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India Dispute Resolution Forum

An advanced forum discussing complex, multi-jurisdictional arbitration
and court cases involving Indian parties. 

6 & 7th June 2022 - In Person at The Oval Cricket Ground

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Featured speakers

Lord (David) Wolfson of Tredegar QC
Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
One Essex Court

Lord Wolfson was born in Liverpool in 1968. He went to King David High School, Liverpool and then spent a year at Yeshiva HaKotel in Jerusalem. Lord Wolfson read Oriental Studies and Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, graduating in 1991.

Lord Wolfson attended the Inns of Court School of Law, where he was awarded an Inns of Court Scholarship, as well as a Major Scholarship from the Inner Temple. Lord Wolfson was Called to the Bar at Inner Temple in October 1992, where he is now a Bencher. Lord Wolfson practised in commercial law, from Chambers at One Essex Court, Temple.

Lord Wolfson was instructed in many of the major banking and commercial disputes in recent years, and his practice extended over a broad range of commercial law, both in litigation and international arbitration. David also sat as an arbitrator in both domestic and international disputes.

Prior to joining the Government, David was awarded “Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year 2020” by The Legal 500, and also “Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year” in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020.


Lord (David) Wolfson of Tredegar QC
Lord (David) Wolfson of Tredegar QC Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
One Essex Court
Gourab Banerji, SA
Door Tenant at Essex Court Chambers
Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India (India)

Gourab Banerji is a Senior Advocate appearing in varied cases before the Indian courts and in many domestic and international arbitrations in India and overseas. He is an alumnus of Cambridge University, from where he graduated with First Class Honours, and has been practicing in India since 1990.

Gourab has developed his practice mainly before the Supreme Court of India as a Senior Counsel with an emphasis on commercial matters, and particularly commercial arbitration.

He appears as counsel in a large number of domestic and international commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations in India and overseas and routinely appears before the Indian courts on behalf of clients seeking enforcement of foreign awards. He is regularly briefed by leading private companies as also Indian Public Sector Undertakings.

Currently, a private legal practitioner, Gourab has also been a government legal officer, both at the Federal and the Provincial levels. While Additional Solicitor General for the Union of India, Gourab represented the Government of India in a number of sensitive and landmark cases. In Republic of Italy v Union of India [2013] 4 SCC 721, the Supreme Court held that India had concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute the Italian marines accused of shooting Indian fishermen within the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.

(India)


Gourab Banerji, SA
Gourab Banerji, SA Door Tenant at Essex Court Chambers
Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India (India)
Gaurav Pachnanda SA
Manager, Chambers of Mr. Gaurav Pachnanda
Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court India (India)

Gaurav Pachnanda is an experienced Senior Advocate at the Indian Bar (2011), whose practice includes a wide range of commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work; with a significant multi-jurisdictional component.

He is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer at the Singapore International Commercial Court (September 2016).

Gaurav is a Door Tenant at Fountain Court Chambers, London and Singapore, where his practice includes a wide range of commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work; with a significant multi-jurisdictional component.

(India)


 Gaurav Pachnanda SA
Gaurav Pachnanda SA Manager, Chambers of Mr. Gaurav Pachnanda
Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court India (India)
Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
President (Legal) and General Counsel
Hinduja Group Ltd.

Abhijit Mukhopadhyay is the President (Legal) and General Counsel of the Hinduja Group and is involved in the Group’s worldwide legal matters based in the Group’s Headquarters in London. He is a Board Director in Group companies in seven countries. Previously, he worked in India as Company Secretary and General Counsel in several major companies. Abhijit graduated in Commerce (Honours), Law from the UK and India and Company and Chartered Secretaryship from India and the UK. Abhijit has been listed in the top 50 legal professionals, top 25 GCs, Legal 500 most powerful lists and also in the list of top 99 General Counsels from 31 countries.

The Hinduja Group employs 150,000 people in 60 countries with a global annual turnover of USD 15 billion. Abhijit was the Vice Chairman of the ICC’s Arbitration Commission and a member of its Steering Committee in Paris. He is on the Advisory Council of CCLS, Queen Mary University of London, an Executive Committee Member of the IBF, Confederation of Indian Industry, UK and Liaison Officer of the International Bar Association’s global Corporate Counsel Forum.  He has spoken globally and published articles in many countries.


Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
Abhijit Mukhopadhyay President (Legal) and General Counsel
Hinduja Group Ltd.
Nakul Dewan SA
Barrister
Twenty Essex (Singapore)

Nakul practises from Singapore, Delhi and London. He accepts appointments both as counsel, for international arbitration and international litigation, and as arbitrator.

He specialises in disputes and international law advice relating to banking and finance, construction and engineering, corporate (joint venture/shareholder/partnership disputes), international commercial law (including media and telecommunications), mining, energy and natural resources.

Nakul brings a significant level of experience to complex trials, interim applications, injunctions, appellate hearings, jurisdictional disputes and enforcement matters. He has appeared as counsel in setting aside and enforcement proceedings relating to international arbitration awards in all three jurisdictions.

He has been appointed as arbitrator by the SIAC, ICC and LCIA, and also accepts ad hoc appointments.

