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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Amit Garg is a “great expert who has grown the practice in the region”, according to sources impressed with his hands-on work in high-profile construction disputes.

Questions & Answers

Mr Garg is the managing director of Secretariat’s Asian operations and has been involved in providing dispute advisory services from Singapore. He was previously based in the US for around a decade, 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.

Why did you choose to specialise in providing advisory services on construction disputes?

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.

What is the most significant trend you are noticing in the construction disputes marketplace?

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 Turkey have increased their footprint in the global marketplace. This has been a growing source of work for consulting firms operating in disputes advisory services. 

As managing director of the firm’s Asian operations, 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 or Hong Kong. As such, our practice is now starting to more work for Asian clients, both employers and contractors, irrespective of the physical location of their projects.

How has competition for expert witness work developed since you began practising? How do you ensure your practice stands out from others in the global market?

Although there are now more firms on the horizon that have experts on board, expert witness work, particularly in delay analysis on international construction arbitrations, remains a relatively closed field with a limited number of good experts available worldwide. As such, the competition remains limited at that level and as long as our practice strives to provide best in class analysis, we should have no problem with standing out from the crowd.

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, oil and gas / 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. 

What have been the main challenges facing construction expert witnesses over the past year?

On complex matters, parties engaging experts may not have a clear understanding of the merits of their case and in turn their potential exposure. This becomes a challenge as it results in parties having a pre-conceived notion of their entitlement. As such, it is important for good experts to provide an objective view early on in their engagement. 

What benefits does hot-tubbing offer to arbitration proceedings where you have to give expert testimony? 

Hot-tubbing has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Hot-tubbing allows the tribunal to get views from the two experts simultaneously on issues that allow them to identify the key disagreements and reasons thereof. I personally look forward to the process as I find it to be timely and useful, since it usually takes place at the end of the cross-examination process and allows me to express conclusive opinions in light of the other expert’s final views.

Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

The “excellent” Amit Garg remains a leader in the region and worldwide thanks to his “seamless support, ability to quickly identify key issues and explain complex technical concepts simply”.

Questions & Answers

Mr Garg is the Managing Director of Secretariat’s Asian operations and has been involved in providing dispute advisory services from Singapore. He was previously based in USA for around a decade, 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. Mr Garg has completed an executive management programme at Harvard Business School. He has a Masters’ degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor’s degree from IIT, India.

Why did you choose to specialise in providing advisory services on construction disputes?

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.

What is the most significant trend you are noticing in the construction disputes marketplace?

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 around 15 years ago when they formed only one-third of that list. In particular contractors from China, South Korea and Turkey have increased their footprint in the global marketplace. This has been a growing source of work for consulting firms operating in the disputes advisory services. 

As managing director of the firm’s Asian operations, 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 or Hong Kong. As such, our practice is now starting to more work for Asian clients, both employers and contractors, irrespective of the physical location of their projects.

How has competition for expert witness work developed since you began practising? How do you ensure your practice stands out from others in the global market?

Although there are now more firms on the horizon that have experts on board, expert witness work, particularly in delay analysis on international construction arbitrations, remains a relatively closed field with a limited number of good experts available worldwide. As such, the competition remains limited at that level and as long as our practice strives to provide best-in-class analysis, we should have no problem in standing out from the crowd.

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 & power infrastructure, oil and gas/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 these factors, and this results in conflicts during project execution. 

What have been the main challenges facing construction expert witnesses over the past year?

On complex matters, parties engaging experts may not have a clear understanding of the merits of their case and in turn their potential exposure. This becomes a challenge as it results in parties having a pre-conceived notion of their entitlement. As such, it is important for good experts to provide an objective view early on in their engagement. 

What benefits does hot-tubbing offer to arbitration proceedings where you have to give expert testimony? 

Hot-tubbing has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It allows the Tribunal to get views from the two experts simultaneously on issues that allow them to identify the key disagreements and reasons thereof. I personally look forward to the process as I find it to be timely and useful, since it usually takes place at the end of the cross-examination process and allows me to express conclusive opinions in light of the other expert’s final views.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Amit is a stand-out delay expert here in Singapore"
"He is incredibly analytical and has a very sharp mind"

Biography

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat Asian operations. Secretariat 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

Peers and clients say:

"He is able to quickly identify key issues for clients”
“He’s in a different league to everyone else"
"Amit is one of the best in the world”

Biography

Mr Garg is managing director of Secretariat Asian operations. Secretariat 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.

Energy - Experts

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Amit Garg earns widespread acclaim thanks to his remarkable experience providing analyses on international energy-related disputes.

Biography

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

For the past 15 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: Recommended

WWL says

Amit Garg is a “great expert who has grown the practice in the region”, according to sources impressed with his hands-on work in high-profile construction disputes.

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.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Amit Garg is a “very analytical and hard-working expert with a strong global reach”.
 

Biography

Mr Garg is Managing Director of Secretariat International’s Asian operations. Secretariat International specializes in providing independent expert advice on construction projects.

For the last ten 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 USA for around a decade, where he worked directly in the construction industry, performed industry research and provided dispute advisory services at firms such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG and Navigant Consulting.

Mr Garg specializes 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 & 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, DIFC, PAM and ADCCAC. He has also been involved on 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: Recommended

WWL says

Amit Garg stands out as a “very organised and unflappable expert” with “deep knowledge of planning and delay matters”.
 

Biography

Mr Garg is Managing Director of Secretariat International’s Asian operations. Secretariat International specializes in providing independent expert advice on construction projects.

For the last ten 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 USA for around a decade, where he worked directly in the construction industry, performed industry research and provided dispute advisory services at firms such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG and Navigant Consulting.

Mr Garg specializes 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 & 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, DIFC, PAM and ADCCAC. He has also been involved on 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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