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Rustam Dubash, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Commercial dispute resolution, India


Rustam is the head of Penningtons Manches Cooper's commercial dispute resolution team and also head of the India group. A dual-qualified lawyer, Rustam practised in India before moving to London and has developed a substantial practice of Indian commercial clients in the UK market. He has been a partner at the firm since 1998 and has over 30 years of commercial dispute resolution experience.

He has been involved in high value UK and cross-border litigation and international arbitration as well as mediations resulting in early resolution of disputes. He also advises clients on pre action strategy, again with the aim of resolving disputes early on. Rustam continues to represent several well-known Indian corporates, banks, high net worth individuals and their families. He is described in Chambers Global  'as having significant experience representing Indian companies in contentious matters'.

Rustam is the client relationship partner for a number of the firm’s key clients including the Tata Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, C&C Alpha Group, Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank. He maintains strong links with leading Indian law firms. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of the UK India Business Council and the firm’s India group has been ranked in the India/foreign firms category in the The Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for one of the subsidiaries of Tata International on the purchase of three other Tata subsidiaries.
  • Defending a client company in proceedings against an employee shareholder and one of its subsidiaries claiming for breach of contract, damages for misrepresentation and compensation for dishonest assistance.
  • Acting for the defendant in an ICC Arbitration about the failed sale of a helicopter in which the claimant is seeking the return of the deposit.
  • Acting for the claimant in Marksans Pharma Limited v Peter Beck and Partner GmbH [2015] in its successful claim for specific performance of a contract for the sale of $27 million worth of convertible bonds and defending a counterclaim for damages.

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