Preeti Bhagnani

Partner, New York

Biography

Overview

Preeti Bhagnani is a partner at White & Case LLP, specializing in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. 

She has represented both States and investors and has served as counsel in arbitrations conducted under most major international arbitration rules (including ICSID, ICC, ICDR/AAA, SIAC and UNCITRAL).  Her experience includes disputes in the energy, natural resources, financial, technology, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.  She advises on a wide range of matters, including commercial disputes arising from M&As and shareholders’ agreements as well as disputes involving State contracts and issues of public international law.

Earlier in her career, Preeti was Legal Counsel for a major international oil and gas company, where her work included negotiating agreements related to energy infrastructure projects in Asia.

Preeti has served on the Firm’s New York Women’s Alliance Leadership Council, the Global Advisory Board of the International Center for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I) and the Program Committee of New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).  Her past appointments include serving as the North America Representative for the London Court of International Arbitration Young and International Arbitration Group (LCIA YIAG) and the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), and service on the New York City Bar Association’s International Law Committee and the American Bar Association International Law Section’s International Arbitration Committee as well as on its Investment Treaty Working Group.

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/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
Indonesian

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

"Legislative Changes during COVID-19 - A Transnational Perspective on its Commercial Impact" June 11, 2020: NKM Law Chambers and the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (Panelist)

"Potential Investor-State Claims and COVID-19, with a special focus on South Asia", June 2020: South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America (Panelist)

"Damages in Early-State Investments", February 2020: ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (Panelist)

"Rising Stars: Perspectives from a New Generation of Practitioners", February 2020: Harvard International Arbitration Conference (Panelist)

"A debate on the motion: ‘This House Believes that Arbitral Tribunals Should Regulate Ethical Conduct in International Arbitration’", November 2019, NYIAC Talks (Panelist)

"Past, Present, and Future of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge" April 2018, New York University School of Law (Panelist)

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

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