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”.