Gautam Bhattacharyya

Reed Smith

Gautam specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation, especially in the fields of energy, projects, and infrastructure, banking and financial services, and corporate and commercial law disputes. He has been a partner in the firm since 2000 and is the former Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office. He also co-leads our Indian Business Team.

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.


Meenakshi Arora

Senior Advocate

Rajendra Barot

AZB & Partners

Madhur Baya

Lex Arbitri

Marezban Bharucha

Bharucha & Partners

Zarir Bharucha


Percival Billimoria

Chambers of P S Billimoria

Michael Black QC

XXIV Old Buildings

Anand Desai

DSK Legal

Vyapak Desai

Nishith Desai Associates

Ricky Diwan QC

Essex Court Chambers

Janak Dwarkadas

Senior Advocate

Shreyas Jayasimha

Aarna Law

Sanjeev Kapoor

Khaitan & Co

Tejas Karia

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Ankit Khushu

Kachwaha & Partners

Shourav Lahiri

Reed Smith

Sachin Mandlik

Mandlik & Partners

Montek Mayal

FTI Consulting

Promod Nair

Arista Chambers

Alishan Naqvee


Quentin Pak

Burford Capital

Shaneen Parikh

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Amir Singh Pasrich

ILA Pasrich & Co

Ritin Rai

Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India

Dipen Sabharwal QC

White & Case

Cyril Shroff

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Kiran Sequeira

Versant Partners

David Brynmor Thomas QC

39 Essex Street

Vivek Vashi

Vashi & Vashi

Antony White QC

Matrix Chambers


8:30: Welcome coffee and registration

9:30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

9.40: Session one: Fireside chat: the 2018 Arbitration Bill: a force for good in Indian arbitration?

In this interview style session, two leading practitioners in Indian arbitration will discuss areas such as:

  • Whether the changes proposed in the 2018 Arbitration Bill need re-thinking
  • What are the impacts of Indian case law in interpreting the amendments in the 2015 Arbitration Act?
  • What can India learn from other jurisdictions?

Percival Billimoria, Chambers of P S Billimoria
Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate

Anand Desai, DSK Legal
Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law
Tejas Karia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

10.40: Session two: The role of third-party funding in Indian arbitrations

In this session our esteemed panel will discuss the role of third-party funding in Indian arbitration.

Topics our panel is expected to discuss include:

  • The state of the market and the options available
  • India-specific issues of third-party funding
  • International experiences and perspectives

Shaneen Parikh, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Alishan Naqvee, LexCounsel
Montek Mayal, FTI Consulting
Quentin Pak, Burford Capital
Dipen Sabharwal QC, White & Case
Kiran Sequeira, Versant Partners
Vivek Vashi, Vashi & Vashi

11.40: Coffee break

12.10: Session three: Can overseas parties now rest easy on the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in India?

Topics our panel is expected to discuss include:

  • What caused this problem in the first place?
  • Shifts in the attitude and approach of the Indian courts
  • What more can be done to refresh international mindsets on enforcement in India?

Ritin Rai, Senior Advocate

Marezban Bharucha, Bharucha & Partners
Sanjeev Kapoor, Khaitan & Co
Ankit Khushu, Kachwaha & Partners
Sachin Mandlik, Mandlik & Partners
David Brynmor Thomas QC, 39 Essex Street

13.25: Networking lunch

14.30: Session four: Some “sunrise” issues in arbitration

Our panel will consider recent and developing issues in arbitration and how best to address them. Topics speakers are expected to discuss include:

  • The challenges and effects of new technology and data privacy on international arbitration
  • Does confidentiality have any place in modern-day arbitration?
  • Is the end near for investment treaty arbitration?

Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith 

Madhur Baya, Lex Arbitri
Vyapak Desai, Nishith Desai Associates
Ricky Diwan QC, Essex Court Chambers
Shourav Lahiri, Reed Smith
Promod Nair, Arista Chambers
Antony White QC, Matrix Chambers

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 India can establish itself as an internationally accepted centre for international arbitration within the next five years.”

Rajendra Barot, AZB & Partners
Michael Black QC, XXIV Old Buildings
Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

For the motion:
Meenakshi Arora, Senior Advocate
Amir Singh Pasrich, ILA Pasrich & Co

Against the motion:
Zarir Bharucha, Zarir Bharucha & Associates
Janak Dwarkadas, Senior Advocate

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 


Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, CR 2 Nariman Point, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021, India


  • "Topics were of utmost relevance. All the speakers were well versed with the issues in arbitration" Akshita Bhargava, M Mulla Associates  

  • "Exceptional. A careful selection of speakers ensured a highly intellectual and forward thinking discussion." Amir Khan, Chambers of PS Billimoria

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