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GAR 100 - 4th Edition

Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co

18 February 2011

With more business than ever emanating from India, it’s never been so important to have some dependable arbitration counsel in mind, should the need arise.

People in Who’s Who:
Pending cases as counsel:
Value of pending counsel work:
US$0.5 billion

Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, which operates in Mumbai and New Delhi, is a well established port of call for those in the know.

The firm enjoys a top-tier reputation for commercial dispute resolution in the Indian market, with international arbitration often singled out as a particular niche. It does so despite changes in the partnership during late 2008 that saw one of the Mumbai office’s big names for litigation and arbitration – Marezban Bharucha – leaving to create his own firm. Local contacts have downplayed the impact of the loss, noting that the firm can still field Ciccu Mukhopadhaya in Mumbai and Pallavi Shroff in Delhi – members of the governing bodies of the ICC Secretariat and Singapore International Arbitration Centre, respectively. Both featured in GAR’s “Who’s Who of Arbitration in India”, published in 2008.

Shroff, who spends the majority of her time on international work, is understood to have acted for clients including Coca Cola, Nestlé, Suzuki Motors and Indian oil exploration and thermal energy companies. It is a reflection of her eminence that she was the only Indian member of a committee chaired by Debevoise & Plimpton partner David W Rivkin that produced the latest version of the SIAC rules, published last summer. SIAC is a major provider of arbitration services for Indian parties. Mukhopadhaya is understood to be a specialist in construction and joint venture disputes. Last year he acted as co-counsel to Hogan Lovells’ Stephen York in a shareholder dispute. GAR also recently reported on the firm’s involvement in the case of RS Jiwani v Ircon International, in which the Bombay High Court accepted that partial set-aside of an award is possible, clearing up a controversial point of domestic and international law.

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