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Ashish Chugh

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Mr. Chugh concentrates his practice on international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and cross-border commercial disputes, particularly arising in Asia. He has represented numerous parties with respect to disputes across wide-ranging industries including commodities, construction, hospitality, office stationery, oil and gas, power and telecommunications. Mr. Chugh has broad experience in the conduct of international arbitrations with seats in Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York and Singapore under a variety of ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules, including DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL. He also has considerable experience supervising, coordinating and managing complex cross border commercial litigation in the Asia Pacific region.

He regularly speaks on topical dispute resolution issues at conferences, events and in-house client seminars throughout Asia, and in particular India. Besides counsel work, Mr. Chugh also receives arbitrator appointments.

Mr. Chugh has been recognised in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 as a key practitioner for the firm in the area of international arbitration in Singapore.

Professional Background

Mr. Chugh started his career in the chambers of a distinguished former Solicitor-General of India in New Delhi, India. He completed his pupillage from a leading set of barristers’ chambers in London which specialises in international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. Previously, he worked as a senior foreign lawyer in the international arbitration group of a leading local firm in Singapore.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore (Singapore, 2014)
  • Barrister-at-Law (Inner Temple) (England & Wales, 2009) (non practising)
  • Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law, State of New York (U.S.A., 2009)
  • Advocate, Delhi Bar Council (India, 2003) 
  • Acting for an Indian state-owned enterprise in relation to claims arising from alleged non-delivery of coal shipments and additional operational breaches on a 2 x 600MW coal-fired power plant project in India against a major global commodities supplier.
  • Advised a Malaysian EPC contractor in relation to a variety of contractual claims arising from the engineering works conducted at the behest of a leading shipyard based in UAE concerning the procurement and delivery of a FPSO by an EPC conversion contract.
  • Acted for a PRC state-owned enterprise in relation to claims arising from unpaid baseline and variation works, delays as well as the alleged wrongful termination of employment in relation to its role as an EPC contractor on a 3 x 660MW coal-fired power plant project in India against a major Indian energy company. The value of the dispute was in excess of US$1.2 billion. 
  • Acted for the exclusive agent of a global rubber trading company in relation to claims in excess of €10 million following the termination of the exclusive agency agreement.
  • Acted for a major Chinese printing and packaging manufacturer in relation to claims made against a leading German financial institution in excess of US$20 million following the non-disbursement of certain senior and convertible loans.
  • Acted for a leading Chinese office stationery supplier against its U.S. and European distributors following the termination of a long term supply agreement. The value of the dispute was in excess of US$100 million.
  • Acted for a major Hong Kong based manufacturer in relation to claims in excess of US$10 million under a patent license agreement against a German file manufacturer.
  • Advised a group of foreign investors in relation to claims in excess of US$100 million under a bilateral investment treaty for expropriation of foreign investment as a result of a multitude of regulatory measures taken by the state.
  • Advised an award-creditor as to the enforcement of an arbitral award in excess of €30million against the global assets of an Asian state pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty arbitration under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
  • Advised a Malaysian oil and gas operator procuring the delivery of a FPSO by an EPC conversion contract on a wide range of issues including claims and disputes, arising from sub-contractor non-performance. The completed FPSO was designated for operations on the Bukit Tua field in Ketapang Block, offshore Indonesia.
  • Acted for the Thai affiliate of a premier U.S. based hospitality chain with respect to the wrongful termination of a hotel management agreement.
  • Acted for the joint venture of a global dredging company and a leading Indian construction company in relation to claims in excess of €70 million due to escalation costs incurred in completing dredging works at a leading port in India.
  • Acted for a partially state-owned Indonesian consortium concerning a contract for the purchase and supply of coal to a Chinese company. The value of the dispute was US$10 million.
  • Acted for a global software payment solution provider against its Indian distributor with respect to claims in excess of US$15 million concerning contractual breaches and wrongful termination of a distributorship agreement.
  • Acted for a Thai coal buyer against an Indonesian coal vendor concerning contractual breaches under a coal purchase and supply contract. The value of the dispute was in excess of US$5 million.
  • Advised a French solar generation manufacturer against a Chinese solar energy retailer concerning contractual breaches under a contract for the shipment of solar generation equipment and commissioning services. The value of the dispute was in excess of US$15 million.
  • Acted for Indian state entities in an ad hoc London arbitration under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in connection with claims in excess of US$4 billion brought by foreign private investors General Electric, Bechtel and Enron under the India-Mauritius Bilateral Investment Treaty.