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Based on the collective views of in-house counsel and India-focused partners at international law firms, the following are India’s top 100 lawyers and 35 legal icons.

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

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Hiroo-AdvaniHiroo Advani
Advani & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; infrastructure; corporate & commercial

Mahesh-AgarwalMahesh Agarwal
Agarwal Law Associates
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4220 0000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; infrastructure
Mahesh Agarwal, the managing partner of Agarwal Law Associates, a full-service law firm, is a leading figure in the field of dispute resolution in India. He has won several accolades from leading organizations for his role and contribution in the legal field. Mahesh has a diverse practice across the country with a major presence in the Supreme Court.

His expertise ranges from disputes in the field of insolvency, arbitration, commercial, civil, disputes, corporate criminal to regulatory disputes in the field of energy, mining, telecom and others. His clients include the top corporate groups of India. Mahesh is a third-generation lawyer and an alumnus of the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce and Government Law College, Mumbai.

Ashish-AhujaAshish Ahuja
Wadia Ghandy & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; infrastructure; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Pravin-AnandPravin Anand
Anand and Anand

Noida
Tel: +91 120 405 9300
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; litigation
Pravin Anand, the managing partner of Anand and Anand, has been a counsel in several landmark IP cases, including those involving the first Anton Piller order (HMV), the first Mareva injunction order (Philips), India’s first SEP litigation in a DVD player technology matter (Philips), pre-suit mediation litigation involving Nokia, the first Norwich Pharmacal order (Hollywood Cigarettes) moral rights of artists (Amarnath Sehgal), the first order under the Hague Convention (Astra Zeneca), and several significant cases for pharmaceutical clients such as Monsanto, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer and Roche.

He has received the National Innovation Foundation Award from the Indian government in recognition of pro bono work for rural innovators at the grassroots. His innovative and creative approach towards IP is reflected across the pioneering initiatives the firm has taken to develop unique IP concepts and products including an IP board game, India’s first IP themed play, Brainchild, an IP comic, Adventures of Mr IP, and others.

Pravin is co-author of Halsbury’s Laws of India on Intellectual Property and is the author of many prestigious India chapters pertaining to patents, copyright, media, telecommunications, trade secrets and other practice areas. He is a regular speaker at various prestigious forums, including WIPO, World Intellectual Property Forum, MIP – International Patent Forum, GIPC, AIPPI, INTA, and LES, to name a few.

The prominent awards and accolades accorded to Pravin recently include:

  • The first Indian legal practitioner to receive the AIPPI Award of Merit;
  • The most innovative lawyer – Asia Pacific (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2015);
  • GIPC 2019 – presented with Award of Excellence for invaluable contribution in the field of innovation and IP;
  • Recognized as WTR Global Leaders 2019;
  • MIP – IP Stars – Patents and trademarks in 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • IAM Strategy 300 – World’s leading IP strategists 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • IAM Patents 1000 recommended Lawyer 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • WTR 1000 recommended lawyer in enforcement and litigation 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • Who’s Who Legal – Patents 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • Who’s Who Legal – Trademarks 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • Best of the Best – Patents Expert Guide 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • Highly recommended leading lawyer in intellectual property by Chambers and Partners 2016, 2017 and 2019;
  • India Business Law Journal’s A-List 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Safir-AnandSafir Anand
Anand and Anand

New Delhi
Tel: +91 120 405 9300
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; licensing & franchising
Safir Anand is senior partner and head of trademarks, and contractual and commercial IP, at Anand and Anand. He is recognized as one of India’s top intellectual property attorneys and has over 25 years of experience in IP prosecution and enforcement, commercialization of IP, strategic advisory, contractual IP agreements, licensing, franchising, monetization, and due diligence.

Well-known companies in the FMCG, pharma, food, software/technology, fashion and luxury sectors, to media, entertainment, government bodies, sports and social media companies form his rich clientele.

Safir serves on the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Presidential Task Force and Commercialization of Brands Committee. He holds memberships of various prestigious organizations of leading national and international trade and commerce chambers including:

  • IFICCI (Indo French Chamber of Commerce and Industry);
  • ICCK (Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea);
  • IGCC (Indo-German Chamber of Commerce);
  • FICPI (The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys);
  • FICCI (The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry);
  • ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India).

Safir is a part of the advisory/board of highly reputable organizations such as Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI); Entertainment and Event Management Association (EEMA); and several companies in the fields of consumer goods, technology, design, branding, events and music.

Safir has received several awards and accolades in both individual and organizational capacity, such as the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars for trademark and the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Intellectual Property Awards for four consecutive years from 2016-2019. He has been ranked among Global Leaders 2019 by World Trademark Review.

His prudent insights into IP; licensing and franchising; packaging, advertising, labelling; and pharmaceutical laws; corporate governance; and foreign direct investment have been widely covered by leading newspapers and business channels including Economic Times, Business Standard and CNBC. He regularly speaks at prestigious national and international forums such as Cannes Film Festival, FDCI, Jaipur Literature Festival and EEMA.

Safir extensively contributes to prestigious national and international publications and is on the editorial panel of many leading journals and magazines focused on commercialization, licensing, franchising and intellectual property.

Jatin-AnejaJatin Aneja
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: + 91 99 1009 8314
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Aviation; infrastructure; project finance; real estate
Jatin Aneja is a senior equity partner at the firm and is also part of the management board of the firm and the national practice head of the projects and project finance practice of the firm. He has extensive experience in projects, infrastructure, project finance and investment across infrastructure sectors including airports, roads, ports, oil and gas, energy (conventional and renewable), power and other urban infrastructure in India.

Jatin has been involved in advising various Indian as well as multinational companies on commercial law aspects, including drafting, structuring and negotiating various investment agreements, joint venture agreements, business purchase agreements, financing agreements, concession agreements, offtake agreement, tolling agreement, EPC contracts, consortium agreements, and other related legal advisory work.

Jatin has advised on some of the largest transactions across infrastructure sectors, including on the privatization and modernization of Delhi and Mumbai airports; the development of a re-gasification terminal in India and cross-border long-term LNG sale and purchase transactions; the development and financing of metro projects across the country; the privatization of container trains in India; gas sale and purchase and gas transportation arrangements for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project and the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline project (awarded the Energy Deal of the Year by Asian Lawyer ALM Emerging Markets Awards 2014).

Jatin has been ranked in Band 1 in the projects and energy practice by Chambers and Partners consecutively for 12 years (2008-19 editions); leading individual lawyer for infrastructure/energy practise by the Legal 500 for 14 years (2006-19 editions); thought leader by Who’s Who Legal in 2019; and as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000 2017-19 editions and Asialaw Profiles 2017-19 edition.

Vineet-AnejaVineet Aneja
Clasis Law
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; outbound investment; labour & employment; bankruptcy & insolvency

Yash-AsharYash Ashar
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets

Sanjay-AsherSanjay Asher
Crawford Bayley & Company

Mumbai
Tel: + 91 22 2266 3353
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Capital markets; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions
Sanjay Asher is a senior partner with Crawford Bayley & Co, which is India’s oldest law firm, established in 1830.

Sanjay 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 1991, and was admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He is also a qualified chartered accountant. He specialises in the fields of corporate law and commercial law, cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets, and advises large, medium and small business enterprises on these subjects.

Sanjay serves as an independent director of various public and private companies. He has been a noted speaker at various seminars and conferences both domestically and internationally.

He has authored several articles published in national and international publications and also co-authored a book on the Companies Act, 2013 which was published by CCH, a division of Wolters Kluwer.

Ajay-BahlAjay Bahl
AZB & Partners

New Delhi
Key practice areas: Compliance; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; taxation

Rajendra-BarotRajendra Barot
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency; compliance; litigation; white-collar crime

Daksha-BaxiDaksha Baxi
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Taxation; inbound investment; outbound investment; private client

Sandip-BhagatSandip Bhagat
S&R Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets; mergers & acquisitions; corporate governance

ML-BhaktaML Bhakta
Kanga & Company
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment; mergers & acquisitions; taxation

Alka-BharuchaAlka Bharucha
Bharucha & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Marezban-BharuchaMarezban Bharucha
Bharucha & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; real estate

Zarir-BharuchaZarir Bharucha
ZBA
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; insurance & reinsurance; restructuring & insolvency; shipping

Lalit-BhasinLalit Bhasin
Bhasin & Co

New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 2332 2601
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Aviation; labour & employment; arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; litigation
Lalit Bhasin is the managing partner of Bhasin & Company, and president of the Society of Indian Law Firms and the Bar Association of India. He is also president of the Indian Law Foundation. He is an honorary life member of the International Bar Association, chairman of CIArb India, and a member of the ICC Arbitration India Core Group. He is a past president of the Inter Pacific Bar Association and a former chairman of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal of India. He is chairman of PHD Chamber of Commerce Committee on Americas. He is also chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Task Force on Legal Services. He is regional president of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), besides being chair of staff committee and council member of the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC).

