Javade Chaudhri

Javade Chaudhri

Advisor

Javade is a Washington-based international transactional lawyer, who has worldwide experience in helping private and public-sector companies transact business and undertake projects in a range of industry sectors and geographies.

He advises companies and state-owned enterprises on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances. He also advises companies with corporate governance, ethics, compliance, and internal investigations. He also handles complex international litigation and arbitration under the rules of many major arbitral institutions. Javade is a member of the law firm of Jones Day, where he has served as the head of the Jones Day’s Middle East and Africa Practice.

Javade rejoined Jones Day in 2013 after serving for 10 years as the general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief environmental officer for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 company with gas and electric utilities in the United States, Mexico, and South America as well as fossil-fuel and renewable energy power plants, natural gas, and LNG businesses and a worldwide commodities and energy trading business. Prior to joining Sempra, Javade was the general counsel and corporate secretary of Gateway, a $10 billion global technology company, where he also managed the contracts department and compliance activities.

Javade has structured and negotiated infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, education, and healthcare transactions in many parts of the world on behalf of major multinational companies and state-owned enterprises.   He regularly advises companies on regulatory and compliance matters, including governance and ethics investigations. He also advises governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on transactions, public-private partnerships, sustainable development, and investor-state arbitration.  He has been involved in numerous major international arbitrations conducted under the rules of the major arbitral organizations, such as ICSID, ICC, AAA, and the LCIA. 

He serves on a number of nonprofit boards working on education, development, and the rule of law, including the University of California’s Global Policy & Strategy School, the Institute of the Americas, the Yale International Alliance, the US-Asia Institute, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, The Rumie Initiative, and Rule of Law for Development Program, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Javade serves as a faculty member at the Loyola School of Law and the International Law Institute’s South Africa Centre for Legal Excellence.

Javade received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He has received numerous awards from various legal and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award and the National Asian Pacific American Association’s Trailblazer award.