MCIA Council of arbitration is comprised of 17 top domestic and international arbitration practitioners:
John Beechey served as President of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) from January 2009 to June 2015. The International Court of Arbitration was founded in 1923 and is the largest arbitration institution in the world.
John was also was the founding partner of the Clifford Chance international arbitration practice and one of the first Solicitors to undertake the role of advocate before international arbitration tribunals.
His practice included advising governments, public sector entities, private sector corporations, employers, contractors and consultants on dispute resolution procedures and in respect of proceedings relating to international commercial contracts and investor-state disputes in all parts of the world.
He has also served as counsel and arbitrator in both ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and institutional arbitrations under the rules of inter alia, the EDF, ICC, ICDR/AAA, ICSID, LCIA, PCA, SIAC and Stockholm Chamber. Appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List June 2016. Reference www.beecheyarbitration.com
Vyapak Desai is a Partner at Nishith Desai & Associates and heads the firm’s International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. He is also a Senior Attorney in the Corporate and Securities Practice group at the firm.
Vyapak holds a Bachelors degree in law and a Masters degree in Commercial Laws (Corporate, Labor and Tax) from Gujarat University. He is also a trained Mediator. Vyapak represents clients in a wide-range of services with a special focus on cutting edge cross-border and complex litigations and international commercial arbitrations. He has extensive experience advising clients with creative and pragmatic solutions in order to attain effective dispute resolution strategies.
He is a leading attorney in the advisement and representation of clients involved in media, entertainment, franchising, oil and gas, and financial services sectors for pre-litigation strategies, arbitrations and litigation before various forums including the Supreme Court, High Courts and Tribunals of India.
Nakul practices as both counsel and arbitrator in 20 Essex Street. He is one of the first few Indian lawyers to join a barrister’s set of such nature. Nakul has deep experience and market know-how for disputes and international law advice in sectors such as international arbitration, banking and finance, construction, corporate (joint venture/shareholder/partnership disputes), international commercial law, including media and telecommunications and mining, energy and natural resources.
In the course of a 14 year career at the Bars of England and Wales, India and Singapore, Nakul has appeared in numerous cases in these sectors before trial and appellate courts in all three jurisdictions, as well as in international arbitrations. He brings a significant level of experience as an advocate and cross examiner for complex trials, interim applications, injunctions, appellate hearings, jurisdictional disputes and enforcement matters. He is well equipped to deal with all hearings and stages of the dispute resolution process including assisting in oral and written advocacy, drafting statements of the case, skeletal arguments, witness statements, memorials, appeal documents and opinions.
He has been appointed as arbitrator and for ad hoc appointments by the SIAC and has extensive experience as Counsel in ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.
Shreyas Jayasimha read law at the National Law School of India University and was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Warwick. He enrolled as an Advocate in 2000. He has trained as a mediator and has been appointed arbitrator within India and internationally. Shreyas is one of the editors of the IBA mediation committee newsletter. His practice areas include litigation, dispute resolution, company law, constitutional law, intellectual property, and technology law amongst others across industrial sectors such as infrastructure, real estate, oil and gas, aviation etc.
Shreyas has been appointed as an arbitrator by international arbitral institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He is a member of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), Geneva since 2012, and was recently made the Coordinator, UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee of India. Shreyas has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration since 2010 till date. Shreyas has recently been selected as the only India based practitioner by ICC FraudNet, Paris, 2015. He is also one of two Indian Members of the Task Force on “Maximising the Probative Value of Witness Evidence” of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.
A Senior Counsel (Singapore) and Chartered Arbitrator (FCIArb, FSIArb), Christopher Lau is recognised as “one of Singapore’s leading arbitrators on major domestic and international arbitrations”. (AsiaLaw)
His arbitration practice encompasses investment as well as all aspects of commercial disputes including maritime, energy, construction, corporate, military & defence procurements involving the laws of diverse jurisdictions including those of Singapore, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Korea, Thailand, China, Denmark, England & Wales and New York.
Christopher has been in practice for over 30 years, having been called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1972. After his return to Singapore in 1975, Christopher soon became best known for his role in shipping, construction and commercial disputes. He was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court in 1995. On stepping down from the Bench in 1998, Christopher Lau has served as an arbitrator in major international cases conducted under ICC, HKIAC, KLRCA, LCIA, SCMA, SIAC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules in many countries worldwide.
Christopher is an Alternate Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, Member of the Task Force on IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration, member of the Working Group IBA Rules on Investor-State Mediation and member of the Board of Advisors New York International Arbitration Center.
Promod is the founder of Arista Chambers, a specialist dispute resolution practice. He is a dispute resolution specialist, with extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration.
