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Vikas Mahendra
Partner at Keystone Partners, Advocates & Solicitors


Vikas Mahendra is a specialist arbitration practitioner with extensive experience acting as counsel in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, in India, South-East Asia, Central America, Africa, Europe and UK conducted under the UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, LCIA and the ICA rules of arbitration and the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act. He has acted for several market leaders in disputes relating to construction of power plants, water treatment plants, coal handling facilities, highways,
dams, urban metro-rail lines, multi-purpose developments etc. Before joining Keystone Partners, he worked for over six years in the arbitration and litigation department in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London, Paris and Singapore offices.

Vikas is also the Co-Founder of Centre for Online Resolution of Disputes (CORD) which aims to provide access to affordable resolution mechanisms using technological aids.

Vikas is among the handful of arbitration practitioners from India chosen to receive training to act as an Arbitrator, as part of the ICC Asia Advanced Arbitration Academy. He is also regularly invited to speak at conferences organised by arbitration institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, SIAC and CIArb. He is presently appointed to a Sub-Committee formed by the Department of Justice, Government of India to suggest measures to improve e-Court Services in India. He has previously assisted the High-Level Committee constituted by the Government of India to review institutionalization of arbitration in India. He also regularly teaches a course on Arbitration at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Agenda Sessions

  • Exploring Other Options: Contrasting the Use of ADR and Mediation vs Litigation