.112 In Nova’s view, one of the real purposes of Romania’s actions is to stall the arbitration.
Nova asserts that Alexander Adamescu is both a key representative and key witness, and that his extradition to Romania would prevent Nova effectively from advancing its claims in this proceeding.113 For Nova, the death of Dan Adamescu highlights Alexander Adamescu’s critical importance to this arbitration, as he is now the only person alive with the requisite knowledge to instruct counsel on Nova’s behalf.114
According to Nova, the urgency of the requested measures is clear, given that Mr. Adamescu’s extradition hearing in London is scheduled to take place during the week of 24 April 2017.115 If Romania’s request is granted, Alexander Adamescu will be extradited to Romania between seven and 17 days after the decision, subject to any application for permission to appeal.116
Nova considers the requested measures to be proportionate because they are temporary and therefore would not prejudice Romania. Indeed, Nova asserts that Romania made no effort to pursue the Bribery Proceedings against Alexander Adamescu from June 2014 to December 2015, which indicates that waiting slightly longer would cause no harm.117 In contrast, his extradition would irreparably harm Nova’s procedural rights.118 In this regard, Nova’s view is that Alexander Adamescu would be imprisoned in Romania, leaving no secure means for him to communicate and meet with counsel, experts, witnesses, and others as needed to conduct this arbitration on behalf of Nova.119
To support its position that Alexander Adamescu is a necessary witness, Nova argues that he has unique personal knowledge of relevant events, gained from the central roles he played in Nova, and that he understands the technical insurance and actuarial matters involved.120 Nova relies on the fact that Alexander Adamescu served (a) as President of Astra’s Management Board from March to October 2012, (b) on Astra’s Supervisory Board from June 2013 until the company was placed under special administration and then again from August to December 2015, and (c) on the boards of directors of related companies within the Nova group.121
Nova further submits that Alexander Adamescu "has unique experience that makes him the only person presently able effectively to instruct counsel and manage the arbitration on Nova’s behalf."122 For Nova, this is especially true because it has no access to Astra’s employees.123
In this context, Nova points to a 23 June 2014 resolution of [REDACTED] in its capacity as the Management Board of Nova, granting power of attorney to Alexander Adamescu and stating:

Bogdan Alexander Adamescu is the only person within [Nova] who could instruct lawyers and provide them with the necessary information to file a claim against the Government of Romania under the BIT;

The Management Board has no knowledge of the circumstances leading to the ASF decision nr. 42 and its current effects and consequence nor is it able to procure this knowledge to be able to bring a claim against the Government of Romania under the BIT and therefore finds itself in the impossibility to engage counsel for a claim against the Government of Romania.124

According to Nova, the other two members of the board of [REDACTED] B.V (Mr. W [REDACTED] and Ms. G [REDACTED] have insufficient knowledge of the underlying facts and do not speak Romanian.125 Thus, Nova denies Romania’s assertion that Mr. W [REDACTED] would be able to instruct counsel with respect to all of Nova’s claims.126
Nova rejects Romania’s argument that the Tribunal should not grant measures relating to the extradition request because the English court provides safeguards against any abuse.127 Contrary to Romania’s position, Nova argues that the case for intervention is even greater in this case than in Hydro v. Albania because, under the English Extradition Act, English courts have less discretion to deny an extradition request from an EU Member (like Romania) than to deny one from a non-EU Member (like Albania).128 Further, the English court is not required to consider Nova’s procedural rights in this arbitration, nor does it have the power to grant the relief required to preserve such rights. In Nova’s view, "[t]hat is the role of this Tribunal."129
Nova also denies Romania’s argument that the requested measures are based on the presumption that Alexander Adamescu will be imprisoned and are thus premature. According to Nova, Romania’s submissions on the Application imply that he will be detained before trial and that his guilt will be presumed.130 For Nova, there is no question that Alexander Adamescu would be placed initially into custody, at least until he appears before a judge, which could take weeks.
Moreover, Nova argues that Alexander Adamescu’s fundamental rights would likely be violated. To support this position, Nova alleges, inter alia, the following:

a. Although the European arrest warrant for Mr. Adamescu concerns only the Bribery Proceedings, Romania has made clear that it also intends to prosecute him for the Abuse of Office Proceedings, in breach of the principle of "speciality."131

b. The conditions in Romanian prisons are cruel and inhumane.132


Nova also alleges that Romanian authorities have harassed and intimidated Alexander Adamescu’s wife and children, demonstrating Romania’s attempt "to place maximum pressure upon the Adamescus so as to deprive Nova of its ability to conduct and pursue this claim."135

c. Surveillance and Interception of Privileged or Confidential Communications

Nova seeks a provisional measure from the Tribunal ordering Romania to refrain from undertaking any surveillance or seeking to intercept certain privileged or confidential communications.136
According to Nova, this request is based on "well-founded concerns" that Romania is in fact trying to access Nova’s communications.137 In particular, Nova cites Romania’s acknowledgement that it used wire taps in the course of the criminal proceedings against Dan Adamescu.138 In addition, Nova points to Romania’s letter of 11 November 2016, in which it alleged that Nova was seeking third-party funding. In Nova’s view, Romania’s refusal to identify the source of that information suggests that it has solicited or otherwise sought to obtain such confidential and privileged communications.139
Nova submits that this measure is necessary, urgent, and proportionate.140 It also states that "Romania is required to 'arbitrate fairly and in good faith', and it cannot claim to suffer prejudice as a result of being prevented from monitoring confidential or privileged communications."141

d. The Asset Sequestration Order

Nova asks the Tribunal to order Romania to withdraw the Asset Sequestration Order or, alternatively, to amend it so that Nova can complete the sale of its interests in [REDACTED] and in [REDACTED]142 Nova states that

the requested relief is both necessary and urgent to prevent the aggravation of the dispute and to ensure the procedural integrity of the arbitration. In addition, the measures requested are proportionate to the harm that Nova faces.143

The DNA issued the Asset Sequestration Order on 25 March 2016 to freeze RON 857,301,363.37 worth of shares in Nova’s subsidiaries.144 Nova alleges that the Asset Sequestration Order is part of Romania’s plan ultimately to seize Nova’s assets, and thus seriously aggravates the present dispute.145 Moreover, Nova asserts that the Tribunal’s award would be prejudiced if Romania were allowed to seize its assets before that award is rendered.146
In connection with the Asset Sequestration Order, Nova alleges, inter alia, the following facts:

a. The Asset Sequestration Order was imposed by the prosecutor (not a court) based on Dan Adamescu’s designation as a suspect in the Abuse of Office Proceedings, reflecting a presumption of guilt.

b. There has been no independent review of factors such as the value of the frozen assets, the risk of dissipation, or potential damage to third parties in the event of dissipation.

c. The Asset Sequestration Order was applied immediately and indefinitely, without any prospect of a hearing.

d. The amount of Astra’s liabilities, which the Asset Sequestration Order secures, is overstated, based on insurance claims made but not yet assessed.

e. The DNA ignored the fact that Nova is owned by the Stichting, not Dan Adamescu.

f. All appeals against the Asset Sequestration Order have failed.147

g. Romania failed to withdraw the Assert Sequestration Order following the death of Dan Adamescu despite the fact that its stated justification for the Asset Sequestration Order was to prevent the dissipation of assets pending the criminal proceedings against him.148

Nova further alleges that the Asset Sequestration Order has seriously hindered Nova’s ability to conduct business. According to Nova, the main effects of the Asset Sequestration Order are the following:

a. The Asset Sequestration Order has prevented Nova from selling a 12.87% interest in [REDACTED] to [REDACTED] Holding SA for EUR 3.5 million.149

b. The Asset Sequestration Order has halted the tender process for TNG Romania’s shares in [REDACTED]150

c. In addition to freezing the shares of Nova’s subsidiaries, it prohibits dealings involving their underlying assets', for example, the DNA has prevented [REDACTED] Center from selling certain real estate.151

d. Nova subsidiaries such as [REDACTED] SA and [REDACTED] SRL have been refused financing based on "reputational risk."152

e. Romanian banks have notified several of Nova’s subsidiaries that, due to "reputational risk," their accounts will be closed.153

f. A Romanian bank has refused Nova subsidiaries’ request to open bank accounts.154

On the basis of these allegations, Nova asserts that the Asset Sequestration Order has already caused it losses and restricted its access to funds, which might at some point require Nova to seek third-party fimding.155

e. Additional Proceedings in Romania

Nova asks the Tribunal to order Romania to suspend or refrain from initiating any action against Nova, its representatives or investments "to establish or collect on any alleged liability to Romania disputed in this arbitration," or any other action that would "aggravate the dispute or jeopardize the procedural integrity of this arbitration."156 Nova submits that this relief is necessary, urgent and proportionate.157

In this context, Nova cites decisions in which tribunals have found that the threat of criminal proceedings could deter potential witnesses.158 For example, the tribunal in Quiborax v. Bolivia stated that "even if no undue pressure is exercised on potential witnesses, the very nature of these criminal proceedings is bound to reduce their willingness to cooperate in the ICSID proceeding."159 In Lao Holdings v. Laos, the tribunal declined to allow the respondent to pursue a criminal investigation into the claimant’s employees, stating that "the 'chilling effect' of a concurrent criminal investigation [would] be a powerful deterrent to Laotian witnesses to give evidence contrary to the Respondent’s position."160

Nova alleges that in this case, Romania’s "unrelenting pursuit of the Adamescus" has had, and will continue to have, a chilling effect on potential witnesses. According to Nova, it has "identified a number of witnesses with relevant and material information to the dispute but who are concerned about publicly testifying against Romania."161 Thus, in Nova’s view, the requested provisional relief is required to preserve procedural integrity and for Nova to bring its claims effectively.

f. Preservation and Restoration of Documents

Nova requests provisional measures concerning the preservation and reconstruction of documents and data that are potentially relevant to this arbitration.162
Nova states that it "has reason to believe" that two categories of "documents held by the ASF and potentially relevant to this arbitration have recently been destroyed": (a) documents related to Astra that have been shredded or lost, and (b) documents in the ASF electronic document depository that were destroyed after its IT system crashed.163 In this context, Nova relies on articles published in the Romanian media (Romania Libera and Profit.ro) on 3 April and 4 November 2016.164
Although Nova has not been able independently to assess the allegations stated in these articles, Nova contends that the events described, and the response of the head of the ASF, Mr. Misu Negritoiu, raise legitimate concerns about the ASF’s document preservation systems. Whether the IT crash at ASF was innocent or deliberate, Nova’s main concern is that "relevant documents have already been destroyed, and that there is a serious risk that relevant documents may continue to be destroyed."165 Thus, by letter of 4 November 2016 to Romania’s counsel, Nova sought details of the events described in the articles, as well as assurances that relevant documents were being preserved.166 However, Romania refused to provide any explanation or assurances.167 In these circumstances, Nova asserts that the requested relief is necessary.
Nova also argues that the measures are urgent because (a) relevant documents may be permanently lost without steps to retrieve them, and (b) Mr. Negritoiu is subject to parliamentary investigations and thus has "every incentive to cover up any documents which might implicate or incriminate him personally, or more generally, the ASF."168
Finally, Nova contends that the requested relief is proportionate, as it would impose on Romania "little, if any, inconvenience beyond what it is already obliged to do in order to preserve the integrity of this arbitration"; on the other hand, Nova would suffer serious or irreparable harm without the measures.169

B. Respondent’s Position

(1) The Scope of the Tribunal’s Power to Grant Provisional Measures

Romania submits that the Tribunal lacks the power to grant Nova’s requested provisional relief because it would interfere with Romania’s sovereign right, and in fact duty, to prosecute, in a legitimate exercise of its police powers, the individuals that have engaged in criminal activities on its territory, and moreover endangered the interests of the public at large.170
Romania cites a number of past provisional measures decisions to support its position.171 For example, Romania points to SGS v. Pakistan, in which the tribunal denied the request for provisional measures relating to domestic criminal proceedings, stating that it "[could] not enjoin a State from conducting the normal processes of criminal, administrative and civil justice within its own territory."172 Romania also cites the statement of the tribunal in Lao Holdings v. Laos that, in the context of ordinary proceedings to enforce criminal laws

[i]ssues of such criminal liability by definition fall outside the scope of [ICSID] jurisdiction and the competence of this Tribunal. Neither the ICSID Convention nor the BIT imposes a prohibition on a State that enjoins it from exercising criminal jurisdiction over such matters.173


According to Romania, in the very few cases in which tribunals have granted measures that interfered with criminal proceedings, tribunals applied a "particularly high threshold," requiring "proof of exceptional circumstances."174 In particular, Romania argues that in all such cases, "there were clear indications that the State had used said criminal investigations coercively to jeopardize the arbitration proceedings."175

Indeed, according to Romania, the cases relied upon by Nova all involved exceptional circumstances.176 For example:

a. In Quiborax v. Bolivia, the tribunal accepted evidence that the criminal proceedings at issue had been initiated in retaliation to the arbitration and aimed at intimidating witnesses.177

b. In Lao Holdings v. Laos, the exceptional facts included: (i) the respondent admitted that the purpose of the criminal investigation at issue was to gather evidence for the arbitration, (ii) the respondent was seeking to conduct the investigation on the eve of the hearing in the arbitration, and (iii) the investigation was aimed at the same individuals and facts the formed the subject of the arbitration.

c. In Hydro v. Albania, the respondent had sought the extradition of the claimants after they filed the request for arbitration.

Thus, even assuming that the Tribunal had the power to grant the requested relief, Romania’s alternative position is that Nova would have to meet a particularly high threshold, beyond the general requirements under Article 47 ICSID Convention.178 In particular, Romania argues that Nova would need to demonstrate that the criminal proceedings (a) prevent Nova from asserting its rights in this arbitration, (b) constitute an "impermissible act," and (c) relate directly to the arbitration.179 As explained further below, Romania’s position is that Nova has manifestly failed to meet this burden.

(2) Applicable Legal Standard

Romania sets out the applicable legal standard for provisional measures as follows:

in order for provisional measures to be granted, (i) the claimant must have a right that exists at the time of the request and that requires preservation in the arbitration, (ii) there must be circumstances of necessity to avoid irreparable harm being caused to the claimant by the party against whom provisional measures are sought, (iii) there must be circumstances of urgency, (iv) the provisional measures requested must be proportional; (v) the provisional measures requested must not be too broad, and (vi) any recommendation for the provisional measures must not prejudge the merits of the case.180

With respect to the first requirement, Romania argues that under ICSID Arbitration Rule 39, the rights to be protected must exist at the time of the request for provisional measures; they cannot be future or hypothetical rights.181 Further, such rights must be related to the claims at issue and relief sought in the ICSID arbitration.182
In addressing the element of necessity, Romania asserts that the measure must be necessary to avoid irreparable harm, and in this regard, rejects Nova’s argument that "significant" harm would satisfy the test.183 According to Romania, ICSID tribunals have consistently denied requests for provisional measures when the alleged harm could be redressed by damages, especially in cases in which the ultimate relief sought is an award of damages.184
Romania challenges Nova’s reliance on past decisions to support its proposed "significant" harm test. In particular, Romania argues that these cases are inapposite and in any case underscore the importance of the irreparable harm test, as follows:

a. City Oriente v. Ecuador and Perenco v. Ecuador. The claimants were seeking specific performance as relief in the underlying arbitration.185 Further, the tribunals found that without the requested measures, the claimants’ business in Ecuador would cease to exist.186

b. Paushok v. Mongolia: The tribunal relied on the UNCITRAL Model Law, which does not require irreparable harm, and expressly distinguished cases governed by the ICSID Convention.187

c. PNG v. New Guinea: The tribunal granted measures to prevent actions that would (i) "significantly affect the Tribunal’s ability to render an award of restitution" or (ii) endanger the claimant’s existence and ability to participate in the arbitration.188

Regarding the third requirement, Romania states that a measure is urgent when it cannot await the award.189
As to the element of proportionality, Romania states that a grant of provisional measures must "not prejudice the respondent in a manner disproportionate to the potential prejudice to the claimant if the measures were not to be ordered."190
With respect to the fifth element, Romania asserts that the requested measures must be specific in object and scope.191
Finally, Romania submits that provisional measures, which are by nature aimed at protection rather than enforcement, must not prejudge the merits of the case. According to Romania, the tribunals in Maffezini v. Spain and Pey Casado v. Chile, for example, have recognized this principle.192
Romania argues that, although Nova ignores these fifth and sixth requirements, ICSID tribunals have refused to grant provisional measures when these two factors are not satisfied.193
Romania states that Nova has the burden of proving that the requested measures satisfy each of these six requirements but, as explained below, has failed to do so.194

(3) Jurisdiction

In addition to the requirements set out above, Romania submits that ICSID tribunals "should be particularly cautious in granting provisional measures when they have not yet ruled on the merits and even more so on jurisdiction."195 Romania considers this a minimum safeguard for States.196 Romania cites the statement of the tribunal in Perenco v. Ecuador that

a Tribunal must be slow to grant to a party, before a full examination of the merits of the case, a remedy to which, on such examination, the party may be found to be not entitled. The Tribunal must be even slower where, as here, the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the dispute has not been established.197

Thus, Romania rejects Nova’s position that the Tribunal’s powers are unaffected by the fact that it has not yet ruled on jurisdiction.198 According to Romania, Nova has tried to avoid Romania’s submissions on jurisdiction by arguing irrelevantly that a tribunal has the power to grant provisional measures once it is satisfied that there is a prima facie basis for jurisdiction.199
As further detailed in the Bifurcation Request and Reply on Bifurcation, Romania’s position on jurisdiction is that

a. the Tribunal lacks jurisdiction ratione voluntatis because at the time of the relevant facts, the BIT had been terminated or superseded in respect of the dispute resolution clause;

b. the Tribunal lacks jurisdiction ratione personae because "this arbitration is about a dispute between Romanians, over a Romanian investment in Romania, arising out of multiple violations of Romanian laws"; and

c. Nova failed to comply with the BIT'S consultation requirement with respect to all claims relating to investments other than Astra.200

(4) Application of the Legal Standard to the Measures Requested

a. The Criminal Proceedings

Romania advances several reasons for which, in its view, Nova has failed to satisfy the applicable legal requirements with respect to its request for a provisional measure suspending the Bribery Proceedings and Abuse of Office Proceedings.201
Romania’s primary argument is that, because Nova has failed to demonstrate that the criminal proceedings were initiated in direct connection with this arbitration, its requested measure must be denied.202 For Romania, the chronology of events establishes that there is no link between the criminal proceedings and this arbitration, filed on 21 June 2016.
Regarding the Bribery Proceedings, Romania points out that they were launched at the latest in May 2014, more than one year before Nova allegedly first notified Romania of a dispute under the BIT on 25 August 2015.203 Romania dismisses Nova’s reliance on a 23 June 2014 resolution of its management board, which purportedly shows that Nova considered initiating arbitration before commencement of the Bribery Proceedings.204 In Romania’s view, such internal discussions are irrelevant and cannot implicate Romania in any way.
Further, according to Romania, it is undisputed that the extradition proceedings for Alexander Adamescu relate back to the Bribery Proceedings; therefore, they could not have been pursued in connection with this proceeding. Romania rejects Nova’s allegation that the reopening of the Bribery Proceedings against Alexander Adamescu in September 2015 (after Nova’s first alleged notice of dispute) indicates any link with this arbitration.205 Romania states that the authorities’ renewed focus on the bribery allegations against Mr. Adamescu stems from the investigation into his liability for the failure of Astra.206
As to the Abuse of Office Proceedings, Romania asserts that they were initiated in February 2014, based on a finding by ASF that Astra’s executive bodies had misrepresented the company’s insolvency margin.207 Romania cites a 7 March 2016 DNA Ordinance which, according to Romania, shows that (a) the Adamescus were explicitly linked to the proceedings on 31 March 2014, when the ASF filed a complaint against Astra and the Adamescus for gross mismanagement of the company, and (b) the Adamescus were formally identified as suspects in 2016.208 Thus, according to Romania, there is no evidence that the Abuse of Office Proceedings, which began even before Nova’s first alleged notification of the dispute, are related to this dispute.
Romania further argues that the present arbitration and the criminal proceedings "have a completely different subject matter and purpose," are conducted before different jurisdictions, and are governed by different laws.209 Therefore, any finding by Romanian courts would not affect Nova’s case.210 Even accepting Nova’s allegation that there is some factual overlap between Nova’s claims in this arbitration and the criminal proceedings, Romania argues that any similarities "are presumably due to the fact that Nova has precisely initiated the arbitration in order to obstruct the criminal proceedings."211
Romania’s second main argument is that Nova’s request must be denied because Nova has failed to show that the criminal proceedings are in any way illegitimate. In particular, Romania denies Nova’s allegation that the Adamescus were targeted for politically motivated reasons by the former Prime Minister, Mr. Victor Ponta. Among the facts alleged by Romania to support this position are the following:

a. The Bribery Proceedings against the Adamescus were part of a wider investigation into the potential corrupt practices of several insolvency judges that began before Mr. Ponta entered office.212

b. The DNA has strong evidence of the Adamescus’ involvement in the bribery of these judges, including "the testimonies of numerous witnesses, as well as multiple wire taps, bank statements, and other financial documentation."213

c. Dan Adamescu was tried in accordance with the rules of due process, and his conviction was upheld by the High Court of Cassation and Justice.214

d. Four insolvency judges and a Member of Parliament in Mr. Ponta’s political party also were convicted on bribery charges.215

e. The DNA is independent, as shown by the fact that it initiated several criminal investigations against Mr. Ponta between June and September 2015, ultimately indicting him.216

f. Romania’s scrutiny into Astra’s financial situation began in early 2013, before Mr. Ponta was elected.217

g. In January 2014, the ASF discovered that Astra’s reported insolvency margin had been inflated by nearly RON 1 billion, which was confirmed by KPMG.218

h. The Abuse of Office Proceedings are supported by the 25 August 2015 report of KMPG, which is "overwhelming and damning as regards the nature, degree and extent of ASTRA’s management’s wrongdoings."219 These offenses include tampering with the insolvency margin, granting illegal loans to other companies in the Nova group leading to losses of nearly RON 100 million, and bearing the premiums for policies granted to Nova subsidiaries.220

i. Nova has presented no evidence that the criminal proceedings have involved any undue threats or intimidation of any potential witnesses.221

Romania asserts that Nova has intentionally avoided addressing the damning evidence against the Adamescus.222 In response to Nova’s assertion that such "arguments on the merits are not relevant at this stage," Romania contends that the evidence underlying the criminal investigations is important because the Tribunal does not have the power to interfere with Romania’s legitimate enforcement of its criminal laws, especially when the criminal allegations are serious and supported by strong evidence, as in this case.223
Third, Romania submits that Nova’s request must be denied because it has failed to demonstrate that, without the requested measure, the criminal proceedings would jeopardize the arbitration.224
In particular, Romania’s position is that Nova has not shown that Alexander Adamescus is a material, irreplaceable witness, or that he is the only individual capable of instructing counsel.225 According to Romania, his testimony would "bring no added value to Nova’s case," as it has not been shown that he has material, irreplaceable knowledge of the relevant facts.226 In Romania’s view, other members of senior management of Astra or Nova likely would have better, more relevant knowledge.
Romania is not persuaded by Alexander Adamescu’s witness statement, which it considers "empty words" aimed at establishing his importance to the case but lacking any supporting evidence, such as correspondence, minutes, or memoranda.227 For Romania, the relevance of Alexander Adamescu’s position on Astra’s Supervisory Board is questionable because, as he acknowledges, this does not involve the day-to-day work of the company.228 With regard to his alleged role as President of Astra’s Management Board, Romania highlights that he held this position for only six months.229 Romania also dismisses Nova’s view that Alexander Adamescu’s educational background makes him an important witness, as Nova has failed to provide any corresponding evidentiary support.230
Similarly, Romania argues that Nova has failed to show that Alexander Adamescu is the only person who effectively can instruct counsel on Nova’s behalf. According to Romania, Nova’s burden is to prove that no one else could act as authorized party representative, which is an individual empowered to instruct counsel in a binding manner.231 For Romania, it is irrelevant whether that person has the requisite skillset and knowledge to give correct instructions.232
In Romania’s view, Nova has not met this burden. In particular, Romania asserts that W [REDACTED] has full legal authority to instruct counsel, acting on behalf of Nova’s sole director, [REDACTED] B.V. Indeed, given that Alexander Adamescu holds no position within Nova and has no material knowledge of the underlying facts, Nova likely would be better served by Mr. [REDACTED] acting with a senior member of Astra.233 In this regard, Romania rejects as unsubstantiated Nova’s allegation that it has no access to Astra employees.
Romania challenges Nova’s reliance on board resolutions that purport to give Alexander Adamescu power of attorney to instruct counsel on Nova’s behalf.234 For Romania, these documents confirm that [REDACTED] B.V. is also authorized to instruct counsel. Moreover, Romania considers these documents "suspicious and at odds with common practice."235 In this regard, Romania makes, inter alia, the following arguments:

a. Common practice is for companies to grant the power of attorney to counsel directly.

b. The timing of the 9 June 2016 power of attorney shows that it was "aimed at fabricating evidence."236

c. The 23 June 2014 board resolution inexplicably was not submitted until Nova’s Reply.

d. The date of the 23 June 2014 board resolution is "troubling" because (i) the metadata of the file shows that it was produced on 6 June 2016;237 (ii) there is no evidence that the document was registered or even part of Nova’s records in 2014; and (iii) if the date were authentic, there would have been no reason to issue the 9 June 2016 power of attorney.238