Promod has appeared as Counsel and Advocate (often as amicus curiae) in a broad range of commercial litigation and public law matters before the Supreme Court of India and the Karnataka, Bombay and New Delhi High Courts.
Promod is a member of the LCIA Court, a Vice-President of the Indian Arbitration Forum, an Editorial Board Member of the Asia Pacific Arbitration Reporter and a Member of the IBA APAG Working Group on Harmonizing Arbitration Laws. He regularly sits as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. He also has extensive experience in acting as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having conducted arbitrations in various jurisdictions in Europe and Asia, and under various institutional rules such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Promod teaches modules on commercial and investment treaty arbitration at the National Law School of India University, and regularly lectures at law schools and universities in India and abroad.
Promod holds degrees in law from the National Law School of India and was a DFID-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he was a recipient of the Clive Parry (Overseas) Prize in International Law and the Pegasus Scholarship. Promod is admitted as both an Advocate in India and as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in England and Wales.
Vikram has appeared as counsel in a variety of matters concerning commercial disputes, corporate matters, economic offences, tax, shipping and arbitration. He was a partner at the head of dispute resolution in Economic Laws Practice from 2003 until his designation as Senior Advocate in September 2014.
Vikram is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London. He is acknowledged as a leading individual practitioner in dispute resolution and litigation in India. He also regularly appears before various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India and has to his credit several landmark judgments rendered by the Courts that have been reported by various authoritative journals and reports. Vikram has also been invited as an expert lawyer on various occasions, including in foreign courts and in arbitration proceedings.
Over the years, Vikram has successfully represented the interests of several Indian and foreign clients in arbitration under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA, SIAC, KCIAB, ICA and other ad hoc arbitrations.
Mr. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Nijjar has also previously served as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court and a judge at the High Courts of Punjab, Haryana and Bombay.
Justice Nijjar has authored numerous judgments, particularly in the field of arbitration law, commercial laws and constitutional law and these judgments have received critical acclaim all over the world. Bharat Aluminium versus Kaiser Aluminium (known as BALCO) is one such judgment, where the Indian Supreme Court overruled the law laid down in the cases of Bhatia International and Venture Global.
Other important judgments authored by Justice Nijjar include State of Maharashtra versus Indian Hotel and Restaurants Association (Bombay Dance Bars’ case), Swiss Timing Limited versus Commonwealth Games, etc. During his tenure as a judge of the Supreme Court of India, he emphasised on resolving commercial disputes through alternate dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration. To this end, during his tenure at the Supreme Court, Justice Nijjar was the Chairman of the Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee of the Supreme Court of India.
Justice Nijjar is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited and an Indpendent Director of Indiabulls Real Estate Limited. Justice Nijjar is a law graduate from the University of London and also did the Bar-at-Law from Middle Temple Inn, London. He was also elected as a Master of the Bench (Bencher) of Middle Temple Inn, London.
Nicholas is a partner in the Herbert Smith Freehills London office. He is head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India international arbitration practice and also sits on the firm's India Executive. He was previously based in Singapore, where he headed the Herbert Smith Freehills Singapore international arbitration practice between 2009-2012.
Nicholas has enjoyed a 20 year career with Herbert Smith Freehills (formerly Herbert Smith) and has been a partner in the Dispute Resolution division of the firm since 2007. He has been heavily involved acting on India-related commercial disputes for the last 12 years.
Nicholas is an English law qualified solicitor advocate who has appeared before arbitral tribunals in Europe and Asia, as well as in the London High Court. Nicholas' work as counsel has involved advising on various industry sectors including energy, power, financial services, leisure, maritime services, telecoms, media, technology, manufacturing and consumer goods. Nicholas has also acted for and against State governments on commercial disputes.
Nicholas has sat as an arbitrator on India-related disputes in London and Singapore under various institutional rules and ad hoc.
Nicholas is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).
Michael is currently in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration and was the Chairman of the SIAC. He is also the President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (an association of 24 arbitration centres and organisations in Asia and Australasia). Other titles that he has held or continues to hold include President of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Court member, London Court of International Arbitration; co-editor, Asian International Arbitration Journal, Commissioner with the United Nations Compensation Commission, partner of a major commercial law firm (acting for some of the world’s largest energy companies), Bournes Higgins Professor of Law at Monash University, Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission and co-editor of the Journal of International Arbitration.
Michael Pryles has extensive international practice as an arbitrator. He has heard over 250 arbitrations in London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, the Hague, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Vancouver, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, New Delhi, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Vientiane, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne. The cases he has heard include investor-state disputes (BITs and NAFTA) and general commercial, joint-venture, shareholder, energy, technology and construction disputes with amounts claimed up to US$6 billion. These comprised both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, Swiss Rules, ICSID, UNCITRAL, CIETAC and ICDR.
