Shivani Sanghi, an international arbitration and litigation specialist, is joining Fieldfisher as a partner and will head the firm's India practice.
Shivani is a dual-qualified lawyer and solicitor-advocate in England and Wales and an advocate in India with a strong practice in high-value India, Russia and CIS-related arbitration and litigation and she will join the firm's commercial disputes team in London.
Her practice at Fieldfisher will centre on developing her existing expertise and client-base in India-related arbitrations, a rapidly expanding area of business and a jurisdiction of focus for the Fieldfisher commercial disputes team.
Shivani will also concentrate on furthering her Russia, CIS and wider arbitration and commercial litigation practice, where the firm already has a leading reputation.
Shivani acts for clients in a variety of sectors, including media, hotels, energy, telecoms, banking, private equity, pharma and software technology, and has represented clients in many high profile cases before the English courts, including the Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court. She has also represented clients in high stake arbitrations under the rules of various arbitration institutions in venues around the world and has significant experience in emergency arbitrations.
She previously practiced as an advocate in Delhi and has experience of the Indian courts including the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court. During her time in India, Shivani advised Indian corporates on matters including cross-border disputes involving multi-party arbitrations and high stake contractual disputes involving anti-suit injunctions, challenges to foreign arbitral awards and other aspects of private international law.
Shivani is a 2009 graduate of NALSAR, Hyderabad. She was previously part of the commercial litigation and arbitration teams at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin), Fried Frank and most recently Covington & Burlington LLP.
Commenting on her appointment, Colin Gibson, Head of Dispute Resolution at Fieldfisher said:
"We are very excited to bring Shivani on board, given her experience in India and her strong foundation in Russia and CIS-related arbitration and commercial litigation. Our London commercial disputes practice continues to go from strength to strength, as evidenced by the high quality talent we continue to attract to the firm. We look forward to Shivani joining us and to developing growing areas of geographical expertise within our firm."
Shivani Sanghi added, "I am delighted to be joining a meritocratic firm that supports young partners to build up new areas of work and bring fresh skills to the team. Fieldfisher has an excellent reputation for commercial disputes and I am keen to add my skills and experience to its bench strength in international arbitration, with a particular focus on India."