Govintharasah Ramanathan

Gurbani & Co - Singapore

Managing Director


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

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Current position: Managing Director

Principal practice areas/industry focus: Civil Litigation, Shipping and Admiralty, International Arbitration of trades investment and infrastructure construction disputes.

Career highlights: Individual’s profile: Admitted to practice in the Singapore Bar since 1989 after graduating from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with Honours. Founding Partner and Managing 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 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 effective correspondent firms.

Adjunct practice involving advising on corporate and commercial matters involving the setting up of new business projects, companies, joint ventures, acquisitions of businesses and other corporate ventures and agreements involving start-ups in South East Asian countries, China and India. Engaged in the negotiation, structuring and drafting of all types of commercial agreements, including applications for business licences. Have in the last 3 decades been working with various law firms from all over the world, including UK, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in cross-border deals and dispute resolution.

Completed CIARB Fellowship and Award Writing Course (2006).

Regularly presenting and speaking at conferences for various arbitral institutions, the Asian Law Business (ALB), Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), World Congress of Ocean, Belt & Road Forums on various topics including exclusion and limitation of liability in shipping contracts, remoteness of damages, general average, maritime piracy, insurance and marine insurance, cross-border investments and structuring. Founding member of the Belt & Road International Lawyers Association (BRILA). 

Contributed on Singapore maritime law, shipping, insurance, reinsurance and marine insurance to Chambers And Partners Global Practice Guide 2021, Insurance and Reinsurance Global Guide Thomson Reuters and Comite Maritime International (CMI).    

  • 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
  • Recognition and Enforcement of foreign 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 ship collisions in several cases
  • Acting as instructing solicitors and advising on enforcement of an Indonesian Supreme Court Judgment in Malaysia

  • Banking and finance
  • Construction
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute resolution
  • Labour and employment

  • Aviation and shipping
  • Banking and financial services
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance

  • 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)

Graduated in 1988 from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree