AZB & Partners > Mumbai, India > Firm Profile

AZB & Partners
MUMBAI 400 013

India > Antitrust and competition Tier 1

With bench strength in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, AZB & Partners acts for a roster of prominent clients, such as Google, Uber and Mercedes, in high-profile, cross-border competition matters, with merger control and enforcement work prominent in the group’s workload. The team is led by the trio of Bharat Budholia, who has an impressive track record in handling merger control mandates; Hemangini Dadwal, ‘a thorough and very prompt professional‘; and Ram Kumar Poornachandran, who acts for Indian and international clients in the digital, healthcare, energy and consumer goods sectors. Gaurav Bansal is noted for his strength in handling merger filings, often for clients in the automotive, aviation and telecoms sectors. Samir Gandhi and Nikita Agarwal are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ram Kumar Poornachandran; Bharat Budholia; Hemangini Dadwal


‘A wonderful team. Very prompt and understands clients’ needs and requirements well. Gives pragmatic advice in the simplest way possible.’

‘Hemangini Dadwal is fully up-to-date with the latest developments and has a worldwide view.’

‘Very enthusiastic team and most importantly, highly supportive and responsive.’

‘Bharat Budholia is one of the finest lawyers we have worked with so far. His reliability, timely assistance and very friendly client management services makes him stand out from the other lawyers. His expertise in the subject and professional advice given with a clean understanding of the client’s business are his strengths. ’

Key clients

Google LLC

Tata Group


Star India / Disney Broadcasting


Board of Cricket Control in India

Holcim Group

Shell Overseas Investments B.V.

Bain Capital

Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited


Vista Equity Partners and Elliott Investment Management L.P.

Rane Brake Lining

Haldiram Foods


CleanMax Solar

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on abuse of dominance investigations concerning Android TV, Android smartphones and news publishers.
  • Advising Tata Group on the competition law aspects of the merger of Vistara into AIL, the subsequent acquisition of shares in the merged entity and Tata Sons Private Limited, and the acquisition of shares by Singapore Airlines Limited in the merged entity.
  • Representing the Star Group in proceedings before the Supreme Court, Kerala High Court, and the CCI concerning abuse of dominance claims and anti-competitive agreements.

India > Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 1

AZB & Partners‘ ‘formidable’ aviation team has significant expertise acting for lessors, financiers, airlines, manufacturers, and airports on the full range of aviation-related matters. Anand Shah leads the practice and is a seasoned aviation expert, handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory civil aviation matters, aircraft finance, and aircraft deregistrations and repossessions; he is supported by senior associate Rishiraj Baruah. The firm strengthened its transactional offering with the 2022 arrival of Haseena Tapia Shahpurwalla, formerly at Gagrats. Shahpurwalla is dual-qualified in England & Wales and has significant experience advising airlines on aircraft and engine lease transactions. Another new addition to the team is Sarah Rufus, who joined from an in-house position at an airline in 2023. All lawyers mentioned are based in Mumbai.

Practice head(s):

Anand Shah


‘A great team with strength in depth. One of the premier go-to firms in India. Versatile and deep knowledge of the Indian aviation market.’

‘Anand Shah is our go-to partner, very commercial and attentive. Technically excellent and has grown a superb team of aviation associates and with the addition of their new partner Sarah Rufus makes a formidable team.’

‘The AZB team is a breath of fresh air in the challenging jurisdiction. Very responsive, and provides consistently sharp, commercial advice in a user-friendly and timely manner. The AZB team is our preferred and go-to counsel.’

‘Rishiraj Baruah: super responsive and user-friendly counsel. Provides direct advice and background to each aspect of a transaction, always provides a commercial, workable solution, and will preempt issues that may arise. Rishi knows his stuff and is a great negotiator to have on your side.’

Key clients


TATA Sons Private Limited

TATA SIA Airlines Limited (Vistara)

Air India Limited

Air India Express Limited


InterGlobe Aviation Limited (Indigo)

Zurich International Airport AG and Yamuna International Airport Private Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Bank of America Leasing

Shannon Engine Support Ltd.

Sculptor Capital Investments, LLC

Credit Suisse AG

Willis Lease Finance Corporation

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)

Work highlights

India > Banking and finance Tier 1

With a client roster comprising many leading domestic and international banks, AZB & Partners’ cross-border experience is an asset to clients with both transactional and regulatory banking mandates. The team is led by the duo of infrastructure and project finance specialist Bahram Vakil and Anand Shah, who regularly handles domestic and cross-border debt transactions. Hufriz Wadia is known for her expertise in the social and sustainable financing space, while Nikunj Maheshwari regularly advises banks, financial institutions and overseas funds on debt transactions. Other key members of the team include Hardeep Sachdeva, Ishan Handa and Karthik Mudaliar.

Practice head(s):

Bahram Vakil; Anand Shah


‘The team has good understanding and experience in the banking and financial services sector. It provides practical and innovative solutions on all legal issues or transactions.’

‘Anand Shah and his team have an outstanding understanding of the banking field. The team is approachable and listens to the requirements carefully.’

‘Anand Shah and Hufriz Wadia are always available, response focused on client requirements and provide practical solutions.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Fitch Ratings

Bank of America

Credit Suisse

Barclays Bank

JM Financial

Tata Capital



Citibank N.A.

Julius Baer

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Investec Bank PLC and Investec Capital Services (India) Private Limited

Tata Motors Finance Limited and its group companies

Larsen & Toubro Limited and L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited

Hero Enterprises group

Bahadur Chand Investments Private Limited

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited & Kotak Mahindra Investments Limited

SBFC Finance Private Limited

ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund

Oaktree Capital Management

Jana Small Finance Bank Limited

PAG Asia Capital


Yes Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Tata Cleantech Capital Limited

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Centrum Credit Opportunities Trust

Axis Bank

HPE Financial Services


CreditAccess Grameen Limited

ReNew Power

Tata Sons Private Limited

HDFC Limited

Bank of Nova Scotia

The Carlyle Group

Aditya Birla Finance Limited

Citicorp Finance (India) Limited

Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure

IIFL Finance

HDFC Capital Advisors Limited

Arpwood Partners

API Holdings (Pharmeasy)

Ampa Orthodontics (Toothsi)

Xander Investments

Varde Partners

Indusind Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

DMI Finance

Motilal Oswal

Experion Capital

Deutsche Bank

Fairfax Group

Kalpataru Group

Prestige Group

National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited

Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Limited

Ares Asia

RMZ Group

India > Capital markets Tier 1

AZB & Partners has notable pan-India capital markets expertise, handling the full range of matters, including public offerings, qualified institution placements and rights issuances, and is active in banking, private equity, fintech and retail ventures. The team is led by Mumbai-based Varoon Chandra, who has extensive experience in assisting clients with domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions, while Lionel D’Almeida leads on securitisations. Bangalore-based Srinath Dasari‘s ambit of work includes institutional placements and securities buy-back transactions, and Agnik Bhattacharyya frequently acts for issuers and investment banks from New Delhi. The other key members at the junior end include Sweta Ananthanarayanan and Rahul Aggarwal.

Practice head(s):

Varoon Chandra


‘We’ve worked with the AZB team on various capital markets issues, and they are a great team to work with. They are experienced, knowledgeable and collaborative in their approach to transaction management and execution.’

‘Varoon Chandra is a senior and experienced practitioner who makes working together on the transaction a smooth and client-friendly experience. He is knowledgeable and commercially savvy and can combine that to deliver a high-quality experience for the client. Agnik Bhattacharyya is very hands-on, a voice of reason in difficult situations and combines his experience with deep knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Throughout our engagements with AZB, We found their a) Extent of Detailing and b) Articulation and Simplification of the laws/provisions to be of the highest professional standards.’

‘Most individuals at AZB generally demonstrate a deep level of subject matter expertise, comprehensive and crisp solutionins, good sense of ownership, highest client commitment.’

Key clients

Allied Blenders and Distillers Limited

Anand Rathi Wealth Limited

Aptus Value Housing Finance India Limited

AU Small Finance Bank Limited

Avalon Technologies Limited

Axis Bank Limited

BIBA Fashion Limited

Blue Jet Healthcare Limited

BVG India Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited

CarTrade Tech Limited

Chemplast Sanmar Limited

Chemspec Chemicals Limited

Chindata Group Holdings Limited

Computer Age Management Services Limited

CSB Bank Limited

Data Patterns (India) Limited

Delta Corp Limited

Deltatech Gaming Limited

DLF Limited

Dodla Dairy Limited

Electronics Mart India Limited

Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited

eMudhra Limited

Fabindia Limited

Fincare Small Finance Bank Limited

Five Star Business Finance Limited

FSN E-Commerce Ventures Limited

Global Health Limited

Go Digit General Insurance Limited

HDFC Asset Management Company Limited

HDFC Bank Limited

HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited

HFCL Limited

Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

ICICI Bank Limited

ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. Limited

IDFC First Bank Limited

IndiaMART InterMESH Limited

Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited

Indegene Limited

Infosys Limited

InterGlobe Aviation Limited

Jana Small Finance Bank Limited

JK Files & Engineering Limited

Kalyan Jewellers Limited

KFin Technologies Limited

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Mankind Pharma Limited

Max Healthcare Institute Limited

Muthoot Finance Limited

Nazara Technologies Limited

National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited

National Stock Exchange of India Limited

Northern Arc Capital Limited

One Mobikwik Systems Limited

Oravel Stays Limited

PI Industries Limited

Protean eGov Technologies Limited

RBL Bank Limited

Rainbow Children’s Medicare Limited

Reliance Industries Limited

Ruchi Soya Industries Limited

Sanathan Textiles Limited

Sansera Engineering Limited

Sapphire Foods India Limited

SBI Cards and Payment Services Limited

SBI Life Insurance Company Limited

Seven Islands Shipping Limited

Shriram Properties Limited

SRF Limited

Tata Consultancy Services Limited

Tata Investment Corporation Limited

Tata Motors Limited

Tata Steel Limited

Tata Capital Financial Services Limited

TVS Supply Chain Solutions Limited

Uniparts India Limited

YES Bank Limited

Axis Capital Limited

Barclays Bank Plc.

BofA Securities India Limited

Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited

Credit Suisse Securities India Private Limited

CLSA India Private Limited

DAM Capital Advisors Limited (formerly IDFC Securities Limited)

Deutsche Equities India Private Limited

Equirus Capital Private Limited

Goldman Sachs India (Securities) Private Limited

Haitong Securities India Private Limited

HDFC Bank Limited

HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Private Limited

ICICI Securities Limited

India Infoline Limited

IIFL Holdings Limited

IIFL Securities Limited

Investec Capital Services (India) Private Limited

Jefferies India Private Limited

JM Financial Limited

J.P. Morgan India Private Limited

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited

Morgan Stanley India Private Limited

Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors Limited

Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited

SBI Capital Markets Limited

UBS Securities India Private Limited

CLSA India Private Limited

DAM Capital Advisors Limited (formerly IDFC Securities Limited)

Bain Capital


BNP Paribas Cardif S.A.

Brighton Park Capital (BPC Genesis Fund I SPV, Ltd. and BPC Genesis Fund I-A SPV, Ltd)



Eight Roads

Equity International



Gateway Partners

General Atlantic


Goldman Sachs

IIFL Special Opportunities Fund

International Finance Corporation

Ivanhoe OP India Inc.

Kayak Investments Holding Pte. Ltd.


Lighthouse India Fund III, Limited and Lighthouse India III Employee Trust

Morgan Stanley

Nadathur Family Office

Norwest Venture Partners

Omega TC Sabre Holdings Pte. Ltd.


Société Beaujon


Tata Capital

The Rohatyn Group

Tree Line


Uber B.V.

Warburg Pincus


Walton Street Capital

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Combining extensive expertise in M&A, joint venture, and general corporate transactions, the AZB & Partners team is highly praised for its domestic and international capabilities. The practice has vast experience of representing clients from across the technology, pharma, and finance industries, and consistently demonstrates market-leading knowledge on securities law and data privacy issues within M&A. The managing partners, Ajay Bahl and Zia Mody, specialise in restructurings and private equity investment work, with the former based in Delhi, and the latter in Mumbai. Delhi-based Anil Kasturi focuses on demergers and public takeovers, whilst in Mumbai, Ashwath Rau and Kritika Agarwal routinely provide financial regulatory advice and both Nandish Vyas and Darshika Kothari assist with PE investment issues.

Practice head(s):

Ajay Bahl; Zia Mody; Ashwath Rau; Anil Kasturi; Darshika Kothari; Hardeep Sachdeva; Srinath Dasari; Vaidhyanadhan Iyer; Vinati Kastia

Other key lawyers:

Nandish Vyas; Kritika Argawal; Nilanjana Singh; Daksh Trivedi; Divya Mundra; Kashish Bhatia; Nanditha Gopal; Nandita Govind; Niladri Maulik; Roxanne Anderson; Ankit Tandon; Ashish Pareek; Bhuvana Veeraragavan; Jasmin Karkhanis; Kunal Kumbhat; Atreya Bhattacharyya


‘It is essential that the law firm engaged are expert in this domain and keeping abreast with latest regulations to advise on M&A matters. AZB team has good expertise in the M&A domain and they supported in various corporate strategies in our organisation.’

‘AZB team and lawyers are expert in M&A domain and hands on with latest regulations and law that impacts M&A activities in an organization. Some of the key qualities are their domain expertise, knowledge about M&A, understanding about regulations and latest changes in that which is essential for advising clients on various strategic initiatives.’

‘Top notch, sophisticated legal advice. Very responsive and very knowledgeable across all legal areas. They are clearly very accustomed to working with clients and law firms from around the globe.’

‘Darshika Kothari was a pleasure to work with. She and her team were very helpful (and understanding of unreasonable deadlines and requests), and they led us to a successful completion of our transaction.’

Key clients

Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

Holcim Group



Larsen & Toubro Limited

TotalEnergies Gaz & Electricité Holding

HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited

Tata Motors Limited

London Stock Exchange Group

Metro AG

Wipro Limited

Zifo Technologies

IHC Capital Holding LLC

Heubach GmbH and SK Capital Partners, LP

Spark Capital

Trelleborg Holding Ab

Egis Engineering

IHC Capital Holding

Wipro Limited

Tata Sons Private Limited

Oiltanking GmbH

Trans Union LLC

Eltropy Inc.

Eqova Healthcare Private Limited

Ulink Agritech Private Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited

Jubilant Enpro Private Limited

Max Life Insurance Company Limited

Max Financial Services Limited

LT Foods Limited

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Hydreq Pte. Ltd.


OFB Tech Private Limited

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Bharti Realty Limited & Bharti Enterprises Limited

Sequoia Capital India LLP

Scholiverse Educare Private Limited

LC Nueva AIF

Housr Technologies Private Limited

Perfect Day, Inc.

Varde Partners Asia Pte. Ltd.

Experion Capital Private Limited

Accion Digital Transformation Fund, LP

Plutus Investments and Holding Private Limited

Accordion Partners LLC

Yasuda Logistics Corporation

Diliigent Power Private Limited

Gensol Engineering Limited

Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Private Limited and its founder, Mr. Kuldeep Jain

Max Estates Limited and Acreage Builders Private Limited

Blu-Smart Mobility Private Limited and Mr. Anmol Singh Jaggi

Hero Enterprise Venture Partners

India > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

The ‘formidable’ and market-leading dispute resolution team at AZB & Partners regularly handles high-stakes domestic and international arbitrations, advising clients at every stage of a dispute, from forensic analysis to settlement negotiations. Acting for a stellar roster of clients that includes blue-chip tech companies, financial institutions, and domestic corporations, the team has extensive expertise representing clients across a broad range of sectors. The team is jointly led by Rajendra Barot, Vijayendra Singh, and Aditya Vikram Bhat. Barot, based in Mumbai, regularly represents clients across all levels of courts and tribunals, while Delhi’s Singh has deep experience handling international and domestic arbitrations. Bhat, in Bengaluru, has a strong focus on cross-border arbitrations. Roopali Singh and Sonali Mathur left the practice in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rajendra Barot; Vijayendra Singh; Aditya Vikram Bhat


‘The team is diligent and very hardworking. For a first-time client they make the process very easy and handhold you from the beginning. AZB is extremely professional and thorough in the work that they do.’

‘A good team that is always available and focussed on the matter at hand.’

‘Associates have been exceptionally good in their due diligence and reachable on the matters of interest.’

‘Good understanding of arbitration issues in the context of Indian and international litigation.’

‘The team at AZB is a formidable unit which delivers results. The hallmark of any successful team is trust, dependence and subject matter expertise. The team at AZB is endowed with all these traits.’

‘Quick-thinking and innovative team.’

‘The convergence of new thinking, a breadth and width of knowledge and time-tested experience is a fantastic resource for any party that finds itself in a dispute.’

‘Aditya Bhat is a quick thinker, good strategist, and fights hard for clients.’

Key clients Investment Holdings LLC

LSF10 Rose Investments S.à r.l

Cube Highways and Infrastructure II Pte. Ltd.

B S R & Associates LLP

Tata Steel Limited

Solar Industries India Limited

Discovery Networks Asia- Pacific Pte. Limited and Discovery Communications Limited

KM Toll Road Private Limited

GF Toll Road Private Limited

IHH Healthcare Bhd.

Ambuja Cements Limited

HSBC PI Holdings (Mauritius) Limited

The National Stock Exchange of India Limited

Aapico Hitech Public Company Limited

Edelweiss Financial Services Pvt. Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank

Grant Thornton LLP

Catalyst Trusteeship Limited, Ecap Equities Limited, Edelweiss Finance Company Limited and India Credit Fund II

Credit Suisse AG

Google LLC

ORE Holdings Limited and ORE Trust

Xiaomi Technology India Pvt. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon in landmark arbitration proceedings and connected litigations which confirm the enforceability of an emergency award.

India > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The ‘first-class‘ dispute resolution team at AZB & Partners leverages the firm’s broader capabilities across practice areas to provide a holistic offering spanning civil, criminal, commercial, and constitutional disputes across all levels of the judicial system. Counting multinational blue-chip technology companies, large financial institutions, as well as domestic and international corporate heavyweights among its clients, the ‘formidable’ team stands out for its strong track record advising on corporate disputes. Senior partners Rajendra Barot, Vijayendra Pratap Singh, and Aditya Vikram Bhat now jointly lead the team; Barot is based in Mumbai, while Singh and Bhat operate from Delhi and Bengaluru, respectively. Other key names include ‘pillars of strength’ Abhijnan Jha, Aditya Jalan, and Anindita Roychowdhury, all in Delhi. Sonali Mathur and Roopali Singh left the firm in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rajendra Barot; Vijayendra Pratap Singh; Aditya Vikram Bhat


‘V.P. Singh – Astute with legal knowledge and practical industry insights. Priyank Ladoia – Good understanding of how Judges will view an argument. Very good drafting skills Kshitiz Rao – Good understanding of legal arguments while drafting petitions. Diligent. ’

‘AZB provides a first-class disputes capability, combining great client service with legal and tactical acumen.’

‘Aditya Bhat – my first choice for India dispute resolution. A determined, skilful litigator with a strategic approach, excellent on detail and very client-friendly.’

‘The team was fantastic, clear approach, they work fast and well, drafting was fantastic. As a first time legal case, we were very stressed, AZB handled the process seamlessly. ’

‘Large, responsive team with good strength and depth.’

‘Rajendra Barot – smart, incisive. He advises with commercial realities in mind rather than just telling you the law.’

‘Aditya Bhat – quick thinker, tenacious and effective.’

‘The members of the team, Abhijnan Jha, Aditya Jalan and Anindita Roy, are the pillars of strength on which the practice is rested and has grown to being one of the most formidable and respected litigation teams in the industry in India. ’

India > Private client Tier 1

International private client work is a core area of expertise for AZB & Partners. The team has a particular focus handling matters involving Indian-origin individuals living in the UK, USA and Singapore; Bangalore-based practitioner Shreya Rao has a particular specialism in such work. In Mumbai, Anand Shah is a regular advisor to high-net-worth individuals on matters of intergenerational wealth transfer, family governance, and estate and succession planning. Mumbai-based co-founder of the firm and managing partner Zia Mody also specialises in estate and succession planning matters, as well as family disputes work. In New Delhi, fellow co-founders and managing partners Ajay Bahl  and Hardeep Sachdeva come highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ajay Bahl; Anand Shah; Shreya Rao; Hardeep Sachdeva

Other key lawyers:


‘AZB is one of the top law firms in India and Zia Mody, who heads the firm, is a lawyer of immense repute and a well-known figure in legal circles in India and abroad.’

‘We have consulted AZB on various occasions and been provided with sound advice.’

‘They are well-versed in the laws relating to Foreign Exchange which governs Indian enmities establishing overseas subsidiaries. They were well-prepared at every meeting. We believe AZB are second-to-none.’

‘The AZB team were always well-prepared at every meeting. They had a clear understanding of the issues involved.’

‘Their expertise helped us present a very convincing case to the relevant regulatory authorities.’

‘A quality, client-centric and solutions-oriented approach.’

‘Zia is an exceptional leader and others follow suit.’

‘Thoroughly impressed with their professionalism, commercial understanding of the transaction and timely delivery.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Kotak Mahindra

JP Morgan

Entrust Family Office

Griffin Family Office


Merrill Lynch

Edelweiss Wealth Management

Centrum Wealth Management Limited

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 1

AZB & Partners offers a ‘thoroughly professional’ service in its diverse representation of private equity investors across various sectors. The firm’s advisory scope encompasses regulatory protocols, exit strategies and negotiation processes. Ashwath Rau brings experience in private equity and investment funds, supported by Zia Mody’s specialisation in acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and inward investments. Darshika Kothari specialises in private equity investments, extending her expertise to marquee private equity clients, as well as domestic and international corporations and financial institutions, while Anil Kasturi’s ability to ‘think outside the box’ complements his capability in the private equity arena, engaging with a wide spectrum of sectors including healthcare, telecom, education and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Ajay Bahl; Zia Mody; Ashwath Rau; Anil Kasturi; Darshika Kothari; Srinath Dasari; Vaidhyanadhan Iyer; Vinati Kastia; Hardeep Sachdeva

Other key lawyers:

Atreya Bhattacharyya; Daksh Trivedi


‘Ajay Bahl is one of the best lawyers and thought leaders in the country.’

‘Anil Kasturi is practical and solution-oriented in his approach and has the ability to cut through to issues very quickly. His domain knowledge is excellent and has the ability to think outside of the box.’ 

‘Zia Mody, Ashwath Rau and Atreya Bhattacharyya provide solid and practical advice that is actionable and solution oriented.’ 

‘The firm is thoroughly professional, understands the commercial aspects of a transaction and an individual’s legal requirements. The firm has been delivering outstanding service over the years.’  

‘The team is easily approachable, has in-depth knowledge and expertise of the subject matter and has a quick turnaround time. They work well together and provide quality legal service.’ 

‘Daksh Trivedi at AZB has been nothing short of phenomenal, bringing insights proactively to transactions and identifying problems and counter-measures before they even arise.’ 

‘The team has a deep level of subject matter expertise, offering a comprehensive service and a high level of commitment.’

Key clients

Warburg Pincus LLC, U.S.A

Softbank Group

Brookfield Asset Management

Sequoia Pine Investment Holdings

Tiger Global Management

Westbridge Capital

KKR & Co Inc.

Schneider Electric Industries SAS

Temasek Holdings Private Limited

TPG Capital

Bain Capital, U.S.A

Hero Enterprise Venture Partners, India

Ecom Express Private Limited, India

AM Marketplaces Private Limited (Limeroad)

Maiden Marketing Pte. Ltd

Cinven Capital, United Kingdom

Xander Group

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

Filter Capital (Mauritius) Ltd

Dragoneer Partners

Premji Invest

Addition Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Bodhi Tree (BTS Investment 2 Pte. Ltd.)

PAG (Sekhmet Pharmaventures Private Limited)

Stone Plant Investments B.V. (an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, LLC)

R Systems International Limited

BC Asia Investments X Limited (an affiliate of Bain Capital)

Discovery Row Bidco 1 & Discovery Row Bidco 2 (affiliates of Cinven)

Cashgrail Private Limited (Zupee)

Ghisallo Master Fund LP

Sunshine Teahouse Private Limited (Chaayos)

LC Nueva AIF

Sequoia Capital India LLP

Housr Technologies Private Limited

Varde Partners Asia Pte. Ltd.


Bharti Realty Limited & Bharti Enterprises Limited

Scholiverse Educare Private Limited

Hydreq Pte. Ltd.

Accion Digital Transformation Fund, LP

India > Projects and energy Tier 1

The practice at AZB & Partners is routinely instructed in high-profile infrastructure projects involving the renewable energy, oil and gas, and mining sectors. The team has extensive experience in the project finance sphere, and advises domestic and international companies on all aspects of regulatory and compliance matters and EPC and O&M contracts. In Mumbai, firm founding partner Bahram Vakil is well versed in advising on foreign direct investment, while Qais Jamal handles M&A and joint ventures within the projects and energy field. New Delhi-based Anuja Tiwari specialises in renewable energy project matters, and Atreya Bhattacharya focuses on private equity and structured finance transactions. Mallika Anand, who made partner in April 2023, is a key name for project development work. Aditya Periwal is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bahram N Vakil; Qais Jamal; Aditya Periwal; Anuja Tiwari

Other key lawyers:


‘AZB & Partners has a team of thorough professionals, who are extremely meticulous in their areas of expertise. During the course of our dealing with them, we found them to be very vocal in flagging risk areas and also recommending alternate solutions withing the legal framework. We had an interactive and meaningful collaboration with the firm.’

‘We worked with Aditya Periwal and his team who were very diligent and worked very meticulously. One special attribute of Aditya and his team is that they always come up with possible solutions. Very transparent with their conduct and high on integrity.’

Key clients

Holcim Group

BlackRock Real Assets

Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd.

KKR & Co. Inc. and funds/vehicles managed by it

First Solar – FS India Solar Ventures Private Limited

Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries (Norfund)

LM Wind Power Technologies (India) Private Limited

Ravindra Energy Limited

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

Amazon Web Services

Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited

United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

O2 Power Private Limited

Alstom Transport India Limited

GE Power India Limited, GE Renewables India Private Limited

Cube Highways & Infrastructure Pte Ltd

EDF HQ Singapore Pte Ltd

Eren Industries

Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited and Shapoorji Pallonji Roads Private Limited

TotalEnergies Gaz & Electricité Holding

Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Private Limited

TMH International

India > Real estate and construction Tier 1

With footholds in four key cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore), AZB & Partners houses a distinguished real estate and construction practice, assisting clients across regions in all phases and aspects of real estate development, such as financing, acquisition, investment, disposition matters, and restructuring real estate-related debts. Head of practice and senior partner in the New Delhi office Hardeep Sachdeva brings his in-depth real estate knowledge together with a vast experience in private equity, structured financing, and tax structuring, while Nohid Nooreyezdan heads the practice from Mumbai, drawing on his experience in acquisitions and transfers of immovable land, drafting and negotiating transactional documents, conducting due diligence and applicable local levies. Monika Bhonsale’s expertise ranges from real estate acquisition and sale of immovable properties to joint venture matters, development transactions, and complex land diligence.

Practice head(s):

Nohid Nooreyezdan; Hardeep Sachdeva

Other key lawyers:

Monika Bhonsale; Abhishek Awasthi; Alpesh Parekh; Priyamvada Shenoy; Ravi Bhasin


‘Truly professional team, they always think in the best interest of the client, and in that context they will not shy away dissenting with grace and dignity if they do not agree with the client to protect their interest.’

‘AZB has been a well-renowned name that carries a lot of respect in the market. The team lives up to the market expectations in terms of their deliverables. They demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the subject. They understand the client’s requirements and objectives, and match their actions accordingly. Furthermore, they work on a good turn-around time.’

‘Monika Bhonsale brings a good clarity of thoughts in her dealings. She is very much accommodative and directly focuses on the issues. There is no beating around the bush when it comes to giving her observations and opinion on the matters, even if the same is not in your favour.’

Key clients

Applied Materials India Private Limited

Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited (part of Tata Motors Group)

R House Realty Private Limited (part of JSW Realty Group)

Palava Induslogic 2 Private Limited (a joint venture of Morgan Stanley and Lodha Group)

Varde Partners Asia Pte. Ltd.

Paras Buildtech India Private Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Xander Group

Godrej Properties Limited

Indusind Bank Limited

BPTP Limited

Max Estates Limited

Hines India Real Estate Private Limited

Ashiana Housing Limited

DLF Limited

Eka Life

Adani Realty

Bharti Realty Limited

Emaar India Limited

Experion Developers Private Limited

Logos Group

Deutsche Bank

Sekhmet Pharmaventures Pvt. Ltd. (and Gamot API Pte. Ltd.)Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Suresh Khemani Family Trust

KrisSumi Corporation

KGK Realty Private Limited & Dhoot Infrastructure Projects Limited

India > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Co-founder Bahram Vakil leads the team at AZB & Partners, which represents a broad range of stakeholders and has in-depth experience handling complex refinancings, foreign investments into stressed assets, and acquisitions of distressed companies. Senior figure Nilang Desai regularly advises banks, IBC resolution applicants, and creditor committees. Senior associate Saloni Thakkar has worked on some of the firm’s most prominent cases and remains an increasingly active team member. Avinash Subramanian in the Mumbai office and Anindita Roy Chowdhury in the Delhi office are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Reserve Bank of India

Deloitte India Insolvency Professionals LLP and Mr. Nageswara Rao Y (RBI nominated Administrator of Reliance Capital Limited)

Ernst & Young and Mr. Rajneesh Sharma (RBI nominated Administrator in the insolvencies of SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited and SREI Equipment Finance Limited)

Varde Partners

Grant Thornton and Mr. Ashish Chhawchharia (erstwhile RP of Jet Airways (India) / Monitoring Committee formed in the resolution of Jet Airways (India)

Alvarez & Marsal and Mr. Abhilash Lal (Resolution Professional of Jhabua Power Limited)

Reliance Industries Limited

Welspun Corp Limited

TATA Steel Limited

Monitoring Committee of Sical Logistics Limited and Ernst and Young

ASG Hospital Private Limited

Perfect Day Inc.

Oaktree Capital

Adani Infrastructure and Developers Private Limited

Tata Steel Limited

Plutus Wealth

Asia Pragati Strategic Investment Fund

KGK Realty Private Limited & Dhoot Infrastructure Projects Limited

Experion Developers Private Limited

India > Tax Tier 1

Praised for being ‘very commercial and easy to work with‘ the tax practice at AZB & Partners assists its clients with tax advisory, litigation, corporate tax planning and international tax matters. The firm has a particularly strong market presence in tax litigation and is regularly tasked with matters before the ITAT, the High Courts and Supreme Court. The team is co-led by Ajay Bahl, Deepak Chopra and Suresh Varanasi. Bahl is well regarded for his expertise in transfer pricing issues, while Chopra is a key name for tax disputes and Varanasi is the contact for indirect tax matters. Shreya Rao is the main contact for the Bangalore office. Aditya Singh Chandel, Abhinav Ashwin and Harpreet Singh Ajmani are also key partners to note. Since publication, the team welcomed Shruti KP in its Mumbai office.

Practice head(s):

Ajay Bahl; Deepak Chopra; Suresh Varanasi

Other key lawyers:


‘AZB’s tax team were completely integrated between contentious and non-contentious members. Their advice and work product was top-drawer. They were very commercial and easy to work with. ’

‘The first-rate Shreya Rao is a delight to work with. Her advice is excellent and clear. She handles the most difficult, emotional and intellectually challenging issues with grace and apparent ease.’

Key clients

Boston Scientific Group

LF Investment Group

Alliance Bernstein India Growth (Mauritius)

Golden State Capital

Softbank Vision Fund

Lintas India

Tenable Network Security Ireland

Indus Tower


Applied Research International

Benetton India

Genpact India



Coperion Ideal

Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies


Toshiba Corporation

General Electric Power




Schneider Electric

One 97 Communication (Paytm)

Clifford Chance

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Galactus Funware Technology (Mobile Premiere League)




Work highlights

  • Represented Xiaomi Technology India before the High Court of Karnataka in the provisional attachment of fixed deposits.
  • Represented ANI Technologies before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in its appeal against withholding tax default order.
  • Represented Google India before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal on the issues of characterisation of payments made for purchase of online advertisement space as royalty.

India > TMT Tier 1

Counting private equity firms, international conglomerates, and financial institutions among its key clients, AZB & Partners is highly regarded for handling major transactions and regulatory compliance matters. The team displays a strong offering in the fintech and NFT sphere, regularly advising clients on all aspects of data protection, intellectual property, and licensing issues. Operating out of Delhi, co-heads Anil Kasturi and Rachit Bahl are specialists in managing M&A within the TMT sector, whilst Rohan Bagai and Sumit Ghoshal are experts on e-commerce and privacy policy affairs. In Bengaluru, co-head Srinath Dasari regularly assists companies with information tech matters, and the other co-head, Mumbai-based Roxanne Anderson, has deep experience in representing media and sport corporations.

Practice head(s):

Anil Kasturi; Srinath Dasari; Rachit Bahl; Roxanne Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Rohan Bagai; Sumit Ghoshal; Aman Gera; Shagun Badhwar; Nipun Sawhney; Navdeep Baidwan; Shubham Parkhi


‘The team that we work with are highly qualified to provide inputs and legal counsel on various commercial matters.’

‘Knowledge, expertise and ability to be thorough in their work, demonstrated by Roxanne and her entire team.’


Key clients

Star India Private Limited

The Walt Disney Group



Bharti Airtel Limited


Hero Enterprise Venture Partners

Tiger Global

Addition Capital


India > White-collar crime Tier 1

AZB & Partners is noted for its end-to-end capabilities in a wide variety of white-collar cases, representing clients in internal investigations, regulatory actions, and full trials in allegations of bribery, money laundering, and corporate malfeasance. The team offers cross-border expertise, advising on actions taken by the US DOJ and UK agencies relating to the FCPA and POCA, among others, and is able to provide in-house corporate and employment support to major corporates across various industries. Key names in the practice include Vijayendra Singh, who has great experience in fraud and asset tracing, criminal investigations, and governance issues, forensic investigations specialist Soumit Nikhra in Mumbai, and litigator Rajendra Barot, who has represented a number of major clients before state and federal courts. Joining the firm from an in-house position in September 2022, Mumbai-based Ajay Upadhyay heads up the firm’s internal investigation and compliance team. Bengaluru-based Aditya Vikram Bhat is also noted for his expertise in agency investigations brought by the SFIO, ED, and CBI, among others.


Very experienced team providing excellent advice.

Aditya Bhat, leading the team advising us, is very experienced and business savvy.

Exceptional domain knowledge in white-collar crime, prompt, quality work, prompt and decisive, understand client challenges, willing to adapt, innovative in thinking, stretching oneself to meet client needs, well connected to provide resources across India.

‘Strong, and perhaps unique, ability to work with US/Western law firms on multinational matters.’

Key clients

Amway India Enterprises Private Limited

Coastal Energy Private Limited

PWC India Private Limited

Cloudtail India Pvt. Ltd.

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited

B S R and Associates LLP

LSF10 Rose Investments S.à r.l.

US multi-billion-dollar PE firm

Signify Innovations India

Bharti Airtel



Q Investment

India > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 2

Transactional work in the fintech space and regulatory advisory services, including around payments issues are core pillars of AZB & Partners‘ fintech and digital practice. The team, praised for ‘understanding the entire life cycle of an issue’, has corporate expertise spanning capital raisings, joint ventures and big-ticket M&A. On the regulatory front, the team is active on mandates such as representations before Indian regulators and internal investigations. Ashwath Rau drives the team’s offering and has a strong track record in handling the regulatory aspects of major M&A involving financial institutions. G. Padmanabhan‘s expertise extends to payments work; he is frequently mandated by major players in the space to advise on the regulatory landscape in India. Vipul Jain is geared to handle entry strategy, licensing and compliance work for clients such as banks and offshore private equity firms.

Practice head(s):

Ashwath Rau

Other key lawyers:

Vipul Jain; G. Padmanabhan; Rushabh Maniar; Rohan Bagai; Aditya Alok; Karthik Mudaliar; Gautam Ganjawala


‘Very competent legal professionals . Well versed in market realities and the regulatory landscape – Always available and have a collaborative approach.’

‘ The firm understands the entire life cycle of an issue or matter  including the way in which a regulator / court may perceive it.’

‘The team is able to understand technology well and proactivity communicates developments which they think may affect clients. They are also able to tap on their links to give insights on regulatory intent and provide a better understanding of new developments.’


Key clients

Mercury Technologies Inc.

MP Payments Limited


HDFC Limited

Citibank N.A.

Visa Inc.


Tiger Global Management

HDFC Bank Limited

Standard Chartered Bank Limited

People Center Inc. (Rippling)

Payglocal Technologies Private Limited

Greenizon Agritech Consultancy Private Limited (Jai Kisan)

Uniorbit Technologies Private Limited

Sporta Technologies Private Limited (Dream11)

Newbazaar Technologies Private Limited (Shopse)

HDFC Property Ventures Limited

HDFC Venture Capital Limited

HDFC Capital Advisors Limited

Airbnb Inc.

Tata Motors Finance Limited

India > Insurance Tier 2

A team of four partners based in Mumbai and New Delhi anchor the insurance practice at AZB & Partners: Rajendra Barot, an adviser to leading names from the life, non-life and health insurance sectors on their entry into the Indian market through joint ventures or a stake acquisition in existing insurance companies; Anil Kasturi, who assists with complex insurance-related transactions; Niladri Maulik, an expert in high-value investments with experience working across the healthcare, insurance, financial services and energy sectors; and Kashish Bhatia, whose workload often includes bancassurance, broker and group insurance policies arrangements. Arvind Ramesh left to join Vritti Partners in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rajendra Barot; Anil Kasturi; Niladri Maulik; Kashish Bhatia


‘Pragmatic without loosing sight of the details.’

Key clients

Dabur Invest Corp

Max Life Insurance Company Limited

Max Financial Services Limited

Mr. Analjit Singh

Max Ventures Investment Holdings Private Limited

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited

SBI Life Insurance Company Limited

Ageas Insurance International NV

HDI Global SE

Munich Re

Housing Development Finance Corporation

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited

Max Life Insurance Company Limited

Go Digit General Insurance Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

With offices located in Mumbai, New Delhi and Gurugram, AZB & Partners‘ strength in IP ranges from creation and protection to monetisation and litigation. Akhilesh Kumar Rai – a senior partner in the New Delhi office – co-heads the practice with registered patent agent Nandan Pendsey in Mumbai; both are a regular port of call for domestic and international clients, drawing on their combined expertise in IP litigation, transactions and portfolio management. Pendsey is an experienced representative before various tribunals, the high courts and the Supreme Court. At the senior associate level, the Gurugram-based Sugandha Bhatia specialises in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) matters, while the Mumbai-based duo Rashmee Kumar and Sudeshna Panigrahi can regularly be seen advising on trademark prosecution and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Akhilesh Kumar Rai; Nandan Pendsey

Other key lawyers:

Sugandha Bhatia; Rashmee Kumar; Sudeshna Panigrahi; Ritul Singh; Soumili Das


‘The team is very experienced in Indian trademark law and highly responsive. The team is good at explaining the peculiarities of Indian law and expecially the court system.’

‘Akhilesh Kumar Rai is a very knowledgeable trademark expert with a profound understanding of the needs of a multi-national company. He really cares about his clients and shows great creativity and responsiveness.’

Key clients

Bayer AG

The North Face Apparel Corp

VF Corporation

Suzlon Energy

Dell Inc.

Monsanto Technology LLC

Amazon Technologies, Inc.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Owens Corning

Glanbia Performance Nutrition Limited

Apex & Partners Limited

MX Healthcare GmbH


Wrangler Apparel Corporation

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Mastercard International Incorporated

Valent Biosciences LLC

Skechers USA Inc.

Shopify Inc.

FSN E-Commerce Ventures Private Limited (Nykaa)

Delta Corp Limited

Piaggio & C.S.p.A and Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited

Warburg Pincus LLC

Welspun Global Brands Limited

Allstate Solutions Private Limited

Philip Morris Brands Sarl

Star India

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Richemont Group

Lenskart Solutions

Work highlights

India > Labour and employment Tier 2

The ‘very diligent’ labour and employment team at AZB & Partners leverages the firm’s strength in litigation, corporate, and tax to provide a comprehensive offering across the full-range of matters. In Mumbai, Nohid Nooreyezdan advises on workforce restructurings, employee benefits and stock option plans, while New Delhi’s Sunila Awasthi and Rachit Bahl are recommended for their expertise in internal investigations and severance programs, respectively; the three jointly head the practice. The ‘highly innovativeJatinder Singh Saluja is another key member of the Delhi team. In April 2023, the Mumbai practice was strengthened with the arrival of Ajay Singh Solanki, previously at Nishith Desai Associates; Solanki is a specialist whose practice has a particular emphasis on enforcing restrictive covenants, sensitive confidentiality and IP matters, and anti-discrimination law work. Former co-head Veena Gopalakrishnan left the practice in December 2022 and is now at Trilegal.

Practice head(s):

Nohid Nooreyezdan; Sunila Awasthi; Rachit Bahl


‘The AZB team, especially Rachit Bahl and Jatinder Saluja, consists of business-oriented lawyers who try to provide solutions that help our business objectives. Their advice is always practical and easy to follow.’

‘Rachit Bahl and Jatinder Saluja have always been highly innovative and delivered solutions in a time-bound manner.’

‘AZB & Partners have provided sound legal advice for many matters and issues. They have a good, practical understanding of legal frameworks in labour law areas. They are very diligent in their preparation.’

‘Rachit Bahl has good insights into legal applications; has the history of why a particular enactment was put in place and always a practical way of looking at issues. Jatinder Saluja is very collaborative and understands the legislative framework well.’

Key clients

Citibank N.A.