Romania further argues that Nova’s request in relation to Alexander Adamescu is untenable because it rests on several hypotheticals. For instance, Nova has not demonstrated that if extradited, he will be convicted and imprisoned.239 Nor has Nova shown that Alexander Adamescu will submit a witness statement in the underlying arbitration or that he will be called for cross-examination by Romania. Even if these events occur, there is no evidence that such imprisonment will prevent him from participating in this arbitration. According to Romania, all inmates in the national penitentiary system have unrestricted and privileged access to the attorneys of their choice.240 Accordingly, Mr. Adamescu could prepare any evidence allegedly required from him, instruct counsel, and, if necessary, provide oral testimony by videoconference.241
Romania’s fourth main argument in connection with the criminal proceedings is that Nova’s requested measures fail the proportionality test.242 As summarized above, Romania’s position is that "the harm that Claimant would - potentially - suffer if the Tribunal were to reject its provisional measures would, at best, be hypothetical."243 In contrast, Romania argues that measures would cause irreparable harm to Romania and the Romanian public. In particular, the measures would allow Alexander Adamescu to "flee to a country where his extradition might not even be possible, without the Tribunal being able to exercise any direct or indirect control over the same."244 In addition, the Sequestration Order likely would be lifted, resulting in a serious risk that Nova would dissipate assets that could serve to compensate Astra for losses incurred through the Adamescus’ suspected wrongdoings.245
Romania’s final main argument is that by granting the requested measures, the Tribunal necessarily would prejudge the merits of Nova’s claim, including its allegation that Romania has breached Article 3(2) of the BIT by improperly preventing the Adamescus from freely entering and exiting Romania.246

b. The European Arrest Warrant and Extradition Request for Alexander Adamescu

Romania submits that the Tribunal must not grant Nova’s request for an order to withdraw the European arrest warrant and extradition request for Alexander Adamescu.247 According to Romania, there are several reasons to dismiss Nova’s request, in addition to the all of the reasons summarized above in relation to the criminal proceedings.
Romania argues that there is no evidence that its actions in relation to Alexander Adamescu are illegitimate or intended to jeopardize the arbitration.248 In Romania’s view, there is no basis for Nova’s allegation that Romania intensified efforts to extradite him following the Request for Arbitration.249 Rather, the Interpol Red Notice was issued days after the European arrest warrant in accordance with standard practice.250 Similarly, Romania states that its requests for mutual assistance from UK authorities in July and September 2016 were in accordance with standard procedure and aimed at ensuring that all relevant procedural rules were observed in connection with the extradition hearing.251 In response to Nova’s allegation that Romania has continued to "harass and intimidate" Alexander Adamescu’s family, Romania asserts that all three of Nova’s allegations are entirely unsubstantiated.252
Indeed, Romania points out that Alexander Adamescu’s procedural rights will be safeguarded throughout the extradition process, especially because Romania is an EU Member State and a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights. In particular, Mr. Adamescu will have access to the UK appeal mechanism, as well as avenues of appeal at the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") and the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR").253
Romania challenges Nova’s allegation that Mr. Adamescu’s rights would likely be breached if he were extradited.254 Romania offers, inter alia, the following arguments:

a. There is a presumption among EU Members that EU Members are complying with the fundamental rights guaranteed under EU law.255

b. Nova overstates the limits of English courts’ discretion under the principle of mutual recognition. Under the 2003 Extradition Act, extradition can be refused on several grounds, including the principle of proportionality and human rights concerns.256 The English courts will hear arguments on and investigate any risk to Alexander Adamescu’s fundamental rights, and will not grant extradition until such risk is "ruled out."257 Any assurances provided by Romania in this regard will be subject to rigorous scrutiny.258

c. There is no basis for Nova’s complaints about the conditions of Alexander Adamescu’s potential detention, in light of the protections afforded under Romanian law.259 Indeed, there are special protections for inmates with disabilities.260

d. In any event, even if Nova were to prove a potential breach, it would not be the Tribunal’s role to protect Alexander Adamescu’s fundamental rights, especially because more appropriate bodies, such as the ECJ and ECHR, are established for this purpose.261

Regarding the element of urgency, Romania submits that the extradition hearing has already been postponed by five weeks, until the week of 24 April 2017, and it will be followed by the English court decision and various appeals, resulting in significant further delay before Alexander Adamescu actually would face extradition.262 Therefore, in Romania’s view, the measure cannot be urgent.
As to the element of proportionality, Romania submits that "the potential harm to Romania and the Romanian public at large, if the extradition proceedings are withdrawn and Mr. Alexander Adamescu [is] able to disappear once again, far outweighs the harm suffered by Claimant, if any" without the requested measure.263 In this regard, Romania alleges that Mr. Adamescu has evaded several valid attempts by the DNA to summon him.264

c. Surveillance and Interception of Privileged or Confidential Communications

With respect to the measure sought in subparagraph (d) of Nova’s request for relief, Romania makes the following observation:

Respondent did not, is not and will not be intercepting any privileged communications of Claimant with its attorneys or executives. Claimant has not even made a proper allegation to this effect, let alone proved it. The required measure is therefore unwarranted.265

Romania specifically denies Nova’s allegation that Romania improperly intercepted privileged and/or confidential communications about Nova’s attempts to secure third-party funding. Romania states that its counsel obtained such information "based on Claimant’s own conduct and the 'word on the market'."266

d. The Asset Sequestration Order

Romania submits that the Tribunal must deny Nova’s request for an order suspending or varying the Asset Sequestration Order.267 In this context, Romania refers again to its arguments summarized above regarding the criminal proceedings and the extradition request, and also raises "additional and independent" reasons for which it considers this specific request unwarranted.268
Romania argues that Nova has failed to demonstrate the necessity or urgency of the requested measure.269 According to Romania, the purpose of the Asset Sequestration Order is merely to ensure that there are sufficient assets to compensate Astra for losses incurred by the suspected wrongdoings of the Adamescus, provisionally calculated at RON 788,978,853.37.270 Thus, while the Asset Sequestration Order prevents the Adamescus from dissipating assets, it has no effect on their ability to manage and profit from their businesses. For Romania, it follows that there can be no risk of irreparable harm.
Further, in Romania’s view, even if Nova suffered some harm from the depreciation in the value of the sequestered shares, such harm is not irreparable because it could be adequately compensated by a monetary award.271
In any event, Romania contends that Nova has failed to substantiate its allegation that the Asset Sequestration Order has prevented the closing of three certain transactions, involving [REDACTED] Center, and [REDACTED].272 Romania also dismisses Nova’s allegation that the Asset Sequestration Order has resulted in Nova companies having difficulty securing financing and opening and maintaining bank accounts.273 According to Romania, Nova has offered no evidence of these events, much less shown that they were caused solely by the Asset Sequestration Order.274
Indeed, Romania alleges that Nova has managed to circumvent the Asset Sequestration Order; in October 2016, Nova caused [REDACTED] sell its subsidiary [REDACTED] SRL, for a suspiciously low purchase price to [REDACTED] B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of [REDACTED] B.V. with the same registered corporate address as Nova.275 According to Romania, Nova was able to dissipate EUR 7 million in assets through this transaction, despite the fact that the shares of [REDACTED] were subject to the Asset Sequestration Order.276
Romania also rejects Nova’s allegations concerning the Asset Sequestration Order itself.277 According to Romania, while Nova states that the Asset Sequestration Order was "imposed not by a court but by the prosecutor, without any independent assessment," it then defeats its own argument by stating that "Dan Adamescu, Nova, and TNG Romania each separately, but unsuccessfully, appealed against the Asset Sequestration Order."278 Moreover, Nova has neither alleged nor demonstrated that the Asset Sequestration Order was contrary to Romanian or EU law.279
Romania further argues that Nova has failed to show that the requested measure meets the proportionality test; while allowing the Asset Sequestration Order to remain in place "would have minimal consequences for Claimant," granting the requested measure would have "irreparable consequences for Romania and the Romanian public at large, if Claimant does indeed dissipate all of its assets in the country."280
In response to Nova’s position that the Asset Sequestration Order aggravates the dispute, Romania argues that, in fact, the Asset Sequestration Order preserves the status quo.281 Therefore, "if the Tribunal were to order Respondent to withdraw or amend the same, it would effectively pre-judge the merits of the dispute."282
Finally, with respect to Nova’s alternative request for an amendment of the Asset Sequestration Order, Romania argues that this request should denied for lack of substantiation, and that "the very fact that Claimant puts forward this alternative request is telling of the lack of urgency, necessity, and substantiation of its argument."283

e. Additional Proceedings in Romania

Romania asks the Tribunal to deny Nova’s request for an order that Romania suspend or refrain from initiating certain other actions or proceedings in Romania.284 Romania argues that these "incomprehensible, and extraordinarily broad" requests should be dismissed for overbreadth, and because Nova has failed to establish their necessity or urgency.285
Romania rejects Nova’s argument that the requested measures are needed to prevent a "chilling effect on witnesses called to testify."286 In this regard, Romania asserts that there is no evidence indicating that any of Romania’s actions relating to Nova to date have been illegitimate or politically motivated.287 This is true with respect to the criminal proceedings discussed above, as well as the tax audits of [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] and the tax inspection [REDACTED]288. Indeed, according to Romania, Nova has conceded that it has not suffered negative consequences as a result of these routine tax procedures.289

According to Romania, the past decisions cited by Nova in this respect only highlight how far it has failed to meet the legal standard. For example:

a. In Quiborax v. Bolivia, the tribunal "was troubled by the effect that the criminal proceedings may have on potential witnesses" because, inter alia, the relevant criminal proceedings were found to be aimed at intimidating witnesses.290

b. In Lao Holdings v. Laos, the tribunal noted the potential "chilling effect" of criminal investigations on witness testimony on the basis of evidence demonstrating exceptional circumstances, including the fact that the respondent was seeking to investigate potential witnesses during hearing preparations.291

c. In Churchill Mining v. Indonesia, the tribunal rejected the provisional measures request, noting that there was no "showing of intimidation, harassment or malfeasance."292

Romania argues that in the current case, Nova has failed to bring any evidence suggesting that Romania’s actions could deter potential witnesses.

f. Preservation and Restoration of Documents

Finally, Romania submits that the Tribunal must deny Nova’s request that the Tribunal order the Romania to preserve certain documents in the ASF’s possession, custody and control, and to reconstruct certain ASF data.293 According to Romania, "Claimant has failed to prove that the requested measure is warranted, not least because the facts underlying its request were only alleged by Claimant’s own newspaper, are not proved, and in any event are wrong."294
Specifically, Romania denies Nova’s allegations that (a) in August 2015, documents held by ASF were intentionally destroyed; and (b) in October 2016, "documents incriminating the ASF board" were lost during an IT system crash, the cause of which is questionable.295
Romania points out that the main source upon which Nova relies for its position is an article from Romania Libera, a newspaper controlled by Nova.296 Romania contends that the allegations in this article must be disregarded because (a) the allegations are based on hearsay from unnamed sources; (b) Dan Adamescu exerted editorial control over Romania Libera, as demonstrated by the fact that he pushed out a former editor-in-chief for failing to defend Dan Adamescu in the Astra scandal;297 (c) the new editor-in-chief was expected to support the Adamescus; and (d) the allegations were not relayed or confirmed by any other media source.298
Romania further argues that the two other sources upon which Nova relies—articles from Profit.ro —in fact contradict the Romania Libera article. For example, the 4 November 2016 article concerning the IT crash reported that no documents were lost and that the "main theory adopted by the investigation committee is that the cause was human error."299 The 6 April 2016 article reported that certain documents requested by the DNA in connection with Astra had been misplaced, but that all material documents were found in just a few days.300
In any event, Romania highlights that, as acknowledged by Nova, an investigation committee is working to identify the cause of the crash and reconstruct any lost data.301 Romania states that:

Claimant can rest assured that Romania intends to undertake all reasonable measures necessary to preserve and/or recover any such data, so as to be able to comply with its obligation to produce any relevant and material documents in its possession, custody and control, should it be ordered to do so by the Tribunal at the document production stage.302

According to Romania, the two cases Nova cites in which the tribunals ordered the respondent to preserve documents can be distinguished because the evidence at issue originally had been in the possession of the claimant, until actions of the respondent caused the claimant to lose access.303 In the present case, the documents and data that form the subject of the requested measure belong to the ASF. Thus, Romania states that it is in its own interest to recover any relevant "documents presumed by law to be in its possession, custody and control" because they may be the subject of document requests in this proceeding.304
Romania concludes that, in the present circumstances, the requested measures cannot be necessary or urgent.305


