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Mapping global expertise

As a wave of dealmaking showcases legal prowess around the world, we reveal the top foreign law firms for India work

Challenging tabooze

A conversation with Anand Vijay Jha, about taking on the challenging task of changing the negative social perception of alcohol among policymakers in India’s 28 states and convincing them to tax beer at a lower rate than hard liquor

Indian Law Firm Awards 2021

The first wave of the pandemic across India came and went and, at one point, life began again, hope was restored, and work seemed to pick up pace. Many law firms announced new hires and partner promotions, and some opened new offices

Spiking the debt balloon

Can the government’s plans for a ‘bad bank’ balance the ledgers and deflate the bubble of non-performing assets plaguing India’s troubled financial sector?

Future legal leaders

50 up-and-coming lawyers who are making a name for themselves in the profession

Deals of the Year

A turbulent year did not deter deal makers and their legal advisers from closing cutting-edge transactions

Secrets to success

The top 10 performance-enabling habits of India’s elite lawyers

The A-List 2020

India Business Law Journal reveals the country’s top lawyers and legal icons in 2020

Crisis point

Faced with the greatest challenge in recent memory, law firms are ripping up the rule book in their battle for survival

All rise

Advocates and court administrators are navigating the technology and direction of virtual courts like never before, but is enough being done to make these forums smooth and accessible?

A cut above the rest

The leading international law firms for India-related matters

A tool for financial trouble

Widely reported troubles at Yes Bank, IL&FS, DHFL and others have exposed inadequacies in the insolvency resolution regime for distressed banking and finance companies. Mohit Shukla, the legal head of Barclays India, argues that now is a perfect time to introduce a new composite code to address these shortcomings and rebuild public trust

Indian Law Firm Awards 2020

In this difficult and dynamic environment, India Business Law Journal’s editorial team was once again tasked with selecting the winners of the Indian Law Firm Awards. Our decisions are based on thousands of nominations and endorsements received from in-house counsel, other senior corporate executives and legal professionals around the world, as well as hundreds of submissions from Indian law firms

Diversity adversity

Supreme Court Justices Dhananjaya Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi recently passed a ruling that enables women officers to serve as army commanders. The court also granted women officers the right to extended permanent service – a privilege that previously applied only to men. While the order affords women army officers the rights they deserved long ago, it does not fix overnight the backward views and stubborn stereotypes that persist within the corridors of power, be it those in the army or elsewhere.

The International A-List 2020

Of the hundreds of lawyers around the world who claim to be India experts, which ones are leading the field? To find out, India Business Law Journal sought answers from a large number of professionals, mainly experienced lawyers at Indian law firms and India-focused in-house counsel around the world.

Pecking order

This article explores the tensions that arise between the powers of the court in policing the implementation and proper interpretation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (code), the limits on the rights of the corporate debtor during the insolvency process, and the powers of the insolvency resolution professional (IRP) in these circumstances

Rising Stars 2019

Jostling for position, arguably a useful skill when employed in moderation, has been elevated to a high art form in India, be it on busy highways or in professional life. While six or seven law firms dominate the legal market, a universe of medium and small firms of varying expertise and reputation are elbowing their way forward

The A-List 2019

The fourth annual edition of the A-List is a continuation of India Business Law Journal’s efforts to recognize India’s most outstanding lawyers. This year, in order to acknowledge the grandees of the legal profession, as well as recognizing our regular 100 A-List of highly talented practitioners, we identify 35 legal “icons”.

State of play

Indian law firms face a daunting pace attack from big accountancy firms amid a slow-wicket economy. On top of this, in-house counsel are facing up to more work internally, leaving less for law firms.

An Asian mosaic

Senior women lawyers across Asia share personal stories of successes, struggles and strategies for a more inclusive legal profession.

Leaders of the pack

Against the complex political and economic backdrop, India Business Law Journal reveals the India-related achievements and activities of law firms across the globe

In a bind

A blurred demarcation between lawyers and accountants raises interesting questions about the future structure of law firms.

Parliament in numbers

A look back at the Lok Sabha's performance in the past five years compared with the two previous terms

The battle continues

Candid conversations with women litigators

Indian Law Firm Awards, 2019

We unveil the country’s top law firms after an extensive survey of in-house counsel and international lawyers

In a soup

The Legal Metrology Department turns up the heat on companies

Rising Stars 2018

50 up-and-coming law firms that are making a mark on the legal market

The A-List 2018

India's top 100 lawyers revealed

Parliament: the monsoon session

New legislation from parliament’s monsoon session

The state of India’s legal market

An assessment of the prevailing trends in the legal profession

High fliers

Top foreign law firms for India-related work

Locked in

How EU’s GDPR affects Indian companies

Re-setting the bar

Are law firms and companies doing enough to remove hurdles faced by women lawyers in the workplace?

Pinpointing the problem

Why some national law firms struggle to survive in Hyderabad

Indian Law Firm Awards 2017

India Business Law Journal names the outstanding law firms of 2017-18

A time for prudence

Tushar Chawla of Jones Lang LaSalle explains how the insolvency code was used in the real estate sector

Rising stars

50 Indian law firms that are on the ascent

The A-List 2017: India’s top 100 lawyers

Get to know whether you have India's top private practice lawyers on your side ... or better yet, if you're one of them

Parliament: The monsoon session

The first in our regular series on parliamentary sessions looks at key bills that were debated and passed

India: Open for business?

An assessment of the prevailing sentiments among the legal community about the regulatory environment

Global stars

Revealed: The leading international law firms for India

Dissecting delay

Who is to blame for the inefficiencies and delays at Delhi High Court?

Competing interests

Will India ever permit the arbitration of competition law matters?

Taking on the tax tricksters

Indian companies must re-examine their existing structures to comply with GAAR or face adverse consequences

Indian Law Firm Awards 2016

The outstanding law firms of 2016

Lending a hand

Two philanthropic projects show that “being the change you wish to see” is easier said than done

Legal process pioneers

IBLJ identifies six leading LPOs that have helped transform the legal landscape

Law firm billing rates survey 2016

Indian law firms reveal their hourly fees

Blazing a trail

The Indian Corporate Counsel Association names India's in-house legal stars in its new book, Trailblazers

A view from the inside (2016 IBLJ Directory)

Analysis of the state of play in India's legal market

Foreign faithful

The top international law firms for India work

Movers and shakers

A recruitment merry-go-round is reshaping India's legal market

Indian Law Firm Awards 2015

A celebration of excellence in India's legal profession

The India Diaries

What foreign lawyers love and don't love in India

Legal Process Outsourcing Awards

Six of the best legal process outsourcing providers with operations in India

Law firm billing rates survey 2015

75 Indian law firms reveal their hourly fees

A triumph of price over quality?

How the government selects law firms for infrastructure Projects

Joining the dots

The top foreign law firms for India work

Looking beyond the big names

50+ Indian law firms you should know about

The right equation?

An infringement case highlights the delicate balance between protecting innovation and ensuring access to affordable medicines

The other half

New rules under India’s Companies Act may mean more women in corporate boardrooms

Indian Law Firm Awards 2014

A celebration of excellence in India’s legal profession

The gift of giving

The pro bono pursuits of India’s legal practitioners

Legal Process Outsourcing Awards 2014

Five LPOs make their mark

Survey of law firm billing rates

Corporate legal spending has reached new highs

Golden days ahead?

Is foreign investment on the brink of a rebound? Lawyers are optimistic

India Business Law Directory 2014

India Business Law Journal presents its annual report on the state of play in India’s legal market

In the limelight

India Business Law Journal reveals the leading foreign law firms for India work

Globetrotting

The IP threats facing Indian globetrotters

Same same but different

The legality of parallel imports remains a grey area in India

Strike a pose: Nothing IP to it

Attempts to copyright yoga routines have thrown up issues of originality, ownership, traditional knowledge and choreography

Intellectual property in numbers

The facts, figures, feats and fees of Indian IP firms

A colourful partnership

India and Canada have embarked on a renewed drive to boost bilateral trade and investment

Deals of the Year 2013

India Business Law Journal identifies and analyses the standout deals and disputes of 2013 and reveals the lawyers who guided them

Legal Process Outsourcing Awards 2013

As clients continue to demand more for less, India Business Law Journal reveals five LPOs that stand out from the crowd

Survey of law firm billing rates 2013

Alternative patterns rival hourly billing as legal fees escalate

Moving into Mozambique

Faizal Jusob explains how the African country is attempting to entice Indian investors

A new world order

Indebted and weakened by a falling rupee, Indian companies have taken a more strategic approach to outbound investment

India Business Law Directory 2013

India Business Law Journal presents its annual legal market report and directory of Indian law firms

The pioneers

India Business Law Journal reveals the top international law firms keeping India’s cross-border deals on course

A rich tapestry

50+ small and mid-size Indian law firms you should know about

Indian Law Firm Awards 2012

India Business Law Journal turned to in-house counsel and other legal professionals from India and around the world to identify the top law firms of 2012

Deals of the Year 2012

The winning dealmakers of 2012

Legal Process Outsourcing Awards 2012

The winning LPO service providers of 2012

Survey of law firm billing rates 2012

How much should you be paying for legal advice in India?

Sober optimism

Caution and tightened purse strings have changed the pace and direction of Indian outbound investment

India Business Law Directory 2012

Detailed analysis of the state of play in India’s dynamic legal market

The world’s finest

IBLJ reveals the leading foreign law firms for India-related work

Tested waters

Mauritius continues to be the major channel for investments into India

Exploring new pastures

Indian companies hunt for opportunities among Africa’s diverse economies and regulatory regimes

Indian Law Firm Awards 2011

IBLJ celebrates a glittering year of achievements and the outstanding Indian law firms that made them possible

Deals of the Year 2011

50 of the most significant transactions and cases of 2011 and reveals the law firms that guided them to fruition

Legal Process Outsourcing 2011

As the tide begins to turn and LPOs go mainstream India Business Law Journal reveals the leading service providers

Survey of law firm billing rates 2011

Legal fees have plateaued, but clients have misgivings over billing arrangements, transparency and the value for money they receive

IP demystified

Legal experts answer corporate counsel’s most pressing questions about intellectual property

Legal Market Report & Directory of Indian Law Firms – 2011

IBLJ consulted widely with the country’s legal practitioners to reveal the current state of play in the legal market

Leading the field

IBLJ reveals the frontrunners in the race for India-related work

Competitive rewarding

George W Russell reports on the changing face of compensation and benefits in India’s legal market

Back on the map

Chennai is regaining lost ground as a legal hub for southern India

Getting IT right

Raghavendra Verma investigates the IT solutions that are available and considers how they are best deployed in Indian law firms

Indian Law Firm Awards 2010

2010 saw Indian law firms jostling for position. Which firms finished the year ahead of the pack?

Time to share

Pro bono work is increasingly finding a place in the schedules of busy Indian lawyers

Legal Process Outsourcing Awards

As consolidation reshapes the global LPO landscape, IBLJ reveals the leading service providers

Survey of law firm billing rates

IBLJ's fourth annual billing rates survey reveals rising hourly rates and growing demand for alternative fee arrangements

Managing the business of law

Indian law firms are striving to attain best practice management, marketing and strategic planning. Are senior partners best-equipped to accomplish it?

Legal Market Report & Directory of Indian Law Firms 2010

Indian law firms are grappling with a flood of new legislation as they attempt to capitalize on the resurgent economy

The new legal architects

Which international law firms are taking the lead in designing and executing India’s cross-border transactions?

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Correspondents

Digital intermediary rules leave open door for misuse

By Saurya Bhattacharya and Aseem Sahni, HSA Advocates
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By Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar, LexOrbis.
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Suggested framework for digital assets in India

By Anu Tiwari and Anindita Bhowmik, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Features

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Half empty or half full?

How are law firms viewing the changing times? Our survey taps their sentiments and outlook for the future

Practitioner’s perspectives

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Uniformity needed for IP disputes

By Manisha Singh and Varun Sharma, LexOrbis
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Better days for IP disputes

By Essenese Obhan, Obhan & Associates

Delhi High Court’s new division is a step up for adjudication in this sector, writes IP expert Essenese Obhan

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SPACs: Why PIPE investments play a key role

By Lynwood Reinhardt and Brooke Dorris, Reed Smith

Lynwood Reinhardt and Brooke Dorris examine the impact of private investment in public equity on de-SPAC transactions

Vantage point

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Game not over

A spate of high-stakes legal victories means the fantasy sports format is here to stay, but there is still much to be done to stabilise the industry, writes Amol Apte at Dream11