Piyush PRASAD is a Counsel (Foreign Law) at WongPartnership.

He specialises in cross-border dispute resolution. His career has seen him working on international disputes, both as counsel advocating for clients and in case management at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre ("SIAC") where he was involved in the administration of about 200 arbitrations.

Prior to joining WongPartnership, Piyush was a counsel at the SIAC Secretariat in Singapore where he worked with the President and other members of the SIAC Court of Arbitration in determining complex applications for consolidation, joinder and jurisdictional objections. He also assisted in drafting decisions on challenges of arbitral appointments. His experience includes scrutiny of draft awards relating to shareholders disputes, joint venture disputes, construction / engineering disputes, and intellectual property related disputes spanning Singapore, Indian, English, New York and Vietnamese governing laws. He has also scrutinised emergency arbitration awards granting Mareva injunctions, and decisions on early dismissal applications and anti-suit injunctions. He was part of the Secretariat Sub-Committee on the revision of SIAC Rules, 2016. 

Before joining SIAC, Piyush worked with the dispute resolution team of one of the biggest Indian law firms in New Delhi where he represented clients in formulating pre-dispute strategies and represented them before courts across India as well as arbitral tribunals on a range of commercial matters.

He regularly speaks on procedural as well as substantive issues in international arbitration. He is an assistant editor with the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and is also a group advisor for the Young ICCA mentoring programme.

Piyush graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a Master of Laws Degree and the National Law University, Jodhpur with a Bachelor's Degree in Law. He is qualified to practice law in India and New York.

Matters of significance in which Piyush has been involved include the following:

  • Acted for Raffles Design International India Pvt. Ltd. and obtained interim reliefs from the Delhi High Court in similar terms to an emergency award made under the SIAC Rules. This was a first of its kind successful application under the amended (Indian) Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 and is now an authority on how the amended provisions apply to the grant of interim reliefs in aid of foreign-seated arbitrations in India.

  • Represented an Indian government owned petrochemical company in an arbitration commenced by an Italian-Indian consortium under the UNCITRAL Rules.

  • Represented an Indian automobile company in a joint venture dispute with a French company under the ICC Rules and successfully obtained interim reliefs from the Delhi High Court under the (Indian) Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

  • Represented a listed Japanese software company in a shareholders' dispute before the Company Law Board in India (now re-constituted as the National Company Law Tribunal) and successfully opposed preliminary injunctions; advised on an application for reference of the dispute to arbitration.

  • Represented an Indian e-commerce company and obtained an anti-suit injunction from the Madras High Court in relation to a complaint filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, U.S.

  • Drafted submissions and defended one of the world's largest venture capital firms in a money laundering investigation conducted by the Directorate of Enforcement in India.

Related Practices

  • Commercial & Corporate Disputes
  • International Arbitration
  • India