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Insurance — India


Tuli & Co - Insurance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout firm for insurance work in India, particularly on the contentious side. Also provides advice on product development, regulatory issues and corporate and commercial work, both to insurance companies and to other clients. Benefits from an official partnership with Kennedys, drawing on its international network and client base. Active in an array of sectors including marine, real estate and financial services.

Strengths The team is praised for its responsiveness, with one client saying: "Their timely support helps us effectively manage the business expectations."

"They have a great reputation in the insurance circle. They command great respect and are held in high esteem among the insurance community in India," another client adds.

Work highlights Assisted two international reinsurance companies with establishing Indian branch offices, including the regulatory compliance framework and internal policies.

Advised a domestic insurance company on the structuring of the wellness programme to be offered to policyholders as well as on legal and regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Neeraj Tuli is held in high regard as an outstanding lawyer, often advising insurers and reinsurers on insurance coverage as well as handling high-value disputes. One interviewee declares: "He is one of the leading minds in the insurance law space and has always impressed us with his ability to lead a matter strategically while taking due consideration of sensibilities that prevail." He recently advised an Indian insurer on coverage and monitoring under an E&O policy in relation to an USD875 million claim brought by a US utility company against an Indian IT entity engaged to upgrade the claimant's systems.

Celia Jenkins is highlighted for her expertise in advising on regulatory issues and corporate work. One source reports: "Our interaction with her has yielded great learning and has allowed the team to develop its intellect by banking Celia's knowledge of the Indian legal and insurance environment." She assisted a carpooling service company with the structuring of its business in India and related motor insurance and the online advertising of insurance products.

About the Team (content provided by Tuli & Co)

Tuli & Co was established in 2000 to service the Indian and international insurance and reinsurance industry.  It is an insurance driven commercial litigation and regulatory practice, with working associations with firms in other Indian cities as well as globally through their association with Kennedys.



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Luthra & Luthra Law Offices - Insurance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Admired for its corporate expertise, winning particular praise for establishing insurance joint ventures in India. Notable experience on the non-contentious side, advising on a range of regulatory issues, including broking and reinsurance. Also increasingly active assisting clients on investing in debt instruments of insurance companies and private equity investors.

Work highlights Represented Aviva Life Insurance in shifting the service tax burden on commission paid to insurance agents for soliciting insurance business from Aviva to the insurance agents in relation to a demand of INR1 billion service tax and penalties.

Assisted Max Life with a filing before the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal in respect of various charges collected by the client relating to service tax liability. The matter is worth USD15.89 million.

Alina Arora is known for her breadth of experience in assisting insurance companies on a wide range of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues. She is also noted for her focus on setting up insurance companies in India with foreign investment.

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Phoenix Legal - Insurance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Emerging group with expertise on the insurance disputes side. Recognised for acting on behalf of both government-owned and private insurance companies. Also active in restructuring various insurance companies and brokers.

Work highlights Represented New India Assurance in a INR270 million arbitration brought by an insured engaged in manufacturing and entailing aspects of whether an insured can make a claim after executing documents evidencing a settlement.

Assisted Sundaram Finance with the exit of RSA from its Indian insurance joint venture, raising regulatory and competition law-related issues.

Notable practitioners

Saket Shukla is the main contact at the firm.

About the Team (content provided by Phoenix Legal)

There are only a handful of law firms in the country that focus on insurance and reinsurance work.  Phoenix Legal is among the strongest of these handful firms. The firm's lawyers have a long history of acting for clients in this sector. Three of the four government-owned insurers are clients of the firm and the private insurers for whom the firm acts include nearly all major players.

What makes Phoenix Legal unique is that there is probably no other full-service law firm in the country with as many number of partners and lawyers who cater to this sector, and who understand all aspects of their clients' business as well as the firm does.  Phoenix Legal has a 360 degree approach to this sector and, besides generating work from the clients, the firm prides in contributing to the clients' legal know-how for which it frequently conducts workshops for their claims personnel and underwriters. 

The firm is also unique and stands apart from stand-alone insurance firms on account of two key aspect. The first is the firm's ability to draw the experience of other practice areas that are ancillary to insurance transactions.The second is the expertise of its partners in providing legal services to various industries such as automotive, health, FMCG; pharmaceutical; information technology; oil and gas; infrastructure; etc, such that claims that arise from these diverse industry groups invariably also benefit from the firm's specialist sector-knowledge.

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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co - Insurance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A prominent practice offering experience in insurance-related corporate and M&A matters, including joint ventures and other investments. Well versed in regulations governing reinsurance businesses in India, with a strong record in cross-border transactions. Also represents private life insurance companies seeking to establish businesses in India.

Strengths The group is praised for its high-quality understanding of insurance law and client relationships, with one client declaring: "They are experts who commit to deliver the best for their client."

Work highlights Assisted State Bank of India with conducting a bid process for its stake sale worth approximately USD270 million.

Notable practitioners

Shailaja Lall continues to receive praise for her deep expertise in non-contentious insurance law. She frequently advises clients on establishing joint ventures and regulatory issues in the insurance and reinsurance fields. One client highlights: "She has a very good understanding of the insurance regulations. She is able to quickly relate to the issue and then provide a detailed explanation and advice on how to tackle the issue."

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Band 1

Tuli & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Senior partner Neeraj Tuli is held in high regard as an outstanding lawyer, often advising insurers and reinsurers on insurance coverage as well as handling high-value disputes. One interviewee declares: "He is one of the leading minds in the insurance law space and has always impressed us with his ability to lead a matter strategically while taking due consideration of sensibilities that prevail." He recently advised an Indian insurer on coverage and monitoring under an E&O policy in relation to an USD875 million claim brought by a US utility company against an Indian IT entity engaged to upgrade the claimant's systems.

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Band 2

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Alina Arora is known for her breadth of experience in assisting insurance companies on a wide range of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues. She is also noted for her focus on setting up insurance companies in India with foreign investment.

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Band 2

Tuli & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Celia Jenkins is highlighted for her expertise in advising on regulatory issues and corporate work. One source reports: "Our interaction with her has yielded great learning and has allowed the team to develop its intellect by banking Celia's knowledge of the Indian legal and insurance environment." She assisted a carpooling service company with the structuring of its business in India and related motor insurance and the online advertising of insurance products.

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Band 2

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Shailaja Lall continues to receive praise for her deep expertise in non-contentious insurance law. She frequently advises clients on establishing joint ventures and regulatory issues in the insurance and reinsurance fields. One client highlights: "She has a very good understanding of the insurance regulations. She is able to quickly relate to the issue and then provide a detailed explanation and advice on how to tackle the issue."

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Band 2

Shardul J Thacker

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Shardul Thacker of Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe receives praise for his specialism in the marine insurance sector and long-standing presence in the market. Sources say: "He impressed us by way of his confidence, talk and guidance," adding: "He is well experienced, very talented and sound in legal matters."

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