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A-List Lawyers

Based on the collective views of in-house counsel in India and around the world, as well as India-focused partners at international law firms, the following are India’s top 100 lawyers in 2017.

Lawyers are listed alphabetically. Biographies and contact details, where provided, are written by the lawyers themselves and have not been independently verified. The A-List does not include senior counsel.

Click here to read the editorial report that accompanies the A-List.

The A-List is based on extensive research conducted by India Business Law Journal (see the methodology).

The A-List is based on extensive research conducted by India Business Law Journal. For this we turned to thousands of in-house counsel in India and around the world, as well as India-focused partners at international law firms, and asked them to nominate private-practice lawyers for this list of India’s top 100 lawyers.

The A-List is restricted to lawyers associated with law firms and does not include independent counsel/senior counsel.

Nominations were received from professionals at a wide range of Indian and international companies, law firms and other organizations, including: Accenture, Aditya Birla, Adobe Systems, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, APM Terminals, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bharti Airtel, Canadian Solar, Cipla, Deutsche Bank, Go Airlines, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, Mapletree Investments, McDonald’s, Mylan, Qualcomm, RPG Enterprises, Sealed Air, State Bank of India, Texas Aviation Group, Veolia, Wells Fargo and Xerox.

The final list reflects the nominations received combined with India Business Law Journal editorial team’s more than 30 years of collective experience in documenting and analysing India’s legal market.

All Indian private-practice lawyers were automatically eligible for inclusion in the nominations process, and as always, there were no fees or any other requirements for entry.

The names and photographs of all 100 A-list lawyers are published on the list that follows. In addition, each A-list lawyer was given the opportunity to include their biography and contact details, for which a publishing fee was charged. It is important to note that while the compilation of the A-list was based solely on independent editorial research, the biographies and contact details that appear alongside many of the listings have been written by the participating lawyers and the content has not been independently verified by India Business Law Journal.

hiroo-advani Hiroo Advani
Advani & Co
Mumbai 

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution

mahesh-agarwal Mahesh Agarwal
Agarwal Law Associates
New Delhi
 
Key practice areas: Litigation and arbitration, telecom and energy disputes, and corporate criminal

ashish-ahuja Ashish Ahuja
Wadia Ghandy & Co
Mumbai

 
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, banking & finance, and infrastructure

ruby-singh-ahuja Ruby Singh Ahuja
Karanjawala & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4358 8888
Email: rubysingh.ahuja@karanjawala.in
 
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation, arbitration law, insolvency & bankruptcy law, and competition law
A partner at Karanjawala & Co and advocate on record at the Supreme Court of India, Ruby Singh Ahuja is a leading dispute resolution lawyer. She supervises commercial litigation at the firm and has over two decades of experience as an advocate and as an advocate-on-record at the Supreme Court of India.

Singh Ahuja has successfully represented large conglomerates in high value commercial disputes across all judicial and regulatory forums. She advises multi-national and leading Indian companies on litigation strategy. Her long experience is documented in several reported Supreme Court judgments, which record her participation in landmark proceedings. She is also experienced in conducting representations in various arbitration proceedings.

Singh Ahuja is among the few legal practitioners with comprehensive expertise and specialized knowledge in commercial dispute resolution. Singh Ahuja has been regularly ranked as a band two lawyer by Chambers and Partners Asia for her outstanding services. Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2017 names her a leading lawyer.

pravin-anand Pravin Anand
Anand and Anand
Noida
Tel: +91 120 405 9300
Email: pravin@anandandanand.com
Key practice areas: Intellectual property litigation (patents, trademarks and copyrights); life sciences; information technology and telecom law; and sports law
Pravin Anand is the managing partner of Anand and Anand. He has been a counsel in several landmark IP cases including the first Anton Piller order (HMV cases); the first Mareva injunction order (Philips case); the first Norwich Pharmacal order (Hollywood Cigarettes case); the first order under the Hague Convention (Astra Zeneca case); and the moral rights of artists (Amarnath Sehgal case). In recognition of his pro-bono work for rural innovators at the grass roots level he was awarded the National Innovation Foundation Award by the government of India. He has been involved in several significant cases for pharma clients such as Novartis, Pfizer and Roche. He was a president of FICPI India, AIPPI’s Indian National Group, APPA India and the Asia Euro Forum.

Anand is a co-author of the two volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of India, volumes 20 (1) and (2) on intellectual property. He is the author of the India chapter in Copyright Throughout the World – WEST (Thomson Reuters). He is on the editorial board of several international IP journals, many leading journals on IP jurisprudence and international legal magazines. As a thought leader Anand speaks extensively at various forums including WIPO, AIPPI, INTA, LES, IBA, LAW ASIA and the UN Conference.

The prominent awards and accolades accorded to Anand include: IAM 300 – World’s leading IP strategists; Best of the Best 2016 – Top 30 Patents Practitioners in the world; AIPPI Award of Merit – he was the first Indian legal practitioner to receive this award; Most Innovative Lawyer – Asia Pacific (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2015); Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars-Patents, 2016 & 2017; Who’s Who Legal – Featured lawyer, patents 2015 & 2016; IAM Patents1000 – Gold band recommended lawyer 2015 & 2016; WTR 1000 – Gold band recommended lawyer, enforcement and litigation (2015 & 2016); Chambers and Partners – Highly recommended leading lawyer in intellectual property (2015, 2016 & 2017).

sanjay-asher Sanjay Asher
Crawford Bayley & Company
Mumbai
Tel: + 91 22 2266 3353
Email: Sanjay.Asher@crawfordbayley.com
Key practice areas: M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets
Sanjay Asher is presently a senior partner with Crawford Bayley & Co, which is India’s oldest law firm, established in 1830.

Asher 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 1989, and was admitted as a solicitor in the year 1993. He is also a qualified chartered accountant and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

He specialises in the fields of M&A, cross border M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets, and advises large, medium and small business enterprises on these subjects.

He serves as an independent director of various public and private companies. He has been a noted speaker at various seminars and conferences including those organised by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Chartered Secretaries of India, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, International Financial Law Review.

He has authored several publications published in national and international publications, including authored a book on Companies Act, 2013 which was published by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer publication.

ajay-bahl Ajay Bahl
AZB & Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: M&A, direct tax advisory, tax and non-tax litigation, and forensics

sandip-bhagat Sandip Bhagat
S&R Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets, M&A, regulatory (including SEBI and other regulatory investigations), and corporate governance

alka-bharucha Alka Bharucha
Bharucha & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, banking & finance, and general corporate

mp-bharucha MP Bharucha
Bharucha & Partners
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 2289 9300
Email: mp.bharucha@bharucha.in
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation & arbitration (domestic and international), joint venture related disputes, construction contract related disputes; and telecom disputes
Marezban Bharucha is the senior partner of Bharucha & Partners which he co-founded in 2008. His practice is multi-faceted, primarily focused on corporate and commercial disputes. Throughout his career, Bharucha has straddled practice areas ranging from litigation, dispute resolution and advisory.

Bharucha’s dispute resolution practice includes complex commercial litigation and arbitration (both domestic and international) and covers a wide range of matters including joint venture disputes, construction disputes, hostile takeovers, etc. With over 40 years of continuing practice, Bharucha has been recognized as a leading litigator in various publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and RSG Consulting. He is also engaged as an expert on Indian law.

Bharucha graduated from the University of Bombay. He is a solicitor of the Bombay High Court, England & Wales and Hong Kong. He is the vice president of Bombay Incorporated Law Society and an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India.

lalit-bhasin Lalit Bhasin
Bhasin & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Labour and employment, aviation, corporate law, and dispute resolution

ravi-bhola Ravi Bhola
K&S Partners
Bangalore
Key practice areas: Intellectual property rights: filing and prosecution, patents contentious, life sciences, transactional, and strategy

percival-percy-billimoria Percy Billimoria
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 6622 9000
Email: percy.billimoria@cyrilshroff.com
Key practice areas: Litigation, competition law, and direct tax
Percival (Percy) Billimoria heads the New Delhi office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and is the national chair of the firm’s disputes, regulatory, advocacy and policy practice. Previously, as the senior partner at AZB & Partners, he chaired its litigation practice from New Delhi.

