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This article is written by Jasmine Madaan, from Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS). This is an exhaustive article that lists the “Top 10 Indian Law Firms in the year 2019”.

Introduction

This is an article that almost every person in the legal profession wants to read. A list which interests almost all the law students. In fact, it even should because being aware of the top-ranking law firms can help one to decide internships, explore various new fields in the legal profession and even decide their future career path. Having the ability to do good law firm research can be very fruitful for one’s career. The article provides the list of Top 10 law firms in India in 2019.

Criteria for selecting the Top law firms

Criteria for selecting the top law firms is a blend of certain factors- deal value, deal count, career Achievements, the feedback given by clients and foreign law firms, perception within the market, prestige, work environment. Every website, journal, consulting agency has its list and this current article has been formed after analysing all of them.

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The Top Law Firms

1. AZB Partners

  • Founders and Partners

The firm has three founding partners- Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl and Bahram N. Vakil. Miss Zia Mody and Mr Ajay Bahl are the managing partners. The firm has more than 400 lawyers and 105 partners operating at 4 different locations-Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune. It was established in 2011.

  • Practice Areas

    • Aviation;
    • Banking & Finance;
    • Bankruptcy & Insolvency; 
    • Capital Markets; 
    • Competition/Antitrust; 
    • Compliance & Investigation/ White-Collar Crime; 
    • Defence; 
    • Dispute Resolution; 
    • E-commerce & Retail; 
    • Employment; Energy & Natural Resources; 
    • Financial Services & FinTech; 
    • Funds; 
    • Healthcare and Life Services; 
    • Information Technology & Business Process Outsourcing; 
    • Infrastructure & Project Finance;
    • Insurance; 
    • Intellectual Property; 
    • International Trade/ WTO; 
    • Media & Entertainment; 
    • Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, General Corporate; 
    • Microfinance; 
    • Private Client Practice; 
    • Private Equity;
    • Real Estate; 
    • Regulatory Practice & Securities Laws; 
    • Taxation; 
    • Technology, media and Telecommunications.
  • Achievements

  • Highest deal count as per Mergermarket H1 2019.

  • Ranked No.1 in the RSG Top 50 Indian Law Firms Ranking 2019.

  • Advised the largest M&A transaction by deal value in India i.e. US$23.3 billion mergers of Vodafone with Idea Cellular.

  • Ranked a ‘Tier 1 Firm’ in the following Practice areas: M&A, Capital Markets, Private Equity and Banking and ranked a ‘Tier 2 Firm’ in the following practice areas: Project Finance and Telecommunications networks by IFLR1000 in the year 2019 and 2020.

  • Ranked as a ‘Band 1 Firm’ in the following practice areas: 

  • Corporate/M&A, 
  • Private Equity and Real Estate; 
  • Ranked as ‘Band 2 Firm’ in: 
  • Capital Markets, 
  • Banking & Finance, 
  • Competition/Antitrust, 
  • Dispute Resolution, 
  • Tax and 
  • TMT; 
  • Ranked as ‘Band 3 Firm’ for Projects/ Infrastructure & Energy and White-Collar Crime by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2019.
  • Named a ‘Recognized Practitioner’ for Insurance by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2019.

  • Recognized by High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law.

  • Named ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ in 2019 by Chambers India Law Awards.

  • Named as India’s ‘Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year’ in 2019 by Lawyers Worldwide Awards.

  • Awarded as ‘Top Indian law firm 2019’ by RSG India.

  • Ranked ‘Outstanding’ in the following Practice areas: 

  • Banking & Finance, 
  • Capital Markets, 
  • Corporate/ M&A and 
  • Private Equity; 

and in the following Industry sectors: Banking & Financial Services and Real Estate by Lawyers Worldwide Awards and Asialaw Profiles in 2019.

  • Named as a ‘Band 1 Firm’ for Corporate/M&A; ‘Band 2 Firm’ for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/Antitrust and Dispute Resolution; and ‘Band 3 Firm’ for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy by Chambers Global in 2019.

  • Named ‘Private Equity Law Firm of the Year’ at Legal Era Awards 2018-19.

  • For a detailed list of awards, kindly refer to https://www.azbpartners.com/awards/.