(Singapore)


Nakul Dewan SA
Nakul Dewan SA Barrister
Twenty Essex (Singapore)
Shaneen Parikh
Partner, Head of International Arbitration
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (India)

Shaneen has over 25 years of experience in complex commercial disputes and focuses on arbitration (both domestic and international) having handled cases before various institutions, and foreign seats.  She has also represented clients in various courts and tribunal across India, including the NCLT, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. She is a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and on the Arbitration Council of the MCIA.

She handles commercial litigation in disputes relating to commercial contracts, shareholder issues, infrastructure, power and construction projects, financial and structured products, infrastructure, power and construction projects and white-collar crime. She is actively involved in dispute resolution-related initiatives in India, having spoken at various events and authored several articles. She assisted a leading Indian Chamber of Commerce in drafting its rules of arbitration, conciliation and mediation.

She is an active member of the board of Magic Bus, a global charity which equips young people to move out of poverty by completing secondary education and getting their first job.


Shaneen Parikh
Shaneen Parikh Partner, Head of International Arbitration
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (India)
Zarir Bharucha
Managing Partner
ZBA Advocates & Solicitors (India)

Zarir, a third-generation lawyer is a leading dispute resolution professional in India, with over 20 years’ experience and previously worked at magic circle firm, Linklaters in London. Zarir has acted in a number of ground breaking cases in the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court of India and regularly litigates international disputes in courts and tribunals throughout India. Zarir is also nominated by the LCIA as an arbitrator on India related disputes and has frequently given expert evidence in foreign arbitration and before courts outside India. Ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.


Zarir Bharucha
Zarir Bharucha Managing Partner
ZBA Advocates & Solicitors (India)
Ritin Rai SA
Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India
7 KBW (India)

Admitted

1995 India; 1999 New York

Designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India – March 2019

Ritin started his career in 1998 as an Associate in the Business Practice Group of Jones Day in its Cleveland office before relocating to India to practice corporate law.  He transitioned to a disputes practice in 2004 when he joined the Chambers of Ashok H. Desai, a Senior Advocate and formerly Attorney General for India. Ritin has been designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 2019.

Ritin brings his experience as a corporate lawyer to bear on a variety of commercial and regulatory disputes, including in company, competition, insolvency and telecommunications law.  His practice spans appearances in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi, the commercial tribunals situate in Delhi and before arbitral tribunals.

Ritin accepts instructions to appear both as counsel and as arbitrator in arbitral disputes, and as an Indian law expert in courts or forums outside India. Ritin is on SIAC’s panel of arbitrators.  He is a member of the ICC India Arbitration Group and the India Rapporteur for the 3rd Edition of the “ICC Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention”.

Ritin also teaches a course on the practice of commercial disputes at the Jindal Global Law School where he has been appointed Honorary Adjunct Professor of Law and Distinguished Professor of Legal Practice.

(India)


Ritin Rai SA
Ritin Rai SA Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India
7 KBW (India)
Suruchi Suri
Partner, Litigation
Suri and Company (India)

Ms. Suruchi Suri graduated from ILS Law College, Pune in 2004. She began her career at the Chambers of Late Mr. Goolam Vahanvati, the then Solicitor General of India and Former Attorney General for India. Ms. Suri then moved on to become part of leading law firms in their litigation and arbitration teams. 

Ms. Suri has expertise in infrastructure laws, corporate and commercial laws for Ports, Electricity distribution companies, Banks and corporates. Ms Suri. appears regularly before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts in India and specialized tribunals such as the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, the Competition Appellate Tribunal, the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) as well as arbitral tribunals. Her areas of interest include commercial arbitration, litigation and infrastructure laws.


Suruchi Suri
Suruchi Suri Partner, Litigation
Suri and Company (India)
Prashant Mara
Managing Partner
BTG Legal (India)

Prashant Mara is a commercial and regulatory lawyer specializing in investigations and dispute resolution. He heads the disputes and business crime team at BTG Legal and has been helping clients manage risk and protect their interests for close to 20 years. His clients are from across a range of sectors including technology, energy, defence, automotive, aviation, industrials, pharma, and chemicals.

Prashant works closely with in-house counsel and business teams to understand risks and plan for dispute resolution that is most efficacious and efficient for his clients. His particular specialization in foreign investment-related disputes, technology (including cybercrime) and engineering disputes, public procurement, and white-collar crime enable him to advise his clients on both civil and criminal defence/prosecution. Further, he spends a lot of his time providing board-level compliance and crisis response advice including dispute management and acting as the interface between his clients and the regulator.

Prashant was previously co-head of the India Group at Osborne Clarke in London and Cologne and prior to that ran the India desk of a Franco-American firm in Paris. He started his career as in-house counsel in Infosys and managed their European legal operations. Prashant is qualified to practice in India and read law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

(India)


Prashant Mara
Prashant Mara Managing Partner
BTG Legal (India)
Naresh Thacker
Partner
Economic Laws Practice (India)

Naresh has over 20 years of experience in litigation, international arbitration and mediation; particularly in large infrastructure project arbitrations and post M&A arbitrations, corporate litigation, commercial disputes, regulatory and tax disputes and white-collar crimes. Over the years he has handled a number international and national arbitration cases as counsel under the Rules of ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, Swiss Rules and Ad-Hoc proceedings for both domestic as well as multinational clients.

