Kartikey Mahajan - Associate


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Professional Profile

Kartikey is an associate in Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s International Arbitration and Litigation Group in London.

Kartikey’s practice focusses on international arbitration matters, complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and white collar investigations. Kartikey has experience in representing clients in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations (including under ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, AAA and GAFTA Rules) seated in both common law and civil jurisdictions around the world.

Kartikey also advises clients on white collar, fraud and corruption issues, and as well as on internal and regulatory investigations (DOJ, MAS, SFO, CBI and FINMA). He has also represented clients in litigation proceedings in various jurisdictions like United Kingdom, DIFC, India, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Cyprus, and Iraq.

Kartikey is qualified to practice in England & Wales, the State of New York and India. He has previously worked in Singapore and India, and he continues to regularly advise clients on Asia related disputes with a focus on disputes originating out of India and Singapore. His experience spans across private equity, telecom, media, energy and infrastructure industries.  

Representative Matters

International Arbitration

  • Representing a Middle Eastern investor in an ICSID arbitration proceeding against a Middle Eastern state in connection with its investment in the telecommunications sector.

  • Advised a South Asian investor on an investment treaty claim against an Asian State, and on the possibility of a parallel ICC commercial arbitration.

  • Advised Indian government in relation to enforcement aspects of the White Industries v. Republic of India award.

  • Representing a leading global logistics company in multiple ICC arbitrations (preceded by a ICC mediation) against a Cayman company and its controlling shareholder in relation to recovery of various payments due from the shareholders under the shareholders agreement; and minority oppression, and mismanagement disputes. Seat – DIFC. English law applied.

  • Representing a Croatian retail major and eleven (11) other Balkan companies (acting as guarantors) in a LCIA arbitration against a Russian bank in a dispute concerning bank loans worth €450 million. The matter also involved recognition of cross border insolvency orders and judgments of the Croatian court before the English courts. Seat – London. English law applied.

  • Representing a leading middle-eastern company in an ICC arbitration (preceded by a ICC mediation) relating to recovery of unpaid invoice amount for providing management services to an Iraqi company. Seat – DIFC. English law applied.

  • Representing an English consulting company in a LCIA arbitration against a leading Spanish engineering and clean technology company for recovery monies due. Seat – London. English law applied.

  • Represented a major German private equity fund against its Chinese joint venture partner in a HKIAC arbitration. Seat – Hong Kong. Hong Kong law applied.

  • Represented a US media conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration against its joint venture partner concerning its exit from the joint venture. Seat – Singapore. Indian law applied.

  • Advised a global energy major in terminating its mining joint venture (in Mozambique) and initiating LCIA arbitration against its partner. English law governed.

  • Represented a major Italian contractor in two related ICC arbitrations against a Thai entity in relation to a Lao hydro-power plant project. Seat – Singapore. Singapore Law applied.

  • Represented a German commodities major in a SIAC arbitration for a claim of wrongful gains against its employee. Seat – Singapore. Singapore law applied.

  • Representing a Chinese company in an ad-hoc Singapore construction arbitration dispute against a Singapore party.

  • Represented an Indian public sector undertaking in an ad hoc arbitration against a US Company. Seat – India. Indian law applied.

International Litigation

  • Representing a minority joint venture partner (a leading global logistics company) in DIFC court proceedings against the directors nominated by the majority shareholder in relation to various mismanagement and corporate governance disputes under the shareholders agreement.

  • Represented an Italian construction company in a setting aside proceedings before the Singapore courts in relation to an ICC award.

  • Advised on Singapore court proceedings in relation to an ICSID Arbitration alleging expropriation of shares in gold and copper mines in Papua New Guinea.

  • Represented Government of India before Delhi High Court in a challenge to appointment of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (M.L. Sharma v. Union of India).

  • Represented Government of Indian before the Delhi High Court in a challenge to the FDI approval for setting up of the joint venture airline between Airasia (Malaysia) and Tata Sons Limited (Dr. Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India).

  • Advised a global supplier of anchor products in relation to a construction litigation in India.

White Collar Investigations and Defense

  • Represented a Swiss bank in a high-profile multijurisdictional (DOJ, MAS and FINMA) investigation in relation to the 1MDB Scandal.

  • Represented a major international bank in a regulatory investigation into derivatives trading by the (Indian) Central Bureau of Investigation.

  • Represented a Japanese automobile major in an investigation against its employees by the MAS, and as well as parallel civil and criminal proceedings before the Singapore and Malaysian courts.

Prior Experience

Clifford Chance, Singapore

  • Associate (2015–2017)

Offices of Additional Solicitor General of India, New Delhi, India

  • Counsel (2012–2014)

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi, India

  • Associate (2011–2012)

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