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Dispute Resolution — India


Agarwal Law Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Maintains an illustrious reputation for handling major Supreme Court disputes, as well as international arbitrations. Also active in various regulatory forums, including the Competition Commission and the Electricity Tribunal. Represents both domestic and international clients in a diverse range of disputes work, including tax, banking, criminal and constitutional cases.

Notable practitioners

Mahesh Agarwal enjoys an excellent reputation for his handling of high-profile litigation, one source noting: "So far as the Supreme Court is concerned, he is a formidable name." He advised JSW Infrastructure in connection with its successful Supreme Court action against Kakinada Seaports.

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Karanjawala & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded Supreme Court powerhouse with a prestigious bench of litigation specialists. Also increasingly well known for its prowess in arbitration and High Court litigation. Its client roster comprises large international and domestic corporates from a range of industries, including oil and gas, construction, aviation and finance.

Work highlights Represented Star India in a writ petition challenging the new Tariff Order and Interconnect Regulation passed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Acted for Adani Enterprises in arbitration proceedings concerning the development of the Chendipada coal block, successfully securing an interim award for the client.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Raian Karanjawala maintains a strong reputation in the litigation and arbitration spheres. He possesses a wealth of experience in the handling of Supreme Court cases for prestigious clients.

Nandini Gore handles a broad variety of litigation and arbitration mandates, including constitutional matters in the Supreme Court. She assisted Tata Steel in the filing of a special leave petition to have Jamshedpur declared an industrial township.

Ruby Singh Ahuja is considered by sources to be "a really excellent lawyer" and is known for her work handling commercial litigation and other disputes before all tribunals. She acted for Air Asia International and Tata Singapore Airlines with regard to a number of challenges made to Foreign Investment Promotion Board approvals of their Indian investments by Dr Subramanian Swamy and the Federation of Indian Airlines.

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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Eminent practice with extensive expertise across a wide range of contentious issues, including those related to M&A, financial services regulation, insolvency and tax. Also remains active in competition, power, media and infrastructure disputes. In addition to the litigation practice, the firm is frequently mandated on some of the country's most significant commercial and investment arbitrations, acting for both domestic and multinational clients.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's customer service, with one noting: "They are an excellent and resourceful team, quick to provide good support."

Another interviewee points out: "They provide precision and detailed orientation with in-depth analysis in every case they take up."

Work highlights Acted for Tata Sons, Mr Ratan N Tata and Mr Amit Chandra in a dispute with certain minority shareholders of Tata Sons arising out of a petition filed under Sections 241, 242 and 244 of the Companies Act by the latter parties.

Represented Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarilles in a complex case turning on the question of whether Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act can properly be invoked as grounds for setting aside an arbitral award made by a tribunal situated in a foreign jurisdiction.

Notable practitioners

Pallavi Shroff heads the national dispute resolution practice at the firm and is held in high regard as a "very good, sharp lawyer" who "provides practical solutions to client concerns." She is well versed in handling both litigations and arbitrations for international clients and represented Oil and Gas Natural Corporation in a dispute with Reliance Industries concerning the client's contention that Reliance had illegally sold gas which had actually migrated from OGNC's blocks to its own.

Ritu Bhalla has a solid reputation in the arbitration and litigation markets and regularly acts on private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes for both domestic and international clients.

Tejas Karia is a distinguished arbitration practitioner with long-standing experience of assisting clients involved in disputes arising from joint ventures, shareholder agreements and private equity matters. Sources report that he is "very detail-oriented when drafting petitions and in his presentation of arguments."

Ajit Warrier handles commercial, corporate and contractual disputes for clients from a wide range of industries, including the engineering, real estate and oil and gas sectors. Active on both domestic and international matters and in both litigation and arbitration, he successfully assisted Lufthansa German Airlines and Austrian Airlines in High Court of Kerala litigation arising out of a travel agents' association's attempt to secure regulatory enforcement of a commission payment.

Market commentators praise Manu Nair as "a known name in disputes," with a particular focus on insolvency matters. He also acts for clients on litigations in the Supreme Court.

