Aloke Ray QC

Partner, London, Singapore

Biography

Aloke Ray is “at the top of his game.” (Asia Pacific Legal 500)

“Clients describe him as “strong, commercial and very articulate” with “excellent cross-examination skills” and “a good lead advocate with excellent knowledge of arbitration processes”. (Chambers Asia Pacific)

Overview

Aloke is partner and Co-Head of the International Arbitration practice in London. He represents clients in international arbitrations under the rules of all major arbitral institutions, with a particular focus on disputes in the oil and gas, power, construction, financial services and telecommunications sectors.

He is ranked as a leading dispute resolution practitioner in the Asia Pacific region. Chambers Asia Pacific states that he is "well regarded for his expertise in arbitration", and that he "speaks well, listens very well and knows what he has to do."

Aloke is one of seven international arbitration partners individually ranked in Chambers Global, and the Firm's particular strength in this area is reflected with a Band One International Arbitration ranking in Chambers Global, one of only two firms worldwide to be recognized in this highest category.

Aloke was appointed Queen's Counsel by Her Majesty the Queen, March 2019.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
New York State Bar
Education
BA Jurisprudence
Oxford University

First Class Honours

MPhil
Cambridge University
LPC
The College of Law, London

Distinction

Languages
English
Bengali

Experience

US$1.4 billion oil refinery
Representing an Asian contractor in a US$1.4 billion ICC arbitration concerning a dispute with a state petroleum company arising from the refurbishment and expansion of an oil refinery and pipelines.

Pipeline construction project
Representing an Asian oil major in a US$500 million UNCITRAL arbitration, seated in Singapore and administered by the SIAC, arising from a dispute with a contractor, in connection with a pipeline construction project in Indonesia.

Joint venture dispute
Representing a global marine engineering company in a US$150 million ICC arbitration, seated in Singapore, and arising from a dispute over a joint venture.

Steel supply contracts
Representing an international steel supplier in an LCIA arbitration against an Indian corporation arising out of steel supply contracts.

Bank privatization
Representing a sovereign corporation in a US$500 million ICC arbitration relating to the privatization of an Asian bank.

Media distribution rights
Representing an Asian media conglomerate in a potential HKIAC arbitration arising out of a contractual dispute relating to the distribution of international cable channels.

US$1 billion power and water desalination facility
Representing a Singaporean industrial conglomerate in both a potential ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern state-owned entity, and in a related UNCITRAL arbitration (to be administered by the HKIAC) against a Chinese sub-contractor arising out of a US$1 billion integrated power production and water desalination facility in the Middle East.

Telecommunications infrastructure
Representing a contractor in a US$1 billion ICC arbitration arising out of a telecommunications infrastructure project in Eastern Europe.

Speaking Engagements

"Striking a balance between fairness and efficiency – lessons learned and to be learned", October 2015: 2015 Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, Vienna, (co-chair)

"Hot Topics in Arbitration", October 2014: 2014 Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, Tokyo, (panelist)

October 2014: 4th Annual GAR Live, Hong Kong, (panelist)

"Investor State Arbitration in the Region", December 2013: Key Issues in International Arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region, Sydney, (panel chair)

"When Bad Deliberations Produce Flawed Awards", February 2013: 16th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, Bogota, (panelist)

Publications

The 2010 International Arbitration Survey: Choices in International Arbitration, Asian Dispute Review, January 2011

Arbitration Clauses for Contracts with Indian Parties, Global Arbitration Review, Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2008

Another Setback for Arbitration and Investors, The Business Standard, 13 March 2008

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific, since 2012

Leading Lawyer, Asia Pacific Legal 500, since 2013