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Based on the collective views of private practice lawyers in India and in-house counsel around the world, 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 (see the methodology here). Biographies and contact details, where provided, are written by the lawyers themselves and have not been independently verified.

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Sheila Ahuja, Allen & Overy Sheila Ahuja
Allen & Overy
Singapore
Key practice areas: Emerging markets; international arbitration; litigation
Babita Ambekar, CMS Babita Ambekar
CMS
Singapore

Tel: +65 9770 0337
Email:
Babita.Ambekar@cms-cmno.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI out of India; private equity & venture capital
Babita Ambekar is a partner and the head of India practice at CMS in Singapore. She is an English lawyer specializing in cross-border M&A, capital raising, new market entry, joint ventures and restructurings across the Asia Pacific. Babita has been consistently recognized as a leading foreign lawyer for India-related matters by various leading legal publications and regularly works with Indian counsel and clients on international transactions involving Indian entities.

Babita has wide-reaching expertise across a range of industry verticals. However, her specific areas of interest include the technology, energy, healthcare and consumer sectors. Her clients include publicly listed entities, multinational conglomerates and regional businesses.

Babita has over 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to her India-related experience, she has worked on matters involving Singapore, Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal, Malaysia, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Thailand and Vietnam.

Talat Ansari, Seyfarth Shaw Talat Ansari
Seyfarth Shaw
New York

Tel: +1 212 218 5539
Email:
tmansari@seyfarth.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; litigation and arbitration; intellectual property; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Talat Ansari is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office. Talat focuses his practice on international and domestic litigation and arbitration. He also advises on corporate and commercial transactions, infrastructure projects, and international litigation and arbitration. Talat offers his clients more than four decades of experience representing India-based industries and servicing and trading companies doing business in the US, including several large Indian conglomerate businesses with international reach and particularly extensive US business objectives and holdings.

Talat also serves as a trusted adviser on matters pertaining to business law, banking, direct and indirect taxes, foreign exchange regulations and foreign direct investment issues. Talat is admitted to practice in both the United States and India. He was born in India, is bilingual in Hindi and English, and is currently based in New York. Talat has proven, time and again, that he is able to synthesize and reconcile American and Indian law, culture, and business.

Philip Badge, Linklaters Philip Badge
Linklaters
Singapore
Key practice area: Banking & finance
Arun Balasubramanian, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Arun Balasubramanian
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; dispute resolution
Basu Ranajoy, McDermott Will & Emery Ranajoy Basu
McDermott Will & Emery
London
Tel: +44 20 75776916
Email:
Rbasu@mwe.com
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; ESG and impact financing; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Ranajoy is the head of McDermott Will & Emery’s India practice. He regularly advises on complex structured finance transactions including external foreign currency convertible bonds and qualified institutional placements, debt capital markets transactions, energy and infrastructure financings, renewables, supply chain and trade receivables and convertible bonds relating to India. He has advised financial institutions and funds on some of the largest corporate debt defaults and restructuring in India. He has extensive experience in bond restructurings, consent solicitations, exchange offers, induced conversions and tender offers.

Ranajoy is recognized as a pioneer in impact investment and one of the world’s leading lawyers in cross-border ESG and social impact finance structures. Ranajoy has advised on some of the most innovative financial inclusion structures around the world, including the Educate Girls Social Impact Bond, which aims to improve the education of children in India, the Utkrisht Bond and the Quality Education India Bond more recently.

Ulrich (Uli) Bäumer, Osborne Clarke Ulrich (Uli) Bäumer
Osborne Clarke
Cologne
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; information technology
Jamie A Benson, Duane Morris & Selvam Jamie A Benson
Duane Morris & Selvam
Singapore
Tel: +65 6311 3660
Email:
jbenson@duanemorrisselvam.com
Key practice area: Capital markets
Jamie A Benson is the head of Duane Morris and Selvam’s US capital markets practice, US venture capital and India practices. He has over 20 years’ experience and has advised on more than 100 securities offerings throughout the world with total proceeds of approximately US$22 billion. He is one of the leading international legal counsel advising on securities offerings by Indian issuers, having worked on more than 60 offerings by Indian issuers in the past 15 years. He is currently based in Singapore, having previously worked in New York, Sydney and London.

Jamie has represented almost every major international and Indian investment bank and is regularly ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal and Asia Business Law Journal. He is listed in the “International A-List: the top 100 India-focused legal experts outside the country” since 2019 by India Business Law Journal.

Manoj Bhargava, Sidley Austin Manoj Bhargava
Sidley Austin
Singapore
Key practice area: Capital markets
Sidharth Bhasin, Shearman & Sterling Sidharth Bhasin
Shearman & Sterling
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Gautam Bhattacharyya, Reed Smith Gautam Bhattacharyya
Reed Smith
London
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Philip Boeckman, Cravath Swaine & Moore Philip Boeckman
Cravath Swaine & Moore
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Piusha Bose, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Piusha Bose
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India
Raja Bose, K&L Gates Raja Bose
K&L Gates
Singapore
Tel: +65 6507 8125
Email:
raja.bose@klgates.com
Key practice areas: Anti-bribery and anti-corruption; construction and infrastructure; dispute resolution
Raja Bose leads the firm’s commercial disputes and international arbitration practice in Asia and has more than 20 years of experience in international dispute resolution having worked in both London and Singapore. He is qualified both as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore as well as admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales.

He is also a qualified arbitrator and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the UK as well as of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Raja is on the panel of arbitrators of a number of arbitration institutions including the SIAC, KLRCA, ICA and HKIAC. He is also a board member and director of the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Singapore Branch.

Raja has experience conducting international arbitrations with seats in Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Dubai, Malaysia, London, Paris, Geneva, and New York under a variety of trade association and international arbitration centre rules including UNCITRAL, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA, CIETAC, BANI, HKIAC, KLRCA, SIAC, ICC, AAA, VIAC and ICSID.

While his practice focuses on international commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on international arbitration, he also has considerable experience supervising, coordinating and managing complex court-based litigation in a wide number of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region including South Asia, Indo-China and Southeast Asia. In addition to his experience in cross-border multi jurisdictional disputes in infrastructure, construction, shipping, marine insurance, oil and gas, international sale of goods, trade finance, and mortgage enforcement, Raja has also been involved in a number of high profile investor/state disputes and investment treaty arbitrations including defending the governments of India and Bangladesh as well as pursuing actions on behalf of foreign investors against the governments of Thailand, Egypt, and Sri Lanka.

Raja also spends a considerable amount of his time providing strategic and structuring advice to clients involved in difficult and complex problems in Asia, which do not necessarily involve formal legal proceedings.

Andrew Brereton, King & Spalding Andrew Brereton
King & Spalding
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; project finance; restructuring & insolvency; energy
Geoffrey P Burgess, Debevoise & Plimpton Geoffrey P Burgess
Debevoise & Plimpton
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
David Cameron, David Cameron Law Office David Cameron
David Cameron Law Office
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; corporate/M&A
David Carpenter, Mayer Brown David Carpenter
Mayer Brown
New York
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Bill Carr, CMS Bill Carr
CMS
London
Tel: +44 20 7367 2002
Email:
bill.carr@cms-cmno.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI out of India; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Bill Carr is a corporate partner in CMS, and co-leads the CMS India group. He has been recognized by India Business Law Journal as an international A-List lawyer for India-related matters since 2019 and is a regular visitor to India.

His main focus is on infrastructure and energy projects, general private company mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Bill regularly advises on cross-border transactions with colleagues throughout CMS and elsewhere. He advises both private and public sector organizations on a range of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, corporate governance and restructurings, particularly in the primary and secondary markets for infrastructure and energy projects.

He also advises clients on commercial transactions in the rail sector, with a particular focus on rolling stock-related transactions. He is recommended as a leading rail lawyer in legal ranking directories.

Biswajit Chatterjee, Squire Patton Boggs Biswajit Chatterjee
Squire Patton Boggs
Singapore, Dubai
Tel: +65 8157 6204 (Singapore); +971 56 188 1925 (Dubai)
Email:
biswajit.chatterjee@squirepb.com
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate commercial; corporate transactional (M&A and PE); regulatory
Corporate partner Bis Chatterjee co-chairs the India practice and leads the US securities laws practice focused on India, SE Asia and Middle East. Bis divides his time between Singapore and Dubai, and works closely with teams across SPB’s global footprint of 54 offices and 1,700 lawyers.

Bis focuses on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, M&A and PE transactions. He has worked across industries, including technology, fintech, energy, financial services, defence, infrastructure, real estate, retail and hospitality clients. He has also worked on a range of regulatory issues, including economic sanctions, government procurement, white collar investigations, corporate governance issues and other regulatory disputes.

Bis is ranked by Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500 and other legal directories. Client testimonials include “very professional and extremely thorough”, “solution oriented” and “extremely knowledgeable about India and Indian client requirements”.

Bis has worked on a number of landmark transactions, including the US$3.4 billion Coal India IPO; 11 of his transactions have featured in India Business Law Journal’s Deals of the Year in recent years.

George Cyriac, Stephenson Harwood George Cyriac
Stephenson Harwood
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Andrew Dale, Ropes & Gray Andrew Dale
Ropes & Gray
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Anti-corruption; arbitration; compliance
Valerie Demont, Sheppard Mullin Richter Valerie Demont
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
New York City
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A
Sanjeev Dhuna, Allen & Overy Sanjeev Dhuna
Allen & Overy
London
Key practice area: Banking & finance
Arvind Dixit, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Arvind Dixit
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Melbourne
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources; technology
Rustam Dubash, Penningtons Manches Cooper Rustam Dubash
Penningtons Manches Cooper
London
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; international arbitration
Rajeev Duggal, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Rajeev Duggal
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; financial institutions
Mike Duggan, Addleshaw Goddard Mike Duggan
Addleshaw Goddard
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; international disputes; international real estate
Sunil Gadhia, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Sunil Gadhia
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
London
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Sarjit Singh Gill, Shook Lin & Bok Sarjit Singh Gill
Shook Lin & Bok
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; international arbitration; restructuring & insolvency
Peter Goldsmith, Debevoise & Plimpton Peter Goldsmith
Debevoise & Plimpton
London
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Pallavi Gopinath Aney, Allen & Overy Pallavi Gopinath Aney
Allen & Overy
Singapore
Key practice area: Capital markets
Ankit Goyal, Allen & Gledhill Ankit Goyal
Allen & Gledhill
Singapore
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
James Grandolfo, Milbank James Grandolfo
Milbank
Hong Kong
Key practice area: Capital markets
Nipun Gupta, Bird & Bird Nipun Gupta
Bird & Bird
London
Key practice areas: Automotive; corporate; energy & utilities
Rajiv Gupta, Latham & Watkins Rajiv Gupta
Latham & Watkins
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A
Rahul Guptan, Clifford Chance Rahul Guptan
White & Case
Singapore
Key practice area: Capital markets
Savi Hebbur, Linklaters Savi Hebbur
Linklaters
London
Key practice area: Corporate/M&A
Martin Imhof, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek Martin Imhof
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Dusseldorf
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; joint ventures; private equity & venture capital
Naomi Ishikawa, Milbank Naomi Ishikawa
Milbank
Singapore
Key practice area: Capital markets
Narayan Iyer, Linklaters Narayan Iyer
Linklaters
London
Key practice area: Banking & finance
Abhimanyu Jalan, Clyde & Co Abhimanyu Jalan
Clyde & Co
Dubai
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Sushma Jobanputra, Jones Day Sushma Jobanputra
Jones Day
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; business restructuring & reorganization; corporate/M&A
Sunil Kakkad, Gowling WLG Sunil Kakkad
Gowling WLG
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; FDI out of India
Rahul Kapoor, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Rahul Kapoor
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
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 Kapoor advises clients on strategic alliances, joint ventures, and corporate partnering transactions in the technology and life science industries including a focus on India-related matters. He also handles patent licensing, supply and distribution agreements, spinoffs and core technology licences.

Rahul 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 Fulbright Raj Karia
Norton Rose Fulbright
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/ M&A; equity capital markets; securities
Ankit Kashyap, Sidley Austin Ankit Kashyap
Sidley Austin
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; global finance; shareholder activism
Amit Kataria, Morrison & Foerster Amit Kataria
Morrison & Foerster
London, Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Srinivas Kaushik, Kirkland & Ellis Srinivas Kaushik
Kirkland & Ellis
New York
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Stephanie Keen, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee Stephanie Keen
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Sachin Kerur, Reed Smith Sachin Kerur
Reed Smith
Dubai, Abu Dhabi
Key practice areas: Construction; oil and gas; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Ryo Kotoura, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Ryo Kotoura
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 6775 1111
Email:
ryo.kotoura@amt-law.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; FDI into India
Ryo Kotoura is a partner and head of the India practice team at the Japanese law firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

He works primarily in the field of Japan-India related matters. With his experience working at an Indian law firm, he regularly advises on domestic clients setting up in India (establishment and operation of local subsidiaries, branch and liaison offices), joint ventures and acquisition of local companies, research of regulations and support for filings, support for conclusion of distributorship agreements and agency agreements, employment management, management of intellectual property rights, litigation, as well as on other legal issues that Japanese companies often face in India.

He has an abundance of experience in advising Japanese companies having disputes with companies in India by international arbitration in a third country.

Abhishek Krishnan, Goodwin Abhishek Krishnan
Goodwin
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Karthik Kumar, Jones Day Karthik Kumar
Jones Day
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate/M&A; FDI into/out of India
Ashok Lalwani, Baker McKenzie Ashok Lalwani
Baker McKenzie
Singapore
Tel: +65 6434 2684
Email:
ashok.lalwani@bakermckenzie.com
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate governance; corporate/M&A; equity and debt transactions
Ashok Lalwani is the head of the firm’s India practice and head of the international capital markets practice in the Asia Pacific. He has more than 25 years of experience in handling inbound and outbound India transactions for clients in various industries. He is one of the most respected senior practitioners across the region, with a strong standing among financial institution clients, India-headquartered corporations and MNCs active in India.

Ashok focuses his practice on public and private international securities offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including the representation of non-US based companies in transactions involving US federal securities laws. His practice also includes the representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings in the US and abroad.

Laurence Lieberman, Taylor Wessing Laurence Lieberman
Taylor Wessing
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; FDI out of India
I Bobby Majumder, Reed Smith I Bobby Majumder
Reed Smith
Dallas
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Smitha Menon, WongPartnership Smitha Menon
WongPartnership
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; restructuring and insolvency
Alan Montgomery, Herbert Smith Freehills Alan Montgomery
Herbert Smith Freehills
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; joint ventures and investments; pharmaceuticals and healthcare
Soumitro Mukerji, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee Soumitro Mukerji
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
Singapore
Key practice area: Banking & finance
James Mullock, Bird & Bird James Mullock
Bird & Bird
London
Key practice areas: Data privacy and technology; FDI out of India
Vikram Nair, Rajah & Tann Vikram Nair
Rajah & Tann
Singapore
Tel: +65 6232 0973
Email:
Vikram.nair@rajahtann.com
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation; construction and projects; international arbitration
Vikram Nair is qualified in Singapore and English law and has more than 15 years of experience in international arbitration (SIAC, ICC & ad hoc) and Singapore Supreme Court litigation (trial and appellate).

He is experienced in obtaining and resisting urgent interim relief applications, including injunctions, both in the Singapore courts and in emergency arbitrations. He is skilled in handling technical experts in contentious valuations of companies and assets.

He regularly advises on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes including shareholder and JV matters, commercial agreements, construction, employment, insolvency and tort.

He has advised clients in many sectors including banking, finance, oil & gas, manufacturing, mining, logistics, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, fast moving consumer goods and property development.

Vikram read law at Cambridge University and previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. He also serves as a Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC in Singapore.

His full profile may be found at: https://sg.rajahtannasia.com/vikram.nair.

Deepak Nambiar, Kelley Drye Deepak Nambiar
Kelley Drye
New York
Tel: +1 212 808 7982
Email:
dnambiar@kelleydrye.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Deepak Nambiar is a partner in Kelley Drye’s New York office and the chairman of the firm’s India practice group. His practice focuses on a wide range of complex corporate and commercial transactions.

