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India Disputes
November 2022

Gautam Bhatikar
Partner at Phoenix Legal


Gautam heads the Firm's disputes practice in Mumbai and has over two decades of experience across varied across sectors. Gautam’s practice focuses on infra and construction disputes in transportation sector. He advises clients on a wide range of disputes involving construction and infrastructure, marine & shipping matters, insurance claims and investigations, civil disputes, shareholders’ disputes, commercial contracts, enforcement of security, recovery of debts, bankruptcy, regulatory and fraud and economic offences.

Gautam has represented clients in their commercial disputes across all Indian Courts and arbitrations. On cross border disputes Gautam has been representing Clients before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and regularly represents and advises on matters before the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).

Gautam advises on international trade disputes, disputes on offshore energy projects, constructions and infrastructure projects both onshore and offshore, roads and highways, airports and ports sector etc. Additionally, Gautam regularly advises shipowners and P&I, H&M, cargo owners, ports and terminals, insurers and re-insurers. Additionally, Gautam is widely regarded as the go to lawyer on admiralty matters in relation to charterparty and bills of lading claims, bunker supplies, mortgage claims, damage caused by operation, salvage and towage, etc.

Gautam also represents some of the largest insurers and reinsurers on all aspects of advisory relating to high value and complex claims, investigations and disputes on liability insurance, property insurance and other business insurance. He regularly advises clients on high value and multi-jurisdictional claims and investigations. Gautam also represents and advises insurance companies and intermediaries on regulatory matters including representations before the sector regulator, the IRDAI.

Over the years, Gautam has been regularly featured in the 'Recommended Lawyers' list of leading publications such as AsiaLaw, Chambers & Partners, IFLR and Legal500, and ranked as a 'Distinguished Practitioner' by Asialaw Profiles for his maritime, disputes and insurance practice.

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