Manish is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Indian advocate, and partner in the London office. He has extensive experience of representing clients in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across a broad range of sectors (including energy, infrastructure, life sciences, telecommunications, and technology) and in arbitration-related court litigation. Manish is consistently ranked as a leading practitioner in arbitration and public international law by major directories such as Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500, with clients describing him as “the total package”, who “possesses excellent knowledge of international arbitration”. He has also been recognised in the India Business Law Journal’s list of top international lawyers for India-related matters, in which peers describe him as a “highly skilled advocate with a staggering depth of investment law insight”.
Manish’s recent experience includes:
- Representing ConocoPhillips in its successful ICSID arbitration against Venezuela arising from the expropriation of its oil and gas assets, securing a historic US$8 billion award
- Representing three energy companies in an LCIA arbitration against the Kurdistan Regional Government, securing awards worth approximately US$2 billion and dismissal of counterclaims worth several billion dollars, which facilitated a favourable settlement
- Securing an award in excess of US$150 million for a multinational commodity trading company in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Government of Ghana arising from a power purchase agreement
- Representing an Asian energy company in an ICC arbitration under a production sharing contract arising from claims for reimbursement of certain taxes and abandonment fund contributions in excess of $300 million
- Representing one of the world’s largest companies in a WIPO arbitration against a leading telecoms operator concerning the use and registration of intellectual property and securing a favourable settlement
- Acting in a multibillion-dollar ICC arbitration on behalf of a real estate development company pertaining to disputes arising from a suite of Indian law governed agreements relating to a terminated joint venture in India
- Representing a major global investment company in an LCIA arbitration arising from post-acquisition claims for breaches of warranties and indemnities under an English law governed share purchase agreement.
- Representing infrastructure funds in multimillion-dollar ICSID arbitrations against Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty arising from regulatory measures adversely affecting renewables
Manish is a co-chair of the LCIA’s Young International Arbitration Group, serves as a faculty member of Delos Dispute Resolution’s Remote Oral Advocacy Programme, and regularly teaches commercial and investment arbitration at law schools across the globe, including Queen Mary University’s School of International Arbitration, King’s College Dickson Poon School of Law, and European Public Law Organization’s Academy of International Economic Law and Policy.
Manish studied law and humanities at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law in India (including a semester at University of New South Wales in Australia), and holds a post-graduate diploma in international arbitration (with distinction) from Queen Mary University of London.
“Hands down the best lawyer of his generation in London”
– Who’s Who Legal
“He has excellent legal skills, is a great advocate and a great manager”
– Who’s Who Legal
“Highly skilled advocate with a staggering depth of investment law insight”
– India Business Law Journal