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Manu Thadikkaran

Senior Associate

Manu is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration team in Dubai, with a particular focus on construction arbitration. 
He has experience in advising and representing clients on complex construction projects across multiple sectors at the pre-disputes stage and the disputes stage. He also has experience in representing clients in investment treaty arbitrations from the side of the investor and the State. Manu previously gained experience from a major law firm in Paris.


Representative matters

Representing a leading MEP Subcontractor in DIAC arbitration proceedings arising out of a AED 500 million subcontract for MEP works for the construction of a landmark, smart building in Dubai, where the claims relate to wrongful termination, delay, additional costs, and wrongful calling of a performance bond.

A joint venture of international oil companies and national oil companies in respect of claims and disputes arising out of the construction of a USD15+ billion onshore LNG processing facility in North America.

Advising the Employer on claims arising out of an EPC contract to connect an oil terminal in Fujairah to the very large crude carrier loading facility, where the claims relate to delay and additional time.

Also advising the Employer on project execution.

Published Work

  • Daniel Garton, Andrew McDougall, Dipen Sabharwal, Ximena Vasquez-Maignan, and Manu Thadikkaran, (2023) “Nuclear Energy Disputes: What Can India Learn from Global Trends”, Online: Nuclear Engineering International.
  • Akshay Sewlikar and Manu Thadikkaran, (2018) “Arbitrability of Fraud: A Never-Ending Evolution in India”, Special Issue on International Commercial and Investment Disputes in and with India, Online: TDM.
  • Andrew McDougall, Dipen Sabharwal, and Manu Thadikkaran, (2017) “Mandatory time limit for rendering awards under Indian law: how good intentions can lead to bad outcomes”, Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, Online/India: CARTAL.
  • Charles Nairac, Elina Aleynikova, and Manu Thadikkaran, (2016) “To What Extent Do Arbitral Tribunals Take into Account Public Policy in the Jurisdictions of Prospective Enforcement of an Award? An Analysis of ICC Awards”, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, Paris: ICC.



India, 2013


LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), Law, University of Geneva and The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, 2014

B.A.,LL.B., Law, National Law University Jodhpur, 2013


English, Malaylam
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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.