Mr Bhasin was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by Jaipur University in 2013, a Plaque of Honour for outstanding contribution to the rule of law in 2002 by the Prime Minister of India, and the National Law Day Award in 2007 by the President of India. His areas of specialization include aviation, employment and labour, entertainment and media, banking and finance, consumer protection and dispute resolution.

GR-BhatiaGR Bhatia
L&L Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust

Ravi-BholaRavi Bhola
K&S Partners
Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; litigation

Marylou-BilawalaMarylou Bilawala
Wadia Ghandy & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Aviation; intellectual property; mergers & acquisitions; succession planning (family office)

Mukesh-ButaniMukesh Butani
BMR Legal

New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 6678 3000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Taxation
Mukesh Butani is founder and managing partner of BMR Legal, a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of corporate international tax, transfer pricing, GST, customs and trade, with expertise in litigation services, controversy management, strategic transaction advisory and policy.

With specialization in domestic corporate international tax and transfer pricing, Mukesh has over three decades of experience in advising multinationals and Indian conglomerates on a wide range of matters relating to FDI policy, business re-organizations, cross-border tax structuring, tax controversy and regulatory policy. He is an acknowledged expert in the area of International tax policy, controversy and advocacy, and has to his credit several landmark judicial pronouncements. He has deposed as an expert witness on contentious cross-border tax treaty and TP matters in foreign jurisdictions.

Mukesh is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and law, and practises as an advocate before various tribunals, high courts and the Supreme Court of India.

Reeba-ChackoReeba Chacko
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate

Karan-ChandhiokKaran Chandhiok
Chandhiok & Mahajan

New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4163 0033
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; competition & antitrust; litigation; aviation
Karan Singh Chandhiok heads the dispute resolution and competition law practice at Chandhiok & Mahajan. 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, Karan regularly represents clients before the National Green Tribunal and other courts on environmental regulations.

Karan 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 recommends him as a market leading lawyer for dispute resolution and competition law. Chambers 2018 attests that he is brilliant in strategy and provides guidance based on sound judgement, experience and deep knowledge of the law. Chambers 2017 quotes client feedback 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 up with creative solutions that are not always obvious to others. Who’s Who Legal recognizes him for his outstanding work and the ability to stay very focused on what matters to the client. Karan has acted for various corporations in the information technology, information technology-enabled services, banking, finance, glass, steel, cement, tyres, automotive components, liquor, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare, bio-technology, pharma, retail, transport, infrastructure and media sectors.

Karan is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN). In 2011, 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 and Wales.

Bobby-ChandhokeBobby Chandhoke
L&L Partners
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4121 5145
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & Alternative dispute resolution; competition & antitrust; litigation; restructuring & insolvency
Bobby is one of the founding partners of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, with over 25 years of experience in litigation and commercial arbitration.

As lead counsel in several domestic and international arbitrations, he has extensively dealt with matters of interim reliefs and emergency reliefs, as well as the recognition and enforcement of foreign awards.

As a litigator, Bobby has represented and advised clients on the full spectrum of complex commercial and corporate matters across a wide range of industries.

Asialaw has for the past many years featured Bobby as a leading dispute resolution lawyer who is technically very sound, very quick to reply, and has innovative ideas. He has been consistently ranked as a leading individual by Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for his contribution to dispute resolution.

Varoon-ChandraVaroon Chandra
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; joint ventures

Vivek-ChandyVivek Chandy
J Sagar Associates
Bengaluru

Tel: + 91 80 4350 3644
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate; E-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos
Vivek specializes in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate commercial work. Vivek is also qualified to advise on international commercial arbitrations and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Vivek has worked extensively in the real estate, e-commerce, software and services sectors as well as hospitality, healthcare, biotechnology and manufacturing industries, advising on a wide range of issues, from acquisitions to structuring transactions.

Vivek’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, offshore listed real estate investment trusts and private equity funds. With close to 30 years of experience, Vivek brings immense value to transactions due to his strong commercial grasp of transactions and ability to translate business interests into legal terms.

Manas-ChaudhuriManas Chaudhuri
Khaitan & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4151 5454
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust; litigation
Manas Kumar Chaudhuri, an antitrust litigator, advises Indian and overseas clients on competition law and policy and related legal, regulatory and merger control issues.

Prior to joining the profession as a full-time lawyer, Manas has served as a civil judge in the West Bengal State Judicial Services and in professional senior legal positions, both in the old and new competition agencies of India. He is ranked a Band 1 Competition Lawyer of India by Chambers and Partners, Asialaw and Legal 500. In addition to participating in national and international speaking assignments, he was a panel speaker at the 17th ICN Conference held in New Delhi in March 2018, and at the VI–BRICS Competition Law Conference held in Moscow in September 2019 as an Indian NGA.

Manas also argues regularly on behalf of clients before the CCI, Appeal Tribunal, and occasionally the higher courts.

Manjula-ChawlaManjula Chawla
Phoenix Legal
New Delhi
Tel: + 91 11 4983 0000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; mergers & acquisitions; compliance
Manjula Chawla is the co-founding partner of the firm. She concentrates on the areas of strategic investments, M&A, corporate finance and restructuring, and general commercial matters.

She was one of the first handful of lawyers who chose to become a corporate lawyer and advise on cross-border transactions soon after the liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991, thereby setting a path for many women lawyers looking for an “alternate” but who wished to remain in the profession of law.

For over 25 years now, she has assisted many MNCs (including Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors, including automobiles, energy, financial services, F&B, healthcare and pharma, IT, oil and gas, ports, transportation and telecom.

She advises on a wide range of issues involving anti-corruption, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control, data privacy, labour and employment and real estate. She has advised several international non-profit organizations in relation to their activities in India on a pro bono basis.

Manjula’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”. She featured in 100 Legal Luminaries of India, a publication which throws light on some of the most illustrious legal minds in India.

Among various other accolades, she was recognized in the 2017 edition of Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s The Vanguards – Trusted Corporate Lawyers, and as the “Woman of Distinction” at the Leadership Excellence Awards 2017. She has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A on various platforms. She has been named by Chambers and Partners 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”.

Akshay-ChudasamaAkshay Chudasama
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Mumbai
Tel: + 91 22 4933 5555
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; private equity, venture capital & funds; mergers & acquisitions
Akshay Chudasama is managing partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and is based out of the Mumbai office of the firm.

Akshay is a partner in the general corporate practice group, counselling clients on corporate finance transactions, particularly cross-border transactions. Consistently recognized as a cross-border M&A specialist by Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Akshay is particularly noted for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, IT, telecommunications and media laws and has been adviser to various high-profile marquee transactions in these areas. He also advises on investment and exits across a wide range of industries. Akshay advises large listed and private companies on public and private M&A, joint ventures, demergers and restructurings as well as both primary and secondary capital raisings. Akshay offers practical advice to multinational companies, PE funds, investment banks and growth stage enterprises on extremely complex deals. He concentrates his practice on cross-border and multijurisdictional transactions.

Chambers and Partners notes Akshay as a “fantastic deal maker, he understands the real estate funds sector and anticipates the issues a foreign investor will face”. They further added in 2019 that he is highly sought after by both international and domestic clients. He advises on investment and exits across a wide range of industries and is especially praised for his expertise in the real estate and technology sectors.

Akshay has also emerged as a preferred lawyer of choice for major multinational corporations operating in a complex legal and regulatory environment like India for soliciting quick and cost-effective solutions on vexed legal issues. RSG Consulting Report, 2017, recommended Akshay for negotiations. He has been described as “an excellent lawyer to have by your side”. He is effective in solving complex issues. He deals with negotiations with the requisite diplomacy and sophistication. He has been rated as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000 in 2017 and as a highly regarded leading lawyer in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for investment funds, private equity, M&A, real estate acquisitions. Akshay has been practising law since 1994. He was a partner at AZB & Partners for over three years and thereafter at J Sagar Associates for almost 10 years.

Gaurav-DaniGaurav Dani
IndusLaw
New Delhi

Tel: +91 11 4782 1000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate; private client
Gaurav Dani is one of the founding and senior partners of IndusLaw. He is a US (New York) and India-qualified lawyer based in the firm’s New Delhi office. He specializes in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, including those involving stressed assets, joint ventures and corporate partnering transactions, private equity and venture capital financings and strategic investments.

Gaurav represents public and private companies, private equity funds and venture capital investors in the automotive, e-commerce, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, technology and tour and travel sectors.

He has led some of the largest private equity investments involving trend-setting investment structures in the e-commerce and digital media industry in India. Before founding IndusLaw, Gaurav worked with the India team at White & Case and prominent Indian law firms.

Gaurav has been consistently recommended in India Business Law Journal’s (IBLJ) A-List of top lawyers in India. This endorsement is based on nominations received by thousands of in-house counsel and India-focused lawyers at international law firms as well as extensive research by IBLJ. He has been consecutively endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR 1000 (2020, 2019 and 2018 editions) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the ICCA’s publication, The Vanguards. Asia Pacific Legal 500 has, over the past several years, listed Gaurav as a recommended lawyer for banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and capital markets transactions.

Clients rate Gaurav for his rainbow of experience, persistence and maturity in dealing with complex situations and coming out with innovative solutions. Gaurav is a regular speaker at sem-inars in India and overseas. He is also an avid golfer.

Bomi-DaruwalaBomi Daruwala
Vaish Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; bankruptcy & insolvency; taxation

Ameet-DattaAmeet Datta
Saikrishna & Associates
Noida
Tel: +91 12 0463 3900
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; technology, media and telecommunications
Ameet Datta is a senior partner with the tier-I IP and TMT law firm Saikrishna & Associates. Ameet is an IP litigator with specialization in copyright, trademark and design litigation, as well as a trade and regulatory compliance counsel. With over 20 years as an IP lawyer,

Ameet’s specializations include wide ranging expertise across the technology, media and entertainment sectors on a variety of issues relating to IP, technology regulations and e-waste regulation. Ameet’s specializations also include wide ranging expertise across the technology, media and entertainment sectors in relation to content creation, aggregation and acquisitions, and distribution aspects of the M&E sector.

Over his career, Ameet has advised leading Indian and international industry clients including media houses, broadcast sector clients, copyright societies, film production, music labels and content exploitation platforms. Ameet also specializes in privacy issues, as well as data security, trade secrecy/data theft (civil and criminal) claims and advisory support. He also advises clients in relation to online intermediary liability, format rights, defamation issues and right of publicity. Ameet also advises clients on general trade compliance issues arising in relation to consumer law, advertising, legal metrology and e-waste related environmental compliance issues.

Over the past 10 years, Ameet has engaged in policy reform around the copyright sphere, having deposed as an expert witness before Parliamentary Standing Committees. He drives the policy reform, advocacy and development group at the firm, advising various technology and creative sector industry groups in the consumer durable, IT, broadcast, film, software and print publishing space.

Karam-Daulet-SinghKaram Daulet-Singh
Platinum Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial

Rukshad-DavarRukshad Davar
Majmudar & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency

Anand-DesaiAnand Desai
DSK Legal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Arbitration & Alternative dispute resolution; litigation; real estate; restructuring & insolvency

Manish-DesaiManish Desai
Vidhii Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Litigation; arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; banking & finance; bankruptcy & insolvency

Nishith-DesaiNishith Desai
Nishith Desai Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; intellectual property; labour & employment; taxation

Vishwang-DesaiVishwang Desai
Desai & Diwanji
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Infrastructure; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; project finance

Vinod-DhallVinod Dhall
Platinum Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust

Alok-DhirAlok Dhir
Dhir & Dhir Associates
New Delhi

Tel: +91 11 42410000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency
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 special focus on corporate and financial restructuring, insolvency, takeovers, M&A, banking, real estate, PE transactions, turning around financially stressed entities in the country, and issues related to asset reconstruction and securitization.

Alok is a veteran of advising corporate entities in distress and formulating plans for their revival. He advises multi-stakeholders in cases that are undergoing the CIRP process in India. Alok has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for restructuring & insolvency in India by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Asialaw Profiles, IFLR 1000, India Business Law Journal and also the recipient of “Star Performer” award and “Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year 2019” by Golden Antlers and Achromic Point respectively.

He is an expert member of various committees and working groups such as IBBI, FICCI, CII, IICA, ICSI, and NCLT, to name a few, and actively involved with them in formulating strategies for the smooth implementation of the IBC, including drafting rules and regulations for corporate guarantors and individuals. Alok is a member of the Bar Council of India, ICAI, IBBI, INSOL INDIA, INSOL INTERNATIONAL, SIG24, PHD Chambers of Commerce, ASSOCHAM and SILF.

Rashi-DhirRashi Dhir
DMD Advocates
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Apurva-DiwanjiApurva Diwanji
Desai & Diwanji
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

CR-DuaCR Dua
Dua Associates
New Delhi

Tel: + 91 11 2371 4408
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment
Having founded Dua Associates over 30 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 practice 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 organizations and readily recognizable brand names from the US, Europe, Japan and the ASEAN.

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

His experience and expertise encompass a broad range of 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 is also an invitee to the national executive board of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and a member of the India Advisory Board of BNP Paribas. His sporting interests are pursued as a member of the executive committee of the International Lawn Tennis Club of India and a senior vice president of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association.

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, who is currently pursuing her academic interests at Harvard University in Cambridge (MA).

Feroz-DubashFeroz Dubash
Talwar Thakore & Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; project finance

Krishnava-DuttKrishnava Dutt
Argus Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Muffazal-FederalM S Federal
Federal & Company
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Real estate; litigation; arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; succession planning

RJ-GagratRJ Gagrat
Gagrats
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; banking & finance; aviation; infrastructure

Samir-GandhiSamir Gandhi
AZB & Partners

New Delhi
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust; international trade & bilateral investment treaties

Gowree-GokhaleGowree Gokhale
Nishith Desai Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; technology, litigation; media and telecommunications

Sridhar-GorthiSridhar Gorthi
Trilegal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; restructuring & insolvency

Prashant-GuptaPrashant Gupta
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4985 9928
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Capital markets
Prashant Gupta is the national practice head for capital markets. 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.

Prashant has advised on capital markets transactions raising over US$40 billion globally, including the largest equity offering in India (Bharti Airtel rights issue), the largest Indian IPO (Coal India) and the 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 acted on various significant international transactions by India-focused companies, including IPOs in the US (NASDAQ/NYSE) by MakeMyTrip, Eros International, Videocon d2h and Azure Power Global. He has also advised on equity and bond offerings by issuers across various industries including Apollo Tyres, Amira Nature Foods, AU Small Finance Bank, Bharti Airtel Limited, 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, Lemon Tree Hotels, ONGC, Power Grid Corporation, PNB Housing Finance, S Chand & Co, Network18/TV18, TCNS Clothing, Vedanta, Varroc Engineering, Videocon d2h, and Yes Bank.

Prashant has been recently recognized in the prestigious ET 40 under 40 list of 2019. He has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers, Legal 500 and other legal industry publications as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in India. He is one of only three Band 1 ranked capital markets lawyers in India by Chambers Global and has been recognized as a Market Leader by IFLR 1000 in 2018 – 2019.

Since 2016, Prashant has also been selected as one of the top 100 private practice lawyers in India by IBLJ each year. Chambers 2019, quotes a source who said, “Prashant Gupta enjoys a formidable reputation in the market”, with one client commenting; “I think he’s on top of his game now. I like his decisiveness in taking a position on Indian law. His counsel is frequently sought by issuers and underwriters on equity and debt issuances.”

Rajesh-Narain-GuptaRajesh Narain Gupta
SNG & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate

Jayesh-HJayesh H
Juris Corp
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6720 5555 / 2421 2546
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; restructuring & insolvency
Dually qualified in law and finance, 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 has extensive transactional and enforcement experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, leveraged buy-outs, acquisition financing, sponsor financing and restructuring. He is the pre-eminent practitioner in India for structured finance, bankruptcy and restructuring.

Jayesh has contributed to the growth of the financial services. Has been a member of key committees and directly worked on drafting and amending legislation and the regulatory framework relating to financial services. Jayesh is an advocate and is also a solicitor. He is a chartered financial analyst as well as a diploma holder in business finance. He is also registered as advocate-on-record, Supreme Court.

As a Chevening Scholar, Jayesh gained experience in English and European Community laws and regulations. He underwent training at the College of Law in York and worked briefly with a London based firm of solicitors in their corporate finance department. Early on in life, Jayesh was a part time qualitative market researcher.

According to clients, Jayesh is known to think ahead of the client, act in the best interests of clients and work on bringing down avoidable legal costs through innovation and forward thinking.

Juris Corp is a professional services organization driven with the view that in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, clients want simplification and hand-holding. The firm believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and has in its team a chartered financial analyst, an MBA and a few company secretaries, each of whom is also an attorney.

An avid trekker during his academic phase, Jayesh has now turned to running half marathons and is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential.

Nusrat-HassanNusrat Hassan
Link Legal India Law Services
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; litigation

Poornima-HattiPoornima Hatti
Samvad Partners
Bengaluru
Tel: +91 80 426 8600
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; bankruptcy & insolvency; litigation; labour & employment
Poornima heads the dispute resolution practice at Samvad Partners and is based out of Bengaluru. She specializes in corporate and commercial disputes, including construction and infrastructure disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvency matters. She sits as both an arbitrator and mediator. She is also an active contentious employment counsel specializing in issues around workplace harassment.

Poornima has been recognized consistently as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by directories including Chambers and Legal 500. She is a visiting faculty member at the National Law School of India University and other law schools across the country. She regularly publishes articles on issues around dispute resolution and the associated challenges in India.

She has also co-edited a book on leadership, role modelling at the workplace, and mentoring at the workplace, which was published in 2018 by Palgrave MacMillan. Poornima is admitted to practise law in India.

Akil-HiraniAkil Hirani
Majmudar & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; outbound investment; technology, media and telecommunications; taxation

Akshay-JaitlyAkshay Jaitly
Trilegal
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Power & energy

Rabindra-JhunjhunwalaRabindra Jhunjhunwala
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Abhijit-JoshiAbhijit Joshi
Veritas Legal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; litigation; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate

Ashwin-JulkaAshwin Julka
Remfry & Sagar
Gurugram
Key practice areas: Intellectual property

Sumeet-KachwahaSumeet Kachwaha
Kachwaha & Partners
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4166 1333
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; infrastructure; litigation
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).

Sumeet has served as amicus curiae to the High Court of Delhi in two matters, including in the bilateral treaty dispute Vodafone v Union of India. He has also stood in as an expert witness on Indian law in the courts of England and Singapore. He has received several appointments from the High Court of Delhi to sit as a sole arbitrator.

Sumeet has been ranked in Band 1 for arbitration by Chambers and Partners since 2009. He also figures as a leading individual in dispute resolution in Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He features in Who’s Who Legal in five sections: arbitration, asset recovery, construction, government contracts and procurement.

Sumeet currently serves as vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group and on the advisory board of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly KLRCA). In the past he has served as chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

Avaantika-KakkarAvaantika Kakkar
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust

Jayendra-KapadiaJayendra Kapadia
Little & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; banking & finance; corporate & commercial; infrastructure

Sanjeev-KapoorSanjeev Kapoor
Khaitan & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Arbitration & Alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; litigation; infrastructure

Amit-KapurAmit Kapur
J Sagar Associates
New Delhi

Tel: +91 11 4937 0630/635
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Litigation; infrastructure; project finance; power & energy
Amit Kapur has been a partner at J Sagar Associates since 2000, and took over as joint managing partner of the firm in 2019. Amit has anchored the firm’s infrastructure practice since 1997. The practice focuses on sector strategies, project development, public procurement, economic regulation and dispute resolution. His own practice covers energy, transport, communication, municipal and social infrastructure.

Amit is regularly consulted on these issues by: ministries and bodies of the central and state governments; developmental financial institutions (World Bank, PPIAF, WSP-SA, ADB); competition and sector regulators. Many leading Indian and foreign companies such as the Tata group, Adani, GVK, GMR, Vedanta, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance ADAG and Torrent regularly seek his counsel. He assisted the Kelkar Committee on Rejuvenation of Infrastructure Development (2015) and was a member of a Ministry of Law-appointed committee to review The Specific Relief Act, 1963.

Amit is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer and a Market Leader by Chambers and Partners and IFLR 1000, respectively.

RN-KaranjawalaRN Karanjawala
Karanjawala & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; litigation

Suneeth-KatarkiSuneeth Katarki
IndusLaw
Bengaluru
Tel: + 91 80 4072 6607
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; technology, media and telecommunications; corporate & commercial
Suneeth Katarki is a founding and senior partner of IndusLaw. His areas of expertise include domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He does a significant amount of work in the general technology regulatory and advisory space, including data privacy, consumer technology and fintech, as well as all areas overlapping technology in media and telecoms.

Suneeth has received many accolades over the years including being consistently listed as a Band 1 lawyer for corporate/M&A and a highly rated lawyer for private equity by Chambers and Partners. Legal 500 has also recognized him as one of the leading lawyers in the technology, media and telecommunication sector. Suneeth has also been named in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 lawyers in India for the last few years based on extensive research by India Business Law Journal and nominations received from thousands of in-house counsel and India-focused lawyers at international law firms.

Most recently Asialaw Profiles recognized him as distinguished practitioner for corporate and M&A after listing him as one of the leading lawyers of India for many years. Suneeth has been consecutively endorsed as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law by IFLR 1000 (2020, 2019 and 2018 edition) and as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s publication, The Vanguards.

Suneeth also writes and speaks extensively in the space he practises in, and has several publications to his credit. He serves on the boards of various organizations and is currently the vice chair of United Way India, a large charity.

Haigreve-KhaitanHaigreve Khaitan
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; project finance

Gautam-KhuranaGautam Khurana
India Law Offices
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions; inbound investment

Rohit-KochharRohit Kochhar
Kochhar & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; white-collar crime

Darshika-KothariDarshika Kothari
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; E-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos; mergers & acquisitions; joint ventures

Manoj-KumarManoj Kumar
Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
New Delhi

Tel: +91 98 1040 9090
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; data protection; power & energy; restructuring & insolvency
A top-tier name in the insolvency and business restructuring, corporate law and governance, energy and resources, policy and regulation and technology/data privacy space, Manoj Kumar is acknowledged for his outstanding leadership, strategy and ability to find alternate solutions to the most critical and complex challenges across geographies.

In addition to driving Hammurabi & Solomon Partners (ranked among the top 20 Indian law firms by Asian Legal Business), Manoj is also the: (i) vice-chair of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, (ii) vice-president of the Society of Construction Law UK – India, (iii) visiting fellow with Asia’s top ranking think tank – Observer Research Foundation, (iv) an expert with the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab, (v) visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), (vi) part of the India taskforce of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the legal services committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), (vii) secretary general of the Prof NR Madhava Menon SAARCLAW, (viii) chair of the India Strategy Group (ISG), (vii) editorial board member of Thinkers 50 India and independent director on corporate boards.

Notably, Manoj has been conferred the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Samman at the House of Lords, London, and also recently received a citation from the chairman of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) by the Corporate Counsel Association of India. Manoj is named as one of the 100 Legal Luminaries of India by LexisNexis and also featured in the A-List of top 100 lawyers of India by India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) in 2017 and 2018, making a hat-trick with his inclusion once again this year. Manoj has been ranked the best in the policy and regulation practice by IBLJ in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017-2018 and 2019 for projects involving deep and continuous support in law, policy and regulation challenges across sectors.

An alum of the prestigious Harvard Business School and National Law School of India, Manoj is a distinguished author, teacher, arbitration expert, mediation expert, strategist, columnist, thought leader, and is called upon by government bodies and top-of-the-line Indian and international institutions.

Mrinal-KumarMrinal Kumar
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4985 9925
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; real estate
Mrinal Kumar is a partner with the firm and specializes in areas of general corporate, real estate and retail. Mrinal has worked extensively in the real estate practice area in structuring transactions, mergers & acquisitions, foreign direct investment laws, local land laws in various states in India for large domestic and multinational clients.

Mrinal has been involved in advising various domestic as well as multi-national companies on commercial law aspects, including drafting, structuring and negotiating various investment agreements, joint venture agreements, joint development agreements, construction contracts and other related legal advisory work.

Mrinal has also advised on some of the largest transactions across the real estate sector in India. He has also advised the Government of India, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation on various legislations. Mrinal has been ranked as a Band 1 lawyer for real estate by Chambers and Partners for four consecutive years, 2016-19; and as a Leading Lawyer for Real Estate & Construction by Legal 500, 2018-19 and Asialaw Profiles, 2016-19.

Manan-LahotyManan Lahoty
IndusLaw
Mumbai
Tel: + 91 9867662 626
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Capital markets
Manan Lahoty is a partner in the firm’s Mumbai office and specialises in capital markets. Manan is qualified to practise in both England and Wales, and India. Prior to joining IndusLaw, he worked with Shearman & Sterling in London, and Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, and L&L Partners.

He has advised on some of the largest and most prestigious Indian transactions in the domestic and international capital markets, including the largest public offering and the largest “block sale” in India, as well as on a number of novel transactions, such as public offering of an exchange-traded fund. He has recently advised on capital markets transactions across sectors, including BFSI, technology, telecom, hospitality, real estate and manufacturing.

He also provides general advice on securities law matters to leading domestic and international investment banks in India. In addition, Manan’s practice includes providing advice on pre-offering corporate restructuring, corporate governance and other corporate and securities law matters.

Manan has been recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in India and consistently included in the top tier by several independent surveys and directories. He is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners, which in 2019 described him as very articulate, and technically very sound. Chambers and Partners has also described him as a solution provider who excels in client handling. In addition, Manan is highly ranked by IFLR 1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Legal Era and Who’s Who Legal. He has been included in India Business Law Journal’s A-List since 2017. He has also been named one of India’s Top 100 Great People Managers by Great Manager Institute in the Forbes India Magazine.

V-LakshmikumaranV Lakshmikumaran
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; taxation; international trade & bilateral investment treaties

Rajiv-LuthraRajiv Luthra
L&L Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; mergers & acquisitions; capital markets

Shwetasree-MajumderShwetasree Majumder
Fidus Law Chambers
Noida
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; technology, media and telecommunications

Shuva-MandalShuva Mandal
Fox Mandal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Inbound investment; mergers & acquisitions; real estate; private client

Stephen-MathiasStephen Mathias
Kochhar & Co
Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; technology, media and telecommunications

Rahul-MatthanRahul Matthan
Trilegal
Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Data protection; e-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos; technology, media and telecommunications

Preeti-MehtaPreeti Mehta
Kanga & Company
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; licensing & franchising; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Zakir-MerchantZakir Merchant
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Tel: +91 98700 77255
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: M&A, general corporate, private equity, and corporate disputes
Zakir is a partner in the M&A corporate practice and has been part of some of the largest M&A deals in the country. Zakir is also a retained counsel on behalf of the firm for the Japanese External Trade Research Organisation. Zakir’s clients form part of the Fortune 500 and he regularly represents multinational corporations and financial investors in a range of transactions, including private and public cross-border M&A, minority and control investments, structured investments, strategic partnerships, restructurings, and quasi-equity and debt investments. He has advised investors for their investments in several start-ups and growth stage companies as well as public listed companies.

Zakir also has a niche practice revolving around specializing in pre-dispute strategies between joint venture partners (foreign and domestic) leading to exits or buy outs. As an incidental practice, Zakir specializes in product recalls and emission control standards. Zakir also forms part of the firm’s Japan desk.

Vineetha-MGVineetha MG
Samvad Partners
Mumbai
Tel: + 91 22 6104 4001
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; infrastructure; private equity, venture capital & funds
Vineetha MG is one of the founding partners of Samvad Partners and is based out of Mumbai. She has extensive experience in advising clients on private equity investments, M&A, and banking and financing transactions.

Vineetha is considered as one of the most active private equity professionals in the market. She also regularly advises clients on issues arising out of corporate governance, domestic and cross-border anti-corruption statutes and ethics.

Vineetha is consistently recommended and ranked in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Global Law Experts and Leaders in Law. She was named the Most Influential Women in Private Equity Investment 2018 – India – by Acquisition International. She has been recognized by Insight Success magazine in the Top 10 Powerful Lawyers in 2018.

Vineetha has contributed articles on various issues and regularly conducts workshops for clients on director liability, anti-corruption and other governance-related issues.

Zia-ModyZia Mody
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; compliance; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Suhaan-MukerjiSuhaan Mukerji
PLR Chambers
New Delhi
Tel: + 91 11 2437 0981
Email: [email protected]rchambers.com
Key practice areas: Tech & digital economy; defence; public procurement; regulatory affairs; white-collar crime
Suhaan Mukerji is founding partner of PLR Chambers, a law firm specializing in public policy and regulatory affairs, which has been awarded the best policy and regulatory law firm of the year award by India Business Law Journal for 2019, 2017-18, 2016, 2015 and 2014, and received Legal Era Awards in 2017, 2016 and 2015. It was named Social Impact Firm of the Year in the Thomson Reuters Foundation Awards, 2018, and Suhaan was recognized as one of eight Gen Next lawyers by the Economic Times.

The firm also has a strong pan India criminal and civil disputes practice. Suhaan has extensive experience in crisis management, policy formulation, drafting and monitoring of legislative agendas. He consistently advises clients on corporate affairs and public policy strategy in India, primarily involving sectors of defence, nuclear power, information and communications technology, privacy and data protection, anti-corruption and white-collar crime, public procurement, food and pharmaceuticals law, not-for-profit laws, education, internet and e-commerce, international trade and investment disputes.

He regularly represents and assists clients before the Supreme Court of India, CBI Courts, various ministries and departments of the federal government, including the DIPP, Department of Economic Affairs, Road Transport Highways, Commerce and Industries, Fertilizers and Chemicals, Environment, Defence, Renewable Energy, Power, Coal, Mining, Meity and DoC, DRI, various state governments including Haryana, Telangana, Delhi, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram regulators including the RBI, SEBI, DGCA, SFIO, FSSAI, TRAI, and various law enforcement agencies across the country.

Suhaan regularly advises government at federal and state level on policy and legislative reform, serving on a number of government and industry committees, and regularly appearing as an expert witness before parliamentary standing committees. Legislative drafting assignments include, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways – Road Transport and Safety Bill; Department of Heavy Industries – the CEMM Bill; Inland Waterways Authority – PPP framework.

He has a Bachelor’s degree from National Law School, Bangalore, and an LLM from the London School of Economics. He is a passionate supporter of development initiatives and serves on the board of a number of leading global not-for-profit organizations.

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Madhurima-MukherjeeMadhurima Mukherjee
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate & commercial

Ameet-NaikAmeet Naik
Naik Naik & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; litigation; real estate; technology, media and telecommunications

Shivpriya-NandaShivpriya Nanda
J Sagar Associates
Gurugram

Tel: +91 124 4390 660
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Aviation; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; PE; projects
Shivpriya Nanda has over 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, strategic joint ventures and corporate advisory. She has represented several marquee clients over the years that have consistently sought her incisive and business-oriented advice. Her clients have included Walmart, Mercer, Michelin, EMAAR, KFC and Pizza Hut, Fidelity, Frankfurt Airport, Posco, Pernod Ricard and Hindustan Times.

Having spent her initial years as a litigator with a premier law chamber, Shivpriya brings an added insight to transactions. She has advised several Fortune 500 companies in complicated strategic alliances, restructurings, shareholder issues, bribery and anti- corruption investigations, technology licensing and transfers, senior management engagement and exits.

Shivpriya has been consistently ranked as a top-tier lawyer by various publications, such as Legal 500, which has consecutively ranked her as a leading individual for the past several years. She has also been listed as a leading lawyer in India by India Business Law Journal and Chambers and Partners.

Harish-NarasappaHarish Narasappa
Samvad Partners
Bengaluru
Tel: + 91 80 4268 6000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; mergers & acquisitions; power & energy; private equity, venture capital & funds
Harish Narasappa is a founding partner of Samvad Partners. He is a leader in corporate M&A, private equity, venture capital and start-ups. He also has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, banking, capital markets, corporate governance, TMT, regulatory and dispute resolution matters.

Harish has represented and advised several leading overseas corporations on their acquisitions and business operations in India, as well as renowned Indian companies on their commercial transactions and investments worldwide.

Harish is also a co-founder of Daksh, a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organization that uses cutting edge technology to solve various problems facing India’s judicial system.

Harish is the author of a book titled Rule of Law in India – A Quest for Reason. He is also the joint editor of Daksh’s two pioneering reports – State of the Indian Judiciary – A Report by Daksh and Approaches to Justice – A Report by Daksh.

Ravi-NathRavi Nath
RNC Legal / Rajinder Narain & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Aviation; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; securitization & structured finance

Suhail-NathaniSuhail Nathani
Economic Laws Practice
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Capital markets; competition & antitrust; corporate & commercial; international trade & bilateral investment treaties

Gopika-PantGopika Pant
Indian Law Partners
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 2415 4000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; data protection; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency
Gopika Pant has more than 34 years of legal experience and is dual qualified in India and New York. She completed her BA Hons from St Stephens College in 1982, her LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1985, and was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi in 1985 and the New York State Bar Association in 1987 after completing her LLM from Columbia University in 1986. She is also a member of the ABA and The Supreme Court Bar Association.

Gopika worked in New York from 1986-1990, then returned to India and was a partner at India’s leading law firm prior to setting up Indian Law Partners (ILP) in 1999, which has offices in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Gopika has significant experience in Indian corporate and commercial laws and is a specialist in cross-border commercial transactions, inbound and outbound, including restructurings, acquisitions, JVs, business alliances, foreign portfolio investments, PE investments and exits, insolvency and bankruptcy, banking and finance, infrastructure and project finance and real property transactions.

Gopika’s experience includes advising Times Bank in India’s first private banking merger between HDFC Bank and Times Bank; Japan Bank for International Cooperation in various equity and debt transactions, including its investments in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Takshasila Hospitals and TechnoTrends Auto Park, Kuwait Petroleum, BUPA, BlueScope Steel, Toshiba, Mitsui, Nippon Paper, Hyundai, Dow Jones, Bosch, KIA Motors, Merlin Entertainments, Savills, Blueair, Fujitsu General, M&G Investments, GE, Microsoft, Brookfield, Arab Bank, Trivest Partners, Diligent Corporation USA, Navitas, Major League Baseball and Avaada Energy on diverse matters.

Gopika is an independent director on boards of various corporates, including GKN Driveline (India) Limited and Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Limited.

Gopika is a keen environmentalist and has completed a Diploma in Environmental Law with the World Wide Fund for Nature. She is an enthusiastic public speaker and has addressed various conferences in India, London, Singapore, Japan and the US.

Gopika has also authored articles in various Indian and international publications. Gopika is a keen sportswoman. She has been ranked number one in badminton and squash in Delhi and has played in several national-level championships in India.

