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Kochhar & Co.

11TH FLOOR, TOWER A, DLF TOWERS JASOLA, JASOLA DISTRICT CENTER, NEW DELHI 110 025, INDIA
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Work +91-124-4545222
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Fax +91 11 4056 3813
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www.kochhar.com

India

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

At Kochhar & Co., practice head Piyush Gupta advised EMC on its $67bn acquisition by Dell, securing phase II clearance from the CCI. Gupta and principal associate Reeta Mishra defended state-owned oil marketing companies against six allegations pertaining to cartels and bid rigging before the Supreme Court of India following an appeal by the complainant.

Next generation lawyers

Reeta Mishra - Kochhar & Co.

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

Kochhar & Co.

At Kochhar & Co., practice head Piyush Gupta and senior partner Ajith C R provide ongoing advice to Embraer on various aspects of Indian aviation law and on several contracts with the government of India for the supply of defence and civilian aircrafts. Gupta is also representing IATA before the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal in an appeal of the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority’s 2012 tariff order. Senior partner Suhas Srinivasiah is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Piyush Gupta - Kochhar & Co.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. provides pan-Indian support to a range of domestic and international banks, foreign investors, hedge funds and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), advising on all aspects of lending and structured finance. Notable clients include Axis Bank, State Bank of India, Wells Fargo and ICICI Bank. Rupali Sharma and Anuj Kaila are the key figures in Mumbai and Bangalore respectively.

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

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co.’s ‘deeply impressive’ team stands out for its ‘thorough understanding of the subject matter, helpful attitude and willingness to explain and discuss the nuances of each deal’. The practice offers pan-Indian support covering transaction structuring, due diligence, risk management and compliance; highlights included advising UBM on the sale of its worldwide business to Cision, and acting for Nuance Communications on its acquisition of mCarbon Tech Innovations. Chairman Rohit Kochharalways goes the extra mile to personally oversee matters’, and Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan is the other key individual.

Leading individuals

Rohit Kochhar - Kochhar & Co.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

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.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Kochhar & Co.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

The practice at Kochhar & Co. advises clients on all aspects of IP law, with notable strengths in prosecution, litigation, and enforcement strategies concerning trade marks, patents and industrial designs. Clients include Nissan, Emirates, Wells Fargo and Reliance Home Finance. Practice head Tarvinder Singh advises BlackBerry on its entire trade mark portfolio in India, including infringement and enforcement issues, and New Delhi head Prabhu Tandon represents Samsung India before the Delhi High Court in a trade mark infringement and counterfeit goods matter.

Leading individuals

Tarvinder Singh - Kochhar & Co.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

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.

Leading individuals

Vijay Ravi - Kochhar & Co.

Next generation lawyers

Indrani Lahiri - Kochhar & Co.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. has ‘a deep understanding of the industry and the clients’ business’, providing ‘all the necessary solutions under one roof’. The firm specialises in handling complex contentious matters in the infrastructure and energy space, and has also advised on a range of metro, national highway, urban infrastructure, and oil and gas pipeline projects. The team is advising Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority on a competitive open bidding process for the development of Amaravati, the new capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. Senior partner Krishna Vijay Singh is the key contact for contentious matters, and Ngangom Junior Luwang is recommended for oil and gas projects.

Next generation lawyers

Avichal Prasad - Kochhar & Co.

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

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. advises domestic and multinational clients on joint ventures, foreign investments, the setting up of units, and sale and purchase of land. Clients include Ciena, Honeywell Group and Lockheed Martin. Practice head Alok Tewari and Preetam D’Souza assisted Microsoft with the consolidation of its operations in Bangalore and substantial leasehold acquisitions, and Suhas Srinivasiah advised Visa on a complex lease transaction. Rupali Sharma is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alok Tewari - Kochhar & Co.

Rupali Sharma - Kochhar & Co.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Kochhar & Co.

At Kochhar & Co., Gautam Bhatikar heads the practice following his arrival from ALMT Legal. Recent highlights include acting for Endeavour Bunker in the arrest of a vessel in India and claim pertaining to the recovery of the supply of bunkers to the owners, and representing KSR Marine Services against Coastal Marine Construction Engineering in an arbitration under a dredging contract. Senior associate Zoeb Cutlerywala joined with Bhatikar and is also noted.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Kochhar & Co.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Kochhar & Co. provides ‘practical’, ‘commercial’ and ‘high-quality advice’, and has particular strengths in the technology field, including licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, and telecoms. ‘Star’ TMT specialist Stephen Mathias, who is ‘prompt’ and ‘very experienced’, advised ExxonMobil on the compliance, regulatory, and privacy aspects of the use of voice over internet protocol in India, and Suhas Srinivasiah assisted Coursera with its choice of legal entity and e-commerce regulations in India.

Leading individuals

Stephen Mathias - Kochhar & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

Led by Shahid Khan and Vijay Ravi, Kochhar & Co. advises on direct and indirect tax matters and provides ‘an excellent service and value for money’. Khan represented two law firms in a cross-border tax dispute relating to tax liability on the settlements of a class action suit filed against Satyam Computer Services by US-based investors.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Kochhar & Co.

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.

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