Firm Profile > Kochhar & Co. > Mumbai, India
Kochhar & Co. Offices
17TH FLOOR, NIRMAL BUILDING
MUMBAI 400 021
Kochhar & Co. > The Legal 500 Rankings
Kochhar & Co.'s aviation and defence practice provides a global client base of airlines, industry organisations, operators and corporates in the defence sector with the breadth of contentious and non-contentious services. Practice heads Rohit Kochhar and Ajith CR (taking over from former practice head Piyush Gupta) handle aircraft financing, regulatory support, contractual negotiations and supply and maintenance transactions. The team also advises financial organisations on aircraft and component acquisitions and leasing negotiations. Ongoing contentious instructions for Nishant Menon include representing international airlines in cargo-related litigation and the International Air Transport Association in challenges to tariff orders.
Other key lawyers:
‘The individuals from Kochhar & Co. have the knowledge and expertise on one hand as well as the attitude to manage and deliver on expectations which is remarkable.‘
Singapore Airlines Limited
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Air France / KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Rishworth Aviation Advisory Services
Banking and finance Tier 1
Kochhar & Co.'s 'very talented and cooperative' practice advises clients on project finance, cross-border transactions and regulatory matters, including structured finance and syndicated loan transactions. Also of note is the firm's debt recovery work, which has grown since the IBC came into force in 2016. Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan has a wealth of expertise handling all aspects of project finance, external commercial borrowings, syndicated loans and corporate finance. Associate Anuj Kaila's broad practice includes advising banks and NBFCs on compliance with foreign exchange control laws, banking products and outsourcing regulations.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kochhar & Co is a very professional firm that understands the needs and demands of foreign companies and facilitates business opportunities in India.’
‘The qualities that we most value possessed by the individuals at Kochhar & Co are trust, professionalism and availability.’
‘The consultants as well as associates are efficient, knowledgeable and posses vast experience with the law in this area.’
Aditya Birla Finance Limited
Union Bank of India
State Bank of India
Bank of Baroda
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
Foreign investments, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, and private equity transactions are core aspects of the M&A and corporate practice at Kochhar & Co., which has led advice on matters pertaining to emerging sectors, including e-commerce, fintech, and renewable energy. The department, which handles acquisitions of listed and unlisted companies, enjoys a strong reputation for securing regulatory approvals and resolving compliance issues arising from major domestic and cross-border transactions. Rohit Kochhar spearheads the team, which also counts with Ajith CR, who routinely advises multinational companies on their India entry strategies and structuring. Suhas Srinivasiah stands out for his experience in cross-border M&A, while Sarika Raichur leads advice to start-ups and venture capital clients.
‘The Kochhar&Co. team has an excellent grasp of the subject matter both from a legal and commercial perspective. They approach the issues relating to the transaction with a view to providing the most effective solutions. The team is always accessible and has excellent communication skills.’
‘Ajith C.R. is an excellent lawyer and extremely hardworking. Lawyers were always accessible and provided several out of the box solutions to issues which arose in the transaction. They were able to provide excellent support so as to drive the transaction to a successful closure.’
‘The firm has a very good reputation and highly experienced partners with specialised domain knowledge in specific verticals like Corporate and M&A. The basic strength of the Firm is that it has very competent and experienced partners who, in addition to other elements, understand the importance of providing legal solutions in a timely manner. The firm maintains the highest quality in its work, which is performed keeping the latest amendments/change of laws into focus. We are very satisfied as to the firm. Rohit Kochhar is the most accessible and dynamic senior lawyer we have ever dealt with in a law firm. He is also very positive and pro-active and can come up with solutions to the most complex problems with ease and clarity of thought.’
‘Their service is exemplary, timely, and in line with global best practices. Mr. Ajith has been exceptional. As we have had to interact at an electronic level for a huge part of this process due to Covid 19 his ability to embrace our needs in a timely fashion demonstrates his incredible people skills which is a core part of our own company’s ethos.’
