Sumeet is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution group.

Based in Singapore since 2008, Sumeet specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation, with particular expertise in advising industrial and agricultural commodity traders on trade disputes, structured trade finance disputes, and charterparty matters. His clients include mining majors, agricultural commodity traders, trade finance lenders, trade credit underwriters, ship owners, and charterers.

Sumeet spent over 13 years at leading commodity trading houses, including Cargill, Noble Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, where he dealt with a variety of trading disputes, structured trade-finance matters, and wet and dry shipping claims.

Sumeet is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

He is recommended as a shipping lawyer in Singapore by legal directory Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

Sumeet is fluent in English and Hindi.

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  • Acting for a commodity trader in a US$1.4bn claim against a defaulting trade credit lender; successfully obtained an HKIAC Emergency Award requiring the lender to resume performance of its obligations.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in court proceedings for a leading agricultural commodity trader against a trade credit underwriter, in relation to its failure to make payment under a performance bond.
  • Successfully completed a project for the re-drafting of the contract templates being used by a mining major for all of its product lines, including iron ore, base metals, finished metal products and freight.
  • Acting for a charterer / C&F seller of agricultural commodities in back to back LMAA arbitrations in respect of claims arising out of a vessel’s prolonged stay at her discharge port.

Education

2002 National Law School, Bangalore, India, LL.B. (Hons.)

memberships & associations

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers