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Kartikey Mahajan

, Singapore

Partner | Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crimes


  • National Law University Jodhpur (B.Sc. LLB. (Hons.)
  • Harvard Law School (LLM)

Kartikey Mahajan is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group in the Singapore office. Kartikey is qualified to practice law in India, England & Wales (where he has rights of audience for all courts) and the State of New York. He is also registered to appear before the DIFC Courts and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer of the Singapore International Commercial Court. Prior to joining the Firm, Kartikey has worked with Magic Circle and White Shoe American law firms in London and Singapore.

His practice focuses on international arbitration (both commercial and investment treaty) and white-collar crime issues. He appears as an advocate in his arbitrations and has also sat as arbitrator in a variety of matters. Kartikey advises clients on white collar, fraud, anti-money laundering (AML), anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC), and sanction related issues. He has acted on several internal and regulatory investigations (ED, CBI, DOJ, MAS, SFO, and FINMA).

He has also represented commercial litigation with a cross-border element in various jurisdictions like India, London, New York, DIFC, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Cyprus, and Iraq. He also advises on global enforcement matters with a particular emphasis on enforcement before India, English and Singapore courts.

His experience spans across private equity, energy, infrastructure and construction, telecom and media industries. Kartikey publishes and speaks regularly on international arbitration and financial crime / regulation.

Kartikey is a co-editor of Thomson Reuters book on “Principles of Damages, Expert Evidence and Valuation in Commercial Disputes in India” which was published in December 2023.

Professional Affiliations

  • Solicitor Advocate (with Higher Rights of Audience), State of New York
  • Bar Council of Delhi
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore International Commercial Court Registered under Part II of DIFC Court’s Register of Practitioners
  • SIAC Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
  • Society of Construction Law – Joint Secretary
  • IBA Commercial Arbitration Committee

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Kartikey has been acknowledged as a Global Elite Thought Leaders - Arbitration list of Who’s Who Legal in 2023.

Kartikey has been acknowledged for his Arbitration Expertise in Who’s Who Legal South East Asia in 2023.

Kartikey has been acknowledged as a Global Elite list of Who’s Who Legal as a “future leader of arbitration” since 2020.

Kartikey has been recognized for his expertise as a Top 100 lawyer in Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2022 (above 10 years of work-ex category)

Representative Matters

Kartikey Mahajan has represented and advised the following clients

Acting for several distributor firms related to Vivo in their defence in an Enforcement Directorate trial relating to alleged Indian foreign exchange and money laundering violations.

Representing Panthera Resources in its claim concerning its investment in a gold mine against Republic of India under the India-Australia BIT. 

Advising several financial sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and global MNCs with respect to issues relating to Indian AML and ABAC laws such as the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act, the Indian Penal Code as well as the Indian law implications of foreign enactments such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.

Acting as a co-counsel for Term Loan Lenders in relation to enforcement related issues concerning their USD 1.2 billion credit in Byjus, including commencing insolvency proceedings in India and assisting in the New York, Florida and Delaware court proceedings. 

Acting on enforcement related issues for an award against an Asian State (in excess of USD 1 billion) before the Indian courts.

Advising an Indian investor in a potential investment treaty claim against a Middle Eastern State and a related commercial arbitration proceeding against a State Owned Entity concerning investment in the transport sector.

Acting for a solar energy platform in a SIAC arbitration against the Chinese supplier of solar modules. Seat – London. English law applied.

Acting for an oil and gas major in a Delhi International Arbitration Centre arbitration against its downstream purchaser relating to non-supply of gas because of force majeure related issues. Seat – New Delhi. Indian law applied.

Acted for a manufacturer of speciality chemicals against a US based entity in a SIAC arbitration relating to issues concerned the quality of the products. Seat – London. English law applied. 

Advising a large Indian conglomerate with respect to money laundering and benami investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI ).

Represented a leading Swiss bank in a high-profile multijurisdictional (DOJ, Monetary Authority of Singapore and FINMA) investigation in relation to the bribery and corruption concerning the 1MDB Scandal.

Acting for a European pension fund in relation to enforcement of its shareholder rights in Indian SPVs and Singapore Holding company where it has almost equal ownership and control rights as its JV partner.

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