Recognitions:

Benchmark Litigation's Asia Pacific 2021 Edition: Litigation Star

Top Individual Lawyers: India Forbes 2020 Legal Powerlist 2020

(India)


Naresh Thacker
Naresh Thacker Partner
Economic Laws Practice (India)
Sonali Mathur
Partner
AZB Partners (India)

Sonali Mathur has 13 years of experience and specialises in Dispute Resolution. She has represented clients in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. Sonali advises on complex commercial and corporate litigation, environmental litigation, employment disputes, insolvency disputes and regulatory matters, including securities litigation. She has also engaged clients on potential investigations of fraud, corruption, and bid–rigging by regulatory bodies. Her experience ranges across various sectors including infrastructure projects, non renewable, and renewable energy, insurance, telecom and intellectual property. Sonali holds an LL.M. degree from the Columbia University School of Law, New York.

(India)


Sonali Mathur
Sonali Mathur Partner
AZB Partners (India)
Prateek Bagaria
Partner
Singularity Legal (India)

Prateek Bagaria is a partner at Singularity Legal. He has a decade-long experience in international dispute resolution with strong focus on international arbitration, complex litigation, and global enforcement & recovery. He specialises in advising energy & resources, construction & infrastructure and shipping & trade companies, and institutional investors in shareholder and joint venture disputes, operational disputes and sovereign disputes. He acts as a strategic counsel in cross-border investments, and joint venture and trade deals. He also represents athletes and sports federations in anti-doping and other sports disputes. He has a passion for advising on laws governing radical technologies and businesses.


Prateek Bagaria
Prateek Bagaria Partner
Singularity Legal (India)
Ila Kapoor
Partner
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Advocates & Solicitors (India)

Ila Kapoor is a Partner with the Firm’s Dispute Resolution practice. Ila specializes in both foreign seated and domestic arbitrations.

Ila has worked on international arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) as well as UNCITRAL and other rules.  She regularly appears and argues before arbitral tribunals and Indian courts to represent her clients in complex commercial transactions.

Ila is a member of various coveted associations including the New York Bar Association, Commercial Bar Association (COMbar) and Indian Arbitration Forum (IAF). She is often invited to speak at public events, seminars and conferences to share her expertise and insights.

Prior to joining the Firm, she was an associate at a leading international law firm in New York. She has interned at the Appellate Body, World Trade Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland and the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France.

 


Ila Kapoor
Ila Kapoor Partner
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Advocates & Solicitors (India)
Sameer Tapia
Founder & Senior Partner
ALMT Legal (India)

Sameer is a founder & senior partner of ALMT Legal Advocates & Solicitors which was set up in the UK as the first Indian law firm and practice with now offices in Mumbai and Bangalore.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Commerce from the Bombay University and with a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the prestigious Government Law College, Mumbai he trained with the renowned law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas before he set up ALMT Legal in London on 10th January 2000. Sameer has acted for several multinational clients located globally and pursuing litigation claims in India. He has been retained by several corporates advising them on commercial contracts, risk insurance and liability, regulatory and claims. He has also advised media, corporate and business entities and has represented them and appeared in various Courts of India.

Sameer speaks at international conferences and has submitted papers on Indian law, and is a regular invitee and guest speaker at law schools/colleges and other institutions in India. His articles have been published in the International Bar News, India Business Law Journal and various other chamber publications.

He has been awarded the Who's Who Lawyer of the year award for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012 and 13 and 2019 - 2020. The Indian Lawyer 250, a guide to the leading business law firms of India had featured Sameer amongst the top 40 individual leading lawyers under the age of 45 years in India. Sameer has won and been awarded several other accolades to his credit as also is a guest speaker at several Law Colleges in India.


Sameer Tapia
Sameer Tapia Founder & Senior Partner
ALMT Legal (India)
Ankur Khandelwal
Advocate
Supreme Court of India (India)

Ankur Khandelwal is a Dispute Resolution Partner in the New Delhi/Gurgaon office. Highly experienced in various commercial dispute resolutions (litigations and arbitrations), Ankur has also been deeply involved in the white-collar crimes/criminal defense practice. Ankur has experience of advising clients from diverse sectors such as pharmaceutical and healthcare, hospitality, e-commerce, banking and finance, construction & infrastructure, etc. He advises multinational and domestic clients on a variety of complex litigation issues and is also engaged by clients for formulating and advising comprehensive litigation strategies. He regularly argues matters before the Supreme Court, High Court of Delhi, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and other tribunals and fora.

Due to his rich dispute resolution experience, Ankur is also engaged for advising on various transactions at different stages, including deal negotiations and policy consultations. During the last few years, Ankur has been extensively advising clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, representing the clients in various litigations, and also advising them on myriad regulatory, advisory and policy issues.


