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  Sheila Ahuja


Hong Kong

Sheila Ahuja is a Partner in Allen & Overy's Global Arbitration group based in the Hong Kong office, but in the process of relocating to Singapore. She has advised on a wide range of arbitration matters and arbitration related court matters involving various jurisdictions such as Myanmar, Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, the Philippines, the PRC and India.   Sheila has particular experience of energy and infrastructure disputes, disputes arising from joint ventures and distributorship arrangements, and disputes relating to complex financial products. She represents clients in both commercial arbitrations and investor-State arbitrations.

As well as advising on numerous disputes with an Indian nexus, representing both Indian companies and non-Indian companies with business interests in the country, Sheila also spent six months working at a leading International Indian Law Firm in 2011, working on various India-related arbitration matters.

Sheila is committed to not only practising international arbitration, but also developing the practise of international arbitration world-wide. Most notably, since 2013, she has led a team that assisted the Government of Myanmar with drafting their arbitration legislation, and also led several arbitration-related training workshops for the Myanmar Attorney General's Office and the Supreme Court of Myanmar.

Sheila is a member of the Steering Committee of the HK45 (Young HKIAC), the steering committee of the IBA Arb 40 and the Steering Committee of the newly formed Young MCIA (Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration). She is also a contributing author of Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Indian Perspective, published by Oxford University Press in May 2018.

Sheila speaks English, Sindhi, Hindi and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Market Recognition

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 ranks Sheila in both its China, Arbitration and India, Dispute Resolution rankings. For the China rankings, it notes that she is regarded as "very good to work with, very approachable and very transparent," and for providing advice that is "clear and practical." For the India rankings it says that she "is well accustomed to advising on high-profile India-related arbitration, including joint ventures and banking disputes. Commentators acknowledge her focus in this market, one observing that "she knows her subject very well," and another adding: "She is well regarded, we certainly hear of her a lot."

Sheila was recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 as "Up and Coming" and by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as an "associate to watch". She has been noted as having particular expertise acting for clients on arbitrations in India, and described as a "real rising star: she has more potential than anyone else in the region".  Sheila is also recommended by Legal 500 2018 for Hong Kong Arbitration, which describes her as “standout” and notes that she is of “‘star material: she is extremely sharp, works hard and is very personable’”. 


Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2010

Admitted as solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2011

Academic qualifications

LLB, University of London, 2004

PCLL, The University of Hong Kong, 2005

MA, Law, University of Cambridge, 2007

Published work

Professional Conduct in International Arbitration – A Discipline of Its Own for a Discipline of Its Kind, co-authored with Matthew Gearing, for ASA Special Series No. 36, Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration, July 2013

Editor, HKIAC/HK45 Newsletter, 2013-2015 

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