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Based on the collective views of in-house counsel and private practice lawyers in India. The following are the top India-focused lawyers at international law firms.

The International 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.

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Sheila AhujaSheila Ahuja
Partner
Allen & Overy
Singapore

Babita AmbekarBabita Ambekar
Partner
DWF
Singapore

Talat AnsariTalat Ansari
Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren
New York, US

Robert AppelbaumRobert Appelbaum
Partner
Webber Wentzel
Johannesburg, South Africa

Philip BadgePhilip Badge
Partner
Linklaters Singapore
Singapore

Arun BalasubramanianArun Balasubramanian
Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Singapore and Hong Kong

Clive BarnardClive Barnard
Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills
London, UK

Ulrich BäumerUlrich Bäumer
Co-head of India practice
Osborne Clarke
Cologne, Germany

Jamie BensonJamie Benson
Director
Duane Morris
Singapore

Manoj BhargavaManoj Bhargava
Partner
Sidley Austin
Singapore
Tel: + 65 6230 3987 (D) ; +65 9116 2627 (M)
Email: mbhargava@sidley.com

Key practice areas: Capital markets
Manoj Bhargava focuses on cross-border India transactions, particularly equity and debt capital markets. He has a substantial practice, advising clients on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and private placements, including US Securities and Exchange Commission-registered offerings and listings on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the stock exchanges of Mumbai, London, Singapore and Luxembourg. He also advises on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments and dispositions. He has more than two decades of experience and has advised on almost 150 offerings and other transactions for Indian companies. He has represented corporates, investment banks and investors. He also has experience working on transactions in China, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Manoj is recognized as a leading lawyer in several legal publications, including “A-Lists” and several of the transactions he has advised on have won awards or recognition.

Sidharth BhasinSidharth Bhasin
Partner
Shearman & Sterling
Singapore and Hong Kong

Gautam BhattacharyyaGautam Bhattacharyya
Partner
Reed Smith
London, UK

Raja BoseRaja Bose
Partner
K&L Gates
Singapore

Andrew BreretonAndrew Brereton
Partner
King & Spalding
Singapore

Geoffrey BurgessGeoffrey Burgess
Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton
London, UK

David CameronDavid Cameron
Partner
Dorsey & Whitney
Hong Kong

Bill CarrBill Carr
Head of India Desk
CMS Cameron Mckenna Nabarro Olswang
London, UK

Biswajit ChatterjeeBiswajit Chatterjee
Partner
Squire Patton Boggs
Singapore and Dubai, UAE
Tel: +65 8157 6204 (Singapore)
+971 56 188 1925 (Dubai)
+91 8220 333 519 (India)
Email: biswajit.chatterjee@squirepb.com

Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate transactional (M&A and PE); corporate commercial; regulatory
Bis Chatterjee is a corporate partner and serves as co-chair India practice and leads the US securities laws practice focused on India, SE Asia and Middle East. Bis divides his time between Singapore and Dubai, and works closely with teams across SPB’s global footprint of 54 offices and 1,700 lawyers.

Bis focuses on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, M&A and PE transactions in SE Asia and Middle East. He has worked across industries, including technology, fintech, energy, financial services, defence, infrastructure, real estate, retail and hospitality clients. He also supports Indian clients and conglomerates growing their global operations on commercial matters, as well as corporate and employment issues. Bis has also worked on a range of regulatory issues, including economic sanctions, government procurement, white collar investigations, corporate governance issues and other regulatory disputes.

Bis is highly ranked by Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and other legal directories. Chambers Global has consistently (2010 – 2019) ranked him a highly regarded lawyer and confirm client testimonials that include “very professional and extremely thorough”, “solution oriented”, “extremely knowledgeable about India and Indian client requirements”, and a “tough negotiator” who offers clients “incredible personal attention”.

Under his stewardship SPB has been top-ranked for equity offerings in India by Bloomberg (2018), Thomson Reuters (2019) and Prime Database (2016 – 2019) league tables; and was recognized as India Desk of the Year (2017, 2019) by Thomson Reuters IDEX awards; and as International Law Firm of the Year (2019) and International Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year (2017) by Legal Era.

Bis has worked on a number of landmark transactions, including on the US$4 billion Government of Indonesia MTN, US$2.3 billion SB1 Q1P, US$3.4 billion Coal India 1PO, US$1.2 billion PFC FPO, US$1.3 billion SBI Life Insurance 1PO, US$1.5 billion New India Assurance IPO, US$160 million Fairfax acquisition of Indonesian insurer, US$615 million NALCO OFS, US$250 million PFC OFS, US$1.1 billion Power Grid FPO, and the US$340 million Equitas Finance IPO. 11 of his transactions have been selected as Deal of the Year transactions in the last four years by India Business Law Journal.

George CyriacGeorge Cyriac
Partner
Stephenson Harwood
Singapore

Mark DaviesMark Davies
Partner
King & Spalding
Tokyo, Japan

Valerie DemontValerie Demont
Partner
Shepperd Mullin
New York, US

Sanjeev DhunaSanjeev Dhuna
Partner
Allen & Overy
London, UK

Arvind DixitArvind Dixit
Partner
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Melbourne, Australia

Rustam DubashRustam Dubash
Head of India group
Penningtons Manches
London, UK

Rajeev DuggalRajeev Duggal
Partner
Skadden Arps
Singapore

Mike DugganMike Duggan
Partner, Head of India Group
Addleshaw Goddard
London, UK

Sunil GadhiaSunil Gadhia
Partner
Cleary Gottlieb
London, UK

Peter GoldsmithPeter Goldsmith
Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton
London, UK

Pallavi Gopinath AneyPallavi Gopinath Aney
Partner
Allen & Overy
Singapore

James GrandolfoJames Grandolfo
Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Hong Kong

Richard GubbinsRichard Gubbins
Senior Consultant
Ashurst
London, UK

Nipun GuptaNipun Gupta
Co-Head India Strategy Group
Bird & Bird
London, UK

Rajiv GuptaRajiv Gupta
Partner
Latham & Watkins
Singapore

Rahul GuptanRahul Guptan
Partner
Clifford Chance
Singapore

Simon HallSimon Hall
Partner
Slaughter and May
London, UK

Sunny HandaSunny Handa
Partner
Blakes
Montréal, Canada

Azmul HaqueAzmul Haque
Partner
Collyer Law
Singapore

Savi HebburSavi Hebbur
Corporate partner
Linklaters
London, UK

Ranbir HunjanRanbir Hunjan
Partner
Clifford Chance
London, UK

Martin ImhofMartin Imhof
Partner
Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek
Dusseldorf, Germany

Naomi IshikawaNaomi Ishikawa
Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Singapore

Narayan IyerNarayan Iyer
Finance Partner, Head of India Group
Linklaters
London, UK

Abhimanyu JalanAbhimanyu Jalan
Partner
Clyde & Co
Dubai, UAE

Sushma JobanputraSushma Jobanputra
Partner-in-Charge Singapore
Jones Day
Singapore

Sunil KakkadSunil Kakkad
Partner
Gowling WLG
London, UK

Rahul KapoorRahul Kapoor
Partner
Morgan Lewis
Palo Alto, US
Tel: +1 650 843 7580
Email: rahul.kapoor@morganlewis.com

Key practice areas: Technology transactions; life science transactions; intellectual property; M&A

With a focus on global commercial, intellectual property, and technology transactions, Rahul Kapoor advises clients on strategic alliances, joint ventures, and corporate partnering transactions in the technology and life science industries including a focus on India. He handles patent licensing, supply and distribution agreements, spinoffs and core technology licenses. Rahul also advises clients on IP due diligence issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and corporate financings.

Rahul is the leader of the India initiative and co-leader of the Technology initiative at Morgan Lewis. He is also the local practice group leader of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco corporate and business transactions practice. In addition to practicing law, Rahul taught an IP strategy class for 10 years at UC Berkeley School of Law. Morgan Lewis is a global law firm with offices in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Raj KariaRaj Karia
Head of Corporate
Norton Rose Fulbright
London, UK

Ankit KashyapAnkit Kashyap
Partner
Sidley Austin
Singapore

Amit KatariaAmit Kataria
Partner
Morrison & Foerster
London, UK

Srinivas KaushikSrinivas Kaushik
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis
New York, US

Sachin KerurSachin Kerur
Partner
Reed Smith
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ryo KotouraRyo Kotoura
Partner
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Tokyo, Japan

Karthik KumarKarthik Kumar
Partner
Jones Day
Singapore

Ashok LalwaniAshok Lalwani
Principal
Baker McKenzie
Singapore

Laurence LiebermanLaurence Lieberman
Partner
Taylor Wessing
London, UK
Tel: +44 207 300 4869
Email: l.lieberman@taylorwessing.com

Key practice areas: Life sciences disputes; white-collar crime investigations and defence; contentious banking and financial services; technology and telecommunications

Laurence Lieberman is a partner in the disputes & investigations team at Taylor Wessing in London. Laurence is the Head of Taylor Wessing’s India Group, acting for a range of Indian companies, from startups to multinationals, on international arbitration, commercial court litigation, white collar investigations and regulatory compliance. He has been doing business in India for over a decade. He most recently advised Ola Cabs on its UK launch, and advises several Indian pharmaceutical and technology companies.

Laurence advises banks, funds, other financial institutions and high net worth individuals on disputes involving structured products, spread betting and CFDs, securitisations, trade finance, complex lending enforcement, derivatives and financial frauds. He advises on FCA investigations into banks, including acting for senior executives of banks on whistle blowing, FX and anti-trust matters.

Laurence acts for pharmaceutical, life sciences and biotech companies, on supplier/distributor disputes, disputes concerning GMP compliance and other regulatory issues, licencing and royalty disputes, and disputes involving exploitation of medicines into new markets.

Bobby MajumderBobby Majumder
Partner, Head of India Group
Reed Smith
Dallas, US

Sunny MannSunny Mann
Partner
Baker McKenzie
London, UK

Nick MerrittNick Merritt
Global Head of infrastructure, mining and commodities
Norton Rose Fulbright
Singapore

Soumitro MukerjiSoumitro Mukerji
Counsel
Hogan Lovells
Singapore

Vikram NairVikram Nair
Head, India desk
Rajah & Tann
Singapore

Deepak NambiarDeepak Nambiar
Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren
New York, US

Gautam NarasimhanGautam Narasimhan
Partner
Allen & Overy
Singapore

Nandan NelivigiNandan Nelivigi
Partner
White & Case
New York, US

Sam NewhouseSam Newhouse
Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
London, UK

Meraj NoorMeraj Noor
Deputy chair international – India group
DLA Piper
Singapore

Chris ParsonsChris Parsons
Chairman of the India practice
Herbert Smith Freehills
London, UK

Nimi PatelNimi Patel
Director
Squire Patton Boggs
London, UK

Shashwat PatelShashwat Patel
Counsel and Head of India Group
Simmons & Simmons
London, UK

Jai PathakJai Pathak
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Singapore

Dhruv PaulDhruv Paul
Managing Associate
Watson Farley & Williams
Dubai, UAE

Nicholas PeacockNicholas Peacock
Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills
London, UK

Sherina PetitSherina Petit
Partner and Head of India Practice
Norton Rose Fulbright
London, UK
Tel: +44 20 7444 5573
Email: sherina.petit@nortonrosefulbright.com

Key practice areas: International arbitration; investor state dispute resolution; alternative dispute resolution; litigation

Sherina Petit is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in London and heads the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East. She also heads the firm’s India practice. Besides arbitration she has significant experience in investor state disputes resolution, alternative dispute resolutions (ADR), litigation and regulatory investigations. In addition to acting as counsel in arbitrations, she regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Sherina has a wide range of experience in all key aspects of international arbitration across a broad range of industries including energy, construction, oil and gas, trade, transport, pharmaceuticals, commodities, finance and technology.

Sherina is on the LCIA Board of Directors and on the board of the European Federation of Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) (having been its chairman for the past three years). She is also part of the ICC Indian Arbitration Group, the SIAC Users Council, the SIAC Users Council’s Regional/National Committee for the UK and the Kuala Lumpur Court of Arbitration. Sherina is on the Steering Committee of the Pledge for Equal Representation for Women in Arbitration and launched the Pledge in India in 2018.

Sherina has received multiple awards:

  • Won the India Business Group’s “Professional Adviser Award” at the Indian Awards 2019 at the House of Commons.
  • Featured in Legal 500’s Inaugural International Arbitration Powerlist 2019 for the UK.
  • Featured in Who’s Who Legal guide for Arbitration, 2019 and 2020.
  • Featured in the Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders in Arbitration for both 2017 and 2018, noting her as “a prominent name in the arbitration market”.
  • Featured as an expert in Expert Guides’ 2018 and 2019 editions of the Commercial Arbitration Guide.
  • Client Choice Awards for the UK in the Arbitration & ADR category in 2017 – 2020 (as voted for by corporate counsel).
  • Featured in the Acritas Stars database for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Sherina is ranked in several leading directories including:

  • Legal 500 describes Sherina as “pugnacious strategist and a great mind to have on clients’ teams” and “very receptive to her clients’ needs”.
  • Chambers & Partners calls her “technically excellent as well as being a delight to work with” and “she is superb technically and has an unsurpassed level of commitment to her clients”.

Sherina qualified as an Advocate in India whilst working at a leading law firm in Mumbai (non-practising) and completed her Master of Laws at King’s College London. She obtained her England and Wales qualification while training at Linklaters in London and subsequently spent six years as an associate in the international arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling in London before joining Norton Rose Fulbright in 2009.

 

Prakash PillaiPrakash Pillai
Partner
Clyde & Co
Singapore

Leena PinslerLeena Pinsler
Consultant, Corporate & Finance
Drew & Napier
Singapore

Manoj PunditManoj Pundit
Partner Head of India
Borden Ladner Gervais
Toronto, Canada

Sunil RaiSunil Rai
Partner
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Singapore

Yash RanaYash Rana
Chair, Hong Kong
Goodwin Procter
Hong Kong

Martin RogersMartin Rogers
Partner
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Hong Kong

Dipen SabharwalDipen Sabharwal
Partner
White & Case
London, UK

Kayal SachiKayal Sachi
Partner
Mayer Brown
Singapore

Raj SahniRaj Sahni
Partner
Bennett Jones
Toronto, Canada

Tihir SarkarTihir Sarkar
Partner
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
London, UK
Tel: +44 20 7614 2205
Email: tsarkar@cgsh.com

Key practice areas: Sovereign wealth funds, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and restructuring transactions

Tihir is a recognised expert acting for sovereign wealth funds and major multi-nationals with respect to their foreign direct investment into India. Tihir has particular expertise within the natural resources and the technology, media and communications sectors. He has a long history of working for clients in India and the wider Asia-Pacific area, with clients, including American Express, Coca-Cola and Arcelor Mittal regularly turning to him for advice.

Tihir’s expertise has been recognized by a number of leading publications and directories; Chambers UK and Legal 500 noted his corporate/M&A high-end capability, emerging markets and Asia-Pacific expertise, as well as India corporate/M&A and private equity work. He is an editor of Cleary Gottlieb’s widely read Emerging Markets Restructuring Journal. The Lawyer and Legal Business have previously identified him as one of their “Hot 100and as a “Star of the Future” respectively.

Ernst-Markus SchuberthErnst-Markus Schuberth
Partner, Head of CMS India desk
CMS Hasche Sigle
Dusseldorf, Germany

Kamal ShahKamal Shah
Partner
Stephenson Harwood
London, UK
Tel: +44 20 7809 2301
Email: kamal.shah@shlegal.com

Key practice areas: International arbitration; fraud and asset recovery; cross-border litigation in a wide range of sectors

Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood’s Africa and India groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset recovery.

He acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking and finance, shareholder arrangements, energy and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations.

