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Sheila Ahuja

Partner

Singapore

Ahuja Sheila
Sheila Ahuja

Partner

Singapore

Sheila Ahuja is a Partner in Allen & Overy's Global Arbitration group based in Singapore. She has advised on a wide range of arbitration matters, both commercial arbitrations and investor-State arbitrations, as well as arbitration related court matters. Her experience spans jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, India, Myanmar, 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 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 IBA Arb 40, the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the newly formed Young MCIA (Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration), Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Arbitration Group Sub-Committee of the IBA and a former member of the Steering Proceedings Committee of the HKIAC. She is also a contributing author of Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Indian Perspective, published by Oxford University Press. She speaks English, Sindhi, Hindi and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Market Recognition

Sheila is listed in the Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 rankings for both Arbitration in Singapore and Dispute Resolution in India. In the Singapore rankings, Chambers states that “Sheila is lauded as a “very effective lawyer” by sources, who highlight her growing prominence in the market. She has significant expertise in handling joint venture and financial products-related disputes as well as investor-state arbitration”. In respect of the India rankings, Chambers ranks Sheila as one of the top 10 lawyers in the world for Indian Disputes - Expertise Based Abroad and notes that “in the words of one client [she] ‘has expertise in Indian disputes and a lot of experience. She's very hard-working, responsive and ready to help.’”

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 Arbitration - Singapore stated that “’Sheila has impressed us,’ clients report, describing her as ‘very commercial’ and commending her ‘great judgement.’” For the 2019 India rankings, Chambers noted that she has received “continued recognition from peers and an active role on a range of India-related arbitrations. Market commentators call her ‘very recognised in the Indian market,’ as well as ‘tactically astute’ and ‘extremely hard-working.’”

Sheila is also recommended by Legal 500 for Hong Kong Arbitration, which has described her as “standout” and notes that she is of “‘star material: she is extremely sharp, works hard and is very personable’”.

 

Office

Singapore

Allen & Overy LLP
50 Collyer Quay, #09-01 OUE Bayfront
Singapore
049321

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2010

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

Academic

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

News & insights

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

The limits of without prejudice protection

The High Court has allowed disclosure of “without prejudice” communications in two recent cases: one involving threats to remove assets from the jurisdiction in order to frustrate enforcement of a…

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

Risk of prosecution by foreign regulator no excuse for defendant's failure to disclose in English litigation

The High Court rejected a defendant’s application to vary an order for standard disclosure, notwithstanding that such disclosure would have exposed the defendant to a breach of its regulator’s…

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Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Ashwani Minda v U-Shin: The Delhi High Court's recent observations on emergency arbitrator relief and the availability of court-ordered interim measures

The Delhi High Court has held that the choice of certain institutional arbitration rules could potentially disentitle parties to foreign-seated arbitrations from approaching the Indian courts for…

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: how the APAC courts and arbitral institutions have adapted to the challenge

As Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the various forums for dispute resolution worldwide find themselves presented with novel challenges, in particular relating to issues…

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