Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni
A lawyer with a reputation for energy, construction and tax disputes
Nitin is a senior partner and Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration and Tax, Customs & Trade Practices. Nitin’s main area of practice is in international arbitration, with a focus on oil & gas, energy, construction and engineering, and infrastructure projects. Nitin also specialises in income tax and customs litigation and disputes.
Nitin has more than 37 years of experience in representing major governmental organisations, multinational corporations, national and international contractors, sub-contractors, ﬁnancial institutions and high-proﬁle individuals in arbitration, litigation, income tax and customs disputes.
In the ﬁrst case of its kind in Malaysia, he currently represents the Republic of Zimbabwe before the Malaysian courts, to resist applications by Swiss and German investors to enforce ICSID arbitration awards.
Nitin has also acted as counsel in benchmark income tax disputes on major points of tax law. Remarking that the Tax team has “demonstrated that they are up to date with developments in the law”, Chambers Asia-Paciﬁc 2022 notably ranked Nitin as a Band 2 practitioner in his Tax debut. Along with being a Band 1 practitioner in Dispute Resolution: Construction. They have also noted that he is “vastly experienced on construction cases and incredibly intelligent”, and “oﬀers potent advice”.
He has been consistently ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer (Band 1 from 2013-2022) who is very polished and sought-after, and by Asia Paciﬁc Legal 500 as a leading dispute resolution, and real estate and construction lawyer who is very highly regarded for construction disputes. The Legal 500 Asia Paciﬁc 2022 ranked Nitin as a Leading Individual in three categories (Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Construction, and Tax). He has also been recognised as an Elite Practitioner by Asialaw 2022 and as a Litigation Star for Construction by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Paciﬁc 2022. At the 8th Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards held virtually in July 2021, Nitin was named Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year.
In its January-February 2022 issue, Asian Legal Business, a leading provider of legal news and information for legal professionals in the region, recognised Nitin as one of Asia’s Top 15 Litigators 2022. The second edition of the annual ranking highlights 15 of the region’s outstanding lawyers who have demonstrated their ability to solve complex problems and adapt quickly to changing circumstances, especially since the outbreak of Covid-19. The senior partner of LHAG is the only Malaysian lawyer in the list.
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