Billimoria specializes in advocacy and appears in all forums representing clients on adversarial matters pertaining to commercial trans-national matters such as contracts, joint venture & project finance matters, oil and gas, power and infrastructure contracts, anti-trust, and white collar crime issues.

Billimoria, who is also a chartered accountant by qualification, regularly appears before the Competition Appellate Tribunal, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, the Company Law Board, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal and various arbitral panels. He is known for this extensive experience in adversarial matters concerning international companies and investors doing business in India.

Billimoria is listed in the Who’s Who of Lawyers for his work in litigation and also for antitrust.

Chambers and Partners (2016) states that clients report that he “inspires confidence when arguing a matter”, owing to his extensive preparation and strategic insight. Chambers and Partners (2014) commended Billimoria with quotes from clients who said: “He is an articulate and excellent counsel with sound understanding of litigation strategies and commercial issues”. Chambers and Partners (2015) said “he receives high praise from clients, who describe him as a “very experienced litigation lawyer” and highlights his “impressive capability for quickly grasping the content of the matter.” Further, Chambers and Partners has commended Percy for his “direct and pragmatic style which inspires confidence in clients” and as a “mature and respected lawyer”. They have also singled him out for his skills in litigation as a leading individual in India.

Asian-MENA Counsel has named him External Counsel of the Year in 2013 for his “industry, knowledge and commercial approach”. Previously, Billimoria has been recognized by Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2011-2012) as one of the leading individuals in India and by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 as a “fine lawyer” and a leading individual who comes “highly recommended”.

Karan Chandhiok Karan Chandhiok
Chandhiok & Associates
New Delhi
Tel: 91 11 4163 0033
Email: karan.chandhiok@chandhiok.com
Key practice areas: Antitrust, dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), aviation, and environmental
Karan Singh Chandhiok heads the dispute resolution and competition law practice at Chandhiok & Associates. 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, Chandhiok regularly represents clients before the National Green Tribunal and other courts on environmental regulations.

Chandhiok has been recognized by Chambers and Partners; Who’s Who Legal; the International Financial Law Review; and the Global Competition Review as a leading lawyer in India. Asialaw Leading Lawyers describes Karan as a “market leading lawyer” for dispute resolution and competition law. Chambers 2017 recommends Karan 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 out with creative solutions that are not always obvious to others.” Who’s Who Legal recommends him for his “outstanding work” and for his “ability to stay very focused on what matters to the client”.

Chandhiok has acted for various corporations in the information technology, information technology enabled services, banking and finance, glass, steel, cement, tyres, automotive components, liquor, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare, bio-technology, pharma, retail, transport, infrastructure and media sectors.

Chandhiok is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN). In 2011, as part of the Law Firm Working Group, he advised the Competition Commission of India on the draft 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 & Wales.

Manjula-Chawla Manjula Chawla
Phoenix Legal
New Delhi
Tel: + 91 11 4983 0000
Email: manjula.chawla@phoenixlegal.in
Key practice areas: Strategic corporate investments, corporate finance & restructuring, M&A, and joint ventures
Manjula Chawla is a founding partner of Phoenix Legal. Chawla’s practice concentrates on the areas of strategic corporate investments, corporate finance and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate and commercial matters.

Chawla is one of a handful of legal professionals who chose to become a corporate lawyer and advise on cross-border transactions soon after the Indian economy was liberalized in 1991. Since then, she has assisted many multinational corporations (include Fortune 500 companies) establish their presence in India across a variety of sectors including automotive, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharma, information technology, oil and gas, power and telecommunications. She has structured, negotiated and drafted a wide range of business transactions for foreign investors over the years.

She continues to advise her clients on a variety of issues they face in India involving anti-corruption laws, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control laws, data privacy and protection, outsourcing, intellectual property protection, labour and employment and real estate. She has also handled litigation and arbitration matters arising out of commercial contracts on behalf of her international clients.

Her client commitment and consistent delivery of high quality services have been recognised by her clients and peers. She was awarded the National Law Day Award in 2000 for “excellence in corporate law and for her unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India”.

She is consistently recommended as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A by Chambers and Partners’ Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She featured in 100 Legal Luminaries of India, LexisNexis, which portrays some of the most illustrious legal minds in India. She was recently named one of India’s most trusted corporate lawyers in an Indian Corporate Counsel Association publication.

Over her 25 year career, she has mentored young talent, many of whom have gone on to become successful corporate lawyers. She has been a role model for many women lawyers and has fostered an environment that supports women in achieving their desired goals in the firm.

akshay-chudasama Akshay Chudasama
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Mumbai
Tel: + 91 98210 38898
Email: akshay.chudasama@AMSShardul.com
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, general corporate commercial and real estate
Akshay Chudasama has advised on various marquee transactions including one of the largest private equity acquisitions of strategic stake, which was in PRL Developers by Warburg Pincus. Other private equity deals he has advised on include Blackstone’s acquisition of a stake in commercial/office space real estate portfolio of the K Raheja Corp Group, India; an American insurance company which invested US$75 million to acquire an additional 23% equity stake from the Indian partner in its joint venture; Sumitomo Chemical’s US$930 million purchase of a 44.98% stake in Excel Crop Care from the promoters and certain public shareholders; the acquisition of nine project companies of the Gammon Group by BIF India Holdings, for a combined value of US$850 million.

Chudasama has also been recognized as an Outstanding Lawyer by Asialaw Profiles 2017. He has been rated as a leading lawyer by IFLR. He has been described as “cross border M&A specialist” & “a highly recommended corporate lawyer” in Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016, 2017 and has consistently been listed as “recommended” and “leading individual” in corporate, M&A, real estate, telecom, media and IT category by Asia Pacific Legal 500, PLC’s Which Lawyer?, Merger & Acquisition Guide and Chambers and Partners. Chambers and Partners states that, clients praised “smart and efficient” Akshay Chudasama as a “fantastic deal maker – he understands the real estate funds sector and anticipates the issues a foreign investors will face”. The guide further states that “Akshay offers high quality and is responsive on transactions”. Others enthused: “He thinks quickly when there is a deadlock and is able to structure a creative solution to make a transaction move forward.” He has ‘won client recommendations for his legal and business acumen, as well as his great empathy and friendliness’. He has also been ‘recommended for his expertise in the media sector, particularly involving M&A and joint venture agreements.’

gaurav-dani Gaurav Dani
IndusLaw
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4782 1000
Email: gaurav.dani@induslaw.com
Key practice areas: Private equity & venture capital, M&A, corporate advisory, and capital markets & international offerings
Gaurav Dani is a US (New York) and India qualified lawyer based at IndusLaw’s New Delhi office. He is a founding and senior partner of the firm. He represents public and private companies, private equity funds and venture capital investors in the technology, media including digital media, telecommunications, real estate biotechnology, healthcare, consumer products and other industries. He has led some of the largest private equity investments in the e-commerce industry in India. He has previously worked with the India team at White & Case and at other prominent Indian law firms.

Dani has been consistently recommended for banking and finance and capital markets by the Legal 500 and in India Business Law Journal’s “A-List” of top 100 lawyers in India.

He has recently been endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR1000 (2018 edition) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s latest publication ‘The Vanguards’.

bomi-daruwala Bomi Daruwala
Vaish Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, general corporate, and taxation

Karam-Daulet-Singh Karam Daulet-Singh
Platinum Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate and regulatory

Rukshad Davar Rukshad Davar
Majmudar & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, competition, corporate & commercial, and tax

anand-desai Anand Desai
DSK Legal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, M&A, media & entertainment, and restructuring and insolvency

nishith-desai Nishith Desai
Nishith Desai Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Tax, corporate law, intellectual property, and employment law
vishwang-desai Vishwang Desai
Desai & Diwanji
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 3984 1000
Email: vydesai@desaidiwanji.com
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, infrastructure, and project finance
Vishwang Desai is the managing partner of Desai & Diwanji, one of the largest and oldest law firms in India. He practices corporate and finance law and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, buy-outs, spin-offs, de-mergers, divestitures, project and structured finance, cross-border transactions, FDI, corporate governance, competition and regulatory issues.