Ankur Khandelwal
Ankur Khandelwal Advocate
Supreme Court of India (India)
Ashish Bhan
Partner
Trilegal (India)

Ashish Bhan is Partner at Trilegal and drives the firm’s commercial litigation, arbitration and white-collar practice. He represents Indian and multinational clients in corporate and commercial disputes before various courts and tribunals in India and various international arbitral tribunals.

He regularly acts for international defence companies, telecom and broadcasting companies, infrastructure majors, funds and commercial banks, high net worth individuals and a wide variety of clients in several high-profile disputes. He has been arguing commercial disputes for telecom companies, funds, and infrastructure companies in various arbitration proceedings and arbitration-related court proceedings, including at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and London Court of International Arbitration, and has acted as an Indian law expert in a AAA Arbitration in the US. Ashish has in the past advised clients on bilateral investment disputes with the Government of India and other nations. He regularly advises clients on insolvency issues and has successfully represented in resolution processes of leading non-banking financial institutions in the country.


Ashish Bhan
Ashish Bhan Partner
Trilegal (India)
Prashanto Chandra Sen
Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India (India)

Prashanto Chandra Sen completed his B.A in History (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi. He completed LLB from the University of Delhi and the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from University of Oxford, UK.(1996)

He commenced practice in the litigation department of the leading corporate law firm, Amarchand Mangaldas before joining the Chambers of Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior Advocate and Parliamentarian and former Addition Solicitor General of India. He established his independent practice in 2004 and was designated Senior Advocate in 2017.

Prashanto's principal practice area is commercial litigation,arbitration, administrative and Constitutional Law. He appears in the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts of India, as also before National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), National Company Law Tribunal, (NCLT), Appellate Tribunal For Electricity ( APTEL), Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the National Green Tribunal (NGT).


Prashanto Chandra Sen
Prashanto Chandra Sen Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India (India)
Promod Nair
Senior Advocate
Arista Chambers

Pramod has completed a LLM, University of Cambridge, (2001-2002) and a B.A., LL.B.(Hons.), National Law School of India University (1996-2001). 

Pramod has conducted arbitrations in various jurisdictions in Europe and Asia and under various institutional rules such as those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He has also represented the Republic of India in arbitrations commenced under Bilateral Investment Treaties and has also represented India at the United Nations.

 Pramod is an arbitrator to arbitrate disputes under the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, LCIA India and HKIAC-administered Rules and in ad-hoc arbitrations and was a member of the LCIA Court between 2013 and 2018. He is the current Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and a member of the Advisory Council of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration.

Pramod has been named as a leading arbitration practitioner by Global Arbitration Review (2012-2017), ranked in the list of the top 45 global practitioners of arbitration under the age of 45 (Who’s Who Legal 2016-2019) and as one of India’s top 100 lawyers (India Business Law Journal 2016 and 2017).


Promod Nair
Promod Nair Senior Advocate
Arista Chambers
Sushmita Gandhi
Partner
IndusLaw (India)

Sushmita has 15 years of extensive experience of handling a variety of commercial disputes including insolvency & restructuring matters and arbitrations including construction contracts arbitrations. She has advised lenders, borrowers, advisors and other intermediaries in complex local and cross-border financing transactions across major debt financing disciplines.

Sushmita has handled a number of domestic and international arbitrations, representing clients in institutional arbitrations in India and abroad and she has also advised on corporate and commercial disputes, appearing before a variety of forums, courts and tribunals. In particular, she has expertise in handling proceedings against some of the biggest debt defaulters in India. Sushmita has extensive experience in insolvency litigation and does a lot of advisory work relating to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

Sushmita has been enlisted as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal500 Asia Pacific edition, 2022 in the field of Litigation, white collar crimes and Insolvency and Bankruptcy. She was recognized as one of the top individual lawyers in the field of Arbitration and Insolvency and Bankruptcy in the very first edition of Forbes-Legiquest Legal Powerlist 2020. LexTalk World Forum awarded Sushmita the “Top 50 legal Falcons” in 2020. Sushmita has also been nominated by RSG for its “EmergingLeader50” 2019. She regularly features in client recommendations given to several legal research journals such as Legal500, ALB, IFLR and RSG. Sushmita has authored articles and publications on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Banking laws etc. which are published by leading journals such as India Business Law Journal, SCC Online; Manupatra and Mondaq. She is a regular speaker on the subject at various events and summit and her views on various legal issues are often published in leading newspapers.


Sushmita Gandhi
Sushmita Gandhi Partner
IndusLaw (India)

Other expert speakers

The Hon. Mr Justice Knowles
Judge
High Court of England and Wales

Sir Robin Knowles CBE commenced practice at the Bar in 1984, and was appointed a QC in 1999. His practice was in commercial, financial, company and insolvency law. He became the Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association of England & Wales and of Advocate (the Bar Pro Bono Unit) and the National Pro Bono Centre.

