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Payel Chatterjee

Partner - Dispute Resolution, White-Collar Crime

Commercial Disputes | Domestic and International Arbitrations | Cross-border Disputes

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Payel Chatterjee is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and White-collar Crime practice group at Trilegal. She has over 13 years of experience in handling complex investigations, high-stake arbitrations and commercial disputes. Her practice focuses on conducting investigations involving fraud, bribery, corruption and employee-centric issues. She has extensive experience in handling internal investigations involving workplace misconduct and impropriety and allegations of fraudulent or corrupt practices both for corporates and individuals as Board Members. In addition to this, she regularly conducts anti-bribery and anti-corruption training for corporates along with drafting policies and Code of Conduct.

In addition to investigations, a substantial part of her practice focuses on representing clients in domestic and international arbitrations, including under AAA, ICC, LCIA and SIAC Rules. She has represented international clients, especially private equity investors, funds, and multinationals in complex cross-border disputes across sectors including energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and media and entertainment.

She is an avid writer and contributes regularly to international journals on commercial arbitration, investigations, and contemporary issues. Prior to joining Trilegal, she worked with the Adani Group, focusing on international disputes and also spent more than a decade with the Mumbai and New Delhi offices of a leading law firm.


  • B. Com LLB (Hons), Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  • LLM, O.P. Jindal Global University


  • Bar Council of Delhi
  • Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • Member, Southeast Asia-India/Oceania, ABA

Industry body memberships

  • Vice-Chair, Steering Committee – Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICC
  • Publications and Newsletter Editor, IBA Business Crime Committee
  • Executive Committee – Rising Arbitrators Initiative
  • Member of ICC Task Force addressing issues on Corruption in International Arbitration

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Advised/represented the following clients:

  • Several multi-national corporations in conducting internal investigations including document review, interviews and providing reports across sectors and industries
  • A global Business Process Management leader in an internal investigation into allegations of anticorruption and bribery compliances along with foreign Counsel and forensic experts
  • An international non-profit organisation An international non-profit organisation
  • An Indian subsidiary of a multi-national pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation uncovering certain allegations levelled against senior management and their involvement in bribery and corruption issues
  • One of the Indian corporates in international commercial arbitrations under ICDR Rules governed by US laws in the renewable sector with respect to contractual claims
  • A global consortium of some of the world’s largest investment funds (Goldman Sachs, General Atlantic, Morgan Stanley, Norwest Venture Partners, Everstone Advisors, Ashmore) and lead the arbitration proceedings before SIAC and related anti-suit injunctions for a stay of arbitral proceedings before various forums in India, including the Indian Supreme Court arising out of their USD 450 million investment in several public-private partnerships in India
  • A private equity investor in an LCIA arbitration proceeding seated in India in relation to their investment in a restaurant chain and before the National Company Law Tribunal on mismanagement claims against the promoters
  • Lead and strategised in resisting damage claims for an Indian corporate in a mediation proceeding due to failure to obtain requisite approvals to commence the project on the ground of “force majeure”


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