Has good communication skills and judgement. He also has analytical, research, and people skills, and is perseverant and creative.

Debarshi Dutta

Partner
New Delhi

Debarshi, is a partner based in Delhi office of the firm and focusses on litigation, arbitration and contentious advisory work. He specialises in complex high-value disputes, and undertakes a range of contentious work on behalf of domestic and foreign corporations. He acts for a range of project owners, institutional investors, project sponsors, developers, occupiers, contractors and sub-contractors, financiers, consultants and suppliers on both contentious and non-contentious projects. He is skilled in assisting clients with meeting the local requirements of multi-jurisdictional transactions while also focusing on the broader commercial objectives. Debarshi also advises and represents a diverse clientele including government owned and private insurance companies; large media houses; engineering & construction firms; companies operating in energy, oil and gas & shipping sector; banks and financial institutions and public sector undertakings.

Debarshi advises directors and officers in relation to civil and criminal liability exposure arising in course of fulfilling their corporate responsibilities. Besides dispute resolution, he has substantial experience in insolvency and bankruptcy laws, shareholder's disputes and corporate restructuring including focussed corporate advisory work, white-collar crimes and employment law. He is also adept at handling a variety of commercial disputes for high net-worth individuals, particularly in the areas of mining, pharmaceuticals, commodities, intellectual property and financial services.

He regularly appears in various courts and tribunals, including regulatory bodies, across India. His ability to act for clients as a solicitor and plead in court as a counsel has helped him carve out a niche practice, and his clients seek him out for complex and high-value disputes that require a tailored and out-of-the-box approach. His reputation is built upon his proficiency in litigation which enables him to navigate the complexities of the legal system, meticulous preparation and fearless commitment to his client's cases.

He is often appointed by the court as a Receiver in arbitration matters to protect the subject matter of the dispute and as a Commissioner to assist the court in recording of evidence in contentious suits.

  • Acting for one of India's largest engineering and manufacturing companies in an international arbitration seated in London before a foreign arbitral tribunal.
  • Advising a Concessionaire and one of its foreign partners in relation to disputes arising out of a Concession Agreement in respect of a container terminal in a port in South India.
  • Representing an Indian arm of a Swedish company engaged in mining projects in an arbitration with an Indian state-controlled mineral producer substantially owned by the Government of India, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel.
  • Representing a Government owned insurance company in an arbitration to defend a claim arising out of a Material Damage Policy.
  • Representing an Indian public listed company which manufactures and markets crop protection products in two arbitrations arising out of a Material Damage Policy and Loss of Profits Policy.
  • Representing a European maritime group in enforcement and execution of 4 foreign awards for USD 120 million against a conglomerate based out of United Arab Emirates.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in 2 arbitrations both against the State Governments in respect of a contract for consultancy services for preparation of detailed project report for a bypass road project, and a contract for Project Management Consultancy Services for supervision and monitoring of works for reconstruction and remodeling of embankments.
  • Representing Republic TV in a writ petition filed by TV Today Networks Ltd challenging its TRP ratings.
  • Representing Mr. Arnab Goswami and Republic TV in a civil defamation action filed by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, a politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, and in a copyright infringement action filed by Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited of The Times Group, India's largest media conglomerate.
  • Securing an injunction against fraudulent invocation of a performance bank guarantee under an EPC contract for a global construction company.
  • Advising a French conglomerate in relation to a dispute with an Indian port arising out of a Concession Agreement.
  • Representing a leading supplier in equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining industry and rock excavation within the construction industry in insolvency proceedings against its corporate debtors.