In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Recorder, a Recorder in 2000 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2007, sitting in the Crown Court, the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court. He is a qualified mediator and has sat as an arbitrator. He became a High Court Judge in 2014.Sir Robin is the Judge with day-to-day responsibility for the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts, and is a board member of the Financial Markets Law Committee. He has served as Chairman of the International Committee of the Judicial College and as a member of the Civil Justice Council. Through the pandemic he chaired the cross-sector MR’s Working Group on possession proceedings. Within the HMCTS Reform Programme he chairs the Litigants in Person Engagement Group (LIPEG).


The Hon. Mr Justice Knowles
The Hon. Mr Justice Knowles Judge
High Court of England and Wales
Priyanka Kapoor
Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)

Priyanka Kapoor specialises in multi-jurisdictional financial crime and regulatory matters.

She has extensive experience of all issues related to bribery and corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, economic sanctions and fraud. She has particular expertise in conducting complex internal investigations, and defending companies and individuals in regulatory investigations, both domestic and cross-border. She has worked on some of the most complex and high profile investigations in Asia. Priyanka regularly assists corporates, financial institutions and individuals with governance and compliance issues, helping identify and mitigate business risk. She also advises on due diligence in the context of cross-border corporate exercises and on the engagement of foreign agents and consultants.


Priyanka Kapoor
Priyanka Kapoor Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)
Arish Bharucha
Partner
Howard Kennedy

Arish is a Solicitor-Advocate who has been recognised by the leading legal directories for international arbitration, commercial litigation and civil fraud disputes. He is Chair of the firm’s India Group and has strong personal and professional links with the country.

Arish has considerable experience of, and expertise in, advising international and domestic clients on a range of high value and complex contentious matters.

He has acted on a wide array of commercial disputes in English seated arbitrations (under the LCIA, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules) and in the English Courts, including cases involving civil fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, complex contractual claims, negligence claims, economic torts, shareholder, joint venture and partnership disputes, and jurisdictional battles (amongst others). Arish has advised on cases across many industry sectors including commodities, technology, energy, banking and financial services, engineering and pharmaceuticals.

Arish advises clients (both corporates and individuals) from all over the world and most of his cases have an international dimension. He has a particular interest in, and focus on, India-related disputes and spearheads the firm’s India group, visiting India regularly to develop and maintain the firm’s connections there. Arish is also dual qualified as a lawyer in Delhi.

Prior to joining Howard Kennedy, Arish trained at, and was an Associate in the Litigation & Arbitration Division of, Herbert Smith Freehills and subsequently practised at the specialist dispute resolution firm, Cooke, Young & Keidan.

Arish read Law and History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Lizette Bentwich prize for law. Arish also has an LLM in Law from University College London, where he was awarded the Chief Justice Scholarship.


Arish Bharucha
Arish Bharucha Partner
Howard Kennedy
Srishti Jain
Associate
Keidan Harrison LLP

Srishti is a commercial disputes lawyer with a focus on international arbitration. Srishti has a particular interest in and focus on India-related disputes and she continues to develop and maintain connections in the region.

Srishti’s practice focuses on complex, cross-border, high-value commercial disputes including both litigation and international arbitration. Srishti has considerable experience in advising clients (both corporates and high net worth individuals) globally on contractual and shareholder/joint venture disputes, fraud and asset tracing matters, insolvency issues, interim relief applications, jurisdictional matters and enforcement actions. She has acted as counsel for multinational clients in commercial disputes before various courts and tribunals in India and the US as well as in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under various arbitral rules (including the ICC, SIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules). In addition, Srishti has substantial experience in advising and representing investors and states in investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID rules.

Srishti’s experience spans a number of sectors, including banking, mining, oil and gas, energy, telecommunications, construction and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. Her work has included disputes across various jurisdictions, including Africa, India, Singapore, Turkey, South Korea, Middle East, England and the Americas.

Srishti is also experienced in ADR, including both mediations and without prejudice negotiations. Prior to joining Keidan Harrison LLP, Srishti worked at the London office of LALIVE, Debevoise & Plimpton and Three Crowns. Before moving to London in 2017, she was a disputes associate at Trilegal, a leading law firm in India and Stokes Wagner, a boutique disputes firm in New York. She is admitted to practice in England & Wales, New York and India.


 Srishti Jain
Srishti Jain Associate
Keidan Harrison LLP
Shivani Sanghi
Partner, Dispute Resolution
Fieldfisher

Shivani has extensive experience in creatively and strategically resolving complex, high-value cross-border International Arbitrations and Litigations, working with clients across multiple jurisdictions including India, UK, Russia, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and the Balkan region. She has significant experience in Emergency Arbitrations, and in matters involving fraud, conspiracy, and world-wide freezing injunctions.

Shivani acts for corporates and high-net worth individuals in a variety of sectors, including media, hotels, energy, telecoms, banking, private equity, pharma, and software technology, and has represented clients in many high-profile cases before the English courts, including the Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court.  She has also acted for clients in complex high-stake arbitrations, under the rules of various arbitration institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, SCC and SIAC, in venues around the world. She has previously practiced as an Advocate in Delhi at specialist Indian disputes law firm Sanghi & Co and has experience of the Indian courts including the Indian Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court.