‘I like their in-depth knowledge on the startup laws in India, and their ability to comprehensively think through all possible scenarios, thereby helping draft tight contracts. I have worked with Sarika, I value her knowledge and sharpness in thinking through various scenarios comprehensively. She is also very empathetic, which helps her clients get confidence that her advice will be a well-rounded, sound one.’
‘I think what makes the Individuals who we work with unique is the level of devotion that they show towards their work and the professionalism that they have towards the client. They take a very hard position when it comes to maximising benefits for the client in every way. And they ensure that they follow this principle even if it goes against the business interest of the legal firm. They take the burden of ensuring that the client is following every legal protocol that would ensure the safety of the company, intellectual property, or the individual’s interest. In fact, they follow up on this with a rigor that the party sometimes does not apply to their own work. There is also an attempt to understand the situational circumstances from which the client is working. And hence there is a deeper commitment to the benefit of the client in the long run.’
‘They are highly aware of the fine print of the law and often do deep and thorough research to find out the best possible solutions for their clients. Sarika Raichur is very thorough and prompt to revert, alongside keeping the best interest of the company in mind.’
‘I think accessibility is one of the first things that come mind to when I recall our experience with Kochhar (KCO). The team was flexible in working with the lawyers and documents from the firms on the other side of the negotiation table and yet didn’t hesitate to push back on areas where they felt that our interests ran a risk of being compromised.’
‘Sarika Raichur was relentless in pushing dialogues that protected our company, unearthing clauses that we had completely missed, and navigating complex multi-stakeholder discussions to get everybody on the same page. There were multiple occasions when she was on official leave but readily made herself accessible to chime in on doubts and discussions that we had during the process.’
‘Working with Kochhar is like an extension of in-house team as they are very strategic, business-focused and provide risk mitigated solutions.’
3M India Limited
Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc.
Nuance Communications Group
Vodafone India Services Limited
Kochhar & Co.'s team represents clients in a wide range of corporate and commercial and construction disputes, including consumer class actions, debt restructuring, joint venture, shareholder and bankruptcy litigation. Rohit Kochhar acts for major domestic and international companies in corporate and white-collar crime litigation. Krishna Vijay Singh specialises in civil and criminal litigation involving large corporates, predominantly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Nishant Menon acts for clients in various corporate and commercial disputes and arbitration proceedings, relating to construction contracts, oil and gas projects, technology and trade agreements. Partners Nimita Kaul and Janardhan Shetty have joined the practice from Khaitan & Co LLP and Najjar & Associates, respectively.
‘Our experience with the team at Kochhar & Co has been very satisfying. The professionalism can be felt when one interacts with their team. In the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), they have handled our case so well that we have made definite progress and we can see light at the end of tunnel.’
‘We have been working with K.V. Singh. He is a man of insight. His knowledge in resolving disputes is superb. He gets deep into the case to make sure that the case comes to a satisfactory conclusion for his client.’
Actial Farmaceutica/CD Pharma
Wells Fargo Bank
Eli Lilly & Company
Cushman & Wakefield
Koritu Co. Ltd.
Hayashi Kogyo Co. Ltd.
Haldex S. A.
Mercedes Benz India
CRSC Research & Design Institute Group Co. Ltd.
SEACO Global Ltd.
National Bank of Fujairah
Arab Shipping and repair yard, Bahrain
WAM India Pvt. Ltd.
Gas Authority of India Limited
Labour and employment Tier 1
Kochhar & Co. provides a full-service labour and employment practice to Indian and multinational corporates. Suhas Srinivasiah and Savita Kesav Jagadeesan handle trade union negotiations and disputes in the automotive, manufacturing and technology sectors, while litigation in regards to employee data breaches is a growing field of expertise. Practice head Vijay Ravi leads the way on HR guidance and policy engagements, encompassing workforce reductions (including hybrid solutions), health and safety guideline drafting, senior hires and exits and misconduct investigations, and Debjani Aich is the go-to name for all POSH matters. Practice head Rohit Kochhar established the Covid-19 Legal Risk Assessment & Mitigation desk, available to all retained clients. The firm’s association to the international Ius Laboris network assists Indian companies without overseas expansion projects.
