Anand and Anand
Tel: +91 120 405 9300
|Key practice areas: Intellectual property litigation (patents, trademarks and copyrights)|
|Pravin Anand is the managing partner of Anand and Anand. He has been a counsel in several landmark IP cases including the first Anton Piller order (HMV cases); the first Mareva injunction order (Philips case); the first Norwich Pharmacal order (Hollywood Cigarettes case); the first order under the Hague Convention (AstraZeneca case); and the moral rights of artists (Amarnath Sehgal case). In recognition of his pro bono work for rural innovators at the grass roots level he was awarded the National Innovation Foundation Award by the government of India. He has been involved in significant cases for pharma clients such as Novartis, Pfizer and Roche. He was a president of FICPI India, AIPPI’s Indian national group, APPA India and the Asia Euro Forum.
Anand is a co-author of Halsbury’s Laws of India, volumes 20 (1) and (2) on IP and the author of the India chapter in Copyright Throughout the World – West (Thomson Reuters). He is on the editorial board of international IP journals, many leading journals on IP jurisprudence and international legal magazines. Anand speaks at various forums including WIPO, AIPPI, INTA, LES, IBA, LAW ASIA and the UN conference.
Recent awards include: “AIPPI Award of Merit”, Anand is the first Indian legal practitioner to receive this award; Most Innovative Lawyer – Asia Pacific (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2015); Managing Intellectual Property – IP stars – Patents;2016, 2017, 2018; Managing Intellectual Property – IP stars – Trademarks;2016, 2017, 2018; Highly Recommended Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property – Chambers and Partners 2016, 2017, 2018.
He is featured in IAM 300 – World’s leading IP strategists 2016, 2017, 2018; Best of the Best 2016 – Top 30 Patents Practitioners in the World; WTR 1000 gold band recommended lawyer; Enforcement and Litigation 2016, 2017, 2018; Who’s Who Legal Patents Featured Lawyer 2016, 2017, 2018; Who’s Who Legal Life Sciences Featured Lawyer 2016, 2017, 2018; Who’s Who Legal Trademarks Featured Lawyer 2016, 2017, 2018; WIPR Leaders – patent, media, tech/electronics – 2016, 2017; IAM Patent 1000 gold band recommended lawyer 2016, 2017, 2018; Legal Era – star dispute resolution lawyer of the year (2015-2016); Best of the Best – Patents Expert Guide 2016, 2017, 2018; recognized lawyer for IP litigation in the Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2016, 2017 and 2018; and India Business Law Journal’s A-List 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Crawford Bayley & Company
Tel: + 91 22 2266 3353
|Key practice areas: M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets|
|Sanjay Asher is presently a senior partner with Crawford Bayley & Co, which is India’s oldest law firm, established in 1830.
Asher holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Bombay. He has been a practising advocate since 1991, and was admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He is also a qualified chartered accountant.
He specialises in the fields of corporate law and commercial law, cross border M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets, and advises large, medium and small business enterprises on these subjects.
Asher serves as an independent director of various public and private companies. He has been a noted speaker at various seminars and conferences both domestically and internationally.
He has authored several articles published in national and international publications and also co-authored a book on the Companies Act, 2013, which was published by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer publication.
Bharucha & Partners
Tel: +91 22 6132 3900
|Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, banking & finance, and general corporate|
|Alka Bharucha is a founding partner of Bharucha & Partners and chair of the transactions practice of the firm. She has more than 30 years of experience. Her practice ranges across mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and joint ventures, banking and structured finance, capital markets and infrastructure. Bharucha has in-depth expertise in the telecom sector having advised Indian and multinational telecom companies on mergers and acquisitions, financings, initial public offerings, and regulatory matters. Bharucha also has significant experience in the power sector and has represented several developers. Her general corporate work includes establishment of mutual funds, providing regulatory advice to foreign portfolio investors, foreign venture capital investors, brokers, merchant bankers and other financial intermediaries.
Bharucha is actively engaged in representing transnational corporations for investments in retail, real estate, defence, power and banking sectors.
Bharucha graduated from the University of Bombay and has a Master’s degree in law from the University of London. She is a solicitor of the Bombay High Court and an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India. She is a director at a number of listed companies.
Bharucha & Partners
Tel: +91 22 2289 9300
|Key practice areas: Commercial litigation & arbitration (domestic and international), joint venture related disputes, construction contract related disputes; and telecom disputes|
|MP Bharucha is the senior partner of Bharucha & Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. His practice is multi-faceted, primarily focused on corporate and commercial disputes. Throughout his career, Bharucha has straddled practice areas ranging from litigation, dispute resolution and advisory.
Bharucha’s dispute resolution practice includes complex commercial litigation and arbitration (both domestic and international) and covers a wide range of matters including joint venture disputes, construction disputes, hostile takeovers, etc. With over 40 years of continuing practice, Bharucha has been recognized as a leading litigator in various publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and RSG Consulting. He is also engaged as an expert on Indian law.
Bharucha graduated from the University of Bombay. He is a solicitor of Bombay High Court, England & Wales and Hong Kong. He is the vice president of Bombay Incorporated Law Society and an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India.
Bhasin & Co
Tel: +91 11 2332 2601
|Key practice areas: Labour & employment, aviation, corporate & insolvency laws, and dispute resolution|
|Lalit Bhasin is the managing partner of Bhasin & Company, and president of the Society of Indian Law Firms and the Bar Association of India. He is also president of Indian Law Foundation. He is an honorary life member of the International Bar Association, chairman of CIArb India, and a member of the ICC Arbitration India Core Group. He is a past president of the Inter Pacific Bar Association, and a former chairman of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal of India. He is chairman of PHD Chamber of Commerce Committee on Americas.
Bhasin was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by Jaipur University in 2013, a Plaque of Honour for outstanding contribution to the rule of law in 2002 by the prime minister of India and the National Law Day Award in 2007 by the president of India.
His areas of specialization include aviation, employment and labour, entertainment and media, banking and finance, consumer protection and dispute resolution.
Chandhiok & Mahajan
Tel: 91 11 4163 0033
|Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust, litigation & arbitration (including, insolvency litigation), aviation, and environmental laws & regulation|
|Karan Singh Chandhiok heads the dispute resolution and competition law practice at Chandhiok & Mahajan. He represents clients before various courts, arbitral tribunals, and regulators in India. He also has extensive experience in advising airlines and lessors on contentious and non-contentious matters; and on the financing and regulatory aspects of aviation in India. In addition, Chandhiok regularly represents clients before the National Green Tribunal and other courts on environmental regulations.
Chandhiok has been recognized by Chambers and Partners; Who’s Who Legal; the International Financial Law Review; and the Global Competition Review as a leading lawyer in India. Asialaw Leading Lawyers recommends him as a “market leading lawyer” for dispute resolution and competition law. Chambers 2018 attests that “he is brilliant in strategy” and “provides guidance based on sound judgment, experience and deep knowledge of the law.” Chambers 2017 quotes client feedback as “[he] thinks outside the box, is imaginative, and has an unbelievable ability to get things done.” While Chambers 2016 recommended him as “a strategic thinker who comes out with creative solutions that are not always obvious to others.” Who’s Who Legal recognizes him for his “outstanding work” and the “ability to stay very focused on what matters to the client”.
Chandhiok has acted for various corporations in the information technology, information technology enabled services, banking and finance, glass, steel, cement, tyres, automotive components, liquor, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare, bio-technology, pharma, retail, transport, infrastructure and media sectors.
