Mr Anand Desai > DSK Legal > Mumbai, India > Lawyer Profile
DSK Legal Offices
1203, One World Centre, Tower 2B,
Floor 12B, 841, Senapati Bapat Marg,
Elphinstone Road, Mumbai – 400013, India
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Mr Anand Desai
Litigation, Arbitration, Technology, Media & Telecom and Estate Planning
Anand is the Managing Partner at DSK Legal since it was founded in April, 2001. Recognised as a leading practitioner in India, Anand has over 30 years of extensive domestic and international experience, being a trusted counsel to several large multinational and Indian corporates and high net worth individuals, including many business leaders and celebrities.
An astute litigator and negotiator, Anand has developed a strong track record of successfully representing many high profile clients in criminal and civil litigation including in the areas of real estate, commercial disputes, intellectual property, anti-trust and information technology, as also getting several large commercial deals concluded. Clients look forward to his innovative and strategic inputs to optimise their strategy, and his counsel is deeply valued by several HNIs and celebrities for their professional and personal legal requirements.
Anand was appointed by the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice, as Chairman of a Committee to recommend amendments to the Specific Relief Act, 1963. He has been featured in the book titled “100 Legal Luminaries of India”, published by Lexis Nexis, and recognised by India Business Law Journal’s The A-List 2020, comprising of 100 A-List Lawyers and 50 Legal Icons.
For the past several years Anand has been listed as one of the leading lawyers in India in Whos Who Legal, Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500, and Asialaw Profiles. Asialaw Profiles carries a quote from a client for Dispute Resolution of Anand being “the best legal mind in India”.
English, Hindi and Gujarati
Anand has served as the National President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, and has also served and continues to serve on various committees. He has been elected as President of TiE Mumbai from April 2016, and is currently involved with several well-known NGOs including as trustee of L&T Employees Welfare Foundation, director of Paani Foundation, advisory board member of Swades Foundation and Yuva Parivartan, Chairman of the Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program, and managing council member of Vision Foundation of India.
Anand has bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law from Bombay University and LLM from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
The dispute resolution practice at DSK Legal was considerably strengthened in July 2022 with the addition of several partners from Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India, including seasoned commercial disputes specialist H.S. Bobby Chandhoke. The incorporation has also enabled the firm to establish a litigation offering in Hyderabad, having already been well established in Mumbai and New Delhi. Managing partner Anand Desai oversees the dispute resolution department from the Mumbai office and regularly represents his clients before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court. The team in Mumbai are particularly strong in the media sector, with Parag Khandhar a name to note in that area. In New Delhi, Dinesh Pardasani excels in the projects sphere, while Nirav Shah routinely assists clients in disputes arising from corporate and commercial transactions, shareholder agreements and real estate transactions. At the principal associate level, Iti Agarwal is an active member of the team, especially in project-related disputes.
The ‘diverse and collaborative team‘ at DSK Legal acts in a large volume of arbitrations, particularly in the infrastructure space. Its practitioners have experience in cases under various international arbitration rules, as well as in ad-hoc domestic arbitration. Anand Desai coordinates the dispute resolution practice from the firm’s Mumbai office, and there are also a number of experienced disputes specialists located in New Delhi, including Kirat Singh Nagra, whose client base includes leading telecoms companies, banks, high-net-worth individuals and real estate companies.
DSK Legal‘s practice regularly advises limited partners and private equity mangers on the creation of alternate investment funds, and foreign and domestic venture capital funds in different jurisdictions. Anand Desai oversees the practice as the managing partner, whilst Harvinder Singh and Gaurav Mistry remain key members of the team. Hemang Parekh focuses on advising domestic and international investee corporates and funds across the education, e-commerce, pharmaceutical and agriculture sectors. Sharath Chandrasekhar focuses on advising start-ups and investment funds in the fintech, hospitality, and power sectors on structuring transactions.
DSK Legal’s white-collar crime team is well rated for its ‘practical application of the law’ when representing clients ranging from corporations and senior corporate executives to public officials. Anand Desai regularly represents his clients before the High Court and Supreme Court and in international arbitrations. He co-heads the practice with Vikrant Singh Negi , who specialises in cyber laws, and criminal investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies. Ekta Tyagi specialises in white-collar crime defence and represents Indian and multinational corporates, private equity funds, high-net-worth individuals, and public sector employees from sectors such as banking and finance, media, logistics, pharmaceuticals, and FMCG.
DSK Legal provides pragmatic and constructive advice on a range of matters within the TMT practice area. Located in Mumbai, Anand Desai and Chandrima Mitra lead the media and entertainment team, advising broadcasters, celebrities and film companies on licensing, talent engagements, management contracts and litigation matters on censorship and IP. From the New Delhi office, Rishi Anand steers the technology practice with experience in acquisitions, foreign direct investments and complex, high-end corporate transactions, involving data governance, fintech and dispute resolutions. Bangalore based partner, Siddharth Suresh advises on regulatory matters in the fintech space.
Drawing on ‘a deep, working knowledge‘ of the antitrust and competition legislative environment, DSK Legal‘s practice focuses on investigative matters relating to cartelisation and bid rigging, as well as merger control. Anand Desai leads the team and often provides advice on merger control, investigations and policy formation matters, assisting domestic corporates in the liquor, media and logistics sectors, among others. Associate partner Abhishek Singh Baghel has over 11 years’ experience in advising and representing trading houses and multilateral institutions in litigious, compliance and advisory matters before the CAT, High Courts and the Supreme Court, and has also acted for the CCI in disputes. A team from L&L has greatly enlarged the practice, these include Abdullah Hussain, Kanika Chaudhary Nayar and Kunal Mehra.
- Dispute resolution: litigation - India
- Leading individuals - India > White-collar crime
- Leading individuals - India > Dispute resolution: litigation
- Antitrust and competition - India
- TMT - India
- White-collar crime - India
- Dispute resolution: arbitration - India
- Private equity and investment funds - India
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Antitrust and competition
- Banking and finance
- Corporate and M&A
- Life sciences and healthcare
- Projects and energy
- Real estate and construction
- White-collar crime
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Fintech and financial services regulatory
- Private equity and investment funds
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Aviation (including aerospace and defence)
- Capital markets
- Data protection