‘The firm has a very good reputation and highly experienced partners with specialised domain knowledge in HR & industrial disputes. The basic strength of the firm is that it has very competent and experienced partners who, in addition to other elements, understand the importance of providing legal solutions in a timely manner. The firm maintains the highest quality in its work, which is performed keeping the latest amendments/changes of law into focus.‘
‘I met the team last year and have worked with them since on employment matters. I find the whole team is very knowledgeable on employment matters and has a commercial sense which is valuable to our organisation.‘
‘Kochhar & Co. has done a fabulous job in partnering with us on all compliance and legal matters. They are very responsive, acts very responsibly while making recommendations, and are very much genuine in what they do and suggest.‘
‘The teams strengths are in agility and ability to adapt to the client’s requirements while holding to the ethical practices. The firm responds with a good turn around time while ensuring sufficient and efficient research is also done.‘
‘The team has been proactive in providing timely analyses and opinions on impact of new guidelines.‘
Willis Towers Watson
Sainsburys Agro India
Cushman & Wakefield India
BSES Yamuna Power Limited
Inditex Trent Retail India Private Limited (ZARA)
GroundTruth India Private Limited
TMT Tier 1
Kochhar & Co.'s team specialises in all areas of technology and privacy law, including outsourcing, licensing, cyber security and data breaches. Stephen Mathias is best known for advising international tech companies on their business ventures and operations in India, which often involves evaluating the legal risks that clients face. Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan's primary expertise resides in cyber crime, data protection and e-commerce arrangements. Lynn Lazaro specialises in IP law and software licensing. Associate Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia has a niche in advising clients on the implementation of voice over-related IP.
‘The most prominent qualities are quick turnaround time and thoroughness of work.’
Bird & Bird
Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited
Powernet Communication Private Limited
Optum/United Health Group
White-collar crime Tier 1
Kochhar & Co.’s market-leading white-collar crime practice represents multinational corporate clients in anti-bribery and anti-corruption investigations conducted by the Enforcement Directorate, CBI, police and all other authorities. Practice heads Rohit Kochhar and Krishna Vijay Singh represent their clients in high-profile litigation in the apex courts involving actions under POCA and the PMLA. The team handles highly sensitive and high-stakes parallel criminal and civil litigation involving senior financial misconduct and trade secrets theft, most recently for global technology companies. The team is equally experienced in representing financial institutions, individual directors and public bodies across all sectors. Leveraging the firm’s license to operate in Dubai, the firm often conducts cross-border work for banks and financial services institutions in the Middle East.
‘Rohit Kochhar is really passionate about his clients’ engagements, always showing a proactive approach with the clients’ interest being his polar star.‘
‘The basic strength of the firm is that it has very competent and experienced partners who, in addition to other elements, understand the importance of providing legal solutions in a timely manner. The firm maintains the highest quality in its work, which is performed keeping the latest amendments/change of laws into focus. We are very satisfied as the firm.‘
‘Rohit Kochhar is the most accessible and dynamic senior lawyer we have ever dealt in a law firm.‘
Falck Denmark A/s
Antitrust and competition Tier 2
In a strong year for the contentious side of Kochhar & Co.’s competition and antitrust practice, Reeta Mishra represented a raft of multinational names in proceedings before the CCI and NCLAT concerning cartelisation and abuse of dominance claims. Furthermore, an extensive number of OMCs is engaging the team to defend allegations of cartelisation and collusive bidding. Chandrasekhar Tampi (who took over as practice head from the outgoing Piyush Gupta) leads on merger control instructions for big-name corporates in the shipping, transport, manufacturing, automotives and technology sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kochhar & Co. is an entity consisting of individuals who are excellent in their own fields.‘
‘Reeta Mishra is punctual and her competency instils the confidence in the mind of the client that the case is in safe hand. Very prompt and thorough.‘
‘Knowledgeable and forthright in giving practical advice.‘
Data protection Tier 2
Kochhar & Co. predominantly advises international law firms on data privacy law in India, particularly in relation to changes in the way they intend to process personal information. The firm also advises clients in the manufacturing, banking, healthcare and telecoms sectors regarding cyber security, privacy, confidentiality and data localisation. Stephen Mathias has a wealth of experience in data privacy mandates, including matters involving multinationals seeking to navigate India's developing data regime. Associate Naqeeb Ahmed Kazia specialises in data localisation and data retention.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Tarvinder Singh, co-head of Kochhar & Co.’s IP practice, assists technology, defence, consumer electronics and heavy industry clients with portfolio management, infringement claims and commercialisation deals. A robust IP enforcement and opposition offering is provided to the multinational client roster. Co-head Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan provides expertise in procuring Geographical Indication tags, recently for high-profile religious institutions, while Lynn Lazaro is highly praised for her IP prosecution expertise. The team also fields expertise in domain name arbitrations arising from improper third-party registrations. A substantial list of clients in the public sector also retains the team for general IP advice.
Other key lawyers:
‘The partners are accessible and knowledgeable.‘
‘They provide an excellent-quality drafting service with very quick turnaround time and at a reasonable cost.‘
‘The team understands the nuances of our business very well. They are able to come up with solutions and recommendations which are unique to our business and tailored to our business needs.‘
‘Lynn Lazaro is my contact at the firm. I always find her to be attentive, knowledgeable and quick to cut to the point. She works well with only minimal input form us at times.‘
‘Lynn Lazaro manages to turn sparse information disclosure statements of inventions into high-quality patent specifications. Her ability to grasp the invention and tease out the salient features of the invention by querying the inventors is excellent. She always meets and often exceeds any requested deadlines for her work product.‘
ONGC Corporation of India
Cinepolis India Private Limited
Amara Raja Batteries Limited
Pidilite Industries Pvt. Ltd. (FEVICOL)
Red Lion Controls Inc.
Mezzion Pharma Co. Ltd.
Projects and energy Tier 2
Kochhar & Co. provides pan-Indian support to some of the largest infrastructure and energy players from the private and public sector. The firm handles the entire array of projects work, ranging from financing, to dispute resolution and development; lawyers are proficient in a variety of segments, including urban infrastructure, highways and railways, as well as oil & gas pipelines and renewable power projects. Department leader Krishna Vijay Singh is adept at handling contentious matters, which is also an area of activity for Raheel Kohli and Manish Dembla, who also has strong corporate advisory capabilities.
‘Krishna Vijay Singh has good knowledge of law as well as litigation strategy.’
‘Excellent understanding of the contracts; superior top management; attention to detail; excellent communication Skills.’
‘I would like to recommend Manish Dembla for his exemplary client management skills.’
GAIL (India) Ltd.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited – A State of Haryana Transmission Company
Simplex infrastructures Limited
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd.
Beijing National Railway Research & Design Institute of Signal & Communication Group Co. Ltd.
ITD Cementation Ltd.
Experion Developers Private Limited
Burman Estate Pvt. Ltd
Ocus Skyscrapers Realty Limited
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Kochhar & Co. offers real estate and construction law services on a pan-India basis, acting for a predominantly multinational client roster. In addition to assisting with foreign investment, the team is skilled at advising on the purchase and lease of land for the development of industrial parks, power projects and townships. Particular areas of growth for the department include handling real estate matters involving co-working spaces and data centres; the team is also experienced in private equity investments and exit mechanisms concerning real estate projects. Alok Tewari is the key point of contact in the team. Preetam D’Souza is recognised for his wealth of experience in real estate transactions and construction agreements, which are also areas of activity for Simrat Grover.