Desai has been involved in complex restructurings and buy-outs of large public and private corporations. He has represented governments, government corporations, large public and private corporations, global private equity and hedge funds, lenders, multilateral agencies in large and complex transactions in a variety of sectors. He has been nominated as a leading lawyer by numerous global publications and has been consistently awarded numerous awards including “lawyer of the year” awards by various organizations.

Vinod Dhall Vinod Dhall
Vinod Dhall and tt&a
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Competition law
alok-dhir Alok Dhir
Dhir & Dhir Associates
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4241 0000
Email: contact@dhirassociates.com
Key practice areas: Restructuring & insolvency, corporate & commercial, dispute resolution, and M&A
Alok Dhir is the founder and managing partner of Dhir & Dhir Associates, a leading full service law firm in India. He is a qualified chartered accountant and lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in corporate commercial and civil law with a special focus on corporate and financial restructuring, insolvency laws, takeovers, M&A, banking law, real estate, PE transactions, turning around financially stressed entities in the country and issues related to asset reconstruction and securitization.

Dhir is a veteran of advising corporate entities in distress and formulating plans for their revival. He is one of the first few insolvency professionals registered under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016.

He founded IRR Insolvency Professionals – the first insolvency professional entity licensed by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). He has also promoted Alchemist Asset Reconstruction Company, one of the first private sector asset reconstruction companies licensed by the Reserve Bank of India.

Dhir has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency in India by most credited rankings for legal and financial services globally. He is on several committees and working groups including an IBBI working group constituted to strategize the implementation of the IBC and drafting rules and regulation for corporate guarantors and individuals; Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs panel of experts for corporate rescue and asset reconstruction; ICSI Insolvency Professionals Agency grievance redressal committee; NCLT rules formulating committee; CII national committee on dispute resolution; and FICCI’s core group on insolvency laws.

Apurva-Diwanji Apurva Diwanji
Desai & Diwanji
Mumbai
Key practice areas: General corporate, M&A, private equity, and litigation
cr-dua CR Dua
Dua Associates
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 2371 4408
Email:  ranji@duaassociates.com
Key practice areas: Corporate and commercial law; corporate finance; ethics & governance and inbound investment laws
Having founded Dua Associates thirty years ago, CR Dua is currently the chairman of the firm, which has eight offices across India. His responsibilities include providing strategic advice and direction to the more than 250 professionals of the firm for its further growth and development, including providing long term vision. He engages with the partners of the firm, its executive committee and sub-committees towards ensuring that the firm continues to retain its recognized leadership position with its diverse client base, which includes individuals, privately-owned businesses, public-sector enterprises and publicly-listed companies as well as many multinational organisations and readily recognisable brand names from the US, Europe, Japan and the ASEAN.

A key task of Dua is in continuing to build and strengthen the firm’s domestic and international network of alliances with professionally recognised bodies, in keeping with well-established practices in the fields of law, policy formulation and public affairs.

Dua’s experience and expertise encompasses a broad range of practice areas including corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, securities law, infrastructure, public policy and administration, governance and ethics, land acquisition, power projects, foreign investments and collaborations, disinvestments and privatization of public sector undertakings, mergers and acquisitions and exchange control regulations.

Dua sits on the boards of Indian companies, both listed and private, including Indian subsidiaries of many major multinational corporations primarily representing the interests of foreign collaborators and investors. He is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in India and an invitee to its national executive board. He sits on the National Executive Board of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and on the India Advisory Board of BNP Paribas. Dua is also a member of the executive committee of the International Lawn Tennis Club of India.

An honours graduate of St Stephen’s College, Dua also holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He lives in New Delhi with his wife Amrita and daughter Shreya.

Krishnava Dutt Krishnava Dutt
Argus Partners
Mumbai
Tel: +91 91676 33341
Email: krishnava.dutt@argus-p.com
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, banking & finance, and commercial disputes
Krishnava Dutt’s experience encompasses the entire repertoire of corporate commercial practice including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking and finance and commercial disputes.

Dutt has closely worked with several large corporate groups, investors, private equity funds and renowned banks and financial institutions. He has also worked closely with the government at the centre and state levels in India while advising on several transactions including disinvestments of public sector undertakings and framing of policies. Clients have deeply appreciated his strong financial, accounting and business acumen, which helps in providing a well-rounded commercially prudent legal advice to clients.

Dutt has been identified by India Business Law Journal as one of India’s top 100 lawyers and is mentioned amongst the India A-List lawyers of 2017. Describing him as “a sharp, distinctive individual who has made the most of the booming Indian infrastructure market” RSG Consulting (London) has identified Krishnava as being amongst the leading second generation of Indian corporate lawyers. Chambers and Partners has identified Krishnava as a leading lawyer in India.

Dutt serves as an independent director on the board of directors and committees (including as audit committee chairman) of several internationally reputed listed companies. Dutt started his legal career at Calcutta High Court. After a short stint at the high court, he joined ICICI Bank in Mumbai where he gained several years of experience in handling transactions involving stressed assets and the international banking sector. He joined Amarchand Mangaldas in 2005 and was made partner in 2007. He left Amarchand Mangaldas in June 2009.

Dutt is currently the managing partner of Argus Partners.

Sujit Ghosh Sujit Ghosh
Advaita Legal
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 3323 2701
Email: sujitghosh@advaitalegal.com
Key practice areas: Indirect tax litigation, and GST/GCC-VAT advisory & implementation
Sujit Ghosh is a partner and national head of Advaita Legal, which he set up in 2013. An alumni of the National Law School, Bangalore, Ghosh has over 23 years of experience in tax laws and is considered a pioneer in this area. Ghosh is a founding partner of BMR Advisors, which was set up in 2004.

Ghosh has been ranked as an Indirect Tax Leader and as a Tax Controversy Leader by the International Tax Review, consecutively for the past four years, by Chambers and Partners and by Legal 500. Ghosh has received numerous domestic awards, including those from the Indian National Bar Association and Legal Era.

An arguing counsel in taxation, Ghosh has represented several multinational companies before different judicial fora across the country. Ghosh has also assisted companies transition to new tax regimes, including to VAT (2004-2005) and the current GST regime in India, and the VAT regime in the Gulf region.

tarun-gulati Tarun Gulati
PDS Legal
New Delhi
Tel: 91 81306 16161
Email: tarun.gulati@pdslegal.com
Key practice areas: Tax law & economic offences, dispute resolution, competition & regulatory laws, and trade laws
Tarun Gulati has over 23 years of experience in representing and advising clients on various tax, regulatory and commercial laws. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a lawyer. He specializes in a wide variety of tax, regulatory, trade and commercial laws and litigates at various levels of the judicial hierarchy right up to the Supreme Court of India. He is known as an arguing counsel before the Supreme Court, high courts and tribunals and many cases represented by him are cited as precedents in India. Given his dual expertise in finance and law and ability to act as counsel, he is the preferred choice for commercial maters of many Indian and multinational corporate clients.

Gulati has been consistently mentioned in India Business Law Journal for his expertise in tax matters and was recently awarded the Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year by International Tax Review.

prashant-gupta Prashant Gupta
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: 91 97176 22292
Email: Prashant.gupta@amsshardul.com
Key practice areas: Corporate law and capital markets
Prashant Gupta is a partner and national practice head for capital markets in the firm. He represents both issuers and underwriters in various equity and debt capital raising transactions, including, rights issues and QIP offerings, buy-backs, capital restructurings and pre-IPO private placements.

Gupta has advised on capital markets transactions that have raised over US$35 billion globally including the largest Indian IPO (Coal India) and largest bond offering by an Indian group (Vedanta Resources). Several of his deals have been selected as “Deals of the Year” (Asia) by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) and Asian-MENA Counsel. He has also acted on various significant international transactions by India-focused companies, including IPOs in the US (NASDAQ/NYSE) by MakeMyTrip, Amira Nature Foods, Eros International, Videocon d2h and Azure Power Global.

Gupta 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 Infratel, CL Educate, Coal India, DEN Networks, DLF Limited, Dr Lal Pathlabs, Eris Lifesciences, Eros International, Federal Bank, HPCL-Mittal Energy, IDFC, InterGlobe Aviation, Jubilant Foodworks, MakeMyTrip, ONGC, PC Jeweller, Power Grid Corporation, PNB Housing Finance, S Chand & Co, Network18/TV18, Vedanta, Videocon d2h, and Yes Bank.