Anand_PathakAnand Pathak
P&A Law Offices
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4139 3939
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; mergers & acquisitions; competition & antitrust; litigation
Anand Pathak has extensive experience in advising clients on international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and European and Indian laws on competition and international trade. He is admitted to practise law in the US and India, and has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions in the US, the EU and in India. Prior to joining P&A Law Offices, he practiced law in Brussels, New York, Cleveland and Palo Alto.

Anand attended all the negotiation meetings of the European Council that led to the adoption of the EU’s merger control regulation (Regulation 4064/89), and has represented clients in complex European Commission investigations and merger notifications under EU competition laws. He has represented clients in cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, including Daiichi Sankyo in its acquisition of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Tech Mahindra in its acquisition of Satyam Computer Services, Schneider Electric in its acquisition of Luminous Power Technologies, and the acquisitions of HCL Technologies, Rediff.com and Tech Mahindra outside India. He recently represented the shareholders of eTouch in the sale of eTouch to Virtusa Corporation and of Global Edge Software to Altran Technologies. He is currently representing several companies before the Competition Commission of India, the National Company Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India in matters relating to mergers, cartels and abuse of dominance, and in financing and M&A transactions.

Anand was presented with the National Law Day Award in 2005 by the prime minister of India for his unique 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, including Best M&A Lawyer in India for every year from 2008 to 2016, and India – Competition Lawyer of the Year for every year from 2013 to 2018.

Anand has an LLB from the University of Cambridge, England, and an LLM and MA in international and development economics from Yale University. He has worked at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, and in the Competition Division of the Legal Service in the European Commission, Brussels. He was a member of a committee constituted by the Indian government in 2018 for reviewing Indian competition laws.

Shiraz-PatodiaShiraz Patodia
Dua Associates
New Delhi

Tel: +91 11 2371 4408
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; international trade & bilateral investment treaties; litigation; white-collar crime
Shiraz Patodia’s practice focuses on dispute resolution: litigation & arbitration. She represents domestic and international clients in complex and highly contentious commercial litigation and arbitration matters across courts and arbitral forums in India, including the Supreme Court of India. In her legal career spanning more than three decades, Shiraz has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held Indian and foreign companies. As the Indian antitrust counsel for the Dow Chemical Company, Shiraz made the filing for combination clearance with the Competition Commission of India in one of the largest cross-border M&A deals.

Shiraz notably created a specialist practice group at the firm for anti-corruption and white-collar crimes, handling advisory and litigation assignments as well as internal corporate investigations for various multinational clients across India. She is also representing one of the firm’s international clients in a leading case on corporate corruption pending in India.

Shiraz also heads Dua’s international trade and customs practice, regularly representing clients from across the globe in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duty investigations in India.

Shiraz has been consistently rated as a leading practitioner by several international publications, including Chambers Global, Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and India Business Law Journal, and has received several global commendations for her “practical and result oriented” work. Dua’s international trade team, headed by Shiraz, has been consistently rated as “one of the best trade teams in India”. Shiraz has been listed as a leading individual and a key practitioner for dispute resolution (Chambers and Partners, 2018, Legal 500, 2018), a notable practitioner with a solid track record and experience in representing multinational companies on anti-corruption and fraud matters (Chambers and Partners, 2018, Legal 500, 2018), and a notable practitioner/leading individual who is very experienced in providing anti-dumping defence for international trade/WTO matters (Chamber and Partners, 2018, Legal 500, 2018).

Shiraz 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, Bombay, and is a solicitor of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. She is an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India and is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Bombay Bar Association and an associate member of Delhi High Court Bar Association.

Ajay-RaghavanAjay Raghavan
Trilegal
Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Labour & employment

Saikrishna-RajagopalSaikrishna Rajagopal
Saikrishna & Associates
Noida
Tel: +91 12 0463 3900
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust; intellectual property; technology, media and telecommunications
Saikrishna Rajagopal is the managing partner of Saikrishna & Associates, a pre-eminent firm in intellectual property. Saikrishna is a renowned IP litigator, having worked on a variety of path-breaking IP disputes in the past two decades. Apart from IP, he has also appeared in landmark cases involving the right of freedom of speech and expression. Saikrishna had occasion to successfully make out 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 harbours to online intermediaries.

Saikrishna has written and spoken on a variety of IP topics, both in domestic and international fora. Several domestic and international surveys exploring the IP landscape have rated him as a leading individual in IP work. He has also appeared before a Standing Committee of Parliament, deposing with respect to the 2012 Amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957.

Vikrant-RanaVikrant Rana
SS Rana & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Intellectual property

C-RashmikantC Rashmikant
Rashmikant & Partners
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Litigation

Ashwath-RauAshwath Rau
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Jyoti-SagarJyoti Sagar
J Sagar Associates
Gurugram
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; intellectual property; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Hemant-SahaiHemant Sahai
HSA Advocates
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; infrastructure; power & energy; project finance

Anuradha-SalhotraAnuradha Salhotra
Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
Gurugram
Tel: + 91 11 4350 0000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; litigation
Anuradha Salhotra, founding partner at Rahul Chaudhry & Partners (previously Lall Lahiri & Salhotra), is an IP litigator and handles the contentious practice at the firm. Anuradha started her practice soon after enrolling at the bar and joined hands with Amar Raj Lall and Monisha Lahiri, two of the most well-known and respected IP practitioners in the country, to establish the niche IP specialist partnership firm, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra, in 1983.

Today, Anuradha is an authority on intellectual property law and has been instrumental in the firm’s extensive IP practice. Her expertise is not restricted to any particular aspect of IP but covers the entire gamut of activities that go into the development and management of intellectual property. The various tasks that Anuradha handles at the firm include heading the litigation team and directing all litigation matters, development of strategy and counselling of clients, attending conferences and meetings, appearing on behalf of clients before judicial and quasi-judicial authorities, consultancy with regard to optimal management and development of IP portfolios.

Anuradha’s enviable track record for delivering successful results for her clients is the outcome not only of her legal acumen and deep understanding of IP in India, but also of long hours spent formulating strategies for protection. In her capacity as founding partner of the firm, she has devoted herself to the complex contentious and dispute resolution practice of the firm, advising and representing some of the biggest names across the industry spectrum, in litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as negotiating IP transactions.

She is regarded as one of the premier IP law experts whose advice is sought for management of some of the most well-known and most valuable trademarks, management of patent proceedings and countering attacks on IP. She has, over the past few years, emerged as one of the most well-known and respected IP law litigators in the country, having appeared in almost all jurisdictions representing IP owners from the mega corporations to private individuals.

Seetharaman-SampathSeetharaman Sampath
Sarvada Legal
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency; competition & antitrust; international trade & bilateral investment treaties; litigation

Mohit-SarafMohit Saraf
L&L Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Abhishek-SaxenaAbhishek Saxena
Phoenix Legal
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; taxation; infrastructure; bankruptcy & insolvency

Rajat-SethiRajat Sethi
S&R Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; PE; restructuring & insolvency; corporate & commercial

Anup-S-ShahAnup S Shah
Anup S Shah Law Firm
Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; litigation; real estate

Siddharth-ShahSiddharth Shah
Khaitan & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; infrastructure

Atul-SharmaAtul Sharma
Link Legal India Law Services
New Delhi
Key practice areas: aviation; corporate & commercial; infrastructure; power & energy

Cyril-ShroffCyril Shroff
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 2496 4455
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; corporate governance; mergers & acquisitions
With over 37 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, bankruptcy, infrastructure, private client, financial regulatory and others, Cyril Shroff is consistently ranked as “star practitioner” in India by Chambers Global and has been named the “M&A King of India” and “Managing Partner of the Year 2019” at the Asia Legal Business India Law Awards. He was also named “Thought Leader for M&A and Governance” by Who’s Who Legal Awards, 2019.

Cyril is on the advisory committee of the IMC International ADR Centre and a member of the Society of Insolvency Practitioners of India. He was a member of SEBI constituted Committee on Corporate Governance and on Insider Trading. He is a member of the Media Legal Defence Initiative International Advisory Board and part of various committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Pallavi-ShroffPallavi Shroff
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4161 4093
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; competition & antitrust; litigation
Pallavi S Shroff is the managing partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM & Co) and heads the dispute resolution practice at the firm. She is also the chief mentor for the Competition Law Practice.

Pallavi has been a driving force in further enhancing the positioning of SAM & Co as India’s premier full-service law firm ever since she took over as a managing partner in 2015. Under her guidance, the firm has grown to become a firm with over 100 partners, diversified practice offerings, and an accelerated pan-India presence with offices in seven cities. She has also embraced technology initiatives to transform and further enhance the firm’s client service delivery.

With over 37 years of extensive and highly regarded experience, Pallavi’s expertise spans across dispute resolution, competition law and white-collar crime. Pallavi frequently advises and counsels clients on some of the largest and most challenging litigation and arbitration matters with regard to energy, infrastructure, natural resources, mergers and 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 is an alternate member (India) at the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Court of Arbitration. Under Pallavi’s leadership, the firm was engaged by FICCI and CII to represent the entire Indian Industry in the Presidential Reference proceedings (Special Reference 1 of 2012) being heard by a five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court. The judgment passed by the Constitution Bench is one of the most famous and compelling rulings in India on methods of disposal of natural resources in India.

