PEOPLE

Rohit Kochhar

Chairman & Managing Partner

LOCATION
New Delhi

Profile

Rohit Kochhar is the Founding Member & Managing Partner of Kochhar & Co. In addition to his pivotal role as the Managing Partner of the Firm, Rohit is actively involved in advising leading multinational and large domestic corporations on a wide range of legal matters.

Rohit has rich and diverse professional experience of over 34 years and his practice areas include complex Corporate and transactional matters, Mergers & Acquisitions, Employment law, high-stake Commercial litigation, and White-Collar Crime.

Rohit heads the Anti-Corruption and White-Collar Crime practice of the Firm. Over the years, he has represented numerous Indian and multinational companies on some of the most complex and high-profile disputes as well as white-collar crime cases / fraud cases that have been reported in corporate India. Rohit is regarded as one of India’s master strategists in such cases that involve the dual dimensions of criminal and civil remedies to be pursued by the aggrieved clients. Prior to setting up Kochhar & Co. in the year 1994, Rohit practiced as a criminal lawyer for seven years.

Rohit co-chairs the Employment law and the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) practice desk of the Firm. He regularly advises clients on complex and contentious employee retrenchment issues including handling sensitive litigation matters in various Indian courts. Additionally, he assists clients with human resource policies, stock option schemes, and labour and employment law compliance in India both at the federal and state level. Rohit enjoys special expertise on POSH matters. He regularly advises and conducts training programs on POSH for the Indian subsidiaries of global corporations and is hailed as one of India’s leading practitioner in this domain. The training that Rohit imparts to multinational clients includes conducting workshops for senior management, members of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) as well as town hall meetings.

Rohit regularly advises numerous Fortune Global 500 corporations including prominent companies from North American, Europe, Middle East and Japan on a host of complex law issues and is also a board member of the Indian subsidiaries of many such multinational clients.

He is a frequent speaker at various international and domestic conferences. He also conducts workshops, trainings and townhall sessions for clients on workplace discrimination & POSH, anti-corruption & anti-bribery matters. He also regularly writes for business and financial newspapers and is invited as an eminent panelist on legal issues of national importance by leading news channels.

Rohit is one of the founding members and currently serves as the Honorary Secretary of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF).

Expertise

Awards & Recognitions

Recognised amongst ‘Super 50 Lawyers India’ 2021 by ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS (Thomson Reuters)
Acclaimed as one of the ’Top Managing Partners’ in India by FORBES Legal Powerlist 2020
Recognised among India’s ’Top 100 Lawyers’ by FORBES Legal Powerlist 2020; Felicitated for expertise in White Collar Crime
Conferred the Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India Award 2020 by The Economic Times
‘Top 50 Legal Icons’ of India by Indian Business Law Journal (IBLJ) 2021, Listed among India’s Top 100 lawyers - The A-List by IBLJ (2017 – 2020)
Recognised among ‘India’s Distinguished Legal Minds’ by Legal Era 2020-21
Recipient of the International Council of Jurists Award conferred by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India for his distinctive accomplishment in the areas of corporate law
Conferred the prestigious Bharat Shiromani Award for Excellence in Legal domain
Recipient of the distinguished Pride of India Award (Rashtriya Gaurav Award) for his outstanding achievements in the legal field
Kochhar & Co. was conferred the National Bar Award by the All-India Bar Association for being "The Most Dynamic and Progressive Indian Law Firm" by the Chairman of the Law Commission of India
Acknowledged as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders in the Asia & GCC region in the category of legal services. The award was presented by His Excellency Mr. T.P. Seetharaman, former Ambassador of India to the UAE on the 44th UAE National Day
Conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Award for being the Young Achiever & Entrepreneur in legal services. He is the first and only practicing lawyer in India to have been conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Award since its inception
Conferred the National Law Award for Excellence in Corporate law
Recipient of the National Citizens Award for his unique contribution in the field of Youth Affairs
Chambers & Partners Ranked Lawyers: White Collar Crime & Corporate M&A 2022
Legal 500 Asia Pacific : Hall of Fame for Corporate M & A 2022, 2021; Elite Leading Lawyer for Corporate M & A (2016-2020); Recommended Lawyer for White Collar Crime 2021, 2022, Litigation 2021, 2022, Arbitration 2022, Labour & Employment 2021, Aviation (including Aerospace & Defence) 2021
Forbes India Legal Powerlist - Top 100 Lawyers: Felicitated for expertise in White Collar Crime 2020, 2021
Forbes India Legal Powerlist: Acclaimed as one of the ‘Top Managing Partners’ 2020, 2021
Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Star for White Collar Crime 2021, 2022

Education

  • LL.B, University of Mumbai - Merit Scholar (ranked 3rd out of 3000 students)
  • B.Com (Honours), University of Delhi - Merit Scholar

Memberships

  • Honorary Secretary of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF)
  • Regional President, The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, India - North India Council (IACC - NIC)
  • Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • Supreme Court Bar Association

Contact Details

  • 11th Floor, Tower A, DLF Towers Jasola, Jasola District Center,
    New Delhi 110025 (India)
  • +91 11 4111 5222, 4312 9300
  • +91 11 4056 3813
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