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23 January 2020


The Oberoi, New Delhi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India


8.30am – 6.30pm

In association with

Singh & Associates is an ISO 9001:2008 certified full-service law firm, headquartered in New Delhi. It has a pan-India presence, with offices strategically situated at Mumbai, Bangalore and Gurugram. The firm has four major practice groups which are, litigation and ADR, contracts and transactions, corporate and tax, and intellectual property. The firm has created its own niche by providing quality legal services accompanied with excellent turnaround time and competitive fees. The firm has a strong team of professionals including experienced lawyers (with in-house advocacy expertise), chartered accountants, company secretaries, trade mark attorneys, patent agents, engineers and specialised paralegal staff. Singh & Associates was presented with the Excellence in Professional Services Award 2017 by Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce (IACC). The firm has also been awarded the Law Firm of Year Award at India Legal Awards 2016 and a 'Notable Firm' by Asia Legal Business M&A Rankings 2016, and 2016 also saw the founding partner, Manoj K Singh, featuring as One of the 100 Legal Luminaries of India for the year 2016, described as 'excellent and solution-oriented lawyer' recommended for dispute resolution practice by the renowned The Legal 500. In 2017, WTR1000 has recognised the firm as World's Leading Trademark Professionals.

Tuli & Co was established in 2000 in association with Kennedys to service the Indian and international insurance and reinsurance industry. With offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, the firm undertake work for a cross section of the insurance and reinsurance market and work closely alongside Kennedys’ network of international offices.

Atkin Chambers is a set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, power, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often related to such disputes.

Members have wide experience of courts and tribunals ranging from the Supreme Court to the county court, international and domestic arbitrations, public inquiries, adjudications and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Members also deal with litigation and advice in many jurisdictions around the world. They are frequently appointed as arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators.

Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1,100 people worldwide, including more than 180 partners. Its people are committed to achieving the goals of its clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

Stephenson Harwood assembles teams of bright thinkers to match its clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, the firm delivers pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.

The firm is headquartered in London, with ten offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition, the firm has forged close ties with other high-quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight, and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is India's largest full-service law firm, with about 750 lawyers, including 130 partners, and offices in India’s key business centres of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Chennai.

Our practices include corporate/commercial, banking & finance, capital markets, litigation & dispute resolution, projects, competition law, employment, financial services regulatory, investment funds, intellectual property, private clients, real estate, tax, investigations and TMT, amongst others.

Our clients comprise domestic and foreign commercial enterprises, technology companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, venture capital funds, start-ups and government and regulatory bodies. We have been consistently recognised for our top quality work by leading international as well as domestic publications.


India Disputes Summit 2019
9.00amOpening remarks
9.15amRelational contracts and implied faith in long-term contractual disputes (including role of discovery and computational models used to assess claims)
10.05amReal estate arbitration for private equity funds – a growing trend in Indian disputes
11.00amCoffee break
11.15amThird-party funding: the dos and don’ts of disputes funding in the Indian market
12.05pmPanel discussion: TBC
2.00pmStrategic considerations at different stages of arbitration
  • When you're drafting the contract
  • When you have a dispute
  • Engaging panels
  • Position as an organisation on settling disputes – is there a process in place or is it ad hoc?
  • How much is the board involved?
2.50pmFireside chat: Preparing witnesses in a dispute
3.15pmCoffee break
3.30pmPanel discussion: TBC
4.20pmPanel discussion: TBC
5.15pmClosing remarks
5.30pmDrinks and canapés

Speakers include

Dr Akhil Prasad is Country Counsel India and Company Secretary with Boeing India and is based in New Delhi. In past, he has held the offices of: head of legal and company secretary with Fidelity Worldwide Investment (2007 to 2013); director, India legal affairs and company secretary of The Walt Disney Company India (2005 to 2007); senior attorney and company secretary of General Motors India (2003 to 2005); and assistant general manager legal with Electrolux Kelvinator (2000 to 2002). Prior to these assignments, he has also worked with the legal teams in Modicorp Group (including Modi Xerox and Graphtech India from 1995 to 2000). Akhil has about over 25 years’ experience as an in-house counsel and has worked with legal teams spread across different countries.

Dr Akhil Prasad
Country counsel India and company secretary, Boeing India

Al Rafeeq Moideen heads the legal department of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd as general manager (law). He has extensive experience of more than 23 years in the legal departments of various companies, such as BHEL and HUDCO. His professional approach in conducting arbitrations and litigations has helped him succeed in many significant matters. In MRPL, he provides legal advice to top management in various important corporate transactions. He has legally backed many business restructures and formation of joint ventures. He has comprehensive experience in drafting and negotiating project contracts, particularly in relation to outsourcing. He also takes care of regulatory compliances and legal risk management.

