Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: litigation

AP & Partners' litigation practice is overseen by Anand Prasad, who was previously at Trilegal, and has experience handling complex shareholder rights-related litigation, securities disputes, and white-collar crime cases.
Led by Mohit Saraf, Saraf and Partners is experienced in high-stakes litigation, with Sanjeev Kumar Sharma the key contact for civil and criminal cases.

Dispute resolution: litigation in India

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners remains a market leader in the litigation space, fielding a team of experts to handle a range of competition litigation and joint venture disputes, among others. Seasoned practitioner Rajendra Barot co-heads the practice from Mumbai, with experience in proceedings before the Supreme Court; co-head Vijayendra Pratap Singh in Delhi is the key contact for corporate and commercial disputes. In Bangalore, Aditya Vikram Bhat has particular expertise in cross-border litigation, with a focus on shareholder disputes; he is also acting for Facebook before the Bombay High Court in a case relating to the regulation of online content. Other core team members include Mumbai-based Sonali Mathur, an expert in securities litigation, and Abhimanyu Chopra, who was promoted to the partnership in April 2021, in Delhi. The team is backed by an experienced group of associates, including Abhijnan Jha in the Delhi office.

Testimonials

‘What stands out is the continuity of the same team for many years, the quick and analytical responses and client focus, which adds value.’

‘Good drafting when compared to other competitors. Complete coordination in delivery of work for clients.’

‘A good litigation team which works closely with the corporate practice.’

‘Priyank Ladoia is a bright upcoming lawyer.’

‘The team is extremely well equipped and comfortable in using technology for serving its clients and dealing with court procedures.’

‘The individuals are practical and commercially minded. They come up with solutions that are sometimes innovative and always focused on a resolution that is realistic and efficient.’

Key clients

Amazon.com Investment Holdings LLC

Facebook Inc.

IHH Healthcare Berhad / Parkway Pantai Ltd.

KPMG / BSR & Associates LLP

Nestle India Ltd.

Reserve Bank of India

Swiss Timing Ltd.

Whatsapp Inc.

Ramky Infrastructure Ltd.

HSBC PI Holdings (Mauritius) Limited

TA Asia Pacific Acquisitions Limited (“TA”)

Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”)

Various ETA group companies, Mr. Salahuddin & family, Arif Buhary Rahman, and Mr. Essa Al Ghurair

KKR India Asset Finance Limited

WestBridge Ventures II Investment Holdings

LSF10 Rose Investments S.à r.l.

Max Tower

Bharti Airtel Limited

National Stock Exchange

IAE International Aero Engines AG

DI Netherlands B.V., Nuovo Pignone International S.r.l and Baker Hughes Inc.

O.R.E Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Amazon in a case over breaches of contractual provisions between Amazon and the Future Group, in relation to a transaction between the Future Group and Reliance.
  • Advised and represented Facebook India Online Services Pvt. Ltd., its MD, Ajit Mohan, and Facebook Inc. in a writ petition before the Supreme Court of India against the Delhi Legislative Assembly as well as various arms of the Indian government.
  • Representing HSBC in the enforcement proceedings of a SIAC award before the Bombay High Court which grants HSBC an amount of $60m against Avitel Post Studioz and its promoters.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Cyril Amarchand MangaldasComparative Guides promotional icon’ well-established litigation group has significant bench strength in commercial disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy cases, intellectual property litigation, and white-collar crime cases. Key contacts in the team, which has an extensive national presence, include Indranil DeshmukhBharat Vasani, Shaneen Parikh, who is experienced in commercial litigation, particularly cross-border matters, and Gauri Rasgotra, who handles disputes of national significance, and is the key contact for cases relating to emerging areas such as data privacy and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Other members of the core team are Gyanendra Kumar, who handles insolvency-related proceedings, and Anuradha Mukherjee, who is regularly instructed by private sector clients and government entities. Disputes over construction projects and white-collar crime matters also feature in the caseload. In May 2021, the practice expanded significantly at senior level with the promotion of several new partners, including Shalaka Patil, who is recommended for disputes in the energy, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors. The team has been further boosted by Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri  who has joined from IndusLaw.

Testimonials

‘Aditya Mehta is an outstanding litigator and has always achieved excellent results for us. He has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism, dedication and commitment to his client. He is extremely strategic, sophisticated and business oriented, and has always taken the time to fully understand our business goals, objectives and strategy.’

Mr. Mehta is a top-notch litigator and a trusted advisor with an outstanding track record. The level and quality of his legal services are unmatched and he is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Administrator, Delhi Gymkhana Club

Jindal Steel and Power Limited

Essar Bulk Terminal Limited GE Power Conversion India Private Limited

Samsung C & T Corporation

63 Moons Technologies Limited (formerly Financial Technologies India Limited (FTIL))

Maddock Films Private Limited

Board of Control for Cricket in India Fortis Hospitals Limited

Tenneco Inc.

Aurora UK Bidco Limited (“Aurora”)

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

ECL Finance Limited, Edelweiss Retail Finance Limited

Committee of Creditors of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited

Voith Hydro Ltda, Voith Hydro SpA and Voith Hydro Private Limited

M/s SEMI, S.A. No Sinhgad Technical Education Society

Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Healthcare Limiteds

Gillette India Limited & Procter & Gamble Home Products Private Limited

Langham Capital India Private Limited

Economic Laws Practice

Economic Laws Practice is active in white-collar crime cases, tax litigation and regulatory disputes, as well as handling mediation. Overseen by Naresh Thacker, the Mumbai-based team often handles commercial litigation before the High Courts and Supreme Court for large multinational clients operating across the steel and manufacturing industries. Other notable team members include Rohit Sharma, who handles insolvency disputes, and Alok Jain, who is recommended for disputes in the oil and gas, infrastructure and construction, and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Naresh Thacker

Other key lawyers:

Rohit Sharma ; Ashish Prasad; Dinesh Pednekar

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at ELP that I work with combine excellence in black letter law with good awareness and knowledge of the issues that relate to complex litigation, and they are comfortable acting as co-counsel for international clients (they have an Indian and international perspective). This translates to great service, real trust and good value for money for the quality of advice and wider input given on matters. ELP have always delivered.’

‘Naresh Thacker is a smart litigation lawyer and a leading advocate. He focuses on the real issues and has great knowledge of the Indian courts and the approach that needs to be adopted in Indian arbitrations.’

‘Alok Jain is smart, practical and adept at Indian litigation concerning complex construction disputes.’

Key clients

INX Media (P) Ltd

Container Freight Stations Association of India (CFSAI), TG Terminals Pvt. Ltd, Transworld Terminals Pvt. Ltd., Hind Terminals Pvt. Ltd. Seabird Marine Services Pvt. Ltd, Allcargo Logistics ltd. Speedy Multmodes Ltd., National Association for Container Freight Stations (NACFS), Balmer Lawrie, Saurashtra Freight Pvt. Ltd., Kailash Shipping Pvt. Ltd., Ameya Logistics Pvt. Ltd., International Cargo Terminal and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd., Landmark CFS Pvt. Ltd., Ashutosh Container Services Pvt. Ltd., Mundra International Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd.

Hindalco Industries Ltd.

