OCAJI Business Seminar in India Focusing on Construction Contracts and Resolving Disputes Through Arbitration - 28 November 2018

Link Legal along with leading Japanese law firm Atsumi & Sakai co-hosted the OCAJI Business seminar on “Construction Contracts in India and Resolving Disputes Through Arbitration” which was held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Dia Park Premier Hotel, Gurugram. “OCAJI” as it is commonly known as is the acronym for Overseas Construction Association of Japan, Inc. (OCAJI). It comprises of leading construction companies in Japan and the association provides support in the development of overseas activities by Japanese construction companies.

India and Japan, two of the largest and oldest democracies in Asia have a high degree of congruence of political, economic and strategic interests. Currently, over 1300 Japanese entities operate in India and the numbers are likely to grow steadily. There has been a keen interest of Japan especially in Indian construction sector and there are many Japanese contractors and subcontractors engaged by Indian employers for undertaking construction works across varied sectors including infrastructure projects, urban development, waste management, engineering, real estate and project management.

The knowledge sharing session was scheduled for 3 (three) hours divided into 3 (three) parts:

  1. Mr. Martin Harman, CBE our Chair International Business took the presentation on “Key Points to Watch for Japanese EPC Contractors Working in India”.
  2. Mr. Dinesh Pardasani our Infrastructure expert Partner took the presentation on “Construction Contracts”, where he shared an overview on types and form of contracts, relation between contractor and sub-contractor including his experiences on the same.
  3. Mr. Atul Sharma our Managing Partner took the presentation on Arbitration, where he particularly dealt upon strategy for Commencement of Arbitration until Award, Ad hoc and Institutional Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration and a comparison between arbitration with seat in India and Singapore.

The focus of the session was to provide a practical perspective to attendees rather than discussing the legal provisions. Our speakers shared their practical and live experiences with the attendee which was appreciated by them.

Ms. Miho Niunoya, Senior Partner and Mr. Ashish Jejurkar, Partner had also participated from Atsumi & Sakai.

The session was well attended by many Japanese construction companies operating in India.

Link Legal along with Atsumi and Sakai earlier this year held an event on the topic “Indian Infrastructure Sector – Opportunities, Challenges & Risks” in Tokyo which was supported by Embassy of India (Tokyo), Invest India (National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India) and JETRO (Government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world). Read more about it here.

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