| Nishchal Anand
|Tel: +91 98 9912 1634
Key practice areas: Blockchain & cryptos; data protection; e-commerce; fintech
|Nishchal is an intellectual property and technology law attorney practising in New Delhi since 2009. Besides representing large corporations in contentious IP and data protection matters before the courts in India, he regularly advises tech companies on legal and regulatory compliance including IP structuring, product structuring and data compliance. He has been a part of many landmark decisions that have furthered the jurisprudence on IP and data protection laws in India.
He regularly advises clients across industries on the application and commercialisation of cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain, AI, UAVs, extended reality, and CRISPR. More recently, he has been advising the creative community on the use and monetisation of their works and underlying IP including through NFT projects. He is also actively involved in advising clients on structuring their cryptocurrency/fintech operations and products at a global level, including in India.
Nishchal is one of the founding partners at Panda Law, which started operations in 2019. Panda Law is a full-service law firm with a special focus on technology. The team advises technology clients across sectors such as finance, education, gaming, health, food and agriculture, e-commerce and logistics, and media and entertainment providing them with end-to-end solutions for their businesses.
| Sandeep Grover
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; intellectual property; litigation
|Sandeep has almost 17 years of dispute resolution experience and specialises in commercial and civil litigation and arbitration. Sandeep regularly advises his clients on complex corporate issues and transactions. A significant part of his practice has been advising and representing clients in matters relating to patent and copyright infringement issues, joint venture, company and shareholder disputes, employment-related issues, merger and demerger schemes, insolvency, tender-related disputes, white-collar crimes, real estate disputes, infrastructure and engineering disputes, debt recovery matters and consumer litigation.
He represents clients across a variety of sectors, including the diamond industry, aviation, automobile, infra-tech, power, transportation, IT, hospitality, healthcare, apparel and real estate sector, to name a few.
Currently, Sandeep is spearheading high stake and multi million-dollar IP enforcement litigations on behalf of several multinational entities across various forums in India. Sandeep and his team are also actively involved in prosecution and trial of several patents, trademark and copyright litigations. In addition, Sandeep is also regularly involved in formulating IP strategy, managing and strategising patents and trademark prosecutions in India and abroad.
Sandeep also has extensive experience in representing international and domestic clients in all types of complex arbitrations, including disputes pertaining to EPC contracts, infrastructure projects etc.
Sandeep regularly appears before the Supreme Court, high courts across the country, the Patent Office, NCLT and NCLAT, district courts and consumer forums.
In January 2022, Sandeep was identified as one of India’s Future Legal Leaders by IBLJ. Last year, Sandeep was recognised among the “Top 100 LEX-FALCON 2021” in the Legal category at the LexTalk World Conference, Dubai. Sandeep was also recently selected by the Advisory Committee of the In-house Corporate Counsel Association of India to be featured in the ICCA Coffee table book on the role of lawyers in taking India and the world forward. He is also frequently quoted in prominent newspapers/publications for his views on contemporary legal issues.
Prior to establishing ORTIS Law Offices, Sandeep headed the dispute resolution team of IndusLaw, New Delhi. Prior to that he was part of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi and L&L Partners – Law Offices, New Delhi.
| Komal Joshi
| Tel: +91 98200 77210
Key practice areas: Arbitration; corporate & commercial litigation; dispute resolution; shipping & maritime litigation
|Komal Joshi is a partner at ALMT Legal, a leading Indian law firm. She has two decades of rich and diverse experience in advising various private and multinational clients. She is commended for her expertise in various practice areas, including corporate & commercial litigation, shipping and maritime litigation, aviation, white-collar crimes, and civil and criminal litigation.
Komal graduated from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai, with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and studied law at KC Law College, University of Mumbai. She has worked at a prestigious law firm in Mumbai for several years, and thereafter she practiced independently till she joined the firm as a senior associate. She was made a partner at ALMT Legal in 2018.
Komal has represented her clients before various fora including high courts all over India, the National Company Law Tribunal and the Supreme Court among others. She has a substantial amount of experience in dealing with disputes in various domestic, international and institutional arbitration proceedings. She has also represented clients in high-profile family disputes and matrimonial matters, and has facilitated the settling of complex family disputes.
She has advised her clients on matters relating to high-stake cybercrimes and white-collar crimes under the special acts of MPID, PMLA, SFIO and representation of clients before the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Directorate of Enforcement (ED), Special Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and local police stations. She has also successfully represented multinationals before the National Company Law Tribunal. She has also assisted a number of her clients with estate planning, testamentary issues, trust matters and transfer of property.
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| Shruti Kanodia
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency|
Shruti is the founding and managing partner of Sagus Legal, considered among Asia’s 30 fastest growing law firms in 2021. Sagus is a full-service law firm and has achieved a five-fold increase in fee earners during the pandemic. It has also been ranked by several well-known international legal publications, such as IFLR 1000, Benchmark Litigation, ALB and Asia Law, for corporate, M&A, banking, energy, projects and disputes resolution. Shruti was one of the finalists for Managing Partner of the Year, India and Middle East, by ALB Women in Law Awards, 2021.
Shruti has nearly 14 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, private equity, banking & finance, complex transaction structuring, regulatory advisory, restructuring & insolvency and commercial disputes resolution.
