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The ‘flexible and knowledgeable’ team at Khaitan & Co. has ‘excellent legal knowledge’, and is ‘always willing to accommodate the client’s needs’. The firm advises on investigations by government agencies including the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, regularly handling matters involving bribery, corporate fraud and money laundering. Litigation partner Susmit Pushkar heads the team.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices represents companies and individuals in major prosecutions, and also advises on preventative and remedial measures regarding corporate fraud, fund misappropriation and bribery. Rajiv Luthra and Vijay Sondhi jointly head the practice, which recently represented Sun Direct in an investigation into alleged proceeds of crime, a matter resulting in a successful discharge on all counts.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co’s ‘impeccable’ team ‘exceeds all expectations’, providing ‘solid attention to detail, good response times and excellent value for money’. The practice advises on Indian laws relating to bribery, money laundering, corporate fraud and data theft, its key clients including a range of banks, private equity firms and multinational corporations. Recent work includes representing Citibank before the Court of Appeal in a matter involving various offences, and acting for Samsung in a criminal prosecution regarding data theft, cheating and misappropriation. Pallavi Shroff heads the practice, and Anuj Berry is the other name to note.

At ALMT Legal, the group represented an individual in proceedings before the Magistrates and Sessions Court, a dispute involving allegations of cheating and forgery. The team also acted for Multigraph Machinery Company in a criminal complaint of theft, and handled allegations of cheating and criminal breach of trust for Orbit in a matter brought by Life Insurance Corporation of India. Hitesh Jain and Subhash Jadhav are the key figures.

Dua Associates is noted for its strength in anti-corruption investigations, anti-bribery compliance matters and corporate fraud issues. Shiraz Patodia is the key practitioner.

Kochhar & Co. has ‘robust knowledge and solid skills in handling legal issues across various sectors’, and the team ‘has an immaculate sense of intellectual reasoning and great drafting skills’. The firm acts for multinational corporations and domestic companies in issues of corporate fraud, anti-corruption, foreign investment-related offences and allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Rohit Kochhar is ‘a great strategist, who always keeps the client’s best interests in mind’; Kochhar recently represented Everonn Education in various disputes pertaining to corporate fraud, and also acted for International Air Transport Association in proceedings against five travel agents concerning embezzlement of proceeds.

Krishnamurthy and Co focuses on investment-related disputes, and the team has significant expertise in matters arising out of equity investments and debt and lending transactions across various sectors. Recent work included representing IL&FS Transportation Networks in a dispute regarding an investment made into several airport developments. Karthik Somasundram is the key practitioner.

At MZM Legal, Advocates & Legal Consultants, highlights included representing the claimant and managing director of M. Pallonji & Co in a prosecution for criminal defamation in India and abroad, and acting for Ahuja Group in various prosecutions brought by clients and investors. Zulfiquar Memon and Parvez Memon are the practice co-heads.

Neerav Merchant leads the department at Majmudar & Partners, which recently advised ConMed Corporation, a US-based medical devices company, on Indian medical and dental regulations and anti-corruption laws. Akil Hirani and Fraser Alexander are the other names to note.

At Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary, recent work included representing an ex-employee of Citigroup before the Bombay High Court, and acting for ICICI Bank in a criminal writ petition in response to a director liability matter. Vikram Trivedi and Sunil Tilokchandani, who has significant litigation experience, are the key names.

Trilegal has substantial experience in conducting internal investigations arising out of financial crimes, and the team also advises clients on anti-bribery issues, disciplinary proceedings and external inquiries. In a recent highlight, the firm successfully defended Instalaciones Inabensa against a debarment action brought by Indian Railways, and also defended AgustaWestland in an anti-bribery investigation brought by the CBI. Sitesh Mukherjee has extensive experience across all court levels, and Shankh Sengupta is noted for corporate fraud matters.

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