Maanas, an English-qualified barrister and senior associate in the London office, has advised, represented, and conducted advocacy for corporations and States in complex, high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors (including energy, finance, technology, and infrastructure) under all major arbitration rules. He has extensive experience handling disputes involving States or State entities, as well as cases with an Indian connection.
His recent experience includes:
- Successfully representing several infrastructure funds in an ICSID arbitration against Spain arising from measures adversely affecting renewable investments
- Acting for an oil major in a SIAC arbitration (seated in Brisbane) relating to a dispute under an agreement for the sale of interests in certain upstream assets
- Advising a global financial institution in an LCIA arbitration arising from a Middle East joint venture dispute
- Representing a global construction group in a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a multi-purpose complex in Eastern Europe
- Securing a favourable settlement for an oil major in an UNCITRAL treaty arbitration against a Southeast Asian State concerning adverse tax measures
- Successfully representing a leading Korean distributor against its upstream supplier in a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration
Maanas also advises and represents parties in arbitration-related court matters. He appeared as counsel in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of the ICC in Halliburton v Chubb, which is the leading English authority on apparent bias in circumstances of multiple arbitral appointments in related cases.
Maanas is a current co-chair of Young ICCA (one of the world’s leading international arbitration networks for young practitioners and students) and Vice-Chair of Advocacy for the Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (REAL) organisation. He regularly speaks on arbitration and his recent publications have appeared in the European International Arbitration Review and Practical Law.
Maanas was educated at Oxford University and City Law School and was awarded a number of academic scholarships during his training.