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Karan Talwar

Senior Associate

Karan is a senior associate in the International Arbitration practice. His practice encompasses general commercial disputes and complex infrastructure, engineering and energy disputes.
He has represented employers and contractors under the auspices of a variety of arbitration rules, including the LCIA, ICC and SIAC rules. He also has experience of litigation before the UK High Court, particularly in relation to UK-based healthcare, recycling and transport PFI/PPP projects, and both statutory and contractual adjudication and Dispute Boards. Karan acts regularly for clients in the road and rail transport, aviation, healthcare and petrochemical refining sectors, which are his sectors of interest. He has a keen interest in India-related disputes and the India-UK legal market. Before joining the firm, Karan practiced in the London office of a top UK firm, and also spent six months on secondment at their Singapore office.


Representative matters

Two Middle Eastern companies in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in London against two Chinese companies, relating to a dispute arising out of an oil drilling rig fabrication contract and related settlement agreement.

A large energy multinational in a complex construction dispute worth over US$ 1 billion with a contractor in connection with a megaproject for an oil and gas facility in Central Asia. The dispute includes issues of delay and defects. English law applies.

A heavy equipment supplier and contractor in relation to a highly complex construction arbitration, related local litigation and a number of delay, disruption, defects and other disputes arising out of two fossil fuel construction megaprojects in Africa with claims and counterclaims of over US$ 2 billion. The law of the country of the projects applies.

A South Asian employer of a US$5 billion refinery and petrochemical project in an arbitration with its consortium of contractors, in relation to costs arising out of disruption to the design works phase and delays to mechanical completion. English law applies.*

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Member, YSIAC (Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre)

Member, ICC Young Arbitrators' Forum

Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)



Solicitor, England and Wales

Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts Civil Proceedings England and Wales

Solicitor Maharashtra and Goa India


West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences India B.A. LL.B (Hons.)


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.