H.S. ‘BOBBY’ CHANDHOKE
Bobby is one of the Founding Partners for The Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice.
A seasoned commercial disputes specialist, he has over 25 years of experience in handling both ad-hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations, including those conducted under the ICC, SIAC, LCIA and DAC rules.
He has been involved in several domestic & international Arbitrations as the lead counsel, and has extensively dealt in matters of interim reliefs, emergency reliefs as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign awards. Bobby has advised clients in relation to various aspects of Bilateral Investment Treaties & Agreements, including arbitration. He served as an expert witness in widely reported investment arbitration against India.
Bobby is widely regarded for his sharp business acumen and is appreciated for taking a 360 degree view of potential issues, given his vast experience in transaction advisory across various laws and sectors.
As a litigator, he has handled cases in almost every area of the law, including landmark cases, and his engagements are often multi-jurisdictional in nature. He has represented and advised clients on the full spectrum of complex commercial & corporate matters across a wide range of industries covering Automobile, Banking & Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Construction & Engineering, Infrastructure, Insolvency & Restructuring, and Media & Entertainment.
In addition, he is widely sought after in matters of judicial review Litigation, as well as investigations & prosecutions by Enforcement Directorate and other regulators concerning money laundering and anti-corruptions laws.
Mr. Chandhoke is an eminent member of illustrious Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Panel of Arbitrators. SIAC is a premier arbitral institution and globally recognized leader in arbitral innovation with arbitrators from more than 40 jurisdictions. Other illustrious Indian members of the panel include former Chief justices of the Supreme Court and counsel of eminent standing.
Sudhir specialises in Dispute Resolution, covering the entire spectrum of commercial matters, including Joint Ventures, Oil & Gas, contractual disputes, Mining, consumer disputes and Competition.
He is a versatile lawyer who regularly appears before various arbitral tribunals and courts in India; and is frequently engaged in several prominent matters before the Supreme Court and High Court at Delhi; with an extensive experience of handling arbitrations under the auspices of UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA, amongst others.
Sudhir has led arguments in various international and domestic arbitrations (including enforcement of foreign awards); apart from arguing matters before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and various Hon’b’le High Courts of the Country; and in, among other places, Singapore and London. Possessing an experience of over two and a half decades in the field of Dispute Resolution, Sudhir has argued Arbitrations presided over by QC’s, retired Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Court Judges; and is a well-known name in the field of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. As such, he effectively presses into service his rich and diverse knowledge and trial court experience, to deliver desirable results and solutions to his clients.
Over the years, the team headed by him has developed and sustained a diversified client base to include individuals, companies (both local and multi-national) and Institutions of high standing across diverse sectors including Finance, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Joint Ventures, Natural Resources, Environment laws, Oil & Gas, Construction and Infrastructure.
Sudhir has considerable experience in arbitrations involving multi-jurisdictional claims conducted in diverse areas, including Infrastructure Projects, Engineering Projects, Commercial contracts, and Joint Venture agreements. He has also handled and continues to handle some of the most high profile and largest claims in Indian commercial history.
Chambers Global & Chambers Asia Pacific have recognized Sudhir as a ‘Leader in their Field’ for Dispute Resolution. They have quoted an interviewee who affirms that “He’s very concerned about his clients. Whenever I have a question, he will come back to me with quality responses”.
Benchmark Litigation 2019 has recommended Sudhir as a ‘Dispute Resolution Star’ for Commercial & Transactions and he has also been awarded as being amongst India’s most trusted Lawyers by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) through its publication – The Vanguards, 2017.