This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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FIRM OF THE YEAR- INDIA
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co is the best-known law firm in India, and with good reason. Over the course of 2012 the firm has handled matters with an aggregate value of more that $44 billion, opened new domestic offices in Chennai and Ahmedabad, and announced plans to open its first overseas office in time for the firm’s centenary in 2017. With more than 550 lawyers on staff, including over 70 partners, Amarchand is India’s largest law firm by a considerable margin (its closest competitor, J Sagar Associates’ total lawyer pool clocks in at just over 250), and its strength-in-depth is evident from its sterling performance in these pages. Earning a total of 28 listings across 13 practice areas, Amarchand is the most highly regarded Indian firm in our research and earns our national firm of the year award for the eighth time.
|AMARCHAND & MANGALDAS & SURESH A SHROFF & co LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 28|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||1||M & A||3|
|Capital Markets||2||Oil & Gas||2|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Private Funds||1|
|Corporate Governance||2||Public Procurement||3|
Brothers and co-managing partners Cyril Shroff and Shardul S Shroff, based in Mumbai and New Delhi respectively, remain the key drivers of the firm’s success, achieving international recognition in seven practice areas apiece.
Shardul Shroff led the Amarchand team in representing Vedanta Resources in its restructuring and merger of Sterlite and Sesa Goa, the firm’s single largest engagement of 2012, worth $14 billion. He also acted for PVR when its subsidiary, Cine Hospitality, acquired the entire promoter stake in Cinemax India in a deal worth $99 million, as well as assisting PVR in negotiating and finalising share subscription agreements with two private equity investors, each acquiring approximately a 15.8 per cent stake in PVR. Such recent prominent matters complement the “lengthy precedent of excellence” Shardul Shroff has set in M&A, banking and corporate governance work. Project development and natural resources are also strong suits, and he ranks highly in our project finance, public procurement and oil and gas research, as well as appearing in the transactional section of our life sciences rankings.
While also noted for his corporate, transactional and banking work (having advised Reliance Industries on the $1.9 billion buyback of equity shares in 2012) Cyril Shroff is marked out in particular by respondents for his expertise in natural resources, as well as projects and public procurement matters. Fellow family member Pallavi Shroff leads the firm’s competition practice and recently led the competition law analysis for Nestlé in its acquisition of Pfizer (worth $11.85 billion) involving numerous antitrust filings in jurisdictions around the world. A further four Amarchand lawyers appear in our competition section, making it the firm’s strongest practice area overall. Pallavi Shroff is also Amarchand’s sole representative in the litigation and arbitration sections of our research; notably, she was the first Indian member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and was part of the committee that produced the latest version of the centre’s rules. She has also acted for Coca-Cola and Suzuki Motors in recent arbitration matters.
Prashant Gupta has acted on various international capital markets transactions by India-focused companies, including the recent IPO and listing on the NASDAQ Global Market by MakeMyTrip. Also recognised for his work in this area is Yash Ashar, who advised Standard Chartered in the first ever instance of Indian depository receipts on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India. Representing the firm in the private funds section, Ashwath Rau recently advised Bain Capital on the Indian aspects of its acquisition of a 30 per cent stake in Genpact from General Atlantic and Oak Hill Capital Partners, worth approximately $1 billion.
Further to the abovementioned names, the firm fields additional representatives in the M&A and banking sections and, thanks to the “prolific” L Viswanathan, enjoys a third listing in both the project finance and public procurement chapters.
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
Founded in 1917, Amarchand Mangaldas is one of India’s leading full-service law firms. With over 555 lawyers including 69 partners, offering comprehensive legal advisory services through its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chennai, the firm employs its legal resources across all major practice areas and focuses on several core areas of commercial activity. Often viewed as “the firm of preference” in respect of foreign direct investment in India, Amarchand Mangaldas helps its clients achieve their goals by combining global standards with local expertise.
Amarchand Mangaldas is highly regarded for its expertise in mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; private equity; investment funds; capital markets; insolvency and corporate restructuring; banking and finance (including structured finance and debt capital markets); insurance; projects (including infrastructure, telecommunications and energy); project finance; real estate; information technology and intellectual property; taxation; litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution; trade and competition law; employment law and policy; and regulatory advice.
The firm continues to lead major headline transactions and litigations in all sectors of industry, besides representing almost every major transnational corporation on their entry into India and business strategy. The firm’s clientele includes several leading Indian and international business houses, transnational corporations and financial institutions.
Quite often, Amarchand Mangaldas has been in the unique position of being an adviser on public policy formation in India. Distinguished partners of the firm have been members of many legislative panels to assist the government of India with a legal perspective on policy-related matters.
Amarchand Mangaldas is structured into different teams, with each group specialising in a specific practice. However, when a situation calls for a special effort, each member of the firm is qualified and competent enough to counsel a client on several aspects of law. Each member of the team is encouraged to participate in external conferences to develop a multidisciplinary problem-solving approach to clients’ needs. Consequently, the firm’s lawyers have a thorough understanding of business, economic and legislative issues.
The ability to draw upon the subject-matter expertise of the firm’s practitioners enables it to offer legal strategies that result in effective solutions for clients. The firm is proud of its counselling and negotiation experience, and remains committed to excellence in every aspect of client representation. This approach builds a sustained high-performance resource pool – resulting in a definitive advantage for Amarchand Mangaldas.
The firm is at the cutting edge of new issues in law, guiding the creation of legal precedents and expanding its services and skills to meet the challenges of change.
Amarchand Mangaldas is also the exclusive Indian member firm of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.
The firm has consistently received accolades for its excellence through winning prestigious awards and being named in rankings. Amarchand Mangaldas has been recognised as: the 2013 national firm of the year in India by International Financial Law Review’s Asia Awards, for the fourth consecutive year; Indian law firm of the year for seven consecutive years by Who’s Who Legal; law firm of the year by India Business Law Journal’s Indian Law Firm Awards 2010-2012; national law firm of the year 2013 by Legal Counsel Congress; best overall law firm of the year at the Legal Era Awards 2013 and 2012; and most responsive domestic firm of the year by In-House Community’s Firms of the Year 2012. The firm is ranked the 11th largest law firm in Asia by Asian Legal Business’s 2012 surveyand was recently given the Legal Advisor of the Year award at mergermarket’s Asia Pacific Awards 2012. The firm has also recently been given the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Country Award for India, and the Best National Firm Mentoring Programme Award at the 2012 Asia Women in Business Law Awards.
1 As of March 2013
Mr Shardul S Shroff
Amarchand & Mangaldas
& Suresh A Shroff & Co
216, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III
New Delhi, India
Tel: +91 11 2692 0500
Fax: +91 11 269 24900
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