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Sumeet Kachwaha

Sumeet Kachwaha

Kachwaha & Partners1/6 Shanti NiketanNew DelhiIndia110 021
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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - India
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sumeet Kachwaha is a highly experienced and well-regarded lawyer who is particularly adept as an arbitrator in both Indian and international commercial contexts.

Biography

Sumeet Kachwaha is the founding partner of dispute-resolution and arbitration practice Kachwaha & Partners. He has handled many landmark and high-stake matters and cross-border disputes.

Sumeet has been appointed sole arbitrator by the High Court of Delhi in several arbitrations. He has also served as amicus curiae to the High Court of Delhi in two matters, and has served as an expert witness on Indian law in the courts of England and Singapore.

Mr Kachwaha has been ranked in Band 1 in the arbitration section of Chambers Asia since 2009. He features as a “leading individual” in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific for dispute resolution, and in the arbitration, asset recovery, construction, government contracts and procurement titles of Who’s Who Legal.

Mr Kachwaha currently serves as vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). He also serves on the six-member advisory board of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly KLRCA). He served as the chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for three years.

Publications by Mr Kachwaha include: “The White Industries Australia Limited: India BIT Award – A Critical Assessment”, Arbitration International, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp 275–293 (2013); “Interim Relief: Comments on the UNCITRAL Amendments and the Indian Perspective”, Yearbook on International Arbitration, Vol III, pp 155–161 (2013); “Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in India”, Asian International Arbitration Journal, Kluwer (2008); “The Indian Arbitration Law: Towards a New Jurisprudence”, International Arbitration Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell (2007); and “Arbitration Law of India – A Critical Analysis”, Asian International Arbitration Journal, Kluwer (2005).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Sumeet Kachwaha is identified by respondents as one of India's top construction arbitration specialists. His speciality lies in international infrastructure disputes.

Biography

Sumeet Kachwaha is a founding partner of the New Delhi based law firm Kachwaha & Partners. He has 40 years’ standing as a lawyer. His work focuses on dispute resolution, contracts, infrastructure, construction and procurement.

Sumeet has been involved as counsel in over 40 construction-related arbitrations, and one as a sole arbitrator. He has been involved in several power projects and has advised extensively on privatisation of railways, roads, airports, bridges and other infrastructure projects. He is a frequent speaker on construction-related issues in international forums.

Sumeet is a founding fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

Sumeet has some of the highest ratings from law directories in dispute resolution. He also features in the procurement and government contracts section of Who’s Who Legal. He served a three-year term as chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the IPBA and a two-year term as co-chair in a subcommittee of the international construction project (ICP) committee of the IBA. He is currently serving as vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) and is a member of the advisory board of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (now known as the Asian International Arbitration Centre). 

WWL Ranking: Recommended
Litigation 2018

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sumeet Kachwaha receives high praise for his broad experience in Indian and international infrastructure disputes.

Biography

Sumeet Kachwaha is the founding partner of Kachwaha & Partners, and has a leading dispute resolution practice. With about 40 years of practice, Mr Kachwaha has focused mostly on cross-border litigation, arbitration and infrastructure projects.

Mr Kachwaha was involved in the Union Carbide case – one of the world’s largest ever damages cases. He was also involved in the Oleum gas leak matter in Delhi, a landmark case involving over 5,000 individual suits arising out of an industrial accident (which was ultimately settled), where the Supreme Court of India laid down significant principles of environmental law and liability.

Mr Kachwaha has stood in as an expert witness on Indian law in the courts of Singapore and England (in relation to claims filed by victims of the 2013 Taj Hotel terrorist attack). He has also recently served as amicus curiae to the High Court of Delhi in two matters, including the Vodafone–India bilateral investment treaty dispute arbitration where Mr Kachwaha’s assistance was generously acknowledged by the Delhi High Court in its decision of 7 May 2018.  

Mr Kachwaha served as the chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for three years. He currently serves as vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). He also serves on the six-member advisory board of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly known as KLRCA).

Mr Kachwaha has been ranked in Band 1 in the arbitration section of Chambers Asia since 2009. He is named as a “leading individual” in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific for dispute resolution.

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