With the fallout from corporate scandals, rapid globalisation, increased focus on corporate governance, advancement in technology and data protection, the role of a general counsel has gained significant importance. Several years ago, the role of a general counsel was perceived to be a lifestyle-friendly prelude to retirement or sometimes, in the case of a woman, a role which she would transition to once she got married or had children, since it was perceived to support a work-home balance and did not have the long hours synonymous with a law firm practice.
With COVID-19 keeping lawyers at home and making face-to-face meetings difficult, in-house legal teams have had to embrace technology like never before. Legal department leaders say that this is not a passing phase; tech will be a critical component of their work long after the pandemic subsides.
In its second annual list of India’s best disputes lawyers, ALB India spotlights 30 standout practitioners in the country’s litigation and arbitration scene. The list has been selected based on submissions made to ALB. The names are in alphabetical order, and certain lawyers have been profiled below.
India’s J. Sagar Associates has hired a team of five lawyers in Mumbai from L&L Partners, including partner Apurva Jayant.
Indian law firm S&R Associates has hired a team of five banking and finance specialists in Delhi from J Sagar Associates, including partners Divyanshu Pandey and Arpita Garg.
Disputes specialist Anoj Menon has left Indian law firm AZB & Partners to rejoin Desai & Dewanji as a partner in Mumbai.
Indian law firm Phoenix Legal has hired a six-lawyer maritime disputes team from boutique Legasis Partners, including partner Gautam Bhatikar and counsel Zoeb Cutlerywala.
Rajiv Luthra and Mohit Saraf, equity partners at India’s L&L Partners, have been involved in a public tussle over differences related to dilution of shareholding at one of the country’s largest full-service law firms.
The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has issued an emergency ruling in favour of Amazon.com, putting on hold conglomerate Reliance Industries’ bid to acquire Indian’s Future Retail.