INDIA LAUNCH EVENT, ON 21 OCTOBER 2021
This panel discussion of “The Nuances of an Arbitration Agreement: Incorporating the Right Elements” featured Mr. Gourab Banerji SA, Ms. Pooja Bedi and Mr. Ritin Rai SA, moderated by Mr. Palash Gupta. Their short bios are available below.
The panel discussion took place as part of Delos’s India Launch Event, on 21 October 2021. We thank the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), the Eastern Book Company (EBC), the Indian Arbitration Forum (IAF), the Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai (MNLU) and Supreme Court Cases Online (SCC) for their support of this event.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
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Gourab Banerji SA is a Senior Advocate, practicing mainly before the Supreme Court of India as well as an arbitrator and arbitration counsel in a large number of domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He has represented the Republic of India in its investment treaty arbitrations. He is an Overseas Associate of Essex Court Chambers. Graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1989 with First Class Honours, he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1990. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2003 and served as the Additional Solicitor General of India from July 2009 to May 2014. In this capacity he represented the Government of India in a number of landmark cases. His practice before the courts is mainly in commercial matters, particularly relating to arbitration and contractual disputes. He has been a part of various governmental and inter-governmental committees and assisted the Law Commission in its reports relating to arbitration. Presently, he is representing a number of multinational conglomerates such as Amazon in its disputes against the Future Group.
Pooja Bedi joined the Philips Indian Subcontinent in 2020 as the Head for Legal and Compliance function managing governance across verticals. With more than two decades of corporate legal experience, Pooja has successfully advised businesses on legal strategy, public policy, licensing, contracts, managing and minimizing litigation, food & beverage laws, healthcare and health tech laws, commercial laws, competition laws, IPR, anti-corruption/FCPA laws, mergers, technology & data-privacy laws, dispute resolution and managing Board governance.
Palash Gupta is a partner at Jerome Merchant + Partners. Palash is a dual qualified lawyer admitted to practice in India and in Massachusetts (United States of America) and is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore. He advises clients in dispute resolution matters and focuses his practice on Singapore and India seated International Commercial Arbitration before tribunals constituted under the SIAC, HKIAC and the ICC. He has also represented clients in private commercial arbitrations in the United Stated pursuant to AAA (“American Arbitration Association”) and JAMS Rules. Palash’s practice covers litigation advisory work from pre litigation strategy through the dispute resolution procedure till enforcement of arbitration awards. He has represented clients in a variety of judicial fora in Massachusetts (state and federal courts), in India and before arbitral Tribunals in Singapore and Hong Kong in a wide variety of commercial, construction and intellectual property disputes. Palash is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Ritin Rai SA started his career in 1998 as an Associate in the Business Practice Group of Jones Day in its Cleveland office before relocating to India to practice corporate law. He transitioned to a disputes practice in 2004 when he joined the Chambers of Ashok H. Desai, a Senior Advocate and formerly Attorney General for India. Ritin has been designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 2019, and is a member of 7 King’s Bench Walk (7KBW) chambers. Ritin brings his experience as a corporate lawyer to bear on a variety of commercial and regulatory disputes, including in company, competition, insolvency and telecommunications law. His practice spans appearances in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi, the commercial tribunals situate in Delhi and before arbitral tribunals.