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Kochhar & Co.

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Founder & Chairman: Rohit Kochhar
Number of partners: 52
Number of lawyers: 205
Languages: English, Hindi

Firm Overview:
Kochhar & Co. is one of the leading and largest corporate law firms in India. The firm enjoys the distinction of being the only Indian law firm with a full-service presence in the six prominent Indian cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon and Hyderabad with overseas offices in Dubai and Singapore.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate M&A:
The firm has built a formidable M&A practice by assisting domestic clients in complex and high value cross-border M&A transactions and foreign clients in acquisitions in India either directly or as a component of larger cross-border acquisition or group restructuring. The firm ad- vises across the broad spectrum of transactions including FDI, public takeovers, private M&A, complex JVs, buyouts and corporate restructur- ings. The firm is a virtual one-stop shop for all services relating to M&A transactions, from deal structuring, due-diligence, advising on taxation and regulatory aspects, risk mitigation, corporate and regulatory compliances to drafting and negotiating transaction documents. The firm combines exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise in multifarious and critical practice areas including international taxation, real estate, IP, contract enforcement and disputes, labour, environment laws, anti-trust and anti-bribery laws.

Real Estate & Construction:
The firm’s real estate practice offers a wide range of services including advising clients on complex real estate laws — central, state, local and municipal, including advising and structuring on acquisition and development of integrated townships, industrial parks, urban infrastructure, land aggregation for development of manufacturing facilities, leasing and sale of industrial, commercial and residential facilities. The firm’s pan-Indian presence enables it to act as both local counsel and transaction adviser. This multidisciplinary practice enables the firm to advise on all aspects of real estate including title searches and risk assessment, environment laws, taxation, corporate and securities laws, financing and FDI.

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has a robust litigation and arbitration practice in each of its offices. It adopts a solution seeking approach in dispute resolution matters and represents clients before various fora such as the Honourable Supreme Court, Honourable High Courts of various states and tribunals and various other tribunals. In addition to commercial litigation, the firm also boasts a strong disputes resolution capability in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Employment & Industrial Relations:
The firm has a specialised employment law practice and offers a wide range of legal services, ranging from guiding clients through the labyrinth of employment laws and regulations, preparation of compliance manuals, advice on employment benefit schemes such as ESOPs, sexual harassment law, retrenchment and labour law implications regarding establishment or closure of units to dealing with trade unions, conducting HR audits and representing clients before conciliation authorities and labour courts.

Anti-Corruption & White-Collar Crime:
The firm’s white-collar crime practice includes representing clients on complex business and financial frauds, securities fraud, anti-corruption issues, foreign investment related offences, unauthorised disclosure of trade secrets and confidential information, and violation of laws and regulations attracting criminal liability. The firm has arguing counsels with expertise in criminal law as well as partners with incisive knowledge, experience and understanding of the criminal jurisprudence, investigation process, bail and custody and trial procedures. The firm also possesses relevant expertise in dealing with investigation agencies including CBI, Crime Branch, EOW, SIT, SFIO, ED and the DRI.

The firm set up India’s first technology law practice in 1999 and it has been the largest practice in India for the last 20 years. The firm represents large multinationals doing business in India covering the entirety of the TMT industry including hardware, software, software services, networking, telecom and e-commerce. The practice covers licensing, outsourcing, intellectual property, e-commerce, telecom, data privacy and voice over IP.

Additional Practice Areas:
Antitrust and competition, aerospace and defence, anti-dumping, banking and finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, capital markets and securities law, commercial law, e-commerce, data privacy, environment law, FinTech, foreign investment, insurance, IP, international trade laws, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, private equity and venture capital, POSH practice, privatisation and disinvestments, shipping and maritime, state-ups practice, and taxation (direct and indirect).