Mr Neerav Merchant > Majmudar & Partners > Mumbai, India > Lawyer Profile

Majmudar & Partners
Raheja Chambers, 2nd Floor
Free Press Journal Road, Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021
India

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration

 

Position

Partner

Career

Neerav Merchant is a partner and specialises in anti-corruption; general commercial; real property; disputes (litigation and arbitration); employment; and technology, media and telecommunications.

Neerav became an Advocate in India in 1996, and a Solicitor in Mumbai in 1999.  He began his legal career as a litigator and real property lawyer at Kanga & Co.

In September 2000, he went in-house with GTL Ltd., a leading telecommunication services company at the time. Thereafter, he worked as legal counsel at Tata Housing and Development Corporation Ltd. and Patni Computer Systems Ltd., a top-10 IT services company in India. 

During his in-house stints, Neerav worked on various projects, including drafting and negotiating commercial technology and BPO contracts (from a supplier’s perspective) with large American and British corporations, namely, Fidelity, The Coca Cola Company, Prudential Life, Metlife, Assurant, State Farm Insurance, Citigroup, Barclays,  Carphone Warehouse, Harman Music, Serco, and Tesco. In addition, he was involved in advising on a host of telecommunication and IT regulatory issues.

Neerav joined Majmudar & Partners (then Majmudar & Co.) in January 2007.  At the firm, he has advised clients like Warner Music, Network Appliance, GTECH, Lummus Corporation, Outokumpu (Finland), Wockhardt Ltd., Armstrong, SKS Ispat, Akka Technologies (France), Elle Tre S.r.l, ArthroCare (US), Amaprop (a large US-based fund), Greaves Cotton Ltd., Godrej Industries Ltd., Westport Innovations, Inc. (a global leader in natural gas engines), A. M. Todd (US), etc., on dispute resolution, arbitration, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards, IT/outsourcing and licensing, IP, employment, commercial, anti-corruption, and real property matters.

Languages

English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi

Memberships

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa
  • Bombay Incorporated Law Society
  • International Bar Association (Regional Representative – Asia of the Litigation Committee for 2018-2019)
  • Inter Pacific Bar Association (Vice Chair, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee)

Education

  • BCom, Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai (1993)
  • LLB, KC Law College, University of Mumbai (1996)

Lawyer Rankings

India > Banking and finance

Majmudar & Partners‘ Mumbai-based practice is headed by Neerav Merchant and ‘standout‘ practitioner A.K. Hirani, while Fraser Alexander is notable for his handling of banking and finance disputes. The team counts Indian banks and other financial institutions among its client roster and is increasingly assisting the NBFC sector with regulatory advice.

India > TMT

Majmudar & Partners regularly handles transactional and advisory mandates for major clients from the worlds of fintech, telecoms, e-commerce, IT, AI, cloud computing, and semiconductors. The triple-qualified (in India, England and Wales, and California) Akil Hirani is highly experienced in the areas of tech M&A, IT regulation, and strategic IP. Neerav Merchant is an equally seasoned tech sector practitioner, with niche expertise in data privacy and trademark law. South Indian lead N. Raja Sujith is recommended for his knowledge of corporate transactions and outsourcing.

India > Dispute resolution: litigation

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.

India > Data protection

Well known for its broad TMT expertise, especially big tech transactions, Majmudar & Partners combines such work with data handling within a range of regulatory systems. In the course of M&A deals, licensing and outsourcing mandates, it assists Silicon Valley and global tech/social media companies on the complex rules around the collection or transfer of personal data. Its expertise also encompasses areas such as AI and advice on data security. Akil Hirani and Neerav Merchant in Mumbai and N. Raja Sujith in Bangalore, lead the practice which is appreciated for its ‘realistic approach’. It is also praised on the client service front for ‘transparent billing’ and attitude to ‘business ethics’.

India > Intellectual property > Intellectual property

Majmudar & Partners provides trade mark and patent filing and prosecution services including oppositions and renewal matters. It undertakes some infringement work and on the transactional front assists clients with areas such as assignments and licences. The team is headed by N. Raja Sujith and Neerav Merchant.

India > White-collar crime

Neerav Merchant leads the anti-corruption and law advisory team at Majmudar & Partners, offering the team’s domestic and international client base his 25 years of experience as a litigator and arbitration expert. The group covers technology, manufacturing, and financial service sectors, with strong investigative expertise in financial misconduct. It works closely with the firm’s Corporate/M&A, and Dispute Resolution teams in highly confidential investigations. The team regularly advises on anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance, including issues in relation to the US FCPA and the UK Bribery Act.

India > Labour and employment

Majmudar & Partners specialises in advisory mandates, with a global client roster predominantly from the manufacturing, financial services and insurance sectors. The team, headed up by Neerav Merchant and N. Raja Sujith, is adept at handling employment law due diligence in M&A deals, terminations and employee transfers, as well as contracts drafting and establishing new POSH policies. Other focus areas include breach of confidentiality investigations, and Amrit Mehta also adds strength to transactional and pay-related employment issues, including in regards to ESOP structuring and work from home guidelines required following the Covid-19 pandemic.