  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The firm is well renowned for M&A(Mergers & Acquisitions), international business and quick turnaround time on client queries. It has a better balance of the number of lawyers and equity partners. It has a well-debated decision-making process and believes in the fact that quality focus comes first. Their greatest strength is an in-depth understanding of legal, regulatory and commercial environments in India and outside India.

AZB partners have been ranked as the number 1 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the highest deal count in 2019, the third-highest deal value in 2019. The growth rate of the firm has been tremendous over the years. RSG Consulting India Report, India Business Law Journal and various other websites have also placed it in the top category.

Rating- 10/10 

2. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

  • Founders and Partners

Founder of the firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is Mr Shardul S. Shroff, who is also the current Executive Chairman of the firm. Ms Pallavi S. Shroff and Mr Akshay Chudasama is the Managing Partner. It was the third Indian law firm to have more than 100 partners. The firm at present has over 110 partners and more than 600 lawyers operating at 7 different locations in India- Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bengaluru. 

  • Practice Areas

    • Banking & Finance, 
    • Capital Markets, 
    • Competition Law, 
    • Dispute Resolution, 
    • General Corporate (includes M&A & PE), 
    • Intellectual Property, 
    • Insolvency & Bankruptcy, 
    • Projects & Project Finance,  
    • Tax, and 
    • Venture Capital.
  • Achievements

  • Highest deal value as per Mergermarket H1 2019.
  • Awarded ‘India Law Firm of the Year’ at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) India Law Awards 2019
  • Awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year, 2019’ by India Business Law Journal
  • Awarded the ‘Most Innovative National Law Firm of the Year’ at the annual IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2019
  • Recognised as one of the ‘Best Overall Law Firms’ by India Business Law Journal, 2010-19
  • Ranked #1 in deal count and #1 in deal value in the annual Mergermarket India League Tables 2018
  • The Highest number of Band 1 practices, Band 1 lawyers and Ranked lawyers in Chambers & Partners 2018
  • Awarded ‘Country Firm of the Year, India’ for 2017-2019 by Who’s Who Legal
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The firm has won the title of ‘Innovation in Legal Expertise’, recently. It is well-known for providing innovative solutions to its clients. The firm provides experts in various areas.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has been ranked as the number 2 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the highest deal value in 2019 and third-highest deal count in 2019. As per the India Business Law Journal it is the Law firm of the year. It has been ranked at the third number by the RSG Consulting India Report. 

Rating- 9.5/10

3. Khaitan and Co

  • Founders and Partners

The firm was founded in 1911 by Late Debi Prasad Khaitan and J.N. Mazumdar. His brothers, 

Lakshmi Prasad Khaitan and Bhagwati Prasad Khaitan assisted him in establishing and 

managing the firm. It was the first Indian Law firm to have more than 100 Partners. At present, 

It has more than 650 lawyers including partners. Khaitan’s total partnership headcount had increased to 152 and it has 91 equity partners. Operating in 4 different locations- Delhi (since 1970), Kolkata (since 1911), Bangalore (since 1994) and Mumbai (since 2001).

  • Practice Areas

    • Banking and Finance;
    • Capital Markets;  
    • Competition / Antitrust; 
    • Corporate and Commercial; 
    • Corporate Governance; 
    • Corporate Restructuring; 
    • Data Privacy & Protection; 
    • Debt Capital Markets; 
    • Direct Tax; 
    • Dispute Resolution; 
    • Employment, Labour and Benefits; 
    • Energy, Infrastructure and Resources; 
    • Environment; 
    • Estate Planning, Trusts and Private Client; 
    • Indirect Tax; 
    • Intellectual Property; 
    • Investment Funds; 
    • Mergers and Acquisitions; 
    • Private Equity; 
    • Public Mergers & Acquisitions; 
    • Real Estate; 
    • Regulatory Practice; 
    • Restructuring and Insolvency; 
    • Securities Litigation and Enforcement; 
    • Technology, Media and Telecommunications; and 
    • White Collar Crime.

Their focus sectors are Defence and Homeland Security; E-Commerce; Education; Hospitality; Insurance; and Pharmaceuticals.

