Aloke Ray QC

Partner, London

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 a Partner in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice and was recently appointed Queen's Counsel. After having led the Firm's Arbitration Practice in Asia for many years, Aloke is the Co-Head of the Arbitration Practice in London. He has represented clients as lead counsel under the rules of all major arbitral institutions, with particular experience of the oil and gas, power, construction and financial services sectors.

Aloke has been ranked as a leading arbitration lawyer in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore, Indonesia and India by Chambers Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for many years.

Described as being "at the top of his game", Aloke is regarded as having "exceptional insight and instincts in cross-examination" and acknowledged to be a "strong, commercial and very articulate" lawyer.

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$1.5 billion oil and petrochemical refinery
Representing a contractor consortium in a US$1.5 billion SIAC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil and petrochemical refinery in South East Asia.

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

Panelist, "Striking a balance between finality of awards and the safeguards — do the English courts get it right?", London International Disputes Week, May 2019

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

Panelist, "Hot topics in Arbitration", 2014 Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, Tokyo, October 2014

Panelist, 4th Annual GAR Live, Hong Kong, October 2014

Panel Chair, "Investor State Arbitration in the Region", Key Issues in International Arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region, Sydney, December 2013

Panelist, "When Bad Deliberations Produce Flawed Awards", 16th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, Bogota, February 2013

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, Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2013