Shivani Sanghi
Shivani Sanghi Partner, Dispute Resolution
Fieldfisher
Montek Mayal
Damages and valuation expert | Partner; Practice Head - Asia & Middle East,
Osborne Partners

Prior to joining Osborne Partners, Montek was a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting's Economic and Financial Consulting segment. Whilst there, he was also responsible for building and leading their Indian practice. He previously served on the board of a joint venture with Intel Capital in the field of robotic surgeries in India and also served as the interim CEO for a major travel services company.

Montek has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Colgate University and is a CFA and CVA Charterholder. He has a broad range of experience in issues including valuation of businesses and shares in relation to intellectual property disputes and valuations, shareholder and joint venture disputes, private equity investments, investment treaty claims, calculation of lost profits and wasted costs, spectrum auctions and market, financial and economic analysis, research and study. He has developed and designed a number of quantitative models to value and forecast different aspects of businesses. His industry experience encompasses energy and power products, consumer and branded goods, real estate, hospitality, industrial gases, oil and gas, mining, petrochemicals, diversified and industrial materials, TMT, financial services, travel, and aviation, among others.

Montek has been appointed as an expert in domestic and international arbitrations and in competition matters on over 100 occasions, both in India and globally. He has testified before tribunals over 25 times since 2017, on claims ranging from USD 5 million to over USD 1.5 billion. Montek was recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Who's Who Legal's Arbitration Review ‘Expert Witnesses’ for 2021 and 2022. Montek is one of 28 practitioners, globally, recognised in this listing who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources. Montek has also been identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration as one of the leading global expert witnesses from 2017 to 2022. 


Montek Mayal
Montek Mayal Damages and valuation expert | Partner; Practice Head - Asia & Middle East,
Osborne Partners
Harshiv Thakerar
Chief Investment Officer
Asertis

HARSHIV IS AN EXPERIENCED INVESTMENT MANAGER, BUSINESS OWNER AND LITIGATION SOLICITOR.

Most recently, Harshiv headed the litigation funding division at Global Growth Cap and, prior to that, was head of commercial litigation at Augusta Ventures. He qualified as a litigation solicitor at Mishcon de Reya and has founded and invested in businesses in the real estate and tech sectors.

Harshiv holds an LLB (Hons) and is a practising solicitor in England.


Harshiv Thakerar
Harshiv Thakerar Chief Investment Officer
Asertis
Vivek Kapoor
Barrister
39 Essex Chambers (UK)

Year of call: 2008 (India) 2018 (England & Wales)

Vivek acts as counsel and advocate in large scale, complex and high value commercial disputes and investor-state disputes. He has particular expertise in disputes arising from energy, mining and natural resources, infrastructure, construction and engineering, manufacturing, telecom and technology sectors. He has extensive experience of advising and representing private and state-owned entities from India, south-east Asia, Russia and CIS, Africa, and Middle East in disputes governed by a variety of common and civil law regimes, and public international law. Vivek has full rights of audience in the Indian courts, and has successfully represented private parties, both Indian and Fortune 500 multinational corporations, before the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts of various States in India


Vivek Kapoor
Vivek Kapoor Barrister
39 Essex Chambers (UK)
Sherina Petit
Head of India Practice; Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Sherina Petit is an international arbitration lawyer and leads the practice across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She also heads the firm's India practice. Besides arbitration, she has significant experience in investor state disputes resolution, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and litigation. In addition to acting as counsel in arbitrations, she regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Sherina has a wide range of experience in all key aspects of international arbitration across a broad range of industries, including: energy; construction; oil and gas; trade; transport; pharmaceuticals; commodities; finance; and technology. She represents international clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, including those before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

Sherina is on the board of the LCIA, the ICC Indian Arbitration Group and the SIAC Users Council. She is also on the executive board of the European Federation of Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) having recently retired as its Chairperson. Sherina is also on the Steering Committee of the Pledge for Equal Representation for Women in Arbitration.

Sherina has co-authored chapters of numerous books including Arbitration in England edited by Julian Lew QC, Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India edited by Nakul Dewan; and The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards, edited by J William Rowley QC, Emmanuel Gaillard and Gordon E Kaiser. 

Besides being qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, Sherina completed her Bachelor of Laws degree in India and her Master of Law degree at King's College, London.

Sherina has vast international experience, having practised across multiple jurisdictions. She qualified as an Advocate in India whilst working at a leading law firm in Mumbai (now non-practising). She was awarded her England and Wales qualification whilst training at a magic circle firm in London, and subsequently spent six years as an associate in the international arbitration team at another international law firm London before joining us in 2009.


Sherina Petit
Sherina Petit Head of India Practice; Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Kamal Shah
Partner
Stephenson Harwood

Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood's Africa and India groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset recovery. Kamal is highly regarded by his peers and clients in his abilities in multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Kamal acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking and finance, shareholder arrangements, energy and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations.