Gupta has been highly recommended as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in India by several publications including Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global (as Band 1), IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. He has been selected as one of the top 100 private practise lawyers in India by India Business Law Journal for two years running, 2016 and 2017. Gupta was also accorded the Partner of the Year award at the IDEX Legal Awards in 2015, and was nominated as the Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year in 2014 at The Asian Lawyer Awards.

Market sources report: “He is our go-to guy for India work … he oversees and handles the majority of the work” and is “a brilliant lawyer in the complex products space, one of the best for capital markets.” Chambers and Partners 2017

rajesh-narain-gupta Rajesh Narain Gupta
SNG & Partners
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 4028 5151
Email: rng@sngpartners.in
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, private client practice, real estate, and regulatory
Rajesh Narain Gupta has been enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of India since 1988. He has vast experience in corporate and transactional matters and also litigation. He is the managing partner of a full service law firm SNG & Partners that has a presence in Mumbai, New Delhi, Singapore and Qatar.

Gupta’s area of specialization includes banking and finance, commercial laws, real estate, litigation and private client practice. He is an advisor to a number of foreign and Indian banks, financial institutions, corporate and industrial houses and real estate players.

Gupta has done pioneering work in India in the area of succession and estate planning. He advises large business families on matters connected with their business, investments, dis-investments, and business succession, which among other things requires the handling of complex inter-generational issues.

Closely connected with the banking industry, Gupta has been involved for over two and half decades in negotiating and drafting, lending and security documentation for banks and non-banking financial companies.

Gupta has assisted well known multinational banks from various jurisdictions to set up their offices and branches in India and to commence their operations. This has included advising and helping them with regulatory approvals, putting legal process in place, standardization of security documents, and advice on creation of securities.

Gupta was a special invitee of the Indian Bankers Association and the Reserve Bank of India in connection with the amendment of Banking Regulation Act 1949. He recently advised National e-Governance Services, a government entity, in connection with the setting up of an information utility under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He sits on the boards of a few important companies as an independent director, and on several advisory boards.

Gupta has authored books, contributed to legal research papers, and been a speaker at various forums in India and abroad on matters of legal significance. He recently revised the 27th edition of M L Tannan: Banking Law and Practice in India and released in June 2017 and also the 25th edition of M L Tannan: Banker’s Manual: A commentary on Banking Laws and Allied Acts. Both are published by LexisNexis.

h-jayesh Jayesh H
Juris Corp
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6720 5555
Email: jayesh.h@jclex.com
Key practice areas: Insolvency & bankruptcy code, financial services, M&A, and private equity
Jayesh H is a co-founder of Juris Corp, which was set up in 2000 with the objective of becoming the preferred law firm for a select clientele. Under his stewardship the firm grew manifold and has become a quality name. Jayesh is a law graduate of the Government Law College, Mumbai. He is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and is also a solicitor enrolled with the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. He is a chartered financial analyst as well as a diploma holder in business finance.

As a Chevening Scholar, Jayesh gained experience in English and European Community laws and regulations by undergoing training at the College of Law in York and working briefly with a London based firm of solicitors in their corporate finance department. Jayesh has extensive transactional experience in inbound and outbound foreign investment, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, acquisition financing, leveraged buy-outs, sponsor financing, restructuring, etc. He is the pre-eminent practitioner in India for structured finance and bankruptcy and restructuring and is amongst the leading practitioners in India in the areas of capital markets, corporate banking, dispute resolution, M & A, private equity and joint ventures.

He has addressed various topics at panel discussions on current legal and regulatory topics at various seminars and conferences held in India and offshore sponsored by American Bar Association, Asia Pacific Loan Market Association, International Pacific Bar Association, International Financial Law Review, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, New York State Bar Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, World Islamic Banking Conferences to name a few. Jayesh has conducted trainings and workshops organized by the APLMA in India, which includes training on lending documentation by financial institutions. He is often invited by and regularly contributes to institutions such as APLMA, ISDA, FIMMDA, FAI and also to MOF and the RBI by conducting workshops, making presentations and otherwise recommending changes to the laws affecting the financial reforms.

nusrat-hassan Nusrat Hassan
Link Legal India Law Services
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6633 6791
Email: nusrat@linklegal.in
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, general corporate & commercial, M&A, and joint ventures
Nusrat Hassan is the co-managing partner of Link Legal India Law Services. He co-founded DH Law Associates, a full-service pan-India law firm headquartered in Mumbai, India, in 1997. DH Law Associates and Link Legal India Law Services merged with effect from 1 January 2017.

Hassan’s legal practice focuses on international transactions and dispute resolution for marquee international and Indian business clients. He is a qualified solicitor (non-active) affiliated to the Law Society of England and Wales and a Chevening Scholar, having been educated in the UK and India. His articles are published in various international journals which includes contributions to Kluwer Law International (Arbitration and Litigation), Juris Publishing (The Internet Law and Regime: India Chapter) and Thomson Reuters (Global Agricultural Law: India Chapter).

Hassan has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the practice area of dispute resolution, and is a recommended lawyer for corporate and M&A, TMT and labour and employment by Legal 500.

akil-hirani Akil Hirani
Majmudar & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, funds, banking & finance, and corporate & commercial
akshay-jaitly Akshay Jaitly
Trilegal
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Energy and infrastructure
rabindra-jhunjhunwala Rabindra Jhunjhunwala
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, M&A, and private equity
abhijit-joshi Abhijit Joshi
Veritas Legal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, and private clients
ashwin-julka Ashwin Julka
Remfry & Sagar
Gurgaon
Key practice areas: Trademarks and patents
sumeet-kachwaha Sumeet Kachwaha
Kachwaha & Partners
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4166 1333
Email: skachwaha@kaplegal.com
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; infrastructure projects; joint ventures; and technology transfer
Sumeet Kachwaha is the founding partner of Kachwaha & Partners, a leading dispute resolution and arbitration practice. He has handled many landmark and high-stake matters (including a large number of cross-border disputes).

Kachwaha has been appointed sole arbitrator by the Delhi High Court in several arbitrations. He has also served as amicus curiae to Delhi High Court in two matters and has been an expert witness on Indian law in the courts of England and Singapore.

Kachwaha has been ranked in band one for arbitration in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific since 2009. He also figures as a “leading individual” in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific in dispute resolution. He features in Who’s Who Legal in five sections: arbitration, asset recovery, construction, government contracts and procurement.

Kachwaha is currently vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group and part of the six-member advisory board of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration. He served for three years as the chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the Inter Pacific Bar Association.

amit-kapur Amit Kapur
J Sagar Associates
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Regulatory & policy, dispute resolution, and infrastructure projects
rn-karanjawala RN Karanjawala
Karanjawala & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4358 8888
Email: raian@raian.in
Key practice areas: Litigation, and dispute resolution
RN Karanjawala is the educational byproduct of St Columbus School, Delhi, and was conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the Sri Ram College of Commerce where he was also president of the college union. He studied at the Government Law College in Bombay before setting up Karanjawala & Co along with Manik Karanjawala in 1983.

Karanjawala has authored the India chapter for The Litigation Review, an annual guide to developments in dispute resolution in the most significant jurisdictions worldwide, that is designed to help counsel and private practitioners navigate the complexities of foreign or transnational disputes.

Karanjawala was conferred with a Doctor of Laws degree by Amity University in 2014. He is an experienced practitioner in the field of dispute resolution and has served a wide variety of clients from ordinary litigants to royal families, politicians, corporate houses and the largest media companies.

suneeth-katarki Suneeth Katarki
IndusLaw
Bangalore
Tel: +91 80 4072 6600
Email: suneeth.katarki@induslaw.com
Key practice areas: Private equity & venture capital, M&A, corporate advisory; and intellectual property rights
Suneeth Katarki is a founding and senior partner of IndusLaw. His areas of expertise include cross-border M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.

Katarki also advises clients on intricate intellectual property issues in corporate transactions as well as for commercialization of their intellectual property rights.

Katarki has received many accolades over the years including being consistently listed as a band one lawyer for corporate/M&A and a band two lawyer for private equity by Chambers & Partners Asia Guide and in India Business Law Journal’s A-list of top 100 lawyers in India. He has also been consistently recognized as “one of the leading lawyers of India” by Asialaw Profiles.

