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GAR 100 - 9th Edition

Arista Chambers

17 February 2016

The Indian disputes boutique gained a fifth lawyer

Arista Chambers was founded in 2014 by four lawyers led by Promod Nair, formerly of Herbert Smith Freehills in London and J Sagar Associates in Bangalore.

The boutique is based in Bangalore, with plans to open in Mumbai and Delhi. 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 been playing an active role in LCIA India’s revision of its procedures to reflect the new LCIA Rules.

Although it’s still early days for the practice, Arista already has 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 recently 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.

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