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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has a strong track record across all court levels in India, regularly appearing before the Supreme Court along with various regional High Courts, regulatory tribunals and domestic and international arbitral forums. The team recently handled a number of court disputes concerning failed joint ventures, and also represents clients in litigation regarding shareholder rights, tax matters, competition issues and commercial and infrastructure contracts. Percival Billimoria heads the team, and is a well-regarded figure in this space.

At Dua Associates, recent highlights included representing CGG, an international oil and gas contractor based in France, in an international commercial arbitration against Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), an Indian state-owned oil exploration company. The group also acted for Sumitomo in proceedings arising out of contractual and commercial obligations, and represented Osram in proceedings before the Supreme Court of India, as well as handling a number of mediations and arbitrations arising out of related matters. Dinesh Mathur is the key practitioner.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

LAW SENATE

The partners of the Firm have been in International Arbitration and commercial dispute Resolution practice for about 25 years. After Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 was enacted in India, international Arbitration matters started increasing involving Indian parties. The Firm has represented various Foreign parties and Indian parties, in international arbitration matters.

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FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Naik Naik Company

Over the years, the Firm remains unmatched in handling litigation and dispute resolution. Our litigation practice is ever evolving and continues to transgress geographical boundaries. We are no longer limited to old-school litigation, but also have an impressive record of being at the forefront of several International Arbitrations.

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Economic Laws Practice provides ‘a solid level of industry knowledge and commerciality’, and ‘the teams in Delhi and Mumbai are highly competent in resolving disputes either through alternative dispute resolution, or through a court of law’. In a recent highlight, the firm represented the Federation of Indian Pharmaceuticals, the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association and Biocon in challenging the government’s ban on 344 fixed-dose drug combinations, a matter currently pending before the Delhi High Court. Key partner Naresh Thacker is ‘excellent from the commercial and tax perspective’, and Ashish Prasad is also recommended.

HSA Advocatesexceeds expectations’, and is ‘appreciated for its flexibility and its understanding of the client’s requirements’. The team represents a broad mix of private sector clients, government corporations and foreign-owned enterprises, and has been notably active in manufacturing, financial services, entertainment and oil and gas-sector disputes. Recent work included representing the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in a series of tax-related disputes, and acting for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport before the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal in a challenge against a levy fee. Founding partner Hemant Sahai and managing partner Amitabh Sharma are the key practitioners.

At J Sagar Associates, notable work included representing Microsoft (India) in a public interest litigation before the Supreme Court, a matter regarding alleged misuse of online applications and platforms, and acting for PepsiCo in two public interest litigations concerning water drawing from the Tamiraparani River in the Tamil Nadu region. Practice chair Farhad Sorabjee focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, and Amar Gupta has extensive experience in civil litigation. Dhirendra Negi is the other name to note.

Dispute resolution specialist Kachwaha & Partners represents clients in litigation and arbitration across a vast array of practice areas, some key areas of strength being banking, construction, commercial and joint venture disputes. The team recently acted for Anglo American, an Australian-based mining company, in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration against an Indian public sector undertaking, and also represented telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent in insolvency proceedings against Usha India. Arbitration specialist Sumeet Kachwaha heads the team.

Khaitan & Co. acts for a mix of domestic and international clients including banks, private equity funds, major corporates and high net-worth individuals, advising on the full array of corporate, banking, competition and fraud-related disputes, among other areas. The group has substantial experience appearing before various fora; recent highlights include representing NTT Docomo in a dispute regarding the validity and enforceability of a shareholders’ agreement entered into with Tata Sons, a matter handled before the LCIA, and acting for a number of pharmaceutical companies in a challenge to the fixed-dose combination drug ban before the Delhi High Court. Ajay Bhargava and Chakrapani Misra are the names to note.

Kochhar & Co.’s ‘outstanding’ team provides ‘timely responses, practical advice, excellent drafting of pleadings and appropriate legal opinions, which are supported with an in-depth analysis of case laws’. Krishna Vijay Singh has significant expertise in infrastructure and project-related disputes, and recently represented the Excise and Taxation Technical Services Agency in two writ petitions filed by Wipro against the termination and invocation of a bank guarantee. In another highlight, the firm acted for Regus in a petition for interim relief pertaining to a competing business. Ngangom Junior Luwang specialises in power, hydrocarbon and highway sector disputes, and Nishant Menon is noted for employment, commercial and civil law litigation. Manish Dembla is another name to note.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices’ dispute resolution practice covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation along with insolvency, debt recovery, unfair and restrictive trade practices and intellectual property disputes. The team also has a strong track record in international commercial arbitrations, regularly appearing before forums in London and Singapore. Founding partner Rajiv Luthra heads the team, which has represented a biotech company in a public interest petition before the Supreme Court regarding the introduction of biotechnology in India. H S ‘Bobby’ Chandhoke is also a leading figure.

At Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary, notable work included representing Indian Captive Power Producers Association in a class action against the government of India regarding a rise in electricity duty, and acting for Vibgyor High School in various petitions to the National Commission. Sachin Chandarana is the name to note.

Nishith Desai Associates has a special focus on complex cross-border disputes, and is particularly adept at handling company and commercial litigation across the US, UK, Mauritius and France, among other jurisdictions. In a recent highlight, the firm represented the Russian Federation in enforcement proceedings pertaining to a $50bn arbitral award in favour of the shareholders of Yukos in India. The team also acted for India Venture Trust Fund in the enforcement of an INR2.5bn arbitral award brought against an Indian infrastructure company and its promoters, a matter involving disclosure orders and various appeals filed by the award debtors. Vyapak Desai heads the team.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co’s service is ‘comparable to that of global law firms- timely, business-oriented and highly knowledgeable’. The team is involved in a number of high-profile disputes before Indian courts; highlights of the last year included representing Tata Sons in a petition to remove a chairman of its board of directors, and acting for ONGC regarding alleged illegal production and sale of gas which had migrated from ONGC’s blocks to those of Reliance Industries. Managing partner Pallavi Shroff is noted for her ‘strong industry knowledge and solution-oriented approach’, and Tejas Karia has successfully handled a number of international arbitrations.

Singhania & Partners LLP handles preventative compliance, regulatory enforcement and defendant representation across all court levels, including quasi-judicial bodies. Recent areas of activity have included defence contracts, aviation leases, SEBI disputes and complaints under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (1999) and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (2002). Managing partner Ravi Singhania recently defended Sri Maruti Wind Park Developers in a $31.2m dispute regarding the non-commissioning of a wind farm, and also represented Simplot India Foods in a dispute with joint venture partner Himalaya International. Shilpa Shah heads the Bangalore practice.

Trilegal picked up a number of high-profile instructions over the last year, and is highly active in TMT, projects, competition and commercial disputes. The firm recently represented Taqa India Power Ventures in arbitration proceedings against NCC and its subsidiary, NCC Infrastructure Holdings, a matter regarding a securities purchase agreement entered into between the parties. In another highlight, Sitesh Mukherjee acted for Western Regional Load Despatch Centre in a dispute concerning a power purchase agreement and alleged grid disturbance. Shankh Sengupta is recommended for commercial and white-collar crime disputes.

ALMT Legal represents clients at all levels of the Indian judiciary and the practice encompasses civil and criminal litigation, including disputes concerning intellectual property, shipping, employment and commercial and company law. Recent highlights include advising Irep Credit Capital on the recovery of defaulted payments for a loan provided to Gammon Infrastructure Projects, a matter brought before the Bombay High Court. Key individuals include Hitesh Jain, who handles commercial litigation and arbitration, and Prashant Popat, who has significant intellectual property expertise.

Rajendra Barot is the main practitioner at AZB & Partners, which regularly appears in matters before the High Court and Supreme Court of India. Clients have included General Atlantic, Boeing, Fairfax and Nalanda Capital.

At Advaita Legal, highlights included representing edible oil manufacturer Amrit Banaspati in a multimillion-dollar dispute regarding tax liability under a business transfer agreement; acting for Veolia in an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract dispute with its Indian partners before the Delhi High Court; and advising Foster’s Group on a writ petition challenging a tax-related ruling. Atul Dua is the leading practitioner.

Advani & Co specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, and also has a strong track record in civil disputes and international commercial arbitration. Highlights have included representing a number of banks in recovery proceedings against customers before debt recovery tribunals, and the team also regularly appears in petitions against the government of India and various government agencies. Hiroo Advani, Shashank Garg and Asif Lampwala are the key names.

