Ashish Chugh

Ashish Chugh

Local Principal
Wong & Leow LLC

Biography

Ashish is a Local Principal in Singapore's Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He is qualified to practice law in England & Wales, India, New York and Singapore.

In July 2018, Ashish received the “Under-40 Rising Star” award at the annual India law awards ceremony in New Delhi. Recent clients commentary in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific states that "Ashish 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' (2019) and describes Ashish as "truly impressive", "very incisive and a go-to lawyer in Singapore", who offers "advice that is sensible and commercially viable" (2018).

Practice Focus

Ashish represents clients in a range of industries including aviation, commodities, construction, hospitality, investment funds , office stationery, oil and gas, power, shipping, technology and telecommunications.

He has broad experience in international arbitrations with seats in Dubai, Hong Kong, India, London, Malaysia, New York and Singapore under a variety of ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules, including AAA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL. Ashish is experienced in supervising, coordinating and managing complex court-based commercial litigation in Asia Pacific.

Ashish regularly speaks on topical dispute resolution issues at leading industry conferences, events and in-house client seminars throughout Asia, particularly India. He actively speaks cutting-edge technology such as distributed ledger technology (including blockchain) and smart contracts. Ashish also receives arbitrator appointments.

Representative Legal Matters

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

Commodities disputes

  • 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 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.

  • Acted for a state-owned Indonesian trading consortium in relation to claims in excess of USD 10 million following the repudiation of contracts for the supply of coal 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.

  • 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 are seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.

  • Acted for the exclusive European agent of a global rubber trading company in relation to claims in excess of EUR 50 million following the termination of the exclusive agency agreement. The arbitration was seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.

Disputes concerning fraud and corruption

  • 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 are seated in Singapore under the SIAC Rules.

  • Assisted 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.

Investment treaty disputes

  • Advised and acted for a group of foreign investors in a claim in excess of USD 100 million against the Arab Republic of Egypt under the US - Egypt bilateral investment treaty for expropriation of foreign investment as a result of a number of governmental measures taken in the Egyptian cotton industry.

  • Advised a German award-creditor as to the enforcement of an arbitral award in excess of EUR 30 million against the Kingdom of Thailand pursuant to the Germany-Thailand bilateral investment treaty arbitration.

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

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

  • Bengali
  • English
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Urdu