Dhandapani Saravanan

Arbitrator, Adjudicator, URS Examiner, Mediator, Neutral

Languages: English, Tamil

Chennai, India, India

Dhandapani Saravanan is a leading arbitration practitioner based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He practices as Advocate, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Conciliator, Examiner, Mediator, Neutral and Negotiator. He has extensive experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration both as arbitrator and advocate. He served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad-hoc and institutional arbitration. Saravanan handled more than 100,000 domestic arbitrations and more than a hundred domain name

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Law and International Commercial Arbitration

Professional Experience

D.Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

Arbitration Experience

D.Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, BCICAC (Canada), RAA (Russia), ICAC (Russia), UMAC (Ukraine), BAC (China), WIPO (Switzerland), CAS (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, Novarits, Facebook, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

Professional and Other Activities

D.Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution since 2001.

He has undergone a training program in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training program conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. He has upgraded his mediation skills under the training program conducted by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and United Nations Training and Research Centre (UNITAR) in the year 2019. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far. He is also a qualified and certified adjudicator in the year 2019 under Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) in Malaysian laws relating to construction disputes.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Academic Qualifications

Degree in Law, University of Madras, India (1992)

Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

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