India Business Law Journal turned to in-house counsel and other legal professionals to help identify the leading law firms of 2014 in a wide range of practice areas. Rebecca Abraham reports
The year gone by was an interesting one for law firms across India. The buildup to the general elections in June saw India Inc holding its breath in anticipation of an end to the policy paralysis that had come to characterize the previous government. With a new government in place companies began relooking at plans for fresh investments and projects. Lawyers in turn rushed to be first off the block in providing advice.
Yet as Amit Chandra, the managing director of Bain Capital Advisors, says: “Law in India is a very tricky business, given immense ambiguities and process delays. It is critical to have a legal advisor who is extremely practical and multi-disciplinary, with a good geographical spread of capabilities.”
It is against this backdrop that we present India Business Law Journal’s 2014 Indian Law Firm Awards. We identify one law firm of the year; six best overall law firms; six winners of equal standing in 19 practice areas; and highlight three best new firms.