Kamal is highly ranked in the legal directories including The Legal 500 UK, Chambers (UK, global and Asia Pacific) and IFLR1000. “Kamal Shah is highly experienced in Africa and India-related arbitrations” (Chambers UK 2020, international arbitration) and “he understands the continent” (Chambers Global 2019, Dispute resolution Africa-wide). He was named as a leading international arbitration practitioner in "Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders 2017 - 2020" and has been recognised in Africa’s 30 Arbitration Powerlist 2020 and The Legal 500's Powerlists for arbitration and Africa for 2019. In addition to being a LCIA Court Member, Kamal is currently the president of the LCIA African Users Council. He has also been listed in India Business Law Journal's top 100 international lawyers for India-related matters. The Legal 500 UK 2021 notes that "Kamal Shah stands out as the most outstanding personality at Stephenson Harwood. His demeanour and responses are always insightful and full of solution thinking and that makes him a leader."

Kamal co-published the text of the ‘African Promise’, which seeks to tackle the under-representation of Africans on international arbitration tribunals. He is also the co-author of the leading text "Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions".


Kamal Shah
Kamal Shah Partner
Stephenson Harwood
Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly
Partner
TLT LLP

Kanika is a Partner in TLT’s Banking & Restructuring Team.  Her main area of expertise is contentious insolvency, often involving aspects of fraud and cross border asset recovery. She is heavily involved in the firm’s India practice and co-leads TLT’s India Group. She has a specific focus on matters relating to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (in India) and work flowing from that, both in the UK and abroad. Her reputation in this field continues to grow as evidenced by the numerous invitations she continues to get to present to regulatory authorities such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (on the topic of personal insolvency and cross border insolvency) as well as more generally at conferences. A significant part of Kanika’s practice involves working alongside the financial services disputes and investigations team at TLT on enforcement and recovery work for several of the Indian banks located in London but also back in India.


Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly
Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly Partner
TLT LLP
Karthik Balisagar
Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting

Karthik Balisagar is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in London. He is a member of the Economic and Financial Consulting segment. He also leads the FTI Consulting Economic and Financial practice in India. Karthik has 16 years’ experience in valuation and transaction consulting. At FTI Consulting, Karthik specialises in valuation issues in the context of international arbitration and litigation.

Over the years, Karthik has advised banks, private equity firms, institutional investors and corporates in both contentious and non-contentious valuation matters across various industries, including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, mining and technology. Karthik has been appointed as an expert witness in numerous litigation and arbitration matters. Karthik has prepared or assisted with the preparation of expert reports for submission to Singapore, UK, Dutch and EU courts, as well as in arbitrations under ICC, HKIAC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules. Karthik also regularly delivers training courses to law firms on the quantification of damages, valuation, and cross-examining of expert witnesses.

In non-contentious matters, Karthik has advised clients in valuing their equity portfolios, loan books and management incentive structures, as well as conducting purchase price allocations, impairment reviews and valuations related to M&A transactions.


 Karthik Balisagar
Karthik Balisagar Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting
Prashan Patel
Director
Grant Thornton

I am a director in our insolvency and asset recovery team dealing with contentious assignments. I specialise in global asset tracing, recovery, and enforcement, where I use insolvency and civil procedures as powerful tools to recover hidden and misappropriated assets to maximise financial recoveries for stakeholders.

My work typically involves multiple onshore/offshore insolvency appointments – liquidations, bankruptcies, and receiverships – where I coordinate enforcement and asset recovery strategy across multiple jurisdictions, including India, the Middle East, the UK, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Offshore Financial Centres, and the US.

I have extensive experience working with Indian and Middle Eastern financial institutions, corporates, and lawyers, in enforcing non-performing loans, judgments, and arbitration awards. I often act on a contingent basis where I share the costs and rewards of recovery.

I have recently been working with Grant Thornton India to help grow and develop its asset recovery and insolvency business in light of recent legislative changes in India. The recovery of assets related to Indian fraud or bad debts outside of the jurisdiction is a particular interest and focus.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, hiking and spending time outdoors.


Prashan Patel
Prashan Patel Director
Grant Thornton
David Welford
Partner
Ogier

David is a partner in Ogier's BVI Dispute Resolution team and a barrister with broad experience of commercial and financial disputes, with a focus on cross-border company, trusts and insolvency matters. He has extensive advocacy experience before the BVI Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal.


David Welford
David Welford Partner
Ogier
Paul Gair
Partner
TLT LLP

Paul is a partner in the Banking & Financial Services Litigation team in our London office having qualified in 2006. He has particular experience of disputes involving a range of complex financial products, trade finance issues, fraud and insolvency as well as contentious regulatory matters.

Paul has completed two secondments with Barclays Bank, most recently spending eight months with the Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement team working on regulatory investigations and a variety of litigation matters across the Corporate and Investment Bank. He previously spent seven months with the Bank's Global Retail and Corporate Bank Litigation team.


Paul Gair
Paul Gair Partner
TLT LLP
KV Krishnaprasad
Barrister
One Essex Court

KV Krishnaprasad is a member of the commercial heavyweight set One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC). His practice covers all aspects of commercial dispute resolution. Krishna recently appeared (led by Lord Pannick QC) for the Danish Tax Authority, the successful appellant, in the Court of Appeal ([2022] EWCA Civ 234) (The Lawyer’s Top 10 Appeals of 2022). He continues to act at first instance in the £1.5 billion fraud claim against nearly 80 defendants in what was described as “one of the largest and most complex pieces of litigation to be heard in the Commercial Court” (The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2021). Other recent instructions include Dame Elizabeth’s Gloster’s independent investigation into the FCA and a four-week Commercial Court trial defending a c.£350 million claim acting for Legal & General (led by Orlando Gledhill QC).

