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Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co

05 March 2012

Based in Mumbai and New Delhi, the firm is a safe pair of hands for arbitration

Who’s Who Name:
Pallavi Shroff

Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co enjoys a good reputation for international arbitration in the Indian market, despite having lost two big names: Marezban Bharucha from the Mumbai office in 2008, and the firm’s head of litigation and dispute resolution Ciccu Mukhopadhaya, just this year. Both left to become independent practitioners, Mukhopadhaya having been named as a senior advocate by the Orissa High Court in eastern India in December 2011.

Mukhopadhaya, who is a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, will continue to be instructed by the firm as an advocate in the international infrastructure, energy, shipping, mining and shareholder cases at which he is adept.

Meanwhile, the court can still field Pallavi Shroff in Delhi, who features with Mukhopadhaya in GAR’s “Who’s Who of Arbitration in India”, published in 2008 and in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

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 first Indian member of the board of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (a major provider of arbitration services for Indian parties) and part of a committee chaired by Debevoise & Plimpton partner David W Rivkin that produced the latest version of the SIAC rules, published in 2009.

GAR understands that Rita Bhalla, who was made a partner at Amarchand & Mangaldas in October after 20 years with the firm, will take over as head of litigation and dispute resolution in Delhi. Sharad Makhtar has assumed responsibility for the firm’s Mumbai practice.

The firm’s managing partner, leading Indian banking lawyer Shardul Shroff, recently appeared on a panel on India at the first GAR Live event to take place in Asia, in Singapore. Along with Zia Mody of AZB & Partners in Mumbai, Shroff spoke of his hopes of reforms to the 1996 Indian Arbitration Act to reverse the impact of negative court decisions.

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