Category Archives: our team


Justice Rebello

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

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

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 [2010] Bus LR 384 on international enforcement of arbitration awards (upheld by the Supreme Court), Kuwait Airways v. Iraqi Airways (Nos. 4 and 5) [2002] 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 [2007] 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) [2013] 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 [1975] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 509, the eponymous origin of the “Mareva injunction”, now called a freezing order; in I Congreso del Partido [1983] 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 [1992] 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

Nish Shetty is Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Asia-Pacific) for 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.


Cyril Shroff

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.


Pallavi Shroff

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. 


James Spigelman

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

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 in his earlier role as a member of the Clifford Chance arbitration team; and now as independent arbitrator, mediator (CEDR-accredited), and ADR consultant.

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
  • Telecommunications

He 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; a position from which he retired in 2014, to pursue his current career as ADR consultant, arbitrator, and mediator.

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 played a pivotal role in the establishment and operation of DIFC-LCIA (Dubai); LCIA-India (Delhi) whose operations have reverted to London, with the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA) now taking the lead in India; and LCIA-MIAC (Mauritius), now the independent MIAC; 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 has been a member of the Board of the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) since its foundation in 1999; was a member of the LCIA Court for 11 years (until 2019) and of its Board for 15 years.

He is a member of the Panels of Arbitrators of AAA-ICDR; SIAC and KCAB; of the Council of MCIA, and is a consultant-adviser to BCDR-AAA, Bahrain, and to Dispute Resolution Data LLC (DRD)

Adrian was awarded the OBE in June 2013 for services to international arbitration.

“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)