Al Rafeeq Moideen
General manager - law, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd

Amar Sundram is an in-house senior corporate legal professional with wide experience in strategic thinking, the formulation of operational guidelines and complex legal issues. He has worked with the best Indian and multinational business houses including DCM Shriram, Birla, TATA, AT & T, Reliance, Citi and E&Y. A multifaceted professional with 22 years of corporate experience, Amar is currently India head of legal, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and is a member of India ExCo.

Amar Sundram
India head of legal, corporate governance and regulatory affairs, Royal Bank of Scotland

Chandan Garg is senior legal manager at Petronet LNG Ltd, a leading oil and gas company that established India’s first LNG receiving and regasification terminal. Garg has worked in-house for the last 16 years, both at Petronet LNG and Jindal Steel & Power, and has extensive experience handling commercial, regulatory, criminal and civil litigation arbitration proceedings in the steel, power and gas industries at various levels. He also has a wide experience drafting and vetting long-term LNG and gas sale and purchase agreements, cross-border joint ventures and other commercial contracts.

Chandan Garg
Senior legal manager at Petronet LNG Ltd

A post graduate in law with over three decades' experience in the legal function of large corporations, Gopal Naik is currently senior vice president and head of legal and compliance, Mumbai at More Retail Ltd (formerly Aditya Birla Retail). A stalwart in the retail industry, Naik has been honored with several national and international awards. He has been chairperson of the Retailers Association of India Advocacy Committee and also faculty for retail law in B schools.

Gopal Naik
Senior vice president and head of legal and compliance, Mumbai, More Retail Ltd

Mr Manoj K Singh, founding partner of the law firm Singh & Associates, Advocates and Solicitors, specialises in litigation and ADR practice. He has extensive experience and is a name to reckon with for large-scale commercial litigation along with domestic and international ADR matters including ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations. He has successfully undertaken and represented clients in many international arbitrations including under the rules of International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Center, and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Manoj K Singh
Founding partner, Singh & Associates, Advocates and Solicitors

Nitin Mittal is currently working as general counsel, head of legal, compliance and company secretary- South Asia of Signify Innovations India Ltd (formerly Philips Lighting India Ltd). He is part of the India lighting leadership team and part of the growth markets legal team. He also supports business and legal teams in other international markets for various projects and assignments. Prior to joining Philips Lighting, he worked as head of legal, compliance and company secretary for OSRAM India Pvt Ltd where he spent ~10 years in the legal function. There he was responsible for legal and compliance for India, acted as compliance officer for Australia, and supported the APAC compliance team for compliance tasks in the APAC Region. He also served as a director at OSRAM Lighting Private Ltd as part of the carve out project of OSRAM in India. He has a total work experience of around 17 years.

Nitin Mittal
General counsel, head of legal, compliance and company secretary- South Asia, Signify Innovations India Ltd

Rashmi Kathpalia is a Chevening Scholar (UK) and is an MA LLB, admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi in 1988. Rashmi joined Technip India Ltd - a subsidiary of MNC TechnipFMC group (in the oil and gas sector for EPC projects - onshore, offshore and subsea) - as its senior vice president – legal. She heads: legal, corporate secretarial, insurance, compliance and contract management. She also chairs the internal complaints committee on sexual harassment, and is a member of the country management team of India. Rashmi is an advisor on CSR initiatives and is a global investigating officer for TechnipFMC group worldwide. At the time of joining, Rashmi was the sole female management leader on Technip’s India country management committee.

Rashmi Kathpalia
Senior vice president – legal, Technip India Ltd

Rovine Chandrasekera is managing partner of Stephenson Harwood’s Dubai office and a commercial litigation and shipping partner. He advises on a broad range of commercial disputes and deals with matters regarding asset recovery, enforcements and contracts relating to offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding and shipping. He has extensive experience of litigation and international arbitration within England as well as UAE market leading experience in the Sri Lankan markets.

Rovine Chandrasekera
Managing partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP

Kamal Shah is the head of Stephenson Harwood's Africa and India groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset tracing in Africa and India, and frequently acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking and finance, shareholder arrangements, energy and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations.

Kamal Shah
Head of Africa and India groups, Stephenson Harwood LLP