Coverage

GAR Live India - in pictures

GAR Live India - in pictures

09 March 2020

The second GAR Live India took place at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi on 29 February. Photos of the event are now available.

Fali Nariman gets lifetime achievement award at GAR Live India

Fali Nariman gets lifetime achievement award at GAR Live India

09 March 2020

GAR Live India in Delhi saw Fali Nariman receive a lifetime achievement award and share wisdom on what makes a good arbitrator, while others recounted memories and anecdotes.

“A thousand yearnings”: Do India’s reforms go far enough?

“A thousand yearnings”: Do India’s reforms go far enough?

20 March 2020

At GAR Live India in Delhi, a panel considered the country’s recent arbitration reforms and whether they represent a missed opportunity. Haaris Fazili of DMD Advocates reports.

FILM: Justice Rohinton Nariman’s keynote speech at GAR Live India

FILM: Justice Rohinton Nariman’s keynote speech at GAR Live India

20 March 2020

Justice Rohinton Nariman – the “face of public confidence” in the Supreme Court in India – delivered the keynote speech at GAR Live India. A video of his speech is now available.

Chairs

Gautam Bhattacharyya

Reed Smith

Gautam Bhattacharyya has been a partner at Reed Smith since 2000, and specialises in international arbitration and related litigation. Gautam is a vice-chair of Reed Smith’s international arbitration practice and jointly heads the firm’s India Group. He is a member of the firm’s global board, its Executive Committee.

Shyam Divan

Senior Advocate

Shyam Divan, senior advocate, practices before the Supreme Court of India. His areas of practice cover constitutional law and most branches of civil litigation including banking, securities law, arbitration, administrative law and environmental law.

Lifetime Award

Fali Sam Nariman

Past President of the Bar Association of India and Jurist

FALI S. NARIMAN is a Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India. He was inducted as a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) from 1988 to 2003, and was the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Geneva, from 1995 to 1997, and functioned as Vice-President of the ICC Court of International Arbitration, Paris, from 1989 to 2005. He was elected President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) from 1994 to 2002, and since then has been designated its Honorary President.

Keynote Speaker

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman

Supreme Court of India

Justice Nariman has delivered landmark judgments in virtually every branch of the law. In constitutional law, his judgment striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has been acknowledged as a classic judgment on freedom of speech. 

Speakers

Anuradha Agnihotri

Trilegal

Rajendra Barot

AZB & Partners

Zarir Bharucha

ZBA

Lalit Bhasin

Bhasin & Company, and president of the Society of Indian Law Firms and the Bar Association of India

Michael Black QC

XXIV Old Buildings

David Brynmor Thomas QC

39 Essex Chambers

Karan Singh Chandhiok

Chandhiok & Associates

Vyapak Desai

Nishith Desai Associates

Nakul Dewan

Twenty Essex

Madhavi Goradia Divan

Additional Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India

Niti Dixit

S&R Associates

Sneha Jaisingh

Bharucha & Partners

Shreyas Jayasimha

Aarna Law

Ila Kapoor

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Sanjeev Kapoor

Khaitan & Co.

Padmaja Kaul

IndusLaw

Ankit Khushu

Kachwaha & Partners

Quentin Pak

Burford Capital

Shaneen Parikh

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Ritin Rai

7KBW

Dipen Sabharwal QC

White & Case

Neeti Sachdeva

Secretary General and Registrar at Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC

36 Stone

Atul Sharma

Link Legal

Bellur Narayanaswamy Srikrishna

Retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Independent Arbitrator

Taeko Suzuki

Nishimura & Asahi

Kunal Vajani

Blackrobe Chambers

Karishma Vora

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Programme

8:30: Welcome coffee and registration

9:00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

9.10: Session one: The Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive: are discordant approaches hindering the growth of arbitration practice in India?  

Our esteemed panel will discuss recent arbitration reforms in India and ask whether this was a missed opportunity to go further. Questions our panel are expected to discuss are:

  • What issues remain and what more needs to be done?
  • Will the Arbitration Council of India be capable of being a super regulator or facilitator of arbitration in India. How have the courts dealt with the matters before them?
  • How has jurisprudence developed and what does the future look like?

Moderator:
Rajendra Barot, AZB & Partners

Panel:
Zarir Bharucha, ZBA
Vyapak Desai, Nishith Desai Associates
Niti Dixit, S&R Associates
Sneha Jaisingh, Bharucha & Partners
Shaneen Parikh, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

10.10: Keynote address by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman

10.40: Session two: Diversity in arbitration  

In 2018 the International Arbitration Survey identified five areas for improvement in diversity - age, culture, ethnicity, gender and geography. Excellent initiatives like the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge and the Women in Arbitration Initiative are aiming to close the gap, but are they enough? The world of arbitrators needs to be more closely aligned to the consumer base which it is serving. Our esteemed panel will examine what can be done to improve diversity within arbitration and where the sector currently is. 

Moderator:
Ila Kapoor, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Panel:
Anuradha Agnihotri, Trilegal
Madhavi Goradia Divan, Additional Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India
Ritin Rai, 7KBW
Neeti Sachdeva, Secretary General and Registrar at Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration
Kunal Vajani, Blackrobe Chambers

11.40: Coffee break

12.10: Session three: The GAR Live Question Time

A twist on our usual Tylney Hall format. A panel of distinguished arbitrators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance of the session.

Moderators:
Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

Panel:
Michael Black QC, XXIV Old Buildings
Bellur Narayanaswamy Srikrishna, Retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Independent Arbitrator
David Brynmor Thomas QC, 39 Essex Chambers

13.25: Networking lunch

14.30: Session four: Efficiency and innovation in arbitration

This session will cover a discussion of developments in arbitration practice regarding efficiency and innovation. Panellists are expected to discuss:

  • What the arbitral institutions have been doing?
  • What revisions are needed to arbitral rules and procedures?
  • Do expedited procedures work well enough?
  • Is the process of documentary disclosure in need of a re-boot, aiming to cut down on delays in the rendering of awards and improve the monitoring and assessment of arbitrators.
  • The use of legal finance as a risk-diversification tool in arbitration proceedings.

Moderator:
Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law

Panel:
Ankit Khushu, Kachwaha & Partners
Quentin Pak, Burford Capital
Dipen Sabharwal QC, White & Case
Taeko Suzuki, Nishimura & Asahi
Atul Sharma, Link Legal

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Session five: The GAR Live Debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This house believes that aspiring Indian international arbitration practitioners need to first work overseas to build their expertise and experience.”

Judges:
Lalit Bhasin, Bhasin & Company, and president of the Society of Indian Law Firms and the Bar Association of India
Karan Singh Chandhiok, Chandhiok & Mahajan
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, 36 Stone

Debaters:
Nakul Dewan, Twenty Essex
Padmaja Kaul, Induslaw
Sanjeev Kapoor, Khaitan & Co
Karishma Vora, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

17.40: Lifetime achievement award 

18.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception

Further Information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email events@globalarbitrationreview.com

Venue

Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, India

Tickets

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