Chandhiok is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network. In 2011, he advised the Competition Commission of India on the draft merger control regulations; and went on to take an active role in the Committee on the National Competition Law Policy.
He is the co-chair of the ASSOCHAM – National Council on Competition Law; former chair of the Indian National Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division; and treasurer of the Competition Law Bar Association. Chandhiok has a bachelor of civil law degree from the University of Oxford. He is admitted as an advocate in India and as a solicitor in England & Wales.
Tel: + 91 11 4983 0000
|Key practice areas: Strategic corporate investments, corporate finance & restructuring, M&A, and bribery/compliance investigations|
|Manjula Chawla is the co-founding partner of Phoenix Legal. She concentrates in the areas of strategic corporate investments, corporate finance and restructuring, M&A, joint ventures, corruption & compliance investigations, and general corporate and commercial matters.
Since the early years of liberalization, she has assisted many multi-national corporations (including Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors including automobiles, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharma, information technology, oil and gas, power and telecommunications.
She advises her clients on a wide range of issues faced by them in India involving anti-corruption laws, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control laws, data privacy and protection, labour & employment and real estate. She also takes out time to advise certain non-profit organisations on a pro bono basis.
Chawla’s commitment to her clients and consistent delivery of high quality services have been recognized by her clients and peers. She was awarded the National Law Day Award – 2000 by the Union Law Minister for “excellence in corporate law and for unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India”. Among several other accolades, she has featured in the recently published book 100 Legal Luminaries of India which throws light on some of the most illustrious legal minds in India. She was recognized in the 2017 Edition of Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s The Vanguards – Trusted Corporate Lawyers and was listed in the A-List published by India Business Law Journal, which names India’s Top 100 Lawyers. She received the “Woman of Distinction” – Leadership Excellence Awards 2017 from Legal League Consulting. She has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A on various platforms in Asia region. She has been named by Chambers and Partner as a lawyer whose “clients praise her ability to “identify the issue that is causing a problem and to come up with commercial solutions.” Asialaw quotes a client who says: “The partners and directors provide practical solutions” and that she demonstrates “clear decision making in resolving queries”.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: + 91 98210 38898
|Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, general corporate commercial and real estate|
|Akshay Chudasama has advised on various marquee transactions including one of the largest PE acquisitions of a strategic stake in PRL Developers by Warburg Pincus; Blackstone’s acquisition of a stake in the commercial/office space real estate portfolio of K Raheja Corp Group, India; an American insurance company in their acquisition of an additional 23% equity stake in their joint venture from their Indian partner; Sumitomo Chemical Company in their purchase of a 44.98% stake in Excel Crop Care from the promoters and certain public shareholders; and the acquisition of nine project companies of Gammon group by BIF India Holdings, among others.
RSG Consulting Report 2017 has recommended Chudasama for negotiations. He has been described as an “excellent lawyer to have by your side”. He is “effective in solving complex issues”. He deals with negotiations with the “requisite diplomacy and sophistication”.
Chudasama has also been recognized as a Market-leading Lawyer by Asialaw Profiles 2019 and a Highly Regarded Lawyer by IFLR 1000 (2019). He has been described as “cross-border M&A specialist” and “a highly recommended corporate lawyer” in Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016, 2017 and has consistently been listed as “recommended” / “leading individual” in corporate / M&A / real estate / telecom / media & IT category by Asia Pacific Legal 500, PLC’s Which Lawyer?/ Merger & Acquisition Guide and Chambers and Partners. Chambers and Partners states that, clients praised “smart and efficient” Chudasama as a “fantastic deal maker – he understands the real estate funds sector and anticipates the issues a foreign investors will face” and in 2018 they further added that he has a “notable cross-border expertise”. The guide further states that “Akshay offers high quality and is responsive on transactions”. Others enthused: “He thinks quickly when there is a deadlock and is able to structure a creative solution to make a transaction move forward.” He has won client recommendations for his legal and business acumen, as well as his great empathy and friendliness. He has also been recommended for his expertise in the media sector, particularly involving M&A and joint venture agreements.
Tel: +91 11 4782 1000
|Key practice areas: M&A; private equity, venture capital & fund investment; real estate; and general corporate advisory|
|Gaurav Dani is one of the founding partners of IndusLaw. He is a US (New York) and India-qualified lawyer based in the firm’s New Delhi office. He specializes in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions including involving stressed assets, joint ventures and corporate partnering transactions, private equity and venture capital financings and strategic investments.
Dani represents public and private companies, private equity funds and venture capital investors in the automotive, e-commerce, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, technology and tour and travel sectors. He has led some of the largest private equity investments involving trend-setting investment structures in the e-commerce and digital media industry in India.
Before founding IndusLaw, Dani worked with the India team at White & Case and prominent Indian law firms.
Dani has been consistently recommended in India Business Law Journal’s (IBLJ) “A-List” of top 100 lawyers in India in association with the Indian Corporate Counsel association (ICCA). This endorsement is based on extensive research by IBLJ, on the nominations received by thousands of in-house counsel and India-focused lawyers at international law firms.
He has also been endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR1000 (2019 and 2018 editions) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s publication The Vanguards.
Legal 500 Asia Pacific has, over the last several years, listed Dani as a “recommended lawyer” for banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets transactions.
Clients rate Dani for his rainbow of experience, persistence and maturity in dealing with complex situations and coming out with innovative solutions.
Dani is a regular speaker at seminars in India and overseas.
He is also an avid golfer!
Dhir & Dhir Associates
Tel: +91 11 4241 0000
|Key practice areas: Restructuring & insolvency, corporate & commercial, dispute resolution, and M&A|
|Alok Dhir is the managing partner of Dhir & Dhir Associates, a leading full service law firm in India. He is a qualified chartered accountant and lawyer and has extensive experience of over 36 years in corporate commercial and civil law, with special focus on corporate and financial restructuring, insolvency, takeovers, M&A, banking, real estate, PE transactions, turning around of financially stressed entities and issues related to asset reconstruction and securitization. He is a veteran in advising distressed corporate entities and formulating revival plans. He is a leading counsel and represents a myriad client base before various courts, tribunals and the Supreme Court of India.
Dhir has been consistently recognized as the leading lawyer for “Restructuring & Insolvency” in India by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, AsiaLaw Profiles, India Business Law Journal etc.
Dhir is a member of the Bar Council of India, the ICAI, the IBBI, INSOL INDIA, INSOL INTERNATIONAL, SIG24, PHD Chambers of Commerce, ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, and SILF.
Tel +91 11 4164 4100
|Key practice areas: Corporate M&A, international tax & trade, competition law, and TMT|
|An equity partner at Advaita Legal, Atul Dua has over 30 years’ experience, and has worked at leading law firms and multinational accounting and consulting firms.
Dua was senior partner at Seth Dua & Associates, a firm that he co-founded in 1998, until 2017. Previously he headed KPMG’s legal and tax practice in New Delhi and thereafter at Coopers & Lybrands (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Dua has extensive experience in advising multinational and Indian companies in cross-border trade and structuring of investments, and also in structuring various income streams into and out of India.
Dua is recognized as a leading lawyer in TMT, taxation, international trade/WTO, competition law, corporate M&A and dispute resolution by leading journals and international forums. Legal League Consulting recently honoured him with an award for leadership through versatility and exemplary contribution to law, at the CXO & GC Leadership Summit & Excellence Awards 2018. Lexis Nexis has named him as one of India’s 100 legal luminaries and he features in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of India’s top 100 lawyers.
Tel: +91 11 2371 4408
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial law, corporate finance, inbound investment laws, and ethics & governance|
|Having founded Dua Associates thirty years ago, CR Dua is currently the chairman of the firm, which has eight offices across India. His responsibilities include providing strategic advice and direction to the more than 250 professionals at the firm for its further growth and development, including providing long term vision. He engages with the partners at the firm, its executive committee and sub-committees towards ensuring that the firm continues to retain its recognized leadership position with its diverse client base, which includes individuals, privately-owned businesses, public-sector enterprises and publicly-listed companies as well as many multinational organizations and readily recognizable brand names from the US, Europe, Japan and the ASEAN.
A key task of Dua is to build and strengthen the firm’s domestic and international network of alliances with professionally recognized bodies, in keeping with well-established practices in the fields of law, policy formulation and public affairs.
Dua’s experience and expertise encompasses a broad range of practice areas including corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, securities law, infrastructure, public policy and administration, governance and ethics, land acquisition, power projects, foreign investments and collaborations, disinvestments and privatization of public sector undertakings, mergers and acquisitions and exchange control regulations.
Dua sits on the boards of Indian companies, both listed and private, including Indian subsidiaries of many major multinational corporations primarily representing the interests of foreign collaborators and investors. He is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in India and an invitee to its national executive board. He sits on the National Executive Board of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and on the India Advisory Board of BNP Paribas. Dua is also a member of the executive committee of the International Lawn Tennis Club of India.
An honours graduate of St Stephen’s College, Dua also holds a master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He lives in New Delhi with his wife Amrita and daughter Shreya.
Gandhi & Associates
Tel: +91 22 4905 4380
|Key practice areas: Corporate law/M&A, arbitration, direct tax, and TMT including e-commerce|
|Vishal Gandhi is a leading business lawyer based in Mumbai. He has in-depth experience of cross-border transactions including venture capital, private equity, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
He is known for finding creative solutions to the most complex legal issues and simplifying the law and deal structures for his clients. In addition to being an expert in corporate law, Gandhi also has the added and invaluable knowledge and in-depth experience of tax laws, intellectual property laws, exchange control/management laws, and arbitration and litigation. Thus, he is able to provide practical and holistic advice, and is always focused on getting a good deal done in a time efficient manner. He is also known to be an adept negotiator and his key strength lies in identifying the key issues early on in any transaction and focusing on solving them. His goal is always to assist the clients achieve their business objectives in a tax efficient and legally sound manner and with the minimum amount of risks.
Gandhi has represented several Fortune 100 and 500 companies with their India entry strategy, acquisitions, joint-ventures, licensing, franchising, outsourcing and off-shoring, tax planning, arbitration and litigation. He is often quoted in the press and is also seen on television providing his views on new and emerging areas of law. He has been recognized as a leading and recommended lawyer on several occasions by the Legal 500 and by Chambers and Partners.
Gandhi is a first-generation lawyer and set-up Gandhi & Associates in 2003. Since then there has been no looking back, and he now manages a team of qualified associates with different verticals in the firm that focuses on corporate and securities, intellectual property, tax, and arbitration and litigation matters. Gandhi & Associates and its lawyers are well recognized by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and other independent international publications.
Tel: +91 11 3323 2701
|Key practice areas: Tax & customs, constitutional law, administrative law, and international trade laws|
|Sujit Ghosh is a partner and national head of Advaita Legal, which he set up in 2013. An alumni of the National Law School, Bengaluru, Ghosh has over 23 years of experience in tax laws and is considered a pioneer in this area. Ghosh is a founding partner of BMR Advisors, which was set up in 2004.
Ghosh has been ranked as an Indirect Tax Leader and as a Tax Controversy Leader by International Tax Review, consecutively for the past four years, by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Ghosh has received numerous domestic awards, including those from the Indian National Bar Association and Legal Era.
An arguing counsel in taxation, Ghosh has represented several multinational companies before different judicial fora across the country. Ghosh has also assisted companies transition to new tax regimes, including to VAT (2004-2005) and the current GST regime in India, and the VAT regime in the Gulf region.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: 91 97176 22292
|Key practice areas: Capital markets, corporate governance, and private equity|
|Prashant Gupta is a partner and national practice head for capital markets at the firm. He represents both issuers and underwriters in various equity and debt capital raising transactions, including IPOs, rights issues and QIP offerings, buy-backs, capital restructurings and pre-IPO private placements.
Gupta has advised on capital markets transactions that have raised over US$35 billion globally including the largest Indian IPO (Coal India) and largest bond offering by an Indian group (Vedanta Resources). Several of his deals have been selected as Deals of the Year (Asia) by International Financial Law Review, India Business Law Journal and Asian-MENA Counsel. He has also acted on various significant international transactions by India-focused companies, including IPOs in the US (NASDAQ/NYSE) by MakeMyTrip, Amira Nature Foods, Eros International, Videocon d2h and Azure Power Global.
Gupta has advised on equity and bond offerings by issuers across various industries, including Apollo Tyres, Azure Power, Amira Nature Foods, AU Small Finance Bank, Bharti Infratel, CL Educate, Coal India, DEN Networks, DLF Limited, Dr Lal Pathlabs, Eris Lifesciences, Eros International, Federal Bank, HPCL-Mittal Energy, IDFC, InterGlobe Aviation, Jubilant Foodworks, MakeMyTrip, ONGC, PC Jeweller, Power Grid Corporation, PNB Housing Finance, S Chand & Co, Network18/TV18, Vedanta, Videocon d2h, and Yes Bank.
Gupta has been highly recommended by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global (as band one), IFLR 1000 and Legal 500, among other publications as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in India. He has been selected as one of the top 100 private practise lawyers in India by IBLJ for the past three years 2016-18. Gupta was also accorded the Partner of the Year award at the IDEX Legal Awards in 2015.
Chambers and Partners 2018, quotes a source who said Gupta is considered “a go-to individual for capital markets”. The source said: “He has international experience because of his US background. He is also very commercial without sacrificing technical knowledge. He does not raise unnecessary issues.” Another source reports that “despite the large number of mandates he assists on, he manages to remain hands-on for all.”
|Rajesh Narain Gupta
SNG & Partners
Tel: +91 22 4028 5151
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance, M&A/private equity/corporate restructuring, private client practice (will, executorship & estate management), real estate|
|Rajesh Narain Gupta has been enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of India since 1988. He has vast experience in corporate and transactional matters and also litigation. He is the managing partner of full service law firm SNG & Partners that has a presence in Mumbai, New Delhi and Singapore.
Gupta’s area of specialization includes banking and finance, commercial laws, real estate, litigation and private client practice. He is an advisor to a number of foreign and Indian banks, financial institutions, corporate and industrial houses and real estate players.
Gupta has done pioneering work in India in the area of succession and estate planning. He advises large business families on matters connected with their business, investments, disinvestments, and business succession, which among other things requires the handling of complex inter-generational issues.
Closely connected with the banking industry, Gupta has been involved for over two and half decades in negotiating and drafting, lending and security documentation for banks and non-banking financial companies.
