A popular choice for Indian disputes
Arista Chambers was founded in Bangalore in 2014 by four lawyers led by Promod Nair, formerly of Herbert Smith Freehills in London and Indian firm J Sagar Associates. It gained a fifth lawyer in 2015 with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Vikas Mahendra, a colleague of Nair’s from his time there.
Nair enjoys a strong reputation in the UK as well as India, having practised in London for four years. On his return to India, he was one of the lawyers that represented LCIA India as an amicus curiae before the Indian Supreme Court in the groundbreaking Balco case.
He became a member of the LCIA Court in 2013 and has had an active role in LCIA India’s revision of its procedures to reflect the new LCIA Rules.
Three years in, Arista has already gained some big international clients, including IBM, Nissan, GE, Rolls-Royce, ABB and Airbus, which have instructed the firm in disputes with Indian private and public sector entities.
The firm is a popular choice as co-counsel for international firms. It has worked with Allen & Overy in arbitrations in Singapore and Herbert Smith Freehills in matters arising out of a desalination plant project in India. It has also worked alongside South Korean firm Kim & Chang in arbitration-related litigation before the Bombay High Court.
Members of the practice serve as arbitrators and Nair has been appointed to tribunals seated in India and Hong Kong.
In 2016, Nair was one of eight leading Indian lawyers appointed to serve on the domestic council of the new Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration. He also served as one of the arbitrators in the centre’s first case.