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  Sheila Ahuja

Of Counsel

Hong Kong

Sheila Ahuja is Of Counsel in Allen & Overy's Global Arbitration group based in the Hong Kong office. 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, the Philippines, Myanmar, the PRC and, in particular, India. 

In Myanmar, since 2013 she has led a team that assisted the Government with drafting their arbitration legislation, and also led several arbitration-related training workshops for the Attorney General's Office and the Supreme Court.

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 spent six months working at a leading International Indian Law Firm in 2011, working closely with their dispute resolution team on various India-related arbitration matters.

Market Recognition

Sheila is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 as "Up and Coming" and by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as an "associate to watch". She is 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 (2016) for Hong Kong Arbitration.  She is also recognised as one of the Who's Who Future Leaders, which states that Sheila is "extremely knowledgeable about Indian disputes in particular". Relevant experience includes advising: 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

A Stockholm client on claims arising from a multi-party venture arrangement which are the subject of 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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