Anupama Hebbar, who is based in Bengaluru, has represented clients in civil, commercial and property disputes before the Supreme Court, Karnataka High Court and trial courts. She also regularly appears before the NCLT and has extensive experience before the KERC. Her main areas of expertise include administrative and constitutional law, contractual disputes, insolvency, electricity, intellectual property, employment and breach of confidentiality, and privacy/data protection law. She was appointed by the High Court of Karnataka as an advocate of the Official Liquidator.
Anupama featured among the top 100 Women Litigators across Asia-Pacific in a recent survey conducted by Benchmark Litigation. She was ranked as one of the top three upcoming law firm partners in India in the field of Dispute Resolution by an independent survey conducted by Vahura in 2018 and has also been named by Benchmark Litigation as a Dispute Resolution Star both in their 2019 and 2020 rankings.
Anupama has co-authored Practical Law's guide to Litigation and Enforcement in India and teaches the course on Insolvency and Bankruptcy laws at National Law School of India University as guest faculty.
Arun Sri Kumar
Partner, New Delhi
Arun represents clients in several high value techno-commercial contract disputes and writ petitions pertaining to award of government contracts, real estate actions, inheritance and succession suits, intellectual property disputes, shareholder disputes and consumer briefs. He also represents both borrowers and lenders in insolvency and debt restructuring actions, and has significant experience in handling complex petitions filed in relation to both private and public limited companies in the High Court of Karnataka and in the National Company Law Tribunal.
Arun’s clients include several small, medium and large-sized companies in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, transport and logistics, infrastructure, consulting services, commercial banking, retail and real estate. Arun also provides general corporate and dispute resolution advice to a number of retainer clients.
Pradeep Nayak, who has 15 years of experience in litigation, is based in Bengaluru, and represents clients in diverse civil and commercial litigations, including major international and domestic commercial arbitrations, contract and property claims, and IP disputes including prosecuting and defending various actions for passing off and infringement of trademarks, copyright and designs. His corporate law mandates have included applying for and defending petitions to liquidate companies, as well as representing companies and shareholders in proceedings for sanctioning schemes of arrangement (mergers, demergers, restructuring debt, and capital reduction), and in disputes between shareholders. Pradeep has also represented clients in a variety of proceedings including money claims, suits for injunction, protection of intellectual property rights, specific performance, declaration of title, partition, tenancy proceedings, and employment and labour disputes. He has represented a number of generating companies before Electricity Regulatory Commissions in disputes with transmission and distribution licensees, including claims for open access or wheeling of power and for termination of power purchase agreements or remedies for their breach as well as in petitions for the determination of power purchase tariffs.
Pradeep has been named by Benchmark Litigation as a Dispute Resolution Star both in their 2019 and 2020 rankings.
Pritha Srikumar Iyer
Partner, New Delhi
Pritha is an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court of India and routinely represents clients in proceedings before the Supreme Court of India. She is experienced with Supreme Court practice and procedure, and has briefed and worked with several reputed Senior Counsel in mandates before the Supreme Court.
Pritha has wide ranging experience in civil and commercial disputes, having conducted litigation arising out of commercial contracts, real estate transactions, intellectual property rights and consumer disputes before the Trial Courts and the High Courts of Karnataka and New Delhi. She has advised and represented clients in arbitration proceedings, including construction arbitration, before arbitral tribunals, as well as in associated proceedings before courts. She also advises on matters relating to Company law and insolvency, in proceedings before the National Company Law Tribunal and Appellate Tribunal at New Delhi. Pritha also provides general corporate advice and contract drafting services to clients.
Sita Kapadia is a qualified solicitor having over 15 years of experience practicing in various courts in Mumbai, including the Bombay High Court, the City Civil Court and the National Company Law Tribunal, along with extensive experience representing clients in Arbitrations. She also works closely with several designated senior counsel and junior counsel in her areas of practice.
Sita has advised, represented and strategized for individual as well as corporate clients, including the Competition Commission of India, international business houses, corporates, real estate developers, start-ups and media houses, in a wide range of civil disputes, including trials, Public Interest Litigations, Writ Petitions and Arbitrations.
Partner, New Delhi
Sulabh has represented Indian and foreign clients in institutional arbitrations under the aegis of institutions such as the ICC, LCIA and SIAC as well as in ad hoc arbitrations with their seats in London, Singapore and India. He has also represented clients in associated litigation before courts such as challenges to, and enforcement of, arbitral awards. He holds an LL.M. in international dispute settlement specializing in arbitration from the University of Geneva.
He also has significant experience in commercial litigation. He has regularly represented clients before the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi High Court, NCLT and NCLAT, in high-value disputes arising out of joint venture and shareholder agreements, and commercial contracts.
Vasudha Sharma is a Partner at the Delhi office of the firm and has law degrees from National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) (BA LL.B. (Hons.), 2013), Oxford University (Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), 2016) and Harvard University (LL.M., 2017). She is a member of the Indian Bar (2013) and is certified to practice in the State of New York (2017).
Vasudha has been with Keystone Partners since 2017. She previously worked in the Dispute Resolution team of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. in Delhi from 2013 – 2015.
At Keystone Partners, her areas of work include constitutional law, construction arbitration, insolvency, contractual, and consumer disputes. She has significant construction arbitration experience, having successfully represented a Chinese construction company against an Indian state-owned power utility in an ICC arbitration. She is currently representing a joint venture of a Sener and Afcons (a Spanish and Indian Contractor) in a dispute arising out of the termination of an EPC contract for construction of an LNG Terminal with a total claim value of USD 2 Billion; and separately an American Contractor in arbitration and insolvency disputes for disputes relating to works performed for construction of an LNG Terminal in India. The case involves complex legal questions of recovery of damages from an insolvent entity with arbitration and legal proceedings in India and the UK. She is also part of the team that handles arbitration proceedings by a real estate developer, Pioneer Urban Land & Infrastructure Ltd. (Pioneer) against another Indian real estate developer with a total claim value of 2.2 Billion.
Vikas Mahendra is a specialist arbitration practitioner and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has experience of handling investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, in India, South-East Asia, Central America, Africa, Europe and UK conducted under the UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, LCIA and the ICA rules of arbitration and the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act. He has acted for several market leaders in disputes relating to construction of power plants, water treatment plants, coal handling facilities, highways, dams, urban metro-rail lines, multi-purpose developments etc. Before joining Keystone Partners, he worked for over six years in the arbitration and litigation department in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London, Paris and Singapore offices.
Vikas is dual qualified – he is admitted as an Advocate in India and as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, with top honors in 2008 and received gold medals for best all-round graduating student and outstanding personal achievement. He completed his masters in the European Masters’ in Law and Economics program in 2009 where he was ranked first across the program and was awarded the best thesis.
Vikas is part of the list of arbitrators maintained by the HKIAC and the reserve panel of arbitrators of SIAC. He is also regularly invited to speak at conferences organised by arbitration institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, SIAC and CIArb and provides training sessions to public and private sector undertakings. He recently assisted the High-Level Committee constituted by the Government of India to review institutionalization of arbitration in India. He also regularly teaches a course on International Commercial Arbitration at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. He regularly publishes blogs and articles on arbitration related topics and has co-authored a chapter in a book on Arbitration in Singapore published by Sweet & Maxwell, and in a book on Arbitration in India by Kluwer International.
Vikas is also the Co-Founder of Centre for Online Resolution of Disputes (CORD). CORD is an institute with an online platform at its heart, that allows businesses and customers access to fair, expeditious and affordable resolution mechanisms.
Principal Associate, Bengaluru
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