  • Achievements

  • 2nd Highest deal count as per Mergermarket H1 2019.
  • Revenues of the firm in the financial year 2018-19 increased by 20-25% and crossed Rs 600 Crores in April 2019.
  • Ranked as ‘IFLR Top Tier Team 2020’ in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Restructuring and insolvency by IFLR 1000.
  • Awarded as ‘SE Asia Practice Firm of the year’ at Asian Legal Business South East Asia Law Awards 2019.
  • Awarded as ‘Large M&A Law Firm of the Year’, ‘Large IBC Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Large Employment Law Firm of the Year’ at IDEX Legal Awards 2019.
  • Ranked as Tier I Indian Law Firm in the following practice areas: Competition / Antitrust, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution by Legal 500 in the year 2019.
  • Awarded ‘TMT Deal of the Year’- Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart at Asia Legal Awards 2019
  • Ranked as ‘Outstanding’ Firm in the areas of Banking and Finance, Competition / Antitrust, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution and Private Equity by Asialaw Profiles 2019.
  • Awarded as ‘Deal Firm of the Year’ at Business India Law Awards 2019 
  • For a detailed list of Awards, kindly refer to https://www.khaitanco.com/awards.
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

More than 100 years of practice has always been an asset. It is often known for its highest average packages to freshers. The depth and breadth of expertise make it a continuous part of top-ranking firms.

Khaitan & Co has been ranked as the number 3 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the second-highest deal count in 2019. The number of awards, Consistent Growth over the years and work environment contribute to its ranking. It is one of the main parts of India’s Magic Circle. It has been ranked as number 2 by the RSG Consulting.

Rating- 9.5/10

                   

4. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

  • Founders and Partners

After the split of the Shroff brothers, the firm was founded by Mr Cyril Shroff on May 25, 2015. Mr Cyril Shroff is also the Managing Partner of the firm. It was the second Indian Law firm to cross the 100 partner benchmark. It has about 750 lawyers and 130 partners at present. They operate in 6 different locations: Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Chennai.

  • Practice Areas

    • Banking and Finance; 
    • Capital Markets; 
    • Competition law; 
    • Corporate; Disputes; 
    • Employment; 
    • Intellectual Property; 
    • Investment Funds; 
    • Financial Services Regulatory; 
    • Pharmaceuticals/ Life Sciences; 
    • Private Client; 
    • Projects; 
    • Real Estate; 
    • Tax; 
    • Investigations; and 
    • TMT.

Achievements

  • It had the second-highest deal value as per Mergermarket H1 2019.

  • At the ALB India Law Awards 2020, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Bagged the Most Number of Awards: Law Firm of the Year; India Deal Firm of the Year; Debt Markets Deal for the Year – Network i2i’s Issuance of Securities; Equity Market Deal of the Year – Embassy Office Park’s IPO; M&A Deal of the Year(Premium) –  ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel’s Acquisition of Essar; Deal Maker of the Year – Cyril Shroff

  • Awarded ‘India Law Firm of the Year 2019’ at BusinessWorld’s Global Legal Leaders Awards 2019

  • Awarded ‘Best Firm for Women in Law in India’ at Legal Media Group Euromoney Business Law Awards 2019.

  • Association of Wealth Management of India (AIWMI) ranked CAM as the ‘Best Private Client Law Firm’ at India Wealth Awards 2019

  • At IBLJ Deals of the Year 2019, 13 deals/matters of CAM were amongst the winning deals.

  • At Asialaw Regional Awards 2019, CAM won the following awards: Law Firm of the Year (India); Energy Law Firm of the Year; Impact Deal of the Year (Walmart acquisition); and Impact Deal of the Year for (Equis acquisition)

  • At IBLJ Indian Law Firm Awards 2019, CAM won 10 awards.

  • At Chambers India Award 2019, CAM was awarded as the ‘Finance Law Firm of the Year’

  • At ALB India Law Awards 2019, CAM won the following awards: Banking and Finance Services Law Firm of the Year; Debt Markets Deal for the Year – Allianz Capital Partners GmbH’s Investment in IndInfravit Trust; M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) – AION Capital Partners and JSW Steel’s Acquisition of Monnet Ispat; M&A Deal of the Year(Premium)-  Walmart’s Acquisition of Flipkart; and Managing Partner of the Year – Cyril Shroff

  • For the detailed list of Awards, kindly refer to https://www.cyrilshroff.com/awards-rankings/.

