Leading Indian law firm AZB was a new addition to the GAR 100 last year, at which point it was in the process of linking up more closely with Clifford Chance.
- Who’s Who Name:
- Zia Mody
That tie has since been severed, making it even more useful to know.
The firm won entry to the GAR 100 anyway, on its own merits – assisted by the growing reputation in arbitration circles of founding partners, Zia Mody. Formerly of Baker & McKenzie in New York, Mody has been a member of the LCIA court since 2008 and was ranked one of the highest regarded figures in India in GAR’s Who’s Who of Arbitration in India, published in 2008. She been a popular speaker at arbitration conferences for several years now – recently speaking at an event on some of the jurisprudential pitfalls Indian courts have created with regard to arbitration and the New York Convention.
Mody, who was once named one of India’s 25 most powerful women by Business Today, also heads up the firm’s aviation team and advises on the structuring and routing of investments.
The firm boasts some 200 lawyers and has offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune as well as Mumbai. Clients of the dispute resolution team are understood to have included KPMG, Philip Morris, Dhariwal Industries, Bank of New York Mellon, Lehman Brothers and US cable television network ESPN.