Firm Profile > ZBA > Mumbai, India
412 Raheja Chambers
213 Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021
ZBA > The Legal 500 Rankings
Shipping Tier 1
ZBA predominantly undertakes contentious shipping work, demonstrating significant expertise handling international commercial disputes. The team is well versed in representing a range of clients, including charterers, P&I Clubs, cargo underwriters, reinsurers as well as financial institutions, in litigation before courts and tribunals throughout India; the firm is also renowned for its international arbitration practice. Dispute resolution specialist Zarir Bharucha, who has a deep understanding of the shipping, commodities and offshore energy sectors, leads the department. Bimal Rajasekhar is also active in the team.
‘Zarir and his team provide clear and concise advise in a timely and responsive manner.’
‘Zarir is a standout principal at the firm. He is gregarious, serious and knowledgeable in providing practical and concise advice.’
Asia Steel & Metals Ltd
BW LPG Pte Ltd
Great Pacific Navigation Ltd
MV Sylvia Glory Best Excellence Corporation
Capital markets Tier 2
ZBA’s 'very experienced' capital markets team has strength in depth in high-value debt transactions, including medium-term note programmes and FCCBs, where they act for lead managers, issuers and investors. Practice head Niloufer Lam, who is dual-qualified as an advocate in India and a solicitor in England and Wales, regularly advises clients, including major corporations and banks, on MTNs, buybacks and bond issuances of substantial value. Recently she acted for Axis Bank Limited, lead managers to the deal, on its $5bn medium-term note programme offering.
Past attempts by the Indian judiciary to digitise cases have not met with much success. The lockdowns following Covid 19 have given a renewed and urgent impetus for virtual justice in India. Recent virtual hearings by the Bombay High Court during the lock- down period met with universal admiration with clamours that this process become the new norm for all disputes- not just urgent matters, as is presently the case.
The unprecedented upheaval caused by COVID-19 has affected normal performance of contractual duties. Logistical issues, health and safety risks and governmental decreed ‘lock-downs’ for extended periods of time have up-ended life and commercial activity on an unparalleled scale. A post-Covid world is beset by delays, payment defaults and a failure or refusal to perform contractual promises and stipulations.