Gupta has assisted well-known multinational banks from various jurisdictions to set up their offices and branches in India, and to commence their operations. This has included advising and helping them with regulatory approvals and putting legal process in place.
Gupta was a special invitee of the Indian Bankers Association and the Reserve Bank of India in connection with the amendment of Banking Regulation Act, 1949. He recently advised National e-Governance Services, a government entity, in connection with the setting up of an information utility under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He sits on the board of a well-known housing finance company as an independent director, and on several advisory boards.
Gupta has authored books, contributed to legal research papers, and has been a speaker at various forums in India and abroad on matters of legal significance. He recently revised the 27th edition of M L Tannan: Banking Law and Practice in India, which was released in June 2017 and also the 25th edition of M L Tannan: Banker’s Manual: A commentary on Banking Laws and Allied Acts. Both were published by LexisNexis.
Kachwaha & Partners
Tel: +91 11 4166 1333
|Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, infrastructure projects, construction, and international trade|
|Sumeet Kachwaha is the founding partner of Kachwaha & Partners, a leading dispute resolution and arbitration practice. He has handled many landmark and high-stake matters (including a large number of cross-border disputes).
Kachwaha has been appointed sole arbitrator by Delhi High Court in several arbitrations. He has also served as amicus curiae to Delhi High Court in two matters and has been an expert witness on Indian law in the courts of England and Singapore.
Kachwaha has been ranked in band one for arbitration in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific since 2009. He also figures as a “leading individual” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in dispute resolution. He features in Who’s Who Legal in five sections: arbitration, asset recovery, construction, government contracts and procurement.
Kachwaha currently serves as vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group and part of the six-member advisory board of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly KLRCA). In the past he has served for three years as chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the Inter Pacific Bar Association.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 11 4937 0630/635
|Key practice areas: Dispute resolution (focus on infrastructure, contractual disputes and public procurement); infrastructure projects and project financing including stressed infrastructure and IBC; public procurement; and regulatory and policy advisory|
|Amit Kapur has been a partner at J Sagar Associates since 2000 and took over as senior partner of the firm in 2017.
Kapur has anchored the firm’s infrastructure practice since 1997. The practice focuses on sector strategies, project development, public procurement, economic regulation, and dispute resolution. His own practice covers energy, transport, communication, municipal and social infrastructure.
Kapur is regularly consulted on these issues by ministries and bodies of the central and state governments; developmental financial institutions (World Bank, PPIAF, WSP-SA, ADB); competition and sector regulators. Many leading Indian and foreign companies such as the Tata group, Adani, GVK, GMR, Vedanta, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance ADAG and Torrent regularly seek his counsel.
Kapur assisted the Kelkar Committee on Rejuvenation of Infrastructure Development (2015); and was a member of a committee appointed by Ministry of Law to review The Specific Relief Act, 1963.
Kapur is ranked as a band 1 lawyer and a Market Leader by Chambers and Partners and IFLR1000 respectively.
Tel: +91 80 4072 6607
|Key practice areas: M&A; private equity, venture capital & fund investment; TMT; and general corporate advisory|
|Suneeth Katarki is a founding and senior partner of IndusLaw. His areas of expertise include domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He does a significant amount of work in the technology and media advisory space. Katarki also advises clients on intricate intellectual property issues in corporate transactions as well as for commercialization of their intellectual property rights.
Katarki has received many accolades over the years including being consistently listed as a band one lawyer for corporate/M&A and a highly rated lawyer for private equity by Chambers and Partners Asia Guide. Legal 500 has also recognized him as one of the leading lawyers in technology, media and telecommunication sector.
Katarki has also been named in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 lawyers in India for the last few years based on extensive research by India Business Law Journal, and nominations received from thousands of in-house counsel and India-focused lawyers at international law firms.
He has also been consistently recognized as “one of the leading lawyers of India” by Asia Law Profiles. Most recently Katarki was endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR1000 (2019 and 2018 edition) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s publication “The Vanguards“.
Katarki also writes and speaks extensively in the space he practises in, and has several publications to his credit. He also serves on the boards of various organisations and is currently the vice chair of United Way India, the world’s largest charity organization.
Kochhar & Co
Tel: +91 11 41115222
|Key practice areas: M&A, general corporate, labour & employment, and white collar crime|
|Widely acclaimed as a pre-eminent Indian lawyer and outstanding legal entrepreneur, Rohit Kochhar is the founding member and chairman of Kochhar & Co, one of India’s leading and premier corporate law firms.
Kochhar has been one of the pioneers of the Indian legal services sector with many firsts to his credit. Under his dynamic leadership, Kochhar & Co is the only full-service law firm with a true national presence that is spread across six prominent Indian states and four overseas offices, including Dubai, where it is the only firm from the sub-continent to have an independent license to practise local UAE and DIFC laws.
Kochhar has a rich and diverse professional experience of more than 30 years. His areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures (including shareholder disputes), foreign direct investments and technology transfer, company law, high-stake complex commercial litigation, anti-corruption & white-collar crime, employment law and prevention of sexual harassment at workplace (POSH). Kochhar heads the anti-bribery and anti-corruption practice of the firm and enjoys international recognition for handling some most sensitive corruption cases.
Kochhar regularly advises numerous global Fortune 500 corporations including prominent companies from North America, Europe, South East Asia and Japan. He is also on the board of the Indian subsidiaries of many such multinational clients.
Kochhar has been consistently acclaimed by the world’s leading legal publications including the Chambers Global Guide and Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer for corporate and M&A in India.
Kochhar has been conferred the Rashtriya Gaurav Award (Pride of the Nation Award) for excellence in the field of law, Glory of India Award for placing India on the world map of legal services, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for being a Young Achiever & Entrepreneur, the International Council of Jurists Award conferred by the prime minister of India for his “distinctive accomplishment in the areas of corporate law and legal entrepreneurship” and the National Citizens Award for his unique contribution to youth affairs.
He currently serves as the honorary secretary general of the Society of Indian Law Firms.
Hammurabi & Solomon
Tel: +91 98 10 40 90 90
|Key practice areas: Corporate governance & M&A; public policy & regulation; development, environment & climate change laws; and data & technology laws|
|In addition to leading Hammurabi & Solomon as its founder and managing partner, Manoj Kumar is an expert at the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab, visiting fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), editorial board member of Thinkers 50 India and independent director on corporate Boards.
An ace lawyer, Kumar has been acknowledged by reputed clients for his outstanding leadership, strategy and ability to find alternate solutions to most critical and complex challenges related to policy & regulation, corporate governance, corporate and M&A, cross-border transactions, disputes, crisis & reputation management & strategies, real estate, infra projects, IPR management & protection, project finance, business restructuring and legal and regulatory compliance across geographies.
In the policy and regulation space, Kumar has worked extensively across sectors, including civil nuclear liability, pricing of IPR in media, natural resources sector, environment, climate change, forests, public-private partnerships, technology and IT, data privacy, corporate laws and capital markets, land acquisition, POSH, legal services sector reforms in India, safe cities in India, making India a hub for international arbitration, ease to do business, fast track commercial courts, blockchain and crypto, AI, media regulation, legal status of intel agencies in India etc. to name a few.
Kumar is a recipient of the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Samman awarded at the House of Lords, London. He was named as one of the 100 Legal Luminaries of India, published by LexisNexis in 2016 and was named in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 lawyers of India for 2017 as well.