Kamal is highly ranked in the legal directories including The Legal 500 UK, Chambers (UK, global and Asia-Pacific for dispute resolution (international firms) in India and IFLR1000 as well as being listed in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 list of leading lawyers in the UK for 2009 and 2014. He was named as a leading international arbitration practitioner in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders 2017 – 2020 and has been recognised in The Legal 500‘s Powerlist for arbitration for 2019. Stephenson Harwood continues to be listed as a ‘key player’ by India Business Law Journal with Kamal recognised as a top foreign lawyer for India related work in IBLJ’s A List.

Daniel SharmaDaniel Sharma
Partner
DLA Piper
Frankfurt, Germany

Sunil ShethSunil Sheth
Partner
Fladgate
London, UK
Tel: +44 0 7930 524508
Email: ssheth@fladgate.com

Key practice areas: Private equity; international corporate and tax structuring; investment funds; mergers and acquisitions

Sunil Sheth is a senior corporate partner and co-head of Fladgate’s India team. Whilst his main focus is for clients in India, Sunil also deals with the Indian Diaspora around the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, East Africa, the UAE and Britain.

Sunil has established a market reputation as a trusted adviser to many Indian companies and high net worth individuals. He also advises international companies wishing to do business in India.

For high net worth entrepreneurs, Sunil advises on international corporate and tax structures and estate planning matters as well as wealth management aspects.

His clients are from a diverse range of sectors including financial services, manufacturing, infrastructure, hotels and hospitality.

Sunil has recently been recognised by the English Law Society for his exceptional contribution to the legal profession.

Outside of the law, Sunil is Chair of Sense International, a charity which assists children and young adults who suffer from deaf blindness.

Nish ShettyNish Shetty
Partner
Clifford Chance
Singapore

Amit SinghAmit Singh
Partner
Linklaters
Singapore

Parmjit SinghParmjit Singh
Head of India Group
Eversheds Sutherland
London, UK

Ragi SinghRagi Singh
Head of India team
Gowling WLG
Birmingham and London, UK

Parveet Singh GandoakParveet Singh Gandoak
Counsel
Skadden Arps
Singapore

Sarjit Singh GillSarjit Singh Gill
Senior Partner
Shook Lin & Bok
Singapore

Sivi SivanesanSivi Sivanesan
Senior Partner
Dentons Rodyk Davidson
Singapore

Siddhartha SivaramakrishnanSiddhartha Sivaramakrishnan
Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills
Singapore

Michael SturrockMichael Sturrock
Partner
Latham & Watkins
Singapore

Divya ThakurDivya Thakur
Senior Counsel
Akin Gump
Singapore

Ralph VoltmerRalph Voltmer
Partner
Covington & Burling
Washington DC, US
Tel: +1 202 662 5479
Email: rvoltmer@cov.com

Key practice areas: M&A; joint ventures; corporate & commercial; private equity & finance

Ralph Voltmer is chair of Covington’s India Practice and a partner in the firm’s corporate group. Ralph has been active in India for 20 years working with companies such as Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Piramal Enterprises, UPL, Mindtree, the Aditya Birla Group, the Tata Group, OmniActive Health Technologies, Sterlite Technologies, and Balkrishna Industries. He advises clients on cross-border and US domestic transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and debt financings. Ralph is also actively involved in the entrepreneur community in Bengaluru where Covington hosts quarterly workshops for entrepreneurs, and he is a member of the board of directors of the US-India Business Council.

Ralph recently represented Piramal Enterprises Limited in the $950 million sale of Decision Resources Group (DRG) to Clarivate Analytics. He is currently representing Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited in connection with a unique, comprehensive, long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society through the development of data centers in India by Jio from which it will offer next-generation cloud-based solutions, including compute, storage and productivity, using Microsoft’s Azure platform.

Ralph received his law degree from Georgetown University. He has a Master’s degree from the University of California, Riverside and obtained his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College.

Nilufer von BismarckNilufer von Bismarck
Head of the Financial Institutions Grou
Slaughter and May
London, UK

Pallavi WahiPallavi Wahi
Co-United States Managing Partner and Co-Head India Practice
K&L Gates
Seattle, US

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier
Regional Disputes head
Rajah & Tann
Singapore

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