Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Respondent/Cross-Appellant) v Guaidó Board" of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Appellant/Cross-Respondent)
Case ID: 2020/0195
Whether the UK Government has recognised Interim President Guaido as Head of State of Venezuela and, if so, whether any challenge to the validity of Mr Guaido’s appointments to the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela is justiciable in an English court.
Mr Maduro was re-elected President of Venezuela in May 2018. Mr Guaido is the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela. Mr Guaido claims that the May 2018 election was flawed and that he is Interim President of Venezuela.
Both parties have appointed different Boards to the Central Bank of Venezuela. These Boards have issued conflicting instructions concerning nearly US$1 billon of Venezuela’s international reserves, held in the Bank of England’s vaults, and approximately US$120 million held by court-appointed receivers on behalf of the Central Bank of Venezuela, following a payment from Deutsche Bank under a swap contract.
The High Court ordered a trial to determine whether the Guaido Board or the Maduro Board had control over the disputed sums. The High Court found for the Guaido Board. The Maduro Board successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal. The Guaido Board now appeals to the Supreme Court.
"Guaidó Board" of the Central Bank of Venezuela
"Maduro Board" of the Central Bank of Venezuela
Lord Reed, Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Hamblen, Lord Leggatt
Hearing start date
19 July 2021
Hearing finish date
22 July 2021
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20 December 2021
 UKSC 57
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