Shruti graduated from NLS, Bengaluru, and started her career with S&R Associates. Subsequently, she was a partner in the corporate transactions team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
She serves as an independent director on the boards of Shalimar Paints, Nalwa Sons Investments and Jindal Stainless Steelway.
| Moiz Rafique
Privy Legal Service
|Tel: +91 11 4655 2925
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; litigation; restructuring & insolvency
|Moiz Rafique graduated from Nirma University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in law with honours and with a focus on constitutional law. After a few years of apprenticeship, he started his own firm Privy Legal Services in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. With a sharp mind and keen commercial sense, Moiz grew from strength to strength appearing before almost all judicial forums making dispute resolution, corporate advisory and due diligence his core forte in the state of Gujarat.
He has become well known in the legal fraternity by defending causes requiring the attention of the courts and by acquiring immediate protection through writ remedies. He has argued on uncommon and complex issues, and has succeeded in getting relief. He has also negotiated with financial institutions and helped clients to settle debts.
Moiz has been retained by high net-worth individuals to defend their companies in corporate insolvency proceedings across various NCLT benches. He has also been engaged to advise, settle and negotiate contracts for several US-based multinationals on their project investments in India. He has advised startups in various market sectors and holds expertise in disputes arising in the arena of beverage and bottling, tobacco, ceramics, pharmaceutical, textiles and chemical industrial sectors. Moiz has also rendered pro bono services to many religious and charitable trusts, solely to upkeep institutions of good virtues unfettered from vexatious litigation. He has been engaged by several families for settling their disputes premised on the dissolution of high-net partnership firms.
Moiz believes in knowledge acquisition and has been objective-driven since day one. He has been a contributor to several international journals and is also an active columnist for several reputed dailies rendering his opinion on tax reforms and other regulatory policies. His work has been striking par excellence and, as a result, he is frequently given opportunities to represent firms based outside Gujarat.
| Anshul Sunil Saurastri
Krishna & Saurastri Associates
|Tel: +91 22 2200 6322
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; joint ventures; licensing & franchising; litigation
|Anshul is a partner, advocate (attorney-at-law) and patent attorney at Krishna & Saurastri Associates. His practice includes both contentious and non-contentious matters in intellectual property and corporate-commercial law.
Anshul handles patent, trademark and design preparation and prosecution, oppositions, and invalidations in addition to appellate work. He is regularly involved in litigation relating to patent, trademark and design infringement, and unfair competition claims such as passing off, disparagement and defamation. He is actively involved in the protection of trade secrets, confidential information, data and privacy. He also handles complaints and disputes related to consumer protection and advertising. From time to time, he counsels and provides opinions on infringement, and the invalidity of patents, trademarks and designs, biodiversity laws, etc. He has hands on experience in handling breach of contract claims. From time to time, he is engaged in conducting due diligence, structuring, negotiating and preparing agreements such as NDAs, JVAs, M&As, business transfers, distribution, agency, licensing, franchising, technology transfer, employment, and so on.
Prior to practising law, he worked as an analyst in an investment firm in the US. He also spent time in the lab doing R&D work for which he received recognition as an author in different journals and scholarly publications. Holding degrees in the sciences, engineering and law and training in legal and technical areas, he has amassed cross-functional expertise. Anshul holds a Master’s in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and a Degree of Law from the Government Law College, Mumbai University. Anshul is registered to practise at the Bar Council of India and the Indian Patent & Trademark Office.
Anshul is a member of INTA’s Unfair Competition Committee, AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Trade Secrets and the Executive Council of the LES (India). He is an active member of APAA, AIPLA, IBA, IPBA, and ABA. Anshul frequently lectures at different seminars, conferences and universities on IP and other commercial legal issues. He has published numerous articles on these subjects in national and international legal publications.
| Anand Srivastava
|Tel: +91 98110 43316
Key practice areas: Aviation; infrastructure; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency
|Anand is a partner at Link Legal with over 20 years of experience. Having been with the firm since its inception, he has played a pivotal role in its growth as an equity partner and is dual qualified to practice in India and New York. Within the firm, he has nurtured and developed practice areas such as banking, aviation, project and construction, corporate/M&A and disputes. He has represented various multinationals, conglomerates, government bodies, etc. Some of his key clientele include SpiceJet, GMR Group, Jindal, JSW, Aurobindo, among many others.
Anand is recognised as a “leading individual” by The Legal 500 and is highly recommended by various global legal directories such as RSG, Chambers and Partners, Asialaw, IBLJ and IFLR1000.
Anand completed his LLM from Columbia Law School, New York and has been recognised as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and awarded the Edwin Parker Certificate for International Law. He is also qualified as a trained mediator with the New York Peace Institute. Anand divides his time between the New York and India offices of the firm.
| Parul Verma
Kochhar & Co
|Tel: +91 99 5300 8975
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; infrastructure; project finance; real estate
|Parul is a partner with Kochhar & Co and focuses on projects and financing. Her core areas of expertise include advising various corporates and business groups on construction and development of domestic and international projects, advising foreign and Indian banks and financial institutions on lending for airports, roads, power and other infrastructure projects, structured financing transactions, mezzanine debt structures, real estate financing and stressed assets financing. She has also extensively advised clients on real estate acquisition deals.
Notably, clients say that “Parul comes across as a very dependable and sincere lawyer, someone with whom you can leave the transaction and she will control it with full sincerity and dedication. It is not easy to convince her, but once she is convinced, leave it to her to convince the other side and she will get you the right results.” Another client says that “Parul adds tremendous value to deals, with sharp business acumen, searing intellect and a close understanding of market positions in negotiations, and pragmatism in deal closures while preserving the client’s best interests at all times.”