Raj Panchmatia is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group in our Mumbai office. Raj has rich experience in the field of dispute resolution and commercial litigation, both at the domestic and international fora. He has advised clients on a wide variety of claims under the Indian arbitration laws, SIAC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and HKIAC, and has extensive experience in dealing with disputes under all forms of contracts and agreements. Raj is appointed on the SIAC Panel of Arbitrators. Raj also advises clients on litigation before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts of the country, the Securities Appellate Tribunal, the National Company Law Tribunal etc.
Raj’s key practice areas are infrastructure, private equity, M&A, securities, defence, shipping, property, automobile, power and hospitality sectors. Raj also represents and advises the Government of India on various matters.
Raj is one of the select members of the SIAC India Users Counsel and the ICC India Arbitration Group. He was instrumental in drafting of the Mumbai Centre of International Arbitration (MCIA) Rules and is a co-convener of Indian Arbitration Forum Western Region. Raj was conferred the ‘Rising Star under 40’ award in 2016 by Legal Era. Raj is also a Fellow of Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.
- Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
- Bombay Incorporated Law Society
- Supreme Court Bar Association
- Bombay Bar Association
- SIAC India Users Counsel
- ICC India Arbitration Group
- Mumbai Centre of International Arbitration
- Law Society of England & Wales, U.K
Recognition and Accomplishments
Raj was conferred the ‘Rising Star under 40’ award in 2016 by Legal Era.
Raj Panchmatia has represented and advised the following clients
Mumbai Metro Regional Development Authority (MMRDA)
Represented and advised in one of the largest Infrastructure arbitration dispute regarding construction of Mumbai Metro Rail Project for a total claim of INR 4,500 Crores. Also successfully advised and procured an order for MMRDA on proceedings involving metro fares as per the agreed terms in the concession agreement between MMRDA and Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd.
A large French business house
Defended the claims aggregating to approximately EUR 1,597,000, for alleged breaches of shareholders agreement.
MAN Industries (India) Limited
Represented and advised in recovering payments of EUR 24 million under a manufacturing and supply agreement prior to shipment of goods to Iran in the background of certain existing international sanctions and further securing necessary documents to the client from the Iranian counterparty.
Narendra Plastics Private Limited
Represented and advised Asia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of plastic bags, in a dispute against its international supermarket chain customer and advised on strategy and securing order for payment of USD 1.8 million.
Represented and advised on disputes arising out of the shareholders agreement for enforcement of a put option, indemnity and guarantee rights of the investor involving payment of AED 137,500,000. The matter involved three multi-jurisdictional disputes, with more than one governing law of the contract.
A Japanese client
Represented and advised on arbitration for recovery of outstanding dues of USD 2 million in a dispute arising out of an EPC contract in the energy and infrastructure sector.
Indian Beauty and Hygiene Association (IBHA)
Represented and advised on challenging the vires of an amendment to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules seeking mandatory marking of cosmetic products with a red or green dot, indicating the source and/or ingredients as vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
Tech Mahindra Limited
Represented and advised on the constitutionality and retrospective effect of Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act 2015.
Vedanta Limited and Cairn India Limited
Represented and advised on a merger scheme which consolidates Vedanta Limited's position as one of the world's largest diversified natural resources companies.
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News and Events
Raj Panchmatia has featured in the following news and webinars
Lenders free to invoke Personal Guarantees of Corporate Debtor under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016
Khaitan & Co Webinar | What Indian Companies need to know about International arbitration?
Amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 – Concept of unconditional stay introduced, Schedule pertaining to qualifications of arbitrators deleted and to be replaced with regulations
Dont reinvent the wheel Infrastructure arbitration award set aside because it used an unknown formula for quantification of damages
Out of the box thinking during COVID19 Singapore passes the COVID19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 providing protection against inability to perform certain contracts will India and others follow suit
Are writ petitions against orders passed under Section 37 of Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 maintainable? - Supreme Court answers
Ambit of the insolvency and bankruptcy code expanded to include personal guarantors
The venue of your Domestic Arbitration may just also be its seat: Supreme Court of India
Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime, International / Domestic Arbitration