As part of his corporate practice, Deepak has worked on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, where he has represented both buyers and sellers of stock as well as assets in transactions that account for billions of dollars. He has also represented prominent US and foreign corporations on complex technology and outsourcing transactions. He routinely advises clients on cross-border matters involving the US and India.

Gautam Narasimhan, Allen & Overy Gautam Narasimhan
Allen & Overy
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking and finance; private equity & venture capital
Nandan Nelivigi, White & Case Nandan Nelivigi
White & Case
New York City
Key practice areas: Projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Meraj Noor, DLA Piper Meraj Noor
DLA Piper
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; FDI into India
Chris Parsons, Herbert Smith Freehills Chris Parsons
Herbert Smith Freehills
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India
Ferish Patel, Cooley Ferish Patel
Cooley
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Rahul Patel, King & Spalding Rahul Patel
King & Spalding
Atlanta
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Shashwat Patel, Simmons & Simmons Shashwat Patel
Simmons & Simmons
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI out of India; private equity & venture capital
Jai S Pathak, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Jai S Pathak
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India
Dhruv Paul, Watson Farley & Williams Dhruv Paul
Watson Farley & Williams
Dubai
Key practice areas: Aviation; banking & finance; corporate/M&A
Nicholas Peacock, Herbert Smith Freehills Nicholas Peacock
Bird & Bird
London
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; dispute resolution; technology
Jonathan Pentzien, Gunderson Dettmer Jonathan Pentzien
Gunderson Dettmer
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Sherina Petit, Norton Rose Fulbright Sherina Petit
Norton Rose Fulbright
London
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Prakash Pillai, Clyde & Co Clasis Prakash Pillai
Clyde & Co Clasis
Singapore
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; international arbitration
Yash Rana, Goodwin Yash Rana
Goodwin
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Stuart Rubin, Ashurst Stuart Rubin
Ashurst
London
Key practice area: Capital markets
Dipen Sabharwal, White & Case Dipen Sabharwal
White & Case
London
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Kayal Sachi, Mayer Brown Kayal Sachi
Mayer Brown
Singapore
Key practice areas: Banking and finance; corporate M&A; projects, energy, infrastructure and resources
Tihir Sarkar, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Tihir Sarkar
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
London
Tel: +44 20 7614 2205
Email:
tsarkar@cgsh.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital
Tihir is a recognized expert acting for sovereign wealth funds and major multinationals with respect to their foreign direct investment into India. Tihir has particular expertise within the natural resources and the technology, media and communications sectors. He has a long history of working for clients in India and the wider Asia-Pacific area, with clients, including American Express, Coca-Cola and Arcelor Mittal regularly turning to him for advice.

Tihir’s expertise has been recognized by a number of leading publications and directories; Chambers UK and Legal 500 noted his corporate/M&A high-end capability, emerging markets and Asia-Pacific expertise, as well as India corporate/M&A and private equity work. He is an editor of Cleary Gottlieb’s widely read Emerging Markets Restructuring Journal. The Lawyer and Legal Business have previously identified him as one of their “Hot 100” and as a “Star of the Future” respectively.

