Rahul Donde is counsel at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a Geneva-based international arbitration boutique.
Over the past 10 years, Rahul has acted as arbitrator, counsel, secretary and assistant of the arbitral tribunal in over 30 international arbitration proceedings under both ad hoc (Indian Arbitration Act, 1996, Swiss PILA, UNCITRAL) and institutional arbitration rules (CEPANI, CRCICA, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, ICSID (AF), LCIA, SIAC).
Rahul has specific experience in disputes relating to utilities, natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy), commercial (agency, distribution, sales, purchase, services agreements) and corporate laws in different jurisdictions. Having worked in Switzerland and India for several years, Rahul has expertise in high-value, complex commercial and investment disputes in both common law and civil law systems.
Rahul is empanelled as an arbitrator with major international arbitral institutions, including the DIAC, HKIAC, LCIA and SIAC. As counsel, he has advised multinational companies in cross-border construction and commercial disputes and assisted parties in annulment proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. Besides, he has considerable experience representing clients in domestic disputes in India before various judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.
Rahul is the co-editor of the first ever TDM Special Issue on International Commercial and Investment Disputes in and with India. He sits on the advisory boards of arbitration think tanks and holds leadership positions in international arbitration organisations. He is regularly invited to lecture, speak and conduct workshops on investment and commercial arbitration. His publications cover topics of current interest in technology, energy law and international arbitration.
An Indian national, Rahul is qualified to practise law in India. He is a native English speaker, and also speaks French, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.