Saturday, 29th February 2020, Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, India

E-mail Tel: +44 203 780 4183


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

President of the Bar Association of India and Jurist

Keynote Speaker

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman

Supreme Court of India


Anuradha Agnihotri


Madhur Baya


Rajendra Barot

AZB & Partners

Zarir Bharucha


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

Karan Chandhiok

Chandhiok & Associates

Vyapak Desai

Nishith Desai Associates

Nakul Dewan SA

Twenty Essex

Niti Dixit

S&R Associates

Padmaja Kaul


Ila Kapoor

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Ankit Khushu

Kachwaha & Partners

Sneha Jaisingh

Bharucha & Partners

Shreyas Jayasimha

Aarna Law

Quentin Pak

Burford Capital

Shaneen Parikh

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Sherina Petit

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dipen Sabharwal QC

White & Case

Neeti Sachdeva

Secretary General and Registrar at Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC

36 Stone

Taeko Suzuki

Nishimura & Asahi

Bellur Narayanaswamy Srikrishna

Retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Independent Arbitrator

David Brynmor Thomas QC

39 Essex Chambers

Ritin Rai SA


Karishma Vora

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square


8:30: Welcome coffee and registration

9:30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

9.40: 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?

Rajendra Barot, AZB & Partners

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

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. 

Sherina Petit, Norton Rose Fulbright 

Anuradha Agnihotri, Trilegal
Ila Kapoor, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Ritin Rai SA, 7KBW
Neeti Sachdeva, Secretary General and Registrar at Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration

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.

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

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.

Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law

Ankit Khushu, Kachwaha & Partners
Quentin Pak, Burford Capital
Dipen Sabharwal QC, White & Case
Taeko Suzuki, Nishimura & Asahi

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.”

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

Madhur Baya, LexArbitri
Nakul Dewan SA, Twenty Essex
Padmaja Kaul, Induslaw
Karishma Vora, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

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

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