  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

It is the first Indian law firm to embrace Artificial Intelligence(AI) Technology. It has the largest number of lawyers. It is well known for its functioning in Indian and International matters.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has been ranked as the number 4 law firm of India in 2019. The firm has always managed to fix a spot in the top-ranking firms of India. It is the largest law firm in India based on size. It had the second-highest deal value and fourth-highest deal count in 2019. It has been placed at the fourth number by the RSG Consulting India Report. The firm has won an exceptional number of awards.

Rating- 9.5/10

5. Trilegal

  • Founders and Partners

The Merger of three start-ups in 2000 led to the formation of this firm. The Mumbai-based Trilegal was founded by Karan Sigh and Sridhar Gorthi, Bangalore-based by Rahul Mattan and Prem Ayappa, Delhi-based by Akshay Jaitly and Prasad. It has 55 partners and about 400 lawyers. At present, it is operating at 4 different locations: Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, and Bangalore. 

  • Practice Areas

    • Asset Management and Funds; 
    • Banking & Finance; 
    • Competition Law; 
    • Corporate; 
    • Disputes; 
    • Employment; 
    • Energy & Infrastructure; 
    • International Capital Markets; 
    • M&A; 
    • PE & VC; 
    • Real Estate; 
    • Restructuring; 
    • Tax; and
    • TMT.
  • Achievements

  • Nominated for various categories at Chambers India Awards 2019

  • It was among the top 5 Indian law firms in Deal count as per Mergermarket H1 2019.

  • It was among the top 10 Indian law firms in deal value as per Mergermarket H1 2019.

  • Two lawyers of the firm- Nisha Kaur and Harsh Pais were recognized as ‘Growing leaders of the year 2019’ by RSG report.

  • Among the Top Ranked Firms in the Asia Pacific 2018 Chambers & Partners

  • Awarded as ‘Top Tier Financial and Corporate Law Firm 2018’ by IFLR1000

  • Awarded as ‘Top Tier Law Firm Asia Pacific 2018’ by The Legal 500

  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The firm is known for its culture, the depth of its transactional experience, the wide range of our expertise and the quality and energy of our lawyers. It is more cost-effective and delivers quality-work. It has an extensive approach in India and the International world. The firm is also known for its action against climate change. The full equity lockstep partner compensation model in which Profit is shared is a unique feature which usually International law firms have. 

Trilegal has been ranked as the number 5 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the fifth-highest deal count in 2019. The number of awards, Consistent Growth over the years contribute to its ranking. It has been placed at the fifth position by the RSG Consulting India Report and it has been named in the Big 7 by the India Business Law Journal.

Rating- 9/10

6. J. Sagar and Associates(JSA)

  • Founders and Partners

JSA was founded by Jyoti Sagar in 1991 and later in April 2003, Berjis Desai started the Mumbai office. The current Joint Managing Partners are Vivek K. Chandy and Amit Kapur. At present, the firm has more than 320 lawyers operating at 7 different locations: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi.

  • Practice Areas

    • Corporate; Disputes; 
    • Finance Sectors: Agriculture and Forestry; 
    • Capital Markets; 
    • Construction & Engineering; 
    • Defence & Internal Security; 
    • Education; 
    • Energy: Power & Hydrocarbons; 
    • Environment; 
    • Financial Services & Insolvency; 
    • Hospitality, Tourism & Retail; 
    • Insurance & Pension; 
    • Knowledge based Industries; 
    • Manufacturing; 
    • Media and Sports; 
    • Mines & Minerals; 
    • Non-Governmental Sector; 
    • Pharma; Real Estate; 
    • Services; 
    • Smart Cities; 
    • Startups; 
    • Telecommunications, Media & Technology; 
    • Transportation & logistics; 
    • White Collar Crimes and Compliance Practice.
  • Achievements

  • Winner (2019) of Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Firm of the Year, Ranked Band 1 (2019) in Banking & Finance, Ranked Band 1 (2019) in Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019.
  • Ranked ‘Tier 1 (2019)’ in the following Practice Areas: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution and Projects & Energy by Legal 500.
  • Ranked ‘Best Overall Law Firm (2019)’ in the following sectors: Aviation, Capital Markets, Energy, Projects & Infrastructure, Policy & regulation, Structured finance & Securitisation and Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) by India Business Law Journal.
  • Ranked 1 (Manager – By Volume): Bloomberg – Global Legal Advisers, Capital Markets – Annual 2018 by Bloomberg.
  • Awarded ‘M&A Law Firm of the Year’ at BW Businessworld Legal Leaders Awards 2019.

