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Sheila Ahuja



Ahuja Sheila
Sheila Ahuja



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 Proceedings Committee of the HKIAC, 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) and Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Arbitration Group Sub-Committee of the IBA. She is also a contributing author of Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Indian Perspective, published by Oxford University Press.Sheila 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’”.


Sheila's experience includes advising:

Shell (formerly BG) and Reliance on multi-phased arbitration proceedings commenced under the UNCITRAL Rules against the Government of India relating to disputes exceeding USD 5 billion arising out of two production sharing contracts, and also advising them in related court proceedings.

Nissan on 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.

A global investment bank on 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.

Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon NV on 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.

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 joint venture arrangement which are the subject of litigation proceedings in India.

A client on a dispute concerning the construction of a hotel in an Asian country arising under a FIDIC contract and relating to claims for liquidated damages claims and extensions of time.

An international oil & gas company on potential arbitration proceedings relating to joint venture and shareholder disputes concerning two energy projects in Malaysia.

An oil & gas company in relation to breaches for contracts for the supply of LPG with a State-owned Indian oil company.

An Indian infrastructure corporation on SIAC-administered arbitration proceedings concerning various claims arising from a contract for construction and commissioning of marine and onshore facilities and dredging and reclamation works as part of the development of LNG port infrastructure in India.

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



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Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2010

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


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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