Sapna is recognised as a leader in her field and has recently been recognised as one of the best lawyers in Singapore for arbitration and mediation by Best Lawyers 2021. She was also named in the A List (Asia's Top Lawyers) published by the Asia Business Law Journal and included by Who's Who Legal in their list of leading arbitration partners under 45 in Asia-Pacific for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2019 described her as being a "good listener" with "great knowledge" who is able to "identify the core issues, potential options and best approach to reach a solution which is favourable to the client." Who's Who Legal recognised her as "a top name for international arbitration in Singapore", and "a charming advocate, who is well respected within the arbitration fraternity." Proclaimed by various leading legal directories as being, "tenacious in the pursuit of her clients' interests", "very easy to get on with and always open to new ideas", possessing "excellent advocacy skills" and "a leader in India", Sapna is a force to be reckoned with in the practice of international arbitration in Asia Pacific.
She has managed arbitrations spanning a wide range of industries, and governed by all the main institutional rules, including the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, SCMA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and DIAC. She practised in London, New York and Dubai, before relocating to Singapore in 2011. In 2015, she spent 6 months on secondment to Hilton's legal department in Singapore.
She has substantial advocacy experience and has represented clients in trials and applications before arbitral tribunals, the UK Civil Courts (including the Supreme Court), and the Courts of the DIFC. In addition, Sapna has several appointments as an arbitrator.
Sapna is a member of the SIAC Users' Council and the SCMA Procedure Committee, and is the Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' Singapore branch. She holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and a diploma in international commercial arbitration from Queen Mary University, in which she graduated with distinction.
Sapna was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1999 and admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 2019.
Represented one of China's largest offshore service providers in a US$200m LMAA arbitration against a Chinese state-owned multinational engineering and manufacturing company over the construction of two offshore jack-up drilling oil rigs.
Represented an internationally-renowned hospitality and leisure group in a US$25m DIFC-LCIA arbitration against a Dubai state-owned company over the breach and termination of a hotel management agreement for a proposed 5-star luxury hotel to be built in Dubai.
Acting in over 15 international arbitrations governed by the HKIAC, DIAC, UNCITRAL, SIAC and other rules for international hotel operators as well as owners relating to disputes arising out of the management of hotels based in the Middle East, China, India, Macau, Mauritius and Myanmar
Acting for a number of private and state-owned credit insurers in debt collection and litigation
Acting for a Dubai-based shipyard in a number of disputes brought by owners for delay or breach of warranty, all of which were submitted to arbitration
SCMA arbitration of a dispute relating to the construction of an offshore rig worth nearly USD 200 million – the highest case before the SCMA at the time
Dispute between a Jordanian contractor and an Indian sub-contractor pursuant to the construction of a power plant in Kurdistan – concurrent ICC proceedings in Paris and Indian Court proceedings
LCIA arbitration in London between an Indian steel conglomerate, a commodities trading company based in the Middle East and an Australian mining company in relation to a USD 50 million contract for the supply of coal
SIAC arbitration involving a claim by a Mauritian Investor against an Indian company for a refund of money paid under a share subscription agreement governed by Indian Law
Ad hoc arbitration in Delhi, India between a contractor and sub-contractor in relation to the construction of a pipeline in North Africa for a government client
UNCITRAL arbitration between a UK multinational and a state government in the Middle East under a bilateral investment treaty
ICC arbitration in Paris in relation to a multi-million dollar joint venture dispute between an Italian chemicals multinational and a company based in the Middle East
LCIA arbitration in London in respect of a consultancy agreement for services provided in relation to the Qatar gas-to-liquids project