Manish, a partner in the London office, is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Indian advocate. He has extensive experience representing and conducting advocacy for corporations and States in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors (including energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and technology) under all major arbitration rules. Manish is recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” in Arbitration and in Legal 500 UK as a “Next Generation Partner” in both the International Arbitration and Public International Law sections.
His 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 an oil and gas company in a joint venture dispute pertaining to a production sharing contract regarding a field in Central Asia, securing dismissal of all claims worth half a billion dollars
- Representing three oil and gas companies in an LCIA arbitration against a regional government in the Middle East, securing awards worth approximately US$2 billion and dismissal of counterclaims worth several billion dollars, which facilitated a favourable settlement
- Representing an Indian corporation in a high-value and complex ICC arbitration arising from a real estate joint venture
- Representing infrastructure funds in multimillion-dollar ICSID arbitrations against Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty arising from measures adversely affecting renewables
He also has experience as an arbitrator, recently serving as a sole arbitrator in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration and a party-appointed arbitrator in a London-seated ICC arbitration.
Manish served as a member of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration (2014-2016), and is presently serving on the Steering Committee of the Young Group for the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration. He taught International and Comparative Arbitration at Queen Mary University’s School of International Arbitration and International Investment Law at King’s College School of Law (Master of Laws program).
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.