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Leading individuals

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    • Aliff Fazelbhoy - ALMT Legal
    • Manishi Pathak - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    • Ajay Raghavan - Trilegal
    • Vijay Ravi - Kochhar & Co.
    • Vikram Shroff - Nishith Desai Associates
    • Suyash Srivastava - Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Next generation lawyers

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The ‘flexible’, ‘responsive’, and ‘knowledgeable’ team at Khaitan & Co. draws from its partners’ expertise in other practice areas, including tax, white-collar criminal defence and disputes, to provide multi-disciplinary advice to clients. Anshul Prakash advised 3M on Gemalto’s acquisition of the client’s identity management business, which included providing strategic advice and assisting with the transfer of employees. Associate partner Vinay Joy and Diwakar Maheshwari, who stands out for his ‘quick response times’, ‘comprehensive research’ and ‘quality advice’, are also recommended.

Rohit Kochhar and Vijay Ravi head the practice at Kochhar & Co., which advises multinational and prominent domestic clients on a range of employment matters including employee disputes, terminations following corporate restructuring, trade union negotiations, sexual harassment complaints and prevention, and compliance issues. Notable clients include Inditex, Samsung Group, Dell, Mylan and Tenneco. Principal associate Indrani Lahiri is also noted.

Vikram Shroff heads the practice at Nishith Desai Associates, and advised Synopsys on the Indian employment and corporate law aspects of its acquisition of Cigital and Codiscope. Other highlights include handling Amazon’s acquisition of Westland’s publishing business, and assisting IBM with its purchase of AT&T’s managed hosting business. The team also advises on employment litigation, compliance, termination and restrictive covenants. Senior member Ajay Singh Solanki is another key name.

Ajay Raghavan leads the ‘excellent’, ‘responsive’, and ‘practical’ team at Trilegal, which ‘understands a business’ and provides ‘tailored advice’. Atul Gupta advised Accenture on various queries concerning compliance with the Sexual Harassment Act, and Raghavan advised Marriott on the employment law aspects of its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, including transfers and terminations. Counsel Swarnima and associate Deepak Bhaskar are also recommended.

ALMT Legal has experience representing international employers and senior executives across a range of industry sectors. The team is led by Aliff Fazelbhoy and draws from the firm’s experience in tax, immigration, exchange control and M&A to provide advice on aspects including employment contracts, sexual harassment issues, restrictive covenants, share option plans, regulatory clearances, disputes and company policies.

At IndusLaw, Avik Biswas assists Exotel Techcom with amendments to its existing senior management structure and establishing new operations outside India, and Ran Chakrabarti represents International Orthopedic Rehabilitation & Prevention (India) before the Delhi High Court in proceedings filed by a former employee. Sandeep Grover and Vivek Daswaney joined the team from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and DH Law Associates respectively.

Led by Suyash Srivastava and William Vivian Jones, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices is known for its sector expertise, which spans IT, telecoms, construction, and pharmaceuticals. Srivastava defended Nokia’s Indian subsidiary before various High Courts and the Labour Court against challenges to settlements under voluntary resignation schemes following Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile devices unit.

Majmudar & Partners’ team delivers a ‘high and consistent level of service’ and ‘senior partners add value on engagements, big or small’. Practice head Neerav Merchant and Akil Hirani, who provides ‘well thought-out’, ‘detailed’, and ‘timely advice’, advised Empaxis Data Management on employee transfers from its Indian subsidiary, HR policies, and payroll and recruitment agreements. The team also advised Essence Group on the winding-up of Lumeris India.

Bharucha & Partners acts for international and domestic clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including disputes, terminations, contract and policy drafting, and restructuring. Led by MP Bharucha and Justin Bharucha, the team defends Insilco before the Bombay High Court in proceedings initiated by a former employee seeking compensation for alleged wrongful retrenchment.

HSA Advocates’ experience includes advising on the labour law aspects of M&A and restructuring transactions, stock option plans, and settlements. Aparajit Bhattacharya assisted Astrum and its subsidiary Reputare Communications with drafting employment and consultancy agreements, termination letters, and various HR policies, and advises on the transfer of employees following the restructuring of Verint Systems. Harvinder Singh and Ramya Hariharan are also recommended.

J Sagar Associates advises on regulatory, litigation, transactional, and other advisory employment matters. The team has provided strategic advice to Merck on the impact and implementation of various acquisition scenarios under Indian law. Shivpriya Nanda, Sajai Singh and Sandeep Mehta head the team, which includes senior associate Soumya Patnaik.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co’s key areas of experience include corporate restructuring, employee-related documentation and misconduct issues, trade union matters, investigations and audits. Notable clients include Swiss Re, Lloyds, General Motors and LG Electronics. Practice head Pooja Ramchandani advised NXP Semiconductors Netherlands on the employment law aspects of the divestiture of Nexperia to a consortium of financial investors.

Namita Chadha and Savita Sarna lead the practice at Chadha & Co. Key clients include Denso International India, Epsa International, KCI Medical India and Comptel Communications India. The team represented STMicroelectronics before the company’s grievance committee and the assistant labour commissioner in Noida pertaining to complaints filed by former employees.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas advises on a wide range of employment law matters, drawing particular strengths from its corporate and finance expertise. Led by Rashmi Pradeep and Manishi Pathak, the team assisted Adani Transmission with the transfer of employees and related liabilities as part of its acquisition of an equity stake in divisions of Reliance Infrastructure.

Led by Alok Dhir, the team at Dhir & Dhir Associates advises on employment terminations, employee transfers and contracts, benefits and compensation structuring, confidentiality agreements and audits, as well as handling contentious employment matters. The group acts for clients in sectors including e-commerce, automobile, and education.

Dua Associates’ clients include Royal Netherlands Embassy, ELCA Cosmetics, Arconic India, Timex Group Precision Engineering and Rio Tinto Exploration India. Neeraj Kumar and Sanjeev Kaul are the names to note.

Dimpy Mohanty leads the team at LexCounsel, which includes senior associate Dhruv Manchanda. Mohanty provided compliance advice to SOS Children’s Villages of India pertaining to its operations across India, and assisted World Learning India with the employment termination of a senior foreign national employee. Other key clients include McKinsey, Amsure Insurance and Amserve Consultants.

Following a recent merger, the practice at DH Law Associates is now integrated into Link Legal – India Law Services, and the team is led by Raunak and Atul Sharma. Key clients include Hasbro India, and Airlines Allied Services, and the team advises on due diligence, litigation, employment terminations, internal policies, immigration laws, and sexual harassment prevention.

At Mani Chengappa & Mathur, ‘effective negotiator’ Utham Chengappa, who has ‘extremely good industry experience’, and Neil Mathur jointly head the ‘excellent’, ‘responsive’, and ‘accommodating’ practice. The group handles advisory, regulatory, and contentious employment matters and has particular expertise in the technology sector. Associates Aditi Roy, who is ‘very knowledgeable’, and Natasha Wilson are also recommended.

Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary advised VFS Global on breach of confidentiality and non-compete obligations by a former employee, successfully securing the recovery of the client’s confidential data. Vikram Trivedi heads the practice.

Phoenix Legal has strengths advising on the employment issues of M&A, including assisting with business transfers and reorganisations. The team advised Monster Energy on the Indian law aspects of an employee stock option plan adopted by its US-based holding company, and handled Sanctum Wealth Management’s buy-out of RBS’ Indian wealth management business. Abhishek Saxena, Sawant Singh and Manjula Chawla are the key names.

Samvad Partners advises on employment contracts, harassment and misconduct issues, employment terminations, restrictive covenants, disputes, and regulatory compliance. Poornima Hatti and Ashwini Vittalachar jointly head the team, which advised Armsel on the employment law aspects of the closure of its manufacturing business, and assisted Altran Group with terminating the employment contracts of senior personnel following its acquisition of a group based in India.

Led by Gunita Pahwa and Daizy Chawla, the team at Singh & Associates Founder – Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors advises on state and central labour and employment law, internal disciplinary proceedings, disputes, regulatory compliance issues, contracts, and legal notices. Clients include Era Infra Engineering, FircoSoft and Clinipace Worldwide.

Singhania & Partners LLP counts Clinton Health Access Initiative, Oxford University Press and S&P Capital among its clients. Ravi Singhania advised McGraw-Hill Education India on the transfer of employees following a merger, and assisted Heifer International with drafting HR policies and sexual harassment prevention measures. Shilpa Shah is also recommended. Sunil Kumar has retired.

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