Lex Sportel Vision Private Limited

L&T

Ultratech (UTCL)

Work highlights

    J Sagar Associates

    J Sagar Associates handles a significant caseload of domestic and international litigation, particularly banking, white-collar crime, and international trade cases. The group, which is singled out for its ‘excellent knowledge’, is able to leverage firm-wide strength in taxation, competition, and regulatory work to represent large multinational clients and foreign banks in a variety of disputes. Senior partners Amit Kapur and Amar Gupta are among the key contacts in the group, regularly handling commercial disputes, with Dheeraj Nair remaining the name to note for high-stakes litigation (including cases before the Supreme Court). Mining, construction and engineering sector disputes are dealt with by Dhirendra Negi.

    Practice head(s):

    Amit Kapur ;Amar Gupta ; Dheeraj Nair

    Other key lawyers:

    Dhirendra Negi

    Testimonials

    ‘A very good team who provide very realistic opinions. They are good at drafting and excellent at briefing senior counsel based on counsel’s strongest points and at the management of perspectives and requirements.’

    ‘Dhirender Negi is an excellent lawyer for any corporation requiring dispute resolution.’

    ‘Good team, presence across all verticals, transparent billing.’

    ‘Excellent knowledge and problem-solving approach.’

    Work highlights

      Khaitan & Co.

      Khaitan & Co LLP‘s litigation group is ‘strong and commercially savvy’, with a track record of acting in competition, tax, and intellectual property disputes, among others. Based in New Delhi, Sanjeev Kapoor has over two decades of experience handling cross-border litigation for banking clients and also has notable strength in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Ajay Bhargava, who specialises in criminal and corporate litigation and has appeared in cases before the High Courts, and Vanita Bhargava, who has expertise in disputes in niche areas including forest law, are also notable team members. In the firm’s Kolkata office, Nandini Khaitan is the key contact.

      Testimonials

      ‘Excellent bench strength with strong and commercially savvy litigators across the key offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. They are well versed in the concerns many clients have over litigating in India, and can offer practical and cost-effective solutions. They are also extremely responsive to the client’s needs, and will go above and beyond what many other lawyers will do to achieve a sensible outcome for everyone.’

      Ajay Bhargava is extremely savvy and offers creative and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems. He thinks outside the box and is also incredibly responsive, with an immediate turnaround whether late at night or on the weekends. Sanjeev Kapoor is a very serious litigator and someone you want by your side. Raj Panchmatia is a star, both in the Mumbai courts and in front of arbitral tribunals. The team is well respected, both in India and abroad.’

      ‘Khaitan & Co has shone as a law firm in the last few years. On the disputes front, Raj Panchmatia and Ajay Bhargava are two stand outs, with very different offerings from a disputes perspective, which allow the firm to offer different types of disputes lawyers, both of the highest calibre, to match different client types. They are very, very responsive and understand how to service international clients in an efficient and balanced manner.’

      ‘Raj Panchmatia is very honest and gets on with it. No fuss and show and he is technically very good with practical advice.’

      ‘Ajay Bhargava is happy to be available urgently at all hours and responds in a way that reassures the client and takes the fear out of litigating. He gets to the heart of the dispute in a very direct manner.’

      ‘Proactive. Honest advice. Diligent.’

      Key clients

      Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority

      Larsen & Toubro Limited

      Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

      Court Appointed Liquidator & Court Receiver of an Italian Company in liquidation

      TATA Power Company Limited

      Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited

      Z&J Technologies GmbH

      China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau India Private Limited

      Altran Technologies India Private Limited

      Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

      Medima LLC

      Aditya Birla Minacs Worldwide Ltd (now known as Concentrix Services India Private Limited)

      SN Kapoor Exports

      Orbit Exports Limited

      Prompt International

      Hindustan Unilever Limited

      Glaxo Smith Kline Asia Pvt.Ltd

      OGD Services Holdings Limited (formerly Essar Oilfields Services Limited)

      Parsa Kente Colleries Limited

      Larsen & Toubro Limited (“L&T”)

      Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited

      Aditya Birla Finance Limited

      Investec Bank Plc; and Piramal Capital and Housing Finance limited IIFL Asset Management Limited

      ASI Industries Ltd.

      Geosansar Mauritius Limited

      Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL)

      TATA Power Company Limited (TPCL)

      My Preferred Transformation & Hospitality Private Limited

      Siemens AG & Siemens Limited

      Purma Plast Private Limited

      Oyo Hotels & Homes Private Limited

      Fortis Chemicals Private Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising and representing MMRDA in relation to the appeal against an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing the quashing of the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) approval granted to MMRDA to implement flood mitigation measures along the Mithi River.
      • Representing Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited with respect to proceedings arising out of an order passed by the CCI whereby huge penalties were imposed on all the car manufacturers.
      • Represented Aditya Birla Minacs Worldwide Ltd (now known as Concentrix Services India Private Limited) before the Supreme Court of India in a tax dispute.

      Kochhar & Co.

      Kochhar & Co.‘s litigation team is singled out for its ‘strong execution and manpower’ and handles all manners of commercial disputes, with core areas of strength in construction, insolvency and restructuring litigation. Practice co-head Rohit Kochhar has over three decades of experience acting for large domestic and foreign multinationals, and is noted for his handling of criminal cases. Co-head and senior partner Krishna Vijay Singh specialises in disputes in the energy and infrastructure areas, whilst Nishant Menon is the key name for healthcare and technology sector clients. In Gurgaon, Manish Dembla handles large-scale infrastructure and construction-related disputes pertaining to pipeline, water and railway projects. The team also has an active white-collar criminal litigation sub-group.

      Testimonials

      ‘The team has the strong execution, organisation and manpower needed to find a way out of a situation that cannot be easily resolved. Expertise and necessary responses are provided by professional and experienced staff and contacts.’

      ‘The team’s responses are precise and friendly. They are very competent and responsive. The team is well-coordinated, and we can expect reliable advice. They are fully capable of meeting clients’ meticulous and precise demands.’

      Nishant Menon has been a great support in our litigation. Being humble, transparent and approachable made things easy for us.’

      Manish Dembla has provided us with deep insights into our own industry and transformed the way we correspond with our clients and stake holders. He has been kind enough to provide us with his support and guidance whenever required at short notice.’

      ‘The professional and personalised service provided by the senior partner creates confidence in the client. To us, it appears that our cases are in safe hands.’

      ‘Our association with K. V. Singh has been very fruitful. His diligent approach to the case stands out. The way he explains the case with all the pros and cons is commendable and makes it easy for the client to make a decision.’

      ‘Manish Dembla and Nachiketa Goyal have gone out of their way to research and understand the core issues of our complex matters. They not only have good resources but also a great technical team.’

      ‘Rohit Kochhar stands out for his immense legal knowledge and strategic advice to his clients.’

      Key clients

      Actial Pharmaceutical

      AFCONS Infrastructure

      Andhra Bank

      Bank of Baroda

      Burman Estate Private Limited

      Cisco

      CMA CGM Asia Shipping Pte. Ltd.

      CRSC Research and Design Institute Private Limited

      Cushman & Wakefield

      Eli Lilly

      Excise and Taxation Technical Services Agency

      Experion Developers Private Limited

      Fujifilm India

      GAIL India Ltd.

