Leading firms in India

Chennai, the capital state of Tamil Nadu, is often called the gateway to the southern part of India. The city benefits from good infrastructure, including three seaports, an international airport, well-established rail and road connectivity and major submarine telecommunication cable networks that have paved the way for its rapid growth. It is a key manufacturing/industrial city in India, hosting globally renowned automobile and electronics manufacturers, including Ford, Caterpillar, Siemens, GE, Samsung, and ABB. The city has also become one of the preferred destinations for big IT companies, such as IBM, Infosys and Cognizant. The city is also attracting startup enterprises. More recently, the area has become home to new projects, especially in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Although the office leasing market has slowed, investment in property of all types continues at a pace.In this region, nationally ranked, full service firms including Anand and Anand, Fox Mandal & Associates, Khaitan & Co LLP, Kochhar & Co., Phoenix Legal, Samvad Partners and Tatva Legal are well established and handle work for national and international clients as well as more local companies, especially in areas such as corporate M&A, dispute resolution, banking and finance and IP. However, the number of smaller and boutique firms has grown considerably, offering an alternative to the larger firms.

Calibre Legal

Initially set up as a boutique corporate, commercial, tax and dispute resolution law firm, Calibre Legal has expanded its practice areas to cover real estate, intellectual property and employment law. The team is led by the duo of Mohammed Shadaan Saipillai, who has more than two decades of experience in corporate, commercial and dispute resolution, and Arun Kurian Joseph, who specialises in real estate and is a renowned direct and indirect tax law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Shadaan Saipillai; Arun Kurian Joseph

Key clients

Government of Western Australia

Intersea Maritime Limited

The Chennai Angels, Native Angel

Network (NAN) and Keiretsu

Crescent Innovation & Incubation Council

BS Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology

Diginfluenz Private Limited

The Administrator for Powerwave Technology Sweden AB

Firstinsight Technologies India Pvt Ltd

GP Strategies India Private Limited

Thermo Housewares Private Limited

GSE Filter Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Government of Western Australia on setting up a liaison office in Chennai.
  • Advised Intersea Maritime Limited on sale of 34% of its equity to a Dubai based investor for an investment amount of ₹ 35 crore.
  • Advised The Chennai Angels on its investment in Shriven Agritechs Pvt Ltd .

Surana & Surana International Attorneys

Surana & Surana International Attorneys is a highly qualified team of sector-specific, inter-disciplinary professionals, including lawyers, trade mark attorneys and chartered accountants. The team has been established for more than five decades and has a strong focus on dispute resolution, intellectual property, corporate/M&A and real estate matters. Kalyan Jhabakh G heads the dispute resolution practice and has conducted landmark litigations before courts of all levels. Sanjay Mehta leads the corporate and M&A team and specialises in drafting joint venture agreements, due diligence on takeovers and mergers, and incorporation of legal entities. N. Surya Senthil and Lakshmidevi Somanath jointly head the intellectual property team.

Practice head(s):

Kalyan Jhabakh; Sanjay Mehta; Surya Senthil; Lakshmidevi Somanath


‘The team is cooperative and studies the technical documents well before initiating the drafting, and the quality of the drafts is excellent.’

Key clients

Hatsun Agro Product Limited

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Limited

Isuzu Motors India Pvt. Limited

Hyundai Motor India Limited

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Grobest Feeds Corporation India Private Limited

Wittur Elevator Components India Pvt. Limited

Kaleesuwari Refinery Private Limited

Hatsun Agro Products Limited

Bank of Baroda

Cheyyar SEZ Developers Private Limited

Same Deutz- Fahr India Limited

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

Amrutanjan Health Care Limited

Universal Sompo General Insurance Company Limited

JM Frictech

State Bank of India

Trimble Information Technology India Private Limited

Ammega Belting India Private Limited (Earlier Helicord Transmission)

Bharath Heavy Electricals

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Aditya Birla Capital

Colgate Palmolive India

Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India Pvt., Ltd

Su-N Energy Technology Ltd

Century Plyboards (I) Ltd

Nirmal Bang Securities Pvt Ltd

Cargo International (India) Private Ltd

Glovis India Pvt Ltd

HIOX Softwares Private Limited

Akras Flavours India Private Limited

China Academy of Telecommunications Technology

Taiyo Pet Products Pvt Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hyundai Motors India Limited with an arbitration appeal filed against the client by one of its Dealers, Austin Distributors Private Limited, whose dealership was terminated due to breach of the contract.
  • Advised NextGen Technology Fund on its target corpus of $100M.
  • Assisted China Academy of Telecommunications Technology with securing multiple patent grants after successful prosecution to overcome 3(k) objection for communication equipment during January to June 2021.

