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Phoenix Legal

1-3 FLOOR, 254 ,, OKHLA PHASE 3, NEW DELHI, 110020, INDIA
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Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi

Manjula Chawla

Work +91 11 4983 0000
Phoenix Legal

Work Department

Corporate and commercial (M&As and foreign investment), Antitrust/Competition, Employment, Energy & Infrastructure, IP, IT & Outsourcing, Litigation and Arbitration, Private Equity, Telecommunications.


Manjula Chawla is a senior partner at Phoenix Legal and one of the founding partner of the Phoenix Legal. Manjula’s practice concentrates in the areas of strategic corporate investments, corporate finance and restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate and commercial matters.  She has also been involved in certain complex litigation and dispute resolution matters.

She has assisted many multinational corporations (including Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors including automobiles, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, food & beverage, healthcare and pharma, information technology, oil & gas, power and telecommunications. She has structured, negotiated and drafted a wide range of business transactions for foreign investors and multinational corporations over the years.

She advises her clients on a wide range of issues faced by them in India involving anti‐corruption laws, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control laws, data privacy and protection, outsourcing, intellectual property protection, labour & employment and real estate. She also has experience in handling litigation and arbitration matters arising out of commercial contracts on behalf of her international clients.

She has also represented several foreign and international non-profit organizations in relation to their activities in the country such as American Red Cross Society, International Federation of Red Cross Societies and Grameen Foundation. She is currently advising Project Hope, USA in relation to its activities in India.  Project HOPE is contributing to India's national goal of reducing mortality from NCDs (diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease) through several programs, including the India Project UDAAN: United Dialogue & Action against NCDs.


Founded Phoenix Legal in 2008. Before setting up Phoenix Legal, Manjula spent over 12 years as a senior partner in a leading commercial law firm in India. 

 Awards and Citiations

She was awarded the National Law Day Award - 2000 by the Union Law Minister for "Excellence in Corporate Law and for unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India".  She recently featured in the recently published book “100 Legal Luminaries of India” which throws light on some of the most illustrious legal minds in India. She was recognised in the 2017 Edition of Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s  “The Vanguards - Trusted Corporate Lawyers and was listed in the A-List published by India Business Law Journal as amongst India’s Top 100 Lawyers. She received the “Woman of Distinction” - Leadership Excellence Awards 2017 from Legal League Consulting. She was identified in the Leading Lawyer 100 global list of Lawyer Monthly 2011 Guide in the category of Cross Border Law. She was selected as “Woman of the Year India 2011-12” by International Who’s Who Executives & Professionals. She was recently nominated as the Women Lawyer of the Year for India’s Legal Era Awards’ 2012.

Clients praise her ability to "identify the issue that is causing a problem and to come up with commercial solutions."- Chambers and Partners 2018.

“The partners and directors provide practical solutions,” notes a client, “and clear decision making in resolving queries.”Asialaw 2018.


Publications of note:

  • She also contributed to the India chapter in “Automotive 2017” published by Getting The Deal Through, a well-known publication of Law Business Research Limited, UK.
  • She co-authored the Indian chapter in the first edition of the Lexis Nexis Foreign Investment Guide 2017-2018.
  • She also co-authored the article “CCI discusses factors that led to record high penalty” in the Indian Business Law Journal.
  • She has been contributing for several years to the World Bank’s Doing Business in India project and was recently involved in discussions with the Indian Government in order to improve India’s ranking.


English, Hindi, Punjabi.


 Member – North India Council (NIC) of the Indo- American Chamber of Commerce (IACC)
Treasurer – Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF)
Member – Corporate Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member – DWEN (Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network) India Community, an initiative by Dell
Member – International Bar Association
Member – International Pacific Bar Association


Miranda House, Delhi University: BA (Hons), Political Science
Campus Law Centre, Delhi University- LLB(1988)


Travelling, Music, Swimming, Social work


Antitrust and competition

Within: Antitrust and competition

The competition and antitrust practice at Phoenix Legal has experience assisting clients in enforcement, investigations and merger control advice. Co-founders, Manjula Chawla, Saket Shukla  and Abhishek Saxena jointly lead the practice.

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Within: TMT

The TMT practice at Phoenix Legal counts Groupon and NTT Communications Corporation among its clients. The team recently advised Volaris Group on due diligence aspects relating to its acquisition of the Indian subsidiary of Sicap Schweiz AG. In another work highlight, Manjula Chawla led a team assisting Dell International Services India on contractual and regulatory issues.

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