Agarwal Law Associates
Tel: +91 11 4220 0000
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; infrastructure|
|Mahesh Agarwal, the managing partner of Agarwal Law Associates, a full-service law firm, is a leading figure in the field of dispute resolution in India. He has won several accolades from leading organizations for his role and contribution in the legal field. Mahesh has a diverse practice across the country with a major presence in the Supreme Court.
He is an expert in disputes in the fields of insolvency, arbitration, commercial, civil disputes, and corporate criminal. He also has expertise in regulatory disputes in sectors such as energy, mining, telecom and others. His clients include the top corporate groups of India. Mahesh is a third-generation lawyer and an alumnus of the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce and Government Law College, Mumbai.
SNG & Partners
Tel: +91 9810324028
|Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; special opportunity and distressed asset financing deals|
|Amit Aggarwal heads the corporate practice of the firm and has a specialization in Banking & Finance, M&A and capital markets. He specializes in complex banking & finance transactions with a particular focus on matters pertaining to raising offshore finance in the form of external commercial borrowings (ECB), bonds and depository receipts, all forms of debt transactions (secured, limited recourse and syndicated), project finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, structured trade finance, real estate financing, security creation, unlisted debt, private banking and general banking products.
He also specializes in corporate laws, exchange control regulations, finance and securities laws. He regularly advises several foreign and domestic private equity funds and family offices on their entry, investment and exit strategies in various sectors in India. He is actively engaged in both equity capital markets and the debt capital markets space.
Anand and Anand
Tel: +91 120 405 9300
|Key practice areas: Intellectual property; litigation|
|Pravin Anand, the managing partner of Anand and Anand, is a preeminent intellectual property lawyer with more than 40 years of experience.
Awarded the “AIPPI Award of Merit” and; recognized as the “Most Innovative Lawyer” by The Financial Times.
Some recent landmark decisions in his career:
(i) Patent lawsuits that transformed pharmaceutical and bio-technology enforcement regime in India including Merck v Glenmark; Roche v Cipla; the Monsanto case; and a large number of other suits on behalf of Pfizer, BMS, AstraZeneca, etc.
(ii) India’s first anti-anti-suit injunction order (InterDigital v Xiaomi case); India’s first software patent law suit conferring protection (Ferid Allani case); the development of a damages culture in large number of cases that recognized not only punitive, but compensatory, exemplary and aggravated damages (Philips v Amazestore); India’s first post-trial SEP judgment(Philips v Bhagirathi); development of unique remedies such as the tree planting order (Merck case); and order benefitting adolescent girls (Hermes case).
He is the co-author of Halsbury’s Laws of India on IP and a large number of chapters in international IP publications including Life Sciences IP Review, The IP Review and Bloomberg BNA’s Life Sciences Global Guide. He also serves on the editorial board of CTLR, PLC – Life Sciences, Asia IP and The Patent Lawyer, and is a regular speaker on IP matters.
Spreading the message of IP:
Consistently honoured by IBLJ, Asia Business Law Journal, MIP, WTR, WWL, Chambers and Partners, World IP Review, GIPC and IAM, Mr. Anand studied at Delhi University and was called to the bar in 1979.
Anand and Anand
|Key practice areas: Intellectual property; licensing & franchising|
|Safir Anand is senior partner and head of trademarks and contractual and commercial IP at Anand and Anand.
He is recognized as one of India’s top intellectual property attorneys and has over 25 years of experience in advising and representing clients from diverse industries – from fast-moving consumer goods to pharmaceuticals, software, social media, food, media, sports, entertainment, luxury, fashion and government. His inputs on strategy, business models, marketing and commercial insights are blended with an astute understanding of IP law that encompasses IP protection, IP enforcement, IP agreements, licensing, franchising, monetization, strategic advisory and due diligence.
Mr Anand was a member of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Presidential Task Force and at present serves on INTA’s Commercialisation of Brands Committee and its first Research Advisory Council.
He has also recently been invited to join the leadership team of the Commercialisation of Brands Committee and to co-chair the Global Brand Transactions and Due Diligence Sub-Committees. He has been appointed to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) IP Rights Committee and is part of FICCI IP forum, and as vice chair of ASSOCHAM’s IP Rights Managing Committee.
Mr Anand has recently been recognized as ‘Innovative Practitioner’by Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (Asia-Pacific) 2020; ‘Elite Practitioner’ in IP by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021; and ‘Global Leader’ by World Trademark Review Global Leaders 2020. He has been ranked among the world’s leading IP strategists by IAM – Strategy 300. Under his aegis, the firm won the Luxury Law Award 2020 in the Independent Luxury Law Firm of the Year category.
Mr Anand has greatly contributed to International Franchise Association, International Licensing Merchandisers’ Association’s India, Franchise India, National Restaurant Association of India, etc. He shared his insights with leading national and international publications and forums such as:
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: + 91 99 1009 8314
|Key practice areas: Infrastructure; project finance|
|Jatin Aneja is a senior equity partner at the firm and is also part of the management board of the firm and the national practice head of projects and project finance practice of the firm. He has extensive experience in projects, infrastructure, project finance and investment across infrastructure sectors including airports, roads, ports, oil and gas, energy (conventional and renewable), power and other urban infrastructure in India.
Jatin has been involved in advising various Indian as well as multinational companies on commercial law aspects including drafting, structuring and negotiating various investment agreements, joint venture agreements, business purchase agreements, financing agreements, concession agreements, offtake agreement, tolling agreement, EPC contracts, consortium agreements, and other related legal advisory work.
Jatin has led several precedent setting and high value transactions that have hugely impacted the projects and infrastructure landscape of India.
Some of his most prominent transactions include drafting the concession agreement for Delhi and Mumbai airports and undertaking the privatization of the two airports; Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project; Indian Oil’s LNG procurement from the United States; Petronet LNG and other PSUs LNG procurement from Qatar; private container train concession for Indian Railways; Delhi & Mumbai airport city side development project(s). Recently, he advised GMR Infrastructure Ltd in relation to divestment of major shareholding (approx. USD 1.5 billion) in GMR Airports Ltd., GMR’s holding company for multiple airports globally.
Jatin has advised on a series of award-winning transactions and has been consistently ranked in “Band 1” in the Projects, Infrastructure and Energy practice by Chambers and Partners and as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500 (each year, from 2009 to 2020), IFLR1000 and Asialaw Profiles from 2017-20 editions.
Jatin was recognized as an “Expert” by Who’s Who Legal – Energy in 2016, and as a “Thought Leader” in 2019 and 2020.
Crawford Bayley & Co
Tel: + 91 22 2266 3353
|Key practice areas: Capital markets; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions|
|Sanjay Asher is a senior partner with Crawford Bayley & Co, which is India’s oldest law firm, established in 1830. Sanjay 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 specializes in the fields of corporate law and commercial law, cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets, and advises large, medium and small businesses on these subjects.
Sanjay 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 division of Wolters Kluwer.
Khaitan & Co
Tel: +91 22 6636 5000
|Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate & commercial; corporate governance; inbound investment|
|Abhimanyu is a partner in the capital markets team at Khaitan & Co, based out of the Mumbai office. His expertise lies in advising clients on a wide range of capital markets transactions such as initial public offerings (IPOs); qualified institutions placements; InvITs/REITs; rights issues; GDRs/ADRs; issuance and restructuring of FCCBs; and issuance of high-yield notes.
He has worked on IPOs by Bandhan Bank, HDFC Asset Management, SBI Life Insurance Company Limited, Metropolis Healthcare, GIC Re, Eris Lifesciences Limited and Mahindra Logistics Limited; the institutional placement programme by InterGlobe Aviation Limited (Indigo); and qualified institution placements by Bajaj Finance, among others.
He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for capital markets by Chambers and Partners; Who’s Who Legal; IFLR 1000; and The Legal 500. He is also a member of the academic council of the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai.
Tel: +91 22 40078000
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital & funds|
|Vinayak Burman is the founder and managing partner of Vertices Partners, a boutique law firm. He specializes in venture capital, private equity and M&A practices, and strategic acquisitions across multiple sectors. He regularly represents several venture capital and private equity funds, promoters and founders in relation to investments, and several companies for various rounds of capital raising at all stages. He possesses a holistic as well as an incisive understanding of the corporate legal framework.
Vinayak has been ranked by Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2015 and 2016 as an up-and-coming lawyer in the corporate and M&A and private equity practice; by RSG Rankings in 2015 and 2016 as a highly recommended lawyer for private equity and by Legal 500 2015 as a go-to-lawyer. Recently, Vinayak was featured as India Rising Star by Asian Legal Business. In 2016, he was awarded 40 under 40 Rising Star by Legal Era. He has also been awarded the prestigious 40 under 40 by Thomson Reuters Asia Law Business for the year 2018 – 2019 as one of the top lawyers under the age of 40 in the Asia Pacific region.
Vinayak has been recognized as a Notable Practitioner in the Leading Lawyer’s category by Asialaw Profiles in 2020. He has also been featured in the Super 50 lawyers in Asian Legal Business 2020.
Yahoo India has also profiled him as one of the top lawyers in India under the age of 40. He has been consistently ranked in the top 50 lawyers in the country in the private equity practice area by several forums. Under his astute leadership, Vertices Partners has carved a niche in the legal domain.
Prior to founding Vertices Partners, Vinayak was a partner at Economic Laws Practice, looking after the PE vertical.
He worked for more than seven years with Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, Mumbai. Vinayak started his career in the Supreme Court with litigation and then with Rajinder Narain & Co, New Delhi.
He is a startup enthusiast. He regularly moderates and speaks at various forums and, being an entrepreneur, also mentors several young entrepreneurs. He is also an occasional angel investor.
Tel: +91 11 66783010
|Key practice areas: Taxation|
|Mukesh Butani is the founder and managing partner of BMR Legal, a boutique law firm.
With specialization in domestic corporate international tax and transfer pricing, he has over three decades of experience in advising multinationals and Indian conglomerates on a wide range of matters relating to FDI policy, business re-organizations, cross-border tax structuring, tax controversy and regulatory policy. He is an acknowledged expert with several landmark judgments to his credit in the areas of International tax policy, controversy and advocacy. He has deposed as an expert witness on contentious cross-border tax treaty and TP matters in foreign jurisdictions.
Mukesh is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and law, and practices as an advocate before various tribunals, high courts and the Supreme Court of India. He has been consistently ranked as a Leading Individual (Legal 500), Elite Practitioner (Asialaw Profiles), Litigation Star (Benchmark Litigation), Band 1 Lawyer (Chambers and Partners) and Thought Leader (Who’s Who Legal).
Chandhiok & Mahajan
Tel: +91 11 4163 0033
|Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; aviation; competition & antitrust; litigation|
|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, Karan regularly acts for corporate clients in internal investigations, government and regulatory investigations, and enforcement actions.
Karan has been recognized by Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, the International Financial Law Review as a leading lawyer in India. Recently, Karan was featured in Global Competition Review’s “40 under 40” list of leading practitioners across the globe. 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 judgement, 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 up 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. Karan has acted for various corporations in IT, ITeS, energy, infrastructure, banking and finance, chemicals, steel, cement, tyres, automotive components, liquor, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare, bio-technology, pharma, retail, transport and media sectors.
Karan is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network. In 2011, he advised the Competition Commission of India on the 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. Karan has a bachelor of civil law (BCL) degree from the University of Oxford. He is admitted as an advocate in India and as a solicitor in England and Wales.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 80 4350 3644
|Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate; technology, media and telecommunications|
|Vivek assumed office as the joint managing partner of the firm from January 2019. He has 30 years of experience in areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial work and real estate advisory in India. Vivek is also qualified to advise on international commercial arbitrations and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
He is globally regarded as a pre-eminent lawyer and is consistently named in prominent legal directories such as the Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.
Vivek attracts strong praise from clients and market commentators, with clients reporting that he is “brilliant to work with, knows the law very well and has business sense and knows what the client needs done” and “He has a great demeanour; he is very approachable, helpful and honest in his point of view”.
Tel: + 91 11 4983 0000
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; inbound investment, mergers & acquisitions|
|Manjula Chawla is the co-founding partner of the firm. She concentrates in the areas of strategic investments, M&As, corporate finance and restructuring, and general commercial matters.
Phoenix Legal was formed in 2008 with offices in New Delhi and Mumbai and within a short span of its existence, the firm established itself in the Indian legal market for providing high-quality commercially viable legal advice.
She was one of the first handful of lawyers who chose to become a corporate lawyer and advise on cross-border transactions soon after the liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991. Thereby, setting a path for many women lawyers looking for an alternative, but wished to remain in the profession of law.
For over 25 years now, she has assisted many MNCs (including Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors including automobiles, energy, financial services, F&B, healthcare & pharma, IT, oil and gas, ports, transportation and telecom.
She advises on a wide range of issues involving anti-corruption, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control, data privacy, labour & employment, and real estate. She has advised several international non-profit organizations in relation to their activities in India on a pro bono basis.
Manjula’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”.
She featured in “100 Legal Luminaries of India”, a publication that 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 as “Woman of Distinction” – Leadership Excellence Awards 2017. She has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in corporate/ M&A on various platforms. She has been named by Chambers and Partners as a lawyer whose clients describe as “very responsive and accommodating”.
She has been ranked among the Top 50 lawyers in India by Asian Legal Business for 2020.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 9821038898
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; private equity, venture capital & funds; mergers & acquisitions|
|Akshay Chudasama, is the co-managing partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Akshay, along with Ms Pallavi Shroff, managing partner, has successfully led to the firm’s exponential growth from 60 partners in 2015 to over 120 partners as of 2020.
Akshay’s practice is primarily M&A and concentrates on cross-border and multijurisdictional, having advised on several marquee transactions. Consistently recognized as a cross-border M&A specialist by Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Akshay is particularly noted for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, IT, telecommunications and media laws for various high-profile transactions in these areas. He also advises on investment and exits across a wide range of industries. His varied experience includes advising large listed and private companies on public and private M&A, joint ventures, demergers and restructurings as well as both primary and secondary capital raisings.
Akshay is highly regarded for his practical advice to multinational companies, PE funds, investment banks and growth stage enterprises on extremely complex deals. Chambers and Partners notes Akshay as a “fantastic deal maker, he understands the real estate funds sector and anticipates the issues a foreign investor will face”. Chambers and Partners 2020 notes that he is highly sought after by both international and domestic clients. He advises on investment, exits across a wide range of industries, and is especially praised for his expertise in the real estate and technology sectors. Chambers & Partners Global 2020 quoted that Akshay impresses clients with the “depth of his knowledge and ability to close transactions swiftly.”
RSG Report 2019 has also highlighted Akshay as ‘business savvy’, an “exceptional communicator” and recommended for having “excellent” M&A experience. He is effective in solving complex issues. He deals with negotiations with the requisite diplomacy and sophistication. He has been rated as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000 in 2017 and as a highly regarded leading lawyer from 2018-21 for investment funds, private equity, M&A, real estate acquisitions. He was a partner at AZB & Partners for over three years and thereafter at J Sagar Associates for almost 10 years.
Tel: +91 98104 30449
|Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private client; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate|
|Gaurav Dani is a founding partner 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 stressed assets, joint ventures and corporate partnering transactions, private equity and venture capital financings and strategic investments.
Gaurav 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, Gaurav worked with the India team at White & Case as well as prominent Indian law firms.
He has been consecutively endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR1000 (2021, 2020, 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 Gaurav as a “recommended lawyer” for banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets transactions.
Clients rate Gaurav for his rainbow of experience, persistence and maturity in dealing with complex situations and coming out with innovative solutions. He is a regular speaker at seminars in India and overseas. Gaurav is also an avid golfer.
Tel: +91 98185 77632
|Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; competition law; corporate & commercial; financial services|
|Avimukt Dar is a founding and senior partner of IndusLaw and advises on a variety of corporate, commercial, and foreign investment laws. He represents domestic and international companies and private equity investors in strategic and financial investment transactions across a range of sectors.
Avimukt also represents clients in commercial and corporate controversies including competition law matters, and has extensive experience in negotiating entry and exit strategies for investors and joint venture partners. Avimukt is a “Spotlight” lawyer in the Chambers and Partners FinTech Rankings 2020.
Avimukt has been named in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 lawyers in India in 2020.
Avimukt has been recognized as a “Distinguished Practitioner” by Asialaw Profiles 2021 and 2020 for private equity. Avimukt has also been consistently recognized as “one of the leading lawyers of India” for corporate/M&A, investment funds and dispute resolution by Asialaw Profiles.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific lists Avimukt as a recommended lawyer for investment funds and he has been recommended every year by the same publication over the last decade for corporate and M&A transactions.
Avimukt was endorsed as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s latest publication The Vanguards.
Avimukt is a regular speaker at the UIA-ABA International Seminars on cross-border M&A since 2007. He is a guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (Lucknow) where he teaches legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He has authored articles and conducted several seminars on the recent corporate reforms introduced by the Companies Act, 2013.
Saikrishna & Associates
Tel: +91 12 0463 3900
|Key practice areas: Intellectual property; technology, media and telecommunications|
|Ameet Datta is a senior partner with the tier-I IP and TMT law firm Saikrishna & Associates. Ameet is an IP litigator with specialization in copyright, trademark and design litigation, as well as a trade and regulatory compliance counsel.
With over 20 years as a lawyer, Ameet’s specializations include wide ranging expertise across the telecom, technology, media and entertainment sectors on a variety of issues relating to IP, technology regulations and e-waste, plastics compliance regulation.
Ameet’s specializations also include wide ranging expertise across the technology, media and entertainment sectors in relation to content creation, aggregation and acquisitions, and distribution aspects of the M&E sector.
Over his career, Ameet has advised leading Indian and international industry clients including consumer durables and technology companies, media houses, broadcast sector clients, copyright societies, film production, music labels and content exploitation platforms. Ameet also specializes in privacy issues, as well as personal data protection laws, data security, trade secrecy/data theft (civil and criminal) claims and advisory support and advises clients in relation to online intermediary liability, format rights, defamation issues and right of publicity. Ameet also advises clients on general trade compliance issues arising in relation to consumer law, advertising, legal metrology and e-waste related environmental compliance issues.
Over the past 10 years, Ameet has engaged in policy reform around the copyright and since the past five years in relation to personal data protection issues. Ameet has deposed as an expert witness before Parliamentary Standing Committees. He drives the policy reform, advocacy and development group at the firm, advising various technology and creative sector industry groups in the consumer durable, IT, broadcast, film, software and print publishing space.
Dhir & Dhir Associates
Tel: +91 11 4241 0000
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; litigation; restructuring & insolvency; securitization & structured finance|
|Alok Dhir is the founder and managing partner of Dhir & Dhir Associates, a leading full-service law firm in India. He is a chartered accountant and lawyer, and has extensive experience of four decades in corporate-commercial and civil law with a special focus on corporate and financial restructuring, insolvency, M&A and takeovers, banking, real estate, airport and aviation, PE transactions, turning around of financially stressed entities and issues related to asset reconstruction and securitization.
He is a leading counsel and represents a myriad client base before various courts, tribunals and the Supreme Court of India. He is actively involved with regulators and the government in devising mechanisms for cross-border legislation, group insolvency, personal insolvency, etc.
He is widely covered in mainstream media on ongoing cases and the development of insolvency laws. He is recognized as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency by Legal500, Chambers and Partners, Asialaw Profiles, IFLR1000, Benchmark Litigation, India Business Law Journal, etc.
Tel: + 91 11 2371 4408
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; mergers & acquisitions; power & energy|
|Having founded Dua Associates over 30 years ago, Mr Dua is currently chairman of the firm, which has offices in eight cities across India. His responsibilities include providing strategic advice and direction to the nearly 300 professionals of the firm for its further growth and development, including providing a long-term vision.
Mr Dua sits on the boards of Indian companies, including Indian subsidiaries of many multinational corporations. He is also chairman of the Board of Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care and an independent director on the same board. He is one of the senior vice presidents of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF).
Over the last two decades Mr Dua has been the recipient of several awards as a Leading Lawyer in M&A and corporate restructuring. Early in 2020, CR Dua received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution and Excellence in the field of Law.
|Ameeta Verma Duggal
Tel: +91 11 4174 9277 / 4174 9278
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment; international trade & bilateral investment treaties; mergers & acquisitions|
|Ameeta Verma Duggal is the co-founder of DGS Associates, a law firm established in 2004. Earlier, Ameeta worked with some of the leading law firms in India based out of New Delhi. She was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship to study at the College of Law, York and worked briefly in the London office of Clifford Chance.
Founded in 2004, DGS Associates is a multi-disciplinary boutique law firm situated in New Delhi, India. The key areas of practice for her firm are arbitration & ADR; aviation; compliance; corporate & commercial; corporate governance; defence; inbound investment; infrastructure; intellectual property; international trade & bilateral investment treaties; joint ventures; labour & employment; licensing & franchising; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; outbound investment; project finance; real estate; regulatory practice; technology, media and telecommunications; and white-collar crime.
Her firm renders reliable, practical and full-service advice across all sectors. Its strength lies in an in-depth understanding of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in India, which is coupled with an accomplished, effective and responsive team of lawyers. Ameeta’s clients include some of the largest domestic and multinational corporations and promoter groups who rely on us to manage their risks and meet the challenges of an ever changing business and legal environment. Ameeta works with clients as partners who benefit from the expertise and experience available in a large firm while still enjoying the personal attention, responsiveness and accessibility of a small firm.
During the span of almost 28 years of her professional life, Ameeta has worked extensively in areas of international trade laws, cross border transactional and conveyancing work. Ameeta spearheads the mergers & acquisitions, trade laws and regulatory practice of her firm. Her expertise lies in import and export of dual use goods, including licensing, drafting and implementation of internal compliance programmes and giving training courses.
Ameeta has co-authored the book Export Controls in India – Law and Procedures, which was first published by Thomson Reuters in 2018 and is currently being prepared for a revised publication early next year.
Tel: +91 22 4001 0000
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; taxation|
|A senior partner with ALMT Legal with more than three decades in the profession, Aliff Fazelbhoy has an all-round practice including M&A, private equity, tax and employment law.
Clients across the globe appreciate Aliff not only for his knowledge and understanding of the law, its interpretation and nuances but also for his practical and solution-oriented approach to all matters, whether a tricky negotiation or the resolution of a commercial dispute.
Aliff’s M&A and private equity practice is focused on end-to-end transactional work for international and domestic private equity funds and multinational companies. Known to be a strong, and at the same time, a fair negotiator, he has won the confidence of both clients and the opposite party and helped conclude many difficult deals both in investments and exits. Recently, within a few weeks of being instructed, Aliff helped resolve a decade-long shareholder dispute, which involved dividing a dozen businesses and entities, drafting the exit agreements and settlement terms before the courts.
Aliff’s tax practice complements his M&A and employment practice and includes advising on cross-border tax structuring, issues on creation of permanent establishment, withholding tax obligations, transfer pricing, characterization of software payments, trust and estate planning in a tax efficient manner and taxation of stock options.
Aliff also helped develop a thriving employment law practice for the firm and advises on a range of matters including drafting contracts, employee handbooks and company policies, implementing workforce reductions, dealing with misconduct cases and disciplinary inquiries, sexual harassment, social security schemes, enforceability of post termination obligations including employment bonds, non-compete and non-solicit, employer-employee disputes, etc. Aliff also conducts training sessions on topics such as non-discrimination and sexual harassment, anti-bribery, ethics and compliance.
Leading publications like Asia Law, Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asian Legal Business and others have consistently recognized Aliff as one of India’s top private practice lawyers.
A gold medallist at the Mumbai University in his LLB degree examination, Aliff also secured the first rank at the solicitors examination conducted by the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and then won a full scholarship to study for his Masters at Cambridge University in 1990.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 11 4985 9928
|Key practice areas: Capital markets|
|Prashant Gupta is a partner in the firm’s corporate department, focusing primarily on capital markets transactions. He represents both issuers and underwriters in various equity and debt capital raising transactions, including initial public offerings, rights issues and QIP offerings, buy-backs, capital restructurings and pre-IPO private placements. He has advised on capital markets transactions that have raised over US$50 billion globally, which include both the largest IPO and bond offerings out of India, as well as the largest secondary trade on the stock exchanges in India.
Prashant has been recently recognized by The Economic Times in the prestigious “ET 40 under forty” list of India’s “hottest business leaders” in 2019. He has also been recognized by IFLR1000 in the list of “Asia’s Top Lawyers” in 2019 and 2020, and has been recognised in IBLJ’s A-List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers since 2018.
He has also been recognized among the Who’s Who Legal “Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2020”, for capital markets and he is one of only three “Band 1” ranked capital markets lawyers in India by Chambers and Partners Global 2020. Chambers 2020, quotes a source who said, “Prashant is a no-nonsense lawyer who cuts straight to the point, providing crisp, balanced, commercial and technically correct advice.”
Prashant 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 Airtel Limited, CL Educate, Coal India, DEN Networks, DLF Limited, Dr. Lals Pathlabs, Embassy Office Parks REIT, Eris Lifesciences, Eros International, Federal Bank, HPCL-Mittal Energy, IDFC, IndiaMart, InterGlobe Aviation, Jubilant Foodworks, Lemon Tree Hotels, MakeMyTrip, ONGC, PVR Limited, Power Grid Corporation, PNB Housing Finance, SBI Cards and Payments Services, Network18/TV18, TCNS Clothing, Vedanta, Varroc Engineering, Videocon d2h, and Yes Bank.
|Rajesh Narain Gupta
SNG & Partners
Tel: +91 22 4038 5151
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate|
|Rajesh Narain Gupta is a practising lawyer for over three decades. He is the managing partner of SNG & Partners, Advocates & Solicitors, a full-service law firm with a presence in Singapore, Mumbai and New Delhi. His areas of specialization include banking and finance, commercial laws, real estate and private client practice. He is an adviser to a number of foreign and Indian banks, financial institutions, corporate and industrial houses and real estate players.
He has authored and edited several books on banking laws and regularly contributes to leading papers and journals. He sits on the boards of listed and unlisted companies as an independent director; and is also a member of advisory boards of some corporate houses, alternate investment funds and NGOs.
He is a member of the investment council of one of the largest real estate funds. He regularly advises well-known families and UHNIs on issues related to estate and succession planning.
Tel: +91 80 426 8600
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; bankruptcy & insolvency; labour & employment; litigation|
|Poornima heads the dispute resolution practice at Samvad Partners and is based out of Bengaluru. She specializes in corporate and commercial disputes, including construction and infrastructure disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvency matters. Ms Hatti sits as both an arbitrator and mediator. She is also an active contentious employment counsel specializing in issues around workplace harassment.
Poornima has been recognized consistently as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by directories including Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and the IBLJ A-list. She also teaches at various law schools in India on invitation. She regularly publishes articles on issues around dispute resolution and the associated challenges in India. She has also co-edited a book on leadership, role modelling at the workplace, and mentoring at the workplace, which was published in 2018 by Palgrave MacMillan.
Poornima is admitted to practise law in India.
Tel: +91 22 6720 5555
|Key practice areas: Joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; restructuring & insolvency|
|Jayesh H is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Advocate & Solicitor.
Jayesh is sought after for his extensive transactional and enforcement experience in M&A, private equity, leveraged buyouts and restructurings. He is an emerging thought leader in the field of arbitration.
He has been a regular advisor to the Indian Ministry of Finance including on the legal framework for financial resolution and allied areas. Jayesh is the first to be inducted from India to PRIME Finance, a panel of over 200 elite financial, legal and dispute resolution experts globally.
According to clients, Jayesh is known to act in their best interests and works on bringing down avoidable legal costs through innovation and forward thinking.
Juris Corp is driven with the view that in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world, clients want simplification and handholding. The firm believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and has in its team a chartered financial analyst, MBAs and company secretaries.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 98 9838 1000
|Key practice areas: Environment; infrastructure; litigation; power & energy|
|A lawyer with over 30 years standing at the bar, Amit Kapur is a partner with J Sagar Associates since 2000. He has anchored the firm’s infrastructure practice since 1997. He took over as joint managing partner of the firm in 2019.
His practice focusses on dispute resolution and transactions in energy; transport; communications; municipal infrastructure and social/developmental projects. He has been called upon by the union government and some state governments to sit in and assist committees on structural reforms in diverse infrastructure sectors.
He has served as a member of the CII national energy committee for nearly two decades. He also sits as a member of the advisory board to NIIT Foundation and managing committee/ governing council of CUTS Institute for Infrastructure & Regulation.
Amit has been regularly ranked over the past decade as an elite practitioner in India’s energy and infrastructure by leading international publications.
Tel: +91 98450 75312
|Key practice areas: General corporate advisory; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; technology, media and telecommunications|
|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 general technology regulatory and advisory space including data privacy, consumer technology and fintech as well as all areas overlapping technology in media and telecom.
Suneeth 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. The Chambers and Partners Global Guide has also consistently recognized him for corporate/M&A.
Legal 500 has also recognized him as one of the leading lawyers in investment funds, technology, media and telecommunication and intellectual property. Suneeth has also been named in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 lawyers in India for the last few years, which is based on extensive research and nominations received from thousands of in-house counsel and India-focused lawyers at international law firms.
Asialaw Profiles 2021 and 2020 recognized him as “Distinguished Practitioner” for corporate and M&A after listing him as “one of the leading lawyers of India” for many years. Suneeth has been consecutively endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR1000 (2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 edition) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s publication The Vanguards.
Suneeth 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 organizations and is currently the vice chair of United Way India, the world’s largest charity organization.
Tel: +91 98451 86912
|Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private client; private equity, venture capital & funds; technology, media and telecommunications|
|Srinivas Katta is a founding and senior partner of IndusLaw. He represents entrepreneurs, businesses and investment funds on corporate governance issues, fundraising, partnerships, joint ventures, collaborations, acquisitions, investments and exits. Srinivas has been consistently listed for corporate/M&A, Private Equity and TMT by Chambers and Partners in its Asia Guide. Chambers and Partners Global Guide has also consistently recognized him for corporate/M&A.
Asialaw Profiles 2021 and 2020 recognized him as “Distinguished Practitioner” for Corporate and M&A after listing him as “one of the leading lawyers of India” for many years. He has also been recommended for corporate and M&A and TMT by Legal 500 Asia Pacific publication.
Srinivas has also been named in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 lawyers in India in the 2020 edition.
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 was endorsed as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in ICCA’s publication “The Vanguards”.
Srinivas has been recognized in the Mint (one of India’s leading business newspapers) for being one of the 40 who matter in the startup ecosystem for his role in helping build the startup ecosystem in India.
Srinivas is a member of the board of several companies and is also a trustee and advisor to charitable foundations and projects. He speaks regularly at conferences.
Anand & Anand & Khimani
Tel: +91 22 2204 8821
|Key practice areas: Intellectual property; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; technology, media and telecommunications
|Priyanka Khimani is the co-founding partner of Anand & Anand & Khimani, a full-service law firm in Mumbai known for its legal and strategic services across all cross-sections of intellectual property, media and entertainment, technology, dispute resolution, general corporate advisory and investments.
Her legal expertise coupled with a sharp sense of business, is defined by a profound understanding of the fast-evolving entertainment and technology landscape, placing her in a unique position to advise on issues relevant to the industry today.
Her counsel is often sought on coveted service and product launches, market entry by foreign multinationals, as well as commercially tactical mergers and acquisitions in the entertainment and technology sector.
Priyanka is also a core advisor as member of the board of the Canadian blockchain music company “Beatdapp” and is the chairperson of ‘Women In Music, India’, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to championing the female voice across global music spaces.
India Law Offices
Tel: +91 11 2462 2216
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds
|Gautam Khurana is an advocate licensed to practice in India for more than 25 years and registered with the Bar Council of India. He is the founder and managing partner of India Law Offices since 2003.
Gautam Khurana has been the driving force behind setting up highly efficient practice standards for India Law Offices in:
Dispute resolution: Litigation and Arbitration – domestic as well as international.
Corporate and commercial law: Negotiating shareholder agreements, licensing and franchise agreements, IPR assignment, overseas acquisitions, joint venture agreements, complex real estate agreements, private equity, project, long term and structured finance agreements.
Taxation: Set up of a highly competent tax advisory team for corporate and individual taxation, GST & Customs practice
Intellectual property rights: Setting up an efficient patents, trademarks and copyright team
Personal, inheritance & family law: Sensitive team to assist clients from all over the world.
Immigration: Pioneers of inward immigration law practice.
Practice Areas: Corporate & Commercial Law, Overseas and Domestic Acquisitions & Take overs (M&A), Project & Structured finance, Cross Border Litigation & Arbitration, Cross border & Domestic taxation advisory.
Network: Gautam Khurana is deeply involved in corporate finance matters and has built up a unique network of law firms, corporate finance & investment banking services in over 100 countries worldwide. Within India he has set up offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. He has been the driving force behind building up a network of quality lawyers in 60+ cities in India.
Recognitions: Top 100 Lawyers in India in 2019 and 2020.
Publications: More than 200 legal articles that have been carried by publications from many parts of the world, including a 15-country co-authored book on shareholders agreements
Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
Tel: +91 98 1040 9090
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; public policy & regulation; restructuring & insolvency|
|A top-tier name in the insolvency and business restructuring, corporate law and governance, energy and resources, policy and regulation and technology/ data privacy space, Manoj Kumar is acknowledged for his outstanding leadership, strategy and ability to find alternate solutions to the most critical and complex challenges across geographies.
In addition to driving Hammurabi & Solomon Partners (ranked among the top 20 Indian law firms by Asian Legal Business), Manoj is also the: (i) vice-president of the Society of Indian Law Firms, (ii) vice-chair of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, (iii) vice-president of the Society of Construction Law UK – India, (ivii) visiting fellow with Asia’s top ranking think tank – Observer Research Foundation, (iv) an expert with the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab, (vi) visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), (vii) part of the India taskforce of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the legal services committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), (viii) secretary general of the Prof NR Madhava Menon SAARCLAW, (ixviii) chair of the India Strategy Group (ISG), (xvii) editorial board member of Thinkers 50 India and independent director on corporate boards.
Notably, Manoj has been conferred the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Samman at the House of Lords, London, and also recently received a citation from the chairman of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) by the Corporate Counsel Association of India. Manoj is named as one of the 100 Legal Luminaries of India by LexisNexis and also featured in the list of India’s Super 50 Lawyers by Asian Legal Business in 2020. Manoj was also included in the A-List of top 100 lawyers of India by India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) in 2017, and 2018, 2019 and 2020, making a hat-trick with his inclusion once again this year. Manoj has been ranked the best in the policy and regulation practice by IBLJ in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017-2018 and 2019 for projects involving deep and continuous support in law, policy and regulation challenges across sectors.
An alum of the prestigious Harvard Business School and National Law School of India, Manoj is a distinguished author, teacher, arbitration expert, mediation expert, strategist, columnist, thought leader, and is called upon by government bodies and top-of-the-line Indian and international institutions.
Tel: + 91 7400016811
|Key practice areas: Capital markets and international offerings|
|Manan Lahoty specializes in capital markets, with over 19 years of experience. Over the years, he has advised on some of the largest and most prestigious Indian transactions in the domestic and international capital markets. In addition, Manan’s practice includes advising on pre-offering corporate restructuring, corporate governance and other securities law matters. Manan is qualified to practise in both England and Wales, and India. Prior to joining IndusLaw, he has worked with Shearman & Sterling in London and Amarchand & Mangaldas and L&L Partners.
Manan is a leading capital markets lawyer in India and consistently included in the top tier by independent legal directories and publications. He is listed in “A-List” of IBLJ, IFLR Asia Best lawyers 2020, “Band 1” by Chambers and Partners, “Global Elite” of Who’s Who Legal and highly ranked by IFLR1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Legal Era and Legal500. He has also been named one of India’s Top 100 Great People Managers by Great Manager Institute in the Forbes India magazine.
Fox Mandal & Associates
Tel: + 919880974882
|Key practice areas: Inbound investment; mergers & acquisitions; private client; succession planning (family office)|
|Shuva Mandal is the managing partner of Fox Mandal & Associates, a leading full-service law firm in India, established in 1896. Being a fourth-generation lawyer and a client-centric leader, he has led the firm for more than two decades by widening geographical reach and client base, catalysing acquisitions, leading growth initiatives and providing thought leadership.
He specializes in corporate M&A, real estate and private client advisory in addition to providing general guidance in all the practice areas of the firm. Armed with a law degree from Calcutta University, an M&A program from Wharton School, and a diploma in negotiation skills from MIT, he discerns and drives transactions that affect clients’ futures across industry sectors.
His practice includes advising clients on inbound investment into India including entry strategy, corporate governance, M&A and joint ventures. He has also advised clients on disposal of companies, private equity and securities transactions, and public offerings of debt and equity. He is a director on the board of several large corporates, besides being entrusted with responsibility for trusteeship of select organizations.
He is enthusiastic about legal education and has supported it through the Fox Mandal Foundation Finishing School. He devotes himself with ardour to helping startups through pro-bono initiatives and the Start-up Leadership Program. His altruism can be evinced by the firm’s policy of providing ex-gratia payment to retired and distressed staff members.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
|Key practice areas: Corporate governance; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds|
|Raghubir is a corporate, M&A and PE partner at the firm, the regional head of M&A and PE (Mumbai region), and advises numerous corporates, sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds.
Raghubir actively represents large corporate clients such as Facebook, Walmart, Flipkart, One97 Communications, Sembcorp and blue chip PE and SWF clients such as KKR, Blackstone, Softbank, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, General Atlantic, GIC, ADIA and Temasek. He has worked on some of the largest recent M&A and PE transactions in India including advising Facebook, TPG, PIF, L-Catterton, Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, General Atlantic, KKR, Abu Dhabi investment in fund raises of over US$20 billion by Reliance Jio – India’s biggest conglomerate. He also advised the investors on Reliance Retail’s fund raises of over US$6 billion. In 2018, Raghubir represented Walmart on its acquisition of Flipkart for US$16 billion, making it the largest e-commerce acquisition globally.
Raghubir has been ranked as a Band 1 lawyer for Private Equity by Chambers and Partners, from 2018-2020 and a Band 2 lawyer by each of Chambers and Partners Global and Asia-Pacific for M&A for 2019-20. Chambers and Partners Global 2020, quotes a source saying Raghubir is “an excellent, star partner”, He is further praised for his deep experience in complex cross-border M&A, acting recently on some of India’s most important landmark transactions.
He was ranked number one lawyer by Mergermarket in 2017 and 2018 for the entire Asia – Pacific region by deal volume. Raghubir was awarded “Partner of the Year” by IDEX Legal Awards 2017 and is recommended by RSG Consulting 2019 for M&A and Private Equity, and won the M&A Lawyer of the Year: Private Equity at the Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2015. Raghubir has been consistently ranked by Who’s Who Legal as one of the Global and India Thought Leaders for M&A and corporate governance.
Tel: + 91 22 6104 4001
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; insurance; private equity, venture capital & funds; white collar crimes|
|Vineetha MG is one of the founding partners of Samvad Partners and is based out of Mumbai. She has extensive experience in advising clients on private equity investments, M&A, and banking and financing transactions.
Vineetha is considered as one of the most active private equity professionals in the market. She also regularly advises clients on issues arising out of corporate governance, domestic and cross-border anti-corruption statutes and ethics.
Vineetha is consistently recommended and ranked in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Global Law Experts and Leaders in Law. She was named the Most Influential Women in Private Equity Investment 2018 – India – by Acquisition International. She has been recognized by Insight Success magazine in the Top 10 Powerful Lawyers in 2018.
Vineetha has contributed articles on various issues and regularly conducts workshops for clients on director liability, anti-corruption and other governance-related issues.
Tel: + 91 11 2437 0981
|Key practice areas: Data protection; litigation; public policy & government affairs; technology, media and telecommunications
|Suhaan Mukerji is founding partner of PLR Chambers, a law firm specializing in public policy and regulatory affairs, which has been awarded the best policy and regulatory law firm of the year award by India Business Law Journal for 2020, 2019, 2017-18, 2016, 2015 and 2014, and received Legal Era Awards in 2017, 2016 and 2015. It was named Social Impact Firm of the Year in the Thomson Reuters Foundation Awards, 2018, and Suhaan was recognized as one of eight GenNext lawyers by The Economic Times.
The firm also has a strong pan-India criminal and civil disputes practice and one of the highest filers in the Supreme Court of India. Suhaan 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 involving sectors of defence, nuclear power, information and communications technology, privacy and data protection, anti-corruption and white-collar crime, public procurement, food agriculture and pharmaceuticals law, not-for-profit laws, education, internet and e-commerce, international trade and investment disputes.
He regularly 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, Road Transport Highways, Shipping, Commerce and Industries, Fertilizers and Chemicals, Environment, Defence, Renewable Energy, Power, Coal, Mining, MEITY and DoC, DRI, various state governments including Haryana, Telangana, Delhi, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, regulators including the RBI, SEBI, DGCA, SFIO, FSSAI, TRAI, and various law enforcement agencies across the country.
Suhaan regularly advises government at federal and state level on policy and legislative reform, serving on a number of government and industry committees, and regularly appearing as an expert witness before parliamentary standing committees. Legislative drafting assignments include, Amendments to the Information Technology Act, Maritime Act, The Major Ports Bill, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways – Road Transport and Safety Bill; Department of Heavy Industries – the CEMM Bill; Inland Waterways Authority – PPP framework.
He is a passionate supporter of development initiatives and serves on the board of a number of leading global not-for-profit organizations.
J Sagar Associates
Tel: +91 124 4390 660
|Key practice areas: Defence; employment; mergers & acquisitions; private equity|
|Shivpriya Nanda has over 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer. She has represented several marquee clients over the years that have consistently sought her incisive and business-oriented advice. Her clients have included EMAAR, Walmart, Mercer, Warner Media, Michelin, Raytheon, KFC and Pizza Hut, Fidelity, Frankfurt Airport, Pernod Ricard and Hindustan Times.
Having spent her initial years as a litigator with a premier law chamber, Shivpriya brings an added insight to transactions. She has advised several Fortune 500 companies in complicated strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, shareholder issues, bribery and anti-corruption investigations, technology licensing and transfers, senior management engagement and exits.
Shivpriya 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.
Shivpriya has recently founded a not-for-profit research organisation https://Khoji.law/ to help fresh law graduates impacted by covid-19 and the resultant lack of employment opportunities.
Indian Law Partners
Tel: +91 11 2415 4000
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; data protection; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency|
|Gopika Pant has more than 35 years of legal experience, is dual qualified in India and New York. She completed her BA Hons from St Stephens College (1982) and LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University (1985) following which she was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi in the same year. She completed her LLM from Columbia University (1986) after which she was admitted to the New York State Bar Association (1987). She is also a member of the ABA and The Supreme Court Bar Association. Gopika worked in New York during 1986-90 after which she returned to India and was named a partner in a leading law firm and then set up Indian Law Partners in 1999.
Gopika has significant experience in Indian corporate and commercial laws, and is a specialist in cross border commercial transactions, inbound and outbound, including restructurings, acquisitions, JVs, business alliances, foreign portfolio investments, PE investments and exits, insolvency and bankruptcy, banking and finance, infrastructure and project finance and real property transactions.
Gopika’s experience includes advising Times Bank in India’s first private banking merger with HDFC Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation in various equity and debt transactions, including in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Takshasila Hospitals and TechnoTrends Auto Parks. She has also advised various clients such as Kuwait Petroleum, BUPA, BlueScope Steel, Toshiba, Mitsui, Nippon Paper, Hyundai, Dow Jones, Bosch, KIA Motors, Merlin Entertainments, Savills, Blueair, Fujitsu General, Microsoft, Brookfield, Trivest Partners, Diligent Corporation USA, Navitas, Cardtronics Major League Baseball and Avaada Energy on diverse matters.
Gopika is currently an independent director in Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd and Colgate Palmolive India Limited and has completed tenures on the boards of various reputed MNCs such as GKN Driveline (India) Limited, Aegis BPO and Xchanging.
Gopika is a keen environmentalist and has also completed a Diploma in Environmental Law with the World Wide Fund for Nature. She is an enthusiastic public speaker and has addressed various conferences in India, London, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the US. She has also authored articles in various Indian and international publications.
Gopika is also a keen sportswoman having been ranked No.1 in badminton and No. 2 in squash in New Delhi and No. 3 in squash nationally, and has played several national level championships in India.
Tel: +91 11 4139 3939
|Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; competition & antitrust; arbitration & litigation|
|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.
Anand attended all the negotiation meetings of the European Council that led to the adoption of the EU’s merger control regulation (Regulation 4064/89). He has represented clients in complex European Commission investigations and merger notifications under EU competition laws. He has represented clients in cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures including Daiichi Sankyo in its acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Tech Mahindra in its acquisition of Satyam Computer Services, Schneider Electric in its acquisition of Luminous Power Technologies, and the acquisitions by HCL Technologies, Rediff. com and Tech Mahindra outside India.
He recently represented the shareholders of eTouch in the sale of the company to Virtusa Corporation and of Global Edge Software to Altran Technologies. He is currently representing severalUS and European companies in financing and M&A transactions and clients 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. Anand has represented Fortune 250 companies in mergers and acquisitions in the US, the EU and in India. Prior to leading P&A Law Offices, he lived and practised law in Brussels, New York, Cleveland and Palo Alto.
Anand 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 2019.
Anand 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 was a member of a committee constituted by the Indian government in 2018 for reviewing Indian competition laws.
Tel: +91 11 41551161
|Key practice areas: Intellectual property; international trade & bilateral investment treaties; litigation; white-collar crime
|A senior solicitor at Dua Associates, Shiraz Patodia is a highly regarded advocate, with a proven track record in her practice areas of dispute resolution – litigation and arbitration, and international trade. In her legal career spanning over three decades, she has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held Indian and foreign companies, in a broad range of civil and criminal matters. Shiraz heads the firm’s international trade and customs practice and is also a recognized authority on World Trade Organization agreements having worked on WTO negotiations on anti-dumping and anti-subsidies agreements. Shiraz is credited with creating a specialist practice group at the firm on anti-corruption and white-collar crimes, under which she has handled advisory as well as litigation assignments and internal corporate investigations in different parts of India.
As a celebrated woman in the legal profession in India, Shiraz was recently bestowed the Women in Law Excellence Awards, 2020.
AP & Partners
Tel: +91 98100 07250
|Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; litigation|
|Anand Prasad is a corporate/commercial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience representing both domestic and international clients on a variety of legal and commercial issues within and outside India.
Anand, with former colleagues from Trilegal, established AP & Partners with the objective of providing high quality, focused advice and advocacy for complex and challenging situations.
Anand specializes in boardroom and senior management advisory, especially those dealing with difficult corporate, commercial, governance, or compliance situations. He also provides advisory and structuring support to businesses on investment, M&A and financing transactions.
Anand has a great understanding of evolving government policy and has advised clients on cross-border transactions, establishing joint ventures, entry strategies, investment structures, competition law and employment issues.
In addition, Anand represents clients in arbitrations and in various courts and tribunals in matters pertaining to high value disputes which arise in relation to cross-border investments, bankruptcy, regulatory issues and corporate fraud and corruption situations.
Anand has been cited in independent legal directories such as India Business Law Journal’s A-List 2020, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a market leader for corporate and commercial laws in India for well over a decade.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; bankruptcy & insolvency; project finance; restructuring & insolvency|
|Anoop Rawat is a partner with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Co with over 17 years of experience.
His areas of specialization include insolvency and bankruptcy, projects, and banking and finance. In the field of insolvency and bankruptcy, Anoop has represented clients across various capacities, including resolution professionals, committee of creditors and resolution applicants. He has also represented various resolution applicants, foreign portfolio investors, Indian and foreign private equity players and other strategic investors in evaluating investment through debt, equity and/ or other synthetic instruments in Indian opportunities and strategizing the investments inter alia for such investors, through asset reconstruction companies and other partners.
He advised lenders of Bhushan Steel Ltd and was instrumental in the successful insolvency resolution of the company, which resulted in the take over of Bhushan Steel by Tata Steel at an aggregate consideration of ₹352 billion. He leads the firm’s legal advisory team involved in insolvency resolution process of large telecom companies such as Aircel and Reliance Communications Ltd. Anoop has represented various resolution applicants, foreign portfolio investors, Indian and other strategic investors in evaluating investment through debt instruments in Indian opportunities and strategizing the participation inter alia for such investors, through asset reconstruction companies and other partners. Additionally, Anoop has worked extensively in the railways, real estate, mining, power and airport sector projects in addition to advising on financing and setting up public private partnership projects. He also has advised banks and financial institutions in marquee financing transactions, including advising the consortium led by Power Finance Corporation Ltd on a ₹40.50 billion deal for the resolution of debt of RattanIndia India Power Limited under the RBI’s Prudential Framework for resolution of stressed assets.
He has been recognized by IFLR1000 and Chambers and Partners for his insolvency and restructuring practice.
AZB & Partners
Tel: +91 9810065311
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate|
|With more than 25 years’ experience, Hardeep advises Indian as well as international clients and has been consistently ranked as a leading corporate lawyer in India. He advises across several sectors, including real estate, infrastructure, retail, hospitality, industrial parks, special economic zones, e-commerce, education, technology, infrastructure, alcoholic beverages and others. Hardeep has been associated with several landmark mergers, acquisitions and private equity investment transactions in such sectors and has done pioneering work in these areas.
He is an economics graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University and a law graduate from the Campus Law Centre (CLC), Faculty of Law, Delhi University. He was admitted to the Indian Bar in 1995. In 1995, he joined Ajay Bahl & Co, a Delhi-based corporate law firm which was one of the predecessor firms that formed AZB & Partners in the year 2004. He has been a key member of AZB & Partners ever since.
Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
Tel: + 91 11 4350 0000
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; intellectual property; litigation|
|Anuradha Salhotra, founding partner at Rahul Chaudhry & Partners (previously Lall Lahiri & Salhotra), is an IP litigator and handles the contentious practice at the firm. Anuradha started her practice soon after enrolling at the bar and joined hands with Amar Raj Lall and Monisha Lahiri, two of the most well-known and respected IP practitioners in the country, to establish the niche IP specialist partnership firm, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra, in 1983.
Today, Anuradha is an authority on intellectual property law and has been instrumental in the firm’s extensive IP practice. Her expertise is not restricted to any particular aspect of IP but covers the entire gamut of activities that go into the development and management of intellectual property. The various tasks that Anuradha handles at the firm include heading the litigation team and directing all litigation matters, development of strategy and counselling of clients, attending conferences and meetings, appearing on behalf of clients before judicial and quasi-judicial authorities, consultancy with regard to optimal management and development of IP portfolios.
Anuradha’s enviable track record for delivering successful results for her clients is the outcome not only of her legal acumen and deep understanding of IP in India, but also of long hours spent formulating strategies for protection. In her capacity as founding partner of the firm, she has devoted herself to the complex contentious and dispute resolution practice of the firm, advising and representing some of the biggest names across the industry spectrum, in litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as negotiating IP transactions.
She is regarded as one of the premier IP law experts whose advice is sought for management of some of the most well-known and most valuable trademarks, management of patent proceedings and countering attacks on IP. She has, over the past few years, emerged as one of the most well-known and respected IP law litigators in the country, having appeared in almost all jurisdictions representing IP owners from the mega corporations to private individuals.
Tel: +91-98867 90664
|Key practice areas: Private Equity & Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Infrastructure Projects, International Commercial Arbitration & Securities Litigation|
|Vijay Sambamurthi is the founder and managing partner of Lexygen (www.lexygen.law), a leading Indian law firm headquartered in Bengaluru, with pan-India coverage and international offices in Singapore.
Vijay graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru in 1997, and has over 23 years of experience advising blue-chip funds, exciting start-ups, and high-growth corporations on their legal needs and growth strategy. Vijay regularly advises some of the market-leading names in industry on their Indian transactions and operations.
Vijay enjoys a sterling reputation in the market for his chosen areas of practice, and has advised on a number of India’s complex and first-of-kind transactions, including on the following:
• The country’s first greenfield international airport project on a PPP basis
In addition to his contributions as a leading transactional lawyer, Vijay is Co founder and Secretary of The Indus Entrepreneurs Guwahati (TiE Guwahati), and a mentor on the panel of NASSCOM 10,000 Startups Programme, and as such, regularly mentors several Indian and non-Indian startups. He is a regular speaker at prestigious annual conferences such as The Horasis India Meeting, The Horasis Asia Meeting, Indonesia Economic Forum, and so on.
In 2020, Vijay was appointed to the Chief Minister’s Special Economic Task Force for a Post-COVID Meghalaya in the Working Group on Infrastructure and Labour.
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Tel: +91 22 2496 4455
|Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency; corporate & commercial; corporate governance; mergers & acquisitions|
|Cyril Shroff has over 38 years of experience in a wide range of practice areas including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, bankruptcy, infrastructure.
Over the years his passion for a just world blended with a keen sense of fairness and empathy has helped CAM firmly establish itself as a trusted advisor to its clients. He is consistently ranked as “star practitioner” in India by Chambers Global. A thought leader and visionary, he is known for advising many first of its kind transactions in India and is regularly recognized as an award-winning professional across various practices.
He is chairman of FICCI’s Corporate Laws Committee, member of CII National Council and Financial Markets, member of committee of the IMC International ADR Centre and taskforce member of Society of Insolvency Practitioners of India.
He was a member of SEBI-constituted Committee on Corporate Governance and Insider Trading.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 11 4161 4093
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; competition & antitrust; litigation|
|Pallavi S Shroff is the managing partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM & Co) and heads the dispute resolution practice at the firm. She is also the chief mentor for the competition law practice.
Pallavi has been a driving force in further enhancing the positioning of SAM & Co as India’s premier full-service law firm ever since she took over as managing partner in 2015. Under her guidance, the firm has exponentially grown from 60 partners in 2015 to over 120 partners as of 2020, with diversified practice offerings and an accelerated pan-India presence across seven countrywide offices. She has been instrumental in the firm’s advanced technology initiatives and transformation and enhancement of the firm’s client service delivery.
With over 38 years of extensive and highly regarded experience, Pallavi’s expertise spans across dispute resolution, competition law and white-collar crime. Pallavi frequently advises and counsels some of the largest and most challenging litigation and arbitration matters in the areas of energy, infrastructure, natural resources, mergers and acquisitions, legislative and policy related matters. She regularly appears in the Supreme Court and the high courts of India, arbitrations, mediations and international legal disputes. She is an alternate member (India) at the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Court of Arbitration.
Under Pallavi’s leadership, the firm has been regularly engaging with FICCI and CII and representing the entire Indian Industry in the Presidential Reference proceedings (Special Reference 1 of 2012) being heard by a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court. The judgment passed by the Constitution Bench is one of the most famous and compelling rulings in India on methods of disposal of natural resources in India.
Chambers and Partners has called Pallavi, “a widely acknowledged stalwart in the field of competition law best known for her handling of cartel, abuse of dominance and other contentious issues, but increasingly active providing strategic oversight on very large-scale, multi-jurisdictional merger control mandates” while Who’s Who Legal of Commercial Arbitrators has rated Pallavi, “as one of three leading practitioners involved with arbitration”
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 11 4161 4094
|Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency; capital markets; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions|
|Shardul S Shroff is the founder and executive chairman of the firm. Based out of the New Delhi office, he also heads the firm’s insolvency and bankruptcy practice.
Shardul’s four decades of experience spans across a wide spectrum, including expertise in insolvency and bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, government regulations, disinvestment, capital markets and debt recovery.
In a short span of three-and-a-half years since the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was introduced by the Government of India in December 2015, the practice established by Shardul in this domain has built a leadership position. Under his mentorship, the firm was recognized as the Best in Insolvency at the Asialaw’s Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards, 2018.
As a thought leader in the legal domain, Shardul has been consistently rated as a leading corporate lawyer by several international fora and publications, including Who’s Who Legal, Asialaw, Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Euromoney, International Financial Law Review (IFLR) and more.
IFLR 1000 2021– The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms notes Shardul as a market leader in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, infrastructure, project finance and project development, while Chambers and Partners views Shardul as a highly respected practitioner in the corporate and M&A space who is known for his long-standing experience handling joint ventures, takeovers, divestments and commercial contracts.
He has been a member of the Insolvency Law Committee, formed by the Government of India to review the implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He was also a member of the high-powered committee to review decriminalization of offences under the Companies Act and the Committee on Cross-Border Insolvency; The ET India Leadership Council; Esteemed member of CII National Council on Services 2020-21; Counsellor to the President of the UIA (International Association of Lawyers), Jorge Martí Moreno; Chairman, FICCI national committee on stressed assets; Member, CII Taskforce on covid-19 vaccine
Among other numerous recognitions, Shardul is also a recipient of the National Law Day Award from the President of India 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. He has been recognised as one of “The Game Changers of India, 2018” by The Economic Times.
Tel: +91 98 1116 1518
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, intellectual property, litigation, media and telecommunications; technology|
|Manisha is a leading lawyer in the IP arena in India. Starting her career at a time when Indian IP laws and practices were undergoing substantial changes pursuant to the country’s obligations to comply with the TRIPS agreement, Manisha played an important and crucial role in advising and apprising Indian policy and lawmakers on global standards associated with IP administrative and enforcement systems.
Manisha is a true strategist and has acted on several milestone cases. She leads most of the firm’s large and complex cases. Manisha is known and respected for her deep expertise on prosecution and enforcement of all forms of IP rights, and for strategizing and managing global patents, trademarks and designs portfolios of large global and domestic companies. She is also known for her sharp litigation and negotiation skills for both IP and non-IP litigations and dispute resolution.
Manisha 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 and FICPI.
Some of Manisha’s recognitions in 2020 include:
Tel: +91 22 43408500
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions|
|Sawant Singh is a founding partner of Phoenix Legal and his area of expertise includes private equity, project finance, securitization, asset reconstruction, consortium banking, domestic and external commercial borrowings, and debt restructuring. He also advises clients on a host of corporate and commercial, labour/employment, and real estate issues including inbound and outbound foreign investment, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Sawant’s services have been widely recognized and he is known for having a “great reputation” in the market. Recognized as a “Distinguished Practitioner” in banking and finance by Asialaw Profiles, Sawant has been quoted to be “highly respected by peers and much acclaimed by clients”. He also has been referred to by Chambers and Partners, as one of India’s “most in-demand” banking practitioners and reported as a “go-to person for tactical solutions” who “always makes himself available”. He has been listed in the A-List: India’s Top 100 Lawyers by India Business Law Journal and has been recognized as a Global Leader by Who’s Who Legal.
According to Legal500, “Sawant Singh is recognized by clients and peers as one of the top financing lawyers in India. He impresses clients with his ability to make difficult transactions seem simple and provides clients with first-class advice and is always at hand to provide the client with quality and practical solutions. He has a very pleasant interactive style, which is a big positive”. Clients praise him for his “solution-focused and practical approach” in addition to his “very calm demeanour, which is a huge plus in high stakes negotiations”. They admire him for being “accessible, smart and quick in his responses” and for being “able to see the commercial aspects of the matter”.
Chambers and Partners have also certified Sawant as, “highly recommended as a leading lawyer in banking and finance” and “projects, infrastructure and energy”. According to them, Sawant is described as “a very good corporate lawyer”, as being “a very well-regarded lawyer on the banking side,” and a “project finance veteran”.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Tel: +91 22 4933 5589
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; restructuring & insolvency; securitization & structured finance|
|Veena Sivaramakrishnan is an equity partner in the firm’s banking and finance and insolvency and bankruptcy practice, with over 16 years of experience. She also has significant experience in financial services regulatory, derivatives and restructuring. She has spearheaded and evaluated complex structures with the interplay of multiple jurisdictions while advising clients on financing structures, restructuring and enforcement.
Her role is significantly diversified and she acts on key types of mandates, which include:
Restructuring and insolvency – Veena regularly advises (a) foreign banks, ARCs and foreign distressed funds in their investment in Indian entities either within or outside the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, directly and synthetically, and (b) resolution applicants, resolution professionals and the Committee of Creditors within IBC.
Financial sector collaboration – Veena spearheaded the merger of Capital First (and its subsidiaries) with IDFC Bank, one of the first bank-NBFC mergers in India. She continues to advise on marquee transactions, such as Bandhan-Gruh merger and most recently the DBS–LVB amalgamation.
Financing – Veena regularly advises on cross-border financing, asset financing, acquisition financing and real estate financing, specifically for foreign banks and private equity players. Structured finance, including on a cross-border basis, is Veena’s forte.
Advisory – banks and financial institutions regularly seek Veena’s assistance for matters that impact their Indian operations. Veena is also active in the specialized field of derivatives.
Clients that Veena represents include investment funds, foreign portfolio entities of multinational banking corporations, banks, non-banking financial institutions, as well as distressed funds.
Veena has been consistently recognized by prestigious Indian and international publications individually and within her areas of practice by Chambers and Partners, IFLR and Asialaw Profiles. Her clients praise her for her firm grasp of banking, as well as applicable regulations, and her vast experience in derivatives is highly valued. She has the ability to provide commercial inputs over and above the legal advice and to offer alternative solutions. Clients describe her as proactive, approachable, responsive and timely, very professional and relationship driven.
Tel: +91 11 4350 0500
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; labour & employment; litigation
|Priti Suri, the founder and managing partner of PSA, has over three decades of experience across three continents. A first-generation lawyer, she started as a litigator and evolved as a business adviser who is known for her pragmatic ability to get the deal done.
After work experience in the US and Europe, Priti established her base in India. She developed the firm and represents its international and domestic clients in the full range of cross-border M&A transactions, JVs and restructurings. She counsels on corporate governance, CSR and ethics, and works closely with senior management on the full range of operational issues and related dispute resolution. Her representations are over US$15 billion across a spectrum of industries.
An active member of the international bar, Priti chaired the India Committee of ABA for two years. In April 2017, she became the first Asian to be honoured with ABA’s prestigious Mayre Rasmussen Award for Advancement of Women in International Law. She led the Women Business Lawyers’ Committee of IPBA for four years and is currently an officer of the IPBA, chair of its Publications Committee and a board member of iTechlaw. She initiated the formation of Society of Women Lawyers-India, the first platform for women lawyers, and is its current president.
Economic Laws Practice
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; infrastructure; power & energy; private equity, venture capital & funds|
|Sujjain Talwar is a co-founding partner of ELP and responsible mainly for the infrastructure and hospitality practices of the firm. With over 25 years of experience, Sujjain is a qualified solicitor in India as well as England and Wales. His work includes infrastructure projects around the region, including in Yemen, Fujairah, Djibouti and the Maldives.
Sujjain also serves as an independent director on boards of some companies. Prior to co-founding ELP, Sujjain worked with Crawford Bayley & Co in Mumbai as well as Pinsent Masons in the UK.
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; infrastructure; insurance & reinsurance; shipping
|Shardul offers clients over forty years of experience in corporate/commercial law to MNCs and Indian clients across industries: banking, chemicals, insurance, shipping, steel, subsea engineering, marine services, offshore construction, infrastructure (LNG ports, oil/gas), transport, trade and logistics.
His clients include EPC contractors in offshore construction projects, subsea and topside, integrated and marine services contracts.
He acts extensively for overseas lenders in India related ship finance transactions including LNG/ FSRU/ FPSO vessels flying foreign flags chartered by Indian companies.
He advises on various aspects of insurance laws including marine fire, erection, LOP, material damage.
He advises on a host of issues involving competition and red-flag issues viz pollution, product liability, non-insurable risks. He specializes in contracts of sale and purchase of goods and services, long-term take or pay, supply chain contracts.
With a vast experience in disputes resolution he has an in-depth commercial understanding equipping him to seamlessly support his corporate, insurance, offshore construction and banking practices. His acumen in managing litigation risks has facilitated resolving disputes with the least possible adverse effect to clients’ business.
Lloyd’s List ranked him “Top 10 Lawyers”– “Highly regarded for his work in the LNG sector, particularly for interesting and highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports and ships”. Also ranked by Chambers in shipping, banking and insurance. Who’s Who Legal says, “Shardul Thacker is a leading figure in the Indian market and is highly respected for his first-class work in the shipping sector, particularly when it comes to financing matters”.
Tuli & Co
Tel: +91 11 4593 4000
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; insurance & reinsurance; litigation|
|Neeraj is the senior partner of Tuli & Co. Before setting up Tuli & Co in 2000, Neeraj was a partner with insurance law specialist firm Kennedys in London.
Neeraj is widely recognized for his depth of knowledge and understanding of the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the insurance and reinsurance industry. His practice is recommended in various editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories with market sources describing him as having “remarkable knowledge” (Legal 500), “a name to be reckoned with, and an authority” and “one of the leading minds in the space of insurance law” (Chambers and Partners, Asia Pacific).
Neeraj regularly assists clients with regulatory advice, product development and insurance coverage issues. His coverage advice for insurers and reinsurers encompasses a wide range of policy lines, including D&O, E&O/professional indemnity, CGL, product liability, public liability, MD, BI, CPM, DSU, ALOP, EAR and CAR.
Neeraj and his team also specialize in litigation and arbitration. They handle ad hoc arbitrations as well as institutional arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the Indian Council of Arbitration. Neeraj is currently managing claims on behalf of insurers and reinsurers in India, the US, the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Neeraj also acts as an arbitrator and was invited to be the first president of the Insurance Law Association of India, which was formed in association with the British Insurance Law Association. He is also a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s National Committee on Dispute Resolution and former chairman and current committee member of the Indian Associated Chambers of Commerce Expert Insurance Committee.
Neeraj is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales (1990) and a member of the Bar Council of Delhi (2000).
Vashi and Vashi
Tel: +91 22 6268 3333
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & Alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; litigation; 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 Vivek co-founded Bharucha & Partners.
Vashi and Vashi was founded in 2017 by Vivek, 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 past 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.
Vivek 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 and 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.
Vivek has been recognized by Chambers and Partners repeatedly; and has been ranked in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 Indian lawyers for several years consecutively. He has also been commended by Asialaw, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. His approach has earned him the adulation of clients and the respect of his opponents.