A. Article 47 and the Applicable Legal Standards

The Tribunal begins with the proposition that arbitral tribunals have authority to issue recommendations to sovereign States regarding their conduct, only to the extent that States have granted them this power. Article 47 of the ICSID Convention constitutes an express grant of this authority, couched in discretionary terms (signified by the use of the word "may"). That means that States ratifying the ICSID Convention consent in advance to tribunals’ exercise of the discretion, as and to the extent defined by its terms. This is the case even though the result may be some restriction on "the freedom of the State to act as it would wish,"306 at least while the ICSID case remains pending.
Article 47 confines a Tribunal’s authority to a situation in which it finds that "the circumstances... require" a particular measure to be taken "to preserve the respective rights of either party." Because this process is to be conducted on a "priority" basis as specified in Arbitration Rule 39(2), by definition it will not be on the basis of the full record that eventually will unfold through completion of the ICSID case. For this reason, "the Tribunal’s assessment is necessarily made on the basis of the record as it presently stands" at the time of the provisional measures decision, and "any conclusions reached" for purposes of a provisional measures analysis can be reviewed further as the case continues to progress.308
The natural implication of provisional measures being considered at an early stage of a case is that a tribunal will not have had the opportunity yet to weigh a respondent State’s arguments regarding the potential infirmities of the claimant’s merits case - and it may well not have had the chance to consider the State’s jurisdictional objections. However, the fact that the State raises both jurisdictional and merits defenses in no way negates a tribunal’s authority to consider a provisional measures request, nor to recommend such measures as it believes the circumstances urgently require to preserve the parties’ rights.309 Certainly, a tribunal should satisfy itself that the claimant has presented a non-frivolous basis for invoking jurisdiction,310 and that its merits allegations similarly are not frivolous,311 or "manifestly without legal merit" within the parlance of Arbitration Rule 41(5). But beyond independently assuring itself that the case satisfies these prima facie thresholds,312 the focus of a tribunal at a provisional measures stage is on such minimum recommendation(s), as found to be required by the circumstances, that should be made so as to preserve the rights of the parties.
In particular, when a State ratifies the ICSID Convention and consents to ICSID arbitration of a dispute through an investment treaty or other instrument, this gives rise to a presumptive right to such arbitration on the part of persons or entities qualifying under the Convention and the relevant instrument of consent. As discussed in more detail below, concomitant with the right to arbitrate is a right to have such arbitration advance to a conclusion in the normal way, subject to compliance with the usual procedural requirements (such as, for example, the payment of deposits and the meeting of reasonable deadlines). A tribunal considering the recommendation of provisional measures can have regard to these factors, and may recommend such steps as are necessary, at a minimum, to ensure that the case can continue to advance to a conclusion in the normal way, so that the right to arbitrate to a conclusion is not effectively thwarted. This does not require the tribunal to assess the likely outcome of the arbitration, nor should it do so at this stage. At the same time, a party that is the beneficiary of a recommendation of provisional measures to protect its right to arbitrate thereafter must pursue its case in compliance with the procedural requirements usual in any arbitration. This is only fair to the party against whom a recommendation is made, and ensures that any provisional measures exist for the shortest practical time.
For this reason, the Tribunal does not accept Romania’s contention that the nature of the Tribunal’s analysis at this stage should be impacted by the fact that it has not yet ruled on Romania’s three jurisdictional objections.313 While the Tribunal has decided not to bifurcate proceedings for the reasons set forth in the accompanying Decision on Respondent’s Request for Bifiircation,314 it takes seriously its obligation in due course to examine each of Romania’s objections carefully. But the very structure of the provisional measures process established in the Convention and the Arbitration Rules envisions that such applications may have to be dealt with prior to a ruling on jurisdiction, precisely because of alleged situations of urgency requiring interim steps to preserve the parties’ rights.315 Nothing in the Convention or Arbitration Rules suggests that a tribunal should apply a different or heightened standard for assessing a provisional measures request, simply because jurisdictional (as well as merits) objections remain to be resolved at a subsequent stage.
In any provisional measures review, the starting point (after confirming a non-frivolous basis for jurisdiction and for proceeding to the merits) is to identify the particular rights that the applicant claims are appropriate to be preserved. The nature of "rights," within the meaning of Article 47, is that these must be entitlements that exist at the time of the application.
In this case, Nova does not invoke the right to exclusivity of ICSID proceedings under Article 26 of the Convention, which has featured in certain past cases considering the implications of parallel proceedings in a State’s domestic courts. ICSID tribunals generally have declined to accept that the right to exclusivity is impacted by domestic criminal proceedings, because criminal cases do not involve claims remotely of the same nature or subject matter as investment disputes arising from a State’s international obligations.316 The Tribunal ultimately does not need to reach this issue, as Nova does not rest on this basis in its application.
Rather, Nova invokes two other rights as deserving of preservation pursuant to Article 47: the right to procedural integrity of this case, and the right to preservation of the status quo and non-aggravation of the dispute.317 There appears to be no dispute from Romania, at least at the level of principle, that these two rights are protectable in appropriate cases. Numerous prior tribunals have found that these are self-standing rights capable of protection by provisional measures.318
With respect to the integrity of proceedings, the Tribunal considers this to be both an existing right of both parties, and the central duty of any ICSID tribunal to protect. The right to procedural integrity inherently includes two different components. First, it includes the right of the parties to present their respective positions to the Tribunal, which includes the absence of undue interference with their access to witnesses and evidence, and their ability to instruct and assist counsel to marshall these on their behalf.319 Second, the right to procedural integrity includes the ability of a tribunal to fashion meaningful relief at the end of the case, if it finds that the applicant ultimately has proven entitlement to relief; this is sometimes referred to as the "right to the protection of the effectivity of the award."320 As these two components were succinctly explained by the tribunal in Plama v. Bulgaria, "[t]he rights to be preserved must relate to the requesting party’s ability to have its claims and requests for relief in the arbitration fairly considered and decided by the arbitral tribunal and for any arbitral decision which grants to the Claimant the relief it seeks to be effective and able to be carried out."321
With this understanding of the two rights at issue in this case, the Tribunal turns next to examination of the factors relevant to a tribunal’s exercise of its authority under Article 47 to preserve these rights. The Parties appear to agree that a tribunal should act only where doing so is (a) necessary to preserve rights, (b) urgently required, and (c) the particular measures requested are proportionate, in the sense that they do not impose such undue burdens on the other party as to outweigh, in a balance of equities, the justification for granting them.323 Before turning to Romania’s argument that there are additional factors to be considered as part of a provisional measures assessment, the Tribunal sets out its understanding of the parameters of these three agreed factors.
In addition to the recognized factors of necessity, urgency and proportionality, Romania argues for the inclusion of two other factors in any provisional measures analysis. First, it contends that the provisional measure requested "must be specific as opposed to too broad."340 The Tribunal agrees with the principle underlying Romania’s concern, but considers this principle already reflected in a proper analysis of the existing factors of necessity, urgency and proportionality. If the particular measure sought by an applicant is broader than required under Article 47 to preserve the right in question, that portion of the measure will be neither necessary nor urgent,341 and almost by definition will impose burdens on the other party that are disproportionate to the claimed need. For this reason, tribunals should be mindful to grant provisional relief that is as narrow as can be fashioned to preserve the rights in question. This is inherent in the Tribunal’s initial observation above that tribunals should recommend only the minimum steps necessary to meet the objectives set out in the Convention.
Similarly, the Tribunal considers that the final factor Romania would add to the provisional measures analysis that "any recommendation for the provisional measures must not prejudge the merits of the case"342 is not a separate inquiry, but rather an implicit component of the established three-factor test. It goes without saying that in considering any request for provisional measures, a tribunal must keep an open mind on the ultimate merits of the case, and "not pre-judge, either consciously or unconsciously, the resolution of any aspect of the parties’ respective claims and defenses."343 An obvious corollary of this proposition is that the tribunal should not grant any relief at the provisional measures stage that essentially is permanent relief, in the sense that it could not be undone, if appropriate, in a final award.344 These propositions, however, are part and parcel of examining whether a particular measure requested truly is "necessary" prior to an award on the merits, and whether granting it would be proportionate in light of the burdens to the other party.

B. The Special Context of Domestic Criminal Proceedings

In the ordinary case, this exposition of the factors relevant to an Article 47 analysis would be sufficient groundwork for the Tribunal to move directly to the specific facts, to determine if the factors are satisfied in the circumstances presented. Here, however, the Tribunal must pause first to examine Romania’s contention that there are two other impediments to provisional measures, in the special context of domestic criminal proceedings. The first is an alleged absolute bar to tribunal authority; the second is an alleged threshold requirement that must be satisfied before a tribunal ever may proceed to an assessment of necessity, urgency and proportionality.
First, Romania argues that as a general proposition, ICSID tribunals do not have the power to recommend provisional measures that would interfere with a State’s sovereign right to prosecute individuals charged with crimes within its territory.345 For this reason, Romania posits, it would be inappropriate (and there is simply no need) to reach any discussion in this case of the customary factors for applying Article 47 of the ICSID Convention. However, the cases on which Romania relies do not support this sweeping proposition. The passage it cites from Lao Holdings, that "[i]ssues of... criminal liability by definition fall outside the scope of the Centre’s jurisdiction,"346 arises in the section of that decision discussing the limited issue of whether domestic criminal proceedings violate Article 26’s right to ICSID’s exclusive jurisdiction. As noted above, Nova does not advance that theory here. By contrast, the Lao Holdings tribunal expressly confirmed its authority in "exceptional circumstances... to depart from the general rule entitling a State to enforce on the national level its criminal laws," because it was "satisfied on the evidence" that in the particular circumstances of the case, failing to do so would "undermine the integrity of the arbitral process."347 Similarly, the general statement in Abaclat that the tribunal "can in principle not prohibit a Party from conducting criminal court proceedings before competent state authorities" was made in the context of an application regarding Argentina’s use of confidential materials in criminal proceedings,348 not in the context of alleged threats to the integrity of the ICSID case. The passage Romania invokes from SGS, regarding the sanctity of domestic criminal processes,349 likewise was not made in the context of concerns about procedural integrity.
In these circumstances, it would read too much into the subject passages to suggest that these tribunals endorsed the broader proposition Romania advances here, namely that even where the procedural integrity of the ICSID proceeding is said to be in jeopardy, a tribunal’s otherwise established power to recommend measures that are necessary, urgent and proportionate somehow evaporates in the face of domestic criminal proceedings.
Perhaps recognizing the extreme nature of its primary position, Romania presents an alternative argument that recognizes tribunal authority in "exceptional circumstances," but suggests those criteria are met only where two factors are both present. First, Romania suggests, the domestic criminal proceedings must post-date the commencement of the arbitration, not be underway already when the arbitration begins. Second, the criminal proceedings must "relate" directly to the prior-commenced ICSID case, in the particular sense that they are impermissibly motivated to thwart that arbitration from progressing in any meaningful fashion.351 According to Romania, unless an investor can demonstrate that both these criteria are met, there is no authority for a tribunal to consider provisional measures that could impact the unfolding of the criminal proceeding, and therefore no need even to consider the customary factors of necessity, urgency and proportionality.352
The Tribunal also agrees with the suggestion that provisional measures are unlikely to be appropriate if the criminal proceedings are wholly unrelated to the ICSID dispute, in the sense of involving different subject matters. The Hydro tribunal illustrated this proposition with a reference to domestic murder charges; it would be difficult to envision a circumstance where an ICSID tribunal ever would find it necessary, urgent and proportionate to recommend a suspension of such charges, even if they involved an individual with a role in a pending investment arbitration. The individual’s suspected violation of the most basic criminal laws of the host State, which are "unrelated to the factual circumstances of the dispute being arbitrated," would take obvious precedence over his or her entirely separate status as an investor or a participant in an investment.354
But Romania’s further proposition, that provisional measures never may be contemplated unless the criminal proceedings are related to the arbitration in the specific additional sense of both timing (post-dating the filing) and motivation (aimed at thwarting the arbitration), would take the proposition too far. While a bad faith prosecution to forestall an ICSID case is certainly an extreme circumstance that could justify provisional measures,355 this is not the only circumstance where Article 47 may apply. Nor is it a threshold requirement that circumscribes the tribunal’s authority even to consider the need for carefully tailored measures to preserve the procedural integrity of an ICSID case. ICSID tribunals have an independent duty to safeguard their ability to decide investment disputes that the parties have consented to place before them, and that consent includes the authority to recommend provisional measures where "the circumstances... require." The reference to "circumstances" in Article 47 is not limited by the text to circumstances of timing and motivation. In appropriate cases, these circumstances also could include considerations of impact - namely the practical effect of concurrent domestic proceedings on a party’s basic ability to present its case before ICSID, or on the tribunal’s fundamental duty to give both parties the opportunity to be heard. Nothing in Article 47 suggests that a tribunal is rendered without power to protect the procedural integrity of its case except in the particular circumstances Romania invokes.356
Romania’s contrary position - that the exclusive focus for provisional measures must be on whether the criminal proceedings were motivated to thwart a prior-filed ICSID arbitration - seems to rest on an underlying proposition that the Tribunal does not consider warranted. Specifically, Romania appears to suggest that the reverse situation - in which an investor initiates an ICSID proceeding to complain about criminal proceedings already underway in the host State - is somehow inherently abusive or illegitimate.357 But an investor does not lose its right to protection under a BIT or the ICSID Convention simply because the State measures it challenges as injuring its investment emanate from the State’s criminal law authorities rather than from its civil or administrative law authorities. Taking another extreme hypothetical for illustration, if a State were to commence a campaign to arrest all investors of nationality X and to seize their investments to satisfy criminal penalties, it hardly would be an improper use of investment arbitration to challenge this conduct as both arbitrary and discriminatory. The fact that the arbitration necessarily postdated the domestic criminal cases, and that the criminal cases therefore were not launched for the purpose of thwarting the ICSID case as such, would not protect the hypothetical State conduct from review as an alleged assault on protected investment rights. Nor should it ipso facto rob an ICSID tribunal of the power to consider recommendation of provisional measures that it deems necessary, urgent and proportionate to protect its ability to hear the case.
This does not mean that issues of timing are irrelevant to a provisional measures analysis. But the relevance necessarily depends on the particular right that is to be preserved. Where the right is only the preservation of the status quo, an inquiry into timing is inherent; the tribunal must first identify the status quo in order to determine whether it should be preserved, and the status quo may reflect the fact that criminal proceedings already are underway. So too with the right to "non-aggravation" of the dispute between the parties; this presumes an inquiry into the current state of that dispute, including appropriate regard for actions already taken. Issues of timing are therefore inevitable considerations in assessing rights related to the status quo or the non-aggravation of the dispute.
It is less clear, however, why the relevant timing of the criminal proceedings and the ICSID arbitration should be material to the separate right to procedural integrity. The fact that the arbitration may have been filed after the domestic criminal proceedings, rather than before, does not deprive the investor of its basic right to be heard. Nor does it provide immunity from provisional measures review for all further contemplated acts.
There are practical reasons, too, why findings regarding timing and motivation cannot be an absolute prerequisite for consideration of provisional measures. It bears recalling that ICSID tribunals are required by Arbitration Rule 39(2) to resolve provisional measure requests on a "priority" basis, which necessarily means in some form of expedited proceedings. Yet it is not always easy to unscramble the relationship among complex, multi-step events. This case is a good illustration, since certain events in the criminal proceedings clearly predated certain arbitration-related events, while others post-dated those events.358 This results in both Parties presenting charges and counter-charges regarding timing and motivation, with Romania arguing (for example) that the arbitration was "launched in retaliation for [its] legitimate exercise of sovereign police powers,"359 and Nova suggesting that Romania’s "renewed" efforts to arrest Alexander Adamescu, its commencement of the Abuse of Office proceedings, and its issuance of the Asset Sequestration Order were in retaliation for Nova’s transmission of notices of dispute signalling its intention to commence this arbitration.360 In any case involving complex, multi-step fact patterns, it will be difficult for a tribunal to reach "chicken and egg" conclusions regarding the cause-and-effect of interwoven events. It will be even more difficult to reach conclusions regarding motivation, which frequently require close examination of contemporary documents and assessments of the testimony (and credibility) of relevant witnesses. Yet the very notion of an expedited, "priority" proceeding to determine a matter that is claimed to involve urgency precludes the full examination of the evidence that may be required for a tribunal to reach complex conclusions regarding issues of motivation.
For these reasons, while issues of timing and motivation may be important factors where the evidence allows for preliminary conclusions, tribunal findings regarding these subjects cannot be strict prerequisites for consideration of provisional measures. Given the core duty of an ICSID tribunal to protect the parties’ right to present their respective cases and its own ability to hear their cases and render meaningful relief, a tribunal must consider the practical consequences of domestic proceedings continuing in parallel with the arbitration. In exceptional cases where the customary requirements of necessity, urgency and proportionality are shown, provisional measures may be required to preserve those fundamental rights, notwithstanding that certain aspects of the criminal proceedings may have predated and been independent of commencement of the arbitration.