‘Alok Tewari and Simrat Grover are a great team to work with. Alok Tewari is very professional, prompt and accessible. He is extremely adept in promptly pinning down key risks that a real estate transaction may pose. He is equally adept in finding quick solutions to mitigate the risks of the client. His focus stays on taking the transaction through by providing practical solutions to complex issues. Simrat Grover is a very intelligent and efficient lawyer. She turns around documentation swiftly and diligently.’
‘The team at Kochhar & Co. are practical in their advice which is feasible in implementation. Alok Tewari and Simrat Grover are prompt in their response. Their legal advice is comprehensive and business practical. They act as business partners to our Company and not merely legal advisors.’
‘Kochhar as a firm contains in-depth knowledge of local laws and regulations faced by multinational companies when doing business in India. Its presence in all of the major local markets and ability to advise on the nuances of each has been a large benefit to our company. In addition, the attorneys at Kochhar are well versed in the needs of large global technology companies, and have been able to assist with several matters in various areas of the law. My company’s experience with Kochhar has been characterized by a high degree of responsiveness, personable interactions with all attorneys and a willingness to go the extra mile to meet our needs. Kochhar & Co has earned a reputation of handling our matters professionally and efficiently, in such a manner that it puts our minds at ease. That is the hallmark of a great outside counsel law firm.’
‘Alok Tewari displays a zealous commitment to his clients that is second to none. He responds to queries quickly and with all relevant information, and pulls in other attorneys as needed to solve problems on our behalf. Alok has become our trusted advisor for these matters in India. Simrat Grover (principal associate) has also done fantastic work on our behalf in the real estate and construction sector.’
‘The quality of advice provided by Kochhar & Co. is solution and business oriented and this is the key difference for any Client. It has been excellent experience, while working with Alok Tewari and Simrat Grover on numerous Real Estate Transactions. We really appreciate the way they provide business oriented solutions to any legal issues we may have.’
‘Alok Tiwari has been advising us on Real Estate issues for more than a decade. He and his team are extremely knowledgeable and their TAT is phenomenal.’
‘We are really impressed by the way Kochhar team keeps eye on the emerging trends and new regulations coming into effect irrespective of the domains. They promptly alert us by notifying such updates and actionable required from us. We always rely on Kochhar to complete things on time even if there is delay at our end and we approach them at the last minute.’
Monin India Pvt Ltd.
Decathlon Sports India Pvt. Ltd
Founding Years Learning Solutions Private Limited
Samsung R&D Institute India
Emercorp Capital Advisors Private Limited
Opera Solutions, LLC
F5 Networks Innovation Private Limited
Cognizant Technology Solutions India Private Limited
Future Retail Limited
Optum Global Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Resideo International India Private Limited
Synopsys India Private Limited
Experion Developers Private Limited
Tax Tier 2
Advisory and restructuring matters are major points of strength for the tax practice at Kochhar & Co. Practice head Shahid Khan has a focus on direct tax issues, particularly cross-border investment and transaction structuring (benefiting from a recently established Dubai office), transfer pricing and compliance with international tax treaties. New join Shampa Bhattacharya (from a Big Four accounting firm) strengthens the indirect tax side of the practice, with ongoing engagements pertaining to GST, VAT and market pre-entry guidance. Disputes before the appellate authorities were also recently handled. Professional services and IT are key sectors of focus.
Other key lawyers:
Gas Authority of India Limited
The Apollo Group
Vodafone India Services Private Limited
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Commvault System Inc
Epiance Software Private Limited
IPSAA Holdings Private Limited
TSI Instruments Limited
AML Global Limited
Kochhar & Co. > Firm Profile
Kochhar & Co. Inc > Dubai
The Firm : Kochhar & Co. Inc., Legal Consultants (Dubai Branch) is a full-service law firm advising on both UAE and DIFC laws (“Kochhar Dubai”).
Kochhar Dubai is the first full-service law firm from the Indian sub-continent to have been issued a license by the Dubai Legal Affairs Department to practice local law in the UAE. Kochhar Dubai comprises of senior partners and lawyers with rich and diverse experience in UAE and DIFC law work.
Kochhar Dubai offers a wide range of legal services and advice in the areas of corporate and commercial laws and specialises in representing major foreign and domestic corporations with diverse business interests in the UAE. The Firm regularly advises clients on entry strategies, restructuring, acquisitions, joint ventures and assists clients in establishing policies & processes to conduct business in a legally compliant manner.
Kochhar Dubai’s strengths include being accessible, adopting a solution seeking approach to all client problems and providing business oriented legal advice. The lawyers are adept at understanding and appreciating the nuances of the clients business or dispute and applying the legal principles & interpretation best suited for the client matters. Kochhar Dubai advises clients from a very wide range of industry sectors including banking and finance, construction, education, information technology, infrastructure, insurance, healthcare, media, pharmaceutical, retail, real estate, trading and telecommunication.
Our Team :
Founding Member & Chairman
Widely acclaimed as an eminent lawyer and outstanding legal entrepreneur, Mr. Kochhar has rich and diverse professional experience of over 30 years and his areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, regulatory approvals, company law, exchange control, foreign direct investment, labour & employment, high stake commercial disputes and white-collar crime.
Ms. Sivaramakrishnan is a Corporate and Transactional Partner with a focus on financing. She is renowned for her experience and expertise in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial advisory and client negotiations. In the banking and finance domain, she specializes in debt and equity investments including structured finance, cross border financing and project finance.
Mr. Robert A Sliwinski
As a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator and Quantity Surveyor with more than 35 years of experience of the construction and engineering industries,
Mr. Sliwinski acts as counsel and dispute resolver in a wide range of matters. With a Diploma in International Arbitration, membership of the New York State Bar and the FIDIC President’s list of Approved Dispute Adjudicators, he has a unique view of the worldwide ADR arena today.
Ms. Nikhat Sardar Khan (MCIArb) (TMC)
Ms. Khan is a Dispute Resolution and Corporate Partner having more than two decades of professional experience with 17 years in the UAE. She serves as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial and civil disputes and has acted as mediator, sole arbitrator and lead counsel in arbitration disputes in the field of construction and engineering, international trade, inform-ation technology and intellectual property. She has been recently registered as DIFC Practitioner Part II.
Mr. Avinash Kumar Rana
Mr. Rana is a Banking Partner having more than 21 years of post-qualification banking and corporate legal experience in the Middle East and India. He has wide exposure
in all banking and corporate matters
including contracts, employment, commercial advisory, corporate structuring, real estate and construction.
|Corporate & Commercial, M&A, Joint Ventures, Regulatory Approvals, company law, exchange control, foreign direct investment, labour & employment, high stake commercial disputes and white-collar crime.||Mr. Rohit Kochharemail@example.com|
|Corporate and Transactional Partner||Ms. Anjuli Sivaramakrishnanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration||Mr. Robert A Sliwinskiemail@example.com|
|Dispute Resolution and Corporate||Ms. Nikhat Sardar Khan (MCIArb) (TMC)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Banking & Real Estate and Construction.||Mr. Avinash Kumar Ranaemail@example.com|
|Banking & Finance, Infrastructure||Mr. Pradeep Ratnamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TMT||Mr. Stephen Mathiasemail@example.com|
|Intellectual Property||Mr. Daksh Kumarfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Litigation & Arbitration||Mr. Manish Demblaemail@example.com|
|Antitrust & Competition, PE/VC, Early Stage Funding||Mr. Chandrasekhar Tampifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TAX||Ms. Reena Asthana Khairemail@example.com|
|Aviation & Defence||Mr. Suhas Srinivasiahfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|M&A and Securities, Labour & Employment,||Mr. Vijay B Raviemail@example.com|
|Shipping and Maritime||Mr. Gautam Bhatikar|
Staff FiguresSenior Partner : Partner : Principle Associates : Senior Associates : Associates : Junior Associates :
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Hindi
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Aviation (including aerospace and defence)
- Banking and finance
- Corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution: litigation
- Labour and employment
- White-collar crime