Arun Mal

Arun Mal

Senior Associate

Arun advises on commercial and investment treaty arbitration as well as arbitration-related court proceedings.

He specialises in India-related disputes but also has considerable experience involving other jurisdictions such as England & Wales, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and various European countries. He has acted on high profile arbitrations in the banking, private equity, energy, mining, infrastructure, automobiles and digital sectors (amongst others) under a variety of arbitration rules and substantive governing laws. Arun has advocacy experience, having made legal submissions and cross-examined expert witnesses before international arbitral tribunals.

Arun trained in the firm’s London office and spent over six years in Hong Kong before relocating to London in 2022. He maintains a strong network of contacts in the Asia Pacific region, with a strong focus on India. In 2021, the India Business Law Journal recognised him as “a very hardworking young lawyer with an eye for detail” based on feedback from the legal counsel of an Indian blue-chip company. He is a frequent speaker at arbitration conferences and serves as a Steering Committee member of the Young Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (YMCIA). He is a regular commentator on Indian arbitration law and an Associate Editor of the Indian Review of International Arbitration. An active member of the firm’s India Group, Arun has participated in several pro-bono and training initiatives in India and elsewhere.

Prior to joining the firm, Arun gained experience in different parts of the Indian legal system, including the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court, and worked with a number of Indian senior advocates, judges, law firms and non-governmental human rights organisations.



Pro bono

Preparing a report for the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission on the impact of Hong Kong legislation and government policies on voluntary relationships between couples in legally unrecognised or less recognised relationships.

Partnering with the Schools Consent Project for training on consent and sexual offences to school students in the United Kingdom.

Screening applicants and mentoring selected candidates for the firm’s internship opportunities for Indian legal scholars in collaboration with Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA).

Delivering annual training on international arbitration to students at various Indian National Law Universities.

Participating in the annual A&O – National Law University, Jodhpur – International Deal Negotiation Competition.

Published Work

  • Ahuja S., Mal A. & Agarwal A. (2024), Asia Pacific / India – Supreme Court resolves a long-running debate over the enforceability of arbitration agreements contained in unstamped contracts, ICC Bulletin
  • Ahuja S., Mal A. & Agarwal A. (2023), SICC rejects India’s attempt to resist enforcement of BIT award (Deutsche Telekom v India), Lexis Nexis
  • Ahuja S., Mal A., Swarna D. & Sarmah A. (2021), Interim Relief in International Arbitration in Commercial Arbitration: International Trends and Practices, Thomson Reuters
  • Ahuja S., Mal A. & Zhang W. (2020), Going Virtual in the Time of Covid-19: A Guide for Counsel, Hong Kong Lawyer
  • Ahuja S. & Mal A. (2019), The 2019 Indian Arbitration Reforms: One Step Forwards and Two Steps Backwards?, International Arbitration Law Review
  • Van Eupen F., Bryan A. & Mal A. (2016), Resolving Disputes with Indian Counterparties: A Practical Guide, Practical Law.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panellist, ChatGPT and artificial intelligence in arbitrations: flavour of the month of definitive use case?, India ADR Week, Bengaluru, November 2023
  • Panellist, Indian arbitrations – peculiarities, challenges and opportunities, London International Disputes Week, London, May 2023
  • Guest Speaker, Cross-border negotiation skills, National Law University, Jodhpur, March 2023
  • Debated for the motion, Arbitration has become too lengthy and expensive, India ADR Week, Delhi, October 2022
  • Panellist, International commercial arbitration – challenges and opportunities, India ADR Week, Bengaluru, October 2022
  • Panellist, Using foreign courts and tribunals to resolve Indian disputes, Thought Leaders 4 Disputes, London, June 2022
  • Panellist, Towards institutional arbitration in India, National Law University, Jodhpur, 2019
  • Debated against the motion, The growth of international arbitration in Asia is just a phase, ICC YAF, Goa, 2018
  • Panellist, Independence and impartiality of arbitrators: a Hong Kong perspective, ICC YAF, Delhi, 2016

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Young Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration Steering Committee (2023-25)
  • Associate Editor, Indian Review of International Arbitration
“A very hardworking young lawyer with an eye for detail”
India Business Law Journal, 2021



India, 2013

England and Wales, 2016

Hong Kong, 2016-2022 (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


BA LLB (Honours), Law, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, India, 2013


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.