Firm Profile > Kochhar & Co. > Bangalore, India

Kochhar & Co.
# 201, Prestige Sigma,
3, Vittal Mallya Road
BANGALORE
560001
India

Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Kochhar; Piyush Gupta

Key clients

Singapore Airlines Limited

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Alion Sciences

Embraer

Bell Helicopter

Textron Aviation

Textron Group/Textron Systems

Air France

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

British Airways

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.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Kochhar; Stephen Mathias; Suhas Srinivasiah; Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan; Rupali Sharma; Ajith CR

Key clients

3M Healthcare

Accenture

Cardinal Healthcare

Cisco

Dimension Data

Exxon Mobil

FedEx

Hanon Systems

Ian Martin Group Inc.

International Property Consultants including Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, CB Richard Ellis, Colliers, Knight Frank, Cushman Wakefield

Lubrizol Corporation

MasterCard International

Meidensha Corporation

Oman Insurance Company

Oracle

Softbank Corporation

Tenneco Inc.

Trive Capital

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.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Kochhar; Krishna Vijay Singh

Key clients

AFCONS Infrastructure

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

Goodyear Tyres

IFCI

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.

Practice head(s):

Tarvinder Singh

Key clients

One Plus Smartphones

Nissan Motor Corporation

BlackBerry

Emirates Airlines

Ciena Corporation

National Presto

Caterpillar Inc.

Ener-Core Power

Lutron Electronics

Houghton International

ONGC Corporation of India

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission

Johnson Controls

TVS Srichakra

United State Polo Association

Toyota

Omron

Singapore Airlines

Asahi kasei

World Book Encyclopaedia

Georgia Pacific

Anthem

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.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Kochhar; Vijay Ravi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Vijay Ravi is responsive, very clear and reliable.

Provides great response times and closure.

Key clients

Standard & Poor’s Global

OnePlus

ExxonMobil

Willis Towers Watson

Eli Lilly

Sainsbury’s

Parexel

Nuance Communications

DS Smith

The University of British Columbia

Textron Systems

Tenneco Automotive India

Siemens Healthcare

Lexmark International

Henkel Adhesive Technologies India

Nuance Software

Regus

Albemarle

Hays Recruiting

Chegg

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.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Mathias; Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan; Gaurav Dhwaj

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Report Bee Edusys Pvt. Ltd

Vonage

Intuit Inc.

Akamai Technologies

Cisco

JP Morgan

Hogan Lovells

Mayer Brown

Twitter

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.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Kochhar; Krishna Vijay Singh

Key clients

Actial Farmaceutica

CD Pharma Group

AON Consulting

Dow Jones

Gemini Developers

Everonn Education

Falck Group

GEMS Education

IATA

Meidansha Corporation

Regus

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.

Practice head(s):

Piyush Gupta

Testimonials

Piyush Gupta gives it his all and is a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients

Bharat Petroleum Corporation

Indian Oil Corporation

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation

ExxonMobil

Lutron Electronics

APL Logistics

Toyota Motor Company

Western Digital

HUAYU Automotive Systems

Mastercard International

Eli Lilly

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.

Practice head(s):

Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan

Key clients

Bank of Baroda

State Bank of India

Union Bank of India

ICICI Bank

Asset Reconstruction Company India Ltd. (ARCIL)

IFCI Ltd. (NBFC)

RAW Bank

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.

Practice head(s):

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.

Practice head(s):

Alok Tewari

Other key lawyers:

Preetam D’Souza; Rupali Sharma; Aruna Kumari; Divya Malcolm; Simrat Grover

Key clients

Decathlon Sports India Private Limited

Honeywell International India Private Limited

Optum Global Solutions (India) Private Limited

Microsoft Inc.

SunLife India Service Centre Private Limited

Chegg India Private Limited

Akamai Technologies India Private Limited

Nuance Communications

Eli Lilly

Apollo Tyres Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Aristrocrat Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.

Ciena Corporation

Regus India Private Limited

Tax Tier 3

Kochhar & Co. provides direct and indirect tax advice to the firm’s corporate clients in support of large-scale transactions handled by the firm. Litigation partners are able to handle tax-related disputes when they arise.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Stephen Mathias
Mergers and acquisitions Suhas Srinivasiah
Venture capital and PE Arvind Gurumurthy
Securities Stephen Mathias
Foreign investment Suhas Srinivasiah
Banking and finance Anuj Kaila
Real estate Preetam D'Souza
Employment Debjani Aich
Workplace harassment Shanthala Rao
Workplace harassment Debjani Aich
Corporate compliance and restructuring Shanthala Rao
Litigation Meena Venugopal
Renewable energy Preetam D'Souza
Exchange control Ajay Prasad
TMT Stephen Mathias
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Debjani Aich  photo Ms Debjani Aich
Ms Deepti Bhat  photo Ms Deepti Bhat
Mr Preetam D’Souza  photo Mr Preetam D’Souza
Mr Arvind Gurumurthy  photo Mr Arvind Gurumurthy
Ms Lynn Lazaro  photo Ms Lynn Lazaro
Mr Stephen Mathias  photo Mr Stephen Mathias
Ms Shanthala Rao  photo Ms Shanthala Rao
Mr Suhas Srinivasiah  photo Mr Suhas Srinivasiah
Ms Meena Venugopal  photo Ms Meena Venugopal
Mr Abhilekh Verma  photo Mr Abhilekh Verma
Number of lawyers : 192
at this office : 27
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Contacts : Stephen Mathias (resident head, stephen.mathias@bgl.kochhar.com)
Contacts : Suhas Srinivasiah (senior partner, suhas.srinivasiah@bgl.kochhar.com)