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  Sheila Ahuja

Partner

Singapore

Sheila Ahuja is a Partner in Allen & Overy's Global Arbitration group based in the Singapore office, having previously been based in Hong Kong. She has advised on a wide range of arbitration matters and arbitration related court matters involving various jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines and the PRC.

Sheila has particular experience of energy and infrastructure disputes, disputes arising from joint ventures and distributorship arrangements, and disputes relating to complex financial products.

Sheila is a member of the Proceedings Committee of the HKIAC, the steering committee of the IBA Arb 40 and the Steering Committee of the 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.”

Experience

BG and Reliance in arbitration proceedings exceeding USD5 billion commenced under the UNCITRAL Rules against the Government of India, in disputes arising out of two production sharing contracts, and also advising them in related court proceedings.

Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon NV, in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines, arising out of the cancellation of a EUR280 million infrastructure project. This was the first successful ICSID award obtained against the Republic of the Philippines.

Nissan in a claim against the Republic of India pursuant to the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India in connection to certain outstanding investment incentive sums owed to Nissan by the State Government of Tamil Nadu. We also advised on local proceedings in the Indian courts seeking to stay the treaty arbitration.

The Hong Kong branch of an Indian bank in disputes arising from sums of approximately USD0.5 billion owed to it under letters of undertaking issued by an Indian bank.

A global investment bank in disputes arising out of the repayment of a working capital loan to the extent of INR 68 million. We are coordinating with Indian counsel on case strategy and are monitoring and advising on local Indian court proceedings.

Two semi-nationalised Indian banks in arbitration proceedings in respect of refund guarantees worth approximately USD95 million.

An Indian distributor in an HKIAC arbitration arising out of a distributorship arrangement with a Hong Kong entity. She also appeared for the distributor in mediation proceedings.

A European investment bank in two separate derivatives arbitration against an Indian counterparty in London under the LCIA Rules.

A Mauritian company in arbitration proceedings against its joint venture partner in London under the LCIA Rules in respect of a tax dispute arising from their business operating in India.

A global investment bank in court proceedings relating to its investment in an infrastructure project in Bangalore, India.

An English infrastructure company on potential claims against the Government of India arising from a highway construction project in India.

An Indian client on potential arbitration proceedings in Singapore arising out of the cancellation of a construction project in Bangladesh.

A Belgian client on potential claims against its joint venture arrangements with a local partner and its employees in Mumbai, India.

A major Swedish corporate on claims arising from a multi-party venture arrangement which are the subject of multiple litigation proceedings in New Delhi, India.

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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