About Me

I am a partner in our Dispute Resolution team in Singapore. I specialise in advising on cross-border commercial disputes, with a particular focus on achieving the most practical and commercially viable resolution for my clients.

I am a UK- and India-qualified international dispute resolution lawyer, with a particular focus on advising on arbitration and mediation matters. I also advise clients in investigations regarding anti-bribery and corruption issues. As a part of our India steering group, I also assist international clients with co-ordination of legal advice for their businesses in India, and Indian clients for their international businesses.

I have experience of advising on arbitration matters under many international arbitration Rules, including, AIAC, CIETAC, ICC, LCIA, MCIA, SIAC, SICC and UNCITRAL. While I have a particular focus on disputes emanating from the oil & gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, my advisory and representational experience ranges across many other sectors like, mining, shipping, railways, telecoms, private equity, banking & finance, and hotels & leisure.

I have been fortunate to advise and represent my clients on many critical and high-value disputes, including one of the highest valued claims filed at the SIAC to date (a US$3 billion claim). However, one of the most satisfying aspects of my career has been the client recall and appreciation that my team and I have received. My team has been blessed to have many clients, and opposing parties in some instances, who, based on their experience with us, have come back for advice on other matters.

Besides focusing on my client mandates, I also manage some time to remain an active member of the arbitration community in Singapore, and am involved with arbitration related institutions like the CIArb, SIArb, YSIAC and ICC-YAF. I also sit on SIAC's reserve panel of arbitrators and accept arbitrator appointments.
Experience
  • Advised a leading international shipping terminal management company in three different potential disputes with the owner of a port in western India. Matters related to supply of electricity at the terminal, and use of railway facilities at the port. We managed to secure continued supply of electricity, and usage of the railway facilities, for the client.
  • Advised a group of international Private Equity investors in a potential dispute with an Indian fund manager. The dispute involved issues over poor management of a Mauritius based fund, investing in Indian real estate projects. We managed to secure the interests of the PE investors through a negotiated settlement with the Indian fund manager.
  • Advised the world's leading alcohol manufacturer in handling tax investigations and dawn raids by the Enforcement Directorate in India, in relation to corruption and tax evasion allegations.
  • Advised a European polymer business in conducting investigations to determine the veracity of corruption allegations against employees in charge of the company's manufacturing plant in India.
  • Advised a Middle East based telecom company in disputes arising from the cancellation of 2G mobile telecom licences by the Supreme Court of India.
Cases
  • Advised and successfully represented Sellers of LNG in a price review arbitration concerning long term supply of LNG to Hong Kong, from a major gas field in Western Australia. The dispute arose due to conditions of economic force-majeure, created by the sharp decline in global crude oil prices. The relevant contract did not provide for a mechanism for escalation of price (UNCITRAL arbitration in Hong Kong, governed by English law).
  • Advised and successfully represented an Australian mining company in a US$ 3billion dispute with Indonesian joint venture parties, concerning investments in a copper and gold mine in East Java (SIAC arbitration in Singapore, governed by the laws of Queensland, Australia).
  • Advised and successfully represented a Thai oil and gas company in an expert determination under a Gas Sales Agreement, concerning re-determination of reserves of a gas field offshore Myanmar (expert determination in Myanmar, governed by English law).
  • Advised and successfully represented a global hotel brand in two arbitrations involving illegal termination of a hotel management agreement and a technical services agreement, for the operation of a five star hotel in Mumbai (ad-hoc arbitration in Mumbai, governed by Indian law).
  • Advised and successfully represented a consortium of South Korean and Sri Lankan construction companies, in relation to disputes relating to the delays in construction of a waterfront integrated resort in Sri Lanka (UNCITRAL Arbitration in Singapore, governed by English law).
  • Advised and successfully represented the INEOS Group, in relation to disputes over development of petrochemical facilities for the Essar Group in Gujarat, India (UNCITRAL Arbitration in Singapore, governed by Indian law, with related proceedings in Indian courts).
Education

Studied

  • New York University, LL.M. in International Taxation, May 2009
  • Government Law College, Mumbai University, B.L.S./LL.B., May 2007

Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales (March 2015)
  • Advocate, Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, India (August 2007)
  • Member, SIAC's reserve panel of arbitrators (December 2018)
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A client commented that Akshay is 'very approachable, easy to talk to and reassuring. Akshay has a fantastic ability to make you feel comfortable while asking pertinent questions. He has a strategic approach to all situations and is able to present different perspectives for consideration. All-round great personality with an obvious passion for his work."

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Shortlisted for the Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) category among 23 other lawyers across South East Asia.

Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2021

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