Umer Akram Chaudhry

LL.M., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Fulbright Scholar)
B.A.-LL.B., Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Advocate High Court, Pakistan
Attorney at Law, New York
Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore (till 2015)

Umer Akram Chaudhry has over ten years of experience in handling a wide array of work in dispute resolution, transactional, and advisory practices. Qualified as an  Advocate of the High Court in Pakistan and Attorney at Law in New York, his primary focus in on domestic and international dispute resolution. He has appeared as counsel before a variety of fora ranging from the Lahore High Court and the High Court of Sindh to international commercial courts and arbitral tribunals in litigations and arbitrations.

Umer started his career as a litigation lawyer at Raja Mohammed Akram & Co in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was engaged in various commercial and constitutional cases. He was engaged in landmark constitutional cases before the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He also represented clients in regulatory matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the Competition Commission of Pakistan.

Later, Umer moved to Singapore and worked at Clyde & Co LLP and Rajah & Tann LLP, both internationally ranked amongst top-30 international arbitration practices. He was engaged in a breadth of cases arising from different common and civil law jurisdictions in South and South East Asia and Middle East. He was primarily involved in joint venture, shareholders, energy infrastructure, and hotel management disputes. He also worked with a well-known arbitrator in Singapore and assisted him in a number of international arbitrations around the world.

International Arbitration Experience

During the course of his practice, Umer has been engaged in a diverse range of disputes in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. His core practice areas are investment, commercial, construction, and energy infrastructure disputes. He is well versed in the rules of major arbitral centers. He also has a solid experience in enforcement of arbitral awards in multiple jurisdictions under the New York Convention. Some of his illustrative engagements are as follows:

  • Represented a Singapore company against a consortium of private equity firms in two arbitrations under the SIAC Rules in Singapore for an estimated claim and counter-claim of around US$600 million, involving construction of two major power projects in India, arising from shareholders’ agreements governed by Singapore law
  • Represented a US company and its subsidiary against an Indian company in an arbitration under the SIAC Rules in Singapore for an estimated claim of around US$15 million arising from agreement for sale and purchase of food processing equipment governed by Indian law
  • Represented a US company against a Myanmar company in an arbitration under the HKIAC Rules in Singapore arising from a 25-year term hotel management agreement governed by Myanmar law
  • Represented a Singapore company against a Dubai-based hospitality company in proceedings before the DIFC Courts in UAE for the enforcement of an arbitral award of approximately US$20 million

Litigation Experience

Umer has successfully represented clients before the courts and regulatory tribunals in Pakistan in complex corporate and commercial disputes. He has been engaged in disputes arising from a wide variety of sectors—including construction and infrastructure, minerals and natural resources, information technology, pharmaceuticals and drugs, and food and beverages. Some of his illustrative matters are as follows:

  • Successfully represented a leading manufacturer of large diesel engines and propulsion systems and distributed power generation plants from Germany and its regional distributor in Middle East before the High Court of Sindh in proceedings related to the termination of service partnership agreement with the local service partner in Pakistan
  • Represented a major global oil and gas exploration company from Netherlands in a dispute with the contractor arising from the construction of the surface facilities project, involving claims and cross-claims of more than US$ 32 million, before the courts in Lahore
  • Representing an independent power purchaser against a public sector company in relation to the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award issued under the auspices of the LCIA in London before the Lahore High Court
  • Representing a Japanese company in a shareholder dispute and winding up proceedings before the Lahore High Court in relation to a company owning various hospitality projects in Lahore

In addition to his disputes practice, Umer maintains and active advisory and transactional practice. He regularly advises businesses with respect to regulatory risks and affairs and represent them before regulatory bodies in Pakistan. He has also acted for clients in complex contractual negotiations, drafting, and execution and advised them during the performance stages and in settlement discussions.

Umer is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He writes on topics related to international arbitration and dispute resolution for various publications on regular basis and has been invited to various conferences to speak on legal issues. He is the co-author of the Pakistan Chapter of GAR Investment Treaty Know-How for the Global Arbitration Review and the Pakistan Chapter for the Global Arbitration Places Guide prepared by the Delos Dispute Resolution.

Umer primarily practices from the Lahore office of Raja Mohammed Akram & Co.