Firm Profile > Kochhar & Co. > Bangalore, India
Kochhar & Co. Offices
# 201, Prestige Sigma,
3, Vittal Mallya Road
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Kochhar & Co.’s full-service aviation, aerospace and defence offering enjoys a healthy list of mandates from a roster of international airlines, trade associations (namely IATA) and military vehicle manufacturers. Practice heads Piyush Gupta and Rohit Kochhar handle defence procurement operations, collaboration agreements with government bodies, corporate restructurings, aircraft financing and acquisitions and aircraft registration and repossession exercises. The team regularly handles contentious issues and disputes before the AERAAT and upper courts pertaining to commercial contracts, passenger claims, cargo handling and employment issues.
Rohit Kochhar; Piyush Gupta
Singapore Airlines Limited
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Textron Group/Textron Systems
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
With expertise spanning transaction structuring, foreign investments, corporate restructuring, private equity and joint ventures, Kochhar & Co.’s team acts across numerous sectors advising clients on cross-border acquisitions, sales and investments, as well as public offers, demergers, fundraising rounds and complex regulatory matters, including contentious matters before bodies such as the Securities Exchange Board of India. In a major recent instruction Rohit Kochhar, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe and Japan, recently advised Tenneco on its public offering following its acquisition of Federal Mogul for $5.4bn, giving advice in relation to the public announcement, and the draft letter of offer submitted to the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Rohit Kochhar; Stephen Mathias; Suhas Srinivasiah; Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan; Rupali Sharma; Ajith CR
Ian Martin Group Inc.
International Property Consultants including Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, CB Richard Ellis, Colliers, Knight Frank, Cushman Wakefield
Oman Insurance Company
Vodafone India Services Limited
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Kochhar & Co.’s litigation team has been particularly active recently representing companies in the infrastructure and construction sector in complex mandates, including disputes regarding bank guarantees and breach of contract and insolvency proceedings under the IBC, where the team acts for operational creditors, financial creditors and debtors. Another notable facet of the practice is its involvement in disputes arising from public sector undertakings. Advocate Krishna Vijay Singh represents domestic and overseas clients in infrastructure, energy and commercial disputes. He recently acted for VIL in a high-value dispute with IL&FS Transportation Networks over bank guarantees in relation to a road development project.
Rohit Kochhar; Krishna Vijay Singh
Andhra Bank, South Indian Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce
Asset Reconstruction Company
Bharat Petroleum Corporation
CD Pharma India Private Limited
Eli Lilly & Company
Excise and Taxation Technical Services Agency
India Infrastructure Finance Company
Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India
Indus Towers Limited
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Regus Business Centre
Intellectual property Tier 1
Kochhar & Co. handles the entire trade mark and patent portfolios for an extensive list of multinational corporations across all industries, as well having a number of India’s largest public sector institutions on its client list. The full range of prosecution and enforcement services are catered for, with practice head Tarvinder Singh regularly acting on infringement and passing-off litigation, patent drafting and searching operations, initiating third-party abuse proceedings and domain name applications. The firm also provides cross-border IP strategy for its clients.
One Plus Smartphones
Nissan Motor Corporation
ONGC Corporation of India
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission
United State Polo Association
World Book Encyclopaedia
Intelenet Global Services
Labour and employment Tier 1
Multinational corporations comprise the majority of Kochhar & Co.’s labour and employment practice, for which the team handles high-profile disputes, terminations and restructuring exercises. Recent non-contentious trends saw the firm advising on trade union negotiations, workforce reduction exercises and employee transfer programmes resulting from corporate restructurings. Debjani Aich routinely advises on compliance with prevention of sexual harassment legislation, internal policy reform and general advice on regulatory developments is also provided. Practice co-chair Vijay Ravi assists employers facing misconduct allegations, internal investigations and wrongful termination claims.
Rohit Kochhar; Vijay Ravi
Other key lawyers:
‘Vijay Ravi is responsive, very clear and reliable.‘
‘Provides great response times and closure.‘
Standard & Poor’s Global
Willis Towers Watson
The University of British Columbia
Tenneco Automotive India
Henkel Adhesive Technologies India
TMT Tier 1
Kochhar & Co.’s TMT practice has a strong hand in providing telecoms regulatory support – senior associate Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia is a go-to name for VoIP issues – to big-ticket clients in the mobile technology and banking sectors. Practice co-chair Stephen Mathias is a leading name in e-commerce law while the team is also reputed for its expertise in licensing, data privacy and outsourcing matters. The practice is regularly instructed by an extensive list of IT and software companies to provide in-depth regulatory advice for their operations, including procurement strategy. Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan cites particular expertise in the fields of cybercrime and cybersecurity.
Stephen Mathias; Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan; Gaurav Dhwaj
Other key lawyers:
‘Kochhar & Co. provides user-friendly opinions with an in-depth knowledge of TMT.‘
‘Stephen Mathias is unique in his approach with an in-house mindset.‘
Report Bee Edusys Pvt. Ltd
White-collar crime Tier 1
Kochhar & Co. fields eight partners with criminal court expertise who are regularly instructed on investigations and litigation concerning allegations of financial and securities fraud, professional misconduct, criminal liability and criminal breach of trust. The firm offers High Court and Supreme Court representation for a solid mix of domestic and foreign corporates. Practice heads Rohit Kochhar and Krishna Vijay Singh have been involved is some of the most high-profile recent fraud matters in the banking and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Antitrust and competition Tier 2
Kochhar & Co.’s antitrust and competition team provides merger control and compliance advice to a roster of multinational clients in the (among others) oil and gas, automotive, financial services and electronics sectors. The firm makes regular appearances before the CCI and upper courts to defend clients on allegations of cartelisation, abuse of dominance, collusive bidding and anti-competitiveness. Practice head Piyush Gupta also helps with establishing dawn raid and whistleblower programmes.
‘Piyush Gupta gives it his all and is a pleasure to deal with.‘
Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Indian Oil Corporation
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation
Toyota Motor Company
HUAYU Automotive Systems
Banking and finance Tier 2
Kochhar & Co.’s pan-India practice consistently represents international and domestic banks and investors in major debt issuances across a diverse range of sectors including construction, mining and healthcare, with exceptional expertise advising clients on syndicated loan transactions. The group further distinguishes itself through its instruction by financial creditors in insolvency proceedings and fintech clients seeking advice on the development and launch of new payment products and banking platforms. Practice head Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan remains highly active for the firm’s banking clients, including the Union Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.
Bank of Baroda
State Bank of India
Union Bank of India
Asset Reconstruction Company India Ltd. (ARCIL)
IFCI Ltd. (NBFC)
Shapoorji & Paloonji (S&P)
Burjeel Medical City
Volkswagen Finance Private Limited
Projects and energy Tier 2
Kochhar & Co. is renowned for providing comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of large-scale projects, right from the bidding stage to project financing, execution and dispute resolution. The practice predominantly receives instructions from international lenders, contractors as well as public sector entities. Practice head Krishna Vijay Singh regularly acts in complex contentious matters in the domain of infrastructure and energy projects (domestic and overseas), and Avichal Prasad has significant experience in PPP projects.
Krishna Vijay Singh
Other key lawyers:
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Kochhar & Co. provides advice across India on the entire gamut of real estate and construction law matters. The firm is particularly active managing companies' real estate portfolios in the country, offering advice on joint ventures, foreign investment, and the setting up of factories and manufacturing units, as well as on the acquisition and lease of land. Practice head Alok Tewari advises on the structuring of real estate transactions and on complex issues related to local land acquisition, while Rupali Sharma's core area of expertise is commercial real estate, including property development and due diligence.
Other key lawyers:
Preetam D’Souza; Rupali Sharma; Aruna Kumari; Divya Malcolm; Simrat Grover
Decathlon Sports India Private Limited
Honeywell International India Private Limited
Optum Global Solutions (India) Private Limited
SunLife India Service Centre Private Limited
Chegg India Private Limited
Akamai Technologies India Private Limited
Apollo Tyres Limited
Standard Chartered Bank
Aristrocrat Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
Regus India Private Limited
Kochhar & Co. > Firm Profile
The firm: Kochhar & Co has one of the largest full service commercial law practices in Bangalore.
The firm has distinguished itself in areas such as M&A, venture capital, corporate compliance, employment, real estate and TMT. The firm has done substantial work in the corporate and M&A space, assisting multinationals in acquisitions of Indian companies as well as being involved in the Indian aspects of global M&A transactions.
The firm also has a strong corporate restructuring practice, assisting clients in mergers, spin-offs and liquidations. Kochhar & Co is unique in having a dedicated corporate compliance practice that assists clients in managing their corporate compliance requirements.
The firm also assists venture capital companies and startups in venture capital funding. The firm set up India’s first technology law practice in 1999 and it has been the largest such practice in India over the last 15+ years. It mostly represents large multinationals doing business in India covering every niche of the TMT industry including hardware, software, software services, networking, telecom and e-commerce. The practice covers licensing, outsourcing, intellectual property, e-commerce, telecom, privacy and voice over IP.
The firm’s voice over IP practice is a niche practice that assists clients in using VoIP within their facilities; this may involve obtaining other service provider (OSP) licenses and advising on OSP issues. The firm also represents companies in complying with privacy regulations in India.
Significant practices of the firm in Bangalore including real estate and employment. Th firm represents companies mostly in the IT industry in leasing real estate in India and this includes office leases, built-to-fit facilities and setting up large campuses. It has helped some of the largest IT companies establish large campuses in the country in Bangalore and in Hyderabad.
The team has undertaken due diligence on most of the largest IT and software business parks in Bangalore and Hyderabad and is able to advise clients in site suitability as well.
The real estate practice is also very actively advising manufacturing companies in acquiring industrial land in various parts of the country. The team has sophisticated expertise on technical aspects of real estate including maintenance, air conditioning, power back up options, etc.
Leveraging off its large technology practice that assists large operations in the software and BPO space, the firm represents numerous clients concerning employment law issues in India. This includes advice on employment policies, compensation structuring, stock options, termination of employment, defending employers in litigation, etc. Of particular note, is its strong practice relating to prevention of workplace harassment – members of the firm have substantial experience in advising in this area, participating in enquiry committees, providing training to employees and speaking at public conferences.
In 2016, the firm set up a banking and finance practice in Bangalore and has been active in assisting banks on syndicated loan transactions, as well as doing substantial work for FinTech. The firm has a substantial litigation practice in Bangalore covering all kinds of commercial disputes, insolvency and white-collar crime. The firm has been active in the retail space, assisting clients on franchise arrangements, marketing contracts, advice on foreign investment in e-commerce and advice on legal metrology issues.
|Mergers and acquisitions||Stephen Mathias|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Suhas Srinivasiah|
|Venture capital and PE||Arvind Gurumurthy|
|Foreign investment||Suhas Srinivasiah|
|Banking and finance||Anuj Kaila|
|Real estate||Preetam D'Souza|
|Workplace harassment||Shanthala Rao|
|Workplace harassment||Debjani Aich|
|Corporate compliance and restructuring||Shanthala Rao|
|Renewable energy||Preetam D'Souza|
|Exchange control||Ajay Prasad|
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