      Haldex S.A

      Hayashi Kogyo

      Honda

      Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

      IWG (International Workplace Group, formerly Regus)

      Koritu

      Meidensha Corporation

      Mercedes Benz

      Mondelez

      Punjab National Bank

      Skylark Infra Engineering

      South Indian Bank

      Texcel Engineers Private Limited

      VIL Limited

      Wells Fargo

      Work highlights

      • Representing Actial Farmaceutica (CD Pharma) in a highly complex international fraud case involving the legal rights to a probiotic bacterial product.
      • Successfully represented Wells Fargo in two Covid 19-related cases where the Indian courts ruled that the lockdown is no excuse for a company to avoid contractual obligations to make payments.
      • Successfully obtained interim relief against any coercive steps by the Director of Town and Country Planning, Haryana in a writ petition filed on behalf of Burman Estate Private Limited before the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.

      Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

      Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co has a well-regarded litigation practice and is active in commercial disputes, insolvency proceedings, and competition litigation. Pallavi Shroff continues to be the pre-eminent practitioner in the team and has a track record representing clients in competition-related mandates. High-stakes regulatory cases before the NCLT are handled by Ritu Bhalla. In September 2020, the team was strengthened further by the arrival of Nawneet Vibhaw, a specialist in environmental disputes, from Khaitan & Co LLP.

      Practice head(s):

      Pallavi Shroff ,Ritu Bhalla

      Other key lawyers:

      Nawneet Vibhaw

      Trilegal

      At Trilegal, the litigation practice group is overseen by Shankh Sengupta and has a track record of acting in banking, construction and commercial disputes before courts of all levels. Pallav Shukla, who was promoted to the partnership in April 2021, has been growing the firm’s white-collar criminal litigation practice. Ashish Bhan has particular expertise in representing telecoms and infrastructure sector clients in disputes with shareholders and regulatory bodies. Jafar Alam handles commercial, regulatory and infrastructure-related litigation, and Nitesh Jain specialises in insolvency disputes. Longstanding clients include large Indian corporates and international companies in the manufacturing, steel, and power sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Shankh Sengupta

      Key clients

      Vistra ITCL

      PSP Investments

      Tata Chemicals

      Tata Communications Limited

      EIG (Mauritius) Limited

      3i India Infrastructure Investments Limited (3i)

      Wipro

      Shanghai Electric Group

      WeWork

      Patel Engineering Limited

      Arcelor Mittal Group

      Mitsubishi Hitachi Power

      RHT Health Trust

      Vivid Solaire

      Matrix Partners

      Work highlights

      • Represented Vistra in a lawsuit filed before the Bombay High Court against Reliance Capital Limited, as well as in connected proceedings before the SAT and DRT, relating to the issuance of non-convertible debentures by RCL between 2012 and 2018.
      • Represented the Public Sector Pension Investment Board in a lawsuit brought before the Delhi High Court by Bid Services relating to its shares in Mumbai International Airport Limited.
      • Filed a writ petition on behalf of the shareholders of Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) against the scheme of amalgamation  by which the Reserve Bank of India directed that LVB would be amalgamated with DBS Bank India.

      ALMT Legal

      ALMT Legal‘s litigation team is active in civil and criminal cases and is jointly led by Sameer Tapia and Prashant Popat from Mumbai and Bangalore, respectively. The group has experience in real estate, employment, intellectual property and shipping litigation. Arvind Kamath and Komal Joshi, who has a focus on family and matrimonial disputes, are also key contacts.

      Practice head(s):

      Sameer Tapia; Prashant Popat

      Other key lawyers:

      Arvind Kamath ;Komal Joshi

      Testimonials

      ‘The team stand out for their personal touch: the warmth and the understanding they bring to their way of handling matters. We never feel like client and lawyers; we always feel as though they are part of our team.’

      ‘A well-coordinated team that deliver timely advice on all matters.’

      ‘The team is very knowledgeable and has good resources.’

      ‘Sameer Tapia and Komal Joshi thoroughly study a matter and lead it to a satisfactory resolution.’

      Key clients

      Damas LLC

      Indelox Services Pvt. Ltd

      Jungbusch Ales Private Limited

      Ulrich GmbH & Co. KG

      M/s. Vedik ISPAT Pvt. Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Representing Damas LLC in the filing of a criminal complaint for the infringement of its trade mark by a store with the same name.
      • Acting for Jungbusch Ales Private Limited in a case filed by an operational creditor, Hypro Engineers Private Limited, under section 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, claiming a debt of Rs. 58.80 lacs along with interest at 18 % p.a.
      • Filed an application on behalf of M/s. Vedik ISPAT Pvt. Ltd. before the Debt Recovery Tribunal Bangalore under section 17(1) of the SARFAESI Act, 2002.

      Bharucha & Partners

      Bharucha & Partners handles complex commercial disputes and is recommended for its expertise in construction, real estate, and environmental litigation. Overseen by MP Bharucha in Mumbai, with further offices in New Delhi and Bengaluru, the team represents both domestic and international companies. In a current matter, Sneha Jasingh is acting for the founder of the Avantha Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, in a case before the Securities and Exchange Board of India. DP Singh is also a key contact, as is Sonam Gupta, who is the name to note for insolvency and bankruptcy-related cases. The group expanded in March 2021 with the arrival of Shreya Sircar, who joined from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

      Practice head(s):

      MP Bharucha

      Testimonials

      ‘I have been working with the firm for the last three years and have always received prompt responses, even at very short notice. During the pandemic, there have not been any delays and the firm has used technology to overcome the challenges in an effective way.’

      Key clients

      Adani Enterprises Limited

      Alchem International Private Limited

      ALT Digital Media Entertainment Limited

      Beacon Trusteeship Limited

      Diageo Plc

      Drive India Enterprises Solutions Limited

      ITC Limited

      Kalaari Capital

      Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

      Mr. Gaurav Dhawan

      Mr. Gautam Thapar, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris Industrial Chemicals Ltd and V. R. Venkatesh, Madhav Acharya and B. Hariharan

      Mr. Vivek Doval

      Pan Asia Project Development Fund

      SBICAP Trustee Company Limited

      Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

      SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

      Vodafone Idea Limited (now known as Vi)

      ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

      Mr. Ashwin Dani, Mrs. Ina Dani and Mr. Malav Dani

      Work highlights

      • Representing Gautam Thapar, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris Industrial Chemicals Ltd and V. R. Venkatesh, Madhav Acharya and B. Hariharan in various proceedings in connection with the alleged fraud in CG Power before the Securities and Exchange Board of India, Securities Appellate Tribunal, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the National Company Law Tribunal, the Bombay High Court, and the Delhi High Court.
      • Acting for Vodafone Idea in a range of matters, including challenges to interconnection usage charges; the Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018; the retrospective levy of spectrum charges; the retrospective levy of property tax on cellular towers and sites; and the denial of points of interconnection to Reliance, amongst other matters.
      • Advising Sony on multiple issues, including a challenge to the statutory instruments issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and separate disputes with Noida Software Technology Park, the Board of Cricket Control in India, Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Eagle Video Films, Sai-Sapru Creations, and SunNxt.

