Gautam has joined Phoenix Legal as a Partner along with a team of 5 lawyers on 2 November 2020. He will be a part of the Firm's Disputes and Maritime practice and will operate out of the firm's Mumbai office.
Gautam is dual-qualified in India and England, and is a veteran with nearly two decades of wide-ranging experience in offshore maritime & shipping, insurance, environment, international trade, oil & gas, energy, commercial litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Gautam has acted for various large banks, shipowners, PSUs, oil companies and insurers in high-stakes and complex cross-border litigation and arbitration. He has been advising and representing domestic and international clients from a variety of jurisdictions including the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and southeast Asia.
Gautam has represented one of the world's largest shipping companies in its joint venture dispute before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and has been regularly representing clients at the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).
Over the years, Gautam has been regularly featured in the 'Recommended Lawyers' list of leading publications such as Chambers & Partners and Legal500, and ranked as a 'Distinguished Practitioner' by Asialaw Profiles.
"My early interactions with the partners indicate a clear vision and focus on providing quality and value to clients, and I am excited at the prospect of contributing to Phoenix Legal's growth in the dispute resolution arena", Gautam said.
Commenting on Gautam's addition to the partnership, Sawant Singh said "This is a time to innovate, and expand the range and reach of our services. Gautam's depth, experience and proven excellence compliments not just the Firm's existing practice areas but also our values. We are delighted to welcome Gautam and his team aboard".
Gautam joins Phoenix Legal with a team of 5 lawyers, Zoeb Cutlerywala – Counsel; Pinak Bhagwat – Senior Associate; Vikram Kamath – Senior Associate; Farhad Dalal – Associate and Shruti Salian – Associate. This addition strengthens the firm's partnership to 14 members across its Mumbai and Delhi offices.