C. Prima Facie Jurisdiction in This Case

With this analytical framework in mind, the Tribunal turns first to the issue of prima facie jurisdiction, without which no provisional measures application can proceed.361
First, it appears undisputed that this case involves a "legal dispute" that arises out of investments, within the meaning of Article 25 of the ICSID Convention.
Second, it is equally undisputed that Romania and the Netherlands are both Contracting States to the ICSID Convention, and that through Article 8(2)(b) of the BIT, both States consented to ICSID arbitration by qualified investors of the other State.
Third, it is undisputed that Article 1 (b) (ii) of the BIT defines "investors" of the Netherlands as including "legal persons constituted under the law" of that State. It appears further undisputed that Nova is a legal entity constituted under the law of the Netherlands.
Notwithstanding these facts, Romania presents three separate objections to jurisdiction. In brief, it argues that the Tribunal lacks jurisdiction ratione voluntatis because at the time of the relevant facts, the BIT had been terminated or superseded in respect of the dispute resolution clause by operation of EU law; that the Tribunal lacks jurisdiction ratione personae because "this arbitration is about a dispute between Romanians, over a Romanian investment in Romania, arising out of multiple violations of Romanian laws"; and that Nova failed to comply with the BIT'S consultation requirement with respect to claims relating to investments other than Astra.362
As discussed further in the accompanying Decision on Respondent’s Request for Bifurcation, the Tribunal in no way prejudges the outcome of any of the objections, which it intends to assess fully and independently.363 But it is unable to conclude that any of them poses such a facially obvious defect as to render this Tribunal without even prima facie jurisdiction to proceed to a provisional measures analysis. In particular, given that Nova’s Application is premised on alleged urgent threats to the procedural integrity of this case, the Tribunal must resolve the Application at this juncture, in order to assure itself that both Parties can continue meaningfully to present their respective arguments, including about jurisdiction itself.

D. The Relevant "Status Quo"

Before discussing each of the measures Nova requests in this case and in particular, whether any of them is necessary, urgent and proportionate to preserve Nova’s rights to procedural integrity or preservation of the status quo and non-aggravation of the dispute -the Tribunal considers it useful to set forth, in as neutral a way as possible, what it considers to be the status quo as of the date of this Decision. The right to preservation of the status quo necessarily "focuses on the situation at the time of the measures,"364 rather than looking either to the past (the investor’s situation as of a prior date) or to the future (the investor’s goals with respect to an eventual award). For these reasons it is important to be precise regarding the situation as the Tribunal currently understands it.
The Tribunal is aware that in several respects, the situation today is different from that existing on earlier dates related to this arbitration, such as the dates of Nova’s two notices of dispute (25 August 2015 and 15 December 2015) and the date of its Request for Arbitration and accompanying Application (21 June 2016). Within days after the Tribunal’s constitution on 17 November 2016, it began offering the Parties potential dates for a hearing on the Application, including (at various venues) any two consecutive dates among 11-12, 14-15 or 24-25 January 2017; 4-7, 9-10, 13-17 or 25-28 February 2017; or 1-3 March 2017. For reasons not necessary to recapitulate here, the Parties were not available collectively on any dates prior to 2-3 March 2017, when the hearing ultimately was held in London. This reality of this passage of time necessarily shapes any assessment of the status quo.
By the time of the provisional measures hearing, the Tribunal considers the following core circumstances to exist. It draws no other conclusions at this stage regarding the facts disputed by the Parties.
First, Nova’s founder and Chairman, Dan Adamescu, passed away in Romania in January 2017. He did so part way through serving a four-year, four-month prison sentence imposed following his conviction in February 2015 on bribery charges, which were based on payments made in December 2013 to two Romanian bankruptcy judges by individuals said to have been acting on his instructions. His conviction was upheld on appeal in May 2016. Part of Dan Adamescu’s incarceration was spent in prison facilities and part in hospital facilities under guard. At the time of his death, he had been accused of (but had not yet stood trial for) additional crimes connected to the management of Astra, in what is known in this case as the Abuse of Office Proceedings.
Alexander Adamescu was indicted along with his father in June 2014 in connection with the bribery charges. However, he has not returned to Romania to stand trial, and his prosecution was separated from that of the other defendants. Romania made certain efforts to locate him outside of Romania during mid-2014, and made further efforts in this regard towards the end of 2015. A German passport holder, Alexander Adamescu is presently living in London under strict bail conditions set by the UK courts,365 in connection with his arrest by UK authorities in June 2016 pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant that Romania issued in June 2016. The European Arrest Warrant was preceded by, and based upon, a Romanian preventative arrest warrant connected to the bribery charges. Romania has sought his extradition from the UK, and the extradition request is now scheduled to be heard in London beginning on 24 April 2017. Alexander Adamescu is also a suspect in the Abuse of Office Proceedings.
With respect to Nova’s various Romanian investments, the status quo is that Astra was declared insolvent in December 2015 and placed into bankruptcy proceedings with KPMG as liquidator, following a prior period in which it was operating under special administration with KPMG as special administrator. The reasons for Astra’s failure are contested, and the Tribunal makes no findings in this regard. However, KPMG as liquidator sought to intervene as a civil party in the Abuse of Office Proceedings, lodging a claim for substantial damages against Dan Adamescu in the event he was found guilty of criminal malfeasance in connection with Astra’s bankruptcy. In consequence of this claim, Romania’s authorities in March 2016 issued an Asset Sequestration Order freezing Nova’s shares in a variety of other Romanian investments that were alleged to be beneficially owned by Dan Adamescu, as security to meet any civil liability to Astra that might arise thereafter. The Asset Sequestration Order is said to reach Nova’s shares in, inter alia, TNG Romania, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] Center.
The status of the Asset Sequestration Order is unclear following the death of Dan Adamescu. Nova argues that as the Order was premised on his personal involvement in (and potential future conviction for) Astra’s failure, it must now be lifted,366 and states that an application to that effect is now being prepared in Romania.367

E. The Measures Requested

Bearing in mind the findings above regarding applicable legal standards and the status quo, the Tribunal now turns to examination of the particular measures Nova requests pursuant to Article 47 of the ICSID Convention. The Tribunal addresses them in a sequence that appears most logical, which is not necessarily the order in which Nova listed the measures in its Application; in particular, the Tribunal addresses first the requests related to the personal liberty of Alexander Adamescu, before turning more generally to the issue of pending proceedings in Romania. For each measure requested, the Tribunal starts with an examination of the asserted grounds for necessity of a recommendation, without which there is little need to engage in discussion of the additional factors of urgency and proportionality.

(1) The European Arrest Warrant, Extradition Request, and Preventative Arrest Warrant for Alexander Adamescu

With respect to Alexander Adamescu, Nova requests a provisional measure recommending that Romania:

withdraw (i) the transmission of European Arrest Warrant Ref. 3576/2/2016 by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and associated request for extradition submitted to the Home Office of the United Kingdom on 6 June 2016 and (ii) the preventive arrest warrant No. 13/UP issued on 19 May for Alexander Adamescu and refrain from reissuing or transmitting this or any other European Arrest Warrant or other request for extradition or arrest warrant for Alexander Adamescu;

As noted above, the current state of affairs is that Alexander Adamescu is residing in London under strict bail conditions set by the UK courts, with a hearing on Romania’s extradition request scheduled to begin on 24 April 2017.

a. Necessity

As a threshold issue, Romania argues that it is not necessary for this Tribunal to consider provisional measures related to the extradition, because Alexander Adamescu has other avenues for challenging the extradition request under both UK and EU law.368
The Tribunal declines this invitation simply to defer to other authorities in connection with this issue. Under Article 47 of the ICSID Convention, the Tribunal has an independent duty to examine requests for provisional measures that are claimed to be necessary to preserve rights central to an arbitration, including the right to procedural integrity. The Tribunal would be abdicating this duty to defer to other institutions, outside of the ICSID system, who are not charged with considering whether "the circumstances so require," within the meaning of Article 47. The focus of these other institutions, necessarily, will be on different legal standards and different procedural and substantive rights within their purview, not on the procedural integrity of this ICSID arbitration. Only this Tribunal is empowered to consider the integrity of the ICSID arbitration as a central focus of its review.
Turning then to that review, Nova presents two separate categories of alleged necessity for a measure regarding the extradition of Alexander Adamescu. First, it argues that he is a critical witness without whose testimony its ICSID claims could not proceed, and that such testimony could not be obtained effectively by Nova in the first instance, or thereafter examined by Romania and the Tribunal at a merits hearing, if Mr. Adamescu were extradited and thereafter incarcerated in Romania. Second, separate from Mr. Adamescu’s status as a witness, Nova argues that he is its key party representative for this case, and is essential for it to give meaningful instructions to counsel, coordinate the gathering of other evidence (beyond Mr. Adamescu’s own witness statement), obtain outside funding to support its arbitration efforts, and generally direct the formulation and presentation of its case. With respect to this role, Nova likewise contends that Mr. Adamescu could not effectively perform these functions if he were extradited and thereafter incarcerated in Romania.
The Tribunal examines these two different roles, that of witness and party representative, separately below.

