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Vivek Kapoor

T: +44 20 7809 2235 M: +44 7557 266 930 Email Vivek | Vcard Office: London

Awards

International arbitration

International arbitration

Public international law; International arbitration

Public international law; International arbitration

Vivek Kapoor Senior associate

Contact details

Vivek Kapoor

Vivek Kapoor
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2235 M: +44 7557 266 930 Email Vivek | Vcard Office: London

Vivek is a member of the firm's international arbitration practice group. He has extensive experience of investor-state disputes and large scale, complex and high-value commercial disputes. 
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Vivek acts as counsel and advocate in international arbitrations conducted under the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL rules and ad-hoc arrangements, and arising from diverse industry sectors, particularly energy, mining and natural resources, infrastructure, construction and engineering, defence, manufacturing, telecom and technology sectors.

He advises and represents both private and state-owned entities from jurisdictions in Asia, Europe, CIS, Africa, and Middle East in disputes governed by a variety of common and civil law regimes, and public international law.

Vivek also advises foreign investors, particularly those investing in the emerging economies of Asia and Africa, on issues pertaining to investment protection notably under bilateral investment treaties and investor-state contracts, and the interaction between international law and domestic law in relation to international projects.

Vivek has undertaken significant advocacy before international tribunals. Vivek is called to the bar of England & Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He also has full rights of audience in the Indian courts, and has successfully represented private parties, both Indian and Fortune 500 multinational corporations, before the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts of various States in India.

He has also advised on a full spectrum of post-award remedies, enforcement, jurisdictional challenges and conflict of laws issues.

He is empanelled as an arbitrator with the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (working under the aegis of Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India). He also serves on the editorial advisory board of LexisNexis Arbitration and the management committee of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration.

Vivek is recognised in Legal 500 UK (2019) as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for International Arbitration and ranked in Legal 500 for Public International Law and International Arbitration (2018, 2019).

Vivek regularly speaks at various forums on diverse issues of international law and international arbitration, and has published widely on this area of law.

Before moving to London, Vivek has lived and worked in Singapore, US and India.

  • Dispute resolution
  • International arbitration

Power

Acting for a leading Indian infrastructure corporation in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a South Asian State arising from the establishment of two power projects.

Mining

Acting for a British investor in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a CIS State arising from the expropriation of a mining project.

Defence

Acting for a Malaysian defence contractor in an SIAC arbitration against an South Asian State in a dispute arising out of the establishment of a major defence project in the State.

Hydroelectric power

Acting for an Indian state-owned engineering corporation in a dispute against a Middle Eastern state-owned power corporation regarding the refurbishment of a prominent hydroelectric power project in the Middle-East.

Real estate

Acting for a Russian private equity firm in a dispute against a prominent US real estate developer involving the development of a real estate project in Moscow.

Mining

Acting for an Indonesian coal mining corporation in an SIAC arbitration against a prominent commodity trading corporation in a dispute over the impact of regulatory changes in Indonesia’s mining sector on parties’ obligations under long-term coal supply contracts.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer against a Canadian mining corporation in a dispute regrading a mining project in Brazil.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer in LCIA arbitration against one of the world's largest aluminum manufacturer based in the Middle East in a dispute arising from the non-performance of a supply agreement.

Telecom

Acting for a US Fund Manager in ICC arbitration against East African institutional investors regarding the management and operation of a telecom asset-focused fund.

Media

Acting for an Indonesian media corporation in a dispute concerning the broadcasting rights in Indonesia of a premier international sporting event.

Oil field

Acting for an Indian engineering sub-contractor in ICC arbitration against the South Korean contractor in a dispute pertaining to the design and engineering works forming part of the development of an oil field in West Asia.

Gas pipeline

Advising Indonesian state-controlled natural gas corporation PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) in the much controvertible setting-aside proceedings in Singapore before the Court of Appeal and High Court, arising out of an ongoing ICC arbitration regarding a major gas pipeline project in Indonesia. Seminal case in the interpretation of the dispute resolution process under the FIDIC Red Book (1999), and prompted FIDIC Guidance Memorandum dated 1st April 2013.

