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John Beechey

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


Vyapak Desai

Vyapak Desai heads the International Dispute Resolution and Investigation Practice at the multi-skilled, research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates. A senior attorney with the firm, Vyapak specializes in bringing in the highest level of analytical arrangement in cross border complex disputes while also leading the Corporate and Securities practice in the past at the firm. Known for his reasonable, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach, Vyapak is also a trained Mediator and an experienced arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations.

Vyapak’s vast experience in legislation includes representing clients as Counsel in a host of complex cases including investment treaty arbitrations, commercial disputes related to shareholders agreements, international trade and across industries such as oil & gas, infrastructure, construction, private equity funds, and TMT. The law has become more intricate and intertwined. Keeping in sync, Vyapak has cultivated expertise in insolvency and corporate law as well as in investigation/white collar crimes.

Vyapak is the Co-chair-council of MCIA, Director of CIArb India Branch, Member, Advisory Board, MARC (Mauritius), member of ICC India Group, member of IBA and IPBA. He has also been listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of SIAC, AIAC, LCIA, THIAC, BVI IAC and NCDEX (SEBI). Highlighting law as a dynamic discipline, Vyapak has also co-authored a chapter in the book titled Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India published by Lexis-Nexis 2017 in addition to writing several articles and speaking on various forum internationally.


Nakul Dewan

Nakul is a Senior Advocate designated by the Supreme Court of India, and also a Barrister and tenant at the internationally acclaimed chambers Twenty Essex. He is called to the Bar in India, Singapore and England & Wales. 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 17 year career, Nakul has appeared in numerous cases 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.

Nakul has been appointed as arbitrator by the SIAC, LCIA, ICC and has extensive experience as Counsel in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings.


Shreyas Jayasimha

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.


Christopher Lau SC

A Senior Counsel, Chartered Arbitrator and former Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court, Christopher Lau is recognised as “obviously one of the most experienced arbitrators in Singapore” (Chambers Global Guide 2019) and is ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the Most In Demand Arbitrators in the Asia-Pacific Region. Christopher’s arbitration practice encompasses investment as well as all aspects of commercial disputes including maritime, energy, construction, corporate, telecommunications, military & defence procurements. He has been appointed as arbitrator in over 130 international arbitrations seated in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle-East and North America conducted either on an ad hoc basis or under the rules of various arbitral institutions and involving the laws of diverse common and civil law jurisdictions. Christopher is a member of, among others, the Council of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration, the LCIA Court, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, KCAB’s International Arbitration Committee and NYIAC’s Global Advisory Board. Christopher also sits and has sat on the board of directors of various Singapore publicly listed companies as an independent, non-executive director serving mostly on the companies’ audit and risk committees.


Promod Nair

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 Nankani

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.


Justice Nijjar

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 Peacock

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 International Bar Association (IBA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).


Michael Pryles

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.