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White-Collar Crime — India


Karanjawala & Co - White-Collar Crime Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Maintains an illustrious track record of handling some of the country's most high-profile corporate crime mandates. Represents a distinguished client list of blue-chip multinational and domestic corporates, as well as high-profile individuals, often acting on Supreme Court cases. Particularly noted for its activity in the banking, media and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths The practice is identified by one interviewee as having "a stellar reputation for criminal law," particularly where Supreme Court cases are concerned.

Work highlights Acted for film producer Karim Morani as a defendant in proceedings arising from the widely publicised 2G spectrum scam, during which his company was alleged to have been involved in the offering of bribes to the then telecoms minister.

Acted successfully for YES Bank with regard to Prevention of Money Laundering appellate tribunal proceedings in which the chair ruled that the Financial Intelligence Unit, acting on incomplete and misleading information supplied by an investigative website, had failed to make a case for the bank's having been involved in money laundering.

Notable practitioners

Sandeep Kapur is a respected litigator, recognised for his prominence in white-collar crime issues. He lately represented Mr Venkataramanan Ramachachandran, the managing trustee of Tata Trusts, in criminal defamation proceedings filed against former Tata Group chair Cyrus Mistry and six other representatives of Mistry family firms.

Raian Karanjawala is highly regarded as a leading practitioner, acting for notable individuals and corporations on corruption and fraud cases. He is also noted for his work in the Supreme Court. Interviewees enthuse that he is a "great" and "very experienced lawyer."

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MZM Legal - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Eminent white-collar crime boutique, offering nationwide coverage and comprehensive knowledge of fraud, anti-corruption and money laundering issues. Offers extensive courtroom experience and expertise in compliance issues. Additionally well versed in handling alleged instances of cyber crime.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's expertise, with one confirming: "It has a strong criminal practice," while another cites its assured handling of Supreme Court cases.

Work highlights Represented the Ahuja Group with regard to over 50 matters, including the alleged dishonouring of cheques and matters coming under the consideration of the Economic Offences Wing.

Acted for Standard Chartered Bank on a prosecution in relation to its alleged involvement in a high-value white-collar crime issue concerning the shipping sector.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Zulfiquar Memon is lauded as a "strong practitioner" with an established position in and a specialised focus on the white-collar crime sphere. He is regularly instructed on both compliance advisory mandates and active disputes and lately acted for the M Pallonji Group, and its managing director Mr Mehli Mistry, in criminal defamation litigation linked to a dispute between Mr Cyrus Mistry and the Tata Group.

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Established in 2005, MZM Legal ('MZM') is a specialist law firm providing a full spectrum of white collar crime solutions including preventive compliance, defence, strategy and prosecution. In the Indian context, MZM is a distinctive firm as it provides both advisory and litigation services and also provides expert assistance to clients in Government and Prosecutorial Investigations. The concentrated team at MZM has litigation expertise before all criminal courts and tribunals in India. In recent years, MZM has emerged as one of India’s leading white collar and dispute resolution practices. 

MZM has significant international exposure and has the privilege of servicing clients from over ten countries across four continents. Furthermore, MZM is a founding member of the ‘Roxin Alliance’ which is an international association of white collar crime law firms headquartered in Munich, Germany and is present in over thirty countries and plays an integral role in all its activities. 

​MZM is widely recognised 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 (2016-17).

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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co - White-Collar Crime Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly reputed national firm, drawing upon the strength of its dispute resolution practice to offer an extensive white-collar criminal defence service to large multinationals. Routinely represents major clients in fraud investigations, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption matters, including advising on the FCPA and UK Bribery Act.

Strengths One client identifies "a positive attitude, good leadership skills and thorough understanding of the matters at hand" as key distinguishing features of this group, while another emphasises its "ability to give very practical advice."

Sources also cite the firm's "pan-India presence," the long experience of its lawyers and its network of regional contacts as reasons why "Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is doing great" in this practice area.

Work highlights Acted for Citibank in criminal proceedings against an employee charged with involvement, with individuals from outside the bank, in fraudulent activities which cost the bank over USD62 million.

Represented Samsung India Electronics in respect of all its South-West Asian white-collar crime-related litigation, covering proceedings from district to Supreme Court level and acting in both prosecution and defence roles.

Notable practitioners

Pallavi Shroff is held in high regard by commentators, who consider her "a market legend," particularly well known for "giving practical advice." She regularly advises notable clients on a wide range of white-collar crime issues, drawing upon her extensive experience in the handling of litigation and arbitration.

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Kochhar & Co - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A highly commended full-service firm offering an impressive skill set in corporate criminal defence work, including financial fraud, corruption issues and foreign investment-related offences. Frequently handles big-ticket fraud cases for blue-chip multinationals as part of its wider dispute resolution practice. Clients further benefit from the firm's regional footprint.

Strengths Referees highlight the practice's client-focused approach, with one reporting: "They have a very strong team and a strong commitment to their customers," then adding: "It is rare to come across a law firm with such an empathetic and sensitive approach towards its clients."

Another source singles out the team's "robust knowledge, skill in handling disputes across sectors and immaculate reasoning and drafting skills."

Work highlights Represented Everonn Education in proceedings arising out of a complex series of fraudulent transactions which siphoned off sums amounting to INR4 billion from the company's funds.

Assisting IATA with proceedings against five of its accredited travel agents in India in relation to the embezzlement of proceeds from the sale of air tickets and amounting to approximately USD25 million.

Notable practitioners Rohit Kochhar is a key contact for clients.

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Luthra & Luthra Law Offices - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Demonstrates considerable expertise in anti-corruption and fraud investigations, acting for international corporates. Handles embezzlement and money laundering cases and offers a comprehensive service which covers compliance reviews, litigation and the formulation of preventive mechanisms. Acts for clients in heavily regulated industries, including telecoms, aerospace, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Clients stress the practice's high level of service, with one noting: "I was pleased with the quality of their advice and the diligence of their approach," adding: "This is a firm uniquely positioned to provide able assistance in India and on India-specific issues."

Work highlights Acted for an Indian Army lieutenant colonel in proceedings arising out of the client's alleged involvement in a USD77.55 million scam in which land belonging to the Ministry of Defence was transferred to a private individual.

Assisted BlackBerry in initiating criminal proceedings against individuals believed to have been involved in the fabrication or forgery of documents pertaining to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority approval of the use of BlackBerry products in that country.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Rajiv Luthra maintains a robust practice in the white-collar crime sphere. He offers extensive expertise to multinational corporations and government entities on corporate criminal defence and compliance issues, and is additionally adept at handling high-profile litigations.

Alina Arora is prominent for her extensive experience of assisting clients with white-collar crime matters as well as FCPA and UK Bribery Act-related issues. She is particularly active in conducting internal anti-corruption and fraud investigations and advising on compliance programmes. Sources report: "She is sharp, incisive, responsive and extremely effective at communicating with multinational corporations in relation to the complexities of the Indian business environment."

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Bharucha & Partners - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly commended firm offering dedicated white-collar crime expertise to a distinguished clientele. Handles the full spectrum of compliance advisory and litigation work, with an especial reputation for handling high-profile fraud cases.

Notable practitioners DP Singh is a key contact for the practice.

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Dua Associates - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently mandated by major corporates seeking advice on compliance issues or representation in high-profile investigations. Especially well versed in anti-corruption cases.

Strengths Sources praise the team for "doing a very good job with communication" generally and in "explaining legal issues in India and what to expect" in particular.

Interviewees also testify to the value of the firm's "substantial geographic coverage."

Notable practitioners

Shiraz Patodia is best known for advising multinational corporations on anti-corruption and fraud matters, bringing to the table extensive experience of handling dispute resolution cases. Interviwees single her out for her "knowledgeable and practical insights on corruption issues and investigations."

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Khaitan & Co - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm with expertise in the representation of multinational corporations and individual employees in the power, healthcare and banking sectors in criminal proceedings. Handles a wide variety of matters with a focus on bribery, fraud and money laundering issues. Also advises on the conduct of internal investigations and on compliance issues.

Strengths The team is prized for its out-of-the-box thinking by a "more than satisfied" client who describes the practice as "like an extension to our own arm," further noting: "Khaitan & Co looks at the problem - and the solution - differently."

Clients also note that the practice's lawyers are "very flexible and transparent" in their dealings and are especially notable for their "good response time."

Work highlights Defended prominent industrialist Naveen Jindal in Supreme Court special leave petition proceedings linked to his investigation by the CBI for alleged involvement in the Amarkonda Murgandangal coal scam case.

