Ashish Chugh

Ashish Chugh

Principal
Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow

Biography

Ashish is a Principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore. He is qualified to practice law in England & Wales, India, New York and Singapore and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Within the Firm, Ashish sits on the (i) Global India Steering Committee, (ii) Global TMT Dispute Resolution Working Group, (iii) Asia Pacific International Arbitration Steering Committee and (iv) Joint Asia Offices Dispute Resolution Group on TMT and South Asia.

Ashish is acknowledged by Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a key practitioner in the area of international arbitration in Singapore. Clients commentary included in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 Asia Pacific states that "Ashish Chugh is 'very familiar with India law matters', 'offers commercially sensible advice and is a delight to work with', and 'grasps complex points quickly and is very persuasive'. Previously, Ashish had been recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 and described as "truly impressive", "very incisive and a go-to lawyer in Singapore", who offers "advice that is sensible and commercially viable".

Practice Focus

Ashish represents numerous parties with respect to disputes across a wide range of industries including technology and telecommunications as well as aviation, commodities, hospitality, investment funds, power and shipping.

Ashish has broad experience in the conduct of international arbitrations with seats in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York under a variety of ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules, including AAA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Ashish regularly speaks on topical dispute resolution issues at leading industry conferences, events and in-house client seminars throughout Asia, and in particular India. In particular, he has been actively speaking on topical legal issues concerning cutting-edge technology such as distributed ledger technology and digital transformation.

Representative Legal Matters

Examples of Ashish's recent experience prior to joining the Firm includes the following:

Technology and telecommunications disputes

  • Acting for a leading global telecommunications service provider in relation to claims in excess of USD 10 million arising from a managed services agreement regarding the deployment and activation of licensed software on a virtual cloud-based environment. The arbitration is seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.
  • Acting for a German engineering company in relation to claims in excess of EUR 100 million arising from a technology transfer agreement regarding the use of the technology to manufacture an array of electric vehicles in India for sale in the EU market. The arbitration is under the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce rules.

Joint venture and shareholder disputes

  • Acting for a leading Japanese steel manufacturer in relation to claims in excess of USD 30 million arising from a joint venture agreement for the production and supply of galvanised steel sheets in Myanmar. The arbitration is seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.
  • Acting for the founder of a leading Indian matchmaking technology platform in the Singapore courts regarding issues concerning the arbitrability of matters of minority oppression and mismanagement under Indian law regarding the joint venture in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore. The matter arises in the context of an anti-suit injunction pursued by the joint venture partner in the Singapore courts.

Commodities disputes

  • Acting for a leading Indian commodities trader in five arbitrations in relation to claims in excess of USD 10 million arising from the repudiation of contracts for the sale of iron ore to a Chinese purchaser. The arbitrations are seated in Hong Kong under the HKIAC Rules.
  • Acted for a major carbon black manufacturer based in India in relation to claims in excess of USD 5 million following the repudiation of an agreement for the supply of carbon black oil to a Chinese purchaser. The arbitration was seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.

Disputes concerning termination of commercial contracts

  • Acted for a global software payment solution provider against its Indian distributor with respect to claims in excess of USD 15 million concerning contractual breaches and wrongful termination of a distributorship agreement. The arbitration was seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.
  • Acting for a leading agricultural equipment company in relation to claims of approximately USD 10 million arising from the termination of a dealer agreement on account of the fraud and corruption committed by its agent in Indonesia. The consolidated arbitrations are seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.

Disputes concerning fraud and corruption

  • Acting for a leading agricultural equipment company in relation to claims of approximately USD 10 million arising from the termination of a dealer agreement on account of the fraud and corruption committed by its agent in Indonesia. The consolidated arbitrations are seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.
  • Assisting in the conduct of an internal investigation for a Southeast Asia-based, publicly-traded, global manufacturer of marine and offshore integrated solutions into allegations of corrupt payments to government officials and others in Brazil, in connection with "Operation Car Wash" as well as advising on the restructuring of the corporate affairs of the group of companies.

Professional Honors

  • Acknowledged as a key practitioner in International Arbitration for Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017 - 2019
  • Leading Individual in International Arbitration for Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018-2019
  • Recognized, "Under 40 Rising Star," Legal Era, 2018
  • Recognized as one of the Most Trusted Corporate Lawyers, Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA)

Admissions

  • Singapore (2014)
  • New York~United States (2009)
  • England & Wales (non-practising)~United Kingdom (2009)
  • India (2003)

Education

  • New York University School of Law (LLM) (2008)
  • Pune University (LLB, Ranked 2nd, University Merit List) (2003)
  • Pune University (BSL, Ranked 8th, University Merit List) (2001)

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu