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Khaitan & Co.’s ‘extremely responsive and knowledgeable’ team advises on regulatory and compliance matters, M&A and the market-entry aspects of insurance law. It assisted Prudential Corporation Holdings with the IPO of shares in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance. Haigreve Khaitan, Anuj Sah and Nikhil Narayanan, who is ‘very commercial’ and ‘offers immediate solutions’, are the key contacts. Senior associate Rohit Ambast is also noted.

The ‘excellent’ team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co provides ‘precise, crisp, and in-depth analysis and advice’. Practice head Shailaja Lall was praised for her ‘insight’ and ‘in-depth knowledge of the sector’, and advised Lloyd’s of London on the compliance and regulatory aspects of its entry into the Indian reinsurance sector through the establishment of a branch office. Recently promoted partner Roopal Kulsrestha and principal associate Ashish Teni, who provides ‘an excellent service’, are also recommended.

At Tuli & Co, senior partner Neeraj Tuli and the ‘pragmaticCelia Jenkins, who stands out for her ‘hands-on insurance expertise’, head the contentious and non-contentious groups respectively. Jenkins, together with ‘level-headed and measured’ senior associate Shubhangi Pathak, provides regulatory, corporate and employment law advice to foreign reinsurers on the establishment of Indian branch offices and is assisting a claims management company with purchasing a foreign shareholder’s entire stake.

The practice at AZB & Partners advises major global insurance and re-insurance companies on joint ventures, structuring and foreign direct investment regulations, entry strategy, and compliance matters. Practice head Rajendra Barot assisted Munich Re Group with the acquisition of equity shares by Munich Health Holding from Apollo Energy, and the team advised HDFC and Max Group on the proposed merger of their life insurance businesses. Darshika Kothari and recently promoted partner Arvind Ramesh are also noted.

At Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Nivedita Rao and Shishir Vayttaden advised Standard Life and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company on the proposed merger of Max Group’s insurance business into HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company. Gaurav Gupte advised ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and ICICI Bank on the IPO of ICICI Prudential Life, and Arjun Lall handled Hasham Traders’ acquisition of 4% of the shares of ICICI Prudential Life.

The team at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices is assisting Avantha Holdings on the regulatory approvals for its joint venture company Avantha Ergo Life Insurance Company and is also providing strategic advice in light of recent regulatory changes. Managing partner Rajiv Luthra is representing Max Life Insurance before the Custom Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal. Alina Arora, Mohit Saraf and senior associate Samarth Gupta are also recommended.

The team at Majmudar & Partners, which provides ‘clear’ and ‘comprehensive’ advice, is led by ‘readily accessible’ managing partner Akil Hirani, who ‘provides business solutions within the legal framework’. Hirani advised Axis Bank on its stake in the proposed merger of HDFC Life and Max Life Insurance and, together with Rukshad Davar, is assisting Cigna with raising its stake in its insurance joint venture with TTK. Recently promoted associate partner and ‘subject matter expert’ Amrit Mehta is also recommended.

Brus Chambers, Advocates & Solicitors has considerable expertise in marine insurance. The team acts for insurers including AXA General Insurance and Tata AIG General Insurance Company on a range of marine insurance matters, including claim settlements, bill of lading matters, and advice on limitations and international conventions. Practice heads Binita Hathi and Shrikant Hathi also advise several P&I clubs on orders of vessel arrest by the Bombay High Court.

Vineet Aneja heads the practice at Clasis Law, which includes associate partner Gaurav Wahie. The team advises clients on various matters, including development of insurance products, restructuring, assistance with Indian insurance law and regulatory requirements, and compliance reviews.

Dua Associates provides regulatory and transactional advice, as well as representation in contentious matters. The team successfully acted for the National Insurance Company, New India Assurance Company, Oriental Insurance, and United India Insurance before the CCI on the establishment of a joint venture company.

Kochhar & Co. is also ranked.

The practice at Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary advised ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company on the legal vetting of its newly introduced general insurance policies and the revision of insurance products, and drafted addenda to existing export insurance policies for ECGC. Managing partner Vikram Trivedi and Sanaya Dadachanji are the key figures.

Phoenix Legal has particular expertise in non-life insurance matters. Trinath Tadakamalla is representing New India Assurance Company before the Bombay High Court in a challenge of a settlement claim, and Saket Shukla advised private equity asset manager Apis Partners on acquiring a significant minority stake in Star Health and Allied Insurance Company. Mrinal Ojha is acting for National Insurance Company in a multi-jurisdictional product liability claim involving India, the US and Canada.

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