Firm Profile > MZM Legal, Advocates & Legal Consultants > Mumbai, India

MZM Legal, Advocates & Legal Consultants
1D, ONE FORBES
DR. V.B.GANDHI MARG, KALAGHODA
MUMBAI, 400001
India

White-collar crime Tier 1

Recent matters for MZM Legal, Advocates & Legal Consultants’ white-collar crime practice involved defending high-profile individuals and companies against allegations of money laundering, tax evasion and criminal defamation. Team heads Zulfiquar Memon and Parvez Memon also provide assistance with investigations carried out by the Economic Offenses Wing, CBI and SFO. Criminal matters in the cybercrime space is another field of expertise for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Zulfiquar Memon; Parvez Memon

Key clients

Tata Group

Essar Group

Reliance Jio Infocomm

National Spot Exchange

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation

Tecnimont

Times Group

Naaptol Online Shopping

Skardin Industrial Corporation

Tata Trusts

Yash Birla, Chairman – Yash Birla Group

Dispute resolution Tier 4

MZM Legal, Advocates & Legal Consultants’ litigation group stands out for its experience in advising clients, usually major corporations, in white-collar crime matters involving corporate fraud and economic offences, and for its strength in acting for engineering, procurement and construction companies in contractual disputes. Another key area of expertise for the firm is insolvency proceedings, where it represents respondents and petitioners. Waseem Pangarkar specialises in securities fraud, contractual conflicts, consumer protection and matrimonial cases, and has a strong track record in arbitration mandates, particularly in relation to EPC projects and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Waseem Pankarkar; Zulfiquar Memon

Key clients

Tata Trusts

Tata Sons

Tata Capital

Essar Group

Adani Group

UPS

Skardin Industrial Corporation

Punj Lloyd Group

Naaptol Online Shopping Pvt Ltd

TV18 Network Pvt Ltd

Cinema 24 X 7 Pvt Ltd

Shop CJ Network Private Limited

United Phosphorous Limited

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

Times Group

SAP

MZM Legal (‘MZM’​) is a full-service law firm providing a wide range of focused solutions in multiple practice areas. Headquartered in Mumbai, the firm was established in 2005 and is now widely regarded as a national leader in the fields of White-Collar Crime and Dispute Resolution. The firm has recently established a new office in New Delhi with two partners to lead its sizeable practice before the Supreme Court of India, High Court and various other courts and tribunals.

While MZM remains highly regarded in its initial core areas of White-Collar Criminal Defence and Corporate Compliance, it has diversified its offering in recent years and today ranks among the leading postmillennial full-service law firms in India. MZM is a distinctive firm providing both advisory and litigation services and expert assistance to clients in Government and Prosecutorial Investigations. This, combined with its substantial experience in acting on highly complex multijurisdictional litigations, arbitrations, anti-bribery and corporate compliance investigations and transactions have contributed to MZM’s unique and holistic client centric approach.

Over the years MZM has developed its international commercial, investor-state arbitrations and international construction disputes practice across all key sectors. MZM has represented it clients in major international commercial arbitrations under various arbitration institutions as well as ad-hoc arbitrations. MZM’s expertise, understanding and ability to achieve the best possible outcome for its clients is the key feature of the firm’s success.

One of the key areas in which the firm has built a remarkable reputation is in successfully conducting anti-bribery/compliance investigations on behalf various fortune 500 corporations. MZM regularly advices clients from the U.S., the U.K. and Europe on the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other international corporate compliance matters.

MZM is a solution oriented legal practice with first-rate conflict management systems, multilevel quality checks and a systematic approach to review of information. The cornerstone of MZM’s practice has been the development of deep and personal relationships with its clients to holistically understand their requirements whilst they face significant legal challenges, may it be a complex litigation, spread over multiple jurisdictions or a vanilla transaction which requires minute understanding of law. MZM has significant international exposure and has the privilege of servicing clients from over ten countries across four continents.

Furthermore, MZM is widely recognized and highly recommended for business crime/white collar crime and dispute resolution by international rankings and publications including Chamber and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Indian Lawyer 250 and Global Law Experts. MZM Legal is also the recipient of Legal Era’s – White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year Award (2017-18).

Main Areas of Practice: –

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Mediation
No. of Partners – 2, Approx 2 fee earners
Key Clients – Punj Lloyd Limited, Essar Shipping, Tata Trusts, Naaptol Online Shopping Private Limited, Drive India Enterprise Solutions Limited, Wahl – India Grooming Products Pvt Limited, Skardin Industrial Corporation, UPS,
Contacts – Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Emailzulfim@mzmlegal.com , waseemp@mzmlegal.com

Business Crime/ White Collar Crime
No. of Partners – 5, Approx 7 fee earners
Key Clients – Tata Sons Limited, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Irish              Bank Resolution Corporation, JSW Steel Limited, Tata Technologies         Limited, M. Pallonji & Co Pvt Ltd, 63 moons Technologies Limited, Skardin Industrial Corporation,
Contacts – Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Mr Parvez Memon, Mr. Waseem Pangarkar
Email –zulfim@mzmlegal.comparvezm@mzmlegal.com,   waseemp@mzmlegal.com

Civil Litigation
 No. of Partners 3, Approx 4 fee earners
 Key Clients– Punj Lloyd Limited, Kaedrion International Gmbh, Hyundai Motor India Limited, Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd., The Yash Birla Group, Larsen & Toubro Engineering, United Phosphorous Limited, Naaptol Online Shopping Pvt Ltd, TV18 Broadcast, Shop CJ Network Pvt. Ltd.
Contacts– Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Mr Munir Merchant, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Email – zulfim@mzmlegal.comparvezm@mzmlegal.com,   waseemp@mzmlegal.com

Criminal Compliance
No. of Partners– 2, Approx 4 fee earners
Key Clients– Fortune 100, 500 & 1000 Companies
Contacts– Mr Zulfiquar Memon
Emailzulfim@mzmlegal.com

Criminal Defence
No. of Partner– 4, Approx 7 fee earners
Key Clients– Tata Sons Limited, Tata Trusts, Punj Lloyd Limited, SAP India Pvt. Ltd., Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, OPITO, Technimont Pvt. Ltd., Balkrishna Industries Ltd., Trust Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd., Wahl – India Grooming Products Pvt Limited, Skardin Industrial Corporation
Contacts– Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Mr Parvez Memon, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Emailzulfim@mzmlegal.comparvezm@mzmlegal.com, waseemp@mzmlegal.com

Extradition & Mutual Legal Assistance
No. of Partners – 2, Approx 3 fee earners
Clients – Confidential
Contacts– Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Mr Parvez Memon
Emailzulfim@mzmlegal.comparvezm@mzmlegal.com

Family & Matrimonial Disputes
No. of Partners– 4 partners, Approx 5 fee earners
Clients– High Net Worth Individuals, Celebrities, Sportspersons Contacts: Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Mr Parvez Memon, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Emailzulfim@mzmlegal.com,  parvezm@mzmlegal.comwaseemp@mzmlegal.com

General Corporate:
No. of Partners – 2, Approx 4 fee earners
Key Clients Tata Trusts, Punj Lloyd Limited, Malaysian Overseas Palm Oil Board, Naaptol Online Private Limited, BD Industries,
Contacts  Mr Ganesh Iyer, Mr Munir Merchant, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Email – ganesh.iyer@mzmlegal.com, munir.merchant@mzmlegal.com, waseemp@mzmlegal.com

Media:
No. of Partners – 3, Approx 3 fee earners
Key Clients Viacom 18 Media Pvt.Ltd, Zoom Entertainment Network Limited, Cinema 24×7 Private Limited, Bennet Coleman & Co. Ltd, TV18 Broadcast, Shop CJ Network Pvt. Ltd.
Contact  Mr Munir Merchant, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Emai l munir.merchant@mzmlegal.com, waseemp@mzmlegal.com