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AZB & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A highly skilled team of dispute resolution specialists, further strengthened by the firm's expert corporate practice. Acts for a diverse roster of multinational corporates, banks and financial institutions in high-stakes litigation and international arbitration. Active in a range of industries including construction, aviation, infrastructure and real estate.

Notable practitioners

Department head Rajendra Barot regularly appears in High Court and Supreme Court dispute proceedings. He also assists with arbitration cases and is described as a "good and knowledgeable practitioner."

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Bharucha & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A prominent practice, active across an array of domestic and international arbitrations. Also has extensive experience in High Court and Supreme Court litigation and in dispute resolution work in other tribunals across India. In addition to the firm's commercial litigation expertise, other areas of strength include environment, telecoms, construction and real estate disputes.

Work highlights Assisted Idea Cellular in Gujarat High Court litigation against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, challenging the viability and applicability of the telecommunications interconnection usage charge regulations issued by the TRAI in 2015.

Represented SERGI Transformers Explosion Prevention Technologies in Supreme Court and High Court of Bombay litigation against CTR Manufacturing Industries concerning electricity surge transformer patents.

Notable practitioners

M P Bharucha is a renowned figure with a stellar track record on both the litigation and arbitration scenes, interviewees rating him as "one of the best practitioners" and "an exceptional litigator." He represented Mahyco Monsanto Biotech in pursuit of a number of arbitration claims against six seeds companies for alleged breaches of technology licence agreements relating to genetically modified cotton seeds.

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A renowned full-service offering with a distinguished dispute resolution practice. Caters to mainly multinational entities, offering sound expertise across litigation and arbitration and representation before all courts and tribunals. Especially sought after for real estate, tax, commercial and environmental law disputes.

Strengths Clients agree that the team is "committed to timeliness and provides expert and creative advice."

One source particularly admires the team's lawyers because "they do not look for any short-term gains, but rather focus on getting the dispute resolved through better understanding of the case as a whole."

Notable practitioners

Percival Billimoria is well known for his expertise in handling litigations concerning joint ventures, infrastructure contracts and project finance matters. One client observes: "He is very meticulous and forthright in his approach to work, has a great analytical mind and advises correctly on the right course of action to resolve disputes favourably," adding that he is also "frank in explaining the inherent weakness in a case and in identifying the best way forward."

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Federal & Rashmikant - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A go-to firm in Mumbai, offering a raft of dispute resolution expertise to primarily domestic clients. Continues to have a particular focus on environmental and real estate cases.

Notable practitioners

C Rashmikant is acclaimed as "a fantastic litigator" and a prominent handler of the most complex disputes. He is especially well regarded for his handling of real estate litigation.

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J Sagar Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for An accomplished team offering deep knowledge across a broad range of contentious matters, including construction, information technology, banking and energy-related disputes. Also well versed in domestic and international arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Strengths Clients extol the group's client service, one reporting: "The firm is tuned to our needs and provides pragmatic solutions."

One source stresses the fact that "the firm excels in understanding the needs of international clients," adding: "I do not have to worry about them being on top of the matter and can trust that it is in safe hands."

Work highlights Represented Microsoft India with regard to its interaction with Supreme Court-initiated efforts to reduce the misuse of online applications and platforms for the purpose of disseminating media depicting sexual abuse.

Assisted the Federation of Indian Airlines and the airlines Indigo, GoAir and Spice Jet in petitioning the Bombay High Court over Mumbai International Airport's imposition of royalties on food and drink sold on board the airlines' aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Amar Gupta is noted for his strong expertise in civil and corporate commercial litigations. He is also adept at representing clients in arbitrated disputes arising in a range of areas, including joint venture agreement, trade and infrastructure project spheres. He represented Kakao in Hyderabad High Court proceedings brought to secure the execution of a foreign arbitral award, valued at approximately INR2.5 billion.

Murali Ananthasivan offers broad-ranging litigation capabilities and extensive experience in the handling of matters arising in the corporate, civil and security law sectors, often acting for prominent players in the media industry.

