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Another Desi, ex-Clifford Chance lawyer Pranav Mago takes over Singapore Arbitration (SIAC) South Asia beat

Mago: Expediting disputes
Mago: Expediting disputes

Former Clifford Chance foreign legal consultant Pranav Mago is now heading the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) South Asia. Mago took over the role on 17 August from Scheherazade Dubash.

Amity Delhi 2010 alumnus Mago worked at legal process outsourcing companies Pangea3 and OSC Services, with a stint as a secondee consultant at Clifford Chance, before joining Clifford Chance in March 2014 as foreign legal consultant.

As regional head at SIAC Mago will represent the institution in its business development activities in India, be in charge of its media and marketing related activity including research, online and offline reports and publication, events and budgeting, according to SIAC’s website.

He told Legally India that given India’s consistent standing at SIAC as one of the top three countries in terms of the number of arbitrations done at SIAC, SIAC’s push in India was now aimed at spreading awareness about its internal rules. “For instance, if the dispute is worth over $5m, parties to the arbitration can make use of the expedited procedure available under the rules,” he explained.

Mago is at least the the third consecutive Indian in the role.

Dubash was heading SIAC South Asia after its former head of three-years Vivekananda Neelakantan left to join Singapore law firm Allen & Gledhill in August 2014.

Neelakantan, who head set up SIAC’s Mumbai office, told Legally India in August that SIAC witnessed a record 259 cases in 2013, of which 85 involved Indian parties.

This had grown from 49 Indian cases out of 235 in 2012, 33 out of 188 in 2011, 36 out of 198 in 2010, and 24 Indian cases in 2009.

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