Construction

Advising a Russian UHNI on a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement for the sale of a construction conglomerate.

PepsiCo India

Acted for PepsiCo India in proceedings against the Indian state of Punjab before the Punjab & Haryana High Court in a matter pertaining to arbitrary withdrawal of tax concessions awarded to the corporation for the setting up of three manufacturing units in Punjab. 

More: Dispute resolution

Power

Acting for a leading Indian infrastructure corporation in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a South Asian State arising from the establishment of two power projects.

Mining

Acting for a British investor in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a CIS State arising from the expropriation of a mining project.

Defence

Acting for a Malaysian defence contractor in an SIAC arbitration against an South Asian State in a dispute arising out of the establishment of a major defence project in the State.

Hydroelectric power

Acting for an Indian state-owned engineering corporation in a dispute against a Middle Eastern state-owned power corporation regarding the refurbishment of a prominent hydroelectric power project in the Middle-East.

Real estate

Acting for a Russian private equity firm in a dispute against a prominent US real estate developer involving the development of a real estate project in Moscow.

Mining

Acting for an Indonesian coal mining corporation in an SIAC arbitration against a prominent commodity trading corporation in a dispute over the impact of regulatory changes in Indonesia’s mining sector on parties’ obligations under long-term coal supply contracts.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer against a Canadian mining corporation in a dispute regrading a mining project in Brazil.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer in LCIA arbitration against one of the world's largest aluminum manufacturer based in the Middle East in a dispute arising from the non-performance of a supply agreement.

Telecom

Acting for a US Fund Manager in ICC arbitration against East African institutional investors regarding the management and operation of a telecom asset-focused fund.

Media

Acting for an Indonesian media corporation in a dispute concerning the broadcasting rights in Indonesia of a premier international sporting event.

Oil field

Acting for an Indian engineering sub-contractor in ICC arbitration against the South Korean contractor in a dispute pertaining to the design and engineering works forming part of the development of an oil field in West Asia.

Gas pipeline

Advising Indonesian state-controlled natural gas corporation PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) in the much controvertible setting-aside proceedings in Singapore before the Court of Appeal and High Court, arising out of an ongoing ICC arbitration regarding a major gas pipeline project in Indonesia. Seminal case in the interpretation of the dispute resolution process under the FIDIC Red Book (1999), and prompted FIDIC Guidance Memorandum dated 1st April 2013.

More: International arbitration

  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and natural resources

Real estate

Acting for a Russian private equity firm in a dispute against a prominent US real estate developer involving the development of a real estate project in Moscow.

Oil field

Acting for an Indian engineering sub-contractor in ICC arbitration against the South Korean contractor in a dispute pertaining to the design and engineering works forming part of the development of an oil field in West Asia.

Gas pipeline

Advising Indonesian state-controlled natural gas corporation PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) in the much controvertible setting-aside proceedings in Singapore before the Court of Appeal and High Court, arising out of an ongoing ICC arbitration regarding a major gas pipeline project in Indonesia. Seminal case in the interpretation of the dispute resolution process under the FIDIC Red Book (1999), and prompted FIDIC Guidance Memorandum dated 1st April 2013.

Construction

Advising a Russian UHNI on a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement for the sale of a construction conglomerate. 

Power

Acting for a leading Indian infrastructure corporation in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a South Asian State arising from the establishment of two power projects.

Mining

Acting for a British investor in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a CIS State arising from the expropriation of a mining project.

Hydroelectric power

Acting for an Indian state-owned engineering corporation in a dispute against a Middle Eastern state-owned power corporation regarding the refurbishment of a prominent hydroelectric power project in the Middle-East.

Mining

Acting for an Indonesian coal mining corporation in an SIAC arbitration against a prominent commodity trading corporation in a dispute over the impact of regulatory changes in Indonesia’s mining sector on parties’ obligations under long-term coal supply contracts.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer against a Canadian mining corporation in a dispute regrading a mining project in Brazil.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer in LCIA arbitration against one of the world's largest aluminum manufacturer based in the Middle East in a dispute arising from the non-performance of a supply agreement.