Altacit Global

Altacit Global assists clients with their M&A, real estate, regulatory compliance, and litigation requirements. Filma Varghese and Geethanjali focus on intellectual property law and advise various leading corporates in India and abroad. Pradeep Bhapatiraju heads the patent department and has rich experience in the entire patent lifecycle from conducting patent searches to patent drafting and litigation. Dharshika Ravi is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Filma Varghese; Pradeep Bhapatiraju

Other key lawyers:

Geethanjali; Dharshika Ravi

Key clients

AG&P City Gas Private Limited

Bunge India Private Limited

MatexNet Private Limited

Kuwy Technology Service Private Limited

OrangeScape Technologies Private Limited

Proklean Technologies Private Limited

Rage Communications Private Limited

Aardae Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AG&P on the acquisition of various parcels of land in South India, in order for AG&P to develop its CGD infrastructure.
  • Assisted craftsman in drafting their IP policy and setting up their processes for protecting their intellectual assets.

Eshwars | House of Corporate & IPR Laws offers a comprehensive range of corporate expertise to enterprises of all sizes on a wide range of matters, including real estate laws, dispute resolution, corporate governance, and intellectual property rights. Saisunder N.V is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the areas of intellectual property rights and media and technology law. He jointly heads the team with the managing partner Eshwar Sabapathy, capital markets and foreign investment expert Adit N Bhuva, IP specialist Srividya Sundaresan, and Sri Vidhya Kumar, who regularly provides M&A advisory assistance.

Practice head(s):

Eshwar Sabapathy; Saisunder N.V; Adit N Bhuva; Sri Vidhya Kumar; Srividya Sundaresan

Key clients

Flinto Learning Solutions Private Limited

India Nippon Electricals Limited

Chennai Radha Engineering Private Limited

Pygmalion Renaissance Private Limited

Banyan Tree Advisors Private Limited

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited

Orange Retail Finance India Private Limited

Finonyx Software Solutions Private Limited

Neeyamo Enterprise Solutions Private Limited

Lyca Productions Private Limited

Mindtree Limited

Sonata Software Limited

Namo Chai

Jenson & Nicholson Paints Private Limited

Jagdale Industries Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted India Lyca Productions Private Limited with the drafting of film production contracts, media rights licensing and litigation support.
  • Strategic brand protection advisory services for various businesses and products lines of Mindtree Limited. The client is one of the notable business house in the IT & ITeS space which is part of the Larsen & Toubro group.

Ganesan and Manuraj Legal LLP is best known for dealing with a wide range of complex and high-value litigation cases, international commercial arbitration, cross-border disputes involving bankruptcy, as well as high stake criminal and civil matters. It also undertakes a significant number of pro-bono cases related to human rights issues. The team is led by Muthupandi Ganesan, who is a dual qualified practising barrister in England and an advocate in India. Manuraj Shunmugasundaram has significant experience in handling civil and criminal cases, specifically ones involving medical negligence. Vadhana Bhaskar, Sachin. S, and Anisha Gupta are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Muthupandi Ganesan

Other key lawyers:

Manuraj Shunmugasundaram; Vadhana Bhaskar; Sachin. S; Anisha Gupta

Key clients

S. Sushma & U. Seema Agarval

M. Kavin Thamizh

C. Edwards

R.S. Bharathi

G. Devarajan

K. Thukkaiandi

Valli Murugappan

K.N. Nehru

Work highlights

  • Represented S. Sushma & U. Seema Agarval in case of protection to 2 young females who are in a same sex relationship against respective family members who opposed their relationship before the Madras High Court.
  • Represented M.K. Stalin & 17 Members of the Legislative Assembly in an enquiry called upon by the Privileges Committee of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly against them.
  • Represented S. Bharathi in a case registered for allegedly disrespecting a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Law Office of Navarre Roy

Law Office of Navarre Roy is a full-service firm with a keen focus on intellectual property and media and entertainment laws. The firm is also becoming more active in the private equity space. Founder Navarre Ebenezer Roy works closely with startups through their entire lifecycle of fundraising and commercial interests. Associate Raghul Selvanathan focuses on commercial dispute resolution, while associate Hepitha Priscilla handles the firm’s trademark practice and assists Indian and international clients with the protection and enforcement of trademarks.

Practice head(s):

Navarre Ebenezer Roy

Other key lawyers:

Raghul Selvanathan; Hepitha Priscilla

Key clients

Tirumala Milk Products Private Limited


Pixstone Images Private Limited

Raptee Energy Private Limited

Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre

Trendloud Digital India Private Limited

Aruna Sairam

K (Music Director)

Social Beat Digital Marketing LLP

Edumind Learning Solutions Private Limited

Pepul Tech Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Edumind Learning Solutions Private Limited on the audit, and acquisition of the entire intellectual property portfolio of the edtech company Vishwa Edusolutions Private Limited.
  • Advised Pepul Tech Private Limited on two rounds of fund raising ($1.5M and $3.8M).
  • Advised Satya Movies on the protection, enforcement and commercialization of its intellectual property through different streams, including streaming of content, protection of their costumes, character personas.