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Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe

Mumbai

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe - Mumbai
  • Mulla House
  • 51 Mahatma Gandhi Road
  • Mumbai
  • Maharashtra
  • India
  • 400 001
  • Number of partners: 14
  • Number of lawyers: 100+

Firm Overview:
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe is one of India’s largest full service law firms founded in 1895 by Sir Dinshaw Mulla, who later became a Privy Counsellor authoring several authoritative legal treatise. The firm is ranked among the leading law firms in India by a number of publications. Recent awards and accolades include being listed consistently by Chambers Asia for Dispute Resolution, Indian Law Firm Awards by India Business Law Journal for Dispute Resolution. Awards won in 2013 are: Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year – India by InterContinental Finance Global Awards; Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year – India by Lawyers World Global Awards; Top 100 International Advisors for by Finance Monthly; Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year, India by Corporate INTL; Maritime Law Firm of the Year, India by Corporate INTL; Copyright Law Firm of the Year, India by Corporate INTL; IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2013, India by Corporate INTL; Country Award Winner 2013 in the category of - Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year– India by DealMakers; Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year, India by ACQ Global Awards; Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year India by ACQ Global Awards 2013; Insurance Law Firm of the Year India by ACQ Global Awards; Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year India by ACQ Global Awards; Trademarks Law Firm of the Year India by ACQ Global Awards; Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year-2013, India by Global Law Experts; Maritime Law Firm of the Year, India by Global Law Experts; Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year, India by Finance Monthly – Global Awards; Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year, India by Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards; Country Award Winner in the category of Law Firm of the Year – Banking – India by DealMakers. The firm is the annual reviser (for 40 years) of the India Law Digest for Martindale Hubbell International Yearly Law Directory and is also the India correspondent for Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Quarterly.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Admiralty & Marine Insurance: The firm has a large Admiralty Practice with a worldwide reputation as specialists in providing legal services in all aspects of admiralty and marine insurance law.

Arbitration & Litigation: The firm’s award winning dispute resolution practice encompasses international arbitration, dispute resolution, securities and other general commercial matters for domestic and international corporate clients. It has a robust dispute resolution practice with extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration in various industry including construction, energy, pharmaceuticals, shipping, etc.

Banking & Finance: The firm advises international banks and overseas lenders for major bilateral and syndicated facilities of all types including acquisition, asset and structured finance in major infrastructure projects LNG, port, aircraft, ships, FPSOs, etc.

Corporate & Commercial: The firm has a strong practice in mergers and acquisitions. It renders specialised advice in corporate and commercial transactions and has advised several multinational corporates in their India investments and joint ventures involving diverse industry including FMCGs, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, hotels and hospitality, IT, etc.

Energy & Offshore: The firm advises energy and renewable energy companies, various regulatory and contractual issues. The firm’s capabilities include advising on drilling contracts for oil and gas prospecting licences, related contracts, import/ export of rigs, preparing strategies for clients bidding to obtain tenders including ONGC tenders, representing Indian and foreign owners and operators in arbitrations and litigations.

Insurance & Reinsurance: The firm acts for Indian and foreign insurance and reinsurance companies and various syndicates at Lloyds. The firm has extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in respect of reinsurance treaties and diverse insurance policies – marine; loss of profit; material damage; erection policies; personal accident policies, etc.

Intellectual Property: The firm has a specialised and strong IP practice particularly in trademark, copyright and design law. The firm has, over the years, successfully represented clients in enforcement actions in various passing off and infringement cases and regularly advises on media and entertainment laws and regulations.

Real Estate & Property: The firm has vast experience in real estate, conveyancing, lease transactions. The firm specialises in conducting title searches in relation to land transactions and drafting real estate deeds and documents. It has a strong real estate litigation department.

Trade & Transport including Logistics: The firm advises on all laws relating to trade of commodities, oils, metals in the international market, transport by land, sea and air including combined transport. The firm also advises on customs law, import and tariff regulations with regard to cargo trade.

Branches

  • 209 Regency Enclave,
  • 4 Magrath Road,
  • Bangalore,
  • Karnataka
  • India
  • 560 025
  • Tel +91 80 555 0370
  • Fax +91 80 559 8549
  • Email : info@mullaandmulla.com
  • 502 Nilgiri Apartments,
  • 5th Floor,
  • 9 Barakhamba Road,
  • New Delhi,
  • Delhi
  • India
  • 110 001
  • Tel +91 11 2332 1501
  • Fax +91 11 2332 1520
  • Email : info@mullaandmulla.com

Banking & Finance - India

What the team is known for A go-to firm for ship finance, with further expertise in aircraft finance. Well known for providing services to public sector banks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They're very strong in shipping."

What's new? New clients include the Sumitomo Trust & Banking Company and Caterpillar Financial.

Work highlights Acted for State Bank of India on a USD40 million term loan facility granted to the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) to partially finance the acquisition of two vessels, the 'SCI Kundan' and 'SCI Pawan'.

Advised Standard Chartered Bank and DBS Bank on a USD150 million loan facility to Jindal Pipes for financing related to a drilling rig project.

Notable practitioners  

Highly experienced practitioner Shardul Thacker is widely noted for his ship financing capabilities. He advises both domestic and international banking clients.

Significant clients DVB Group Merchant Bank, DNB Bank, Scotiabank, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank.

Dispute Resolution - India

What the team is known for Has a long and distinguished history in litigation and arbitration. The team comprises several well-established practitioners who maintain strong relationships with a diverse selection of clients. The team's work in shipping, securities, real estate and insurance disputes reflects areas of strength within the firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They have always been a strong contender."  

Notable practitioners  

YP Dandiwala is a highly experienced litigator and a senior figure within the firm. He has amassed considerable expertise in corporate and commercial disputes.

Peers are quick to endorse DM Popat's ranking, recognising him as "one of the finest solicitors and sharpest minds you will ever come across." He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of Indian arbitration, and consistently rated as an excellent lawyer with an enviable degree of experience. 

Insurance - India

What the team is known for Particular strengths in shipping and aviation. Able to provide sound representation in relation to both claims and products. Clients include traditional insurance companies based in Mumbai and the government insurers.

Notable practitioners  

Shardul Thacker is renowned as a "a grand old name in the industry." As a shipping specialist, he is highly sought after for his knowledge of maritime-related insurance work.

Real Estate - India

What the team is known for Acts for a strong and loyal client base of corporates and developers. Key areas of expertise include conveyancing. Headquartered in Mumbai, with branches in Bangalore, New Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A long-established real estate practice."

Notable practitioners  

Jehangir Mistry is a senior figure in the firm's real estate practice. He is best known for his representation of developers, and is regarded as "excellent for construction contracts and property matters."

Shipping - India

What the team is known for Experienced in shipping finance matters, including representing various large banks. Noted work in international arbitration, often acting on behalf of large international companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "We find comfort in the stability and quality of service that comes with an established firm with roots."

International capability: "They have good international awareness; they are used to dealing with foreign clients."

Work highlights Represented Mitsutor Shipping Agency in the High Court in a dispute which stemmed from a collision involving one of its vessels.

Acted for Scotiabank regarding a loan of USD23 million to Tolani Shipping for the acquisition of a bulk carrier.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Shardul Thacker has a long-standing reputation in the market as a shipping specialist. He is described as "consistently good" by commentators, who single out his pragmatic approach and technical knowledge as particularly praiseworthy.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, DVB Group Merchant Bank, Nordea.