Kumar is a distinguished author, strategist, columnist, thought leader and called upon by top-of-the-line law schools, management schools, bar councils, associations and reputed institutions including the World Bank, IBA, ABA, CII, SILF, SCL, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bar Council of Kerala, Cochin Institute of International Arbitrations for contributions, counsel, discussions and and training on various key issues. Kumar is also the past guest editor of the fall 2017 Issue of American Bar Associations’s (ABA) India Legal News, patron of Doctors For You and founder of the India Strategy Group, International Legal Advocacy Network and India Unites Foundation.
Khaitan & Co
Tel: 91 98700 77255
|Key practice areas: M&A, general corporate, private equity, and corporate disputes|
|Zakir Merchant is a solicitor and M&A, corporate partner at Khaitan & Co. He has been part of some of the largest acquisitions in the mutual fund, insurance, auto, logistics and food sectors in India.
Merchant plays an active advisory role in industries connected to drugs, cosmetics, FMCG including regulatory issues relating to auto emissions control, product liability etc. He specializes in strategic corporate M&A disputes leading to exits or buy outs. Merchant is currently actively involved in advising foreign funds investing in the venture capital space.
At a governmental level, Merchant is a retained counsel for the Japanese External Trade Research Organisation (India region) and is part of the firm’s Japan Desk.
His notable clients have included, Nippon Life Insurance, ENIL, L&L Products, SG Holdings, Recruit, GCA Savvian, Nissin, Hitachi, Kokoyu, Itochu, Honda, Toyota, and Yazaki.
Tel: +91 11 2437 0981
|Key practice areas: Public policy, government affairs, legislative drafting|
|Suhaan Mukerji is founding partner of PLR Chambers, a law firm specializing in public policy and regulatory affairs, which was awarded India Business Law Journal’s best policy and regulatory law firm award for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and Legal Era Awards for 2017, 2016, 2015, Social Impact Firm of the Year Thomson Reuters Foundation Awards 2018. He was recognized as one of eight “gen next” lawyers in India by the Economic Times and featured at theninth spot on the Ken’s list of the country’s top 50 tech policy influencers. The firm also has a strong pan-India criminal and civil disputes practice.
He has extensive experience in crisis management, policy formulation, drafting and monitoring of legislative agendas. He consistently advises clients on corporate affairs and public policy strategy in India, primarily in defence, nuclear power, information and communications technology, privacy and data protection, anti-corruption and white collar crime, public procurement, food and pharmaceuticals law, not-for-profit laws, education, internet and e-commerce, international trade and investment disputes.
He represents and assists clients before the Supreme Court of India, CBI courts, various ministries and departments of the federal government including the DIPP, Department of Economic Affairs, transportation-related ministries, commerce and industries, IT and telecom ministries, various state governments including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra, regulators including the RBI, SEBI, DGCA, SFIO, FSSAI, TRAI and various law enforcement agencies.
He advises federal and state governments on policy and legislative reform, serving on government and industry committees and appearing as an expert witness before parliamentary standing committees. Recent legislative drafting assignments include, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways – Road Transport and Safety Bill; Department of Heavy Industries – the CEMM Bill; Inland Waterways Authority PPP – framework. Committees include Ministry of Corporate Affairs working group of the Competition Law Review Committee, the Government of India’s Cloud Computing Committees headed by Kris Gopalakrishnan, the Joint Working on Cyber Security headed by the Deputy NSA, the Joint Working Group on Telecom Security, the Ministry of Finance’s Alok Nigam Committees.
He has a bachelor’s degree from National Law School, Bangalore, and an LLM from the London School of Economics. He is a passionate supporter of development initiatives and is on the board of a number of leading global not-for-profit organizations.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 124 4390 660
|Key practice areas: M&A & private equity, employment, real estate, and aviation|
|Shivpriya Nanda has more than 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, strategic joint ventures and corporate advisory. She has represented several marquee clients over the years that have consistently sought her incisive and business-oriented advice. Her clients have included Walmart, Mercer, Michelin, EMAAR, KFC and Pizza Hut, Fidelity, Frankfurt Airport, Posco, Pernod Ricard, and Hindustan Times.
Having spent her initial years as a litigator with a premier law chamber, Nanda brings an added insight to transactions. She has advised several Fortune 500 companies in complicated strategic alliances, restructurings, shareholder issues, bribery and anti-corruption investigations, technology licensing and transfers, senior management engagement and exits.
Nanda has been consistently ranked as a top tier lawyer by various publications such as Legal 500, which has consecutively ranked her as a leading individual for the past several years. She has also been listed as a leading lawyer in India by India Business Law Journal and Chambers and Partners.
Economic Laws Practice
Tel: +91 22 6636 7000
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, competition law & policy, capital markets & securities laws, international trade & customs, PE & VC|
|Suhail Nathani is the managing partner of Economic Laws Practice (ELP). He is an alumnus of Cambridge University, and has an LLM from Duke University in the US. He is admitted to the Bar Council of India as well as the State Bar of New York.
With over 25 years of experience, Nathani is considered a leading lawyer in competition law and policy. He has extensive experience before the CCI and Competition Appellate Tribunal.
Experienced also in international trade and customs, Nathani advises and represents clients on trade remedial measures and international trade disputes. He advised on aspects of GATT, GATS and free trade agreements, including rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, trade remedial measures and market access.
Nathani advises also on capital markets and securities laws. He has advised clients on private equity investments, M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate restructuring.
Prior to co-founding ELP, he was the general counsel of a telecommunications carrier in Washington, DC that went public.
Obhan & Associates
Tel: 91 11 40200200
|Key practice areas: M&A, publishing, data protection & privacy, and general corporate commercial|
|Ashima Obhan heads the corporate and M&A practice at Obhan & Associates. She has advised clients across a number of sectors and has a specific focus on publishing, media, education, real estate and information technology.
Obhan has extensive experience of corporate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, including domestic and cross border deals involving assets or share sales, option arrangements, international joint venture transactions and group re-organisations. She has advised various multinational corporations and private equity funds on foreign investment into India including obtaining regulatory approvals, drafting transaction documents and providing all corporate and foreign exchange related advice. Obhan has been working with Indian clients in implementing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
Obhan joined the firm in 2011 from a leading Indian law firm where she spent more than seven years. Obhan is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi. She has authored several articles on issues in Indian corporate law.
Indian Law Partners
Tel: +91 11 2415 4000
|Key practice areas: Corporate commercial M&A (strategic investments & private equity); IT data protection, cyber security & artificial intelligence; restructuring, insolvency & bankruptcy; and infrastructure & project finance|
|Gopika Pant has more than 33 years of legal experience. She has a BA (Hons) degree from St Stephens College (1982), LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University (1985), and was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi (1985) and the New York State Bar Association (1987) after an LLM from Columbia University (1986). Pant is a member of the ABA and Supreme Court Bar Association. She worked in New York from 1986 to 1990. She was a partner in a leading law firm in India prior to setting up Indian Law Partners in 1999. On 1 April 2011, Indian Law Partners entered into a best friend relationship with global law firm Ashurst.
Pant has significant experience in Indian corporate and commercial laws, and is a specialist in cross-border commercial transactions, including restructurings, acquisitions, JVs, business alliances, foreign portfolio investments, private equity investments and exits, insolvency and bankruptcy, banking and finance, infrastructure and project finance, and real estate property transactions.
