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Practice Overview

Kartik is a London based barrister and has a broad commercial and corporate practice focusing on banking and financial litigation, civil fraud, commodities, corporate insolvency, restructuring, shipping, insurance, sanctions law, and issues pertaining to company law such as shareholder disputes, breach of director duties, and schemes of arrangement.

Kartik has a developing transactional advisory practice and is also able to assist in take-private transactions, private equity LBOs/M&A transactions, M&A insurance, as well as analysing market forms used in acquisition finance such as LMA agreements.

Kartik is able to assist as sole counsel and as a part of a team in English courts, British Virgin Islands, India, and international courts such as the DIFC and ADGM. Kartik has full rights of audience across all of the above jurisdictions.

 

Kartik's practice includes providing advice as well as conducting advocacy in matters across the full range of commercial law. Before coming to the Bar, Kartik worked at two Tier 1 international law firms in London and completed pupillage at a leading commercial set in London.

Kartik taught company law at the University of Cambridge.

Commercial Disputes

Within commercial disputes, his practice is broad and covers banking and financial disputes, corporate insolvency, general commercial litigation, civil fraud, shipping, enforcement of awards/judgments, sanctions, and jurisdictional disputes. Kartik is able to represent parties in interlocutory application hearings as well as full trials. Kartikeya has a particular interest in international arbitration having trained at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris and is familiar with rules of most arbitral institutions such as the ICC, LMAA, SIAC, and UNCITRAL. For a detailed breakdown of experience,  click here.

Company Law, Restructuring, and M&A

Kartik has a growing corporate practice primarily assisting GCs and law firms for various M&A and corporate law issues, as a part of a wider transaction or standalone issue, such as:

  • issues between signing and completion, including material adverse event triggers;

  • post-transaction representation, warranty and indemnity claims;

  • shareholder disputes including unfair prejudice and derivative actions;

  • disputes concerning working capital and completion statement adjustments;

  • earn-out disputes and other valuation issues;

  • issues arising out of re-organisations and restructurings;

  • fraudulent misrepresentations and the recission of M&A transactions;

  • the operation of tag, drag and pre-emption rights;

  • disputes concerning limited partner interests or general partner obligations in fund structures;

  • partnership and LLP disputes;

  • breach of fiduciary and statutory duties by directors and officers; and

  • contentious insolvency disputes. 

For a detailed breakdown of experience, ​click here.

Shipping

Kartik completed pupillage at a leading and Tier 1 shipping set in London. He has had exposure to all aspects of shipping disputes arising out of bills of lading, voyage charters and time charters both in the Commercial Court and in arbitration and is familiar with most market forms within and peripheral to the shipping industry such as SALESFORM, BIMCO, NYPE, GENCON etc. He has experience of most types of claim – including unsafe ports, unseaworthiness, deviation, off-hire disputes, bunker quality/quantity claims, early/late redelivery cases shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase, ship repair, ship management and all aspects of port operation. For a detailed breakdown of experience, click here.

Insurance and Reinsurance

Kartik has had exposure to a variety of Insurance/Reinsurance work mainly pertaining to interpretation of policies, questions concerning misrepresentation and policy coverage, fraudulent claims, notification of claims, and construction of policies. Kartik is able to assist various underwriters in analysing terms for specialist products such as Warranty & Indemnity (W&I) insurance, tax liability insurance, contingent risk insurance, and litigation buyout insurance.

 

Offshore

Kartik worked at two leading Tier 1 offshore law firms before coming to the Bar and is very familiar with offshore law and court practice. Kartik is called to the BVI Bar and has had extensive experience acting for leading US and UK law firms in the BVI in matters where the subject matter is almost always in excess of £1bn. For a detailed breakdown of experience, click here.
 

Transactional Advisory

Kartik frequently advises, either alone or as a part of a larger team, on a range of investment and M&A transactions. For a detailed breakdown, click here.

 

Other Experiences

Among other places, Kartikeya previously taught company law at the University of Cambridge, and has also contributed on various commercial and corporate law subjects on the Columbia Law School CLS Blog on Corporations and Capital Markets and the Oxford Business Law Blog.

Before commencing legal practice, Kartikeya supplemented his academic interest in international commercial disputes by his diverse range of work experiences particularly as a trainee at the International Court of Arbitration at the ICC in Paris, experience at DLA Piper in Dubai, the International Court of Justice at The Hague, and as a legal consultant to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.
 

Kartikeya has intermediate fluency in French and Russian and native fluency in English and Hindi.

To instruct Kartik, please get in touch with clerks at 01823 804263 or email at everton.wedderburn@thebarristergroup.co.uk

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