  • For a detailed list of Awards, kindly refer to https://www.jsalaw.com/firm-profile.
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The firm’s community service, pro bono work and Firm retreat make it stand out. The firm tries to maintain the work-life balance. Core values of the firm provide that they combine ‘the expertise and diversity of experience of a large firm with the personalized attention and responsiveness of a boutique firm’. They believe in exceeding client expectations and “people matter”. 

Sagar and Associates has been ranked as the number 6 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the sixth-highest deal count and seventh-highest deal value in 2019. The number of awards, Consistent Growth over the years and the work environment contribute to its ranking. It has been placed at the sixth position by the RSG Consulting India Report and it has been named in the Big 7 by the India Business Law Journal. Various websites have also included the firm in their top ranking like Abhyaas, Top 10 Companies in India, etc.

Rating- 9/10

7. L&L Partners

  • Founders and Partners

L&L Partners(earlier known as Luthra & Luthra Law Offices) was founded in 1990 by Mr Rajiv K Luthra. He is the current Managing Director of the firm. The firm has over 70 partners and over 300 lawyers. The firm is operative in 4 different locations: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

  • Practice Areas

    • Anti-Corruption & Compliance; 
    • Banking & Finance; 
    • Capital Markets; 
    • Competition and Antitrust law; 
    • Corporate & Commercial; 
    • Dispute Resolution- Litigation & Arbitration; 
    • Restructuring & Insolvency; 
    • Intellectual Property; 
    • International Trade; 
    • Management Labour & Employment; 
    • Mergers & Acquisitions; 
    • Private Equity & Venture Capital; 
    • Projects; Energy & Infrastructure; 
    • Real Estate; 
    • Tax(Direct & Indirect); and
    • Pro-Bono. 
  • Achievements

  • Awarded as ‘M&A Law Firm of the Year’ by Legal Era Indian Legal Awards 2019-20.

  • The firm was awarded ‘Best Overall Law Firms’ and four other awards by India Business Law Journal 2019 

  • It was among the top 4 Indian law firms based on deal value by Mergermarket H1 2019

  • It was among the top 7 Indian law firms based on deal count by Mergermarket H1 2019
  • Awarded ‘M&A Law firm of the year’ by the International Financial Law Review in 2019.
  • Awarded ‘M&A Deal of the year’ in 2019 by the International Financial Law Review.
  • Awarded ‘Private Equity law firm of the Year’ by BW Business World in 2019.
  • It was the legal counsel on four of India Business Law Journal’s 2018 Deals of the Year and received four practice area awards at Indian Law Firm Awards.
  • One of the most famous acquisition of 2019 i.e. JSW Steel Limited’s acquisition of Bhushan Steel was advised by L&L partners.
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

A deep understanding and handling. It has a good outreach globally. The lawyers ensure that clients receive innovative, practical and cost-effective advice while holding the ethical standards.

L&L Partners has been ranked as the number 7 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the seventh-highest deal count and fourth-highest deal value in 2019. The number of awards, International outreach, Consistent Growth over the years and the diverse expertise contributes to its ranking. It has been placed at the seventh position by the RSG Consulting India Report and it has been named in the Big 7 by the India Business Law Journal. Various websites have also included the firm in their top ranking like Abhyaas, Top 10 Companies in India, etc.

Rating- 9/10

8. S&R Associates

  • Founders and Partners

The boutique firm was founded by Mr Rajat Sethi and Mr Sandip Bhagat in 2005.  It has 80 lawyers and 15 partners. It has 2 offices in India: Delhi and Mumbai. 

