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Kochhar & Co.

OCUS TECHNOPOLIS BUILDING, TOWER B, 3RD FLOOR, DLF GOLF COURSE ROAD SECTOR 54, GURGAON, 122 002, INDIA

India

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

The 'quality' competition team at Kochhar & Co. 'stands out for its practical and business-oriented approach' and attracts praise for its 'response times and accessibility'.  The team has the capabilities to handle transactions and advisory competition matters as well as contentious issues. Reeta Mishra boasts particular experience in antitrust and competition litigation.

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Aviation (including aerospace and defence)
Aviation (including aerospace and defence) - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Leading individuals

Piyush Gupta - Kochhar & Co.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. advises on the full spectrum of lending and structured finance matters, and assists a client base of foreign investors, domestic and international banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and hedge funds with issues across a range of sectors. Rupali Sharma, based in Mumbai, and senior associate Anuj Kaila in Bangalore are the names to note.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co.'s practice is noted for its pan-Indian support, covering a full range of corporate and M&A matters including due diligence, transaction structuring, regulatory issues and risk management. Highlights include acting for Corning Inc on its $900m acquisition of the Communication Division of 3M Company. Chairman Rohit Kochhar and Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan are the key individuals.

Leading individuals

Rohit Kochhar - Kochhar & Co.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co.'s 'practical and solution-oriented' team has 'detailed knowledge' of commercial, infrastructure, banking, and oil and gas-related disputes. Krishna Vijay Singh is acting for the National Bank of Fujairah in four civil suits relating to recovery of outstanding debts from guarantors, who had provided personal guarantees in case of default of repayment. Nishant Menon and Manish Dembla are other key names to note.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

The IP group at Kochhar & Co. advises both private companies and public sector corporations on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. It is instructed by Nissan Motor Corporation to manage its trade mark portfolio in India, as well as advise on infringement and enforcement of all IP rights. The group also represents the Khadi and Village Industries Commission in proceedings relating to infringement of the global KHADI trade mark. Other clients include BlackBerry, Emirates Airlines and Samsung India. Gurgaon-based Tarvinder Singh heads up the practice which also includes Rupali Sharma in Mumbai and Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan, who leads the South India practice from the Chennai office.

Leading individuals

Tarvinder Singh - Kochhar & Co.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co.'s employment and industrial relations team is jointly led by Rohit Kochhar, Suhas Srinivasiah and Vijay Ravi and frequently assists its corporate clients with a range of labour law matters. The group assisted Textron India in handling serious allegations of corruption against one of its senior employees, relating to a $5m transaction. In another work highlight, a team led by Srinivasiah acted for Permasteelisa (India) on a large scale amicable termination of employees. Indrani Lahiri is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Vijay Ravi - Kochhar & Co.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. has substantial expertise in advising public sector clients on a broad spectrum of national highway, LNG, urban infrastructure, and railways projects, and is noted for its strength in handling contentious energy and infrastructure matters. The team is assisting China Development Bank with project finance agreements for multiple infrastructure projects in India with an aggregate value of $10bn. Senior partner Krishna Vijay Singh is recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Avichal Prasad - Kochhar & Co.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

The team at Kochhar & Co. has significant real estate sector experience and boasts a client roster of well-known corporates. Practice head Alok Tewari (based in New Delhi) is leading a team acting for Maruti Suzuki India on the acquisitions of multiple parcels of land for development of distributorship and after sale service centres pan-India. The group also assisted Microsoft with the consolidation of all its leases as well as negotiating contracts for its project for the construction of a Hyderabad campus. Mumbai-based Rupali Sharma and Preetam D’Souza in the Bangalore office are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alok Tewari - Kochhar & Co.

Rupali Sharma - Kochhar & Co.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

The maritime practice at Kochhar & Co. handles a range of shipping matters, with clients including Milaha Maritime and Logistics Integrated LLC, Gulf Shipping Investment and Seaco Global. UPDATE: Maritime practice head Gautam Bhatikar and a team that includes one principal associate and four associates will be leaving the firm on 8 July 2019.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. attracts praise for its 'depth of experience and level of interest in technology matters'. The team is instructed by Fedex to advise on its courier tracking device, which includes obtaining approvals from the Department of Telecommunications. The practice is also acting for Akamai on a range of matters, including advising on data protection, net neutrality and regulatory matters. With 'deep industry understanding', practice head Stephen Mathias has been highlighted as 'very effective counsel for international clients looking for clear, concise advice'.

Leading individuals

Stephen Mathias - Kochhar & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Kochhar & Co.

The taxation practice group at Kochhar & Co. frequently assists the firm's foreign and domestic clients with indirect and direct tax advice. Shahid Khan heads up the practice alongside Vijay Ravi. Brijesh Verma left the firm to establish his own practice.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. has an established track record representing domestic companies and multinational corporations in anti-corruption, allegations of workplace sexual harassment, corporate fraud and foreign investment-related offences. The group's client base includes Falck Denmark A/S, International Air Transport Association, WinMagic, Everonn Education, and MAT Holdings. Rohit Kochhar and Krishna Vijay Singh jointly head the practice.

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