(i) Necessity in relation to witness role

First, with respect to Mr. Adamescu’s role as a witness, the threshold issue is whether he is so central to Nova’s case that it could not be presented effectively without him. Nova contends that he "has played and continues to play a central role in The Nova Group and in its Romanian entities and investments," and that as a result of these roles, he has "unique knowledge" about the issues Nova intends to present in this case,369 which concern various State acts against Nova’s investments that are said to have been politically motivated and otherwise in violation of the BIT. Nova emphasizes various positions that Mr. Alexander Adamescu has held with Astra’s Supervisory Board and Management Board, as well as his Board of Directors positions with [REDACTED] Medien Holding, [REDACTED] Center, and other related companies.370 Because he has both "personal knowledge and recollection of key events relevant to this dispute and an acute understanding of technical and actuarial issues involved" in the dispute over Astra, he is a "critical witness in this case."371
Romania, by contrast, contends that Nova "has failed to identify, let alone demonstrate, how Mr. Alexander Adamescu’s testimony would be relevant and material for the resolution of the dispute, and moreover irreplaceable, as there were certainly other high ranking officers involved, probably even more closely than Mr. Alexander Adamescu, in the events on which Claimant relies in its Request for Arbitration."372 According to Romania, "[h]is testimony in this arbitration would thus bring no added value to Claimant’s case."373 Romania contends that during Dan Adamescu’s life he (and not his son) was the central figure coordinating Nova’s investments in Romania, and that Alexander Adamescu was largely disengaged, spending substantial time in Monaco and elsewhere in Europe and primarily pursuing interests in literature and the arts rather than the Romanian businesses.374
The Tribunal notes that Mr. Adamescu was examined for more than three hours on 2 March 2017, including regarding the realities of his time spent in Romania, his activities in connection with Astra, and his knowledge of individuals and events related to Nova’s Romanian investments.375 Among other things, he testified that beginning in 2006 when he started working in Romania, he "had taken on more and more responsibility" with the Nova companies there, including "hiring staff for the Nova Group that knew me as their go to person," becoming "more and more knowledgeable about TNG’s business," and through "a gradual process... taking over from my father" with respect to these businesses.376 As of 2011 when he was spending almost every week in Romania despite being formally domiciled in Monaco, he assisted his father in "the running of the various businesses," being "either on the board or a director or I took care of every aspect of the management of these companies. I took the important decisions, either alone or together with my father, regarding financing, budgeting, all the most important operational aspects of these companies," with the assistance of company management.377 After moving to London in 2012, he continued to travel to Romania and "had regular phone calls with the persons involved," "almost on a daily basis," because "[t]here was always some decision to be taken, always some input to be given," and he "knew the people and I knew the issues, I knew the history, and I knew what had to be done... to continue managing the companies."378 Mr. Adamescu provided a detailed listing of the management and boards of the various Romanian companies, many of whom he had personally hired and with whom he was in "regular" and "continuous" contact during this period.379
Among other things, according to Mr. Adamescu, he was involved (as a member of Astra’s Supervisory Board) in the appointment of members of the Board of Directors, and also in approval of major investments and loans, including the intra-company loan to Medien Holding that later formed a critical part of KPMG’s criticism and Romania’s case for Abuse of Office.380 He also testified that he was personally involved both in shareholder meetings and communications with KPMG regarding its investigations and proposed restructuring plans for Astra.381 This included, for example, personal involvement in discussions about the possibility of Medien Holding’s repaying certain intra-company loans to Astra.382 In corroboration of this testimony, the Tribunal observes that there is documentary evidence already in the record indicating that Mr. Adamescu wrote, or at least signed, various correspondence from Nova and Medien Holding related to Astra, including letters to KMPG as Astra’s Special Administrator and to Romania’s Financial Supervisory Authority.383
During the hearing, Romania argued that Alexander Adamescu’s testimony regarding his importance as a witness should not be credited, both because it was fairly general (and inherently self-serving), and because of certain other circumstances that it says undermine Mr. Adamescu’s trustworthiness as a witness. In particular, Romania accuses Mr. Adamescu of providing highly evasive testimony about a Nova Power of Attorney ostensibly dated June 2014,384 but ultimately admitted by Mr. [REDACTED] at the hearing to have been written (with Mr. Adamescu’s knowledge) in June 2016, ostensibly to record the oral grant of the relevant powers two years earlier.385 Romania also emphasizes Mr. Adamescu’s allegedly evasive testimony at the hearing regarding the ownership of a company ([REDACTED] B.V.) that purchased certain assets,386 despite Mr. [REDACTED] later confirmation that Mr. Adamescu himself held the ultimate economic interest in both buyer and seller.387
The Tribunal takes note of Romania’s significant concerns about Mr. Adamescu’s credibility, and agrees that in due course, as this case proceeds to the merits, issues of credibility will need to be tested and carefully considered by the Tribunal. But the fact that a party raises issues about the reliability of a given witness does not, in the Tribunal’s view, preclude a finding that that witness has relevant knowledge and that his examination could be material (one way or the other) to the Tribunal’s ultimate understanding of events. The simple fact that Romania has chosen to pursue Alexander Adamescu (along with his father) in connection with the alleged misconduct in relation to Astra - and not to pursue any other individuals associated with Astra’s management - is inconsistent with its current contention that he played no relevant or material role in the underlying events that will be tested in this case. For example, Romania’s asserts that "[t]he Failure of Astra is solely attributable to Claimant and the Adamescus," plural,388 and emphasizes that the KPMG Report attributed Astra’s financial distress to "a number of deals... which had been approved or signed by either Mr. Dan or Alexander Adamescu,"389 thereby raising "suspicions... about the responsibility and involvement of both" gentlemen in Astra’s failure.390 Romania’s Observations directly allege (based on the KPMG Report) that both "Messrs. Dan and Alexander Adamescu had engaged in... wrongdoings" regarding Astra, and that KPMG concluded "that Astra’s management, which was led at the time by Messrs. Dan and Alexander Adamescu," had committed various wrongdoings under their leadership.391 Romania likewise refers to Alexander Adamescu as "heading Astra’s management" along with Dan Adamescu, and in that capacity as having "caused or allowed" certain actions and "moreover approved" other actions which Romania evidently considers significant to the Astra story.392 Romania continued at the provisional measures hearing to allege direct involvement by Alexander Adamescu in Astra’s financial distress.
Moreover, Romania’s own documents, on which it relies in both this arbitration and its domestic proceedings, repeatedly refer to Alexander Adamescu as an active figure with respect to both Astra and other Nova companies in Romania. For example, the DNA’s December 2015 summons for Alexander Adamescu in connection with the bribery charges recites the testimony of an Astra receptionist that during the period in which Alexander Adamescu held the position of President of Astra’s Board of Directors, he "was usually on the territory of the country, being present at the office, but in the periods when he was abroad" he remained "in contact" with Astra’s office, "as necessary, by phone or by work email."393 The DNA’s arrest warrant on 25 March 2016 refers to "the group of companies managed by" both Dan and Alexander Adamescu, and goes on to describe both of them as "act[ing] as coordinators, de jure and de facto, on the Romanian territory, of a group of companies in interdependence from the point of view of the shareholders or partners and of the economic and financial relationships."394 The DNA’s March 2016 request for the Asset Sequestration Order in connection with the Abuse of Office Proceedings against Dan Adamescu likewise alleges that both Dan and Alexander Adamescu, "as representatives, in fact and in law, of [Astra]," "ordered the granting of loans" to various affiliated companies," and further that "they" (plural) also "ordered the signing of [an] assignment contract," and "proceeded to the fictional transferring the reinsurance risks... and, therefore, to the distorted reporting of the financial position and performance," which had the effect of "depriving the company of the liquidities necessary for the insurance activity,... which meets the constitutive elements of the offense of abuse of office..." The same document accuses Alexander Adamescu, and not just Dan Adamescu, of various acts said to "meet[] the constitutive elements" of several other crimes, including money laundering and aiding and abetting abuse of office.395
Romania’s own documents thus undermine its suggestion that Alexander Adamescu is neither relevant nor material to this case. Indeed, it is difficult to understand as a matter of logic how he could be both central to Romania’s criminal proceedings regarding Astra, and at the same time immaterial to Nova’s ICSID case alleging that those same proceedings (among various other steps taken by Romania allegedly impacting Nova’s investments) reflect a political vendetta against the Adamescu family in violation of its rights under the BIT.
In other words, based on Romania’s own assertions regarding Alexander Adamescu’s alleged responsibility for the underlying events related to Astra, the Tribunal considers it evident that he is a material and necessary witness in this case. This conclusion is underscored by the death of Dan Adamescu, who undoubtedly would have had greater knowledge of the underlying events (at least those preceding his incarceration), but whom Nova apparently did not interview in connection with a witness statement prior to his death. Nova claims this is because it requested but did not receive from Romania sufficient assurances regarding the confidentiality of his discussions with Nova’s arbitration counsel;396 Romania answers that no individualized assurances were required because its legal framework already assures confidentiality for attorney-client communications.397 The Tribunal need not resolve this issue at present. The fact remains that no testimony from Dan Adamescu was secured, so the Tribunal will not have the benefit of his knowledge of the underlying events.
In these circumstances, there appears to be no one other than Alexander Adamescu who could testify regarding the full range of Nova’s investments in Romania and the manner in which they were impacted by the particular State action that Nova challenges in this case. Given that Nova apparently no longer has access to Astra’s company records,398 the role of witnesses may be particularly important in this case. While the Tribunal does not exclude that individuals other than Mr. Adamescu may have important testimony to provide in connection with their roles in Astra or the other Nova companies, no specific individual has been suggested as having overarching knowledge of Nova’s activities across the range of investments potentially at issue in this case. Indeed, as Nova itself argues, Romania has not attempted to pursue any other high-level director, manager or employee in connection with their involvement in the underlying events.399
To the extent Romania may have intended originally to suggest that [REDACTED] a director of [REDACTED] a Dutch company that performs company secretarial and administrative functions for Nova - might be an alternate material witness to Alexander Adamescu,400 this possibility was clearly excluded by the evidence at the hearing. That evidence made clear that Mr. W [REDACTED] ’s role with the Nova companies began in 2014, and was limited to providing a few hours per month of corporate administrative service across dozens of different companies, while playing no meaningful role in the operational oversight, direction or management of any of them.401 Mr. [REDACTED] does not speak Romanian. By the end of the hearing, Romania itself had accused him of serving simply as a "puppet" for the Adamescu family and taking no meaningful decisions except upon their instruction.402
For these reasons, the Tribunal concludes that Alexander Adamescu’s availability as a witness is necessary for Nova to present its case in any meaningful way. Accordingly, the analysis next turns to whether his testimony could be secured without the provisional measures Nova requests regarding his extradition to Romania. Given the importance of this issue to all concerned - as well as the criticism of the Hydro tribunal for recommending provisional measures regarding extradition, without explaining its reasoning to a greater degree403 - the Tribunal recounts the issues here in some detail.
As a threshold point, Romania contends that it is speculative that Alexander Adamescu would be incarcerated following extradition, either pending his trial or following completion of his trial (i.e., that he would be convicted).404 The Tribunal nonetheless concludes that pretrial detention is likely, given (a) Romania’s own contentions about his alleged efforts in the past to evade its summons,405 (b) Romania’s expressed concern regarding the ease of obtaining new passports from certain jurisdictions,406 and (c) the fact that his father was placed in pre-trial detention for some time, without having been accused previously of trying to evade summons or arrest.407 The Tribunal is not in a position to comment on the potential length of pretrial detention for Alexander Adamescu, except to note that in his father’s case there was an eight-month gap between his June 2014 arrest and his February 2015 conviction on the bribery charges. If this history is any guide, Alexander Adamescu could well face a significant period of incarceration even prior to any trial or possible conviction. If he is convicted, of course, his incarceration presumably would be much longer, based on the sentence of four years and four months handed down for Dan Adamescu. This certainly constitutes a "material risk" of incarceration, even if the Tribunal is unable to conclude that it is "certain to occur" if provisional measures are not granted.408
The central question then thus becomes whether Alexander Adamescu could participate meaningfully as a witness in this case, from a Romanian prison. Nova contends that "[s]hould [he] be sent to prison in Romania, [his] preparation of witness statements and [his] appearance at a hearing before this Tribunal would be impossible."409 The Tribunal addresses below the four issues that have been raised, namely about (a) [REDACTED] safety, (b) access to him by Nova’s counsel, (c) the confidentiality of such discussions, and (d) the mechanics by which he could be examined regarding any witness statements proffered in this case.
Separately, Nova expresses significant concern that if Alexander Adamescu were incarcerated, he would not have regular or frequent access to Nova’s counsel to develop witness statements for purposes of this case. According to Nova, while prisoners in Romania are entitled to meet upon request with their personal lawyers (i.e., those retained to advise and counsel them in connection with the criminal charges), there are no similar guarantees regarding access to lawyers with whom they do not have a direct attorney-client relationship, which is the case for Nova’s arbitration counsel. Nova suggests that such meetings would have to be fit within a general allotment to prisoners of five visitors per month, which would mean any visit from Nova’s lawyers would be at the expense of a visit from Mr. Adamescu’s family.417 Romania counters that its law allows for prison visits from attorneys, and that Nova has not alleged any specific instance in which its counsel sought and were denied a meeting with Dan Adamescu.418 Although Romania’s stated position in relation to Dan Adamescu was that he would be provided access on terms that were "neither more favorable, nor less favorable, than any other inmate in a similar situation,"419 at the hearing Romania stated that it would make reasonable efforts to accommodate additional visits to Alexander Adamescu if reasonably requested by Nova’s counsel, and if Nova nonetheless believed access was being unduly withheld, it could make additional applications to this Tribunal.420
Nova also expresses concern about the confidentiality of any prison meetings that its counsel might be permitted with Alexander Adamescu. It argues that "even in the unlikely event that the Romanian authorities do allow... Alexander Adamescu to access and communicate with Nova’s counsel in this arbitration, there is a very serious risk of those privileged and confidential communications being intercepted by Romania."421 According to Nova, while Romanian law provides on paper for attorney-client privilege, there have been reliable third-party reports that confidentiality is not respected in the prison setting, with one Council of Europe report describing such confidentiality as "the exception rather than the rule."422 Nova also argues that when it repeatedly sought assurances of confidentiality for any meetings it might seek with Dan Adamescu, Romania declined to provide any specific assurances.423 Romania counters that no special assurances were required because of the strength of its law in this regard, and because Nova had failed to show evidence that privilege would not be respected.424 In any event, during the course of these proceedings, Romania stated categorically that "it did not, is not and will not be intercepting any privileged communications of Claimant with its attorneys or executives."425
Given the representations made by Romania at the hearing, the Tribunal accepts that it likely would be possible for Nova’s counsel to arrange (independently or upon further applications to the Tribunal) sufficient visits with Mr. Adamescu to develop one or more witness statements based on his personal recollection of events. Whether mechanics exist that would allow him securely to review extensive documentation from prison, in order to refresh his recollection and comment on the evidence, is less clear. But even if such arrangements could be made, there remains the issue of his subsequent examination before the Tribunal. The Tribunal specifically asked Romania how this would be accomplished, if the Tribunal were to find that Mr. Adamescu was a necessary witness from whom it would wish to hear regarding the merits case.426
Romania insisted that it would be adequate for Mr. Adamescu to testify by videoconference, assuming this could be arranged from prison or through Mr. Adamescu’s supervised transport from prison to a videoconference facility elsewhere in Romania.427 For relatively minor witnesses, the Tribunal accepts that videoconference examination may suffice, where for particular reasons in-person appearances are not possible. But given the scope, length and importance of Mr. Adamescu’s likely witness statements, his examination during the hearing is likely to be fairly lengthy. Since Romania itself has insisted that merits hearings take place only in Washington, D.C., the time differences may well complicate videoconference arrangements, either requiring Mr. Adamescu to testify into the wee hours of the morning (if this can even be arranged consistent with his prison regimen) or requiring the Tribunal and all other hearing participants to sit at such hours to accommodate the limitations of prison videoconferencing or the realities of prisoner transport within Romania.
More fundamental than these logistical issues is the reality of Romania’s own forceful aspersions on Mr. Adamescu’s veracity. It seems obvious in that light that issues of credibility will play a significant role in his cross-examination and in the Parties’ arguments regarding the evidence in this case. The Tribunal firmly believes that such issues can best be assessed through in-person examination, including additional questions by the Tribunal should it so wish.
In response to such concerns, Romania suggested that it would "undertake its best efforts to allow even examination in person in Bucharest," if the Tribunal and all other hearing participants could come there for the purpose.428 The Tribunal does not believe this is an appropriate solution. Investment arbitration hearings generally are not held in the territory of the host State, both because of general principles of neutrality and due to the inevitable reluctance that witnesses or party representatives may have about testifying or appearing there in the context of a suit against the State itself. Given the particular nature of Nova’s allegations against Romania here, it seems highly unlikely that it would consent to any part of the merits hearings being held in Bucharest.429
Given this reality, the only possible way for Mr. Adamescu to be examined in person before the Tribunal and outside of Romania, if he is otherwise incarcerated at the time of the hearing, would be for Romania to arrange to escort him out of the country, not only for the period of time necessary for him to be examined but also for confidential meetings with Nova’s counsel for final preparation (in the ordinary course) for such examination. The need for such confidentiality inevitably would mean that Mr. Adamescu would have to be away from the immediate watchful eye of Romanian prison officials for, potentially, considerable periods of time. As to such a possibility, Romania stated that "to have... an examination abroad in person is much more complicated," but not out of the question.430 This was far from a guarantee that Romania would make Mr. Adamescu available for examination in Washington D.C., or would consent to the hearing being held in another neutral venue in which it would meaningfully guarantee his participation.
For these reasons, the Tribunal has significant concern that if Mr. Adamescu were extradited to and incarcerated in Romania, his participation in this case as a material witness could prove challenging, even by virtue of mechanics alone. The additional factor of his [REDACTED] health could complicate the uncertainties. Ultimately, however, the Tribunal need not rest on such concerns, because (as discussed further below), it finds that even if extradition were not flatly incompatible with Mr. Adamescu’s role as a material witness, it is incompatible with his additional role as the individual instructing and directing Nova’s counsel on the preparation and conduct of its case.

