Dipen Sabharwal | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Dipen Sabharwal
Dipen Sabharwal

Dipen Sabharwal

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 1264

T +44 20 7532 1000

E dsabharwal@whitecase.com

Dipen Sabharwal “has great experience”. (Legal 500 UK) He is “forging an impressive standing in arbitration”. (Legal Business)

Overview

Dipen Sabharwal advises clients on cross-border disputes and acts as an advocate in international arbitrations. He is qualified to practice across three continents, in England and Wales, New York and India.

Dipen's practice focuses on international arbitration – commercial, construction, and investment treaty. He has acted as counsel in arbitrations across the world, including in London, Geneva, New York, Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich, Riyadh and Tokyo.

Dipen has experience of arbitrations conducted under all the major institutional regimes as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He has represented both sovereigns and corporate clients in a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, construction and engineering, technology, media and nuclear power.

Dipen regularly advises international investors and Indian companies on India-related disputes, and is recognized by Chambers Global as a noted practitioner.

He also provides counsel on strategy for dispute avoidance and resolution, and deals with conflict of laws and jurisdictional matters.

Dipen participates in the Firm's pro bono work and has successfully represented clients in political asylum applications. He is also active in White & Case's sponsorship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which he won in 1999 and has judged since 2003.

Dipen serves on the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Board of Reporters as the India Rapporteur. He acts as faculty for training provided by the India Institute at King's College London and teaches advocacy skills in courses conducted by the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy.

Prior to joining the London office, Dipen practiced with the International Arbitration Group in the Firm's New York office.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • New York State Bar
  • Bar Council of India

Education

  • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, Graduate Fellow
  • BCL, Magdalen College, Oxford University
  • BA/LLB, National Law School of India University
  • Public International Law Program, Hague Academy of International Law

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi

Experience

LCIA arbitrations relating to an Indian real estate project

Representing a global real estate investor in three arbitrations against an Indian real estate developer, in a dispute concerning a significant real estate project in Mumbai, India.

LCIA and ICC arbitrations relating to a Brazilian hydroelectric project

Representing Brazilian contractors and the project developer in multiple arbitrations against insurers, in a dispute concerning one of the largest hydroelectric power projects in the world.

ICC arbitration relating to an Indonesian oil block

Representing four Asian national oil companies against a European private oil company in a joint venture dispute concerning the operation of an Indonesian oil block.

Investment treaty claim relating to Indian telecom licenses

Advising a Russian investor against the Government of India on investment treaty claims arising from the cancellation of telecom licenses.

ICC arbitration relating to a Turkish rail project

Representing the lead member of a contractor consortium against a Turkish government entity, in a dispute concerning a significant Turkish rail project.

SIAC arbitrations relating to the acquisition of an Indian technology company

Representing a Scandinavian acquirer against an Indian seller in a dispute concerning the acquisition of an Indian technology company.

Ad hoc arbitration under Sharia law, relating to a Saudi gas project

Advising a major oil and gas company against an American contractor, in a dispute concerning a gas plant debottlenecking project .

ICC arbitration relating to the acquisition of a Lithuanian oil refinery

Representing a national oil company against a Russian oil group, in a dispute concerning the acquisition of a significant refinery in Lithuania.

UNCITRAL arbitration relating to Indian oil and gas fields

Representing an American investor against an Indian oil company in a dispute relating to oil and gas fields located off the coast of India.

LCIA arbitrations relating to Indian television channels

Representing an Indian television network against a European media conglomerate in a joint venture dispute concerning the management of Indian television channels.

Nuclear power

Advising on matters relating to the design and construction of nuclear power stations.

Speaking Engagements

"The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration", 2014: LCIA International Symposium on Arbitration,
India

"Current and Preferred Practices in the Arbitral Process", 2013: International Arbitration Seminar on the Queen Mary Arbitration Survey,
London

Publications

  • Vive la difference? Convergence and Conformity in the Rules Reforms of Arbitral Institutions: The Case of the LCIA Rules 2014, Journal of International Arbitration, 2014
  • A Comment on U&M Mining Zambia v. Konkola Copper Mines Plc, XVI(3), International Arbitration Law Review, 2013
  • From Bhatia to Balco: Where do we go from here?, VII(6), Global Arbitration Review, 2012
  • LCIA India: A New Dawn For Indian Arbitration?, International Disputes Quarterly, 2010
  • Dispute Resolution Choices in the Post-Crunch World, LegalWeek, 2010
  • Arbitration Clauses for Contracts with Indian Parties, Global Arbitration Review, 2008
  • Another Setback for Arbitration (and Investors), Business Standard, 2008
  • Competence-Competence – An Indian Trilogy, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, 2007
  • Indian Arbitration at a Crossroads, Global Arbitration Review, 2006
  • What Next for Indian Arbitration, The Economic Times, 2006