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Khaitan & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Mandated on some of the country's most cutting-edge litigation, proficient in international and domestic arbitration and particularly noted for its handling of insolvency matters. Leverages its network of offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru to serve major corporates, banks and private equity funds throughout India. Areas of strength include energy, financial services, competition and environmental disputes.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's expertise in this field and its pan-Indian presence: "The firm has sizeable and varied experience in handling litigation and arbitration matters with the support of offices spread out in metro cities across India."

The practice is also noted for its utter dependability. As one interviewee reports, "they stand out for their valuable advice on the formulation of litigation strategy and for their rapport with senior counsel in the legal arena; this gives much-needed confidence and comfort to the client."

Work highlights Filed several writ petitions on behalf of a consortium of leading pharmaceutical companies challenging India's imposition of a ban on the manufacture, sale and distribution of 344 varieties of fixed-dose combination drug.

Represented De Nora Water Technologies in an arbitrated joint venture dispute arising from the failure of the parties concerned to agree on the interpretation of that part of the agreement documentation governing the scope of the venture.

Notable practitioners

Sanjeev Kapoor is admired for his strong track record in international litigation and arbitration and acts on a variety of commercial, environment, infrastructure and IP-related disputes. One client asserts: "He provided invaluable advice to conclude critical legal issues," adding: "His knowledge about the technicalities of operations, processes and prevalent business practices is remarkable." He acted for Reach Cargo in Bombay High Court litigation brought to challenge an arbitral award, but made particularly complex by the fact that the Arbitration and Conciliation Act was amended after the petition was filed but before it could be heard.

Ajay Bhargava is recognised for his practical experience in civil and criminal litigation as well as in domestic and international arbitration. Clients describe him as "smart, quick on the uptake, responsible and solution-oriented." He represented Jindal Steel and Power in a dispute arising out of an alleged breach of an agreement for the supply of coking coal.

Chakrapani Misra regularly acts for high-profile clients on dispute resolution matters before a variety of tribunals and is especially well regarded for his arbitration expertise.

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L&L Partners Law Offices - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

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What the team is known for A full-service offering, able to advise blue-chip clients throughout the life-cycle of a dispute. Draws on the firm's extensive domestic coverage to handle cases in the Supreme Court and various High Courts across India. Areas of expertise include debt recovery, breach of contract, competition, energy and real estate litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. The practice is also noted as being increasingly active on white-collar crime matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's maintenance of calm, even at the most critical moments, one source reporting: "They don't panic at any adverse event, but manage the situation properly and provide clear advice."

Sources also testify to the practice's responsiveness, one noting: "They are good in terms of timely support, taking up the matter swiftly and understanding the issues."

Work highlights Advised Felguera Gruas India on arbitrations with a total value of around USD46.5 million and concerning disputes with Indian companies over aspects of the client's procurement and construction activities at several Indian ports.

Successfully represented Raffles Education Investment in a USD15.44 million dispute with the Educomp Group, arising out of a share purchase agreement and involving questions of the applicability of arbitration-related legislation amended during the course of the dispute.

Notable practitioners

Bobby Chandhoke is a "very good, stalwart litigator" of over 20 years' standing with experience representing clients before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and other tribunals across India. He is also appreciated for his deep understanding of the arbitration scene. He represented Raffles Education Investment with regard to its dispute with Educomp Professional Education over a share purchase agreement.

Vijay Sondhi advises leading domestic and multinational corporations on a variety of disputes, often in relation to issues of domestic or international criminal law, fraud or anti-counterfeiting concerns. He also successfully represented Nokia in Singapore and London-seated arbitration proceedings concerning an alleged breach of contractual obligations and repayment terms by a supplier, helping to secure Nokia an award of INR600 million.

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Trilegal - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently mandated on a range of contentious work, including construction litigation, cross-border financial disputes and international arbitration, drawing on the firm's integrated resources. Notable expertise in contentious regulatory matters in the energy, power and aviation sectors. Represents a range of funds, financial institutions and large corporates in high-stakes cases.

Work highlights Represented TAQA India and Himachal Sorang Power in arbitration proceedings, valued at approximately USD107 million, against NCC and its subsidiary NCC Infrastructure Holdings and concerning a dispute over the obligations imposed by a securities purchase agreement.

Represented the Cellular Operators Association of India in CCI and Bombay High Court proceedings arising from multiple complaints, filed by Reliance Jio and others, alleging collusive behaviour by various telecom operators.

Notable practitioners

Sitesh Mukherjee brings to the table 20 years of experience handling a wide range of disputes, these often being energy and infrastructure-related matters or the representation of large corporations in international and domestic arbitrations. He defended National Thermal Power Corporation in respect of three petitions filed by BSES Rajdhani Power, BSES Yamuna Power, Tata Power Delhi Distribution and the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company, alleging excess billing of energy charges and claiming a refund of several thousand crore.

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Wadia Ghandy & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing reputation for handling high-stakes disputes in numerous sectors, including property, competition and environmental litigation, along with international and domestic arbitration. Acts primarily for banks, private equity funds and real estate companies and further noted for co-ordinating expertise from all relevant practice groups to service mandates.

Work highlights Represented Procam International in a dispute with the State of Maharashtra and its collector, arising out of the refusal of the latter parties, just days before the event was to take place, to allow the staging of an international powerboat-racing event off Mumbai's Marine Drive.

Assisted a consortium of four private equity funds with regard to a multifaceted dispute with the promoters of KPPL, a company set up to establish a deep-water port - Karaikal Port - in Pudhucherry, a project in which the funds had invested INR6.87 billion, and on the management of which the dispute centred.

Notable practitioners

Bindi Dave has an established reputation in the corporate commercial dispute arena and is additionally noted for her handling of arbitrations and real estate litigations before various tribunals. She advised the country head of a major private equity fund on the filing of a INR100 million defamation suit in the Bombay High Court against a news channel with regard to allegations made in connection with the Panama Papers scandal.

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Bhasin & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Full-service firm with a notable experience acting on cases in the Delhi High Court. Offers considerable capabilities in aviation, employment and industrial disputes, as part of its wider practice.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Lalit Bhasin as "a respected figure in the profession." He is especially admired for his long-standing experience advising high-profile clients on litigations.

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Dhir & Dhir Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Continues to be the pre-eminent firm in India for insolvency and bankruptcy work. Also maintains a reputed practice in general commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for various corporates, NGOs, banks and government entities. Active across an array of sectors including power, financial services, employment and construction.

Strengths Clients appreciate the group's offering, reporting: "The firm and its resources are excellent."

Work highlights Advised SB Impex on an ICC-administered arbitration in Singapore concerning a dispute over payment of the freight charges on a shipment of gypsum from Iran to India.

Assisted PTC India Financial Services on a number of loan recovery mandates linked to its operations in the Indian energy sector and involving sums totalling around INR3 billion.

Notable practitioners

Alok Dhir is active across a wide range of dispute matters and particularly sought after for his handling of insolvency work, being a qualified chartered accountant. He represented MCL Global in appellate proceedings challenging the National Company Law Tribunal's approval of an application by Essar Projects for insolvency proceedings to be instituted against MCL.

Senior partner and qualified chartered accountant Nilesh Sharma is singled out for his focus on corporate insolvency, clients reporting that "his command over the subject matter is simply marvellous." He also advises clients on corporate, M&A and financial restructuring issues.

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The firm has a robust commercial litigation practice with knowledge base in all forms of dispute resolution. Endeavour is made to ensure that disputes are resolved efficiently and cost effectively. The team advises and represents a diverse range of international and domestic entities engaged in manufacturing, telecom, aviation, energy, print media, hospitality, natural resources, financial services, insurance, health, entertainment, information technology, intellectual property, employment, retail and trade, property and construction activity.

The firm has extensive experience to handle litigations of complex nature and has a track record of handling landmark cases. The firm has in-depth understanding and experience in Arbitration / alternate dispute resolution mechanism which can be a valuable alternative to litigation.

The firm represents its clients in the following Courts and Tribunals:

  • Supreme Court​High Courts
  • District Courts
  • NCLTs and NCLAT
  • DRT/DRAT
  • Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL)
  • Airport Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal (AERAAT)
  • Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA)
  • Competition Appellate Tribunal
  • Competition Commission of India (CCI)
  • Appellate Tribunal for Foreign Exchange
  • Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)
  • National Green Tribunal (NGT)
  • Consumer Forum including National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC)
  • National Industrial Tribunal
  • Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT)
  • Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT)

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DSK Legal - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Remains a prominent firm in the area of entertainment and media-related disputes, acting for a number of celebrity clients. The wider dispute resolution practice spans litigation and arbitration, with strength in IP, employment and general commercial disputes, among others. Experienced in handling litigations at all court levels and across India.

Strengths Clients note the team's knowledge of market trends and close attention to detail, one source saying: "They are up to date and very strong in handling corporate dispute matters," going on to observe that "DSK always comes across as better prepared and more focused."

One source reports: "The team handling our matters is enthusiastic, responsive and diligent," adding: "They spare time willingly when required and look after the client's interests."

Work highlights Advised Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery and Forever Precious Jewellery & Diamonds with regard to their having defaulted on loans with a total value of about USD2 billion taken from a consortium of lenders.

Represented Khed Economic Infrastructure in various disputes with farmers challenging the environmental clearance certificate granted to the client with a view to the establishment of a special economic zone in the Khed district.

Notable practitioners

Anand Desai enjoys a strong reputation as a "standout litigator" who is particularly proficient in media and entertainment-related mandates. Additionally well versed in working on arbitrations and banking, financial services and intellectual property rights disputes, he assisted Mideast Integrated Steel with an arbitration petition filed against Stemcor and Kanga & Co in the Bombay High Court in connection with a share transfer transaction.

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Dua Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Maintains an active practice representing primarily international companies in high-stakes commercial disputes. Also acts for a range of domestic corporates in various courts across the country. Strong pan-Indian presence, with prominence in New Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru.

Strengths Sources point to the group's commitment to international clients, one observing: "They do a very good job of communication and in explaining legal issues in India and what to expect, and are very good navigators in that environment."

Referees also appreciate the fact that the lawyers "are able to manage and co-ordinate the entire defence team" in large and complex litigation.

Work highlights Represented Osram in various proceedings in the Supreme Court of India, before other courts and in mediation and arbirtation proceedings occasioned by its contractual and commercial obligations.

Assisted Reliance Communications in two arbitrations, valued at INR35 crore in total, against the Union of India and concerning contractual disputes over the installation of rural direct exchange lines across India and associated subsidies.

Notable practitioners

Shiraz Patodia is revered as "an absolutely outstanding lawyer" who is "smart, efficient, knowledgeable, well connected and a pleasure to work with." Her expertise where High Court and Supreme Court litigation is concerned is supplemented by extensive experience in the arbitration sphere. She acted successfully for TVS Motor Company in a INR250 crore patent litigation suit against Bajaj Auto in the High Court.

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IndusLaw - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Continues to be well regarded for IP litigation, as part of the wider dispute resolution practice. Other areas of strength include contractual disputes, tax matters, electricity litigation and international arbitration. Considerable experience acting on Supreme Court and High Court cases, as well as appearing before various tribunals across India. Also offers expertise on issues of alleged corporate crime.

Strengths Interviewees extol the firm's client-oriented services, one observing: "They are professional, friendly, responsive and very competent."

Another source further praises the firm's high level of capability and its geographical footprint: "They are a good corporate law and litigation firm, having notable national and international reach."

Work highlights Represented Adarsh Developers in a dispute with the owners of land on which the client, in accordance with a previous agreement, was developing both an IT park and residential properties.

Assisted Upstox in the enforcement of their trade mark rights against the unauthorised use by Sunlight Broking of a similar 'Upstocks' mark worth approximately INR20 billion.

Notable practitioners

Department head Srinivasa Raghavan is acknowledged for his experience handling domestic and international arbitrations, especially those concerning joint venture agreements and commercial disputes. He represented Citicorp Finance in various proceedings arising out of Primus Retail's failure to repay loans secured by the former on the latter's behalf and totalling more than INR4 billion in value.

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Kachwaha & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Acclaimed firm, active on a wide array of litigation and arbitration matters, focusing particularly on cross-border work. Areas of focus include general commercial, construction and infrastructure disputes and its client roster mainly comprises international corporates.

Strengths The practice's combination of application and expertise impresses clients, one source speaking of a team that is "focused on the job" and whose lawyers "have intensive knowledge in their field."

Another source says of the team: "Their expertise, knowledge, confidence and professional approach are impeccable."

Work highlights Successfully represented the PICO Group in a series of arbitration and litigation proceedings arising out of the client's involvement in construction work for the the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Assisted the Tanzanian National Roads Agency in Hyderabad-based litigation concerning a road construction matter and related questions pertaining to the encashment of bank guarantees.

Notable practitioners

Sumeet Kachwaha attracts praise as "a prominent lawyer" with nearly 40 years' experience in this space and expertise spanning the whole spectrum of disputes. He is particularly noted for his handling of high-profile arbitrations and litigations covering such issues as asset recovery, construction and government contracts, one source observing that when it comes to arbitration, "he has a good command of whatever he does." He lately assisted Anglo Coal in the ICC arbitration - and in subsequent enforcement litigation - of a dispute with an Indian public sector undertaking.

Dharmendra Rautray specialises in assisting notable clients with arbitrations, especially those pertaining to the infrastructure, oil and gas and international trade sectors. One client comments: "He has a vast knowledge of Indian law, studies the documentation in detail and is well placed to give sound advice. His strategy in approaching a dispute is one of his strengths." He represented Universal Tractor Holdings in proceedings at High Court and Supreme Court level, brought with a view to securing the enforcement of an AAA arbitration award rendered against a major Indian corporate in the USA.

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Kochhar & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for A robust firm, active across the full spectrum of disputes, including infrastructure, IP and banking litigation, as well as international arbitration. Additionally active in employment, energy, maritime and power matters, acting for a mix of domestic and international entities. Clients benefit from the team's pan-India presence along with its extensive cross-border offering and experience in the High Courts and Supreme Court.

Strengths Clients comment on the group's depth of expertise, with one source noting: "The firm has robust knowledge and skills in handling disputes across sectors," and going on to compliment the partners' "immaculate reasoning and drafting skills."

The practice is further praised for being "extremely thorough in its work."

Work highlights Advised ITD Cementation on various disputes arising out of its involvement in the development of the Madhuban Chowk-Mukarba Chowk ring road and supporting infrastructure, these disputes having a total value of around INR75 million.

Represented Indus Towers before the National Green Tribunal and with regard to Supreme Court consideration of the question of the alleged health risks of establishing mobile phone towers in residential areas.

Notable practitioners

Partner KV Singh is the key contact at the firm.

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Nishith Desai Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Specialises in cross-border work, particularly international arbitrations. Well versed in tax, commercial and private equity disputes, as a result of the firm's strong advisory practice in these areas. Also offers excellent expertise in investment treaty issues as part of the wider dispute resolution practice. Additionally active handling white-collar crime and corporate fraud issues involving multinational entities.

Strengths The group wins plaudits for its combination of expertise and thorough reliability. One source observes: "They are a solid firm with a market-leading arbitration and disputes team. They have a deep understanding of arbitration law and its practice."

One interviewee speaks of "a very good and dependable firm."

Work highlights Successfully represented Suvidhaa Inforserve in Bombay High Court proceedings brought by a prominent bank in relation to issues arising out of arbitration clauses of the several business agreements between the two parties, the team helping to ensure that litigation was dismissed in favour of a single, consolidated arbitration.

Assisted India Venture Trust with the enforcement of a domestic award against an Indian infrastructure company and its promoters.

Notable practitioners

Vyapak Desai handles a broad variety of disputes spanning across the media, entertainment, oil and gas and financial services industries. He is active on arbitrations, mediations and litigations before several forums. One interviewee appreciates: "He understand the best practices of international advocacy and applies them consistently," adding: "He has a strong understanding of the legal principles including damages." His recent work highlights include representing the Russian Federation in the enforcement proceedings of the arbitral award of USD50 billion in favour of the majority shareholders of Yukos in India.

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PH Parekh & Co - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Respected bench of litigators operating out of New Delhi. Particularly well reputed for handling Supreme Court cases.

Notable practitioners

Sameer Parekh is a well-known practitioner in this space, active in representing clients before the Supreme Court and noted for providing a very high level of client service.

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Economic Laws Practice - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Active on a broad variety of commercial and regulatory disputes, with prominence in contentious tax, environmental and infrastructure matters. Frequently works alongside international law firms on high-profile, cross-border mandates. The dispute resolution practice is further enhanced by a dedicated arbitration team and offers expertise on matters of white-collar crime issues.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its in-depth knowledge, both of the law and of the business environments in which its clients work, one source saying: "They are a team of subject matter experts and industry specialists."

Another source underlines the practice's attention to service and its high quality of work, stating: "They stand out in terms of delivery, strategy and understanding of the system and a corporate client's needs."

Work highlights Advised Multiplex Association of India with regard to its challenging of the price cap placed by the Karnataka government on all films exhibited by all theatres in the state.

Represented Sun Pharma Laboratories in a dispute with the Indian government over the latter's alleged retreat from a commitment to grant the client a 100% exemption from the payment of excise duty in connection with its establishment of a factory in the state of Sikkim.

Notable practitioners

Naresh Thacker is a key contact.

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ELP has been consistently recognised as one of the leading Litigation and Dispute Resolution firms in the country and our Partners are recognized as leading individuals in the litigation space in India. The areas covered by the practice extend across all avenues including corporate disputes, commercial disputes, regulatory disputes, tax disputes, domestic & international arbitration and white collar crimes.

Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice is built on the strength of a team that is not only at the cutting edge of legal knowledge and research skills, but has also mastered the art of advocacy. Each team member is acknowledged to consistently deliver results. The team prides itself on diversity and depth of experience and represents clients across fora and practice areas from inquiry & investigation stages right up to the Supreme Court of India, playing a dual role of Solicitor and Counsel, which sets us apart from other practices in India. 

ELP is recognized internationally as a thought-leader in India for arbitration. The team is sought out for its knowledge, which is demonstrated by the very recent appreciation received from industry stalwarts as well as professionals for its Analysis of the Amendments to Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. We have represented clients in proceedings before various institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, LCIA India, SIAC, LMAA, GAFTA, KLRCA, etc. and in Ad-hoc proceedings around the world.



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Jerome Merchant + Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Handles a sizeable volume of corporate, employment and contractual dispute mandates for a broad range of clients, notably including a number of multinationals. Regularly engaged on matters arising in the technology sector or involving insolvency or IP issues.

Notable practitioners

Murtaza Somjee and Kalpana Merchant are the key contacts at the firm.

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The Firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice is headed by Murtaza Somjee. Murtaza, is dual qualified in the United Kingdom and India.

Our Dispute Resolution Practice is a niche practice area which aims at providing our clients with end to end advise including pre-litigation advise, negotiation and effective use of court and arbitral processes. The disputes practice adopts a result oriented strategy intended to ensure that the client achieves its commercial goals in the challenging Indian litigation and arbitration scenario. Our practice covers a wide area of commercial matters including mergers & acquisitions, joint venture disputes, lender disputes, security enforcement, debt recovery, employment and human resources, contractual disputes, company matters, insolvency and information technology and privacy related disputes, amongst others.

The Firm is also actively engaged in advision on disputes raised before the National Company Law
Tribunal under the newly enacted Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

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Juris Corp - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for An established firm with substantial knowledge of financial litigation, domestic commercial arbitration and competition disputes, among other areas. Frequently mandated by bondholders to assist with foreign currency convertible bond cases. Sectors of noted focus include oil and gas, infrastructure, finance and pharmaceuticals, and the practice also offers prowess in the handling of insolvency, derivatives and real estate-related matters.

Strengths A client enthuses about the firm's responsiveness and willingness to meet the client's needs, stating: "I find them flexible. They turn things around fast."

Work highlights Successfully represented an Indian bank in Delhi High Court proceedings concerning a dispute in which an infrastructure company sought to compel the client to implement the Reserve Bank of India's Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets Scheme or S4A. The court's decision helped establish the principle that adoption of S4A in similar circumstances is not mandatory.

Acted successfully for Mhow Ghatabillod Toll Roads in a dispute with road authorities in Madhya Pradesh relating to the setting up and operation of additional road toll collection infrastructure in the Bhopal area - a matter submitted both to arbitration and to litigation at District and High Court level.

