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Amit Garg

Amit Garg

Secretariat International60 Robinson RoadBEA building #14-01SingaporeSingapore068892

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Construction 2019

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Amit Garg is “in a different league to everyone else” effuse sources, who consider him “one of the best in the world” for construction delay work.

Questions & Answers

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat’s Asian operations, having provided dispute advisory services from Singapore and Hong Kong. He was previously based in the USA, where he worked in the construction industry, performed research and provided consulting advice. He has extensive experience in performing delay analysis on complex international projects across the world and has served as an expert in arbitrations under ICC, AAA, ICSID, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC and ADCCAC. He studied on Harvard Business School’s executive management programme, and has a master’s degree in engineering from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree from IIT, India.

What do you enjoy most about your role as a construction delay expert?

Each dispute involves different project conditions and poses a new challenge. As such, in addition to being able to use my education and experience, it is always invigorating to be able to decipher the underlying reasons that caused a project to be in trouble.

Which types of projects are resulting in the most disputes at the moment? Why do you think this is?

Large projects, particularly those involving transportation and power infrastructure, and O&G/mineral production and processing, have a greater tendency to generate disputes. This is because these projects have unique design, are complex to construct, and usually involve numerous parties that have not worked together previously. On occasion, these projects may be located in parts of the world where the parties executing them may not have significant experience. Parties frequently underestimate the risks arising from the above-mentioned factors, and this results in conflicts during project execution.

How has the development of key arbitral seats in the region such as SIAC affected the nature of disputes that you have seen recently?

There has been a significant shift in the amount of work being done globally by contractors from Asia. Asian contractors now consist of more than half of the top 100 contractors (ranked by revenue outside their country of origin), in comparison to over 15 years ago when they formed only one-third of that list. In particular, contractors from China, South Korea and India have increased their footprint in the global marketplace. These contractors are driving the growth in the number of arbitrations under regional arbitral seats such as SIAC.

To what extent is arbitration now the preferred method of dispute resolution for construction disputes and why?

In part, the increase in construction arbitrations is due to a combination of the continued development of these large projects (of the kind mentioned above) in newer project locations, and the growing interest of globally ambitious contractors in expanding in these regions, where they had not worked previously. These contractors prefer to use arbitration, particularly as they continue to do more work in jurisdictions where litigation is a less preferred option.

How has the role of expert witness in construction disputes evolved since your first started practising?

Particularly in the field of delay analysis, arbitral tribunals are recognising that the two experts may produce widely dissimilar analyses by relying on different basic parameters. As such they have become more persistent in asking for joint reports in order to try to align the experts on the basic parameters of analysis. Also, tribunals seem to be increasingly realising that the traditional cross-examination of experts by itself does not necessarily result in clarity and as such have progressively resorted to the use of hot-tubbing or witness conferencing in order to draw out the differences in opinions of experts.

What is the most memorable construction case you have been involved in?

There have been several. A notable one was an ICSID arbitration for a dispute in Turkmenistan in relation to construction of transportation infrastructure. There was a paucity of project documents, coupled with the fact that the available records were in four different languages: Turkish, Turkmen, Russian and English.

How do you see your practice developing over the next few years?

Although the vast majority of our past work has been global in nature, with arbitrations seated outside Asia, we are now seeing an increasing amount of dispute work from within the region, with arbitrations seated locally in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Amit Garg is the “standout delay expert in Singapore” according to peers. Commentators laud his “very analytical and sharp mind, calm demeanour, and excellent technical expertise". ​

Biography

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat International’s Asian operations. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects.

For the past 10 years, Mr Garg has been involved in providing advisory services to Asian clients from Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Asia, he was based in the United States for around a decade, where he worked directly in the construction industry, performed industry research and provided dispute advisory services at firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Navigant Consulting.

Mr Garg specialises in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity and reviewing project delivery systems. He has performed analyses on several large international disputes on projects primarily in Asia, Middle East, North America and Australia. His experience ranges across a wide range of complex projects with a particular focus on transportation, oil and gas, and energy projects. As part of these engagements, Mr Garg has served as an expert and has been appointed in arbitrations under ICC, AAA, ICSID, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, PAM and ADCCAC. He has also been involved in engagements related to assessment of insurance claims and project controls.