  • Practice Areas

    • Banking and Finance; 
    • Capital Markets; 
    • Competition/Antitrust; 
    • Corporate Governance; 
    • General Corporate; 
    • Litigation and Arbitration; 
    • Mergers and Acquisitions; 
    • Private Equity; 
    • Regulatory; 
    • Restructuring and Insolvency; and 
    • Technology Media and Telecommunications

Sectors

    • Aviation; 
    • Banking and NBFCs; 
    • Consumer and hospitality; 
    • E-Commerce; 
    • Education; 
    • Energy and natural resources; 
    • Engineering and construction; 
    • Healthcare; 
    • pharmaceuticals; 
    • Infrastructure; 
    • Manufacturing; 
    • Chemicals; 
    • Automotive; 
    • Real estate; 
    • Technology; 
    • Media; 
    • Telecommunications; 
    • Travel and logistics; and 
    • Insurance.
  • Achievements

  • Ranked 6th in M&A by India League Tables in 2019
  • Ranked as top tier law firm in the following areas: Corporate M&A; Dispute Resolution; and Investment funds by Asia Pacific 2020.
  • Bloomberg Indian Capital Markets ranked 2nd the firm in Private Equity rights and offering in 2019
  • It was among the top 5 Indian law firms based on deal value by Mergermarket H1 2019
  • It was among the top 9 Indian law firms based on deal count by Mergermarket H1 2019
  • It was awarded in the category of M&A by India Business Law Journal in 2019.
  • Mr Rajat Sethi and Mr Sanjeev Adkala bagged the awards of ‘High quality and good Knowledgeable lawyer’ and ‘Most mature and sensible lawyer’ by Chamber Asia Pacific 2020.
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The experience of lawyers working in different jurisdictions- USA, UK, Singapore helps them in providing a unique combination of Indian and International legal services. It is a boutique law firm with expertise in Dispute Resolution and Litigation.

S&R Associates has been ranked as the number 8 law firm of India in 2019 because it had the fifth-highest deal value and ninth-highest deal count in 2019. The number of awards, Consistent Growth over the years and the capacity to handle all the client’s requirements contribute to its ranking. It has been placed at the eight positions by the RSG Consulting India Report. Various websites have also included the firm in their top ranking like Abhyaas, Top 10 Companies in India, etc.

Rating- 9/10

9. Anand & Anand

  • Founders and Partners

Mr N. K. Anand is the Founding Partner. Managing partner of the firm is Mr Pravin Anand. The firm has 23 partners and more than 100 lawyers and engineers. It is operative at 4 different locations: New Delhi, Noida, Chennai and Mumbai.

  • Practice Areas

The key practice area of the firm is Intellectual Property(IP) which includes 

    • Design,
    • Copyright,  
    • Litigation, 
    • Patient, and 
    • Trademark.

Other practice areas are: 

    • Advertising and Product Liability; 
    • Alternate Dispute Resolution; 
    • Plant Variety; 
    • Fashion law; 
    • Biodiversity; 
    • Brand Strategy; 
    • Competition Law; 
    • IT and E-Commerce laws; 
    • Trade Secret; 
    • Licensing; 
    • White Collar and IP crime; 
    • Packaging and Labelling; 
    • Essentiality Evaluation; 
    • Art law; 
    • Franchising; 
    • Sports law; 
    • Geographical Indications; 
    • Start-up law; 
    • Contractual and Commercial IP; 
    • Enforcement; 
    • Customs; and 
    • Media and Entertainment Laws.
  • Achievements

  • Awarded ‘Firm of the Year’ by the Managing Intellectual Property – Asia Awards 2019
  • Awarded ‘Special Awards: Impact Case of the Year 2019’ for ‘Koninklijke Philips Electronics vs. Rajesh Bansal’ and ‘Monsanto vs. Nuziveedu’ by the Managing Intellectual Property
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2019, recognized it as a Tier 1 firm in the following areas: Copyright & Related Rights, Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, Trademark Contentious, Trademark Prosecution.
  • Awarded ‘Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property Enforcement’, ‘Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property Protection’ and ‘Firm of the Year –  Media and Entertainment – Anand and Anand & Khimani’ by the IBLJ – Indian Law Firm Awards 2019
  • Recognized as a Tier 1 firm(Mumbai and Delhi) by the Media Law International.
  • It was Awarded ‘Leading IP Lawyer of the Decade’, Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year’, and ‘Outstanding Case of the Year’ by the Legal Era Awards 2019-20
  • Asia Law Profiles 2019 awarded the following awards: ‘Asia Law Profiles Rankings- Outstanding- Intellectual Property’, ‘Asia Law Profiles Rankings- Recommended Firm- Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences’, and ‘Asia Law Profiles Rankings- Notable Firm- Dispute resolution’.
  • WTR 1000 Rankings 2019 awarded ‘WTR 1000 – Firm of the Year- Prosecution and Strategy’, and ‘WTR 1000- Firm of the Year- Enforcement and Litigation’
  • It was recognized as ‘IAM 1000- Firm of the Year- Prosecution and Strategy’ and ‘IAM 1000- Firm of the Year- Enforcement and Litigation’ by the IAM 1000 Rankings 2019.
  • Mr Pravin Anand was recognized as WTR Global Leaders 2019.
  • For a detailed list of Awards, kindly refer to https://www.anandandanand.com/awards/
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The firm provides 365-degree services related to Intellectual Property. The firm has an in-house anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting team to provide clients with legal protection to safeguard their brand identities in commercial space.

