Ganesh Chandru

Advocate & Arbitrator
Partner, Dua Associates
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Ganesh Chandru specialises in International and Domestic Arbitration as well as Commercial Litigation. He is admitted to practice in India, England & Wales and Singapore, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.He is currently a Partner at Dua Associates, India and has been appointed as a part-time member of the India International Arbitration Centre (IIAC).

Ganesh’s practice encompasses advising and representing parties in international arbitration matters (under Rules of SIAC, ICC, LCIA, SCMA, UNCITRAL as well as ad hoc) and arbitration matters seated in India that are conducted pursuant to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. He also advises and represents parties in litigation matters before the courts in India. He has handled cases arising from transactions relating to Oil & Gas; Infrastructure; Projects & Construction; Power / Energy; Telecom & IT; Banking & Finance; Joint Ventures; Shareholder Agreements; General Corporate and Commercial matters.

Ganesh started his career at a top set of Chambers at the Madras High Court in 1994 and he represented large corporations, foreign banks and high net worth individuals in litigation and arbitration matters. On being awarded the NUS Research Scholarship, Ganesh moved to Singapore in 1998. He was conferred a Master of Laws degree by the National University of Singapore for his thesis on ‘International Commercial Arbitration and Information Technology’.

Prior to relocating back to India in 2015, Ganesh spent more than 16 years in Singapore during which time he worked with some of the top International law firms and Singapore law firms. Between 2002 and 2007, Ganesh was the Counsel & Assistant Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He supervised the administration of about 500 arbitrations during his 5-year stint at SIAC and also pioneered SIAC’s initiatives in India.

Ganesh is on the panel of arbitrators of the SIAC, the AIAC (formerly KLRCA), the Indian Council of Arbitration, the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre, Madras Chamber of Commerce’s Arbitration & Mediation Centre and is on the list of arbitrators of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration. He was an elected member of the Council of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators from 2010 to 2014 and chaired some of its key committees.

He has been recognised in the ‘Global Arbitration Review 100 (2009)’ as a “Significant” name. In recognition of his dedication and contribution to Arbitration and ADR he was conferred the ‘Capital Foundation Arun Jaitley National Award 2020’. He has been recognised in the Asian Legal Business (ALB) “India Super 50 Lawyers 2021” based on client feedback and market survey done by ALB. He has been ranked by Legal Era as a “Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution - Arbitration & Litigation” in its first edition of ‘Legal Era Leading Lawyers Rankings 2022’ and is enlisted in the ‘Forbes Legal Power List 2021’ as a “Top Individual Lawyer for Alternate Dispute Resolution - Arbitration & Mediation”. He has been listed in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ and the ‘Global Arbitration Review (GAR)’, London in the 2017 and 2018 editions of ‘Arbitration: Future Leaders’.

He regularly speaks on arbitration at conferences and training programs in India and abroad including under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has also been a visiting faculty at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and has taught a course on Alternate Dispute Resolution.

During his law college days, Ganesh was an avid participant in moot court competitions, and he represented India at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA.