Kochhar & Co. is delighted to share that our IP partners Tarvinder Singh,Savitha K Jagadeesan and Lynn Lazaro have been recognised by Asia IP 2021 among India’s leading IP Experts
Kochhar & Co. is delighted to share that our IP partners, Lynn Lazaro and Daksh Kumar are the proud winners of BW Legal World’s 40 under 40 Best Lawyers in India for 2021.
We are delighted to share with you all that Kochhar & Co has been conferred the India Law Awards 2021 for the Best Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year at the 7th edition of the India Legal Summit & Awards 2021 (supported by Society of Indian Law Firms – SILF).
Kochhar & Co. (the “Firm”) represented 7 fishermen who were a part of the crew of the Indian boat St. Antony on which two Italian Marines had fired in 2012 leading to death of two fishermen. The Permanent Court of Justice had directed Italy to pay compensation to India under four heads one of which was “moral harm suffered by the captain and other crew members of the St. Antony”. However, the Supreme Court order dated June 15, 2021 directed payment of compensation only to the heirs of the deceased fishermen and the boat owner. Kochhar & Co. filed an intervention application on behalf of the fishermen along with applications for appropriate directions and stay on disbursement of compensation. The applications which were drafted by Krishna Vijay Singh, Senior Partner and Manish Dembla, Partner sought payment of appropriate compensation to the other crew members of the boat out of the amount of INR 20 Million directed to be paid to the boat owner. The applications were taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court on August 19, 2021 and were argued by the Firm’s partner – Manish Dembla. The Firm has been successful in obtaining an order directing stay on disbursement of compensation to the boat owner pending adjudication of the applications. The Firm is assisting the fishermen in this matter pro bono as a part of its policy to provide access to justice to the economically weaker sections of the society.
The matter has been widely covered by the Indian media and can be accessed from the following social media and news links:
We are delighted to share that Kochhar & Co. (“Firm”) has been featured in FORBES India Legal Power list 2020 as India’s “Top Law firm” across several practice areas and Mr. Rohit Kochhar has been acclaimed as one of the “Top Managing Partners” in the country, along with 9 other Senior Partners across different offices being listed as India’s “Top 100 Individual Lawyers”.
Continuing its run of winning accolades, the Kochhar law firm has been recognized as one of India’s top law firms for multiple practice areas at the recently concluded first edition of the prestigious Forbes India Legal Power list 2020. The Firm was adjudged as a leading firm in practices including White Collar, Technology Law, Real Estate & Construction, Labour & Employment and Arbitration.
Mr. Rohit Kochhar, founding member & Managing Partner was acknowledged as one of the “Top Managing Partners” in the country.
Further, nine (9) Senior Partners (6 from New Delhi & Gurugram, 2 from Bengaluru, 1 each from Mumbai and Chennai respectively) have been recognized as India’s “Top 100 Individual Lawyers –
Mr. Rohit Kochhar (White-Collar Crime Practice)
Mr. Alok Tewari (Real Estate)
Mr. Nishant Menon (Litigation & Arbitration)
Mr. Pradeep Ratnam (Banking & Finance)
Ms. Reena Khair (Anti-Dumping Practice)
Mr. Krishna Vijay Singh (Arbitration & White-Collar Crime Practice)
Mr. Rajarshi Chakrabarty (Corporate & Commercial and Employment)
Mr. Stephen Mathias (Technology, Telecom & Fintech)
Mr. Suhas Srinivasiah (Employment)
Ms. Savitha K Jagadeesan (Intellectual Property)
The FORBES India Legal Power list 2020, identified and felicitated lawyers and firms exemplifying distinction, quality service delivery, demonstrating leadership and contributing to the evolution of the legal industry.
The Jury comprised of the Who’s Who from the legal fraternity including Justice AK Sikri (Former Judge – Supreme Court of India, International Judge of SICC, Singapore), Justice MB Lokur (Former Judge – Supreme Court of India, International Judge of Fiji, SC), Dr. V Vijayakumar (Vice-Chancellor, NLU – Bhopal), and Dr. Faizan Mustafa (Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR – Hyderabad).
The Firm has been ranked as India’s Top-Tier Firm (Tier 1) in Six (6) Practice Areas of Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime, TMT, Labour & Employment and Aviation (including Aerospace and Defence). We have also been recognised as a Leading Firm (Tier 2) in the Seven (7) Practice Areas of Data Protection, Real Estate & Construction, IPR, Anti-Trust & Competition, Banking & Finance, Projects Energy & Infrastructure and Tax.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2021 has accorded distinct recognition and named Mr. Kochhar in the Hall of Fame for Corporate M&A and as Recommended Lawyer – White Collar Crime, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Aviation (including Aerospace & Defence).
Alok Tewari (Hall of Fame for Real Estate & Construction), Ajith CR (Recommended Lawyer for Corporate M&A, Aviation), Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan (Elite Leading Lawyer for Banking & Finance), Chandrasekhar Tampi (Recommended Lawyer for Anti-trust & Competition), Krishna Vijay Singh (Elite Leading Lawyer for White Collar Crime, Recommended Lawyer – Dispute Resolution), Nishant Menon (Recommended Lawyer – Dispute Resolution, Aviation), Savitha K Jagadeesan (Recommended Lawyer – IPR, Employment & TMT), Shahid Khan (Recommended Lawyer for Tax), Stephen Mathias (Hall of Fame for TMT, Recommended Lawyer – Data Protection), Suhas Srinivasiah (Recommended Lawyer – Corporate M&A, Employment), Tarvinder Singh (Elite Leading Lawyer for IPR), Vijay Ravi (Elite Leading Lawyer for Employment).
Debjani Aich (Next Generation Partner for Labour & Employment), Lynn Lazaro (Next Generation Partner for IPR, Recommended Lawyer – TMT), Manish Dembla (Recommended Lawyer – Projects & Energy), Preetam D’Souza (Recommended Lawyer – Real Estate & Construction), Raheel Kohli (Recommended Lawyer – Projects & Energy), Sarika Raichur (Next Generation Partner for Corporate M&A), Shampa Bhattacharya (Recommended Lawyer – Tax).
Rohit Kochhar, Founder & Chairman of the law firm Kochhar & Co., has been recently decorated with Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India 2020 Award by The Economic Times (ET). Globally acclaimed as an eminent Indian lawyer and legal entrepreneur, Rohit Kochhar has been recognized for exemplifying the spirit of entrepreneurial passion and for his outstanding contribution to the legal sector.
Other stalwarts also on the Honours List this year include Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon; G.M. Rao, Chairman, GMR Group; and Ajay Bijli, Chairman & MD, PVR Group.
Thanking The Economic Times for the honour, Rohit Kochhar stated, “I am both delighted and humbled to be recognized as one of the inspiring entrepreneurs of India by The Economic Times. More so, since I am in the august company of celebrated luminaries of Corporate India. I dedicate this award, in all humility, to each of my partners in the law firm. This accolade would never have been possible, but for their professional excellence, tireless support, and many personal sacrifices. The award is both a privilege and a motivation for the future and provides us the inspiration to strive to reach the next frontier”.
The Awards, announced recently at the ET Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India Virtual Summit celebrate the accomplishments and success stories of achievers who have led by innovation in business; and have walked shoulder to shoulder with their global peers and counterparts to establish brands that are synonymous with trust, reliability, quality and esteem.
Elaborating on the constraints, and opportunities, afforded by the current lockdowns, Rohit Kochhar said, “Every business and profession has been truly tested and extended, in these unusual circumstances, which have no precedent or parallel in a century. Interestingly, some of our most extra-ordinary client briefs. were received during the last few months, demanding agile and creative solutions. I am delighted that we as a law firm not only rose to the challenge but were able to deliver exceptional winning solutions for our clients”.
We are delighted to announce the addition of Mr. Pradeep Ratnam who joins Kochhar & Co. (‘Firm’) as Senior Partner and Co-Chair Infrastructure, Banking and Finance Practice. Pradeep and his long-time colleague Ms. Parul Verma who has accompanied him into the Firm as a Partner, will both be based out of the Firm’s New Delhi office.
