A “great name” in dispute resolution, Kachwaha & Partners is known in international arbitration circles for its “wonderful work”, which encompasses strong construction expertise. The past year has also seen the firm expand its profile in traditional court-based disputes work as well as asset recovery matters. Outside of its work for clients, the firm is committed to furthering arbitration scholarship in India, having run the “Arb Excel” article-writing competition since 2011.
Sumeet Kachwaha is the founding partner of Kachwaha & Partners and is by far its most famous and respected practitioner. He earns a listing in no less than four editions of Who’s Who Legal in recognition of his work in arbitration, asset recovery, construction and litigation matters. He has handled numerous landmark arbitrations, both cross-border and domestic, a number of which have focused on construction disputes. Kachwaha is currently vice president of Asia- Pacific Regional Arbitration Group, co-vice chair in a subcommittee of the International Construction Project, and a member of the advisory board of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre For Arbitration.
The firm was involved in the precedent-setting case Bharat Aluminium Co Ltd v Kaiser Aluminium Technical Services Inc before the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court, in which the ability of local courts to interfere in international arbitrations seated outside India was restricted. Dharmendra Rautray made an extensive presentation before the Bench in the matter – making him one of a few non-senior counsel to have done so.
Other past clients include Ssangyong Engineering and Construction Company, Daelim Industrial, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Alcatel, Siemens AG and Ford Foundation.