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Gautam Bhatikar is the Senior Resident Partner and Co-head of the Kochhar Mumbai office.

Gautamís diverse professional experience spans over seventeen years and his areas of expertise include offshore, maritime and shipping, insurance and dispute resolution.

Gautamís admiralty practice includes both dry and wet shipping. During his impressive professional career, Gautam has acted for several prestigious clients including international banks, ship owners and charterers, cargo interests, insurers and P&I clubs etc. He regularly advises on disputes pertaining to mortgage claims, bills of lading, charter parties, ship building & ship repair contracts, collision & limitation of liability, salvage, general average and marine pollution and has represented several multinational and reputed domestic clients on complex maritime and off-shore projects.

In addition to handling complex commercial disputes across various Indian courts including the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India, Gautam also specialises in both domestic and international commercial arbitration. He is also spearheading the international commercial arbitration practice at the Kochhar Dubai office. Over the past several years, Gautam has represented numerous clients in complex commercial disputes under the auspices of major arbitral institutions including the Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA). He is also a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and board member of the Indo African Chamber of Commerce & Industries and Indo Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industries.

Global publications including the Chambers, IBLJ and Asialaw have consistently recognised Gautam as a leading lawyer for shipping arbitration and insurance in the Asia Pacific region.


  • Solicitor England & Wales
  • LL.B Ė University of Goa


  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
  • The Law Society of England & Wales


  • Bombay Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Dubai Chamber of International Arbitration
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
  • Board member of Indo African Chamber of Commerce & Industries
  • Indo Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industries

Contact Details

17th Floor, Nirmal Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021, Maharashtra (India)
Tel: +91 22 61120700/ 66559701
Fax: +91 22 66559705

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