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited and group companies

Smile Train India

Women’s World Banking

Glanbia Performance Nutrition India Private Limited

Work highlights

India > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

AZB & Partners advises hospitals, pharma companies, private equity investors, and a range of other clients on transactions, regulatory issues, and intellectual property matters across the pharma, medical device and diagnostic industries. The team is particularly involved in innovative regulatory issues relating to medical devices, digital health, and drug classifications, as well as handling cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Nandan Pendsey co-leads the team, and has strong intellectual property and regulatory expertise, notably advising on product licensing and exports, while fellow co-head Anand Shah is heavily focused on transactional work, particularly in the e-pharmacy space, working with established and growth companies. Darshika Kothari is also active in transactions, working with global PE investors such as Advent International on their investments in India.

Practice head(s):

Nandan Pendsey; Anand Shah

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advent International Corporation and Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited

AMPA Orthodontics Private Limited (“AMPA”)

Cellcure Cancer Centre Private Limited (“Cellcure”)

API Holdings Limited (“API”)

Osler Diagnostics Limited

Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC

Bristol Myers Squibb Company

India Medtronic

Novartis India

C.R. Bard

Pfizer India

India > Data protection Tier 4

AZB & Partners' multidisciplinary data protection offering has considerable expertise in healthcare, IT, e-commerce, and emerging technologies, and handles both advisory, transactional, and compliance mandates both domestically and across borders. Key members of the team include Mumbai-based IP and IT specialist Nandan Pendsey, recommended for his regulatory expertise, as well as Rachit Bahl and Rohan Bagai, both in Delhi; Bahl advises multinational corporations on the data privacy and protection aspects of e-commerce, online healthcare, and surveillance issues, while Bagai has a special focus on payments and emerging technologies, routinely acting for fintech businesses.

Other key lawyers:


‘Detailed, well-considered advice on a fast evolving subject matter. Responsive and practical in their outlook.’

The firm: AZB & Partners is one of the most prominent law firms in India. Its aim is to provide clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment within which its clients operate. The firm’s services are tailored to the needs of individual clients, drawing on the collective knowledge of the firm and its members. It aims to add value at all stages of a project, from its initiation, through its planning right up to its execution.

The firm was named ‘Best Indian Law Firm 2017’ at the International Legal Alliance Summit Awards, ‘Client Service Law Firm of the Year, 2017’ by Chambers Asia-Pacific, and ‘Law Firm of the Year, 2017’ by VC Circle. It was also ranked No 1 in M&A league tables compiled by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket.

Its clients are central to everything it does. Their needs determine how the firm organises itself and the range of specialised services it provides. The firm aims to work in partnership with clients to anticipate and deal successfully with the legal and regulatory aspects of their business aims and objectives.

Areas of practice: The principal areas in which legal services are provided by the firm are: corporate and M&A, private equity, competition and antitrust, dispute resolution and litigation, capital markets, banking and finance, funds, real estate, insurance, intellectual property, restructuring and insolvency, TMT, energy (transaction and regulatory), employment, tax, IT and business process outsourcing, transport (aviation), alternative investment funds, ethics and compliance and white-collar crime

Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Bahram N. Vakil, Ashwath Rau, Darshika Kothari, Sai Krishna Bharathan, Nohid Nooreyezdan, Gautam Saha, Anil Kasturi, Srinath Dasari, Vinati Kastia, Samir Gandhi, Rajendra Barot, Vijayendra Pratap Singh

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A and general corporate
Private equity
Capital markets
Funds practice
Banking and finance
Infrastructure and project finance
Real estate
Media and entertainment
Intellectual property
Litigation and arbitration
Compliance and investigation
Photo Name Position Profile
Zia J. Mody photo Zia J. Mody Co–Founder & Managing Partner
Number of lawyers : 400 (approx)
Number of partners : 80 (approx)

AZB & Partners, one of India’s premier law firms was founded in 2004 with a clear purpose to provide reliable, practical and full–service advice to clients, across all sectors.  The firm brought together the practices of CZB & Partners in Mumbai and Bangalore and Ajay Bahl & Company in Delhi.  Having grown steadily since its inception, AZB & Partners now has offices across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune.

We have an accomplished and driven team of 450+ lawyers committed to delivering best–in–class legal solutions to help clients achieve their objectives.

Our greatest strength is an in–depth understanding of legal, regulatory and commercial environments, in India and elsewhere.  This strength enables us to provide bespoke counsel to help our diverse clients negotiate any dynamic or volatile business environment.  At AZB & Partners, collaboration is an everyday reality – we combine individual and mutual strengths to achieve collective growth.

Our purpose is to be excellent lawyers, working as a team.  To deliver creative solutions to problems, timely execution and seasoned judgment.  To focus relentlessly on the interests of our clients as their business partners.

The firm’s clients include an array of domestic and international companies.  These range from privately owned to publicly listed companies, including Fortune 500 entities, multinational companies (MNCs), investment banks and private equity firms.  The firm has also built, through its many professional engagements, strong relationships with specialists, regulatory authorities and several international law firms.

AZB & Partners is proud of the quality of professional talent it fosters.  Every lawyer is firmly dedicated to serving clients and delivering effective counsel at all times.  Though our lawyers represent a diverse mix of backgrounds, they each share a proven record of academic and professional excellence.  Several professionals in the firm are graduates from premier global universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics, among others.  Several partners are members of international bar associations, notably New York.

Besides a law degree, some partners hold professional accounting qualifications, ideally placing the firm to address complex finance and tax matters.  AZB & Partners lays significant emphasis on continual development for its people.  Besides one–on–one mentoring from partners, we ensure periodic and comprehensive professional training for all our associates.

The firm has received wide national and international acclaim within the legal sphere, some of which include “Rank No.1”  by RSG Top 40 India law firm ranking 2019, “Band 1 Firm” for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax and White–Collar Crime & Corporate Investigations by Chambers Asia–Pacific Rankings 2022, “Outstanding Firm” for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A; Dispute Resolution, Private Equity, Restructuring & Insolvency and Real Estate by Asialaw Profiles 2022, and “Tier 1 Firm” for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, M&A, Private Equity and Restructuring & Insolvency by IFLR1000 2022.

Department Name Email Telephone
Compliance & Investigation / White–Collar Crime, Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Private Client Practice, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Regulatory & Securities Zia J. Mody +91 22 4072 9999
Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Private Client Practice, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Regulatory & Securities, Tax Ajay Bahl +91 120 417 9999
Lawyers : 450+
Hindi and other Indian languages
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