Squire Patton Boggs strengthens its international arbitration ME team

Ravinder Bhullar specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation, particularly in disputes involving construction

Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Ravinder Bhullar as a partner in its Dubai IDR practice
Squire Patton Boggs
Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Ravinder Bhullar as a partner in its Dubai IDR practice

US-headquartered law firm Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Ravinder Bhullar as a partner in its International Dispute Resolution (IDR) practice in Dubai. 

Bhullar specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation, particularly in disputes involving construction, real estate, infrastructure and energy projects, especially across the Middle East and Africa.

Bhullar joins, along with senior associate Alex Freeman, from the Dubai office of Dechert.

Bhullar’s experience extends to arbitrations seated around the world, conducted under the rules of the ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, LCIA, and SCC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules. Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia in 2002, Mr. Bhullar has been a Registered Practitioner (Part II) of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts since 2010. He is also a Member of the LCIA and currently Treasurer of the Society of Construction Law (Gulf).

Freeman’s expertise lies in resolving civil engineering and oil and gas projects disputes through mediation, dispute adjudication boards, arbitration and litigation.

Alex Freeman

He has broad experience representing clients in arbitrations seated in Dubai, London and Paris under major institutional rules including DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA and ICC, as well as acting for clients in investment treaty arbitrations under ICSID Rules.

Qualified in England and Wales, Freeman is a Member of the Society of Construction Law (Gulf).

Commenting on the appointments, the global co-leader of the International Dispute Resolution Practice, Stephen P Anway, said: “We continue to expand our global practice in regions of key strategic focus and are building on our world-class capabilities in construction and engineering dispute resolution.”

“As with our recent additions in Singapore and New York, we have attracted exceptional and experienced practitioners to enhance an already leading team in the Middle East. Rav and Alex, well known for their technical expertise and their commercial, pragmatic approach to resolving complex issues, are a perfect fit with our practice. We look forward to integrating their busy practice with ours while we build across the Middle East and beyond.”

The Abu Dhabi Managing Partner and head of construction and arbitration in the Middle East, Thomas P Wilson, said: “We’re delighted to have Rav and Alex on board. Their experience and success in the region compliments our own, and makes us better able to respond to increased client needs in key sectors.

Wilson added: “In fact, the pressures of the current crisis bring into sharp focus the need to bring deep and highly skilled dispute resolution teams to the construction and engineering industry, and we do that better than most.”

The Squire Patton Boggs International Dispute Resolution Practice is ranked by the Global Arbitration Review’s as among the Top 20 international arbitration firms in the world.

The team now consists of more than 140 practitioners across more than 20 countries with experience practicing before virtually every major international dispute body in the world.

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