Gautham has acted in a number of international arbitration and Commercial Court proceedings in the energy sector. He has acted for a subsidiary of a FTSE 100-listed mining and resources company in consolidated LCIA arbitrations and related court proceedings in England and Zambia. He has also defended collateral managers in Commercial Court litigation in respect of claims advanced by several banks, following the loss of pledged coal in Turkey. He is at present acting for the Venezuelan state-owned oil and gas company in UNCITRAL international arbitration proceedings against a drilling contractor.
Gautham also advises on complex insurance coverage and liability, with particular emphasis on marine and political risks. He has advised insurers on coverage issues arising out of the confiscation of a vessel by an African sovereign state and has also recently advised on sanctions implications regarding payments to Cuban and Iranian entities. He is currently acting for liability insurers against an international defence contractor in a multimillion-dollar dispute regarding the contractual measure of damages following the loss of an Australian navy patrol vessel.
In addition, he has experience in disputes involving distribution agreements, recently advising a major tobacco distributor following alleged breaches of contract.