Prior to working in construction consulting, Mr Garg worked as a designer and construction manager on large commercial projects. His on-site experience includes performing project design, project management, and on-site coordination between contractors.

Mr Garg has also conducted industry research on developing a new parameter for evaluating construction performance. He is an acclaimed speaker on construction programming and delay analysis.

Mr Garg has completed the executive management programme at Harvard Business School. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, India.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Amit Garg is "one of the best in Asia" and is credited for his "attention to detail, thoroughness and comprehensive reports". Clients praise his "thought leadership and excellent technical expertise".

Biography

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat International’s Asian operations. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects.

For the past 10 years, Mr Garg has been involved in providing advisory services to Asian clients from Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Asia, he was based in the United States for around a decade, where he worked directly in the construction industry, performed industry research and provided dispute advisory services at firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Navigant Consulting.

Mr Garg specialises in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity and reviewing project delivery systems. He has performed analyses on several large international disputes on projects primarily in Asia, Middle East, North America and Australia. His experience ranges across a wide range of complex projects with a particular focus on transportation, oil and gas, and energy projects. As part of these engagements, Mr Garg has served as an expert and has been appointed in arbitrations under ICC, AAA, ICSID, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, PAM and ADCCAC. He has also been involved in engagements related to assessment of insurance claims and project controls.

Prior to working in construction consulting, Mr Garg worked as a designer and construction manager on large commercial projects. His on-site experience includes performing project design, project management, and on-site coordination between contractors.

Mr Garg has also conducted industry research on developing a new parameter for evaluating construction performance. He is an acclaimed speaker on construction programming and delay analysis.

Mr Garg has completed the executive management programme at Harvard Business School. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, India.

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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Amit Garg is “very thorough and clear in his work product”, remark clients, who commend his “clarity of understanding of complicated factual situations”.

Biography

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat International’s Asian operations. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects.

For the past 10 years, Mr Garg has been involved in providing advisory services to Asian clients from Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Asia, he was based in the United States for around a decade, where he worked directly in the construction industry, performed industry research and provided dispute advisory services at firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Navigant Consulting.

Mr Garg specialises in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity and reviewing project delivery systems. He has performed analyses on several large international disputes on projects primarily in Asia, Middle East, North America and Australia. His experience ranges across a wide range of complex projects with a particular focus on transportation, oil and gas, and energy projects. As part of these engagements, Mr Garg has served as an expert and has been appointed in arbitrations under ICC, AAA, ICSID, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, PAM and ADCCAC. He has also been involved in engagements related to assessment of insurance claims and project controls.

Prior to working in construction consulting, Mr Garg worked as a designer and construction manager on large commercial projects. His on-site experience includes performing project design, project management, and on-site coordination between contractors.

Mr Garg has also conducted industry research on developing a new parameter for evaluating construction performance. He is an acclaimed speaker on construction programming and delay analysis.

Mr Garg has completed the executive management programme at Harvard Business School. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, India.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Amit Garg is “in a different league to everyone else” effuse sources, who consider him “one of the best in the world” for construction delay work.

Biography

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat International’s Asian operations. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects.

For the past 10 years, Mr Garg has been involved in providing advisory services to Asian clients from Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Asia, he was based in the United States for around a decade, where he worked directly in the construction industry, performed industry research and provided dispute advisory services at firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Navigant Consulting.

Mr Garg specialises in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity and reviewing project delivery systems. He has performed analyses on several large international disputes on projects primarily in Asia, Middle East, North America and Australia. His experience ranges across a wide range of complex projects with a particular focus on transportation, oil and gas, and energy projects. As part of these engagements, Mr Garg has served as an expert and has been appointed in arbitrations under ICC, AAA, ICSID, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, PAM and ADCCAC. He has also been involved in engagements related to assessment of insurance claims and project controls.

Prior to working in construction consulting, Mr Garg worked as a designer and construction manager on large commercial projects. His on-site experience includes performing project design, project management, and on-site coordination between contractors.

Mr Garg has also conducted industry research on developing a new parameter for evaluating construction performance. He is an acclaimed speaker on construction programming and delay analysis.

Mr Garg has completed the executive management programme at Harvard Business School. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, India.

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