Govintharasah Ramanathan

Gurbani & Co - Singapore

Managing Director


+65 6336 7727 (office) / +6598171916 (mobile)

Notable Practitioner

Chinese (Mandarin)



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Founding Partner and Manging Director of Gurbani & Co LLC. Practising primarily as a litigation and arbitration lawyer and arbitrator since 1989. Engaged mainly as Lead Counsel in civil litigation, international arbitration and occasionally as Arbitrator involving disputes in insurance, including marine insurance, cross-border, commercial and personal investments, infrastructure construction projects (power plants, hydroelectric dams oil rigs), shipbuilding, rig construction-sales and purchase, disputes related to carriage of goods by sea, air, road, freight forwarding, ship sales and purchase, chartering, all types of shipping casualties (sinkings, groundings/collisions, piracy, fire), personal injuries and death.

Advising on and engaged by international law firms in the cross-border enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in various jurisdictions in the ASEAN countries, India and China through a well-established network of local correspondent firms.

Setting up of new corporate projects, companies, joint ventures, acquisitions, preparation of all types of commercial agreements including start-ups.  

  • Advising clients on claim relating to cross-border mining investment dispute of approximately US$20 million involving four different jurisdictions
  • Advising Chinese construction company in respect of Hydro Electric Dam construction dispute in a third country and Banker’s Performance Bond claim in Singapore involving more than USD35 million
  • Setting up of companies in Singapore for clients from various jurisdictions
  • Recognition and Enforcement of foreign Judgments from various jurisdictions and Indonesian Bankruptcy Order in Singapore
  • Acting for the Families of the Deceased’s Filipino Seafarers and their Estates in respect of a fire casualty on board a Singapore Vessel
  • Acting for clients in arresting vessels for cargo damage and ship collisions in several cases
  • Acting as instructing solicitors and advising on enforcement of an Indonesian Supreme Court Judgment in Malaysia

  • Shipping and maritime (contentious and non-contentious)
  • International arbitration, dispute resolution and litigation
  • Insurance (general insurance and marine insurance)
  • Corporate and M&A, commercial ventures (including cross-border investments), setting up family offices and investments, incorporation of new businesses and companies for foreign and domestic clients
  • Banking & Finance

  • Admitted to practice in the Singapore Bar since 1989 after graduating from National University of Singapore (NUS) with Honours

  • Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Singapore)
  • Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)
  • Senior Fellow Member on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Bali International Arbitration & Mediation Center (BIAMC)
  • Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore Law Society Arbitration Scheme
  • Member of Fellow Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)
  • Member of Panel of Representative Neutral, Mediator, Arbitrator, Negotiator
  • Ombudsman of the Federation of Integrated Conflict Management (FICM) and the Mediation and Conciliation Network (MCN)
  • Committee Member of Maritime Law Association of Singapore, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Associate Member of Asia Pacific Institute of Experts (APIEx)

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) NUS
  • Completed CIARB Fellowship and Award Writing Course (2006)