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Key contacts include Sandeep Mahapatra and Durgesh Khanapurkar.

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Link Legal India Law Services - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for its handling of a broad range of disputes, especially in relation to commercial, aviation and infrastructure matters. Demonstrates prowess in advising public entities, airports and major construction companies and offers additional capabilities in the handling of arbitrations across various forums.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's research skills and command of the law, one saying: "The firm is well up to the mark in terms of research and legal expertise. I find their legal documents well drafted and researched."

Work highlights Advised SpiceJet with regard to an arbitration claim filed against it by KAL Airways and Mr Kalanithi Maran in connection with the share sale and purchase agreement governing the 2015 sale of a controlling stake in SpiceJet by KAL and Mr Maran to Mr Ajay Singh.

Successfully represented Indus Tower, Reliance Infrastructure and Viom Networks in public interest litigation concerning their allegedly unauthorised constructions in the Thane municipal area.

Notable practitioners

Atul Sharma and Milanka Chaudhury are key points of contact.

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Majmudar & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known forAn esteemed firm with expertise across the spectrum of commercial, contractual and regulatory disputes, including IP, banking and shareholder litigation. Frequently handles contentious cross-border work for large multinationals, particularly in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Considerable experience in High Court and Supreme Court cases, as well as international and domestic arbitration.

Strengths One client warmly compliments the team's responsiveness and approachability, stating: "They provide timely and commercially astute advice," and adding: "They are happy to discuss advice over the phone as a means of further explanation."

Work highlights Advised Clariant Chemicals with regard to its bid to secure from a major pharmaceutical company a reimbursement of service tax, a bid made possible by recent government legislation, but rendered complex by the law of limitation.

Represented Hertz International in opposing Carzonrent's challenge to an international arbitration rendered in favour of the client.

Notable practitioners

Fraser Alexander is an experienced practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, skilled across a range of disputes. One client observes: "He stands out, both in terms of his knowledge of the matter and that of the applicable laws." He is particularly noted for his handling of banking matters, lately advising HSBC in legal proceedings against a company alleged to have dishonoured cheques tendered as repayment of liability under the terms of previously provided credit facilities.

Neerav Merchant offers extensive experience in the disputes sphere, sources asserting: "He provides commercial advice on a timely basis and makes himself available, both for questions and for follow-ups to ensure we understand the advice provided." He assisted Wockhardt in filing a writ petition before the Bombay High Court, challenging an order by the Food and Drugs Administration cancelling its licence for the manufacture and distribution of drugs.

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Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Respected full-service offering based in Mumbai. Handles a variety of contentious matters, including oil and gas, real estate and shipping disputes. Expertise spans litigation and arbitration, with experience acting for both domestic and international clientele.

Notable practitioners

YP Dandiwala is a "recognised senior practitioner" who acts across a wide range of disputes. He has extensive experience in the handling of high-profile litigation, winning special praise for his work on particularly complex matters, or those involving property issues.

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Samvad Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for A proficient, full-service offering with national coverage and increasing cross-border capabilities. Offers comprehensive corporate dispute expertise, with noted strength in the insolvency, IP and technology spheres. Additionally well versed in international arbitration and mediation.

Strengths The team is held in high regard for its expertise and service, with one client observing: "They are very responsive and provide very clear and valuable advice."

Sources also value the team's ability "to handle multiple assignments" and appreciate its "good relationships with several counsel."

Work highlights Advised Blue Dart Aviation on the filing of a number of breach of contract suits, collectively valued at INR1.5 crore, against a number of its pilots for alleged breach of contract.

Advised NGO Citizens for Bengaluru on its representations to the National Green Tribunal concerning the Steel Flyover project proposed for the city by the government of Karnataka.

Notable practitioners

Department head Poornima Hatti is well known for her expertise in handling domestic and international disputes, where she focuses on corporate, commercial and infrastructure-related mandates. One source points out: "She is very responsive and understands the demands and expectations of international clients."She was a leading member of the team advising Citizens for Bengaluru on its opposition to the Karnataka government's proposed Steel Flyover project.

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