Chandhiok & Mahajan (C&M), recognised as one of the fastest-growing firms in India, is a business law firm founded in 2013 offering a full range of legal solutions. The firm is the culmination of its founding partners’ belief in providing bespoke and commercially viable solutions to its clients.
The firm has seen tremendous growth since its inception. C&M has a presence in the three major Indian cities considered commercial hubs: New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The firm is also well connected with market-leading law firms and other professionals across the globe to provide seamless service to its clients wherever they operate. The rapid pace of the firm’s growth is a testament to the confidence clients place in its responsiveness and the quality of its work.
Doing business in India is still a complex process when compared to several other emerging economies. The law is constantly evolving in India in order to provide a better environment for doing business and to ensure a level playing field. C&M’s lawyers bring expertise and experience in delivering commercial, innovative and effective solutions to this intricate environment, and in meeting the clients’ business needs on an ongoing basis. The firm’s attorneys keep themselves abreast of the changing legal landscape, while also keeping clients informed of the impact on their businesses and assisting them in risk management strategies. The attorneys’ ability to think on their feet, and their solution-oriented approach, are what sets them apart.
C&M fosters innovation while being mindful of traditions. Clients appreciate the seamless manner in which C&M integrates with their internal teams, and are thankful for C&M’s skilled support in dealing with the challenges of the Indian legal system.
Several firm members have had experience of working in New York, London and Singapore, and are considered leaders in their practice areas. Karan Chandhiok, who heads C&M’s disputes and competition practice, was recently recognised by GCR in its “40 Under 40” list and placed among the top 100 lawyers in India by India Business Law Journal. Both Pooja Mahajan and Vikram Sobti are ranked in Legal Era’s “40 under 40” lists, while Sujoy Bhatia, C&M’s head of corporate, was recently named a “notable practitioner” in M&A by IFLR1000.
Key practice areas for C&M:
- antitrust and competition;
- commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation;
- debt and project financing;
- emerging companies;
- general corporate advisory;
- M&A and joint ventures;
- payment systems and fintech;
- privacy and data protection;
- private equity and venture capital;
- real estate;
- regulatory, policy and government affairs;
- restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy;
- technology, procurement and outsourcing;
- white-collar and investigations; and
- writ and regulatory litigation.
Among other matters, he firm has recently assisted in Indorama’s acquisition of Tata Chemical’s phosphatic fertilisers business; advised on the US$20 billion Clariant/Huntsman merger; represented Panasonic before the Competition Commission of India leading to India’s first immunity decision; acted for lenders, investors, insolvency professionals, liquidators, creditors, promoters and guarantors in five out of 12 large insolvencies in India; acted for Dalmia (Bharat) Cement in disputes against Xstrata and Glencore; advised one of the world’s largest IT companies in a fraud investigation in India; and acted for international lessors in leasing aircrafts to leading airlines in India.
C&M has received several awards and accolades in the recent years. The firm has been consistently recognised as a leading firm by Chambers Asia Pacific and Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers; has been considered a rising force by publications such as the India Business Law Journal and Legal Era; was recommended by Benchmark Litigation (Asia-Pacific) for 2019. The firm’s partners also belong to INSOL International and INSOL India an exclusive group of leading firms engaged in restructuring, turnaround and insolvency activities.