Ritu Bhalla

Ms Ritu Bhalla is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ritu directly using the contact details listed above.

Ms Ritu Bhalla is a senior Partner at the Firm and in the capacity of a co-chair of the practice group, oversees the Firm’s practice in corporate commercial litigation, arbitrations and regulatory litigation. She specialises in Mergers, Public & Administrative Judicial Review, Insolvency-related Disputes, Shareholder Disputes, Domestic and International Commercial Arbitrations, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Infrastructure Litigation including Building Contracts, White Collar Crimes and Extradition-related Action. She has extensively represented multinational as well as domestic shareholders in their inter se disputes in joint ventures, including Board room strategies

For over two and a half decades, Ritu has been a focal point in the firm’s litigation practice and has worked on many fiercely contested matters across jurisdictions including before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various States, and other Specialised Quasi-Judicial Tribunals. Her strength in litigation rests on her ability to formulate and execute legally sound and tactical strategies on behalf of major multinationals, domestic corporates, banks, public enterprises, commercial and financial institutions involved in complex disputes.

Ritu successfully represented the majority shareholders of a Japanese Company in a one of its kind case of oppression by minority shareholders, before National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai. She represents the investment arm of the Russian Federation in an ongoing International Commercial Arbitration and has successfully obtained an Interim Award of INR 135 crores (approx.) in favour of her client. She has been a part of several marquee cases representing TATA, Getit Info Services Pvt. Ltd., Biological E Ltd., ETA Group of Dubai, IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited, Navyuga Engineering Company Limited, Indian Oil Corporation and Indian Paints Association et al and was part of the team advising the Government appointed Board of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (SCSL) following the confession of its promoter and was actively involved in the proceedings involving SCSL before the Company Law Board.

Ritu’s deep involvement with commercial litigation and arbitration goes beyond courts and tribunals and extends to formulating valued litigation strategy. Ritu has been associated with conferences and seminars on contemporary legal issues and is an active member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Delhi High Court Bar Association.

Recognition:

Ritu has been ranked in Band 2 for Dispute Resolution by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017-20, which states, “Ritu Bhalla advises domestic and international clients on a wide spectrum of contentious matters, including private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes. She is also adept at handling arbitration proceedings.” Chambers and Partners 2018 quotes, “Ritu Bhalla has a stellar reputation in the arbitration and litigation circle and regularly acts on private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes for both domestic and international clients.”

She was also been Recognised as the ‘Best in Commercial Arbitration’ at Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law awards 2019,  and ranked as a Distinguished Practitioner by Asialaw Profiles, 2019 and 2020.

Rohan Janardhanan

Rohan Janardhanan is our exclusively recommended Shipping & Maritime Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rohan directly using the contact details listed above.

Rohan, managing partner at Rex Legalis, has practiced law in Dubai and India. He has multi- jurisdiction legal experience and has specialised in Maritime (both wet and dry work) and the white collar criminal matters, investigating the forensic aspects of criminal law importantly with the maritime dimension. He has more than 15 years of wide-ranging legal practice in law firms that handle cross-border transactions between organisations in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the Asian subcontinent. He has a master’s degree from Cardiff University, UK, with specialisation in marine and commercial laws.

Rohan has been working closely with a number of Shipping Companies advising them on all aspects of laws in the UAE and India. Rohan has spent more than 10 years as a Legal Consultants with a top tier law firm in Dubai. He has also advised a number of Ship Owners and P & I Clubs on matters relating to cargo claims, sale and purchase of vessels, matters involving collision, stowaways to name a few. He has been representing and defending ship owners, international carriers and liner operators in criminal cases at the economic offences department, Serious Fraud Investigation Authority and Central Bureau of Investigation, filed by local traders on a pan India Basis. One of his recent instructions were to represent the local owner and crew manager, in a matter involving the death of 4 crew members. He has been actively receiving instructions from international clients with respect to the winding up local companies in the National Company Law Tribunal (‘NCLT’) and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (‘NCLAT’).

Dhritiman Bhattacharyya

Dhritiman Bhattacharyya (DB) started his career with a leading law firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2001. Currently he is the Senior Partner in Unity Legal. With more than 23 years’ experience, DB specializes in Corporate and Commercial laws, Mergers and Acquisitions.

He advises various multinationals clients on various corporate and commercial matters. Additionally he has been regularly advising his clients on restructuring of their companies which includes mergers and demergers and appearing before the Courts and Tribunals for implementation of the same. He has attended and presented several papers at various international conferences at Durban, Cancun, Singapore, Malaysia, London, etc. He is a member of various bar associations in India including Delhi High Court Bar Association and Supreme Court Bar Association. He is also a guest faculty of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Fore School of Management.

Firm Overview:

Unity Legal (UL) provides a broad range of legal services to companies, both domestic and international, advising corporations during all stages of their corporate existence, from the incorporation of the company through all aspects of its development and operation. UL provides assistance and guidance to foreign investors/technology providers, and Indian companies seeking to source capital/technologies from abroad.

