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Manjula Chawla

Manjula Chawla

Phoenix Legal
New Delhi

Tel: + 91 11 4983 0000
Email: manjula.chawla@phoenixlegal.in

India A-list 2020 top Indian lawyers

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.

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