Surya Gopalan

Associate, New York



Surya Gopalan is a disputes associate based in New York and a member of the Firm's International Arbitration Group. He advises and represents clients in high-stake disputes across the world.  He has broad experience of the infrastructure, power and natural resources, and financial services sectors.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Columbia Law School
University of Sydney


Representative experience in arbitration matters includes acting for or advising:

The Republic of Korea in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the U.S./Korea Free Trade Agreement arising out of an investment in Samsung shares (Mason v. Korea).

The Republic of Korea in an arbitration under the Swiss/Korea Bilateral Investment Treaty (Schindler v. Korea).

A Brazilian oil and gas explorer in ICC arbitration against a Singaporean construction firm arising from allegations of bribery and corruption (ICC, New York law, New York seat).

A European aeronautical engineering firm in potential ICC arbitration against its joint venture partner concerning breaches of development and production sharing arrangements (ICC, New York law, New York seat).

A Latin American oil services company in an ICC arbitration in New York in dispute with a joint venture partner over the operation of two drilling rigs, and involving parallel proceedings in the U.S., Brazil and the BVI (ICC, New York law, Singapore seat).

A Bermuda insurer in an ad hoc arbitration over first party claims arising out of an explosion at a Syrian power plant (New York law, London seat).

A Brazilian state-owned bank in ICC arbitration against a European telecommunications company arising out of a joint venture for the provision of banking technology services in Brazil (ICC, Brazilian law, New York seat).

A Latin American telecommunications company in ICDR arbitration with its joint venture partner (ICDR, New York law, New York seat).

A property developer in AAA arbitration and related enforcement proceedings concerning a dispute with its joint venture partner (AAA, Delaware law, New York seat). 

An investor in UNCITRAL arbitration against the state of Ecuador arising out of a public works contract (Geneva seat, Ecuadorian law).