      Dhir & Dhir Associates

      Dhir & Dhir Associates‘ team has extensive experience in civil and commercial disputes and is led by seasoned litigator Maneesha Dhir and Alok Dhir. The group handles matters spanning across the aviation, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. Senior partner Sachin Gupta has appeared in various matters before the High Courts as well as ADR forums. Insolvency disputes and debt recovery actions are also areas of strength.

      Practice head(s):

      Maneesha Dhir ; Alok Dhir

      Other key lawyers:

      Sachin Gupta

      DSK Legal

      DSK Legal‘s litigation practice is overseen by managing partner Anand Desai in Mumbai and covers a wide range of disputes, including commercial, securities and white-collar criminal litigation. The team regularly appears  in civil and criminal cases before the High Courts and the Supreme Court, and is noted for its work with high-profile media clients. Also in Mumbai, Jatin Pore  advises on disputes arising out of shareholders’ and joint venture agreements. In New Delhi, Kirat Singh Nagra is the key contact for white-collar crime cases and has extensive experience in the High Courts. The group faced two partner departures: Ravi Prakash and Nand Kishore left the firm to start their own practice in April 2021. However, H.S. Bobby Chandhoke has joined the team from L&L Partners Law Offices.

      Practice head(s):

      Anand Desai

      Other key lawyers:

      Jatin Pore; H.S. Bobby Chandhoke; Kirat Singh Nagra ;Nirav Shah

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is very diligent and hardworking. Their understanding of commercial realities makes them one of the go-to legal teams in complex commercial litigations. They are technology savvy, making work seamless during the pandemic.’

      We worked with Jatin Pore. He is an outstanding legal professional. His knowledge of the law and practices makes him a standout performer.’

      Nirav Shah always makes himself available, irrespective of the time of the day or stage of the matter.’

      Key clients

      Vistra ITCL (India) Ltd.

      Kotak India Venture Fund -I

      Larsen & Toubro

      CREDAI – MCHI

      Transcon Skycity Private Limited and Transcon Iconica Private Limited

      Alstom Systems India Pvt. Ltd.

      Hitachi Rail STS India Private Limited

      Sterlite Technologies Limited

      Jindal Saw Ltd.

      Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited

      Hamon Research Cottrell, Inc.

      Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited

      Unique Identification Authority of India

      Steel Authority of India

      Strides Pharma Science Ltd.

      Air India Limited

      National Thermal Power Corporation Limited

      LIC HFL Care Homes Limited

      State Bank of India

      Aditya Birla Housing Finance & Aditya Birla Finance Limited

      Schindler India Pvt. Ltd.

      IIRF Holdings III Limited

      IL&FS Financial Services Limited

      Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Government of India

      Apya Capital Services Private Limited

      Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited

      Lily Realty Private Limited

      BT (India) Pvt. Ltd.

      Air India Express Limited

      Nuziveedu Seeds Limited

      Salman Khan Ventures Private Limited

      GAIL (India) Ltd.

      Power Grid Corporation of India

      IDE Technologies Ltd.

      PTC India Limited

      UIDAI – Aadhar – Government of India

      National Highway Authority of India

      Work highlights

      • Representing CREDAI-MCHI, an association of over 1,400 leading real estate developers in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, in a writ petition filed before the Supreme Court, seeking relief in the extraordinary circumstances resulting from the restriction on their right to carry on business imposed due to Covid-19 with no attendant effective reliefs/relaxation granted by the concerned authorities.
      • Representing Air India Limited in a special leave petition filed before the Supreme Court of India against Captain Lakshmi Krishna Kumar and other respondents, which included the Directorate General of Civil Aviation as well as the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, in a dispute over the fees for Air India’s Central Training Establishment.
      • Represented 38 plaintiffs (including the Producers Guild of India, three Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading Bollywood producers) in a lawsuit before the Delhi High Court against various defendants (including Republic TV, Mr. Arnab Goswami, Times Now, Navika Kumar, ABP News, Zee News, TV9 New, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), seeking an injunction restraining the defendants from making or publishing derogatory remarks about the plaintiffs.

      Dua Associates

      Dua Associates is active in complex commercial, constitutional, environmental and white-collar crime cases. Shiraz Patodia is highly experienced in commercial litigation, and counts a number of Fortune 500 companies among her key clients. At the associate level, Pranav Kamnani’s practice covers civil and commercial litigation, particularly in the construction, oil and gas, and technology areas, and Juhi Chawla is recommended for insolvency disputes, among others.

      Practice head(s):

      Shiraz Patodia

      Other key lawyers:

      Pranav Kamnani ;Juhi Chawla

      Testimonials

      ‘I have worked with Dua for many years and have found the firm’s partners and associates to be of the highest quality. They are outstanding lawyers who are practical and result oriented.’

      ‘I have worked with Shiraz Patodia extensively. She is one of the finest attorneys in India, and I would highly recommend her without reservation.’

      Key clients

      The Dow Chemical Company

      Union Carbide Corporation

      Sadara Chemical Company

      Eastman Chemical Company

      Larsen & Toubro Limited

      Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd.

      McCann Worldwide Advertising

      Dow International Technology Corporation

      Performance Materials Japan Kabushiki Kaisha

      Delhivery Private Limited

      Dow Agro Sciences India Pvt. Ltd

      Kodak Group Companies

      Decathlon S.A.

      Dow Chemical International Private Limited

      Blue Coat Systems International SARL

      Reliance Communications

      Commercial Bank of Dubai

      Authorised Representative of Fixed Deposit Holders of Jaypee Infratech Limited

      Otsuka Chemicals (India) Private Limited

      TransAsia Private Capital Limited (Hong Kong)

      Work highlights

      • Representing The Dow Chemical Company in an extremely complex and controversial curative litigation before the Supreme Court.
      • Representing the Union Carbide Corporation in the controversial litigation arising out of the industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984.
      • Representing the Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in a writ petition relating to remediation of the waste lying at the factory of the erstwhile Union Carbide India Limited and the consequent damage to the environment.

      HSA Advocates

      HSA Advocates has a focus on high-profile litigation and criminal investigations, and has represented clients before the High Courts and Supreme Court. Manan Shukla (who joined the team from Agarwal Law Associates in July 2020) is a key name for commercial and maritime litigation. Abhirup Dasgupta is the contact for restructuring and insolvency disputes, whilst Amaresh Kumar Singh handles real estate disputes, with over two decades of experience in this area. Senior partner Apoorva Misra left the firm in late 2020 to set up his own practice.

      Testimonials

      ‘HSA does a good job of explaining the challenges of the Indian court system in an understandable way. They have also provided commercially realistic alternatives for settlement, which is important when the court system is difficult to navigate.’

      Hemant Sahai is very knowledgeable and pragmatic in coming up with solutions to issues. He understands the need for large foreign companies to report on ongoing disputes and tailors his recommendations accordingly.

      Key clients

      Renascent Power Venture Private Limited

      Mytrah Energy Limited

      Sembcorp Energy India Ltd

      SPRNG Energy Pvt Ltd

      Arinsun Clean Energy Pvt Ltd

      Acme Jaipur Solar Power Pvt Ltd

      Avaada Green Sustainable Energy Pvt Ltd

      Bundl Technologies Pvt Ltd (Swiggy)

      Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited

      Walwhan Renewables Energy Limited

      Acme Solar Holdings Pvt Ltd

      Acme Group

      Tata Power

      Ayana Renewable

      SB Energy

      K T Steel Company LLP

      SBI Global

      Mumbai Port Trust

      Work highlights

      • Represented Renascent Power Ventures before the state regulator, the Appellate Tribunal of Electricity and the Supreme Court, seeking approvals for the client’s acquisition of Prayagraj Power Generation Company.
      • Successfully represented Uttar Pradesh Power Corp Ltd (UPPCL) before the Uttar Pradesh Regulatory Commission in a petition filed by Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited, challenging the recovery initiated by the client of excessive reimbursement of taxes.
      • Successfully represented Sembcorp Energy India Ltd before the Supreme Court in a landmark decision which decided the issue of jurisdiction in the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

      IndusLaw

      IndusLaw’s ‘excellent’ litigation group has an extensive national presence, with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and has strength in commercial, insolvency and real estate disputes. Amit Jajoo, who leads the Mumbai team, is experienced in restructuring and banking-related disputes while Mayank Mishra in Delhi and Sushmita Gandhi, also in Mumbai, are further core members of the team. The group also has an active pro bono practice. Bangalore-based Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri has left the practice to join Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

      Testimonials

      ‘The team supported me as a true partner. They had a solution-oriented approach towards the litigation and helped us throughout the course of litigation to achieve the desired outcome.’

      ‘Excellent team. The IndusLaw team understands the client’s commercial objectives in litigation matters and provides timely and practical solutions.’

      ‘Amit Jajoo and Sushmita Gandhi are excellent lawyers and have extensive cross-border dispute settlement experience. They are highly responsive. Sushmita Gandhi is extremely helpful to foreign clients in matters involving the courts in India. ’

      ‘The biggest strength of the team is the personal attention given to clients, patiently answering queries in detail and assuaging concerns to the client’s satisfaction. All the tech and innovation in the world cannot replace personal attention. In comparison with other legal teams I have consulted and worked with, IndusLaw is easily the most hands-on, responsive and meticulous team. ’

      ‘Sahana Devanathan have been wonderful people to work with. They are attentive, meticulous, patient, polite, and responsive. Our matter has been especially challenging and we’ve had to face some adverse orders, but this team has helped us navigate through the maze of this litigation and overcome the obstacles, and, most importantly, give us confidence and help us strategise further. All of this is immensely valuable, and something that previous teams I have worked with have not provided to any measurable degree.’

      ‘The team are prompt in their response and ever ready to assist. They are easily approachable and incorporate a solution-centric approach.’

      ‘IndusLaw’s dispute resolution team is dynamic, dedicated, and results-oriented. Sushmita Gandhi and Anamika Singh are our go-to people for all our mandates.’

      Key clients

      DBS Bank India Limited (formerly Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd.)

      Google India Private Limited

      Juniper Networks

      Citibank N.A

      Wipro Limited

      Mahindra & Mahindra

      IBM India Private Limited

      3M India Limited

      Alok Industries Limited

      Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Limited (ARCIL)

      ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited

      Brigade Group

      Arvind Group

      MSTC

      Chaudhary Group (CG Foods India Private Limited)

      CTR Manufacturing Ltd.

      Prince Pipes and Fittings Private Limited

      Electronic City Industrial Township Authority

      YES Bank Limited

      Amrut Distilleries Private Limited

      Nephrocare Health Services Pvt. Ltd

      Roppen Transportation Services Private Limited

      Ryan India Tax Services Pvt. Ltd.

      Adarsh Developers

      SAIF III Mauritius Company Limited

      Mr. Deepak Chhabria (Chairman and Managing Director of Finolex Cables Ltd.)

      Maharashtra State Co-operative Tribal Development Corporation Limited (MSCTDC)

      United Spirits Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted for the Chaudhary Group (CG Foods India Private Limited) in proceeding pertaining to trade dress and packaging of two very well-known brands in the instant noodle market.
      • DBS is being represented by us against Religare and Singh Brothers in civil and criminal proceedings where intricate legal issues relating to whether a security can be evidenced by circumstances; doctrine of indoor management; implied contract amongst others are being discussed and adjudicated.

      Keystone Partners

      Keystone Partners is active in disputes in the energy, technology and trade sectors. Sita Kapadia leads the Mumbai office and has represented clients in commercial litigation before the Bombay High Court, the City Civil Court and the NCLT. On the IP disputes side, Bengaluru-based Pradeep Nayak is the key contact, and Pritha Srikumar in New Delhi handles real estate litigation.

      Testimonials

      ‘Sita Kapadia has extensive experience in commercial litigation. Apart from the fact that she is unsparing of herself, conscientious and meticulous, I find that she manages her team with admirable efficiency. I find the associates who work with her to be highly motivated and extremely capable. She encourages her associates to think for themselves and to express their viewpoints with courage and conviction without fear of being humiliated or belittled. That positive reinforcement invariably increases the quality of the assistance that her associates are able to provide.’

      ‘They’re a fantastic bunch of professionals and wonderful human beings to boot. Always well prepared, extremely hardworking and, most importantly, able to handle a matter independently.’

      ‘Pritha Srikumar is a thorough professional who has a fantastic way of dealing with cases. She can simplify complex matters and is unfazed by pressure.’

      ‘People in this law firm are thorough and really fine at their work. They deliver quality work at all times.’

      ‘Pritha Srikumar is an exceptional and talented lawyer; she provides the client with appropriate and timely solutions and makes herself available at all times.’

      ‘Dedicated professionals. Able to deal with complex issues and volumes of records to get to the heart of matters.’

      ‘Sita Kapadia and Pradeep Nayak are able to stay on top of the case, keeping the objective and result in mind at all times.’

      ‘Pradeep Nayak is thorough, professional and approachable. His advice is mature and sound and I have never been let down.’

      Key clients

      Uber BV

      HP Enterprises Ltd.

      Fidelis World

      Lenovo India Pvt. Ltd.

      Sony India Pvt. Ltd.

      Raffles Design International India Pvt. Ltd.

      Mu Sigma Inc.

      GE Group of Companies

      Afcons Sener LNG Construction Projects Pvt. Ltd.

      OMRON Automation Pvt. Ltd.

      Dalmia Bharat Ltd.

      Shapoorji Pallonji Company Pvt. Ltd.

      Vestas Wind Technology Pvt. Ltd.

      Shankaranarayana Constructions Pvt. Ltd.

      Air Asia India Ltd.

      Britannia Industries

      Hero Motorcorp Ltd.

      Bajaj Auto Ltd.

      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

      Paragon Group

      Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

      JCB India Ltd.

      Snapdeal Pvt. Ltd.

      Powerica Ltd.

      Associate Decor Ltd.

      Kalpataru Group

      Xiaomi Technology India Pvt. Ltd.

      Work highlights

      • Representing Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Ltd in proceedings arising out of a INR 11.72 billion dispute against a major steel manufacturer.
      • Represented Altico Capital India Ltd in multiple forums and obtained a successful settlement of claims in excess of INR 2.5 billion.
      • Successfully represented the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in defending the constitutionality of its regulation.

      L&L Partners Law Offices

      L&L Partners Law Offices’ litigation practice group is active in commercial disputes, and has expertise in energy, oil and gas, competition and consumer protection cases. H.S. Bobby Chandhoke has left the practice to join DSK Legal .

      Link Legal

      Link Legal’s litigation practice group is housed in New Delhi and handles insolvency, aviation and construction-related disputes, where it has seen an increase in instructions. The team handles complex civil and corporate litigation before courts of all levels. Nusrat Hassan focuses on handling litigation for marquee domestic and international clients. Atul Sharma and Milanka Chaudhury, who has strength in employment and aviation disputes, head the team.

      Practice head(s):

      Atul Sharma ;Milanka Chaudhury

      Other key lawyers:

      Nusrat Hassan

      Key clients

      SpiceJet Limited

      Delhi International Airport Limited

      Essity India

      CRCC High-Tech Equipment Corporation Limited

      RP of Educomp Solutions Ltd.

      RP of Transstroy Tirupati Tiruthani Chennai Tollways Private Limited

      China Datang Technologies & Engineering Co. Ltd.

      NATRIP Implementation Society

      GMR Vishakhapatnam International Airport Limited

      Vestige Marketing Private Limited

      Bangalore International Airport Limited

      GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited

      India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL)

      IFCI

      KCT Group (Karam Chand Thapar & Bros. Ltd.)

      Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

      L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad) Pvt. Ltd.

      JSW Severfield Structures Ltd.

      Work highlights

        Majmudar & Partners

        Majmudar & Partners is highlighted as ‘outstanding’ with experience in a range of disputes, particularly banking, intellectual property, and criminal litigation. Based in Mumbai and jointly managed by Neerav Merchant and A.K. Hirani, the group has extensive experience acting for clients operating in the infrastructure, power, and petrochemicals spaces. Experienced associate Niket Mehta is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Neerav MerchantA.K. Hirani

        Other key lawyers:

        Niket Mehta

        Testimonials

        ‘Majmudar’s dispute resolution team is outstanding. Their advice is legally sound whilst also being commercial and pragmatic. I have found this approach to add significant value.’

        ‘Neerav Merchant is one of the best litigators in the market. He is pragmatic, a very effective communicator and clearly an expert in his field.’

        ‘The team is knowledgeable and responsive.’

        Key clients

        Powerband Industries Pvt. Ltd.

        Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti – CMC di Ravenna (CMC)

        Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

        Navin Engineer

        The Solution House UK Ltd.

        JSC Energony

        SABIC UK Petrochemicals Limited

        Axis Bank Limited

        H&R Block (India) Pvt. Ltd.

        Work highlights

        • Representing Powerband Industries Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of leading multinational Intertape Polymer Group, in proceedings before multiple forums in Daman, Mumbai and Singapore, with respect to certain land use restrictions claimed by the governmental authorities on an industrial plot.
        • Represented Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti – CMC di Ravenna, an Italian construction company, in a joint venture dispute.
        • Represented Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company, a leading Saudi Arabian company, in a case concerning a breach of contract by a UAE entity.

        Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary

        Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary is based out of Mumbai and handles insurance litigation, debt recovery actions, and real estate disputes, among others, for domestic and foreign clients. Led by managing partner Vikram Trivedi, the team is made up of Sachin Chandarana, who handles tax litigation, and Sunil Tilokchandani, who represents international banks and financial institutions. The team also has a growing family law sub-group within the disputes practice.

        Other key lawyers:

        Sunil Tilokchandani

        Nishith Desai Associates

        Nishith Desai Associates is active in securities litigation, white-collar crime cases (including in relation to money laundering) and civil litigation, and is based in Mumbai with additional offices in Delhi and Singapore. Vyapak Desai handles cross-border disputes and regulatory investigations. Other team members of note include Sahil Kanuga, who acts for clients in fraud and corruption-related cases, and Moazzam Khan, who has a focus on investment disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Vyapak Desai ;Sahil Kanuga

        Other key lawyers:

        Moazzam Khan

        Phoenix Legal

        Phoenix Legal’s litigation practice handles public interest litigation, white-collar crime cases, and corporate disputes. In New Delhi, Vasanth Rajasekaran has a track record of acting in corporate and commercial litigation, procurement disputes and antitrust litigation, and co-founding partner Saket Shukla is another key contact. Gautam Bhatikar joined the Mumbai office from LEGASIS PARTNERS ADVOCATES & SOLICITORS in November 2020, bringing expertise in international trade, energy and projects disputes. The team also specialises in crisis management and has handled several politically sensitive cases. The department has faced a number of senior departures, with Mrinal Ojha, Trinath Tadakmalla, and Debarshi Dutta leaving the partnership in April 2021 to set up a new firm.

        Testimonials

        ‘Phoenix Legal are excellent at handling Indian matters for international clients.’

        ‘Saket Shukla manages the whole operation. He is the go to.’

        ‘Professional and collaborative team.’

        ‘Gautam Bhatikar is a good manager of cases.’

        ‘Manjula Chawla is responsive and takes the time to explain the issues thoroughly.’

        ‘The team has expertise and experience. Answers are clear and to the point. They are true professionals.’

        Key clients

        ARG Outlier Media Private Limited

        Mr. Arnab Goswami

        Intervet India Private Limited

        News Laundry Media Pvt. Ltd. (newslaundry.com)

        UAB “Garant Service”

        Wizdoms Naik International Limited

        Jones Lang Lasalle Building Operations Pvt. Ltd.

        JCDecaux Advertising India Private Limited

        Sojitz Corporation

        News Broadcasters Federation (NBF)

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Arnab Goswami before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India in proceedings seeking his interim bail and the challenge to criminal proceedings for abetment of suicide.
        • Represented Intervet before the Bombay High Court in proceedings concerning land title which ensured that the court allowed the use of the land and plant for the manufacturing of Covaxin.

        Samvad Partners

        Samvad Partners is singled out for its ‘excellent, timely and professional advice’ and is strong in commercial disputes, insolvency cases and competition litigation. Practice head Poornima Hatti in Bangalore is highlighted by clients for her ‘remarkable grasp of the law’ and is active in employment disputes and insolvency litigation. In Chennai, Rohan George heads the intellectual property practice and has extensive experience in contentious IP matters, including proceedings before the High Courts. The firm also has a strong focus on public interest litigation and has historically acted in cases of national importance, including in relation to the special status of Kashmir. In addition, construction and infrastructure-related disputes feature in the caseload.

        Practice head(s):

        Poornima Hatti

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has a thorough offering in diverse areas of laws and can cater to any kind of corporate client and handle litigation before various courts and tribunals. The team is young, and the firm has offices in different parts of the country. Their ability to adhere to time lines, transparency in their dealings with clients, quality of legal advice, and their commitment to the client’s interest make them stand apart.’

        ‘Arjun Krishnan is exceptionally talented, and very good at devising a legal strategy for any kind of case. He is amiable and can work with the most senior professionals in the field and deliver to their expectations.’

        ‘Poornima Hatti  is very bright and good at case management and handling court matters.’

        ‘Ankur Singh is capable of handling any kind of case. He is thorough in briefs and in preparation of case papers.’

        ‘Samvad Partners’ primary and unique strength lies in being able to be multi-layered in their approach to resolving the problem. This involves deep empathetic listening, legal clarity while helping to sort out complex issues, objectivity in giving legal counsel, a mediatory approach to resolving conflicts that are as much legal as interpersonal, and a methodical and professional approach in following up on the case. What we also deeply appreciate is that since we are a not-for-profit organisation they have been our lawyers on a totally pro bono basis.’

        ‘What marks out Poornima Hatti, apart from her remarkable grasp of the law, is her deeply humane and patient approach in helping resolve disputes even while not comprising on the legal basis for the principled stands we have had to take during the conflict. The other partners and associates have provided excellent, timely and professional advice and support.’

        ‘Samvad Partners’ dispute resolution team is dynamic, dedicated, and hardworking.’

        ‘Arjun Krishnan is an intelligent, level-headed, and well-rounded lawyer. I really enjoy working with him.’

        Key clients

        A.A. Sanjeev Narrain, Arvind Narrain and Dr. Murali Mohan

        Aditya Birla ARC Limited

        Antrix Corporation Limited

        Axis Bank Limited

        Competition Commission of India

        Decathlon Sports India Pvt. Ltd.

        Delhivery Private Limited

        Diageo Holdings Netherlands BV

        Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Limited

        IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited

        Interglobe Aviation Ltd. (‘Indigo’)

        J P Morgan India Services Private Limited

        Kasturi & Sons Ltd

        Marriott International Inc.

        Mr. Velayudham Jayavel- Liquidator of IDEB Projects Ltd

        Ms. Alexandra Elbakyan

        Nobroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

        Open Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Bank Open)

        Phasorz TechnologiesPrivate Limited (Docsapp)

        Power System Operation Corporation Limited

        QD Seatoman Designs Private Limited

        Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Limited

        Shimizu Corporation India Private Limited

        Shriram Land Development Private Limited

        Society for Informal Education & Development Studies

        Tata International Singapore Pte Limited

        Tata Projects Ltd

        Trojan Horse Media

        TTK Prestige Limited

        VenturEast Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd

        Westbridge Capital Partners

        Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

        Yes Bank Limited

        Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses Private Limited

        Work highlights

        • Represented the Competition Commission of India in a challenge by Amazon and Flipkart, the two largest e-commerce marketplaces in India, to an investigation by the Commission.
        • Acted for a group of individuals – A.A. Sanjeev Narrain, Arvind Narrain and Dr. Murali Mohan – in public interest litigation in an attempt to ensure online access to education by underprivileged children attending government schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.
        • Acting for Alexandra Elbakyan, the owner of Sci-hub.com, a non-profit which provides free access to scientific research publications, in a lawsuit for copyright infringement initiated by publisher Elsevier Ltd. and others before the Delhi High Court, over subscription-only articles made available online.

        S&A Law Offices

        S&A Law Offices is housed primarily in New Delhi and has a well-regarded litigation practice, noted for its strength in intellectual property, customs and trade, and commercial disputes. Manoj Kumar Singh is experienced in ADR, as well as regularly representing clients in litigation before the High Courts and various tribunals. Vijay Kumar Singh is the key contact for insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation, with over a decade of experience in this area. Another core team member is joint managing partner Gunita Pahwa, who is based in Gurugram; she is particularly experienced in disputes in the infrastructure, IT and ports sectors.

        Key clients

        Dilip Buildcon Limited

        DBL Hassan Periyapatna Tollways Limited

        Dilip Buildcon – Varaha Infra Limited (JV)

        Jindal ITF Limited

        Jindal Saw Limited

        Tirupati Basmati Exports Private Limited

        JITF Urban Waste Management Services Ltd.

        Jindal Saw Gulf LLC

        GMR Pochanpalli Expressway Ltd.

        Adani Enterprises Limited

        Adani Global Pte Limited

        Vikram Solar Limited

        Shristi Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited

        Singhania & Partners LLP

        Singhania & Partners LLP is based in Bengaluru and New Delhi and specialises in representing government entities in contractual disputes relating to construction projects. The team retains its strength in the railway sector, counting the National Highways Authority of India as a key client. In New Delhi, Vikas Goel has experience in infrastructure-related disputes and corporate litigation, and managing partner Ravi Singhania has a strong track record of acting for construction sector clients. Shilpa Shah is the key name in Bengaluru.

        Testimonials

        ‘This firm is impressive for a number of reasons: timely delivery of advice; highly skilled professionals; 360-degree evaluation of the problem; proper accounting of records; and a respectful attitude to clients.’

        Key clients

        National Highways Authority of India

        M/s. VOLVO Auto India Pvt. Limited

        Security Printing Minting Corporation of India Limited

        State Bank of India

        Power Finance Corporation

        Isgec Heavy Engineering Ltd.

        Work highlights

        • Represented the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) before the Delhi High Court in a writ petition seeking directions for the settlement of the force majeure claims raised with NHAI due to the nationwide lockdown during Covid.
        • Defending the interests of M/s. VOLVO Auto India Pvt. Limited in a high-stakes matter filed by a celebrity sportsperson relating to the purchase of a vehicle manufactured by the client.
        • Represented NHAI before the Supreme Court of India in a case concerning section section 3A of the National Highways Act, 1956, in relation to the development and construction of the Bharatmala Pariyojana Project.

        Tuli & Co

        Tuli & Co’s litigation group has niche expertise in insurance litigation, acting for an array of clients including private equity funds, insurers and reinsurers, and commodity suppliers. Rajat Taimni is a key name in the team, acting for a number of insurer clients. He is supported by Naval Sharma, who has over a decade of experience specialising in handling disputes for Indian insurers. Neeraj Tuli is the key contact in Delhi, with longstanding experience in disputes in the insurance industry, having formerly been at Kennedys in London.

        Other key lawyers:

        Saket Sathapathy

         

        Testimonials

        ‘We work with Saket Satapathy. He has the zeal to do the unthinkable and challenge the status quo to get the desired outcome for his clients. Apart from being a seasoned lawyer, he has business aptitude which helps the clients considerably.’

        ‘Litigation is a forte of Tuli & Co. It has people on board with diversified knowledge along with aptitude for technology and adaptability to the current situation.’

        ‘Both as a team and as individuals, the team at Tuli & Co come up with innovative solutions for their client. Naval Sharma and Saket Satapathy stand out.’

        ‘They are cost effective, thorough, and have no airs. They are very commercially minded, which is useful in a complicated jurisdiction like India, and very user friendly. They have helped us with significant complex litigation in India.’

        ‘The team, and particularly Saket Satapathy, stand out for their reliability, competence and engagement.’

        Key clients

        GS Global Corporation

        Renoir Management Consulting India Private Limited

        Venture Global Engineering LLC

        The New India Assurance Company Private Limited

        GIC Re

        ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company

        SABIC Asia Pacific Pte Limited

        Louis Dreyfus Commodities Private Limited

        Atradius Credito y Caucion S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros

        Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic Private Limited

        Work highlights

        • Represented General Insurance Corporation of India before the Competition Commission of India in a complaint filed by the Automotive Tyres Manufacturers’ Association relating to the alleged violation of section 3 and section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002.
        • Successfully defended Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd. in a $1bn suit filed by Ushdev International Limited, seeking recoveries under several master sales agreements under which inferior quality goods were allegedly supplied.
        • Successfully representing a leading German military shoe manufacturer before the Delhi High Court in an application filed for interim relief by a third party for the purpose of restraining the client from dealing with certain government agencies.

