Admitted

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

Education

  • 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)

Ritin Rai’s Indian legal practice spans a broad range of commercial and regulatory disputes. He appears in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi, the commercial tribunals situate in Delhi and before arbitral tribunals. Ritin started his career as an Associate in the Business Practice Group of Jones Day in its Cleveland office before relocating to India to practice corporate law and thereafter, transitioning 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 brings this experience as a corporate lawyer to bear on a variety of commercial disputes, including in company, insolvency, competition and telecommunications law.

Ritin obtained his LL.B. degree from the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1995 and was admitted to practice in India the same year. He was awarded the Radhakrishnan – British Chevening scholarship to study for the Bachelor of Civil Laws degree at the University of Oxford (1997) and thereafter, completed his LL.M. from the Harvard Law School (1998). He was designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in March 2019.

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. He has appeared in institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations seated in and outside India, and also acts as co-counsel with international law firms addressing issues of Indian law. He has wide-ranging experience in Court proceedings related to arbitral disputes, including applications seeking interim relief, challenges to arbitral awards and their enforcement. 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 has been engaged in the following arbitral matters, which may be disclosed. In all matters, except where specifically stated, Ritin appears as lead counsel.

  • Appointed sole arbitrator by the Delhi High Court in two disputes between Kendriya Bhandar and the Government of India (August 2019)
  • 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 an engineering construction company 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 an engineering construction company 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 a German engineering company in disputes seated in London governed by ICC Rules with a leading Indian switch manufacturing company. (co-counsel with US law firm)
  • 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 reserved by Supreme Court of India in August 2019)
  • 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 reserved by the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal in August 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 the retrospective operation of amendments to court fees payable (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)