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Ms Manjula Chawla
Corporate and commercial (M&As and foreign investment), Antitrust/Competition, Employment, Energy & Infrastructure, IP, IT & Outsourcing, Litigation and Arbitration, Private Equity, Telecommunications.
Manjula is the co-founding partner of Phoenix Legal and concentrates in the areas of strategic corporate investments, M&As, and general corporate and commercial matters.
She was one of the first handful of lawyers who chose to become a corporate lawyer and advise on cross-border transactions soon after the Indian economy was liberalized in 1991. Manjula has assisted innumerable multi-national corporations (including many Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India. She has also handled several complex litigations and arbitration matters arising out of commercial contracts for her foreign clients.
She is highly regarded by her peers and clients for the consistent delivery of high-quality services. Among various accolades, she featured in the book 100 Legal Luminaries of India and was awarded the National Law Day Award for Excellence in Corporate Law.
Awards and Citations
A Recommended Lawyer in Corporate M&A ranked by RSG Consulting 2019, she has been considered to be “among the top five lawyers in India”, clients described her as “very dynamic and proactive” and praised her for her “practical” legal advice and “solid” commercial experience.
Manjula Chawla specializes in strategic corporate investment and corporate finance and restructuring. Clients describe her as “very responsive and accommodating” Corporate/M&A, Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2020.
Clients praise her ability to “identify the issue that is causing a problem and to come up with commercial solutions.”- Chambers and Partners 2018.
“The partners and directors provide practical solutions,” notes a client, “and clear decision making in resolving queries.”Asialaw 2018.
She was recognized in the 2017 Edition of Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s “The Vanguards – Trusted Corporate Lawyers
Manjula has been for consecutive three years 2017, 2018, and 2019 listed in the A-List published by India Business Law Journal as amongst India’s Top 100 Lawyers.
She received the Woman Lawyer of the Year (Corporate) Award 2018 – from Indian National Bar Association.
Publications of note:
She regularly writes for international journals and publications and makes presentations at various conferences. Some of her notable work includes –
- She has recently contributed to the India-UK Financial Partnership’s (supported by Kotak Mahindra Bank in India and TheCityUK) paper on reforming the corporate bond market in India. Other contributors to this paper include The City of London, HSBC, London Stock Exchange, Morgan Stanley, and Thompson Reuters. The paper is available at http://www.thecityuk.com/research/our-work/reports-list/india-uk-financial-partnership-policy-discussion-papers/.
- She also contributed to the India chapter in “Automotive 2017” published by Getting The Deal Through, a well-known publication of Law Business Research Limited, UK.
- She co-authored the Indian chapter in the first edition of the Lexis Nexis Foreign Investment Guide 2017-2018.
- She also co-authored the article “CCI discusses factors that led to record high penalty” in the Indian Business Law Journal.
- She has been contributing for several years to the World Bank’s Doing Business in India project and was recently involved in discussions with the Indian Government in order to improve India’s ranking.
Co-founded Phoenix Legal in 2008.
Before setting up Phoenix Legal, Manjula spent over 12 years as a senior partner in a leading commercial law firm in India.
- For over 25 years now, she has assisted innumerable multi-national corporations (including many Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors including automobiles, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, food and beverages, healthcare & pharma, information technology, oil & gas, power, and telecommunications.
- She has structured, negotiated, and drafted a wide range of business transactions for foreign investors and multinational corporations over the years.
- She was involved in deals involving privatization of the telecom sector for the first time and one of the major disinvestments by the Government of India from VSNL, the government company having a monopoly on international long-distance services.
- She advises her clients on a wide range of issues faced by them in India involving anti‐corruption laws, competition law, corporate governance, exchange control laws, data privacy and protection, outsourcing, intellectual property protection, labour & employment, and real estate.
- She has also been involved in certain complex litigation and dispute resolution matters.
- She has also represented several foreign and international non-profit organizations in relation to their activities in India on a pro bono basis.
English, Hindi, Punjabi.
Vice President- North India Council (NIC) of the Indo- American Chamber of Commerce (IACC)
At Large Council Member for India – International Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
Executive Committee Member – Bar Association of India.
Treasurer- Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF)
Member- Corporate Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member- DWEN (Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network) India Community, an initiative by Dell
Member- International Bar Association
Miranda House, Delhi University: BA (Hons), Political Science
Campus Law Centre, Delhi University- LLB(1988)
Travelling, Music, Swimming, Social work
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