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Abhilasha Vij


Abhilasha primarily advises on international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. She regularly acts as counsel to parties in a broad range of commercial, insurance, post-M&A, construction, and energy arbitrations conducted under the rules of leading arbitral institutions. She has also advised clients on investment treaty claims and investment restructuring. Abhilasha has also worked extensively in connection with regulatory enforcement actions and internal investigations. In addition to her work as counsel, Abhilasha has also acted as tribunal secretary in several alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Abhilasha holds an LL.M. from Stanford University (California, USA) in international economic law, business and policy. Prior to joining A&O Shearman, Abhilasha worked for several years for a major international law firm in Dubai (UAE) and an all-services law firm in Delhi (India), representing clients in large-scale domestic and international arbitrations and cross-border litigations. During her time in Dubai, Abhilasha was able to broaden her knowledge on sanctions through a secondment to the Compliance team of a major pharmaceutical corporation.


Representative matters

A German energy corporation on a dispute arising out of a gas sales agreement with a Russian supplier.

An international automotive company on a USD25mn dispute with a major distributor in Oman. The LCIA arbitration was seated in London and the governing law of the contract was English law (previous firm experience).

A UK-based investment company on a GBP40mn dispute with its co-investor in the DIFC, UAE. The dispute arose out of the exercise of ‘warrant’ subscription and culminated in a settlement subsequent to extensive negotiations (previous firm experience).

A leading energy company on a USD2bn dispute in relation to a project in Australia (previous firm experience).

Published Work

Abhilasha Vij (2021) “Arbitrator-Robot: Is A(I)DR the Future?”, 39 ASA Bulletin 1/2021, Kluwer Law International.

Abhilasha Vij (2021) “Are We Ready for the ArBot?”, Arbitration Tech Toolbox, Kluwer Arbitration Blog.



Bar Council of Delhi, India, 2015


Master of Laws, Stanford University, 2020

Bachelor of Laws, University of Delhi, 2015

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of Delhi, 2012


English, Hindi
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.