Pant advised Times Bank in its merger with HDFC in what was India’s first private banking merger; and Japan Bank for International Cooperation in various transactions, including its investments in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Takshasila Hospitals and TechnoTrends Auto Park. Other clients include Kuwait Petroleum, BUPA, BlueScope Steel, Toshiba, Mitsui, Nippon Paper, Dow Jones, Bosch, KIA Motors, Merlin Entertainments, Hyundai, Savills, Blueair, Fujitsu General, M&G Investments, GE, Arab Bank, Soktas Turkey and Avaada Energy.
Pant is on the board of various companies such as GKN Driveline (India) and Asset Reconstruction Company (India).
Pant is a keen environmentalist and has a diploma in environmental law from the World Wide Fund for Nature. She is an enthusiastic public speaker and has addressed conferences in India, London, Singapore, Japan and the US. She has also written articles and chapters in various Indian and international journals, books and newspapers.
Pant is also a keen sportswoman. She was ranked number one in both badminton and squash in Delhi and has played several national level championships in India.
P&A Law Offices
Tel: +91 11 4139 3939
|Key practice areas: Cross-border and domestic M&A; litigation and arbitrations; competition law; and financing (project and structured finance)|
|Anand Pathak has extensive experience in advising clients on international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and European and Indian laws on competition and international trade. He is admitted to practice law in the US and India and has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions in the US, the EU and in India. Prior to joining P&A Law Offices, he practised law in Brussels, New York, Cleveland and Palo Alto.
Pathak attended all the negotiation meetings of the European Council that led to the adoption of the EU’s merger control regulation (Regulation 4064/89) and has represented clients in complex European Commission investigations under EU competition laws. He has represented clients in cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, including Daiichi Sankyo in the acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Tech Mahindra in the acquisition of Satyam Computer Services, Schneider Electric in the acquisition of Luminous Power Technologies, and the acquisitions of HCL Technologies, Rediff.com and Tech Mahindra outside India. He recently represented the shareholders of eTouch in the sale of eTouch to Virtusa Corporation and of Global Edge Software to Altran Technologies. He is currently representing several companies before the Competition Commission of India, the National Company Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India in matters relating to mergers, cartels and abuse of dominance.
Pathak was presented with the National Law Day Award in 2005, by the prime minister of India for his unique contribution in the field of corporate law and for bringing foreign investments into India. He has received several awards for M&A and competition law, including Best M&A Lawyer in India for every year from 2008 to 2016, and India – Competition Lawyer of the Year for every year from 2013 to 2018.
Pathak has an LLB from the University of Cambridge, England, and an LLM and MA in international and development economics from Yale University. He has worked at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, and in the Competition Division of the Legal Service in the European Commission, Brussels. He is currently a member of a committee constituted by the Indian government for reviewing Indian competition laws.
Tel: +91 11 2371 4408
|Key practice areas: Dispute resolution (litigation & arbitration), white collar crime, international trade, and intellectual property|
|A senior partner at Dua Associates, Shiraz Patodia’s practice focuses on dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration. Patodia represents domestic and international clients in complex and highly contentious commercial litigation and arbitration matters before various courts and arbitral forums in India, including the Supreme Court of India. In her legal career spanning more than three decades, Patodia has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held Indian and foreign companies. As the Indian antitrust counsel for The Dow Chemical Company, Patodia made the filing for combination clearance with the Competition Commission of India. The deal is one of the largest cross border combination/mergers.
Patodia has notably created a specialist practice group at the firm on anti-corruption and white collar crimes and she has handled advisory as well as litigation assignments and internal corporate investigations in different parts of India. She has also been assisting and representing one of the firm’s international clients in a leading, cutting edge case on corporate corruption pending in India.
Patodia frequently writes on the topic of corruption and international trade. She also heads the firm’s international trade and customs practice group.
Patodia holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from The Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and a bachelor of laws degree from Government Law College, Bombay and is a solicitor of The Incorporated Law Society, Bombay. She is an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court and a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Bombay Bar Association and an associate member of Delhi High Court Bar Association.
For her legal acumen, Patodia is consistently featured and rated as a leading lawyer by several international publications and reference guides to law firms, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 and has received several global commendations for her work.
Dua’s international trade team headed by Patodia is rated as “one of the best trade teams in India” by Legal 500 (2017). She is also listed as a recommended lawyer and a key practitioner for anti-corruption and white-collar crimes matters.
Tel: 91 11 49830012
|Key practice areas: M&A, structuring & tax advisory, project & infrastructure, and insolvency|
|Abhishek Saxena is a co-founding partner of Phoenix Legal and is based in its Delhi office. He represents large and reputed Indian companies, foreign investors and multinational corporations (including Fortune 100 companies) in various sectors.
He has a bachelor’s degree with honours in Economics from the St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and a law degree from Delhi University.
Saxena is regularly recommended as a leading lawyer by various international legal publications including Chambers and Partners, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000, and Who’s Who Legal. Saxena was named by Asian Legal Business as one of “ALB’S Hot 100” – a list of the best legal minds in Asia.
Quoting Saxena’s clients, Chambers and Partners lauded “his good domain knowledge and ability to see the problems that might come up in the future” and said that he “doesn’t limit himself to the legal aspects, he goes beyond the legalese and comes in from a commercial point of view”.
Link Legal India Law Services
Tel: +91 11 4651 1000
|Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; projects, infrastructure & energy; aviation; and general corporate & commercial|
|Atul Sharma is the managing partner of Link Legal with over 40 years of experience in project advisory, corporate litigations, arbitrations including international commercial arbitrations. He is very well regarded for his strategic abilities, litigation background and widely recognised as a leading corporate, infrastructure and aviation disputes lawyer in India.
Sharma represents clients in infrastructure and transport sector on their entire project life cycle. He has advised both developers and contractors on various projects including airports, ports, roads, metro and mono rail projects, airlines, smart cities, energy, automotive and other social infrastructure projects in India. Clients appreciate his solution-oriented approach, sound technical knowledge of the subject matter and sound business acumen.
Sharma is ranked by directories such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR and Asia Law as a leading lawyer in the fields of aviation, dispute resolution, projects, Infrastructure and energy.
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Tel: +91 22 2496 4455
|Key practice areas: Corporate law, M&A, disputes & arbitration, and corporate governance & private clients|
|Cyril Shroff has more than 36 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, bankruptcy, infrastructure, private client, financial regulatory and others. He is consistently ranked as “star practitioner” in India by Chambers Global and often regarded as the “M&A King of India” and regularly recognized as an award winning professional across various practices.
Shroff was a member of SEBI-constituted Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance; SEBI Committee on Insider Trading; first apex advisory committee of the IMC International ADR Centre; advisory board member of the Centre for Study of the Legal Profession of Harvard Law School and various other committees. He was recently appointed as a task force member of Society of Insolvency Practitioners of India. He is a director on several boards. He also regularly comments and advises on policy reforms in India.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 11 4161 4093
|Key practice areas: Dispute resolution & arbitration, and competition law|
|Pallavi S Shroff is the managing partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co with about 37 years of extensive experience. Her broad and varied representation of public and private corporations and other entities before various national courts, tribunals and legal institutions has earned her national and international acclaim. Shroff is the head of the litigation practice and also mentors the competition law practice at the firm. She has been recently appointed as a member of a competition law review committee, constituted by the government to ensure that the legislation is in tune with the changing business environment. She has also been appointed on the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration.
Shroff has been closely involved with some of the largest and most challenging litigation and arbitration matters in India. She is presently a director on the boards of prestigious Indian companies, including Apollo Tyres, Trident Group, One97 Communications (Paytm), Maruti Suzuki India and Juniper Hotels. Shroff has always been active in public-policy related work. She was also a key member of the high-powered SVS Raghavan Committee, which contributed to formulating the legal framework for the new competition law and draft of the Competition Act.
For her legal acumen and thought leadership, Shroff has frequently featured in several international publications and legal directories including Chambers and Partners, Asialaw Profiles and Legal 500 among others. Shroff has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in Indian business by Business Today, for six years in succession (2013-18). Recently, Fortune India recognized Shroff as one of The Most Powerful Women in Business (2018). She has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Legal Era’s Indian Legal Awards 2017-18. She has also been awarded the India Managing Partner of the Year by Asian Legal Business Asia Law Awards (2017) and Disputes Star of the Year, India by Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards (2017)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 11 4161 4094
|Key practice areas: Insolvency & bankruptcy, M&A, general corporate, and banking & finance|
|Shardul S Shroff is the executive chairman at the firm with over 38 years of extensive experience in corporate advisory, takeovers, M&A, joint ventures, insolvency and bankruptcy, securities law, disinvestment, capital markets and banking and finance. He is a leading authority on legal matters related to corporate governance, policy and regulatory practices, insolvency and restructuring and M&A.
Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of corporate law, Shroff has participated in the training and drafting of several important economic legislations and company law reforms in India. Most recently, he was a member of the Insolvency Law Committee, constituted by the government to review the implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code under the chairmanship of Injeti Srinivas. He was also a member of a committee constituted for decriminalization of offences under the Companies Act and the Injeti Srinivas Committee for cross-border insolvency.
He has been on a number of other high-powered committees appointed by the government including the JJ Irani Committee for amending the Companies Act, the Expert Committee on maintenance of Cost Records and Cost Audit in 2014, the Eradi Committee involved in the insolvency provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, the second Naresh Chandra Committee appointed to look into aspects of SMEs and simplification of Company Law and the Valuation Committee under Shroff’s chairmanship.
Shroff has been re-elected as the chairman of the CII’s national committee on legal services. With regard to FICCI, he is a member of the recently constituted FICCI Capital Markets Committee.
Shroff is a recipient of the National Law Day Award from the President of India, which commends him as a leading corporate lawyer, “for his unique contribution to the field of corporate law and leadership in its practice” and for being “instrumental in advancement of India’s corporate law practice at international standards”.
Tel: +91 98 1116 1518
|Key practice areas: IP litigation & alternate dispute resolution, IP enforcement & anti-counterfeiting, patent & trademark prosecution, and IP strategy consulting|
|Manisha Singh is the founder partner of LexOrbis, one of India’s most recommended and highly-rated full-service IP firms, which provides services related to all aspects of IP laws including advisory and consultancy, asset identification and clearances, procurement, protection, transactional, enforcement and litigations.
Singh has more than 20 years experience in prosecuting IP matters in India and internationally and the unique distinction of practising IP at both the prosecution and enforcement levels. She advises on all legal issues arising in procurement, protection and enforcement of IP assets. She also regularly represents clients at the Supreme Court and various high courts. Her practice offers innovative and practical solutions on all aspects of IP work, from trademark and design rights litigation to licensing and distribution agreements, assisting clients to discover and restructure their IP assets, portfolio reviews, filing and enforcement strategies.
Singh’s in-depth understanding and knowledge of all the aspects of IP rights is reflected in her prolific academic and research-based contributions in renowned publications worldwide. She is recognized as a leader in her field and is routinely invited to author articles and commentaries on contemporary IP issues in publications including Managing IP, World Intellectual Property Review, IP Frontline, India Business Law Journal, China Business Law Journal, Mondaq, Asialaw, IAM Media. She actively takes on other research engagements to raise awareness of IP rights.
Singh is a member of several significant IP forums and professional bodies, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Pharmaceuticals Trade Marks Group (PTMG), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Marques, FICPI.
Singh has been ranked as a leading lawyer by Asialaw in 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2014. She is recognized among the top 100 IP leaders in India by World Intellectual Property Forum and as one of India’s top 100 Lawyers, by India Business Law Journal. She has also been recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP in 2018.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 98 450 78666
|Key practice areas: Corporate, including M&A; compliance and investigations, including white collar crime and data breach situations; employment, including benefits; and technology law, including data privacy|
|Sajai Singh’s practice focuses primarily on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, restructurings and financings (both debt and equity), with particular emphasis on cross-border transactions. He is an acclaimed transactional lawyer with more than 28 years of experience and has represented a wide variety of industries, businesses and sectors as they funnel investments into India. This wealth of experience means that he understands the issues that arise in the course of major transactions and can provide solutions to resolve these issues. He routinely provides advice that goes well beyond legal and contractual matters, which require an understanding of the technical and commercial aspects that lie at the heart of a transaction and define its success.
Singh also does corporate work related to regulatory matters, internal investigations and conflict resolution. This includes all aspects of white-collar crime, government investigation and compliance with the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Money Laundering Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and other local and international anti-corruption laws; and Indian employment law, industrial relations, whistle-blower complaints and executive compensation practices.
In terms of sectors, Singh maintains an active practice in the knowledge-based industries sectors. He is known as a pioneering lawyer who has supported the development of the information technology sector in India.
Singh regularly publishes and speaks on a variety of legal, regulatory and transaction related topics, with a particular focus on cross-border trade.
Singh is passionate about education. He regularly conducts client education seminars, executive education programmes and boot camps for young lawyers. The Cyberspace Camp is one such programme, which he has patronized and promoted in several developing nations.
Singh is a president of ITechLaw, the international technology lawyers’ association, which is based in the US. This is a first for an Asian person.
Tel: +91 22 4340 8500
|Key practice areas: Project finance, commercial borrowings & debt restructuring, M&A, and employment issues|
|Sawant Singh is a founding partner of Phoenix Legal and has expertise in project finance, commercial borrowings and debt restructuring. He also advises on foreign investments, M&As, JVs and employment issues.
Singh has been referred to by Chambers and Partners, as one of India’s most in-demand banking practitioners and according to Chambers and Partners, clients praise his “solution focused and practical approach” in addition to his “very calm demeanour, a huge plus in high stakes negotiations”. Asialaw recognizes him as a leading labour and employment lawyer and he has consistently been listed in the A-List: India’s Top 100 Lawyers by India Business Law Journal.
Economic Laws Practice
Tel: +91 22 6636 7000
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance, corporate & commercial, defence & aerospace, and hospitality|
|Sujjain Talwar is one of the founding partners of Economic Laws Practice (ELP). He is an alumni of the University of Mumbai, a solicitor both in India and England.
With over 25 years of experience in London and Mumbai, Talwar is highly regarded in areas which require long term contracts including hotels and infrastructure projects.
Prior to ELP, Talwar spent nine years with Pinsent Masons in London and at Crawford Bayley & Co in Mumbai. He also serves on some boards as an independent director.
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
Tel: +91 22 6634 5496
|Key practice areas: Admiralty & maritime, banking & finance, energy – oil & gas, and insurance & reinsurance|
|Shardul Thacker heads the firm’s shipping, oil and gas, banking and insurance practice groups. He advises domestic and overseas clients across various industries: shipping and transport, oil and gas, insurance, banking including trade finance, atomic energy, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure.
Thacker advises on industry specific regulatory issues. While structuring investments and joint ventures, he deals with competition law issues, red flag items such as pollution, product liability, risks which are not insurable etc. He also advises foreign rig owners on bid documents.
Ranking Thacker third in their “Top 10 Lawyers” Lloyd’s List said he is “highly regarded for his work in the liquefied natural gas sector, particularly for interesting and highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports and ships”.
In his corporate commercial practice he handles sale and purchase contracts of goods and services, contracts relating to take or pay, logistics, trade, commodities, supply chain contracts of raw material and finished products, licensing, dealership etc.
Thacker acts for overseas lenders in most of India-related ship financing transactions, including LNG vessels flying foreign flags and chartered by Indian companies. He advises on regulatory issues including Indian flagging, cabotage, tonnage and applicable taxes, ship building contracts, charter parties, long term cargo handling agreements etc.
He has an extensive litigation/ arbitration practice which seamlessly supports his ship finance, insurance, offshore construction and banking practices offering solution-based and well-rounded advice.
He is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for several years in shipping and maritime and also for banking and insurance for several years. He is ranked in Who’s Who Legal in transport – shipping & banking category for several years. Who’s Who Legal says: “Shardul Thacker is an “excellent shipping lawyer” with a particularly strong reputation for international ship finance transactions”.
Thacker is the India correspondent, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly Digest, and vice president of the Indian Maritime Law Association, which is affiliated to Comite Maritime International.
He has written the India sections in Maritime Law Handbook, Kluwer; Limitation of Liability by Griggs and Williams; Time Bar in Reinsurance: An International Comparison, Clyde & Co; Cross-Border Security, Norton Rose & Butterworths; Shipping Law 2018 – International Comparative Legal Guide, GLG Publications; and Chambers Global Practice Guides for Shipping Laws 2018 and Insurance 2018.
Tuli & Co
Tel: +91 11 4593 4000
|Key practice areas: Insurance and reinsurance: product development, regulatory, coverage, and dispute resolution|
|Neeraj Tuli is the senior partner of Tuli & Co. He was previously a partner with Kennedys in London.
Tuli is recognized for the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the insurance and reinsurance industry. His firm is recommended in various editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories, with market sources describing him as having “remarkable knowledge” (Legal 500, 2016) and “a name to be reckoned with, an authority” (Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific ).
Tuli has ultimate responsibility for the firm’s teams that regularly assist clients with regulatory advice, product development. The team’s coverage advice for insurers and reinsurers encompasses a wide range of policy lines, including D&O, E&O, CGL, product liability, MD, BI, CPM, DSU, ALOP, EAR and CAR. While the disputes team also specializes in litigation and arbitration, Tuli sits as an arbitrator.
Vashi and Vashi
Tel: +91 22 6268 3333
|Key practice areas: Litigation, arbitration, intellectual property rights, and real estate|
|Vivek Vashi is recognized as a leading dispute resolution practitioner in India.
He commenced his career in law as a trainee in 1999 with Amarchand & Mangaldas (as it was then called). On his qualification in 2002, he was retained as an associate and as a senior associate after he qualified as a solicitor in 2004. In 2008, Vashi co-founded Bharucha & Partners.
Vashi and Vashi was founded in 2017 by Vashi after he parted ways with his erstwhile firm along with his entire team of 17 associates in order to set up an independent practice in Mumbai. Following a spectacular run over the last year, Vashi and Vashi now has a team of 20 associates and is poised to handle complex and high-stakes disputes across India. This includes litigation before all tribunals, magistrates and courts, including the Supreme Court, and domestic and international arbitrations, including LCIA, SIAC and ICC arbitrations.
Vashi has always dealt with intricate disputes and multifaceted litigations and has made his mark as the forerunner for dispute resolution in Mumbai. His hands-on approach coupled with innovative thinking has allowed him to offer pertinent advice and representation for his clients across a broad gamut of matters such as company disputes, construction disputes, family disputes, economic offences, white-collar crimes, bankruptcy & insolvency and renewable energy reforms in various sectors such as telecom, infrastructure, real estate, bankruptcy and insolvency iron and steel, FMCG etc. Vashi also guides his clients when negotiating on large transactions to thwart and/or insulate themselves from potential disputes.
Vashi has been recognized by Chambers and Partners repeatedly; and has ranked in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 Indian lawyers for several years consecutively, and has also been commended by AsiaLaw, Legal 500, Global, Who’s Who Legal.
His approach has earned him the adulation of clients and the respect of his opponents.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 22 4341 8506
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance, funds, M&A, and private equity
|Dina Wadia is the joint managing partner of J Sagar Associates and has been practising law since 1982. She specializes in banking and finance, investment funds, mergers and cross border investments and acquisitions. She advises Indian and multinational banks in finance-related transactions including debt transactions, project finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance, real estate financing, debt restructuring and insolvency and general banking products.
Wadia also advises on the formation and establishment of onshore and offshore funds and pooled investment vehicles including general or sector specific private equity funds, venture capital funds, alternate investment funds and mutual funds. In addition, she has extensive experience in corporate and capital market transactions including private equity foreign investment and cross-border joint ventures and acquisitions.
Chambers and Partners ranks Wadia as a band one banking and finance lawyer in India. She has been consistently named in Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Asia Law Profiles as a leading individual. She has also been recognized as an A-List lawyer by India Business Law Journal for the past two years.
Tel: +91 98914 27685
|Key practice areas: TMT, corporate commercial, IP, and dispute resolution|
|Salman Waris LLM (UK), heads the TMT and IP practice groups at TechLegis. He regularly advises on legal and regulatory issues concerning IP, technology, domain name disputes, telecommunications, data protection/privacy law, outsourcing (IT/business processes/LPO), M&A and joint ventures. In the recent past he has advised the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Director General of Information Systems, Ministry of Defence.
Waris has been recommended by Expert Guide to the world’s leading information technology lawyers, Chambers and Partners, AsiaLegal500, International Who’s Who of internet and e-commerce lawyers and guide to the world’s leading emerging markets practitioners, International Financial Law Review leading lawyers (TMT) and AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers Guide. He has also been awarded the International Law Office Client Choice Award consecutively.
Indian Lawyer 250 has recognized Waris as a “top name” in the field of IP and as someone who “receives high praise” and is “highly regarded”. Law Business Research Limited, UK, recognized him among the top 40 Indian lawyers under age 45. He was recently awarded Regulatory Advisor of the Year for India at Finance Monthly Global Awards and TMT Lawyer of the Year in India by Global 100 – 2017.
Waris has been vice-chair of the International Technology Law Association, Data Protection Committee and a member of a task force on internet and cyber security at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis and the Data Security Council of India – Thought Leadership Development Program. He also mentors technology start-ups at The Hatch – a virtual incubator setup by Angel Investors Consortium. He is a member of industry bodies such as the International Media Lawyers Association, International Trade Mark Lawyers Association, NASSCOM Emerge, TiE, IT Policy Compliance Group.
Waris is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He is extensively quoted on Indian legal issues by industry publications including the New York Times, India Business Law Journal, E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy Journal (UK), Asia Pacific Defense Forum magazine, Legally India, Financial Express, Economic Times, Indian Express, Times of India, Business Standard, Mint, TMT Finance (UK), and the UK Data Protection Journal.