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Based on the collective views of in-house counsel and private practice lawyers in India. The following are the top India-focused lawyers at international law firms.

The International A-List is based on extensive research conducted by India Business Law Journal. Biographies and contact details, where provided, are written by the lawyers themselves and have not been independently verified.

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Manish Aggarwal

Three Crown
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; international arbitration


Sheila Ahuja

Allen & Overy
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; emerging markets


Babita Ambekar

CMS
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI out of India; private equity & venture capital


Talat Ansari

Seyfarth
New York
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; FDI out of India


Philip Badge

Linklaters
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance


Arun Balasubramanian

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hong Kong/Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; dispute resolution


Ranajoy Basu

McDermott Will & Emery
London
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; ESG & impact investment


Ulrich Bäumer

Osborne Clarke
Cologne
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; information technology


Jamie Benson

Duane Morris & Selvam
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Manoj Bhargava

Sidley Austin
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Sidharth Bhasin

Latham & Watkins
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Gautam Bhattacharyya

Reed Smith
London/ Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Philip Boeckman

Cravath, Swaine & Moore
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/ M&A; private equity & venture capital


Piusha Bose

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India


Raja Bose

K&L Gates
Singapore
Key practice areas: Anti-bribery and anti-corruption; construction and infrastructure; dispute resolution


Andrew Brereton

King & Spalding
London/ Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; project finance; restructuring & insolvency; energy


Cavinder Bull

Drew and Napier
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; private equity & venture capital; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Geoffrey Burgess

Debevoise & Plimpton
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


David Carpenter

Mayer Brown
New York
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India


Bill Carr

CMS
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI out of India; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Biswajit Chatterjee

Hogan Lovells
Singapore

Tel: +65 8157 6204
Email: biswajit.chatterjee@hoganlovells.com

Key practice areas:
Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Biswajit (Bis) is a corporate partner, and leads the US securities laws practice focused on India, SE Asia and Middle East. Bis divides his time between Singapore and Dubai. He focuses on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, M&A and PE transactions in India, SE Asia and Middle East. He has worked across industries, including technology, fintech, energy, financial services, defence, infrastructure, real estate, retail and hospitality clients. He also supports Indian corporates and conglomerates in growing and/ or reorganising their global operations on corporate commercial matters. Bis has worked on a range of regulatory issues, including economic sanctions, government procurement, white collar investigations, corporate governance and regulatory issues.

Bis is highly ranked by Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and other legal directories. Chambers Global has consistently (2010 – 2021) ranked him as a highly regarded lawyer and client testimonials state that he is “very professional and extremely thorough”; “solution oriented”; “extremely knowledgeable about India and Indian client requirements”; and a “tough negotiator” who offers clients “incredible personal attention”.


George Cyriac

Stephenson Harwood
Singapore/ Jakarta
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Andrew Dale

Ropes & Gray
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Anti-corruption; arbitration; compliance


John Dewar

Milbank
London
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; oil and gas; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Arvind Dixit

Corrs
Melbourne
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources; technology


Rustam Dubash

Penningtons Manches
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; international arbitration


Rajeev Duggal

Skadden Arps
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; financial institutions


Valerie Demont

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
New York City
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A


Sunil Gadhia

Cleary Gottlieb
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Paul Gair

TLT
London
Tel: +44 (0)333 006 0092
Email: paul.gair@TLTsolicitors.com

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; dispute resolution
Paul is a London-based partner in TLT’s banking and financial services litigation team and co-head of TLT’s India Group.

He has particular experience of disputes involving a range of complex financial products, trade finance issues, fraud and insolvency, often involving multiple jurisdictions, as well as contentious regulatory matters such as risks arising from the LIBOR transition and ESG.

He has strong relationships with the Indian banking community (in India and across their international networks) with a deep understanding of the issues they face. Over recent years he has been extensively involved in the enforcement of non-performing loans, advising on appropriate strategies to maximise recoveries with an increasing focus on the pursuit of personal guarantors. He works closely with insolvency practitioners and accountants to trace and recover assets around the world. That work is highlighted by his ongoing advice to the consortium of banks on the enforcement of the DRT judgment against Vijay Mallya including the registration of that judgment with the English Courts and, in July 2021 securing the bankruptcy order against Dr Mallya. Other notable matters include:

    • acting for an Indian headquartered bank to enforce a USD200 million facility involving the liquidation of a group entity in Singapore and an enforcement action in various European jurisdictions;
    • acting for an international subsidiary of an Indian headquartered bank in 2021 in relation to a CEO imposter fraud including securing freezing orders in Hong Kong enabling the recovery of significant funds; and
    • successfully defeating various challenges by obligors to the jurisdiction of the English courts to hear enforcement claims.

Paul’s work has previously been recognised at the British Legal Awards where his team was highly commended and received the “Litigation and Disputes Team of the Year” award.

Led from the heart of the City of London, TLT’s India Group has built depth of experience and relationships in the Indian market over decades acting for Indian clients. TLT’s India focus is a key part of the firm’s strategy, building on its growth that was recognised by The Lawyer, which named it Firm of the Year in 2021.


Peter Goldsmith

Debevoise & Plimpton
London/ Paris
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Pallavi Gopinath Aney

Allen & Overy
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Ankit Goyal

Allen & Gledhill
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


James Grandolfo

Milbank
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Nipun Gupta

Bird & Bird
London
Tel: 44 (0)20 7415 6000
Email: nipun.gupta@twobirds.com

Key practice areas: Automotive; corporate/M&A; energy & utilities
Nipun joined the Corporate Group at Bird & Bird as a partner in March 2008 from White & Case, where she was a partner in the firm’s India practice. Prior to White & Case, Nipun was global head of legal at ISPAT International (now ArcelorMittal).

Since arriving at Bird & Bird, Nipun has been a key driver of the strategy with regard to India, including the India related M&A and corporate finance and dispute resolution work. Nipun was named by IBLJ as one of the top 100 international lawyers for India-related matters in 2021 and has recently been awarded the Legal Era Global Achievers Award 2022.

“Nipun is someone who has advised Indian and international clients on many matters over the years in multiple jurisdictions. She can assist the client to get to the point they need to, with the right team and all very promptly,” says a client.


Rajiv Gupta

Latham & Watkins
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A


Rahul Guptan

White & Case
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Savi Hebbur

Linklaters
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India


Ian Ho

Simpson Thacher
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Ranbir Hunjan

Clifford Chance
London
Key practice areas: Projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Martin Imhof

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek
Dusseldorf
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; joint ventures; private equity & venture capital


Narayan Iyer

Linklaters
London
Key practice areas: Banking & finance


Sushil Jacob

Linklaters
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A


Abhimanyu Jalan

Clyde & Co
Dubai
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Sushma Jobanputra

Jones Day
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; business restructuring and reorganisation; FDI into India


Sunil Kakkad

Gowling WLG
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; FDI out of India


Rahul Kapoor

Morgan Lewis
Palo Alto
Tel: 1.650.843.7580
Email: rahul.kapoor@morganlewis.com

Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; intellectual property; private equity & venture capital
With a focus on global commercial, intellectual property, and technology transactions, Rahul advises clients on strategic alliances, joint ventures, and corporate partnering transactions in the technology and life science industries that includes a focus on India related matters. He also handles patent licensing, supply and distribution agreements, spinoffs and core technology licenses.

He is the leader of Morgan Lewis’ India initiative, the local practice group leader of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco corporate transactions practice, and previously served as the firmwide hiring partner and a member of the firm’s Advisory Board. Rahul brings a deep technology background and a comprehensive understanding of the business and technology markets to his practice. In addition to practising law, Rahul taught an IP strategy class for 10 years at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Morgan Lewis is a global law firm with offices in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Raj Karia

Norton Rose
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/ M&A


Amit Kataria

Morrison & Foerster
London/Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Srinivas Kaushik

Kirkland & Ellis
New York
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Stephanie Keen

Hogan Lovells
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital


Sachin Kerur

Reed Smith
Dubai
Key practice areas: Construction; oil and gas; projects, energy, infrastructure &resources


Ryo Kotoura

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Tokyo
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; FDI into India


Yohei Koyama

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Tokyo
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; FDI into India


Karthik Kumar

Jones Day
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate/M&A; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Ashok Lalwani

Baker McKenzie
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A


Laurence Lieberman

Taylor Wessing
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; FDI out of India


Bobby Majumder

Frost Brown Todd
Dallas
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Roddy Martin

Herbert Smith Freehills
London
Key practice areas: Automotive; corporate/M&A; corporate governance


Smitha Menon

WongPartnership
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; restructuring & insolvency


Samantha Mobley

Baker McKenzie
London
Key practice areas: Antitrust; foreign investment


Malcolm Moller

Appleby
Port Louis
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate/M&A; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Alan Montgomery

Herbert Smith Freehills
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; joint ventures and investments; pharmaceuticals and healthcare


Soumitro Mukerji

Mayer Brown
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance


James Mullock

Bird & Bird
London
Tel: 44 (0)20 7415 6000
Email: james.mullock@twobirds.com

Key practice areas: Data privacy and technology; FDI out of India
James is a partner in Bird & Bird’s commercial team in London and co-heads both the renowned data protection team and India strategy group.

He has assisted a number of Indian companies with their international operations. He advises on information law issues, including in the fields of data privacy, cyber risk and freedom of information and also handles complex technology, communications and outsourcing transactions for both customers and suppliers.

James has deep experience assisting Indian companies with their international operations and recently contributed to Global Media Group’s “India Unleashed”, a global guide that examines India’s emerging role in the global economy. James provided comment on the pressing issues facing Indian companies in the UK, including Brexit, the GDPR and Indo-Anglo M&A transactions. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in 2015, James was a partner at Osborne Clarke.


Vikram Nair

Rajah & Tann
Singapore
Key practice areas: Construction and projects; dispute resolution


Deepak Nambiar

Kelley Drye & Warren
New York
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital


Gautam Narasimhan

Allen & Overy
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking and finance; private equity & venture capital


Nandan Nelivigi

White & Case
New York
Key practice areas: Projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Meraj Noor

DLA Piper
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; FDI into India


Chris Parsons

Herbert Smith Freehills
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India


Ferish Patel

Cooley
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Rahul Patel

King & Spalding
Atlanta
Key practice areas: Private equity & venture capital


Jai Pathak

Gibson Dunn
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital


Nicholas Peacock

Bird & Bird
London
Tel: 44 (0)20 7415 6000
Email: Nicholas.Peacock@twobirds.com

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; dispute resolution; technology
Nicholas is a partner and head of the international arbitration practice at Bird & Bird in London.

Nicholas has enjoyed a 20+ year career in international dispute resolution and has been heavily involved acting on India-related commercial disputes for the last 15 years. He has appeared before arbitral tribunals in Europe and Asia, as well as in the London High Court. Nicholas has advised on various industry sectors including energy, power, financial services, leisure, maritime services, telecoms, media, technology, manufacturing and consumer goods. He has also acted for and against state governments.

Nicholas has sat as an arbitrator on India-related disputes in London and Singapore under various institutional rules and ad hoc.

Nicholas is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, CIArb, and the IPBA. Prior to joining Bird & Bird, he was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in London and Singapore.


Jonathan Pentzien

Gunderson
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Sherina Petit

Norton Rose
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Prakash Pillai

Clyde & Co
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; international arbitration


Kelvin Poon

Rajah & Tann
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Nallini Puri

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
London
Tel: + 44 20 7614 2289
Email: npuri@cgsh.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Nallini is a recognised expert acting for sovereign wealth funds and major multinationals with respect to their foreign direct investment into India. She has particular expertise within the technology, media and communications and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors. Having previously studied law in India and worked at a corporate firm in New Delhi, India, Nallini has a long history of working for clients in India and the wider Asia-Pacific area. Her clients include Brookfield, Lavazza, TPG, and Wockhardt. She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Nallini’s expertise has been recognised by a number of leading publications and directories. The Legal 500 UK has recognised her as a “Next Generation Partner” for M&A. Premium Deals, noted her experience in “the world of tech and pharmaceuticals,” and described her as “very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.” IFLR1000 and Legal Week have both recognised Nallini as a “Rising Star”.


Yash Rana

Goodwin Procter
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital


Philippe Reich

Baker McKenzie
Zurich
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India


Stuart Rubin

Ashurst
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Dipen Sabharwal

White & Case
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Tihir Sarkar

Cleary Gottlieb
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital


Kamal Shah

Stephenson Harwood
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Daniel Sharma

DLA Piper
Frankfurt
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; investigations


Nish Shetty

Clifford Chance
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Amit Singh

Linklaters
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Kabir Singh

Clifford Chance
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution


Parmjit Singh

Eversheds Sutherland
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; financial institutions


Parveet Singh Gandoak

King & Spalding
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India


Sarjit Singh Gill

Shook Lin & Bok
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; restructuring & insolvency


Sivanesan Sivagnanaratnam

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital


Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan

McDermott Will & Emery
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets


Priyank Srivastava

Duane Morris & Selvam
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; dispute resolution; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources


Jonathan Stone

Skadden Arps
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A


Taeko Suzuki

Nishimura & Asahi
Tokyo
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; Dispute resolution; FDI into India


Ralph Voltmer

Covington & Burling
Washington, DC
Tel: +1 202 662 5479
Email: rvoltmer@cov.com

Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Ralph is the chair of Covington’s India practice and a partner in the firm’s corporate group. He has been active in India for over 22 years, working with companies such as Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Piramal Enterprises, UPL, Mindtree, the Aditya Birla Group, the Tata Group, OmniActive Health Technologies, Sterlite Technologies, and Balkrishna Industries. He advises both US and foreign clients in cross-border transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and financings (whether debt or equity). He has represented clients on a variety of transactions in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

In addition to being named to the India Business Law Journal’s “International A-list”, Ralph is ranked in Chambers Global for corporate/M&A (India) and corporate/M&A (US).

Ralph earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, MA from University of California Riverside, and BA from Wheaton College.


Pallavi Wahi

K&L Gates
Seattle
Tel: +1 206 370 6648
Email: pallavi.wahi@klgates.com

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; intellectual property; technology
Pallavi serves as co-managing partner of K&L Gates in the US that covers 24 offices. She is the managing partner of the Seattle office, chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee and co-chair of the firmwide India practice.

As an experienced litigator, Pallavi practises complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate and intellectual property litigation. She works regularly on complex contractual breach matters and has also represented Fortune 500 companies in plaintiff or defence counsel capacity. Pallavi also acts as global coordinating counsel for litigation. In this role, she has developed litigation programmes for clients to drive efficiencies of costs and consistency of approach across multiple engagements and jurisdictions.

Pallavi is active in the community and serves as a director of the Seattle Branch Board of Directors of The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and First Vice Board Chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, among other boards.

Pallavi has been included in the International A-List by India Business Law Journal since 2019. She has also been selected to the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s Most Trusted Corporate Lawyers list. In addition, she is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Litigation: General commercial category in Washington state; named to the Washington Super Lawyers list; named to the “IP Stars” list; and named among the 25 Most Influential People by Seattle Magazine.

Lawyers of Color named Pallavi to their fifth annual “Power List”, which recognises the most influential minority attorneys and allies in the nation. Previously, Pallavi has been included in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Power 100”, spotlighting the 100 most influential business leaders in the Puget Sound area and named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the US by editors and writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications.

Pallavi has significant experience with the business environment in India. She grew up in India, went to college there, and speaks fluent Hindi. She is well versed with the culture and business environment of the country. Pallavi received her BA from St Stephen’s College, New Delhi. She also received her BA from the University of Cambridge Tripos Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge University in 1999 (automatic conversion to an MA).

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