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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Work Department

International arbitration and litigation


Rajinder Bassi is head of the international litigation and arbitration group in the London office and is the Assistant General Counsel for Europe. She has represented multi-national corporations, government entities, and high profile individuals in high stakes international arbitrations and litigations around the world. These cases have involved a wide range of complex subject matters, applicable laws, and venues and have covered many industry sectors including telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical and financial services. Rajinder also serves as an arbitrator. In addition, Rajinder has conducted white collar crime investigations on a global basis.


2005 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP; 1999-2005 Shearman & Sterling LLP; 1995-1999 Clifford Chance LLP




Law Society of England and Wales; London Court of International Arbitration; International Bar Association; ICC (UK); Royal Society of Arts


University of Sheffield, UK (LL.B. Hons 1993); College of Law, Chester, UK (LPC 1994)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Rajinder BassiKirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s ‘highly experienced‘ London international arbitration team routinely acts for major clients in arbitrations involving governments and jurisdictions across the globe. ‘Highly skilled‘ commercial and investor-state arbitration specialist Rajinder Bassi leads the London arbitration practice; and Jon Newman conducts institutional arbitrations around the world, and is increasingly taking lead roles on matters previously led by former partner and London practice head Christopher Colbridge, who retired from the firm in February 2022. Also integral to the team, international investment disputes expert Philipp Kurek, ‘a superb tactician and fantastic lawyer‘, acts in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Leading individuals)

Rajinder BassiKirkland & Ellis International LLP

Following the retirement of Christopher Colbridge in February 2022, Rajinder Bassi – who is singled out by one client as ‘highly skilled at running a team‘ – stepped into the practice leadership position at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. The firm maintains its reputation for excellence in the representation of private equity shops and in the handling of restructuring-related litigation. The arrival of Stuart Doxford from Simmons & Simmons in March 2022 further strengthened this group of ‘exceptional quality‘ practitioners.