Agarwal Law Associates’ range of expertise includes company and commercial disputes, as well as matters spanning the competition, criminal, mining and education sectors. The team also has a strong track record in shareholder disputes; highlights have included acting for Madras Refineries in a case regarding shareholders’ rights pertaining to the Arochem Project, and representing LML before the Kanpur District Court, Allahabad High Court and Supreme Court in a dispute with its foreign collaborator. E C Agrawala and Mahesh Agarwal are the names to note.

Bharucha & Partners handles a mix of environment, real estate and telecoms sector disputes at a domestic and international level. Recent work included representing Kalpataru Power Transmission in an arbitration regarding non-payment of deposits; acting for ITC and the Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers’ Association in a public interest litigation regarding investments into tobacco companies; and representing Idea Cellular in a Gujarat High Court litigation against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, a matter aiming to challenge various sector regulations. The practice is headed by M P Bharucha - .

Crawford Bayley & Co has a strong client base of international companies, and has notable expertise in disputes related to intellectual property, banking, taxation and company and commercial law. Rahul Aggarwal is the key figure.

The ‘hardworking and sincere’ team at Dhir & Dhir Associates has substantial expertise in the telecoms, media, financial services and aviation sectors, among others, and has an extensive track record in complex litigation matters. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Girdharilal Sugar and Allied Industries in a breach of contract dispute, and also acted for Deccan Chronicle Holdings in an insolvency petition filed by Canara Bank. Managing partners Alok Dhir and Maneesha Dhir jointly head the practice, and Sachin Gupta is also a leading figure.

Federal & Rashmikant is noted for its expertise in the real estate and environment sectors, handling a vast range of domestic and cross-border disputes for multifarious clients. C Rashmikant heads the team, which is particularly adept at handling matters before the Supreme Court.

Gagrats has substantial expertise in international commercial arbitration, and also handles matters before a wide range of Indian courts and tribunals. Key areas of expertise include competition law, intellectual property, securities and taxation matters; recent highlights included acting for Kirloskar Brothers in relation to several arbitral dispute awards before the Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution, and representing Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India in a dispute arising from an agreement with Unity Infraprojects. Rustam Gagrat is the name to note.

Hariani & Co Advocates and Solicitors regularly handles domestic and international arbitrations, and practitioners have also appeared before a vast array of tribunals across India, active in disputes in the finance, hospitality, real estate and non-profit sectors, among others. Recent highlights include representing a prominent Indian company in arbitration and related court proceedings against a property developer, a matter regarding a development agreement and construction costs. Ameet Hariani heads the practice.

Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors handles a broad range of commercial and constitutional disputes, and has notable expertise in banking, tax and real estate-related litigation. A. M. Desai and A. R. Amin are the key individuals.

Karanjawala & Company is adept at High Court and Supreme Court litigation, and also maintains an active presence before tribunals in the National Capital Region. The team has handled disputes for a vast array of clients including Bharati Shipyard, Tata Steel and GVK Emri. Raian Karanjawala and Manik Karanjawala jointly head the litigation practice.

The ‘outstanding’ team at LexCounsel recently represented Power Machines India in a contract dispute before the Delhi High Court, and is also advising Karen Millen on choice of law and jurisdiction pertaining to a franchise agreement, a matter concerning grounds for refusal to enforce foreign arbitral awards. The team is also adept at handling criminal, trade mark and insolvency-related matters. Alishan Naqvee is the key figure along with Rupal Bhatia and Dimpy Mohanty.

Link Legal – India Law Services represents clients in corporate, commercial and constitutional litigation before various courts, commissions and tribunals across India, and the team also has significant expertise in arbitration and post-arbitration litigation. Sectors of focus include infrastructure, construction, media and pharmaceutical. Managing partner Atul Sharma is the leading figure along with Nusrat Hassan.

At Majmudar & Partners, highlights included representing Sabic UK Petrochemicals in a petition against Punj Lloyd before the Delhi High Court, a matter regarding various construction and commercial issues, and acting for Axis Bank in the enforcement of decrees passed by the High Court in various summary suits regarding repayment of deposits. Other notable clients include Wockhardt Hospital, Hertz International and HSBC. The ‘solid’ team of lawyers is headed by Akil Hirani and Neerav Merchant.

At Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, key partner DM Popat is noted for his expertise in international arbitration, and has regularly appeared before the ICC in Paris. The team also handles a wide range of disputes before various Indian High Courts, and is particularly noted for its expertise in real estate and foreign collaboration issues. EB Desai is the other name to note.

At Phoenix Legal, key individuals include Jyoti Singh, whose areas of expertise include insolvency and bankruptcy, shareholder disputes and debt recovery; Mrinal Ojha, who specialises in construction and engineering matters; and Trinath Tadakamalla, who is well-regarded in the energy, engineering and insurance sectors. Key active clients include Graviss Foods, ICICI Bank and Royal Crown Cola.

The ‘prompt’ team at Singh & Associates Founder – Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors provides ‘efficient and practical advice’, handling a vast array of disputes in the banking and finance, white-collar crime, real estate and intellectual property sectors, among others. Founding partner Manoj Singh is ‘a pragmatic lawyer who understands the difficulties faced by businesses’; Singh is currently representing Novartis in an ongoing investigation into parenteral use of inactive pharmaceutical ingredients. Vijay Singh is the other key figure, and is highly experienced in Supreme Court matters.

Tuli & Co’s ‘excellent’ practice ‘always meets expectations’ and provides ‘a great level of cooperation’. Recent work included acting for a consortium of investors in asset recovery proceedings, a matter arising out of breaches in various investor and share purchase agreements, and representing World Sport Group in its dispute with the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the media rights of the Indian Premier League. Rajat Taimni heads the team, and Neeraj Tuli is also a key individual.

Ashok Kumar Bhasin is the key individual at Bhasin & Co, which has notable experience in the banking, retail, healthcare and media sectors.

Brus Chambers, Advocates & Solicitors’ ‘knowledgeable team’ has ‘an in-depth knowledge of ship arrest and auction proceedings’ and provides ‘excellent, commercial legal advice’. The firm regularly advises on the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in India, and has a strong track record across all types of domestic and overseas litigation. Binita Hathi and ‘knowledgeable shipping lawyerShrikant Hathi are the key names.

Chitale & Chitale Partners is recognised for its strong competition practice, and the team regularly represents clients before the Competition Commission of India and the Competition Appellate Tribunal. Suchitra Chitale heads the practice, where clients have included Apollo Global Management, Johnson & Johnson, Air Liquide and Safran Group.

DSK Legal provides strategic advice on shareholder disputes, contractual issues and debt recovery, and also handles a wide range of economic, criminal defence and regulatory matters. The team has represented clients across all levels of the judicial system including the National Green Tribunal, electricity tribunals, the Supreme Court and the High Courts of various states. Managing partner Anand Desai is recommended.

Dave & Girish & Co advises on complex matters involving joint ventures, trade finance, debt recovery and criminal matters, among other areas. Mona Bhide and Girish Dave are the names to note.

JBSS & Co retains a strong client base of domestic and overseas clients, and the team regularly appears before the Bombay High Court in various high-stake matters. Amritha Ahuja leads the team, which is currently advising a UK citizen on an ongoing litigation regarding their family’s estate in India.

At Jafa & Javali, recent highlights include representing Fibro Source India in a case against SR Foils for the recovery of dues; advising Jindal Drilling & Industries on a London-based arbitration; and acting for real estate developer Sneha Township in a dispute with consumers before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum. Kirit Javali and Vikrant Singh Jafa are the key figures.

O.P. Khaitan & Co. Solicitors and Advocates’ commercial litigation practice covers disputes arising from the full range of business agreements, and the team also handles civil, criminal and tax-related litigation. Industrial disputes and labour laws are another area of expertise, and the firm is adept at handling employment-related matters at all levels. Bharti Badesra and Roopa Dayal are the names to note.

Anand Pathak is the key individual at P & A Law Offices, which is noted for its expertise in competition-related disputes and regularly represents clients before the Competition Commission of India, advising on abuse of dominance investigations, mergers and cartels. The firm is also adept at handling technology and infrastructure-related matters.

Parekh & Co. has been particularly active in the real estate, construction and insurance space, and regularly handles litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Clients have included Alcan Trading, Larsen & Toubro and Hindustan Construction Company. Sameer Parekh is the name to note.

RNClegal handles corporate litigation, tax and consumer matters and disputes arising from mergers, amalgamations and wind-up proceedings. Managing partner Ravi Nath is the key figure along with Neha Singh, who has notable aviation expertise.

S&R Associates has been active in anti-corruption and compliance investigations, and is also adept in joint venture and shareholder disputes, bilateral investment treaty claims and SEBI regulatory proceedings. Niti Dixit leads the dispute resolution team.

Bindi Dave is the name to note at Wadia Ghandy & Co, which has a strong reputation in the financial services, corporate and real estate spheres. BNP Paribas, Unilever and Tata Motors are key clients.

Intellectual property specialist Anand and Anand handles the full gamut of IP litigation, advising on trade marks, patents, copyright and trade secrets matters. The team is well-placed to handle both litigation and ADR across a wide range of forums, and regularly appears before various regional tribunals. N K Anand and Pravin Anand are the main practitioners.

Clasis Law has been notably active in the financial services, automobile, retail and life sciences sectors, among others. Mustafa Motiwala handles shipping-related litigation, and Shwetabh Sinha has extensive experience in claims related to cargo, charter parties and vessel arrest and release, representing clients at arbitration and in court.

At Dhaval Vussonji & Associates, recent highlights include representing JM Financial Credit Solutions in a dispute regarding several properties held by a borrower in various parts of Maharashtra. Dhaval Vussonji is the key individual, and has notable expertise in banking and real estate litigation. Other active clients include Paranjape Schemes, Xander and Indiabulls.

Gandhi & Associates primarily handles corporate and commercial disputes, representing a mix of domestic and international entities in international commercial arbitrations. In a recent highlight, the team acted for BKP Enterprises in a breach of contract dispute in Canada. Vishal Gandhi heads the team.

IndusLaw advises on risk evaluation and litigation strategy, and is adept at handling matters before the full range of judicial fora. Recent highlights include representing Insituform Pipeline Rehabilitation in a tender-related dispute before the Delhi High Court, and acting for ETA Engineering in a payment dispute against Nitesh Residency Hotels. V Srinivasa Raghavan heads the practice.

International Trade Law Consultants handles anti-arbitration injunctions, international trade and finance law, commercial disputes and litigation strategy. Managing partner RK Sanghi is the main figure.

JM Sharma & Co has notable experience in the environmental, employment and industrial sectors, and has a strong track record in litigation and arbitration across various High Courts. The team is led by Ajit Sharma.

Juris Corp represents clients in matters related to derivative transactions, global acquisitions, buy-outs of joint ventures and acquisition financing. The team also has notable construction expertise. Durgesh Khanapurkar is the key figure along with Sandeep Mahapatra.

Nikhil Krishnamurthy heads the department at Krishnamurthy and Co, which is well regarded for its expertise in IP, IT and media and entertainment disputes. Recent work included acting for IL&FS Transportation Networks in a dispute regarding an investment made into Regional Airport-Holdings, and acting for e4e in multiple ad-hoc arbitration claims.

At MDP & Partners, key areas of expertise include admiralty, banking and finance, intellectual property and real estate litigation. The group is also noted for its mediation practice, and regularly handles arbitration proceedings at a domestic and international level. Nishit Dhruva leads the dispute resolution team, which also includes Ashok Paranjpe and Leena Desai Padhye.

MZM Legal, Advocates & Legal Consultants recently represented Punj Lloyd in an arbitration arising out of an EPC contract with ONGC, a matter valued at $264m, and also acted for Essar Shipping in a dispute regarding an affreightment contract for the transport of coal. The department is jointly headed by Zulfiquar Memon and Waseem Panagarkar.

Samvad Partners advises on anti-corruption, arbitration and litigation. Poornima Hatti heads the practice, which includes Arjun Krishnan, who has substantial experience in competition and corporate disputes before the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi and various tribunals and commissions, including the Competition Appellate Tribunal.

Singhania & Co is noted for its expertise in admiralty, anti-dumping, joint venture disputes and banking and financial services matters, among other areas. Raja Ratan Bhura heads the practice in Mumbai and advises on the full gamut of civil and criminal proceedings. Key clients include Life Insurance Corporation of India and Paramount Pictures.

Jonathan Solomon is the key practitioner at Solomon & Co. Advocates & Solicitors, which appears regularly before the Bombay High Court and City Civil Court in a range of high-stake matters including writ petitions, debt recovery proceedings and tax disputes. The group is also noted for its ADR expertise, and has recently handled a number of enforcement matters and challenges to arbitral awards.

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