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Gautham  Chandrakumar

T: +44 20 7809 2267 M: +44 7710 918 488 Email Gautham | Vcard Office: London

Gautham Chandrakumar Associate

Contact details

Gautham  Chandrakumar

T: +44 20 7809 2267 M: +44 7710 918 488 Email Gautham | Vcard Office: London

Gautham specialises in litigation and international arbitration in the energy, international trade and insurance sectors.
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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.

  • International arbitration
  • Marine and international trade

PDVSA

Acting for the Venezuelan state owned oil and gas company in expedited UNCITRAL international arbitration proceedings in respect of disputes arising out of the performance of a drilling contract. 

Konkola Copper Mines Plc

Advising a subsidiary of FTSE 100-listed mining and resources company Vedanta) in three consolidated LCIA arbitrations and related court proceedings in England and Zambia.

FCC arbitration

Advising foreign counsel on challenging an FCC arbitration award under the Arbitration Act 1996.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Advising NNPC in resisting the enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award in the Court of Appeal on the basis of New York Convention grounds.

More: International arbitration

Petroleum conglomerate

Advising a company specialising in seismic surveys and data acquisition of subsea oil reserves on recovery for pure economic loss.

United Kingdom Government

Advising on litigation arising out of the interpretation of international conventions (as implemented under English law) which provide for the recovery of costs incurred in oil pollution prevention.

Tobacco distributor

Advising a major tobacco distributor following alleged breaches of a distribution agreement

Collateral managers

Advising collateral managers involved in Commercial Court proceedings following loss of commodities.

More: Marine and international trade

  • Marine insurance
  • Energy and natural resources
  • International trade

War risks

Advising war risks insurers on coverage issues arising out of the confiscation of a vessel by a sovereign state following the discovery of narcotics in containers.

Liability

Acting for liability insurers in a dispute against an international defence contractor regarding the measure of damages following the loss of an Australian navy patrol vessel.

Sanctions

Advising insurers on sanctions implications of paying out an indemnity to Cuban / Iranian entities.

PDVSA

Acting for the Venezuelan state owned oil and gas company in expedited UNCITRAL international arbitration proceedings in respect of disputes arising out of the performance of a drilling contract. 

Konkola Copper Mines Plc

Advising a subsidiary of FTSE 100-listed mining and resources company Vedanta) in three consolidated LCIA arbitrations and related court proceedings in England and Zambia.

Collateral managers

Advising collateral managers involved in Commercial Court proceedings following alleged loss of commodities.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Advising NNPC in resisting the enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award in the Court of Appeal on the basis of New York Convention grounds.

More: Energy and natural resources

Petroleum conglomerate

Advising a company specialising in seismic surveys and data acquisition of subsea oil reserves on recovery for pure economic loss.

United Kingdom Government

Advising on litigation arising out of the interpretation of international conventions providing for the recovery of costs incurred in oil pollution prevention.

Tobacco distributor

Advising a major tobacco distributor following alleged breaches of a distribution agreement

More: International trade

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