Chambers and Partners has called Pallavi, “a widely acknowledged stalwart in the field of competition law best known for her handling of cartel, abuse of dominance and other contentious issues, but increasingly active providing strategic oversight on very large-scale, multi-jurisdictional merger control mandates” while Who’s Who Legal of Commercial Arbitrators has rated Pallavi, “as one of three leading practitioners involved with arbitration”.

Shardul-ShroffShardul Shroff
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4161 4094
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency; capital markets; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions
Shardul S Shroff is the founder and executive chairman of the firm. Based out of the New Delhi office, he also heads the firm’s insolvency and bankruptcy practice.

Shardul’s four decades of experience spans across a wide spectrum, including expertise in insolvency and bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, government regulations, disinvestment, capital markets and debt recovery.

In a short span of three-and-a-half years since the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was introduced by the Government of India in December 2015, the practice established by Shardul in this domain has built a leadership position. Under his mentorship, the firm was recognized as the Best in Insolvency at the Asialaw’s Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards, 2018.

As a thought leader in the legal domain, Shardul has been consistently rated as a leading corporate lawyer by several international fora and publications, including Who’s Who Legal, Asialaw, Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Euromoney, International Financial Law Review (IFLR) and more.

IFLR 1000 2019 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms notes Shardul as a market leader in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, banking & finance, restructuring & insolvency, capital markets, infrastructure, project finance and project development, while Chambers and Partners views Shardul as a highly respected practitioner in the corporate and M&A space who is known for his long-standing experience handling joint ventures, takeovers, divestments and commercial contracts.

He has been a member of the Insolvency Law Committee, formed by the Government of India to review the implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He was also a member of the high-powered committee to review decriminalization of offences under the Companies Act and the Committee on Cross-Border Insolvency.

Among other numerous recognitions, Shardul is also a recipient of the National Law Day Award from the President of India for his unique contribution to the field of corporate law and leadership in its practice, and for being instrumental in advancement of India’s corporate law practice at international standards.

Vikram-ShroffVikram Shroff
Nishith Desai Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Labour & employment

Hemant-SinghHemant Singh
Inttl Advocare
New Delhi
Tel: +91 12 0247 0200
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Intellectual property; litigation
Inttl Advocare was established in 1991 by Hemant Singh, managing and founder partner, a renowned litigator who has a practice of over 30 years and has been instrumental in the development of IP jurisprudence in India. He is also a registered patent agent.

He was admitted to the bar in 1984 and has handled over 2,500 IP litigations in various courts all over India involving contentious and complex issues in the areas of trademarks, patents, designs, copyright, trade secrets, geographical indications and competition laws. With diverse worldwide clientele, he represents several Fortune 100 and 500 companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, liquor, garments, cosmetics, FMCG, fashion accessories, computer software, telecommunications, media, electronics, automobiles and biotechnology. He is INTA’s counsel in their first ever amicus brief before the Indian Supreme Court in a case involving parallel imports.

The firm’s team strength is over 90 persons, with 50 professionals, including advocates and technical experts who are supported by over 40 paralegals. Inttl Advocare has offices in New Delhi and Mumbai and offers a multi-jurisdictional practice handling IP litigation and prosecution across India and neighbouring countries, including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Maldives.

Inttl Advocare offers a broad spectrum of professional services in the fields of trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, patents, domain dispute resolution, geographical indications, traditional knowledge, unfair trade practices, unfair competition, consumer protection laws, right of privacy and publicity, regulatory compliance, commercial documentation, cross-border collaborations, agreements for transfer of technology and franchising, strategizing IP protection, trade secrets, know-how and breach of confidence.

Hemant has been actively participating in the growth of valuable jurisprudence in the field of IP through various amicus briefs, as well as through leadership of various IP committees of various international IP associations globally. He is the president of the AIPPI’s India Group and was on INTA’s board of directors from 2016 to 2018. He is chair of INTA Anti-counterfeiting Committee, South-Asia Sub-committee, co-chair of INTA India Global Advisory Council, APAA council member, a member of MARQUES, and a member of the IP Rights Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Karan-SinghKaran Singh
Trilegal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; restructuring & insolvency

Manisha-SinghManisha Singh
LexOrbis
New Delhi
Tel: +91 98 1116 1518
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; litigation
Manisha Singh is the founder partner of LexOrbis, one of India’s most recommended and highly-rated full-service IP firms, which provides services related to all aspects of IP law including advisory and consultancy, asset identification and clearances, procurement, protection, transactional, enforcement and litigations. She founded the firm in 1997 with a set of like-minded individuals and within a span of 22 years, the firm under her leadership has become one of the most sought-after firms in the Indian IP space.

Manisha has over 22 years’ experience in prosecuting IP matters in India and internationally, and the unique distinction of practising IP at both the prosecution and enforcement levels. She advises on all legal issues arising in procurement, protection and enforcement of IP assets. She also regularly represents clients at the Supreme Court, various high courts, district courts and other tribunals. Her practice offers innovative and practical solutions on all aspects of IP work, from trademark and design rights litigation to licensing and distribution agreements, assisting clients to discover and restructure their IP assets, portfolio reviews, filing and enforcement strategies.

Manisha is a member of several significant IP forums and professional bodies, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Pharmaceuticals Trade Marks Group (PTMG), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Marques and FICPI.

Some of her recent recognitions include:

  • Recognized as one of India’s top 100 lawyers, India Business Law Journal’s A-List, 2019 and 2018;
  • Recognized as a patent star (patent litigation, strategy & counselling) by Managing Intellectual Property, 2019;
  • Recognized as IP strategist by IAM 300, 2019;
  • Recognized for patent prosecution by IAM Patent 1000, 2019;
  • Awarded the IP star women of the year by Legal Media Group, 2019;
  • Awarded for excellence for invaluable services in the field of IP, 2019 by GIPC;
  • Recognized as Leading Lawyer, 2018 by Asialaw;
  • Recognized as an IP Star (litigation, strategy, counselling), 2018 by Managing Intellectual Property.

Manoj-SinghManoj Singh
Singh & Associates
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4666 7000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; litigation
Manoj K Singh is the founding partner of Singh & Associates. He has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitrations, including ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations, especially in infrastructure, shipping, telecom and mining.

He has successfully represented his clients in many international arbitrations, including under the rules of the ICC, LMAA, LCIA, and SIAC. He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, a vice chairman of Legal Services Task Force of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and an assistant general secretary of the Society of Indian Law Firms.

Manoj was ranked for dispute resolution practice by Legal 500 and was named Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Legal Era’s Indian Legal Awards 2019. Chambers and Partners named him as a recognized practitioner in dispute resolution in 2019 and Asian Legal Business named him one of the top five dispute resolution lawyers of the year in its India Law Awards, 2019.

Sajai-SinghSajai Singh
J Sagar Associates
Bengaluru
Key practice areas: Compliance; data protection; defence; labour & employment

Sawant-SinghSawant Singh
Phoenix Legal
Mumbai
Tel: 91 22 43408500
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; joint ventures
Sawant Singh is a founding partner of Phoenix Legal and has expertise in project-finance, commercial borrowings and debt restructuring. He also advises on foreign investments, M&As, joint ventures and employment issues.

Sawant has been referred to by Chambers and Partners as one of India’s most in-demand banking practitioners, and according to Chambers and Partners clients praise his solution-focused and practical approach in addition to his very calm demeanour, a huge plus in high stakes negotiations. Asialaw recognizes him as a leading labour and employment lawyer and he has consistently been listed in the “A-List: India’s Top 100 Lawyers” by India Business Law Journal.

Ruby-Singh AhujaRuby Singh Ahuja
Karanjawala & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; bankruptcy & insolvency; competition & antitrust; litigation

Krrishan-SinghaniaKrrishan Singhania
Singhania & Co
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Aviation; arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; shipping

Ravi-SinghaniaRavi Singhania
Singhania & Partners
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; mergers & acquisitions; labour & employment

Veena-SivaramakrishnanVeena Sivaramakrishnan
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6720 5560
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; restructuring & insolvency; securitization & structured finance
Veena Sivaramakrishnan is an equity partner in the firm’s banking and finance and insolvency and bankruptcy practice, with over 15 years of experience. She has significant experience in banking and finance, financial services regulatory, derivatives, insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring mandates. She has spearheaded and evaluated complex structures with the interplay of multiple jurisdictions while advising clients on financing structures, restructuring and enforcement.