        Advaita Legal

        Advaita Legal is active in white-collar crime cases, competition-related litigation, and data protection disputes, among others, and is based in New Delhi. Shailendra Singh continues to be the key contact in the group and focuses on power and energy sector disputes, with experience representing various electricity companies before the regulator.

        Practice head(s):

        Shailendra Singh

        Hariani & Co., Advocates and Solicitors

        Hariani & Co., Advocates and Solicitors’ main point of contact is experienced practitioner Ameet Hariani, who regularly acts for clients in insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation. The group has experience appearing before the Bombay High Court and the NCLT. Public interest litigation also remains a strength.

        Practice head(s):

        Ameet Hariani

        Juris Corp

        Juris Corp has a focus on representing clients in insolvency and banking-related litigation and is headed by Shubhabrata Chakraborti from Mumbai. The group has a regional presence, with a Delhi office overseen by counsel Dhruv Malik.

        Practice head(s):

        Shubhabrata Chakraborti

        Other key lawyers:

        Dhruv Malik

        Key clients

        DBS Bank Limited

        IDFC First Bank Limited

        Assets Care & Reconstruction Enterprise Limited (ACRE)

        Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

        VTB Capital PLC

        Doha Bank Q.P.S.C

        Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

        JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Company Limited

        State Bank of India

        JP Morgan Chase Bank

        DSP Investment Managers Private Limited

        JM Financial Products Limited

        ANZ Banking Group

        L&T Financial Services

        DBS Bank India Limited

        Automotive Manufacturers Private Limited

        Credit Suisse AG

        IDBI Bank

        Work highlights

        • Represented various external commercial borrowing lenders of one of the India’s leading telecommunications infrastructure companies in relation to the corporate insolvency resolution process of the company before the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai Bench.
        • Represented one of the India’s leading investment management companies against a leading real estate company before the NCLT, Mumbai.
        • Advised a corporate debtor (post CIRP) and its new management before the Securities Appellate Tribunal against the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

        Karanjawala & Company

        Karanjawala & Company's litigation practice is led by Raian Karanjawala and acts for government entities and private sector clients across a range of disputes. It is experienced in handling high-stakes litigation for some of India's leading companies, including ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India. The team has a growing criminal practice and white-collar crime expert Sandeep Kapur is recommended for representing multinational corporations and private individuals. Nandini Gore specialises in family law cases, particularly divorce and custody disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Raian Karanjawala

        Other key lawyers:

        Sandeep Kapur; Nandini Gore; Meghna Mishra

        Testimonials

        ‘I found the team very good in terms of research and knowledge of the case law relevant to the dispute.’

        ‘Meghna Misra stands out in terms of hand holding the client through the process, articulating her point of view and managing clients’ aspirations.’

        Key clients

        Tata Sons Private Limited

        Arcelormittal Nippon Steel India Ltd..

        Mr. Varun Hiremath

        Mr. Jack Dorsey and Ms. Amrita Tripathi

        Star India Pvt. Ltd

        Mr. Kalpraj Dharamshi and Ms. Rekha Jhunjhunwala

        Tata Steel Limited

        Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Mr. Paresh Nath, Mr. Anant Nath, Mr. Vinod K Jose, Ms. Mrinal Pande, Mr. Zafar Aga

        Sanket Foundation

        Mr. Udit Sood, Mr. Saattvic , Ms. Lakshmi Manoharan, Mr. Gagandeep Paul

        Aparna Purohit

        Adani Agri Logistics Ltd.

        Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

        Steel Authority of India

        Ambience Infrastructure & Developers Pvt. Ltd

        The Khasgi (Maharani Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Charities) Trust, Indore

        DLF Ltd.

        Mr. Pratim Mukherjee

        Mr. Gautam Thapar

        Tata Power Ltd.

        Mrs. Usha Jain

        Happyeasygo

        Centrotrade Minerals and Metals Inc

        Indian Jute Mill Association

        M/S BPTP Ltd.

        JSW Ltd. & BRPL Ltd.

        Tata Motors Ltd.

        Gabion Technofill India

        A Infrastructure Limited

        Indrani Patnaik

        Tata Elxsi Ltd.

        MMTC Ltd.

        Kama Ayurveda

        Bhayana Builders Pvt. Ltd.

        Mr. Ashish Guha

        Mr. Karim Morani

        Vikas Gupta

        Dr Sam Rustum Boyce

        One Digital Entertainment Pvt. Ltd

        Raheja Developers Ltd.

        DLF Home Developers Ltd

        DLF Southern Homes Pvt. Ltd. (Now Known as Begur OMR Homes Pvt. Ltd.)

        Poovayya & Co

        Poovayya & Co’s disputes group covers white-collar crime, commercial and banking litigation, appearing before the High Courts across India. Key contacts include Pallavi Smriti, who handles litigation for technology and media giants such as Google and YouTube. Manu Kulkarni also counts various tech companies as key clients and regularly appears before the Bombay High Court.

        Practice head(s):

        Pallavi Smriti

        Other key lawyers:

        Manu Kulkarni

        S&R Associates

        S&R Associates operates from New Delhi and Mumbai and has experience in civil litigation and intellectual property infringement cases. Key names in the New Delhi office include Niti Dixit, who handles internal investigations, anti-corruption cases, and regulatory proceedings, and Abhishek Tewari, who deals with insolvency cases. Newly promoted partner Shahezad Kazi, who handles securities litigation, is a notable contact in Mumbai. The group has appeared before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court.

        Practice head(s):

        Niti Dixit

        Testimonials

        ‘Niti Dixit, Abhishek Tiwari and Raunaq Mathur have the ability to understand and appreciate the litigation expectations of multinational corporations and effectively contextualise the Indian court process for a non-Indian audience.’

        Clasis Law

        Clasis Law‘s litigation team is jointly managed by Mustafa Motiwala in Mumbai and Shwetabh Sinha in New Delhi, and has experience acting in insolvency litigation and marine disputes. The group counts various Indian and foreign companies as key clients. Varun Pareek specialises in criminal litigation and sensitive investigations.

        Practice head(s):

        Mustafa Motiwala ;Shwetabh Sinha

        Other key lawyers:

        Varun Pareek

        Gagrats

        Gagrats’ practice is led by Mumbai-based partner Rustam Gagrat and focuses on commercial, competition and tax litigation, as well as public sector disputes. The team also has experience in contentious matters in the aviation sector and regularly represents airlines and lenders.

        Practice head(s):

        Rustam Gagrat

        LexCounsel

        LexCounsel acts for corporate clients in commercial litigation pertaining to shareholder disputes and contractual obligations. Alishan Naqvee continues to be the main point of contact in the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Alishan Naqvee

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has good subject knowledge and is able to understand the client’s specific problems and provide some useful advice to save time and money and also explain the legal path to be followed.’

        ‘Alishan Naqvee has sound knowledge of the law and provide us with useful solutions to resolve our problems.’

        Work highlights