India Business Law Journal identifies 50 promising lawyers who are poised for greater success

In a time when demonstrating strong leadership potential is a quality essential to thriving in the legal industry, India Business Law Journal seeks to recognise India’s future legal leaders for their achievements and accomplishments.

Our future leaders are 50 young, dynamic lawyers who have caught the attention of clients, employers and partners for their dedication to the profession. Many future legal leaders have climbed the ranks in established firms, started their own firms and accomplished great achievements. The chosen lawyers have worked on critical matters for their firms, delivered solutions that make them the counsel of choice for clients and shown a tremendous work ethic.

This article highlights some of the achievements of these future legal leaders with testimonies from clients and peers who nominated them for the honour.

KNOWLEDGEABLE ADVISERS

Yashwant Rai Grover, a senior associate at Inttl Advocare in its prosecution team in New Delhi, is recommended as “highly knowledgeable and responsive” by Juan Carlos Hernandez, a partner at Basham Ringe y Correa SC in Mexico. Hernandez describes Grover as “client and business oriented”.

Grover began his career at Inttl Advocare in 2016 as an intellectual property associate and became a senior associate in 2019. His practice focuses on advising various industries on trademarks, copyright and designs.

Priyanka Sukhija, an in-house counsel at Zee Media Corporation, describes Grover as a “proficient lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of the subject [who] delivers sound legal advice”.

Bhushan Shah, a partner and head of the corporate practice at Mansukhlal Hiralal & Co in Mumbai, is credited with being “highly competent [and] knowledgeable” by Sharad Saraf, chair of Technocraft Industries (India). Another client, Pradyumna Agrawal, managing director at Temasek Holdings Investment Company in Singapore who has known Shah since 2008 when he worked for Drew and Napier, says: “He is a calm, cool and competent lawyer. We always find him hands-on with transactions.”

Shah is a practising solicitor, qualified in India and the UK, and has a Masters in Law from New York University School of Law. He focuses on corporate and commercial transactions specialising in real estate and general corporate law advisory.

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METHODOLOGY

In November and December 2021, India Business Law Journal invited thousands of in-house counsel in India and around the world, and India-focused partners at international law firms, to nominate outstanding Indian lawyers in several categories, including rising stars who are seen as the future leaders of India’s legal profession.

More than 2,000 nominations and supporting remarks were received from professionals at a wide range of Indian and international organisations, including: ABN, Accela Fiduciary, Accenture, Acciona Energy, Adani Enterprise, Adarsh Group of Hotels, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance, Agriculture Insurance Company of India, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, AkzoNobel, Alen lifesciences, Alpha Capital, Amazon, American Express, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Ansal Housing & Construction, Ashok Leyland, Ashurst, AstraZeneca, Aurobindo Pharma, Bajaj Electricals, Baker McKenzie, Barclays, BharatPe, Bird & Bird, Birla Sunlife Insurance, Bosch, Boston Scientific, Brambles, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Burford Capital, Cadila Healthcare, Canon, Carpediem Capital, Castrol, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, Clyde & Co, CMS, Corning, Credit Suisse, Cummins, DBS Bank, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Dexter Capital Advisors, Dorsey & Whitney, Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance Company, Ernst & Young, Everstone Capital Advisors, Fertilizer Corporate of India, Flipkart, Foley & Lardner, Ford, Freshfields, G4S, Gail, GoDaddy, Google, Government of India, Havells, HDFC Bank, Hengeler Mueller, Hexaware Technologies, Hitachi, Hogan Lovells, Honda, Housing and Urban Development Corporation, Hyundai, ICICI Bank, IDP Education, Indiabulls, Indus Towers, Infosys, InterGlobe, Jackson, Etti & Edu, JP Morgan Chase, Julius Baer, Karvy Capital, Kennedys, Knight Frank, KPMG, LG Electronics, Linklaters, Lodha Group, Mahindra Logistics, Malindo Air, Matrix Partners, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz, Merlin Entertainments, Michelin Tyres, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Mondelez, Morgan Stanley, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Nestle, NIIF Infrastructure Finance, Nippon Paint, Nishimura & Asahi, Nissan, Novistra Capital, Oracle, Panasonic, Pearson, Pernod Ricard, Philips, Pillsbury Withrop Shaw Pittman, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance, PwC, Rajah & Tann, Reebok, Reliance Industries, ReNew Power, Saama Capital, Sahara, Samsung, Scania, Schenker, Seuqoia Capital, Shree Ram Enterprises, Sidley Austin, Simmons & Simmons, Sony Pictures Networks, Squire Patton Boggs, Standard Chartered Bank, Star India, Stephenson Harwood, Sterlite Power Transmission, Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank, Tata Capital, Tech Mahindra, The Atlantic, The Times Group, Toshiba, TVS Automobile, UK India Business Council, UTI Capital, Veeba Food Services, Viacom18, Walmart, Wockhardt, Xiaomi, Zee Media, and hundreds more Indian and international companies, financial institutions and foreign law firms.

Lawyers working at Indian law firms were not permitted to make nominations.

The final list of future legal leaders reflects the nominations received and references provided by those who made nominations, combined with the India Business Law Journal editorial team’s more than 50 years’ collective experience in documenting and analysing India’s legal market.

All Indian private practice lawyers who are currently associated with Indian law firms were automatically eligible for inclusion in the nomination process and, as always, there were no fees or other requirements for entry. Senior counsel and independent lawyers’ chambers were not included.

The names and photographs of all 50 future legal leaders are published on the following pages. Each lawyer was given the opportunity to include their biography and contact details, for which a publishing fee was charged. It is important to note that, while the compilation of the future legal leaders was based solely on independent editorial research, the biographies and contact details that appear alongside many of the listings have been written by the participating lawyers and the content has not been independently verified by India Business Law Journal.