Her role is significantly diversified and she acts on key types of mandates which include:

  • Restructuring and insolvency – Veena regularly advises (a) foreign banks, ARCs and foreign distressed funds in their investment in Indian entities either within or outside the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, directly and synthetically, and (b) resolution applicants, resolution professionals and the Committee of Creditors within IBC.
  • Financial sector collaboration – Veena spearheaded the merger of Capital First (and its subsidiaries) with IDFC Bank, one of the first Bank – NBFC mergers in India. She continues to advise various banks and financial institutions for marquee transactions, including for their expansion in the regulated legal space in India.
  • Financing – Veena regularly advises on cross-border financing, asset financing, acquisition financing and real estate financing, specifically for foreign banks and private equity players. Structured finance, including on a cross-border basis, is Veena’s forte and clients usually reach out to her for structuring advice, even before documentation.
  • Advisory – banks and financial institutions regularly seek Veena’s assistance for matters that impact their Indian operations. Veena is also active in the specialized field of derivatives.

Clients that Veena represents include investment funds, foreign portfolio entities of multinational banking corporations, banks, non-banking financial institutions, as well as distressed funds.

Veena has been consistently recognized by prestigious Indian and international publications individually and within her areas of practice by Chambers and Partners, IFLR and Asialaw Profiles. Her clients praise her for her firm grasp of banking, as well as applicable regulations, and her vast experience in derivatives is highly valued. She has the ability to provide commercial inputs over and above the legal advice and to offer alternative solutions. Clients describe her as proactive, approachable, responsive and timely, very professional and relationship driven.

Priti-SuriPriti Suri
PSA
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4350 0500
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; labour & employment; litigation; mergers & acquisitions
Priti Suri, the founder and managing partner of PSA, has over three decades of experience across three continents. A first-generation lawyer, she started as a litigator and evolved as a business adviser who is known for her pragmatic ability to get the deal done.

After work experience in the US and Europe, Priti established her base in India. She developed the firm and represents its international and domestic clients in the full range of cross-border M&A transactions, JVs and restructurings. She counsels on corporate governance, CSR and ethics, and works closely with senior management on the full range of operational issues and related dispute resolution. Her representations are over US$15 billion across a spectrum of industries.

An active member of the international bar, Priti chaired the India Committee of ABA for two years and is its senior adviser. In April 2017, she became the first Asian to be honored with ABA’s prestigious Mayre Rasmussen Award for Advancement of Women in International Law. She led the Women Business Lawyers’ Committee of IPBA for four years and is currently an officer of the IPBA and a board member of iTechlaw. She initiated the formation of Society of Women Lawyers-India, the first platform for women lawyers, and is its current president.

Sujjain-TalwarSujjain Talwar
Economic Laws Practice
Mumbai

Tel: +91 22 6636 7000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; defence
Sujjain Talwar is a co-founding partner of ELP and responsible mainly for the infrastructure and hospitality practices of the firm. With over 25 years of experience, Sujjain is a qualified solicitor in India as well as England and Wales. His work includes infrastructure projects around the region, including in Yemen, Fujairah, Djibouti and the Maldives.

Sujjain also serves as an independent director on some boards. Prior to co-founding ELP, Sujjain worked with Crawford Bayley & Co in Mumbai as well as Pinsent Masons in the UK.

Shardul-ThackerShardul Thacker
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6634 5496 / 2262 3191 / 6216 6300
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; insurance & reinsurance; power & energy; shipping
Shardul Thacker offers clients over 40 years of experience in corporate and commercial law. His clients include MNCs and Indian companies across industries, including: banking, chemicals, insurance, shipping, steel, subsea engineering and marine services, offshore construction, infrastructure (LNG ports, oil and gas), tooling and bearings, transport, trade and logistics.He acts as Indian counsel to Indian corporates and MNCs in their corporate transactions.

Shardul’s clients include acquirers, sellers and targets in M&A cross-border transactions, who he advises on a host of issues involving competition and tax, as well as red-flag issues such as pollution, product liability and non-insurable. In commercial practice, he specializes in contracts of sale and purchase of goods and services, long-term take or pay and supply chain contracts, and also advises on industry regulatory issues.

He extensively advises EPC contractors in respect of offshore construction projects, subsea and topside, integrated and marine services contracts. He continues to act for overseas lenders in most India-related ship financing transactions, including LNG vessels flying foreign flags chartered by Indian companies.

Shardul regularly advises on various aspects of insurance law, including marine fire, erection, LOP, material damage. In his ship and structured finance practice he advises clients on investing in shipping ventures and LNG/FSRU projects, and handles cabotage, tonnage tax, pollution and the flagging of regulatory issues.

With vast experience in litigation and arbitration, both domestic and cross-border, Shardul has an in-depth commercial understanding which equips him to negotiate and seamlessly support his corporate, insurance, offshore construction and banking practice, offering solution-oriented and well-rounded advice. His acumen in strategizing and managing litigation risks for clients has facilitated resolving disputes with the least possible adverse effect to clients’ business.

Lloyd’s List ranked him “Top 10 Lawyers” and “Highly regarded for his work in the LNG sector, particularly for interesting and highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports and ships”. He is also ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in shipping, banking and insurance. Who’s Who Legal says, “Shardul Thacker is a leading figure in the Indian market and is highly respected for his first-class work in the shipping sector, particularly when it comes to financing matters”.

Kunal-ThakoreKunal Thakore
Talwar Thakore & Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; joint ventures; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds

Diljeet-TitusDiljeet Titus
Titus & Co
New Delhi
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; intellectual property; litigation

Neeraj-TuliNeeraj Tuli
Tuli & Co
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 4593 4000
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & alternative dispute resolution; insurance & reinsurance; litigation
Neeraj is widely recognized for his depth of knowledge and understanding of the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the insurance and reinsurance industry. His practice is recommended in various editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories, with market sources describing him as: “Neeraj Tuli is active across an impressively broad range of issues, including product development and regulatory questions, and maintains a particularly high level of activity when it comes to advising both foreign and domestic insurers and reinsurers on potentially contentious coverage matters. Peers widely endorse his reputation as a standout practitioner in the market, while clients acclaim him, not only for the excellence of his work, but also for that of the close relationships he establishes with them.” (Chambers and Partners).

Neeraj regularly assists clients with regulatory advice, product development and insurance coverage issues. His coverage advice for insurers and reinsurers encompasses a wide range of policy lines, including D&O, E&O/professional indemnity, CGL, product liability, public liability, MD, BI, CPM, DSU, ALOP, EAR and CAR. Neeraj is currently managing claims on behalf of insurers and reinsurers in India, the US, the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Neeraj and his team also specialise in litigation and arbitration. They handle ad-hoc arbitrations as well as institutional arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and the Indian Council of Arbitration.

Neeraj also acts as an arbitrator, and was invited to be the first president of the Insurance Law Association of India being formed in association with the British Insurance Law Association. He is also a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s National Committee on dispute resolution and former chairman and current committee member of the Indian Associated Chambers of Commerce Expert Insurance Committee.

Nisha-UberoiNisha Uberoi
Trilegal
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust

Bahram-VakilBahram Vakil
AZB & Partners

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; infrastructure; restructuring & insolvency

Vivek-VashiVivek Vashi
Vashi and Vashi
Mumbai
Tel: +91 22 6268 3333
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Arbitration & Alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property; litigation; real estate
Vivek Vashi is recognized as a leading dispute resolution practitioner in India. He commenced his career in law as a trainee in 1999 with Amarchand & Mangaldas (as it was then called). On his qualification in 2002, he was retained as an associate and as a senior associate after he qualified as a solicitor in 2004. In 2008 Vivek co-founded Bharucha & Partners.

Vashi and Vashi was founded in 2017 by Vivek, after he parted ways with his erstwhile firm along with his entire team of 17 associates in order to set up an independent practice in Mumbai. Following a spectacular run over the past year, Vashi and Vashi now has a team of 20 associates and is poised to handle complex and high-stakes disputes across India. This includes litigation before all tribunals, magistrates and courts, including the Supreme Court, and domestic and international arbitrations, including LCIA, SIAC and ICC arbitrations.

Vivek has always dealt with intricate disputes and multifaceted litigations and has made his mark as the forerunner for dispute resolution in Mumbai. His hands-on approach coupled with innovative thinking has allowed him to offer pertinent advice and representation for his clients across a broad gamut of matters, such as company disputes, construction disputes, family disputes, economic offences, white-collar crimes, bankruptcy & insolvency and renewable energy reforms in various sectors such as telecom, infrastructure, real estate, bankruptcy and insolvency iron and steel, FMCG etc. Vashi also guides his clients when negotiating on large transactions to thwart and/or insulate themselves from potential disputes.

Vivek has been recognized by Chambers and Partners repeatedly; and has been ranked in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top 100 Indian lawyers for several years consecutively. He has also been commended by Asialaw, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. His approach has earned him the adulation of clients and the respect of his opponents.

L-ViswanathanL Viswanathan
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mumbai
Key practice areas: Infrastructure; project finance; restructuring & insolvency

Dina-WadiaDina Wadia
J Sagar Associates
Mumbai
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; restructuring & insolvency; mergers & acquisitions

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