Mahdev specializes in international law and international arbitration. He has worked with Senior Counsel to represent sovereigns, multi-nationals and other clients on a range of disputes, including commercial and investment arbitration, commercial crime, and banking law. He completed his Master’s at Stanford Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship, and is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University.
Mahdev Directs the Asian Business & Rule of Law initiative at the Singapore Management University, and is a founding member of the Singapore Branch of the International Law Association. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of East Asia and International Law, the China and WTO Review, and the Business & Human Rights Journal. He researches, writes and advises on public international law, and international arbitration in Asia. Mahdev has represented sovereign and multi-national clients on a range of commercial disputes, and is now Of Counsel with Providence Law Asia in Singapore. He has also represented ethnic minority genocide victims in mass claims before the United Nations-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Mahdev and his team’s litigation efforts have, in part, inspired the ECCC’s putative case 004.
• Admitted as a Military Prosecutor, Singapore Armed Forces Council, 2004.
• Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, 2005.
• Admitted as a member of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, 2010.
Mahdev’s representative case experience includes:
• Assisting with the representation of a Southeast Asian country in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration (and related litigation) concerning construction and alleged expropriation of an airport terminal involving claims of over US$1 billion.
• Advising the United Nations (UN) and the European Commission (EC) on public international law issues in the context of international commercial disputes, for example, natural resource development (oil & gas) and infrastructure projects.
• Successfully representing the CEO of Singapore’s largest Information Technology company who was acquitted of corruption after a 60-day trial.
• Advising the International Olympic Committee on matters relating to the bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.
• Advising and representing sovereign governments on judicial review, public law, state immunity and international business transactions.
• Advising and representing high net-worth individuals against charges relating to securities fraud, market manipulation, insider trading and other white-collar criminal offences under the Securities & Futures Act.
• Advising and representing diplomats and embassy officials in civil and criminal matters relating to public international law.
• Advising and representing corporations on due diligence and internal investigations relating to business & human rights.
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