Most recently Katarki was endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR1000 (2018 edition) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s latest publication The Vanguards.

nisha-kaur-uberoi Nisha Kaur Uberoi
Trilegal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Competition law, cartels, abuse of dominance, and merger control
haigreve-khaitan Haigreve Khaitan
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, M&A, PE, and project finance
rohit-kochhar Rohit Kochhar
Kochhar & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: M&A, general corporate, labour & employment, and white collar crime
naina-krishna-murthy Naina Krishna Murthy
Krishnamurthy & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate commercial law: M&A, joint ventures, collaborations, and PE/VC investments
ravi-kulkarni Ravi Kulkarni
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Competition, corporate & commercial, capital markets, and M&A
manoj-kulkarni Manoj Kumar
Hammurabi & Solomon
Mumbai
Tel: +91 11 4155 1825
Email: manoj.kumar@hammurabisolomon.com
Key practice areas: Corporate restructuring & M&A; policy & regulation; cross border transactions; and strategy & IPR acquisitions
Manoj Kumar has significant experience related to FDI, cross-border transactions, negotiations, structuring, re-structuring and advising on international agreements, policy and regulation.

Apart from being a well-known philanthropist and an alumnus of prestigious world class institutions such as the Harvard Business School and the National Law School of India, Kumar is known for his innovative and out-of-the-box strategies in dealing with critical and complex matters. This involves matters in corporate M&A, policy and regulation, strategy, IPR acquisition and patent prosecution in India. Kumar is a leading practitioner in his practice domain and is among India’s highly recommended lawyers.

Apart from being one of the 100 Legal Luminaries of India, published by LexisNexis in 2016, Kumar is also a recipient of the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman that was awarded at a function at the House of Lords in London recently. While his work has been recognized and rewarded in India and globally, his firm was recognized for its policy and regulation practice for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015) by India Business Law Journal. Kumar is also a distinguished author, independent director, strategist, columnist, thought leader, and a guest faculty member at top-of-the-line law schools. He is also on the faculty of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

The Government of India, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Observer Research Foundation etc continue to seek out Kumar for his counsel on several matters. He has also contributed to the development of notable policies such as the National Mining Policy, Doing Business in India, Making India a hub for International Arbitration, establishment of Fast Track Commercial Courts in India, regulation of media in India, the Land Acquisition Bill and with regards to the opening up of the legal services sector in India.

Kumar continues to provide legal support for the implementation of United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the UN’s Sustainable Goals in India. In addition he is a patron of Doctors For You, a humanitarian organization that provides medical care during disasters and natural calamities, and prevents neonatal deaths in rural and tribal areas.

Manan Lahoty Manan Lahoty
Luthra & Luthra
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets
v-lakshmikumaran V Lakshmikumaran
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Tax, intellectual property law, international trade, and commercial arbitration
rajiv-luthra Rajiv Luthra
Luthra & Luthra
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; M&A; pro bono work; and projects, infrastructure and energy
Shwetasree Majumder Shwetasree Majumder
Fidus Law Chambers
Noida
Tel: +91 120 484 7550
Email: shwetasree@fiduslawchambers.com
Key practice areas: Intellectual property laws, information technology & internet laws, advertising laws, and trade secrets law
Shwetasree Majumder concentrates her practice on litigation, enforcement and counseling in intellectual property (IP), technology, advertising and trade secrets matters across a broad spectrum of industries. Once the youngest equity partner at a large law firm, Majumder founded Fidus Law Chambers in 2008.

Majumder is lauded by both clients and peers for her cutting-edge litigation skills and strategic foresight. While the World Trademark Review 1000 ranks her among the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2011-2017), Managing IP has recognized her as an “IP Star” in India (2015-2017). She is also listed as a leading patent lawyer in India by Intellectual Asset Management and has found a place among the International Who’s Who of trademark lawyers since 2011.

When Majumder was on the board of directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in 2013-2015, she was the first woman from India to be appointed.

Majumder has recently authored the India chapters in Brand Protection Online and Trade Secret Protection by Globe Business Publishing, London. She co-chairs an Indian government project that aims to take IP to schools and also heads a committee set up by Indian customs authorities to draft a voluntary best practices code for e-commerce portals.

Majumder was a member of a panel that worked with the Justice Verma committee, which was constituted to carry out a comprehensive review of India’s criminal laws in the backdrop of an upsurge in crimes against women. The committee’s work ultimately resulted in the passing of the Criminal (Amendment) Act 2013.

Majumder has represented the plaintiffs in the following illustrative cases: Inter Ikea Systems BV v Imtiaz Ahmed & Anr (2014); SanDisk Corporation v Ramjee & Ors (2014); Century 21 Real Estate LLC v Sambit Basu & Ors (2015); FDC Limited v DocSuggest Healthcare Services Pvt Ltd & Anr (2015); Western Digital Inc & Anr v Amit Tanna & Ors (2016); Glaxo Group Ltd v Aar Ess Remedies Pvt Ltd & Ors (2016); American Petroleum Institute & Anr v Gaurav Ahuja & Ors (2017).

shuva-mandal Shuva Mandal
Fox Mandal
Bangalore
Key practice areas: Inbound investments, M&A, real estate, and private client advisory
Stephen Mathias Stephen Mathias
Kochhar & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & M&A, technology media & telecom, employment, and venture capital & private equity
rahul-matthan Rahul Matthan
Trilegal
Bangalore
Key practice areas: Privacy & data protection, telecommunication, intellectual property rights, and electronic commerce
preeti-mehta Preeti Mehta
Kanga & Company
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6633 2288
Email: preeti.mehta@kangacompany.com
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, corporate law, franchising & hospitality
Preeti Mehta has been a partner at Kanga & Co since 1991. She qualified as a solicitor in Mumbai and also with the Law Society of England and Wales.

Mehta specialises in mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, private equity, banking, franchising and real estate. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisition and franchising by Who’s Who International and for corporate and mergers and acquisitions by Chambers and Partners.

She has written several articles on varied topics and spoken at several seminars.

Mehta was member of the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Franchising Law and has been for the last several years a member of the law committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Rotary Club of Bombay. She is on the executive council of the Franchise Association of India, where she chairs its legal committee, and is an independent director on the boards of several companies.

Kalpana Merchant Kalpana Merchant
Jerome Merchant + Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Real estate, dispute resolution, and banking & finance
Zakir Merchant Zakir Merchant
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai

Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, M&A, joint ventures, and private equity
nihar-mody Nihar Mody
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, general corporate; and joint ventures
zia-mody Zia Mody
AZB & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, joint ventures, restructuring of companies, and foreign inward investment
suhaan-mukerji Suhaan Mukerji
PLR Chambers
New Delhi

Key practice areas: Public policy, government affairs, legislative drafting
avirup-nag Avirup Nag
IndusLaw
New Delhi
Tel: 91 11 4782 1000
Email: avirup.nag@induslaw.com
Key practice areas: Energy & infrastructure, public private partnerships, M&A and foreign investments, and regulatory advisory
Avirup Nag is a partner at IndusLaw with over 12 years of experience in advising clients on development contracts, PPP, concession agreements, regulatory issues, M&A and investments deals in the energy and infrastructure sector. He has advised project developers, contractors, investors, multilateral and government agencies and lenders on a range of bid related issues, project development issues, offtake arrangements, concession arrangements, regulatory issues, and financing structures. He also specialises in sale and purchase of energy and infrastructure assets where his industry knowledge and regulatory expertise affords him invaluable insight on issues affecting deal structures.

Nag has represented developers, financial and strategic investors and lenders in numerous transactions involving the purchase or sale of energy and infrastructure assets, including large portfolios deals, single asset deals and joint ventures in India and increasingly in other jurisdictions in South Asia.

ameet-naik Ameet Naik
Naik Naik & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: TMT, general corporate and transaction support, dispute resolution and litigation, and real estate
promod-nair Promod Nair
Arista Chambers
Bangalore
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; IP; litigation; public procurement
shivpriya-nanda Shivpriya Nanda
J Sagar Associates
Gurgaon

Key practice areas: General corporate commercial; M&A & PE; projects; and aviation
harish-narasappa Harish Narasappa
Samvad Partners
Bangalore
Key practice areas: M&A; private equity & venture capital; technology, media & telecommunications; and dispute resolution
ravi-nath Ravi Nath
RNC Legal / Rajinder Narain & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Aviation – finance, litigation & regulatory; cross border leasing & securitization; and M&A
suhail-nathani Suhail Nathani
Economic Laws Practice
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6636 7000
Email: SuhailNathani@elp-in.com
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, competition law & policy, capital markets & securities laws, international trade & customs, PE & VC
Suhail Nathani is the managing partner of Economic Laws Practice (ELP). He is an alumnus of Cambridge University, and has an LLM from Duke University, in the US. He is admitted to the Bar Council of India as well as the State Bar of New York.

With over 24 years of experience, Nathani is considered a leading lawyer in competition law and policy. He has extensive experience before the CCI and COMPAT.

Experienced also in international trade and customs, Nathani advises and represents clients on trade remedial measures and international trade disputes. He advised on aspects of GATT, GATS and free trade agreements, including rules of origin, non-tariff barriers, trade remedial measures and market access.

Nathani advises also on capital markets and securities laws. He has advised clients on private equity investments, M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate restructuring.
Prior to co-founding ELP, he was the general counsel of a telecommunications carrier in Washington DC that went public.

gopika-pant Gopika Pant
Indian Law Partners
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 2415 4000
Email: gopika.pant@ilps.in

Key practice areas: Corporate commercial M&A, regulatory & compliance, banking & finance, and infrastructure & project finance
Gopika Pant has 32 years of legal experience and is a member of Bar Council of Delhi (1985), Supreme Court Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (1987). She has a BA (Hons) (1982) from St Stephens College, LLB (1985) from Delhi University and LLM (1986) from Columbia University. She worked in New York from 1986 to 1990, and subsequently returned to India where she was made a partner in India’s leading law firm. She set up Indian Law Partners in 1999.

Pant is a specialist in corporate commercial cross border transactions, regulatory and compliance matters. Her key briefs include advising Times Bank in India’s first private banking merger, JBIC in various transactions including its investment in the DMIC, and advising BUPA, BlueScope Steel, Serco, Toshiba, Mitsui, Nippon Paper, Microsoft, Dow Jones, Bosch, Merlin Entertainments, KIA Motors, Savills and Soktas, on diverse matters.

Pant is on the board of various companies such as GKN Driveline (India) and ARCIL.

anand-pathak Anand Pathak
P&A Law Offices
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4139 3939
Email: apathak@palaw.in

Key practice areas: M&A, joint ventures & financings, and competition law
Anand Pathak is admitted to practice law in India and the US (California and Ohio). He has extensive experience in cross-border mergers, acquisitions, financings and joint ventures, and EU and Indian competition law. He has been practicing as a lawyer in India, Europe and the US for nearly 30 years.

Pathak has represented clients in complex mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and financings, insolvency proceedings, as well as securities, corporate, competition law, intellectual property and regulatory litigation before the Supreme Court of India, high courts, tribunals and the Competition Commission of India. He regularly represents Fortune 250 companies in cross-border M&A and in regulatory investigations in India. Representative transactions include the acquisition of Satyam Computer Services by Tech Mahindra, the restructuring of the HCL-Perot Systems and Federal Mogul international joint ventures and the acquisition by TransUnion International of the Credit Information Bureau of India Limited. His Indian competition law experience includes the representation of Apple, Ericsson, Sony Pictures and Amazon before the Competition Commission and courts in India. His technology/telecom experience includes the representation of IDEA, France Telecom and Aircel in the restructuring of joint ventures and regulatory litigation, and the representation of Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies in cross-border acquisitions and outsourcing transactions. He recently represented Global Edge Software in the sale of the company to Altran Technologies, a French company.

Pathak was presented with the National Law Day Award by the prime minister of India for his 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 and is listed in The International Who’s Who of competition lawyers and economists and The International Who’s Who of business lawyers. P&A Law Offices has consistently received awards for M&A, litigation and arbitration, and competition law for the last several years.

Anand Pathak studied law at the University of Cambridge and at Yale University. He studied Economics at Delhi University and at Yale University. He was a partner with a US law firm based in Brussels, Cleveland and Palo Alto and has worked both at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Commission in Brussels (Legal Service). He writes extensively on corporate/commercial and competition laws in various legal journals.

shiraz-patodia Shiraz Patodia
Dua Associates
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 2371 4408
Email: shiraz@duaassociates.com

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), international trade, white collar crime, intellectual property
A senior partner at Dua Associates, Patodia’s practice focuses on dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration. Patodia represents domestic and international clients in complex and highly contentious commercial litigation and arbitration matters before various courts and arbitral forums in India including the Supreme Court. In her legal career spanning three decades, Patodia has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held Indian and foreign companies, in a range of civil and criminal matters. This has included disputes relating to environmental law, intellectual property, international trade, breach of contract, specific relief, constitutional and administrative law, company law, fraud and fiduciary duty litigation, joint venture and partnership disputes, and anti-corruption. As The Dow Chemical Company’s antitrust counsel in India, Patodia along with the firm’s antitrust and competition team made the filing with the Competition Commission of India for clearance of its recent merger with DuPont. The deal is one of the largest cross border combination / mergers.

Patodia has notably created a specialist practice group at the firm on anti-corruption and white collar crimes. She handles advisory as well as litigation assignments and internal corporate investigations in different parts of India. She has also been assisting and representing one of the firm’s international clients in a leading, cutting edge case on corporate corruption in India. Patodia frequently writes on the topic of corruption and international trade.

Patodia also heads the firm’s intellectual property practice group and the international trade and customs practice group.

Patodia holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and a bachelor of laws degree from Government Law College, University of Bombay, Mumbai. She is a solicitor of The Incorporated Law Society, Bombay, an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India and a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, and the Bombay Bar Association. She is also an associate member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association.

saikrishna-rajagopal Saikrishna Rajagopal
Saikrishna & Associates
Noida
Tel: +91 9811123099
Email: sai@saikrishnaassociates.com

Key practice areas: IP, litigation, TMT, competition and antitrust
Saikrishna Rajagopal is the managing partner of Saikrishna & Associates, a preeminent firm in the field of intellectual property. Rajagopal is a renowned intellectual property litigator, having worked on a variety of path-breaking disputes in the past two decades. Apart from the field of intellectual property, Rajagopal has also appeared in landmark cases involving the right to freedom of speech and expression.

Notably, Rajagopal successfully established a case for the reading down of section 79 (3) (b) of the Information Technology Act, resulting in not only providing a shot in the arm for free speech on the internet, but also strengthening the objective of providing safe harbors to online intermediaries.

Rajagopal has written and spoken extensively on a variety of intellectual property topics, both in domestic and international fora. Several domestic and international surveys, exploring the intellectual property landscape, have rated him to be a leading individual in the field of intellectual property.

He has also appeared before a standing committee of Parliament, deposing with respect to the 2012 amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957.

Rajagopal is an avid biker. He learnt to ride a bike in the Himalayas.

Vikrant Rana Vikrant Rana
SS Rana & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 3056 2000
Email: vikrant@ssrana.com

Key practice areas: Trademark, patent & design, copyright, and domain names
Vikrant Rana is the managing partner of SS Rana & Co, a premier intellectual property law firm of India. He is an advocate-on-record with the Supreme Court of India and is a registered patent agent. He has been practicing intellectual property law for over 21 years. As an experienced IP attorney, he spearheads the team at the firm, which includes specialists in law, chemistry, biotech and electronics.

Having majored in economics, Rana has an in-depth understanding of the micro and macro factors influencing businesses. With this business understanding and acumen, for almost a decade and a half he has provided practical legal advice to several Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s esteemed corporations on securing, protecting, enforcing and exploiting their IP assets in India and around the world.

Rana’s clients are drawn from a diverse range of sectors, including food and beverages, hotels and hospitality, information technology, e-commerce, health and fitness, electronics, power and transport, aviation, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices, FMCG, and real estate & construction industry.

He is actively involved in raising awareness of IP rights in India and is associated with several organizations, including the Department of Science and Technology, the Patent Information Center, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Indian Industry, World Intellectual Property Organization, Asian Patent Attorneys Association, International Trademark Association, amongst others. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at several national international seminars and conferences organized by these organizations.

Rana has been associated with INTA since 1996 and been a member of its non-traditional trademark committee (2013), and its bulletin committee (2007-2012, 2014-2015) and he is the chairperson of the Famous Well Known Marks committee’s MEASA region SubCommittee.

An avid runner, he has been running the Delhi half marathon for the past seven years with his personal best timing of 2 hours 7 minutes. A nature and adventure sports lover, his holidays are never complete without hiking, trekking or water sports.

c-rashmikant C Rashmikant
Federal & Rashmikant
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution strategy & negotiation: civil, criminal, corporate
ashwath-rau Ashwath Rau
AZB & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, funds, and financial regulatory
jyoti-sagar Jyoti Sagar
J Sagar Associates, K&S Associates
Gurgaon
Key practice areas: General corporate commercial, M&A and PE, IP
hemant-sahai Hemant Sahai
HSA Advocates
New Delhi

Key practice areas: Infrastructure, disputes & regulatory, banking & finance, and M&A
mohit-saraf Mohit Saraf
Luthra & Luthra
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate M&A, private equity, insolvency & restructuring, and nuclear liability law
rajat-sethi Rajat Sethi
S&R Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A; private equity; corporate & commercial; and technology, media & telecommunications
anup-s-shah Anup S Shah
Anup S Shah Law Firm
Bangalore

Key practice areas: Real estate, litigation and arbitration, intellectual property and corporate law
atul-sharma Atul Sharma
Link Legal India Law Services
New Delhi

Tel: +91 11 4651 1000
Email: atul@linklegal.in
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; projects, infrastructure and energy; aviation; and general corporate & commercial
Atul Sharma is the managing partner of Link Legal India Law Services. He has 39 years of experience in advising clients in sectors such as aviation, infrastructure, energy, real estate, healthcare, defence, telecom, manufacturing and retail.

He is very well regarded for his strategic abilities and litigation background, and is recognised widely as a leading corporate litigation lawyer in India. He represents clients before various courts, tribunals, arbitral tribunals (including international commercial arbitrations), other judicial and quasi-judicial authorities. Clients appreciate his solution-oriented approach, sound technical knowledge of the subject matter and sound business acumen.

Sharma is ranked by directories such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR and Asia Law as a leading lawyer in the fields of aviation, dispute resolution, projects, infrastructure and energy.

He is presently the chair of the aviation committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific Region.

cyril-shroff Cyril Shroff
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 2496 4455
Email: cyril.shroff@cyrilshroff.com

Key practice areas: Corporate law, M&A, disputes & arbitration, and corporate governance & private clients
Cyril Shroff has over 35 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, infrastructure, private client, financial regulatory and others. He has been recognized as a legendary figure in the Indian legal community and is consistently ranked as a star practitioner in India by Chambers Global and other directories. Often regarded as the M&A King of India, Shroff was named the ALB Dealmaker of the Year for 2016.

Shroff is a member of SEBI constituted Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance, SEBI Committee on Insider Trading, first apex advisory committee of the IMC International ADR Centre; advisory board member of the Centre for Study of the Legal Profession of Harvard Law School and various other committees. He is a director on several boards. He also regularly comments and advises on policy reforms in India.

pallavi-shroff Pallavi Shroff
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4161 4093
Email: pallavi.shroff@AMSShardul.com

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, arbitration, and competition law
Pallavi Shroff is the managing partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and has over 35 years of extensive experience. Her broad and varied representation of public and private corporations and other entities before legal institutions has earned her national and international acclaim. She is the national practice head of dispute resolution at the firm and also mentors the competition law practice.

Shroff has been closely involved with some of the largest and most challenging litigation and arbitration matters in India with regard to energy, infrastructure, natural resources, mergers & acquisitions, legislative and policy related matters. She appears regularly in the Supreme Court and high courts of India, and in arbitrations, mediations and international legal disputes. She represents several companies including Nestle, General Electric, Havells, Vale Australia, Vodafone, BHEL and ONGC.

Shroff is presently a director on the boards of several prestigious Indian companies, including Apollo Tyres, Trident Group, GE Capital Services, Maruti Suzuki India, and Juniper Hotels.

For her legal acumen and thought leadership, Shroff is frequently featured by several international publications. She is ranked in band one for competition law and dispute resolution by Chambers and Partners 2017. She was recently awarded “India Managing Partner of the Year” at ALB Asia Law Awards 2017. Shroff has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” by Business Today, for five successive years (2013-17). She has also been awarded the “Disputes Star of the Year” for India at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards, 2017. Shroff has been recognized in the C-Suite Women edition of Business World titled “The Expert Arbitrator” and as one amongst “The Professionals – High motivation levels, focus on goals and working for the greater good”.

The PLC Which Lawyer recommends Shroff as one “experienced in corporate disputes and with solid competition law experience primarily in support of a general corporate and commercial practice.” She has also been rated by the Who’s Who Legal of Commercial Arbitrators, as “one of three leading practitioners involved with arbitration”.

shardul-shroff Shardul Shroff
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4161 4094
Email: Shardul.shroff@amsshardul.com
Key practice areas: Insolvency & bankruptcy, M&A, banking & finance, and capital markets
Shardul Shroff is the executive chairman of the firm. He has over 37 years of extensive experience in corporate advisory, takeovers, M&A, joint ventures, insolvency and bankruptcy and banking and finance. He is a leading authority on legal matters related to corporate governance, policy and regulatory practices, insolvency and restructuring. Shroff has been involved in several complex and high profile transactions. His recent landmark deals include advising on insolvency of companies such as Essar Steel, Bhushan Steel and Amtek Auto, which are some of the largest insolvency and restructuring cases that have been admitted by the National Company Law Tribunal for resolution. Shroff is also advising on matters such as Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) proposed acquisition of 51% of the shares of the President of India in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation; DLF’s proposed sale of its stake in its rental arm to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC; and the exit of global PE firm, KKR from Dalmia Bharat Cement.

Shroff has been on a number of high-powered committees appointed by the Government of India including JJ Irani Committee for amending the Companies Act, Expert Committee on maintenance of Cost Records and Cost Audit in 2014, Eradi Committee involved in the insolvency provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, and second Naresh Chandra Committee appointed to look into aspects of SMEs and simplification of company law.

Shroff has been consistently rated as a leading lawyer by several international publications including Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Partners, India Business Law Journal, Asialaw, Legal 500 and IFLR.

Shroff is a recipient of the President of India’s National Law Day Award which honours ‘his unique contribution to the field of corporate law and leadership in its practice’ and commends him for being ‘instrumental in advancement of India’s corporate law practice at international standards’

Shroff has been re-elected as the chairman of National Committee on Legal Services constituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s leading industry chamber and has also been appointed as the senior vice president of the Society of Indian Law Firms.

karan-singh Karan Singh
Trilegal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, restructuring, and finance
manisha-singh Manisha Singh
LexOrbis
New Delhi

Tel: + 91 11 2371 6565
Email: manisha@lexorbis.com
Key practice areas: Intellectual property rights litigation & enforcement, prosecution, and transactional advisory; and technology, media and telecommunications
Manisha Singh is co-founder and partner at LexOrbis, India’s premier intellectual property law firm. She has had an illustrious career spanning over 20 years during which she has advised and handled dispute resolutions for a wide range of clients.

Singh is ranked among the top leading lawyers in the IP and dispute resolution segments of the Indian legal practice by leading law publications. She is recognized as a leading thought leader in these segments and is appreciated for providing proactive, out-of-the-box, business oriented counselling and representation. Working with policy makers, the judiciary and other stakeholders, she has helped to establish a robust and level playing field for IP rights in India.

Singh’s in-depth understanding and knowledge of all aspects of IP rights is reflected in her academic and research-based writing in publications worldwide. She is a member of many significant IP forums and professional bodies in India and abroad.

sajai-singh Sajai Singh
J Sagar Associates
Bangalore
Key practice areas: Privacy & data protection; employment & labour; international anti-corruption (compliance, training & defence); and technology focused transactions
sawant-singh Sawant Singh
Phoenix Legal
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 4340 8500
Email: sawant.singh@phoenixlegal.in
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, private equity, employment, and M&A and joint ventures
Sawant Singh is a partner based in the Mumbai office of Phoenix Legal. His areas of expertise include private equity, project finance, securitization, asset reconstruction, consortium banking, domestic and external commercial borrowings, debt capital markets 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. According to Asialaw Profiles, Sawant “is highly respected by peers and much acclaimed by clients” and according to Chambers and Partners, Sawant “has great clarity of thought and varied exposure, and handles very big transactions with ease”. He also has been referred to, by Chambers and Partners, as one of India’s most in-demand banking practitioners and has been listed in the ‘A-List: India’s Top 100 Lawyers’ by India Business Law Journal.

Clients praise him for his “solution-focused and practical approach” in addition to his “very calm demeanor, 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 has also certified Sawant as “highly recommended as a leading lawyer in banking and finance” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. According to it, Sawant is “a very well-regarded lawyer on the banking side,” and a “project finance veteran”. Asialaw has also designated him a leading lawyer in the areas of banking and finance, project finance and labour and employment and in 2017 he was ranked as a Market-Leading Lawyer by Asialaw Leading Lawyer survey in banking and finance, projects and infrastructure.

Sawant has advised clients such as the Hilti Group, JP Morgan, Apollo Tyres, PayPal, Deutsche Bank, Mizuho Bank, Australia and New Zealand Bank, Messe Frankfurt, MoneyGram, KCG Holdings Inc and JCB Salons on various issues relating to employment laws.

vijay-sondhi Vijay Sondhi
Luthra & Luthra
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution: litigation & arbitration, white collar crime, corporate commercial, and real estate
srinath-sridevan Srinath Sridevan
HSB Partners
Chennai
Tel: +91 98410 49950  
Email: srinath@hsbpartners.com
Key practice areas: Mining law, infrastructure law, project finance, banking law
A gold-medallist of Madras University, and a graduate of New York University, Srinath Sridevan is one of the three founding partners of HSB Partners, a leading law firm in Chennai.

Over the past 20 years, Sridevan has built up a very strong reputation in his areas of expertise, which include real estate, infrastructure, mining law, project finance, and banking. He handles the litigation and transactional practice aspects in all these areas of practice.

After graduating from Madras University, Sridevan did an internship with Deacons Graham & James in Hong Kong. He went on to obtain an LLM from New York University with a specialization in corporate law. He thereafter became one of the youngest recipients of the UK government’s Chevening Scholarships, to attend a course in commercial law at the York University School in Law. Srinath thereafter briefly worked with Allen & Overy in London, before returning to practice in India.

Sridevan quickly established a significant practice in Madras High Court, and also in the high courts of the other four southern states.

In 2005, Srinath entered into partnership with Harishankar Krishnaswami and T K Bhaskar, to form HSB Partners. The firm has grown greatly since its founding, and is today a full-service law firm with over 52 lawyers.

Sridevan is a member of the mining law committee of the International Bar Association, and has also made presentations before the parliamentary committee discussing the 2013 proposed amendments to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act.

Sridevan has written several articles on law, and also contributes a significant portion of his time to pro bono work. He is a committed supporter of legal education and takes classes at the School of Excellence in Law, Chennai, whenever possible.

Sridevan is a sixth-generation lawyer. In addition, both his great-great-grandfather and mother were judges of Madras High Court.

priti-suri Priti Suri
PSA
New Delhi


Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial law, dispute resolution, labor & employment, and M&A
shardul-thacker Shardul Thacker
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 2262 3199
Email: shardul.thacker@mullaandmulla.com
Key practice areas: Admiralty & maritime, banking & finance, energy – oil & gas, and insurance & reinsurance
Shardul Thacker heads the ship finance and maritime and offshore practice groups at Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe.

In 2014, Lloyd’s List ranked him third in the “Top 10 Lawyers” stating that he was “highly regarded for his work in the liquefied natural gas sector, particularly for interesting and highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports and ships.”

He handles all types of structured ship and asset finance matters and acts for overseas lenders in many India-related ship finance transactions for LNG vessels flying foreign flags and chartered by Indian companies. He advises on regulatory issues including Indian flagging, cabotage, tonnage tax, applicable taxes, licensing, etc. and advises on ship building contracts, charter parties, long term cargo handling agreements, COAs and negotiates and drafts these and similar documents.

Thacker advises foreign rig owners, LNG companies, terminal operators and acts for foreign investors on legal and regulatory aspects of investing in projects including reviewing and drafting of RFQ, RFP, other bid documents including joint bidding agreements, structuring of bidding entities, assessing risk etc.

With an extensive offshore and energy sector practice of Indian and foreign clients, including well-known oil and gas companies and service providers, he advises on upstream as well as downstream projects. His in-depth knowledge of these sectors assists him in seamlessly working across sectors and to offer solution-based and well-rounded advice.

Awarded the Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyers Award for Shipping and Maritime for several years, he is ranked in Who’s Who Legal in Transport – Shipping.

Thacker is the India correspondent, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly Digest, and vice president of the Indian Maritime Law Association.

He has written the India sections in Maritime Law Handbook, Kluwer; Limitation of Liability by Griggs and Williams; Time Bar in Reinsurance: An International Comparison, Clyde & Co; Cross-Border Security, Norton Rose & Butterworths; Shipping Law 2017 – International Comparative Legal Guide, GLG Publications; and features annually in the International Who’s Who of banking lawyers. He has been a speaker at various maritime conferences held in Cyprus, Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Shanghai and in India.

kunal-thakore Kunal Thakore
Talwar Thakore & Associates
Mumbai

Key practice areas: Corporate, M&A, PE, and project finance
neeraj-tuli Neeraj Tuli
Tuli & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Insurance and reinsurance: product development, regulatory, coverage, and dispute resolution
bahram-vakil Bahram Vakil
AZB & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, project finance, energy & infrastructure, and insolvency & bankruptcy
vivek-vashi Vivek Vashi
Vashi and Vashi
Mumbai
Tel: +91 91 98 2014 7574
Email: vivek@vashi.in
Key practice areas: Litigation, arbitration, intellectual property rights, and real estate
Vivek Vashi is recognized as a leading litigation practitioner in India. Beginning as a trainee at Amarchand & Mangaldas in 1999, he went on to become a senior associate after qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. Vashi joined Bharucha & Partners as a co-founder in 2008.

After a spectacular run at Bharucha & Partners, in November 2017 Vashi embarked on the journey of starting his own firm, along with a dedicated team of 15 associates.

Vashi deals with multifaceted and complex litigation and dispute resolution. He is proficient in a broad range of areas: renewable energy particularly wind energy, telecom, infrastructure, real estate, bankruptcy and insolvency, restructuring, iron and steel industry, airport privatization and ancillary, gems and jewellery, FMCG, etc.

Vashi’s patient and decisive approach has earned him the adulation of clients and the respect of his opponents. He has been recognized for his litigation skills on numerous occasions by India Business Law Journal, Chambers and Partners, AsiaLaw, Legal 500, Global, and Who’s Who Legal.

bhumesh-verma Bhumesh Verma
Corp Comm Legal
New Delhi
Tel: +91 98113 36533
Email: bhumesh.verma@corpcommlegal.com
Key practice areas: International M&A, corporate-commercial, foreign direct investment, and contracts
Bhumesh Verma is managing partner of Corp Comm Legal, which he set up after spending 23 years with some of the best Indian law firms. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and also a Chevening Scholar.

Verma is experienced in corporate and commercial matters, M&A, FDI, financial and technical collaborations, private equity, venture capital, due diligence, regulatory and strategic advice. His reputation for a no-frills, no-shortcuts and solution-centric approach makes him one of the most recognized Indian corporate lawyers and the first port of call for numerous foreign law firms seeking advice on Indian law.

Despite his hectic schedule, Verma makes time to read, write and speak on relevant issues. Considered a thought leader, he is a much sought-after guest faculty at law schools, he has written a book entitled Drafting of Commercial Agreements and also over 100 articles. “Life has just begun”, he says.

L Viswanathan L Viswanathan
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Mumbai

Key practice areas: Finance
Dina Wadia
J Sagar Associates
Mumbai

Key practice areas: Banking & finance, investment funds, and M&A
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