Gitta specialises in complex cross-border disputes, international arbitration and public international law.
Gitta is a member of the firm's market-leading Asia dispute resolution practice, based in Singapore. She specialises in complex cross-border disputes with particular expertise in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, and public international law. Gitta advises commercial entities, states and SOEs on a broad range of issues relating to cross-border projects including dispute avoidance strategies and investment structuring.
Gitta has a particular focus on disputes involving Indonesia, and works closely with Herbert Smith Freehills' associated firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, to advise Indonesian and international clients on disputes and dispute-related aspects of transactional work relating to their investments.
Gitta is ranked as an Arbitration Future Leader, Global Elite Thought Leader (Under 45) and National Leader (Southeast Asia, Arbitration) by Who's Who Legal as well as an up and coming/next generation lawyer by other leading directories. She has been described as "an impressive lawyer with unique skills in the market" and "very pragmatic and business-oriented in terms of suggesting strategies to resolve a problem and providing good practical guidance" (Chambers & Partners 2020 (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore)).
Fluent in English, Bahasa Indonesia (native) and Bahasa Melayu, Gitta graduated from the National University of Singapore and qualified as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She has been with Herbert Smith Freehills (formerly Herbert Smith) for over 10 years and has worked in the firm's Singapore and London offices.
Experience & expertise
- the Government of Malaysia in an ad hoc state-to-state railway land arbitration against the Republic of Singapore concerning the interpretation of a bilateral treaty
- a state-owned power producer in an ICC arbitration against a state and the state's water and power agency
- a European clean energy company in a Singapore-seated ICC arbitration against a Chinese solar panel company regarding product defects under a long-term supply contract governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
- a listed energy company in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration arising from a joint operating agreement governed by English law for the exploration and production of an oil field in Sumatra, Indonesia
- a renewable energy company in a dispute with, and potential claim under the Energy Charter Treaty against, a Central Asian state and the state-owned power purchaser for issues arising out of a long term power purchase agreement and government guarantee
- an American apparel manufacturer and its Asia-Pacific subsidiary in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Californian company.