Gautam Bhatikar is the Senior Partner and heads the Maritime practice in Kochhar & Co. and his areas of expertise include offshore, maritime and shipping, insurance and dispute resolution. Gautam’s admiralty practice includes dry and wet shipping. During his impressive professional career, Gautam has acted for several prestigious clients including international banks, ship owners and charterers, cargo interest, insurers and P&I clubs, etc. He regularly advices on disputes pertaining to mortgage claims, bills of lading, charter parties, ship building & ship repair contracts, collision and limitation of liability, salvage, general average and marine pollution and has represented several multi-national and reputed domestic clients on complex maritime and offshore projects.
In addition to handling complex commercial disputes across various Indian courts including the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India, Gautam also specializes 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 Indo African Chamber of Commerce & Industries and Indo Arab Chamber & Industries.