Mr. Pradeep Ratnam: Pradeep obtained his bachelor’s degree in law (B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)) in 1997 from the prestigious National Law School of India, Bangalore, followed by an LL.M. in 1999, as a Chevening Scholar, from the University of Warwick, UK. Pradeep is dual qualified in India and the UK and has over 22 years of multi-jurisdictional work experience in the areas of Infrastructure, Government Contracts, Procurement, Project Finance and PPP. Additionally, Pradeep advises his clients on Restructuring, Stressed and Opportunistic M&A, Private Equity in Infrastructure and allied and related sectors.
Prior to joining Kochhar & Co, Pradeep had a distinguished career in Infrastructure and International Law with global firms including Herbert Smith LLP, Allen and Overy and White and Case LLP in London and Singapore. In the last decade since his return to India, Pradeep oversaw the legal function as Director (Legal) in IDFC Alternatives (the erstwhile alternative assets and private equity platform of IDFC Bank) and was thereafter Group General Counsel at Infrastructure Leasing and Financing Services Ltd. (IL&FS), followed by private specialist practice in the areas of Infrastructure and Banking, based in New Delhi.
Ms. Parul Verma: With post qualification experience of over a decade, Parul specializes in Infrastructure, Project Financing, Fintech and Financial Regulation and Real Estate. Prior to joining Kochhar & Co, Parul worked in top tier Indian law firms as well as in marquee in-house corporate positions in India.
Pradeep and Parul advise infrastructure companies, domestic and international banks, and their borrowers, Indian NBFCs, multilateral and development financial institutions, asset reconstruction companies, and investment and credit funds in transactions in Infrastructure, Banking and Real Estate.
In their recently released rankings Who’s Who Legal has recognised the following Kochhar lawyers as Thought Leaders 2020 and Recommended Lawyers for Labour Employment and Data – IT law in India :
Stephen Mathias as Thought Leader India 2020, Recommended Lawyer for Data – Information Technology and Employment law; Suhas Srinivasiah as Recommended Lawyer for Data – Information Technology and Employment law And Ms. Debjani Aich as Thought Leader India 2020, Recommended Lawyer for Data – Information Technology and Employment law.
Giving formal colour to a long-standing professional relationship with Kochhar & Co. (‘Firm’), Ms. Reena Asthana Khair, along with a team of two associates, has recently joined the Delhi Office of the Firm as a Senior Partner and Head of the International Trade & Indirect Tax practice. One of India’s leading legal luminaries in the highly specialized areas of International Trade Defence and Indirect Taxation, Ms. Khair brings niche and unparalleled expertise to the Firm. She has argued, led, and successfully procured favourable orders/relief in the most high-profile matters in India relating to WTO trade remedies (such as anti-dumping, safeguard, and anti-subsidy proceedings) and Indirect Taxation.
Mr. Rohit Kochhar, Founding Member and Chairman of Kochhar & Co. extended a warm welcome, and said: “Reena’s experience is unmatched in the field of contentious matters pertaining to indirect taxation and trade remedies. Several cases argued by her have resulted in landmark judgments on interpretation of terms, classification of goods and evolution of laws in the areas of customs, and anti-dumping. It is a matter of pride for us to have Reena as part of the Kochhar law firm, and we are looking forward to her continuing leadership in advising and representing clients on complex issues of classification, valuation and origin.”
Ms. Khair has represented over 200 clients, including renowned Multi-National Corporations and Public Sector Enterprises, before the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal, other appellate forums, as well as various High Courts and the Supreme Court. Her key areas of in-depth expertise include classification of goods under the Harmonized System Nomenclature, valuation, transitional credit under GST, refund of ITC, zero-rated supply, intermediary, Drawback, Export Promotion Schemes, EOUs, SEZs, disputes on what constitutes ‘Import’, and exemptions issued under various statutes. She has also been involved in high-profile investigations conducted by government authorities in multiple jurisdictions.
Ms. Khair conveyed that she is all set for a larger role with the following message: “I’ve known key partners at Kochhar & Co. for a long time now. We have worked together on some really challenging matters and it’s been a very rewarding experience for me. Now, as part of Kochhar & Co. apart from continuing to make the International Trade & Indirect Taxation litigation practice more robust, I also hope to further strengthen the Firm’s advisory practice in these areas.”