Real Estate:
No. of Partners – 4, Approx 4 fee earners
Key Clients Larsen &Toubro Realty Limited, Roha Dyechem Private Limited, Ahuja group, Royal Palms India P. Ltd.
Contact  Mr Javed Dhorajiwala, Mr Munir Merchant
Email  javedd@mzmlegal.com, munir.merchant@mzmlegal.com

Intellectual Property:
No. of Partners – 2, Approx 2 fee earners
Key Clients TV18 Broadcast, Shop CJ Network Pvt. Ltd., Naaptol Online Shopping Pvt Ltd, Cinema 24×7 Private Limited, Shrinivas Sugandhlaya LLP
Contact  Mr Munir Merchant, Mr Waseem Pangarkar
Email  munir.merchant@mzmlegal.com, waseemp@mzmlegal.com

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Mediation, Business Crime/ White Collar Crime, Civil Litigation, Criminal Compliance, Criminal Defence, Extradition & Mutual Legal Assistance, Family & Matrimonial Disputes Mr Zulfiquar Memon, Managing Partner zulfim@mzmlegal.com +91-22-62378017/8/9
Business Crime/ White Collar Crime, Criminal Defence, Extradition & Mutual Legal Assistance, Family & Matrimonial Disputes Mr. Parvez Memon, Senior Partner parvezm@mzmlegal.com +91-22-62378017/8/9
General Corporate Mr. Ganesh Iyer, Senior Partner ganesh.iyer@mzmlegal.com +91-22-62378017/8/9
General Corporate, Media, Real Estate Mr. Javed Dhorajiwala, Senior Partner javedd@mzmlegal.com +91-22-62378017/8/9
Civil Litigation, General Corporate, Media, Real Estate Mr. Munir Merchant, Senior Partner munir.merchant@mzmlegal.com +91-22-62378017/8/9
Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defence, Family & Matrimonial Disputes, General Corporate, Media, Mr. Waseem Pangarkar, Senior Partner waseemp@mzmlegal.com +91-22-62378017/8/9
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Mr Munir Merchant  photo Mr Munir Merchant
Mr Waseem Pangarkar  photo Mr Waseem Pangarkar
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Zulfiquar Memon, Managing Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate MZM Legal LLP from your competitors?

MZM Legal LLP (MZM) comprises of a very young and a dynamic team of lawyers who are inspired by the top management to work round the clock and deliver results, which are otherwise quite unlikely, for the client. From the early days of the firm, the focus has always been on the Client’s interest and to aim for maximum Client satisfaction and that is the precisely how we train the young lawyers who join the firm. This is why we stand apart from our competitors who are hard pressed to match the drive and the passion with which our team performs and delivers.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Our core practice areas, i.e. White-Collar Crime and Dispute resolution, have been constantly growing for the last decade and therefore the main drivers of our growth and our main focus will always be on those areas. However, the current global crisis will affect every industry and the global economy will have to evolve, leading to the emergence of newer areas of businesses. While the ongoing flux makes predicting the growth areas in the next 12 months difficult, we strongly believe that altogether new areas of practice may emerge post Covid-19. Having said that, Conflict of interest is inherent in society and corresponding Disputes are embedded is in the human DNA. Hence anything to do with dispute resolution will always be a strong practice area for us. With our international presence growing stronger, we only hope to serve a far larger and more globalized array of clients in the coming months.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

As mentioned earlier, we have a very dynamic, highly motivated and brilliant young team. This is our core strength. Over the last few months, we have given more and more responsibilities to the young team who, in consultation with the senior partners, have successfully supported and advised national and international Clients, practically on a real time basis, in spite of the different time zones such Clients follow. The current crisis has been a great testing ground for us as all our teams are at a WFH (Work from Home) mode and it has been very successful for us so far. Moving forward, we intend to make more investments in technology, especially the enablers of international communication, to ensure that our young star performers have an equally robust infra structure at their homes, so that they can continue to provide high quality assistance to all our Clients, anywhere in the world.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

As briefly mentioned above, technology is playing a very important role in our business and as we move forward it will be a dominating factor. We are investing heavily in technology and tech support staff to cement our ability to provide round the clock support and advise to our global clientele, irrespective of limitations on our physical presence and mobility. This ability to meet and transact business online has the potential of saving countless hours spent our firm’s senior management, to meet clients internationally, and they will now be empowered to use these hours more fruitfully. I must tell you that I recently completed a very successful video call with an accused lodged in a London jail, from my bedroom in India. This is path breaking technology and if it were not for the ongoing crisis, I would have traveled all the way to London for this meeting, which I have been doing all this while. So, this is a huge development and I see MZM being a part of this in a big way.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

As a successful firm we have always added value to our Clients’ businesses and their decision making. There is no one particular example but I am happy to share that just last week our dynamic team assisted a large Oil & Gas client to successfully invoke the Force Majeure clause in their contract which was accepted by the PSU (Public Sector Undertaking) of the Government of India, with whom they were in business with. Over the years, we have constantly added great value to our clients and their businesses in providing them back end support in any transaction, precautionary advice on how to avert a situation and the best possible advice in the time of crisis. We are currently advising one the largest banks in India, to identify and investigate an internal fraud that has been going on for a few months resulting in severe losses to the Bank. The value that we add to the table is by advising them on how to isolate such employees and take appropriate action against them, without causing any damage to the Bank as such, thereby adding great value to the institution.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

As mentioned above, a successful law firm will always strive to not only resolve problems faced by its Clients, but also be vigilant about potential problems such Clients may face. As such, I can proudly say that our Clients have always looked to us for assistance in keeping their businesses stable and as “shock proof” as possible, while replying on our inputs to provide strategic direction to their firms. We have endeavored to constantly protect and advise them from all foreseeable pitfalls and potential catastrophe. We have many retainers with whom we have a constant “hand-holding” relationship in the sense all their contracts, deals and transactions are verified and scrutinized by our team and in most cases we are in a constant dialogue with the senior-most managers e.g. CEOs, Directors et. al. to aid in their decision-making process. This has largely been a trend setter after MZM became the first white collar crime firm that was invited to participate in the decision making process to filter fraud, negligence or any other unforeseen issues that may crop up at later stages of a deal.

Will the Coronavirus Outbreak impact the Legal Industry and if yes, then how is your firm prepared to handle this impact?

I think I have mentioned this in the above question. The simple answer is YES. The world post Covid-19 will not be the same again and most business models will change. Legal industry will mirror these evolutions and there will be many changes here as well. However, in an interesting way, we are looking at many small / newly formed firms that will dissolve due to the pressure and that will be a great opportunity for us to acquire talent. We are looking at this as an opportunity to bounce back with more strength and better partnerships / associations all over the world. I am also very certain that once the world returns to normalcy, the only dominant factor will be complicated contractual and other disputes. We are ready and gearing ourselves up to manage these disputes which, we reasonably expect, will flood our offices.

What would you like to say about MZM Care Foundation, a philanthropic arm of MZM Legal LLP.

MZM Care is a charitable arm of the firm which is exclusively funded by the firm’s profits. This is an initiative by the founding partners of the firm to give back to the society in whichever way we can. The

foundation has not begun a fund-raising drive as yet and is well equipped with its own funds. Before the Covid19 crisis, the foundation was actively involved with education programs for orphans, empowerment of women in rural India and medical aid to the needy. However, with the current crisis all our volunteers and resources have been channelized to source food material, have them packed and distributed at slums and neighbourhoods which were facing difficulties in procuring food due to the lockdown. We have successfully catered to the needs of 1500 families up till now and we aim to target another 1500 families in the next two weeks. We are providing a family of five, food rations for the whole month.