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 is an Advocate of the High Court in Pakistan and Attorney at Law in New York. He has strong expertise in cross-border dispute resolution engaging public and private international laws and a rich experience of practice before international forums in international litigations, arbitrations, and mediations.

Umer started his career as a litigation lawyer at Raja Mohammad Akram & Co in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was engaged in a wide array of 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 law 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.

During the course of his practice, Umer has been engaged in and represented clients 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 centres such as ICC, LCIA, SIAC, and HKIAC. 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
  • Advised a Singapore company in a dispute against a Dubai-based international property developer in an arbitration under the LCIA Rules in London arising from lease agreements governed by UAE 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 Singaporean construction contractor against the employers in an arbitration for a claim of over US$20 million under the Singapore Institute of Architects Arbitration Rules in Singapore
  • Represented a Singaporean company in the enforcement of an arbitral award issued in Singapore in Indonesia in coordination with Indonesian counsel
  • 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

In addition to his disputes practice, Umer also maintains a transactional practice and advises clients on contractual negotiations, drafting, and execution in investment, commercial, construction, and energy infrastructure sectors as well as regulatory matters.

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.

Umer practices from the Lahore and Islamabad offices of Raja Mohammad Akram & Co.