Managing Partners: Zia Mody & Ajay Bahl
Number of partners: 107
Number of lawyers: 450+
Languages: Chinese; English; Japanese
Firm Overview: AZB & Partners, one of India’s premier law firms, was founded in 2004 and has since received wide acclaim within the legal sphere. A pan–India law firm, AZB is spread across six offices.
Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures & General Corporate:
Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate transactions are at the core of the firm’s practice. The corporate group is consistently ranked as a league–table leader, in terms of both, deal volume and deal size. The team regularly advises on complex domestic/international arrangements, intricate commercial agreements, hostile corporate situations resulting in settlements/litigations and restructurings/reorganisations.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Anil Kasturi, Ashwath Rau, Darshika Kothari, Gautam Saha
The firm represents the world’s largest private equity firms in establishing their India presence and continues to work on a number of marquee deals, ranging from complex cross–border and highly structured deals in regulated sectors, many of which have been the first of their kind in India. The group’s experience includes advising on efficient investment routing/ exit, tax planning, individual investments with portfolio companies, monitoring/maintaining investments, capital requirements of a portfolio company and buyout deals.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Anil Kasturi, Ashwath Rau, Darshika Kothari, Gautam Saha, Sai Krishna Bharathan, Srinath Dasari, Vaidhyanadhan Iyer, Vinati Kastia
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises its clients on a gamut of financial products and services. It caters to domestic/international lenders and borrowers on a broad spectrum of topics, including, regulatory issues, banking products/services and risk/capital management.
Contacts: Bahram N. Vakil, Anand Shah, Gautam Saha, Shameek Chaudhuri
Insolvency & Bankruptcy:
AZB is considered a market leader in this space, owing to its success with managing complex refinancing, restructuring and insolvency matters. It represents domestic/international banks, funds, distressed companies, acquirers and industry professionals. Its lawyers have been involved in drafting India’s newly introduced Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code.
Contacts: Bahram N. Vakil, Nilang Desai, Piyush Mishra, Shameek Chaudhuri
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
The firm’s strength in litigation/dispute resolution, funds and capital markets has made it the preferred counsel for any stage in the lifecycle of a project. It has vast experience in handling high–profile green and brown field projects for various domestic/international clients, including the Government of India, banks, investment funds, contractors, project developers and sponsors.
Contacts: Bahram N. Vakil, Gautam Saha, Prashanth Sabeshan
Being closely associated with the development and practice of competition/antitrust law in India, the firm is sought out by domestic/multinational companies for its expertise. AZB’s work includes merger control, antitrust litigation, cartels and leniency, anti–competitive vertical agreements and abuse of dominance.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Aditi Gopalakrishnan, Hemangini Dadwal, Samir Gandhi
AZB is the go–to firm for JV litigation, competition disputes and international arbitration. It regularly tackles civil, criminal, commercial and constitutional matters in the Supreme Court and various Indian High Courts and also conducts multijurisdictional arbitrations, mediations and negotiations.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Aditya Vikram Bhat, Rajendra Barot, Vijayendra Pratap Singh
The firm provides comprehensive real estate services, encompassing the full range of issues arising in connection with the acquisition, sale, structuring, leasing, licensing, zoning, use and development of property. Its clients include sovereign funds, pension funds, PE funds and domestic/ international investors.
Contacts: Hardeep Sachdeva, Nohid Nooreyezdan, Sai Krishna Bharathan
AZB’s specialised team of professionals and lawyers, many holding accounting qualifications, provide the full spectrum of services, including corporate tax planning, tax advisory and transactional tax services, spanning multiple industries. It has provided counsel on diverse issues, including international tax, transfer pricing, M&A tax issues, tax structuring, succession planning, custom and excise duties, tax litigation, VAT and GST.
Contacts: Ajay Bahl, Deepak Chopra, Ravi Prakash, Shreya Rao, Sunil Agarwal, Suresh Varanasi
AZB is known for its experience in debt and equity issuances, IPOs and QIPs, representing issuers and underwriters in cross–border transactions. Its clients include leading domestic and international investment banks and investment houses. Contacts: Madhurima Mukherjee, Lionel D’Almeida, Srinath Dasari, Varoon Chandra
The firm assists directors and officers on matters relating to economic crimes, ranging from investigations, bail or anticipatory bail matters, litigation strategy, defense strategy, compliance and reporting obligations. AZB’s team comprises consultants with extensive experience in forensic investigations.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Aditya Vikram Bhat, Anind Thomas, Ashwath Rau, Nohid Nooreyezdan, Rajendra Barot, Ravi Prakash, Soumit Nikhra, Vijayendra Pratap Singh
■ Tata Steel’s Acquisition of a Controlling Stake In Bhushan Steel
■ L&T’s Acquisition in Mindtree in the Largest Hostile Takeover
■ Bharti Infratel’s Merger with Indus Towers
■ India Leg of Walt Disney’s Acquisition of Twenty–First Century Fox
■ Bharti Airtel’s Rights Issue
■ HDFC Bank’s Simultaneous QIP and ADR
■ KKR and Radiant’s Acquisition of Max Healthcare and Max India
■ Gruh Finance’s Merger with Bandhan Bank
■ Reliance’s East–West Pipeline Deal with Brookfield
■ Torrent’s Civil Suit against Wockhardt for Trademark Infringement, Passing–Off and Dilution
■ The RBI’s Defense of the Constitutionality of the IBC
■ Restructuring of GTL Infrastructure’s Debt
■ Structured Financing of VTB Bank and VTB Capital
■ Schneider’s Acquisition of L&T’s Electrical and Automation Business
■ HDFC’s Acquisition of Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company
■ Dispute Resolution Proceedings between Kochi Tuskers and the BCCI