India 2019: Navigating Dispute Resolution Regime in India and Recent developments


SESSION: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CEST)



India is a dynamic market, and is one of the world's most attractive destinations for foreign investment. The 2019 elections are likely to throw up a divided mandate considering the political environment in our country. In this scenario, for multinational companies, how to capture the potential direct investment, identify business opportunities, manage disputes and maximise long-term value is crucial, and a key driver of success.

Indian has witnessed significant growth in the number and complexity of cross-border disputes. As a result, it had become imperative for the government to provide a stable and favourable legal environment to potential investors and has left no stone unturned for improving its rankings on the ‘ease of doing business index’ released by the World Bank. The consistency in the steps taken by the Government of India - ranging from the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act 2015 (“2015 Amendment”), the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Bill, 2018, establishment of commercial courts within a span of just three years, reflects the political will to rapidly reform the dispute resolution landscape of India. In addition, we have also seen amendments to the Specific Relief Act intended on increasing contract enforceability, a newly introduced bankruptcy and insolvency regime and a stricter anti-corruption regime.

Join us for an interactive session, to hear experts from Nishith Desai Associates on a range of topics covering the landmark efforts taken by the government to further boost the dispute framework in India.

Focus Area


  • Changing Landscape of Dispute Resolution in India;
  • International Commercial Arbitration: Growth and Challenges;
  • Rise of Commercial Courts in India;
  • Take-Aways

Reading Material


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05:30 PM – 06:30 PM :




Consulate General of India for South Germany

Mr. Sugandh Rajaram assumed charge as the Consul General of India in Munich in November 2016. He entered into Indian Foreign Service in 2001. He began his diplomatic career at the Indian Mission in Moscow. Later, he served in the Indian Diplomatic Missions in Jakarta and in New York. He also served at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi dealing with India’s relations with Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Prior to the current assignment he was dealing with External Publicity & Public Diplomacy in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

Mr. Sugandh Rajaram is an electronics engineer by education and speaks Russian and Bahasa Indonesia in addition to English and Indian languages.


Leader, Int’l Dispute Resolution and Investigation Practice

Nishith Desai Associates

Vyapak Desai leads the International Dispute Resolution and Investigation Practice at the multi-skilled, research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates. A senior attorney with the firm, Vyapak specializes in bringing in the highest level of analytical arrangement in cross border complex litigations. His vast experience includes representing clients as Counsel in a host of complex cases including disputes related to shareholders agreements, international trade, oil & gas, infrastructure and construction, and investment treaty involving international commercial arbitrations under rules of ICC, LCIA, SIAC, ICDR-AAA, UNCITRAL etc. Vyapak has cultivated expertise in insolvency and corporate law as well as in investigation/white collar crimes.

Vyapak is the Co-chair-council of MCIA, Director of CIArb India Branch, and Member of IBA, IPBA and the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. He has also been listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of SIAC, AIAC LCIA, NCDEX (SEBI), and BVI IAC.


Co-Head, European Desk

Nishith Desai Associates

Payel Chatterjee co-heads the European Practice and is also an integral member of the International Dispute Resolution and Investigation Practice at Nishith Desai Associates. Payel specializes in commercial litigation, international arbitration, white collar investigations and cross border disputes. She has appeared and successfully handled cases before various forums and courts including Supreme Court of India, various High Court and other Tribunals. She is an integral member of the investigations practice at NDA and has worked on several cross-border investigations across various sectors and industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, education etc. She regularly participates in domestic and international conferences and her articles have been published in several reputed legal journals. Payel won the Best Paper Prize at IPBA for her article on "What's in a name'? John Doe 'orders' are here to stay" in 2012 and also co-authored a chapter in “Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India” published by Lexis-Nexis 2017.

RSG India Report 2017 recognizes Payel as 'experienced' in dealing with international clients.

She graduated from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar and holds an Honors degree in B. Com LL.B. (Hons.) and is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi.



The AHK Indien or the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1956. Today, we are with over 6000 members the largest AHK and the largest Chamber of Commerce in India. We have built up a strong local presence with our head-office in Mumbai, branch offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune and a liaison office in Düsseldorf. As the primary contact for Indian and German companies who want to start doing business with the respective other country, we enhance the bilateral economic relations between India and Germany.