Ritin Rai SA

Practice Profile


  • 1995 India; 1999 New York
  • Designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India – March 2019

Ritin started his career in 1998 as an Associate in the Business Practice Group of Jones Day in its Cleveland office before relocating to India to practice corporate law.  He transitioned to a disputes practice in 2004 when he joined the Chambers of Ashok H. Desai, a Senior Advocate and formerly Attorney General for India. Ritin has been designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 2019.

Ritin brings his experience as a corporate lawyer to bear on a variety of commercial and regulatory disputes, including in company, competition, insolvency and telecommunications law.  His practice spans appearances in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi, the commercial tribunals situate in Delhi and before arbitral tribunals.

Ritin accepts instructions to appear both as counsel and as arbitrator in arbitral disputes, and as an Indian law expert in courts or forums outside India. Ritin is on SIAC’s panel of arbitrators.  He is a member of the ICC India Arbitration Group and the India Rapporteur for the 3rd Edition of the “ICC Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention”.

Ritin also teaches a course on the practice of commercial disputes at the Jindal Global Law School where he has been appointed Honorary Adjunct Professor of Law and Distinguished Professor of Legal Practice.

Since 2017, Ritin has been engaged in the following arbitral matters which may be disclosed:

  • Representation of the exiting founder group in disputes relating to the terms of their exit, including non-compete obligations before a panel of 3 retired Judges of the Supreme Court of India
  • Appointed sole arbitrator by the ICC International Court of Arbitration in disputes arising out of a consultancy agreement for an infrastructure project in Karnataka (India)
  • Representation of a shareholder group in disputes relating to the exercise of a call option (emergency arbitrator proceedings under SIAC Rules)
  • Representation of an Indian manufacturer of non-ferrous alloys in a dispute governed by LCIA India Rules arising out of a contract for the design, supply and commission of an aluminium mill
  • Representation of an Indian public sector company in a dispute governed by ICC Rules arising out of a contract for the supply of a hot strip mill at its steel plant
  • Appointed sole arbitrator by the Delhi High Court in two disputes between Kendriya Bhandar and the Government of India
  • Representation of company in the Maire Tecnimont group in disputes arising out of an EPCC contract in a petrochemical complex. (co-counsel with an Italian law firm)
  • Representation of an engineering construction company in disputes arising out of the termination of a contract for rural electrification before a panel of 3 retired Judges of the Supreme Court of India.
  • Representation of Siemens Limited in two separate disputes arising out of completion of electrical works in a thermal power plant before panels of 3 retired judges of the Supreme Court of India.
  • Representation of Siemens Logistics India Private Limited before a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India in disputes arising out of a contract for the construction of an airport cargo handling facility.
  • Representation of Siddharth Engineering Limited (the contractor) before a 3-member Arbitral Tribunal presided by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India in relation to claims arising under contracts for the supply and erection of power sub-stations entered into with the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd.
  • Representation of the Indian joint venture partners in a SIAC arbitration arising out of disputes following the termination of a joint venture in the media entertainment space.

Representative matters in Court since 2017 with which Ritin has been involved and which are a matter of public record are:

  • Representation of Quippo Construction Equipment Limited in a jurisdictional challenge to the power of a court to entertain a setting aside petition in an arbitration seated outside its territorial jurisdiction (judgment delivered by Supreme Court – April 2020)
  • Representation of Alimenta SA in proceedings by NAFED challenging a foreign award arising out of a FOSFA arbitration (judgment delivered by Supreme Court – April 2020)
  • Representation of Airvisual Limited in proceedings challenging an application to the Supreme Court to constitute the arbitral tribunal in a foreign seated arbitration (judgment delivered by Supreme Court – March 2020)
  • Representation of home buyer creditors of Jaypee Infratech Limited in proceedings relating to the scope of “financial creditors” under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (judgment delivered by Supreme Court – February 2020)
  • Representation of Gammon Engineers and Contractors Private Limited in proceedings to challenge the constitutional validity of amendments made in 2019 to the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (judgment delivered by Supreme Court – November 2019)
  • Representation of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited in proceedings related to the computation of license fees under telecom licenses issued by the Government of India (judgment delivered by Supreme Court – October 2019)
  • Representation of Go Airlines (India) Limited in proceedings relating to the dismissal of its counter claim by an arbitral tribunal on the ground that it lacked jurisdiction (reported in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited v. Go Airlines (India) Ltd. (2019) 10 SCC 250)
  • Indian law statement to plaintiffs in an environmental claim instituted in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against International Finance Corporation (August 2019)
  • Representation of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited in proceedings relating to compliance with its telecom license minimum roll out obligations (judgment delivered by Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal – October 2019)
  • Representation of companies in the Maire Tecnimont group in a setting aside petition filed by ONGC Petro Additions Limited in the Delhi High Court (Petition dismissed by the Delhi High Court – July 2019)
  • Representation of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited in competition law proceedings alleging cartelization and abuse of dominance by incumbent telecom operators (reported in Competition Commission of India v. Bharti Airtel Ltd. & Ors. (2019) 2 SCC 521)
  • Representation of twelve U.S. law firms in the Supreme Court in an appeal filed by the Bar Council of India seeking restrictions on the ability of foreign law firms to practice in India (reported in Bar Council of India v. A. K. Balaji & Or. (2018) 5 SCC 379)
  • Representation of Cruz City in proceedings before the High Court of Delhi to enforce an LCIA award against Unitech Limited (reported in Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings v. Unitech Limited 239 (2017) DLT 649)
  • Representation of Government of India in proceedings in the Supreme Court relating to retrospective operation of court fee amendments (reported in K. Raveendranathan Nair v. Commissioner of Income Tax & Ors. 2017 (8) SCALE 712)
  • Representation of the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India in the Supreme Court re challenges to the spectrum auction held by the Department of Telecommunications (reported in Reliance Telecom Limited v. Union of India (2017) 4 SCC269)
  • Representation of the Raja of Mahmudabad in proceedings before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court relating to the Ordinance making power of the executive (reported in Krishna Kumar Singh v. State of Bihar (2017) 3 SCC 1)
  • Representation of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited in various proceedings before Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal, the High Courts of Delhi, Bombay, Gujarat and Madras on various telecom regulatory issues (2016 – ongoing)
    • St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (B.A. (Honours) Economics, 1992)
    • Campus Law Centre, Delhi University (LL.B., 1995)
    • St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford (B.C.L., 1997)
    • Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1998)