Jinal Shah, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Jinal Shah
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; private equity & venture capital; projects, energy, infrastructure & resources
Kamal Shah, Stephenson Harwood Kamal Shah
Stephenson Harwood
London
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Daniel Sharma, DLA Piper Daniel Sharma
DLA Piper
Frankfurt
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; investigations
Sunil Sheth, Fladgate Sunil Sheth
Fladgate
London
Key practice areas: International corporate and tax structuring; investment funds; private equity & venture capital
Nish Shetty, Clifford Chance Nish Shetty
Clifford Chance
Singapore
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Amit Singh, Linklaters Amit Singh
Linklaters
Singapore
Key practice area: Capital markets
Kabir Singh, Clifford Chance Kabir Singh
Clifford Chance
Singapore
Key practice area: Dispute resolution
Parmjit Singh, Eversheds Sutherland Parmjit Singh
Eversheds Sutherland
London
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India
Ragi Singh, Gowling WLG Ragi Singh
Gowling WLG
Birmingham
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; FDI out of India
Parveet Singh Gandoak, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Parveet Singh Gandoak
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate; mergers and acquisitions; financial institutions
Sivanesan Sivagnanaratnam, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson Sivanesan Sivagnanaratnam
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Singapore
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; FDI into India; private equity & venture capital
Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan, Herbert Smith Freehills Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan
Herbert Smith Freehills
Singapore
Key practice areas: US securities; equity capital markets; debt capital markets
Jonathan Stone, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Jonathan Stone
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Hong Kong
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; capital markets
Michael Sturrock, Latham & Watkins Michael Sturrock
Latham & Watkins
Singapore
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A; India practice
Taeko Suzuki, Nishimura & Associates Taeko Suzuki
Nishimura & Asahi
Tokyo
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; dispute resolution
Divya Thakur, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Divya Thakur
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Singapore
Key practice areas: FDI into India; investment funds; private equity & venture capital
Ralph C Voltmer, Jr, Covington & Burling Ralph C Voltmer, Jr
Covington & Burling
Washington DC
Tel: +1 202 662 5479
Email:
rvoltmer@cov.com
Key practice areas: M&A; joint ventures; corporate & commercial; private equity & finance
Ralph Voltmer is chair of Covington’s India practice and a partner in the firm’s corporate group. Ralph has been active in India for over 20 years working with companies such as Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Piramal Enterprises, UPL, Mindtree, SpiceJet, the Tata Group, OmniActive Health Technologies, Sterlite Technologies, Balkrishna Industries and Jindal Steel. He advises clients on cross-border and US domestic transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and debt financings. Ralph is actively involved in the entrepreneur community in Bengaluru where Covington hosts quarterly workshops for entrepreneurs. He is a member of the board of directors of the US-India Business Council. His recent significant work includes:

  • Supported a venture capital arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Strategic Business Ventures, in leading a US$26 million series B investment (with an additional US$60 million committed) in skyTran, Inc, which is developing a futuristic personal rapid transit system using its patented MagLev technology.
  • Represented Piramal Enterprises in the US$490 million sale of a 20% interest in Piramal Pharma to CA Clover Intermediate II Investments, an affiliated entity of CAP V Mauritius, an investment fund managed and advised by affiliated entities of The Carlyle Group Inc; and the US$950 million sale of Decision Resources Group to Clarivate Analytics.
  • Represented Reliance Jio Infocomm in connection with a unique, long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society through the development of data centres in India by Jio from which it will offer next-generation cloud-based solutions, including compute, storage and productivity, using Microsoft’s Azure platform.
  • Advising Reliance Retail in connection with its ongoing investments in each of Kai OS and NetraDyne, Inc.
  • Representing Individual Learning in connection with its acquisition of Vida Systems, Inc.

Ralph received his law degree from Georgetown University. He has a Master’s degree from the University of California, Riverside and obtained his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College.

Nilufer von Biskmarck, Slaughter and May Nilufer von Bismarck [Since retired]
Slaughter and May
London
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate/M&A
Pallavi Wahi, K&L Gates Pallavi Wahi
K&L Gates
Seattle
Tel: +1 206 370 6648
Email:
pallavi.wahi@klgates.com
Key practice areas: Complex commercial litigation and disputes; IP litigation; technology
Pallavi Wahi serves as co-managing partner of the US (covering 24 offices) at K&L Gates. 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 has been named to the International A-List by India Business Law Journal in 2019 and 2020 as well. She also has been selected to the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s Most Trusted Corporate Lawyers list. Pallavi is also ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the “Litigation: General commercial” category in Washington state; again selected for inclusion in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Power 100” spotlighting the 100 most influential business leaders in the Puget Sound area; named to the Washington Super Lawyers list; named to the “IP Stars” list in the US and Washington categories; and included in Acritas Stars, a large database of client-nominated, stand-out lawyers in private practice. Lawyers of Color named Pallavi to their fifth annual “Power List”, which recognizes the most influential minority attorneys and allies in the nation. Previously, Pallavi has been 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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