Ashish is a principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore. He is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, India, New York and Singapore and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Within Baker McKenzie, Ashish sits on the (i) Global International Arbitration Steering Committee, (ii) Global India Steering Committee, (iii) Global TMT Dispute Resolution Working Group and (iv) Joint Asia Offices Dispute Resolution Working 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."
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, AIAC, DIAC, HKIAC, ICC, 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 include 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.
- Acted for a major Indian telecommunications service provider in relation to claims in excess of USD 10 million arising from a reciprocal services agreement concerning the termination of voice calls as well as revenue-sharing of 3G and 4G roaming mobile services. The arbitration was seated in Singapore under the SIAC 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.
- 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.
- Advising a major US supplier of PEM fuel cell technology in relation to claims in excess of USD 50 million arising from the sale and purchase agreement of automotive applications to be used in commercial fuel cell vehicles.
- Acted for a UAE-based commodities trading group in four arbitration in relation to claims in excess of USD 7 million arising from the contracts for the sale and purchase of kaoline and manganese to a Hong Kong based purchaser. The arbitrations were seated in London under the LME Arbitration Rules.
- Acted 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 were seated in Hong Kong under the HKIAC 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.
- Acted 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 were seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
- Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
- Barrister-at-Law, (Inner Temple) (non-practising)
- Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law, State of New York
- Advocate, Delhi Bar Council
- Singapore (2014)
- New York~United States (2009)
- England & Wales (non-practising)~United Kingdom (2009)
- India (2003)
- New York University School of Law (LLM, Awarded the Arthur T Vanderbilt scholarship based on academic merit) (2008)
- Pune University (LLB (First Class), Ranked 2nd, University Merit List) (2003)
- Pune University (BSL (First Class), Ranked 8th, University Merit List) (2001)