Michael is one of the three persons nominated by the Australian Government for inclusion on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. He is also included in the panels of most leading arbitration organisations.
Michael is a Chartered Arbitrator (UK), a Grade 1 Arbitrator (Australia) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Justice Ferdino Rebello served for 15 years in the higher judiciary where he was Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and was a former judge of the Bombay High Court.
He practiced in the Judicial Commissioner’s Court in Panaji and then at the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court till his elevation as a High Court Judge. He is considered as a leading authority in the field of constitutional, local self – government and civil matters and specialised in service and local self government matters. He was also a lecturer in Law at Salgarkar Law College.
Justice Rebello was elected to the Goa Legislative Assembly and represented the Cuncolim constituency. He was also the past president of Clube Vasco Da Gama in Panaji.
David W. Rivkin is Co-Chair of Debevoise’s International Dispute Resolution Group and President of the International Bar Association (IBA). A litigation partner in the firm’s New York and London offices, Mr. Rivkin has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Rivkin is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners in the world. Chambers Global (2015, 2016) identified Mr. Rivkin as one of the top fourteen international arbitration practitioners worldwide, recognized his demonstrated “aptitude for complex, high-stakes disputes” in international arbitration, and highlighted his achievement in securing one of the largest ICSID awards ever. Chambers Latin America (2015) ranks Mr. Rivkin in the top band of international arbitration lawyers and called him “one of the leaders in the international arbitration movement.” Other Chambers publications note that he is “a true giant in the field, whose depth of knowledge is incredible,” and that “his advocacy skills are without parallel.”
In 2014, when The American Lawyer named Debevoise the Litigation Department of the Year, one client’s General Counsel noted, “The thing that impresses me about lawyers is when they come up with better answers to problems than I do. Every once in a while, you encounter a lawyer who has really created the better answers. David W. Rivkin is that lawyer.”
In 2012, the American Lawyer’s Am Law Litigation Daily named Mr. Rivkin one of two “Global Lawyers of the Year.” In 2011, the National Law Journal named him one of the country’s “Most Influential Attorneys.” He has also been ranked as the leading American in international arbitration in Who’s Who Legal (2014) and in Euromoney’s Expert Guide to the Leading Lawyers: Best of the Best (2013).
Sir Bernard Rix is a retired Lord Justice of Appeal to twenty years experience in the English Commercial Court and the English Court of Appeal. He is a member of the HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators, a member of the MOOGAS Panel of International Arbitrators and Mediators, has been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and to the Singapore International Commercial Court, and is an ADR Group accredited mediator. In addition, he has been appointed as Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
As a member of the Court of Appeal, he has delivered a wide range of judgments on arbitration, aviation, banking, insurance and reinsurance, private and public international law, oil and gas, sale of goods and shipping disputes. They include significant judgments such as Dallah v. Government of Pakistan  Bus LR 384 on international enforcement of arbitration awards (upheld by the Supreme Court), Kuwait Airways v. Iraqi Airways (Nos. 4 and 5)  2 AC 883 (parts 22-35 and 43-54 of the Court of Appeal judgment, upheld by the House of Lords) on international law, and R (Al-Skeini) v. Secretary of State for Defence  QB 140 (upheld by the House of Lords) on the jurisdictional scope of the European Convention of Human Rights, and Yukos v. Rosneft (No 2)  1 All ER (Comm) 327, on the act of state doctrine.
At the Bar he specialised in international commercial and arbitral disputes as a barrister and latterly as an arbitrator, and also appeared in the courts of Singapore and Hong Kong. He was counsel in Mareva Compania Naviera SA v. International Bulkcarriers SA  2 Lloyd’s Rep 509, the eponymous origin of the “Mareva injunction”, now called a freezing order; in I Congreso del Partido  1 AC 244 (HL) which introduced the commercial exception to English law’s previous absolute doctrine of sovereign immunity; and in Channel Tunnel Group Ltd v. Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd  1 QB 656 (CA, affirmed in the House of Lords) concerning the operation of the arbitration clause in the contract for construction of the Channel Tunnel.
Nish Shetty is a partner and the Head of International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution for South and South East Asia at Clifford Chance. He is regarded as a leading expert in the field of dispute resolution. Nish has advised on some of the most complex cross-jurisdictional disputes in recent years in Asia Pacific. Nish is on the panel of arbitrators of the key arbitral institutions in the region. He is also the first in Asia to be appointed as a Judge of Appeal on the FIA International Court of Appeal in Paris.
Nish is ranked as a “Leading Individual” in dispute resolution by the major legal directories including Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and is identified amongst the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world by International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.
With over 34 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, infrastructure, private client, financial regulatory and others, he is regarded and has been consistently rated as India’s leading corporate, capital markets and finance lawyer.
He has been recognized as a “legendary figure in the Indian legal community” and is consistently ranked as “star practitioner” in India by Chambers Global and other directories. He is often regarded as the “M&A King of India”.He was awarded the ALB Managing Partner of the Year for 2015.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Study of the Legal Profession established by the Harvard Law School, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) and on Board of Indian Institute of Management, Trichy. He is a director on several boards and member of various committees. He also regularly comments and advises on policy reforms in India.
Ms Pallavi S. Shroff is the managing partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas with over 34 years of extensive experience. Her broad and varied representation of public and private corporations and other entities before legal institutions has earned her national and international acclaim. Ms Shroff is the lead litigation partner at the firm, with knowledge in matters of dispute resolution and arbitration.
Ms Shroff has represented several companies including Apollo Tyres, Coal India, ACC Limited and Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital (to name but a few) in competition law cases before the Competition Commission of India and the Competition Appellate Tribunal.
Ms Shroff is presently a director on the boards of prestigious Indian companies such as Apollo Tyres; Trident Group; GE Capital Services; Maruti Suzuki India Ltd; and Juniper Hotels Ltd.
Ms Shroff has been recognised in the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” list by Business Today for three years. For her legal acumen and thought leadership, Ms Shroff is frequently featured in several international publications. According to Chambers Asia Pacific 2015, Pallavi Shroff earns particular accolades for her work on behavioural matters, where she is considered to be “a master in her subject and very much acquainted with the procedure of the law.”
She was a key member of the high-powered SVS Raghavan committee, which contributed to formulating the legal framework for the new competition law and a draft of the new Competition Act, besides being part of the standing committee of Parliament reviewing the Competition Act 2000.
The Honourable James Spigelman AC QC served as Chief Justice of New South Wales, Australia’s largest state, from 1998 until the end May 2011. In July 2013, he was appointed a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
After his retirement as Chief Justice he joined One Essex Court, Temple, London as an arbitrator. He has since been appointed as chair, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator on panels with seats in London, Dubai, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. His work as an arbitrator has included ICC, LCIA, ICSID, KLRCA, SIAC, CAS and ad hoc arbitrations and to determine a privilege issue in an NAFTA arbitration.
James Spigelman was Senior Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia, before appointment as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Media in 1975. He was a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission from 1976 to 1979. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. He was acting Solicitor General of New South Wales in 1997. He has served on the boards and as chair of a number of cultural and educational institutions. He is currently chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
James Spigelman is the author of three books, co-author of a fourth and of some 170 published articles, including on a range of aspects of commercial and corporate law such as contractual interpretation, insurance law, commercial arbitration, insolvency, international commercial litigation, freezing orders and proof of foreign law. Three volumes of his speeches as Chief Justice have been published.
Adrian Winstanley is an English solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in international commercial arbitration and mediation acquired in his roles as Registrar and Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and his earlier role as a member of the Clifford Chance arbitration team; and now as independent arbitrator and (CEDR-accredited) mediator.
Appointed LCIA Registrar in 1997, Adrian actively and closely oversaw every step in the administration of many hundreds of arbitrations, and of many mediations and adjudications, arising from a wide range of commercial enterprises and in many jurisdictions, including:
- Commodity trading
- Construction and infrastructure
- Insurance and reinsurance
- Oil and gas exploration and production
- Shipping and aviation
- Shareholders’ agreements; mergers and acquisitions
He has assisted the LCIA Court in over 30 applications for the removal of arbitrators.
In 2000, Adrian was appointed Director General and Executive Director of the LCIA; retaining the position of Registrar until 2008, when the LCIA’s expanding caseload required a separation of the roles.
He played a pivotal role in the establishment and operation of DIFC-LCIA (Dubai), LCIA-India (Delhi), and LCIA-MIAC (Mauritius); in the process acquiring valuable insight into commercial arbitration in the Gulf, Asia, and Africa.
He has spoken and written extensively on international arbitration.
Adrian is a member of the LCIA Court; was a member of its Board for 15 years; and has sat on the Board of the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), one of the world’s leading arbitration hearing facilities, since its foundation in 1999.
He was Secretary-Treasurer of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI) from 2000 to 2009; and a Vice President of IFCAI from 2009 to 2013.
He is a member of the rules review committee for BCDR-AAA, Bahrain, and a consultant-adviser to Dispute Resolution Data LLC.
Adrian was awarded the OBE in June 2013 for services to international arbitration.
Adrian retired as LCIA Director General in June 2014, to pursue his career as ADR consultant, arbitrator, and mediator.
“It would be hard to argue against the proposition that Winstanley is one of the chief architects of the success of London as a centre for international dispute resolution.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine, February 2014)