Oil field

Acting for an Indian engineering sub-contractor in ICC arbitration against the South Korean contractor in a dispute pertaining to the design and engineering works forming part of the development of an oil field in West Asia.

Gas pipeline

Advising Indonesian state-controlled natural gas corporation PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) in the much controvertible setting-aside proceedings in Singapore before the Court of Appeal and High Court, arising out of an ongoing ICC arbitration regarding a major gas pipeline project in Indonesia. Seminal case in the interpretation of the dispute resolution process under the FIDIC Red Book (1999), and prompted FIDIC Guidance Memorandum dated 1st April 2013.

  • India
  • Indonesia
  • CIS and CEE
  • Southeast Asia

Power

Acting for a leading Indian infrastructure corporation in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a South Asian State arising from the establishment of two power projects.

Hydroelectric power

Acting for an Indian state-owned engineering corporation in a dispute against a Middle Eastern state-owned power corporation regarding the refurbishment of a prominent hydroelectric power project in the Middle-East.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer against a Canadian mining corporation in a dispute regarding the operationalization of a mining project in Brazil.

Mining

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer in LCIA arbitration against one of the world's largest aluminum manufacturer based in the Middle East in a dispute arising from the non-performance of a supply agreement.

Transport

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer in ad-hoc arbitration against a South East Asian state-owned transport corporation arising from a transport agreement. 

Oil field

Acting for an Indian engineering sub-contractor in ICC arbitration against the South Korean contractor in a dispute pertaining to the design and engineering works forming part of the development of an oil field in West Asia.

PepsiCo India

Acted for PepsiCo India in proceedings against the Indian state of Punjab before the Punjab & Haryana High Court in a matter pertaining to arbitrary withdrawal of tax concessions awarded to the corporation for the setting up of three manufacturing units in Punjab. 

More: India

Gas pipeline

Advising Indonesian state-controlled natural gas corporation PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) in the much controvertible setting-aside proceedings in Singapore before the Court of Appeal and High Court, arising out of an ongoing ICC arbitration regarding a major gas pipeline project in Indonesia. Seminal case in the interpretation of the dispute resolution process under the FIDIC Red Book (1999), and prompted FIDIC Guidance Memorandum dated 1st April 2013.

Media

Acting for an Indonesian media corporation in a dispute concerning the broadcasting rights in Indonesia of a premier international sporting event.

Mining

Acting for an Indonesian coal mining corporation in an SIAC arbitration against a prominent commodity trading corporation in a dispute over the impact of regulatory changes in Indonesia’s mining sector on parties’ obligations under long-term coal supply contracts.

Mining

Acting for a British investor in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a CIS State arising from the expropriation of a mining project.

Real estate

Acting for a Russian private equity firm in a dispute against a prominent US real estate developer involving the development of a real estate project in Moscow.

Construction

Advising a Russian UHNI on a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement for the sale of a construction conglomerate. 

Gas pipeline

Advising Indonesian state-controlled natural gas corporation PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) in the much controvertible setting-aside proceedings in Singapore before the Court of Appeal and High Court, arising out of an ongoing ICC arbitration regarding a major gas pipeline project in Indonesia. Seminal case in the interpretation of the dispute resolution process under the FIDIC Red Book (1999), and prompted FIDIC Guidance Memorandum dated 1st April 2013.

Transport

Acting for a prominent Indian aluminum and copper manufacturer in ad-hoc arbitration against a South East Asian state-owned transport corporation arising from a transport agreement.

Media

Acting for an Indonesian media corporation in a dispute concerning the broadcasting rights in Indonesia of a premier international sporting event.

Mining

Acting for an Indonesian coal mining corporation in an SIAC arbitration against a prominent commodity trading corporation in a dispute over the impact of regulatory changes in Indonesia’s mining sector on parties’ obligations under long-term coal supply contracts.

Awards

International arbitration

International arbitration

Public international law; International arbitration

Public international law; International arbitration

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