Farhad Sorabjee

Farhad acts and appears in diverse complex multi-jurisdictional national and international commercial arbitrations, and disputes involving tortious and contractual aspects of civil law in addition to advising investors in Investor-State bilateral treaty disputes. 

He was the lead advisor in simultaneous litigation and arbitration proceedings in Sri Lanka and the U.K. for a global port operator, for which the Firm was awarded the ‘Asian Counsel-Deal of the Year’ for Dispute Resolution. 

Farhad has advised and acted in numerous proceedings involving administrative law and constitutional challenges relating, amongst others, to excise duties, tariffs and import & export laws. He has appeared in several landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of India on issues such as the liability to pay customs duty on the import of intellectual property, and the applicability of excise duty provisions to the construction of immovable property. 

He has advised and appeared in numerous multi-pronged international trade defence investigations and proceedings involving anti-dumping and safeguard duties. 

Farhad has advised international and Indian companies on India’s erstwhile monopolistic, restrictive & unfair trade practices law and heads the firm’s Competition Law practice in Mumbai. 

Farhad acted in India’s first cartel activity investigation by the Competition Commission of India and also the first substantive abuse of dominance proceeding before the commission. He advises extensively on merger control issues and filings in global and Indian acquisitions and mergers, as well as on internal Competition Law corporate compliance. 

His recent work includes successful arbitration, appeals and Supreme Court proceedings for a global port operator against a major port trust’s demands for enhanced land lease charges. He has acted for an European manufacturer of amusement park rides opposing claims for damages in international arbitration proceedings. He has advised and acted in several Bilateral Investor Treaty disputes and arbitration on the investor side. He has advised and represented pharmaceutical and automotive majors in diverse disputes, and in arbitration. 

Before joining the firm as a partner in 2005, Farhad practised as counsel in leading chambers in Mumbai for over 15 years.



  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
  • Bombay Bar Association
  • International Bar Association


  • B.A.(Econ. Hons), LLB (Bombay University)


  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi

Last Updated on 25th January 2019

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