Hiroo AdvaniSenior Partner at Advani & Co.
I have completed my schooling from Cathedral & John Connon High School, Bombay and graduated with a Gold Medal from Bombay University in 1970. I obtained my Masters Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, UK. Advani& Co. has also evolved as a leading name in arbitration law practice. I am a specialist both domestic and international arbitration. I have been a lead counsel in large number of international arbitrations under different arbitration rules such as the LCIA, Swedish Arbitration Association, the ICC, Singapore Association of Arbitration (SIAC) and Zurich Chamber of Commerce.
I have also been on the Panel of Arbitrators under different rules such as Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). I have conducted approximately 10 (ten) arbitrations either as a sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator. Currently I am conducting 2 (two) arbitrations under SIAC, wherein I am acting as the Presiding Arbitrator. Further I am also appointed as a Co-Arbitrator in 2 (two) other separate arbitrations under LCIA.
I have conducted, as Lead Counsel a wide range of arbitrations but usually on construction projects and infrastructure including Power Projects, Oil Refineries, Metro/Rail Contracts and apart from conventional power plants, also for solar and wind power.
By and large, the maximum number of arbitrations we have conducted is in the oil and gas sector namely, for Offshore Oil & Gas. We have acted and continue to act for the main global players on oil and gas side including Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Subsea7, NPCC and several others. We have also acted for a number of Indian Companies such as Dolphin Offshore, Great Eastern Offshore, Naik Services, and several others. As the oil reserves in India are mainly owned by the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), the bulk of our claims have been against ONGC.
Apart from the arbitrations, we have successfully defended and enforced these awards from the High Court level, all the way to the Supreme Court of India. We presently have a number of on-going enforcement issues.
Recent Awards & Honours:
We have always been ranked in ‘Band I’ for arbitrations on an all India basis in Chambers & Partners. This is probably the most prestigious global directory for lawyers. Furthermore, Global Law Experts, Who’s Who of Lawyers, Legal 500 and several other publications continues to rank Advani & Company in their ‘Band I’ for dispute resolution.
In 2017, the India Business Law Journal also awarded our firm the Best Dispute Resolution law firm in India. Mr. Advani was also ranked by the same Journal in the ‘A List’ of lawyers.
I am at present, President of the Indian Arbitration Forum which is a grouping of the largest law firms in India.
I was a member of the Court of the Singapore Arbitration Centre (SIAC) till recently.
I have been invited by a large number of organizations, both locally and internationally to speak on different aspects of arbitration and I continue to carry out a number of speaking engagements.
One of the best honours I have received was in a recent Panel Discussion consisting of the sitting Judges of the Supreme Court and some retired Judges of the Supreme Court. I was one of the only three lawyers asked to address the sitting Supreme Court Judges on Arbitration. A copy of the invitation in enclosed.