Successfully represented Air India SATS Airport Services with regard to the CBI's initiation of a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, alleging the involvement of the client in a conspiracy with certain officials of the Airport Authority of India to manipulate invoices fraudulently. The case was ultimately dropped.

Notable practitioners

Susmit Pushkar is increasingly recognised in the market for "some stellar work" in the dispute resolution and white-collar crime spaces and focuses closely on matters related to money laundering, corporate fraud and conspiracy. He lately represented Hindalco in proceedings arising from allegations that it engaged in criminal misconduct and criminal conspiracy in respect of the manner in which it was allocated the Talabira II Coal Block in 2005.

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Trilegal - White-Collar Crime Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An accomplished team handling a wide range of business crime mandates, including money laundering, fraud and corruption matters. Additionally provides an expert compliance advisory service and offers notable experience of working with public authorities.

Strengths One source observes: "All the Trilegal lawyers I have used are responsive and clearly focused on the client getting what they need when they need it. I would happily recommend the team."

Work highlights Represented AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica in an investigation initiated by the CBI in relation to the client's connection to allegations of bribery in respect of a VVIP helicopter supply contract.

Advised Cognizant on anti-corruption compliance and due diligence issues arising out of the client's internal investigation of allegations of bribery linked to its operations around the world, including in India.

Notable practitioners

Sitesh Mukherjee is a key contact for the firm.

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Eminent Practitioner

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Rajiv Luthra maintains a robust practice in the white-collar crime sphere. He offers extensive expertise to multinational corporations and government entities on corporate criminal defence and compliance issues, and is additionally adept at handling high-profile litigations.

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Karanjawala & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sandeep Kapur is a respected litigator, recognised for his prominence in white-collar crime issues. He lately represented Mr Venkataramanan Ramachachandran, the managing trustee of Tata Trusts, in criminal defamation proceedings filed against former Tata Group chair Cyrus Mistry and six other representatives of Mistry family firms. 

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Raian Karanjawala

Karanjawala & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Raian Karanjawala is highly regarded as a leading practitioner, acting for notable individuals and corporations on corruption and fraud cases. He is also noted for his work in the Supreme Court. Interviewees enthuse that he is a "great" and "very experienced lawyer."

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Zulfiquar M. Memon

MZM Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Practice head Zulfiquar Memon is lauded as a "strong practitioner" with an established position in and a specialised focus on the white-collar crime sphere. He is regularly instructed on both compliance advisory mandates and active disputes and lately acted for the M Pallonji Group, and its managing director Mr Mehli Mistry, in criminal defamation litigation linked to a dispute between Mr Cyrus Mistry and the Tata Group.

^ See whole ranking table

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Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Alina Arora is prominent for her extensive experience of assisting clients with white-collar crime matters as well as FCPA and UK Bribery Act-related issues. She is particularly active in conducting internal anti-corruption and fraud investigations and advising on compliance programmes. Sources report: "She is sharp, incisive, responsive and extremely effective at communicating with multinational corporations in relation to the complexities of the Indian business environment."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dua Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Shiraz Patodia is best known for advising multinational corporations on anti-corruption and fraud matters, bringing to the table extensive experience of handling dispute resolution cases. Interviwees single her out for her "knowledgeable and practical insights on corruption issues and investigations."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Pallavi Shroff is held in high regard by commentators, who consider her "a market legend," particularly well known for "giving practical advice." She regularly advises notable clients on a wide range of white-collar crime issues, drawing upon her extensive experience in the handling of litigation and arbitration.

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Up and Coming

Law Offices of Panag & Babu

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sherbir Panag of the Law Offices of Panag & Babu is singled out by clients as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "an expert in the area of white-collar investigations," "understands global multinational corporations and their needs and is outstanding in helping them get from A to B in a practical and legally compliant way." Proficient in advising on anti-corruption laws and acting on bribery, fraud and money laundering matters, he is also sought out for his compliance advisory skills.

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Up and Coming

Khaitan & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Susmit Pushkar is increasingly recognised in the market for "some stellar work" in the dispute resolution and white-collar crime spaces and focuses closely on matters related to money laundering, corporate fraud and conspiracy. He lately represented Hindalco in proceedings arising from allegations that it engaged in criminal misconduct and criminal conspiracy in respect of the manner in which it was allocated the Talabira II Coal Block in 2005.

^ See whole ranking table