White Collar Crime


Kochhar & Co. has a specialized Anti-Corruption, Corporate Frauds and White-Collar Crime Practice. Our strength in this practice domain has its genesis in the experience and expertise enjoyed by our founding member, who practiced as a leading criminal lawyer for several years before establishing the Kochhar law firm. Over the last 26 years, our formidable Criminal Law and White-Collar Crime practice has represented numerous multinational and Indian clients in some of the biggest frauds reported in the history of corporate India.

The Firm’s White-Collar crime practice group represents multinational corporations and large domestic companies on matters concerning complex business, financial and economic offences including securities fraud, money laundering, bribery, foreign investment related offences, unauthorized disclosure of trade secrets and confidential information, criminal defamation and matters involving contravention or violation of laws & regulations attracting criminal liability.

Besides the above, the Firm also conducts anti-bribery investigations (including pursuant to FCPA) and represents clients in relation to allegations of sexual harassment at workplace on a regular basis.

The Firm has arguing counsels who are experts in criminal law and who have incisive knowledge, experience and understanding of the criminal jurisprudence, investigation process, bail and custody and trial procedures. Our attorneys represent clients before investigating agencies including Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Crime Branch, Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Special Investigation Team (SIT), Serious Fraud Investigation Office, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (SFIO), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

Focus Areas

Corporate & Financial Fraud
Money Laundering
Foreign Investment Related Offences
Public Procurement
Cyber Crime & Data Theft
Criminal Defamation
Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Key Practice Differentiators

  • With 27 lawyers, in addition to experts and former regulators, the Firm has one of the largest dedicated white collar practice teams in India.
  • The Firm has dedicated white-collar crime lawyers in all our six Indian offices. We represent our clients before criminal courts even in the most far-flung cities (Tier II & III) and towns in India.
  • The Firm handles high-profile white-collar crime matters for Indian and foreign clients, financial institutions, individual directors, and public agencies.
  • On sensitive and complex matters, the members of the Firm’s white collar practice work closely with the regulatory practice group of the Firm in sensitive and complex matters.
  • The Firm regularly advises international clients on issues pertaining to anti-bribery compliance, FCPA, regulatory risk assessment, risk-mitigation and pre-acquisition diligence.
  • In addition to in-house expertise, the Firm has close working relationships with forensic firms which investigate instances of fraud, non-compliance and contravention.
  • As a member of elite global legal networks, the Firm is uniquely placed to assist clients in accessing firms across countries in matters with cross-border implications.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2020 Top Law Firm for White Collar Crime
    Forbes Legal Powerlist
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Top-Tier Firm for White Collar Crime (2019-2022), Leading Firm for White Collar Crime Leading Firm 2018
    Legal 500
  • Highly Recommended Firm for White Collar Crime by Benchmark Litigation (2020-2022)
    Benchmark Litigation
  • Chambers Asia Pacific Ranked Firm for White Collar Crime (2018 – 2021)
    Chambers & Partners
  • The Idex Legal Awards (ILA) 2021 for White Collar Crime
    Idex Legal Awards
  • India Legal Award for Best Criminal Litigation & White Collar Crime Firm (2020 – 2021)
    India Legal Award 2020
  • Rohit Kochhar was recognised as Litigation Star for White Collar Crime by Benchmark Litigation 2021, 2022 Top 100 Lawyers for White Collar Crime by Forbes Legal Powerlist 2020, Legal 500 Asia Pacific Recommended lawyer 2021, Chambers Asia Pacific Ranked Lawyer 2021
    Benchmark Litigation I Forbes Legal Powerlist I Legal 500 I Chambers & Partners
  • Krishna Vijay Singh recognised among Top 100 Lawyers in India for White Collar Crime by Forbes Legal Powerlist 2020, Elite Leading Lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, Leading Individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
    Forbes Legal Powerlist I Legal 500
Key Contacts

Rohit Kochhar

Krishna Vijay Singh

Manish Dembla

Avichal Prasad

Preetam D’Souza