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Kachwaha & Partners

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Sumeet Kachwaha

Work +91 11 41661333
Kachwaha & Partners


International Commercial Arbitration, Commercial laws, Construction, Trade and infrastructure.


Trained in JB Dadachanji & Co and worked under Senior Partner, and later with Mr. Kapil Sibal (former Solicitor General of India). Set up own practice in 1983 and practised as Junior Counsel. Founded: Kachwaha & Partners - 2002 Positions: Current: Vice President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group; Member-Advisory Board of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration Former: Chair, Dispute Resolution, Inter Pacific Bar Association. Professional Experience: I. Arbitration Experience: Illustrative list: Represented a leading Indian Company against a US multinational for an action in damages on the ground of failure of technology for steel plant supplied by them. Claim amount about US$80 million (1995). This was ultimately settled. Arbitration claim of US D 1.1 billion filed by an Indian power company against a US company. Represented the US company. The matter was settled (1999). Handled arbitration on behalf of a US shareholder company in the Dabhol Power Project (arising out of a sub-contract). Represented a US major Fertilizer (Fortune 500) company in several arbitration cases against Indian Government Companies (shipping claims). Handled over 18 arbitrations on behalf of an Engineering company established by the Government of India relating to housing construction projects in Kuwait. Handled arbitration arising out of the first BOT road construction project in India, before a tribunal comprising of 3 retired Chief Justices of India. Currently handling enforcement of a foreign award rendered by the LCIA on behalf of a French Telecom Company for an amount of over US$25 million. Currently handling enforcement of an ICC award on behalf of a Korean Construction Company for an amount of over US$8 million. Currently handling an arbitration before a former Supreme Court Judge on behalf of the State of Madhya Pradesh arising out of computerization of State Agricultural Marketing Board operations where claim amount is in excess of USD 20 Million. Experience as Arbitrator: Appointed Sole Arbitrator in five arbitrations by the High Court of Delhi. Appointed as party nominated Arbitrator in several arbitrations. II. Litigation: Handled landmark cases: Union Carbide Case -- this was one of the largest damages case ever in the world. The case was litigated for about 2 years in the United States -- right from the District Court to the Supreme Court of the USA and thereafter in India for many years. Worked directly under the team leader, Mr. F.S. Nariman. Oleum Gas leak case on behalf of the Sri Ram Group of Companies. This involved over 5000 individual suits arising out of an industrial accident, which were ultimately settled by the Supreme Court. This was again a landmark case where the Supreme Court laid down very significant principles of environmental law and liability. Represented DLF (land development company) in several important matters including successfully resisting cancellation of licence for DLF Phase I (a housing colony spread over approximately 2000 acres). Also represented DLF in relation to its Bangalore Project (400 acre land development project). Handled important cases for various other Indian Corporations including Grasim, Godfrey Phillps, ITC, Aditya Birla Group. Handled an anti-trust matter on behalf of a European chemical major for a predatory pricing action. Handled a cross-border dispute on behalf of a major oil company (Exxon Mobil) in the Indian and Singapore Courts. Gave expert opinion in the Singapore Court of Appeal (highest Court of Singapore) on Indian law. Represented three successful licensees of telecom mobile licenses in a challenge to allotment. This is a leading procurement case in India. . Currently representing a leading Korean Engineering & Construction Company in a matter arising out of collapse of a cable stayed bridge, in which 48 persons lost their lives III. Corporate Commercial Work: Handled the entire telecom work for the RPG Group (1994 to 2000). This included all legal documentation relating to basic licence, cellular licence, paging licence and other telecom ventures. Handled entire legal work in relation to the Venkatesh Coke and Power Project Plant near Chennai and drafted all agreements in relation to the project. Involved in the Dabhol Power Project Phase II and LNG Project of Enron. Advised several multinationals on EPC Contracts, JV Agreements, Technology Transfer Agreements, Foreign Direct investment, Structuring, Cross-Border Issues, etc. Handling work for the Ford Foundation for the past many years in relation to several multi-million dollar loan agreements with Indian parties. Recently closed a JV Agreement between an Austrian Company and a large Indian Business Group for setting up a plant in Maharashtra. Involved with complete documentation on behalf of the 50% Indian JV Partners.


English, Hindi.


Supreme Court Bar Association; International Bar Association; Inter Pacific Bar Association; LCIA; International Arbitration Club (U.K); Swiss Arbitration Association; Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Panel of Arbitrators - SIAC; HKIAC; KLRCA; Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Indian Council of Arbitration.


LL.B, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi; B.A. (Hons.) English Literature, Delhi University.


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Sumeet Kachwaha - Kachwaha & Partners

Within: Dispute resolution

Kachwaha & Partners' dispute resolution practice is a cornerstone area of strength for the firm. The team is adept at handling litigation and arbitration matters, notably in the construction, banking and commercial sectors. Sumeet Kachwaha, who is highly regarded for his expertise in arbitration proceedings, heads the practice.

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