Anand & Anand has been ranked as the number 9 law firm of India in 2019. The number of awards, Consistent Growth over the years and the work environment contribute to its ranking. Moreover, along with the key practice area i.e. Intellectual Property, the firm has performed exceptionally well in other fields also like ADR, etc. It has been placed at the ninth position by the RSG Consulting India Report. Various websites have also included the firm in their top ranking like Abhyaas, Shiksha, Top 10 Companies in India, etc.

Rating- 8.5/10

10. Economic Laws Practice

  • Founders and Partners

Mr Sujjain Talwar is the Co-founder of the firm.  Mr Suhail Nathani is the Managing Partner of the firm. It has 25 partners and more than 200 lawyers. It has 6 offices in India: Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai.

  • Practice Areas

    • Banking & Finance; 
    • Competition Law & Policy; 
    • Corporate & Commercial; 
    • Data protection; 
    • Defence & Aerospace; 
    • Hospitality; 
    • International Trade & Customs Practice; 
    • Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution; 
    • Policy & Regulation; 
    • Private Equity & Venture Capital; 
    • Projects, Infrastructure & Energy; 
    • Real Estate; 
    • Securities Laws & Capital Markets; 
    • Tax; and 
    • Technology, Media & Telecommunications.
  • Achievements

  • Ranked as Tier 1 Firm in ALB’s Asia M&A Rankings
  • Termed as ‘Highly recommended firm for Banking & Finance Services, Energy and Infrastructure by Asia Law Profiles 2019.
  • Termed as ‘Highly Recommended’ for Infrastructure, Technology & Telecommunications, Transport, Banking, Capital Markets, M&A, Private Equity, and Project Finance by IFLR 1000 in 2019.
  • Recognized as ‘Top Tier Firm in India’ for tax, WTO/ International Trade and Ranked for Competition & Antitrust, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy, Banking & Finance, Private Equity, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, TMT by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019.
  • Recognized as ‘Law firm of the year for Taxation and Competition/ Antitrust by India Business Law Journal 2019.
  • Termed as ‘Outstanding Firm’ for tax; ‘Highly Recommended’ for Competition/ Antitrust, Energy & Natural Resources, Projects & Infrastructure, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Financial Services Regulatory by Asia Profiles 2019.
  • Recognized as ‘Top Tier Firm in India’ for WTO/ International Trade, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Corporate and M&A, Projects and Energy, and Antitrust & Competition by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.
  • For a detailed list of Awards, kindly refer to http://elplaw.in/about-us/#two.
  • Their unique features for which they are considered as the best

The global outreach of the firm has been an asset of the firm. The firm believes in regularly sharing the knowledge to keep clients updated on issues which impact their business. The firm has a consistent focus on quality and provides outcome-oriented solutions.

Economic Laws Practice has been ranked as the number 10 law firm of India in 2019. The extensive Global Outreach of the firm, number of awards, Consistent Growth over the years and high client satisfaction contribute to its ranking. It has been placed at the tenth position by the RSG Consulting India Report. Various websites have also included the firm in their top ranking like Abhyaas, Shiksha, Top 10 Companies in India, etc. As per RSG consulting the firm has been able to secure a position in the top 10 law firms in the previous years. 

Rating- 8/10

Conclusion

The article provides the list of top 10 law firms in India based on a survey-analysis of various sources based on various factors. NOTE: The ranking can vary at different sources.

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