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Preeti Bhagnani
Preeti Bhagnani

Preeti Bhagnani

Associate, New York

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Overview

Preeti Bhagnani is a senior associate with 9 years’ experience in international arbitration.  She represents international corporations and states in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, electricity, mining, telecommunications, construction, insurance and financial services.  Preeti has represented clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC, KLRCA and UNCITRAL rules.  Her experience includes disputes involving privatizations and contracts with states and state-entities.

Formerly, Preeti worked as Legal Counsel for a major international oil company, where she served as project-counsel in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements for energy infrastructure projects in Asia.

Preeti holds a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an Editor of the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy and recipient of the Edwin Parker Prize for international or comparative law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • LLM, Columbia University School of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Singapore Law, National University of Singapore
  • LLB, London School of Economics and Political Science

Languages

  • English
  • Bahasa Indonesia

Experience

The Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan BIT concerning two cement plants.

A US investor in the electricity sector in an ICSID claim arising from an investment contract with a state.

A medical device company in an ICDR arbitration in New York relating to a licensing agreement governed by New York law.

A major insurance company operating in the energy sector in ad hoc arbitrations (seated in London under New York law).

A Canadian Province in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by several international oil companies in connection with a gas development project. 

A Chilean multinational company in an ICC arbitration in New York relating to indemnity provisions in a Share Purchase Agreement governed by New York law.

One of the world's largest mining companies in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules in a dispute over a joint venture project to develop and build an integrated mining and processing facility and related enforcement proceedings.

A South Asian company in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules against a French MNC arising from an agreement for the divestment of shares in a major glass production company.

An Australian FTSE-100 construction company in an SIAC arbitration against a Singapore government linked company in relation to disputes arising out of a cable tunnel project.

A global telecommunications corporation in connection with potential investment treaty claims against a South-East Asian state arising out of enforcement action by the antitrust regulator and a related series of class action suits before district courts in the host state.

Several major South-East Asian independent power producers in KLRCA arbitrations against a national utility company arising under long term power purchase agreements.

A Singapore finance company in regulatory investigations and enforcement action by the financial regulator in relation to the distribution of credit-linked notes to retail investors. Represented the client in related pre-action discovery proceedings against a major international bank in connection with potential negligence and misrepresentation claims.

Speaking Engagements

Private Sector Career Symposium Dispute Resolution Panel, February 2018: Columbia Law School, (Panelist)

"Best Practices in International Arbitration and Recent Developments", October 2016: ICDR Y&I Seminar, Harvard Law School, (Panelist)

"Careers in International Law", 2016: New York City Bar Association,
New York
, (Panelist)

2016: Columbia Society of International Law Lunch Panel, (Panelist)

2015: LL.M Alumni Panel, Columbia Law School, (Panelist)

Publications

  • Revisiting the Countermeasures Defense in Investor-State Disputes: Approach and Analogies, Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy, 2013-2014
  • The EU’s Proposal for an Investment Court System: The ABA Investment Treaty Working Group Weighs In, Young ICCA Blog
  • Highlights of the Draft SIAC Arbitration Rules 2016, AFIA Blog

Awards & Recognition

Edwin Parker Prize for international or comparative law, Columbia University School of Law, 2013

Joint winner, Dechert Prize for best performance in Law of Business Associations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2005

Ranked in top ten Best Oralists, International Round; Winner, UK National Round, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, 2005