Isuru Devendra is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department.
Mr. Devendra’s practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law. He has experience representing clients across a range of industry sectors, including mining, energy, industrial, manufacturing, technology, and media. This experience includes disputes arising under investment treaties, free-trade agreements, national investment laws, and joint-venture agreements and proceedings conducted under major arbitral rules including, ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, and SIAC arbitration rules.
Mr. Devendra also has experience advising on public international law matters, including disputes involving maritime boundaries and the design of bespoke international dispute resolution regimes.
He is the Deputy Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration and the author/co-author of a number of articles and book chapters on international arbitration.
Mr. Devendra’s representative experience includes advising:
- A UK investor in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state
- A UK property development group in an ICSID arbitration against an African state
- Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd and its affiliates in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Kenya*
- Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd and Kingsgate Capital Pty Ltd in an ad hoc arbitration against the Kingdom of Thailand*
- Oleovest Pte Ltd in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Indonesia*
- PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd in an ICSID arbitration against the Independent State of Papua New Guinea*
- An international oil company in an LCIA arbitration against another international oil company concerning a dispute under a share purchase agreement
- A Mauritian mining company in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration concerning a joint venture dispute with the national mining company of an African state*
- A US media conglomerate in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre arbitration against its Indian joint venture partner*
- A consortium of international oil companies in a dispute on maritime boundaries and resulting tax changes following the discovery of a group of small islands in the area of a gas field*
- An international oil company in relation to offshore oil and gas assets affected by a maritime boundary dispute*
- An Australian oil and gas company on legal implications resulting from a maritime boundary dispute*
- A major third-party funder in respect of a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Rules arbitration between a claimant and an African state*
- A major third-party funder in respect of an ICSID arbitration between a claimant and a Southeast Asian state*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham