Strategic corporate investments, corporate finance & restructuring, M&A, and joint ventures
Manjula Chawla is the co-founding partner of Phoenix Legal. She concentrates in the areas of strategic corporate investments, corporate finance and restructuring, M&A, joint ventures, corruption & compliance investigations, and general corporate and commercial matters.
Since the early years of liberalization, she has assisted many multi-national corporations (including Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors including automobiles, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharma, information technology, oil and gas, power and telecommunications.
She advises her clients on a wide range of issues faced by them in India involving anti-corruption laws, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control laws, data privacy and protection, labour & employment and real estate. She also takes out time to advise certain non-profit organisations on a pro bono basis.
Chawla’s commitment to her clients and consistent delivery of high quality services have been recognized by her clients and peers. She was awarded the National Law Day Award – 2000 by the Union Law Minister for “excellence in corporate law and for unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India”. Among several other accolades, she has featured in the recently published book 100 Legal Luminaries of India which throws light on some of the most illustrious legal minds in India. She was recognized in the 2017 Edition of Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s The Vanguards – Trusted Corporate Lawyers and was listed in the A-List published by India Business Law Journal, which names India’s Top 100 Lawyers. She received the “Woman of Distinction” – Leadership Excellence Awards 2017 from Legal League Consulting. She has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A on various platforms in Asia region. She has been named by Chambers and Partner as a lawyer whose “clients praise her ability to “identify the issue that is causing a problem and to come up with commercial solutions.” Asialaw quotes a client who says: “The partners and directors provide practical solutions” and that she demonstrates “clear decision making in resolving queries”.