(ii) Necessity in relation to party representative role

As noted at the outset, Nova’s Application rests not only on Mr. Adamescu’s importance as a witness, but also on the assertion that he is the only one who could meaningfully instruct counsel and direct them regarding the development of its case.431
For assessing this contention, the Tribunal need not place any weight on Nova’s alleged power of attorney - ostensibly dated June 2014 but (as noted above) really written in 2016 - that characterizes Mr. Adamescu as "the only person within [Nova] who could instruct lawyers and provide them with the necessary information to file a claim against the Government of Romania under the BIT."432 Rather, the Tribunal focuses on other evidence which shows that as a practical matter, Mr. Adamescu in reality has been the person performing these functions, and is the only person realistically positioned to continue to do so through final hearings in this case.
For example, the evidence shows that it was Mr. Adamescu who conducted a so-called "beauty contest" with potential law firms and negotiated terms with the ones selected,433 and who handled negotiations for Nova with potential outside funders.434 Whether or not Mr. Adamescu had a formal written power of attorney when he undertook these functions, the fact remains that he is the individual who de facto has been directing Nova in the initial steps of this arbitration.
Moreover, the function of party representative does not cease once outside counsel is hired and potential funding mechanisms assured. In any complicated case, counsel requires the assistance of someone on behalf of the "client" who can direct it to potential sources of evidence, reach out to potential witnesses to ask them to cooperate with counsel to prepare written testimony, make judgment calls regarding strategy and tactics, and more generally ensure that outside counsel are proceeding in accordance with the client’s instructions. These functions, important in any case, are particularly critical given the realities of this one. Among other things, the fact that Astra and accordingly its files are now under the control of a liquidator may make it particularly challenging for Nova to assemble documentary records, which puts a particular premium on a knowledgeable client representative who can direct counsel to other sources of evidence. The same is at least as true regarding identifying potential witnesses who are both informed and willing to cooperate in Nova’s case, particularly given the climate in Romania associated with the various criminal proceedings. Only a client representative who has a prior relationship with potential witnesses is likely to be able to assist outside counsel in making the necessary outreach.
The Tribunal accepts that Alexander Adamescu has been performing these additional functions since the inception of the case,435 and has the unique capacity to continue to perform them on Nova’s behalf, particularly following Dan Adamescu’s death. During his examination, Mr. Adamescu was able to identify easily and confidently various individuals with whom he had worked (or whom he had a role in hiring) at Astra and in connection with Nova’s other Romanian investments.436 There is no credible suggestion that anyone else associated with Nova has a similar set of relationships with the relevant personnel in Romania, so as to be able to assist counsel in presenting Nova’s case if Alexander Adamescu could not do so.437 While Romania previously suggested that Mr. W [REDACTED] could instruct counsel,438 the impossibility of his meaningfully doing so was made clear at the recent hearing, which (as noted) resulted in Romania’s own counsel accusing Mr. W [REDACTED] of being a mere "puppet" for Mr. Adamescu.439 While the Tribunal does not accept, at this stage, such a characterization of Mr. W [REDACTED] role, it does accept that Mr. W [REDACTED] has neither the background knowledge, relationships, Romanian language or available time to perform the necessary party representative functions on Nova’s behalf. Indeed, to date he apparently has not been involved either in the selection of Nova’s counsel, negotiations with potential funders, or the management of the arbitration process.440
Given all of the above, the question remaining is not whether Alexander Adamescu is critical to Nova’s ability to prosecute its case; the Tribunal finds that he is. The question is whether he could continue to perform the key functions of Nova’s party representative from incarceration in Romania. On that issue, the Tribunal has little difficulty concluding that he could not. Even if conditions of access and confidentiality could be assured sufficient to enable Nova’s counsel to complete the more limited task of assisting Mr. Adamescu with the preparation of written witness statements, far greater fluidity of access would be required for him to provide meaningful direction and feedback to counsel regarding the ongoing shaping of the case. Without reliable, confidential access to the inevitable and ongoing stream of email or telephone communications arising from a complex, investor-state arbitration, or the ability to meet frequently in person on relatively short notice and for extended periods of time, it is difficult to see how such functions effectively could be performed. And even if these obstacles could be overcome regarding communications with Nova’s counsel, they still would not allow Mr. Adamescu to perform the other important function of reaching out to potential witnesses on Nova’s behalf, to request their cooperation with Nova’s counsel by providing their own testimony or arranging access to written documentation. It is not credible that he could perform this outreach to potential witnesses from behind bars. Finally, there have been no assurances from Romania that it would release Mr. Adamescu from incarceration (even with appropriate supervision) not only for the full two weeks presently reserved for the merits hearing in this case, but also for the additional time needed for a party representative to assist counsel with final preparations for such hearings.
For these reasons, the Tribunal concludes that the first factor under a provisional measures analysis, "necessity," is met regarding Nova’s request for a measure recommending that Romania (a) withdraw the European Arrest Warrant and associated extradition request issued for Alexander Adamescu, and (b) refrain from issuing any other European Arrest Warrant or extradition request related to the subject matter of this arbitration, while the arbitration remains pending.
By contrast, Nova has not demonstrated any compelling need for the additional measure it requests under this general heading, namely that Romania (a) withdraw its own preventative arrest warrant for Mr. Adamescu, and (b) refrain from issuing any other domestic warrant. The Tribunal recalls its threshold observation that provisional measure recommendations under Article 47 should not stray beyond the minimum necessary to meet the objectives of the Convention. In the absence of any outstanding European Arrest Warrant or associated extradition request, it does not appear that Mr. Adamescu’s ability to serve as either witness or party representative on Nova’s behalf would be endangered by maintaining the Romanian preventative arrest warrant in effect, provided he does not voluntarily return to Romania. That scenario appears highly unlikely given the current circumstances, at least absent a broader recommendation by the Tribunal (which for reasons below, it declines to issue) that Romania suspend all domestic criminal proceedings underway involving Nova’s investments in Romania or Mr. Adamescu personally. Moreover, a recommendation that a State withdraw a domestic arrest warrant applicable within its own borders would be a far greater intrusion into its sovereignty than one that it refrain, for a time, from pursuing requests to another country to alter the status quo by extraditing someone not presently within its borders. The Tribunal sees no present need for such a recommendation, and therefore omits it from its further discussion of the remaining factors for provisional measures, namely urgency and proportionality,

b. Urgency

The Tribunal also finds that the requirement of urgency is met with regard to the issue of extradition, in the sense that the recommendation is needed prior to issuance of an award. The evidence is that Alexander Adamescu’s extradition hearing is scheduled for 24 April 2017. Nova argues that if the English court upholds the request, he could be extradited to Romania between seven and 17 days after the decision.441 While a possibility of appeal exists, this appears to be a matter of discretion (requiring the court to grant an application for permission to appeal, which must be filed within seven days after the decision).442
It is certainly possible that the combination of a slow decision from the first instance court, combined with permission to appeal, could postpone any final extradition order for some time. However, that time certainly would not extend beyond the period the Parties have requested here to get to a hearing on the merits, now scheduled for March of 2019. As discussed further below, the Tribunal has pressed the Parties more than once, including at the First Session and again at the hearing on the Application, to shorten the time requested to complete this case, but both Parties have insisted that this case requires a fairly lengthy period of preparation. Romania in particular maintained, as recently as 3 March 2017, that it required all of the time it originally had requested, and could not agree to any shortening of the arbitration schedule.443 In these circumstances it is apparent that a recommendation regarding extradition will be needed long prior to issuance of an award in this case.
Nor does the Tribunal consider it a workable solution first to wait to see the decision of the English courts, and then issue its recommendation only in the event that they order Mr. Adamescu’s extradition. At this point, the status quo is simply that a request has been made by Romania for extradition, which itself (if granted) would constitute a significant alteration of the status quo. The Tribunal has authority pursuant to Article 47 to recommend that Romania withdraw its pending request if the "circumstances so require," which the Tribunal has found to be the case. But it is far less clear how such a recommendation could be implemented after the English courts have ordered Mr. Adamescu’s extradition, at which time that outcome becomes an edict of the English courts, and not simply a pending request from Romania. The Tribunal does not have authority to recommend that the English courts rescind such an order.
In short, the Tribunal concludes that a recommendation now is consistent both with the requirement of urgency, and with the principle the Tribunal enunciated at the beginning of this decision, namely that tribunals should recommend only the minimum steps necessary to meet the objectives set out in the Convention. Deferring the issue now, and returning to it later when the situation potentially could be far more complicated, would not be consistent with that principle.

