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GAR 100 - 11th Edition

Kachwaha & Partners

05 April 2018

The small Indian firm won big for a Qatari government entity

People in Who’s Who Legal 1
Pending cases as counsel 5
Value of pending counsel work US$1.7 billion
Treaty cases 0
Current arbitrator appointments
1 (of which 0 are 
as sole or chai
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator  1

Founded in 2002, Kachwaha & Partners is a five-partner full-service outfit with offices in Mumbai and New Delhi, where its international arbitration practice is based.

Headed by founder Sumeet Kachwaha, the practice includes partners Dharmendra Rautray and Ashok Sagar.

Kachwaha serves as vice president of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group and as a member of the advisory board of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, where he is on the panel of arbitrators.

He is also on the panels of the HKIAC and SIAC and has been appointed as sole arbitrator by the Delhi High Court’s International Arbitration Centre in five cases.

Who uses it?

Major clients include India’s Aditya Birla Group and Japan’s J-Power. The firm has acted for Sharma Fabricators in a London-seated ICC case against an Abu Dhabi company; Anglo American Metallurgical Coal against an Indian public sector company in a US$80 million dispute; and Tanroads, a Tanzanian government enterprise, in a Tanzania-seated UNCITRAL claim against Indian contractors.

Track record

In 2016, the firm helped a Qatari government-owned company win a US$197 million award and successfully defended the award in the Delhi High Court.

It also obtained a US$12 million award in a construction matter relating to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games that was upheld in the courts.

An earlier victory saw Kachwaha win a US$106 million award in an ICC dispute between an Australian company and an Indian public sector undertaking in 2015, which has now been upheld in the courts.

Recent events

Current work includes a US$65 million SIAC arbitration between British and Middle Eastern parties, and a number of construction arbitrations worth a cumulative US$1.5 billion.

The firm is committed to furthering arbitration scholarship in India and runs a competition to write articles relating to the field. It also acts as the regional organiser and sponsor of the South Asia rounds for the FDI International Arbitration moot.

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