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GAR 100 - 9th Edition

Kachwaha & Partners

18 February 2016

A small Indian firm headed by a leading name

People in Who’s Who Legal: 1
Pending cases as counsel: 5
Value of pending counsel work: US$400 million
Treaty cases: 0
Current arbitrator appointments: 6 (of which 4 are as sole or chair)
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 also 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 SIACand has been appointed as sole arbitrator by the Delhi High Court’s International Arbitration Centre in five cases.

Major clients include India’s Aditya Birla Group and Japan’s J-Power. The firm’s recent engagements include representing Sharma Fabricators in a London-seated ICC arbitration against an Abu Dhabi company; representing Anglo American Metallurgical Coal against an Indian public sector company in a US$80 million breach of contract caseand representing TANROADS, a Tanzanian government enterprise, against Indian contractors in a Tanzania-seated arbitration under UNCITRAL rules.

In 2015, it won a US$106 million award in an ICC dispute between an Australian company and Indian public sector undertaking.

The firm says it is committed to furthering arbitration scholarship in India and runs a competition to write articles relating 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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