 

Before Krishna was called to the Bar, he researched and taught the law of restitution at Oxford. His work on the subject was cited with approval in Equitas Insurance Ltd v Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 718.

 

Krishna is also qualified to practice in India and is able to advise on commercial disputes involving Indian law.


KV Krishnaprasad
KV Krishnaprasad Barrister
One Essex Court
Rohit Singhal
Chief Executive Officer and Construction Dispute Expert
Masin (India)

Rohit Singhal is the Chief Executive Officer of Masin, which is one of the leading international construction arbitration expert firm. Mr. Singhal has over 25 years
of international experience involving construction contract disputes, expert testimony and project management. Rohit Singhal has extensive arbitration
and expert appointment experience and has been appointed as expert witness more than 50 times on delay, technical and quantum matters for construction arbitrations.

Mr. Singhal has presented and published numerous articles and undertaken several speaking assignments on the subjects of claims, schedule and damage analyses and claims prevention in construction and engineering projects. He has been awarded with prestigious “Outstanding Expert of the Year Award 2019” by International Arbitrators & Experts in Engineering Sector (IAEE), UAE. Before Masin, Mr. Singhal was Chief Executive Officer for a major international oil & gas EPC contractor. In this role, he had the responsibility for managing the profit & loss account of the company worth USD 0.5 billion in India & MENA region.


Rohit Singhal
Rohit Singhal Chief Executive Officer and Construction Dispute Expert
Masin (India)
Michael Harrington
Managing Director
Mintz Group, Mumbai Office

Michael Harrington is the Managing Director of the Mintz Group’s Mumbai office, and he oversees the firm’s activities in South Asia. He has been a corporate investigator for more than a decade and specializes in cross-border intelligence and fact-gathering for sensitive pre-transactional and dispute-related investigations.

Michael has managed hundreds of matters around the globe and conducted fieldwork in a dozen countries across Asia while based in the firm’s Mumbai and Hong Kong offices. Prior to working in Asia, Michael was part of the firm’s practice group that conducts Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption investigations globally, and he frequently worked on matters in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He vetted third parties in these regions on behalf of multinationals across several sectors and researched the backgrounds and relationships of aid recipients for international organizations. Formerly based in New York and Washington, DC, Michael has also conducted background checks on companies and individuals in the United States.


Michael Harrington
Michael Harrington Managing Director
Mintz Group, Mumbai Office
Niranjan Venkatesan
Barrister
One Essex Court

Niranjan is a barrister practising from the pre-eminent commercial law set, One Essex Court (the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC).  He has substantial appellate experience, having appeared on numerous occasions in the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal in cases involving complex questions of law.  He has also acted in high-value cases in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division and in international arbitration.  He is described in the legal directors as “exceptionally talented” and as “one of the most in-demand juniors at the moment”. Before joining One Essex Court, Niranjan practised at the commercial Bar in India (the Chambers of Mr Arvind Datar SC) and acted in several complex commercial and tax cases in various High Courts and in the Supreme Court of India.  Niranjan read and taught law at Oxford, where he was a Vinerian, Eldon and Rhodes Scholar.   


Niranjan Venkatesan
Niranjan Venkatesan Barrister
One Essex Court
Arun Mal
Senior Associate
Allen & Overy (Singapore)

Arun Mal is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (England and Wales) in the Allen & Overy Hong Kong office specialising in international arbitration and is currently on a short-term secondment to Allen & Overy’s London office.

He has acted in cross-border commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC and SIAC rules. He has experience in disputes in the automobiles, finance, energy, mining, construction, electronics and tobacco sectors. He has dealt with matters involving various jurisdictions, including India, Australia, China, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, the Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Arun serves as an Associate Editor of the recently launched Indian Review of International Arbitration.


Arun Mal
Arun Mal Senior Associate
Allen & Overy (Singapore)
Shourav Lahiri
Barrister
Atkin Chambers

Shourav is a specialist construction and international arbitration lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising on energy and infrastructure disputes. He represents clients in the onshore and offshore oil & gas, petrochemicals, power, infrastructure and building sectors on the procurement, design, engineering and construction of major projects. He has also represented Asian companies in investigations and sanctions proceedings brought by the World Bank.

Shourav has practised law in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Dubai and Beijing. He has appeared as counsel in court, arbitrations and mediations in Asia-Pacific, the Gulf States and Europe. In addition to England and Wales, he is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, and also has full rights of audience in the courts of Singapore and the Dubai International Financial Centre.

He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, on the panel of arbitrators of DIAC and BANI (Indonesia’s National Arbitration Centre) and on the Advisory Council of the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre’s New Delhi centre.


Shourav Lahiri
Shourav Lahiri Barrister
Atkin Chambers

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