GAR 100 - 7th Edition

AZB & Partners

Professional notice

The Indian firm lost a well-known partner in Bangalore

Who’s Who names:
Zia Mody

Leading Indian law firm AZB joined the GAR 100 in 2010 when it was in the process of linking with Clifford Chance. That tie no longer exists but the firm remains in the ranking on its own merit. If anything, its independence makes it more useful to know.

AZB’s reputation owes much to the personality and profile of founding partner Zia Mody in Mumbai, once named one of India’s 25 most powerful women by Business Today. Formerly of Baker & McKenzie in New York, Mody was until recently a vice president of the LCIA and ranked one of the highest-regarded figures in India in GAR’s “Who’s Who of Arbitration in India” in 2008. Her reputation has grown considerably since then.

The firm boasts some 275 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. In the past year it has acted for IBM, Reliance, BG Group, BIC Clichy, Essar Wind Power and Schlumberger Asia.

In 2013, the firm lost prominent Bangalore-based partner Shreyas Jayasimha, who left to found his own disputes boutique. Jayasimha had represented LCIA India as an amicus curiae in the landmark Balco case before the Indian Supreme Court. AZB also recruited Nikhil Sakhardande as of counsel.

AZB has represented leading corporate houses and multinationals in multi-jurisdictional arbitration matters governed by various rules including those of the ICC, UNCITRAL, Swiss Chambers of Commerce, London Maritime Arbitrators Association Singapore Court of International Arbitration and London Court of International Arbitration. The Firm has also been involved in arbitration proceedings under foreign laws such as New York law and English law where Indian law issues underscored the arbitration proceedings, in addition to numerous arbitrations sited within and outside India governed by Indian law.

The Firm has handled complex commercial litigation and arbitration including conducting complex cross examination and trials of intricate questions of law and fact. The experience in arbitration and litigation is across almost every industry including construction, real estate, information technology, aviation, banking and finance, infrastructure, etc.

Zia Mody was a Vice President on the London Court of International Arbitration (2010 - 2013). She has recently selected as being among the world’s pre-eminent commercial arbitration specialists by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

AZB remains at the forefront of cutting edge matters and is heavily involved in international arbitrations before various international arbitral institutions, as well as enforcement of interim awards, which proceedings are currently ongoing and sub-judice.

The Firm has received wide national and international acclaim within the legal sphere, some of which include the ‘Best National Law Firm (India)’ by the Chambers Asia Law Awards for Excellence, 2014 and as a Band 1 firm in Corporate / M&A, Banking and Finance and Private Equity by Chambers Asia : Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business; the ‘Law Firm of the Year, India’ for M&A, Private Equity, Real Estate and Litigation by Acquisition International magazine’s Legal Awards, 2014, the ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for Corporate Governance, M&A, Arbitration, Litigation Advisory and Entertainment – India, 2014 by ACQ Global Awards 2014; the ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for M&A, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Project Finance and Entertainment Law, Full Service & Dynamic Law Firm of the Year’ – India, 2014 by Corporate INTL – Legal Awards – 2014; was ranked as No. 1, both for value and number of deals, in the Thomson Reuters Mid Market and Small Cap Rankings of their Quarter 2 Review of 2014 between January to June, 2014; was been ranked 1st in Euromoney’s Real Estate Survey, 2014 in the category of “Advisors and Consultants – India” in 2014 by Euromoney; the ‘Law Firm of the Year – India’ and ‘Best Overall Law Firm – India’ as well as Firm for the year for the following 9 practice areas Best overall law firms, Banking & finance, Capital markets, Competition & antitrust, Mergers & Acquisitions, Policy & Regulation, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Privatization, Restructuring, Refinancing & Insolvency at India Business Law Journal’s Indian Law Firms Awards, 2014 by India Business Law Journal; the ‘TOP 250 Leading Firms - 2014’ by InterContinental Finance Magazine by InterContinental Finance Magazine – 2014 along with many more awards during the year 2014; AZB & Partners has been awarded the ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for M&A, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Project Finance and Entertainment Law – India, 2014 by Corporate INTL.

  • Express Towers, 24th floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021, India
    TEL +91 22 6639 6880 | FAX +91 22 6639 6888
    EMAIL: [email protected]
  • AZB House, Plot No. A8, Sector 4, Noida 201301, India
    TEL +91 120 4179999 FAX +91 120 4179900
    EMAIL:[email protected]
  • Unitech Cyber Park, 602 Tower-B, 6th floor, Sector 39, Gurgaon 122001, India
    TEL +91 124 4200296 FAX +91 124 4038310
    EMAIL: mailto:[email protected]
  • AZB House, 67/4 – 4th Cross, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560001, India
    TEL +91 80 4240 0500 FAX +91 80 2221 3947
    EMAIL: [email protected]
  • Onyx Towers, 1101/B, 11th Floor, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune 411001, India
    TEL +91 20 6725 6666 FAX +91 20 6725 6600
    EMAIL: [email protected]


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