c. Proportionality

The Tribunal is mindful of the importance of weighing the prejudice to Romania from a recommendation of any provisional measure against the prejudice to Nova from not recommending that measure. To this end, it asked Romania at the hearing to address the nature of the harm it might suffer from a possible suspension of extradition pending completion of this arbitration.444 In its response, taken together with its prior written briefing, Romania has identified four basic categories of harm, which the Tribunal addresses seriatim below.
First and foremost, Romania argues that a provisional measure of this nature would show disrespect for its sovereign right to proceed with what it considers to be fully legitimate and well-justified criminal proceedings.445 Connected to this argument is the suggestion that recommending any measure would reflect doubt about the legitimacy of the domestic proceedings, and therefore would signal that the Tribunal had prejudged the merits of Nova’s claim that Romania has improperly pursued Mr. Adamescu, which Romania hotly contests.446 The Tribunal does not accept these objections. First, as noted above, any recommendation of provisional measures against a State by definition (and to some extent) intrudes on sovereign discretion, but Article 47 contemplates that possibility, and Contracting States consent to that possibility in advance. The mere fact that a particular recommendation would impose on sovereign discretion thus cannot be sufficient basis for finding the measure disproportionate. As for the concern about prejudging, the Tribunal emphasizes that it has made no findings (nor even any preliminary assessment) of the legitimacy or illegitimacy of Romania’s charges against Mr. Adamescu. Its concern is solely to protect the ability of both Parties to present meaningful arguments and evidence on this issue, as explained at length above.
Second, Romania argues that any suspension of its efforts to extradite Mr. Adamescu would delay the completion of the criminal proceedings against him, with the result that "justice is delayed."447 The Tribunal accepts this general proposition. However, concerns about delay must be considered in the context of specific circumstances, in order to assess the extent and nature of the burdens thereby imposed. Here, those circumstances include the fact that for roughly 18 months (between mid-2014 and late 2015) Romania apparently took no further steps to try to locate and pursue Mr. Adamescu on the bribery charges for which he was indicted.448 The Tribunal acknowledges Romania’s complaints about the difficulties of perfecting personal service of a summons on Mr. Adamescu, but those complaints (which Nova disputes)449 relate to the efforts it made before and after this 18-month gap, not to why it apparently suspended efforts for so long in between. In particular, Romania has not explained why - if delay was a significant concern - it waited until June 2016 to issue a European Arrest Warrant for Mr. Adamescu.
The Tribunal also notes Romania’s insistence that it already has gathered substantial evidence against Mr. Adamescu related to the pending criminal proceedings.450 Romania has not suggested that deferring his extradition until the conclusion of this arbitration would jeopardize the availability or use of any such evidence later. Nor has Romania suggested that there is any concern about a statute of limitations, such that a delay in extradition could prevent it from resuming its prosecution later. Nova specifically argued that Romania could resume the proceedings later,451 and Romania has not responded to the point.
Finally, while the delay in extradition that would be occasioned by a provisional measure in this case certainly would be longer than that in Lao Holdings - where the application was heard shortly before final hearings452 - that reality must be balanced against the Parties’ shared responsibility for the length of these proceedings. The Application was filed in June 2016 along the Request for Arbitration, but the Tribunal was not constituted for five months thereafter, until November 2016. As noted in Section III, since that time the Tribunal has pressed the Parties repeatedly - including both generally during the First Session,453 and again at the hearing on the Application in the specific context of a possible recommendation regarding extradition454 - to work towards a tighter procedural schedule that would enable the case to move to merits hearings much earlier than March 2019. During the First Session, both Parties insisted that a longer than usual schedule was needed, both because the case was complex and because of various scheduling constraints, specifically including certain other commitments of Romania’s counsel.455 More recently, during the hearing on the Application, Nova indicated some willingness to accept shorter deadlines contingent on Romania’s reciprocal agreement,456 but Romania insisted that it required all of the time it originally had requested, and could not agree to any shortening of the schedule.457 In these circumstances, the Tribunal is not inclined to weigh too heavily Romania’s complaints about the length of disruption that would be created by a provisional measure tied to the conclusion of this ICSID arbitration.
The third category of prejudice Romania presents is that a delay in Mr. Adamescu’s extradition would prevent it from questioning him about the pending investigations as well as possible additional instances of wrongdoing by him or others.458 However, the Tribunal notes that Romania has asked the UK Home Office to question Mr. Adamescu on its behalf in connection with both the bribery charges and the Abuse of Office proceedings, through available procedures for mutual legal assistance.459 Mr. Adamescu’s lawyers apparently have opposed that request on the basis that it is inconsistent with Romania’s concomitant request to extradite him.460 With the pending extradition request withdrawn pursuant to a Tribunal recommendation, this ground for resisting compliance would be moot. The Tribunal therefore would expect Mr. Adamescu to work cooperatively with the Home Office or other relevant UK authorities to provide answers to questions posed by them (as intermediaries) at the request of Romanian authorities.
Romania’s last stated concern relates to Mr. Adamescu’s potential flight from the UK to another jurisdiction that does not permit extradition to Romania.461 The Tribunal accepts that the UK bail conditions currently protecting against flight were imposed in consequence of Mr. Adamescu’s arrest pursuant to the European Arrest Warrant, and if that warrant (and its associated extradition request) were withdrawn or otherwise suspended, the bail conditions presumably would be lifted. This would leave Mr. Adamescu free to depart from the UK unless other protective measures are put in place. The Tribunal makes no findings regarding the likelihood of flight, but it does accept that preventing any such possibility is an important element of preserving the status quo, and mitigating the prejudice to Romania of a provisional measure. Such mitigation is part and parcel of ensuring that any provisional measure has no broader consequence than the minimum necessary to achieve the purposes of the ICSID Convention.
During the hearing, the Tribunal therefore explored, both with Nova and with Mr. Adamescu personally under oath, the possibility of specific undertakings to the Tribunal regarding flight, coupled with specific mechanisms to enforce those undertakings. Mr. Adamescu confirmed under oath both the undertakings requested and his willingness to abide by certain practical restrictions on his movement during the course of these proceedings.462 In particular, Mr. Adamescu indicated his agreement that unless and until the Tribunal modified these conditions, he would:

a. not travel outside of England, Scotland or Wales by any means whatsoever,463 except to Washington, D.C. for the merits hearing in this case;464

b. immediately surrender his German passport if and when returned by the UK authorities who presently hold it, for sequestration by an independent institution or law firm performing this function on behalf of the Tribunal;465

c. accept that the custodian of the passport would permit access to it only for such purposes and under such conditions of supervision as the Tribunal approves;466

d. not apply for any substitute passport or other identification card that could be used for international travel;467 and

e. notify the German Embassy in London and the German Consulate in Scotland in writing of the undertaking not to apply for any replacement passport or identification card.468

The Tribunal considers these to be appropriate safeguards, and will work with the Parties promptly, following this Decision, to put the relevant mechanisms in place. The Tribunal adds to this list a sixth requirement that the UK authorities presently holding Mr. Adamescu’s passport be notified promptly of his agreement that:

a. they not release it until such time as the Tribunal certifies that the substitute custodial arrangements have been put into place, and

b. then release it directly to the custodian, so as to protect against the possibility of any inadvertent release directly to Mr. Adamescu.

The Tribunal’s decision to recommend a provisional measure regarding extradition is strictly conditional on Mr. Adamescu’s compliance with these undertakings and mechanisms. Should any violation occur, the Tribunal may rescind immediately its provisional measures recommendation, resulting in Romania’s freedom to issue a new European Arrest Warrant and to take any other measures appropriate for Mr. Adamescu’s apprehension and extradition. The Tribunal also may consider any other request for appropriate recommendations under Article 47, or appropriate other sanctions within its inherent powers (including but not limited to allocation of costs and/or the taking of adverse inferences). The Tribunal cannot underscore enough the seriousness with which it expects both Nova and Mr. Adamescu to abide by the undertakings and mechanisms discussed herein, in recognition of the Tribunal’s decision to recommend this provisional measure. The strict conditions attached to this recommendation are an integral and necessary part of the Tribunal’s conclusion that Nova’s need for the recommendation outweighs any potential harm alleged by Romania from making it.

d. Conclusion

For the reasons stated above, the Tribunal grants the requested measure insofar as it seeks a recommendation that Romania (a) withdraw (or otherwise suspend operation of) the transmission of European Arrest Warrant Ref. 3576/2/2016 by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and associated request for extradition submitted to the Home Office of the United Kingdom on 6 June 2016, and (b) refrain from reissuing or transmitting this or any other European Arrest Warrant or other request for extradition for Alexander Adamescu related to the subject matter of this arbitration while this case remains pending. These recommendations are conditional upon Mr. Adamescu’s strict compliance with the undertakings and mechanisms outlined above, to preserve the status quo and prevent any departure from England, Scotland or Wales during the pendency of this case, except as necessary to attend an arbitration hearing in Washington, D.C.
By contrast, the Tribunal denies the requested measure insofar as it seeks a recommendation that Romania (a) withdraw its domestic preventive arrest warrant No. 13/UP issued on 19 May for Alexander Adamescu, and (b) refrain from issuing any other domestic warrant.

(2) The Criminal Proceedings

Nova requests that the Tribunal order Romania to:

suspend all criminal proceedings related to the present arbitration, including Cases No. 577/P/2015, 578/P/2015 and 929/P/2016 and refrain from recommencing or initiating criminal proceedings against Nova’s investments in Romania or the officers of the investment companies, including Alexander Adamescu....

The Tribunal addresses this request on the basis both of the status quo (that Alexander Adamescu is currently in London and not Romania) and on the assumption that Romania will comply with the Tribunal’s recommendation, explained above, with regard to his extradition to Romania. On this basis, the Tribunal interprets the requested measures to seek a recommendation of suspension of the pending criminal proceedings even in his absence from Romania, as well as a recommendation that Romania not pursue any other criminal proceedings against any Nova investment in Romania or any officer of the investment companies, including but not limited to Mr. Adamescu.
This is a very broad request that extends far beyond securing Mr. Adamescu’s personal ability to participate in this case from outside Romania. If granted, it would effect a significant intrusion into Romania’s sovereign right to pursue criminal proceedings within its borders, against entities and individuals also presently within its borders. It also would effect a significant change to the status quo, which includes the fact of pending proceedings within Romania’s borders. This is quite different from the prior request which can be seen as simply preserving the status quo, i.e., that Mr. Adamescu is in the UK under strict restrictions preventing foreign travel, but would face criminal proceedings in Romania if he were to return. Given the very broad scope of this requested measure, as well as the corresponding burden on Romania that would factor into any analysis of proportionality, the Tribunal would expect only the most exceptional circumstances of necessity and urgency to be able to outweigh such burdens and thereby justify a recommendation of this nature.
In this case, Nova alleges several distinct reasons why the measure purportedly is necessary. The first concerns Mr. Adamescu’s own ability to travel to Romania: Nova argues that "[e]ven without incarceration, Romania’s measures are continuing to worsen the dispute and destroy Nova’s investments because Alexander Adamescu is effectively prevented from travelling to Romania to coordinate his and Nova’s defence in legal proceedings in Romania, and to manage Nova’s business and investments."469
As to the first argument - that Mr. Adamescu’s absence from Romania hampers coordination of "his and Nova’s defence" in Romanian proceedings - the Tribunal observes that its central focus is the integrity of these ICSID proceedings. The Tribunal does not have a broad remit to protect the ability of parties (or individuals connected to parties) to participate in one manner or another in domestic proceedings.470 With regard to the ICSID proceedings, moreover, Nova has not demonstrated that Mr. Adamescu’s return to Romania is either necessary or urgent in order for it to prepare and present its ICSID case. While the Tribunal has no doubt that Nova’s case preparation would be easier if Mr. Adamescu could meet in person with potential witnesses and physically assist with collection of documents in Romania, there has been no showing that these functions could not be accomplished with his providing direction and guidance from London by telephone, email or other means.
The other suggested reason for Mr. Adamescu’s required return to Romania, i.e., that it is required to manage Nova’s investments, equally falls far short of the high threshold for demonstrating