Leading Indian law firm AZB joined the GAR 100 in 2010. Then, it was in the process of linking up more closely with Clifford Chance. That tie has since been severed – but the firm had been included on its own merits anyway. If anything its independence makes it more useful to know.
- Who’s Who names:
- Zia Mody and Shreyas Jayasimha
Its reputation owes much to the personality and profile of founding partner, Zia Mody, once named one of India’s 25 most powerful women by Business Today.
Formerly of Baker & McKenzie in New York, Mody, who works from Mumbai, is a vice president of the LCIA 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 has been a popular speaker at arbitration conferences for several years now – recently speaking at an event on the problems of arbitrating in India. She also heads up the firm’s aviation team and advises on the structuring of investments.
Meanwhile, Bangalore-based partner Shreyas Jayasimha has also made a name for himself. He was recently part of the team that submitted an amicus brief on behalf of LCIA India to assist the Indian Supreme Court as it considers whether to limit the power of the Indian courts to intervene in arbitrations outside India. He has also been elected to the executive council for the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration.
The firm boasts some 200 lawyers and has offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune as well as Mumbai. Clients have included Vedanta Resources, the Tata Group, KPMG, Philip Morris, Dhariwal Industries, Bank of New York Mellon, Lehman Brothers and US cable television network ESPN.