UL has structured and implemented mergers & acquisitions, amalgamations and takeovers across several industries and sectors in India. In this respect, UL conducts due diligences, prepare and negotiate transaction documents and implement schemes of merger, de-merger and amalgamation, etc., which includes working with merchant bankers to ensure stock exchange compliances in cases of listed companies in India.

UL provides advice to minimize the incidence of disputes, and dispute resolution services by way of negotiation, arbitration (domestic & international) and court proceedings. UL handles cases in all forums including the Supreme Court of India and State High Courts, District Courts, Consumer Forum, National Company Law Tribunal etc.

Garima Sahney

Garima Sahney leads the patent prosecution and analytics practice of the firm and plays a pivotal role in patent litigation matters. She obtained a post-graduation degree in Biotechnology in 2005 and is a registered Indian patent agent and a patent attorney in India. With over a decade of experience in the patent industry, Garima has dealt extensively with patent drafting, filing, prosecution, prior art searches, landscapes, claim mappings, due diligence, validity assessments and is actively engaged in conducting in-house training sessions.

Firm Overview:

Saikrishna & Associates is a Tier-1 full-service Firm having focused Intellectual Property, Telecommunication Media & Technology, Corporate Law & Competition Law verticals backing up the Firm’s other practice areas. Founded in 2001, the Firm’s 19 Partners & Associate Partners as well as 100+ lawyers deliver top-notch, & dedicated services to a diverse array of Indian and International clients.

The Firm’s Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Prosecution, and Enforcement teams join with the Commercial, IP, TMT, Corporate & Competition law teams to provide innovative solutions catering to client’s business and IP objectives.

The Firm is highly ranked for its industry and domain-specific expertise basis its industry teams/practice groups which span the Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications & Electronics, Pharma & Life Sciences, Software & Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, FMCG & Retail, Print-Publishing, Real Estate, and Energy Sectors.

Bahram Vakil

Bahram N. Vakil, Co–Founder and Senior Partner, is renowned for his restructuring, bankruptcy and infrastructure / project finance experience. He has served on various high–level government committees on financial reform, foreign direct investment and securities market reform. Amongst these, Bahram was appointed as a key member of the Dr. T K Viswanathan Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee, constituted by the Indian Ministry of Finance, to draft the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Bahram is also a member of the (i) Insolvency Law Amendment Committee, constituted by the MCA to recommend amendments to the IBC; and (ii) International Insolvency Institute (“III”), a non–profit, limited membership organization set up to promote international cooperation / coordination in the insolvency field. Bahram is the first lawyer to be invited to the III.

Bahram also serves on the following committees: (i) Member of the Task Force on the Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans set up by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) (2019); (ii) the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Committee – SEBI Advisory Group (2011); and (iii) the U.K. Sinha Committee – Working Group on Foreign Investment in India (2010).

The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business mentions that Bahram is a gregarious and hard headed lawyer, whose clients value his “smart, reliable and practical advice.” His finesse in negotiations is especially singled out. “He adds value in negotiations, ensuring both parties see the other’s point of view,” states Chambers Global.

Bahram has been recognized by most international publications, including being recognized as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’ (2018 – 2020) for Banking & Finance by Chambers Asia–Pacific and Chambers Global. Bahram is also recognized as an ‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services and Infrastructure by Asialaw Profiles (2020). Additionally, Bahram is named a ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015 – 2019). He is ‘Highly Regarded’ for Energy, Infrastructure, Banking and Project and Finance by IFLR1000 (2016 – 2020) and ‘Recommended’ for M&A / Governance, Government Contracts, Corporate and Banking & Finance by International Who’s Who Legal (2018 – 2019). Bahram has also consistently featured in the ‘Top 100 Indian Lawyers’ list published by India Business Law Journal (2015 – 2019) and was awarded ‘Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year – India’ at the Corporate LiveWire Global Awards (2019).

He has an LL.M. from Columbia University and is dually qualified to practice law in India and New York, being a member of the New York State Bar.

Ranjit Prakash

Ranjit Prakash founded Archeus Law (“Archeus”) in October 2016. Prior to launching Archeus, Ranjit headed the Dispute Resolution, Project Advisory and Corporate Law Divisions and was a Senior Partner with other leading law firms in India. He has been practicing law since 1991 and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi.

Ranjit’s practice areas include Infrastructure & Projects, Mining and Dispute Resolution. He has been involved with the infrastructure sector, in particular the energy, highways and mining sectors. He also has substantial experience in several international and domestic commercial arbitrations involving large infrastructure and manufacturing companies.

He has advised clients on several high profile matters like representing SEPCO in the cases relating to the industrial accident which arose after the collapse of a chimney at the BALCO site, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) on a very high stake arbitration proceeding in the wind energy sector in India, Moser` Baer Electric Power Limited in an arbitration proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with respect to a dispute arising out of an agreement entered for development of a 63 MW Hydro Power Project, Visa Steel Limited in defending arbitration proceedings before London Court of International Arbitration, London.

Ranjit has also been advising several of the firm’s clients on domestic and international arbitration related matters, including international arbitrations before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) etc.

Firm Overview:

Archeus Law is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of Project Advisory, Contract Management and International Dispute practices in various areas of businesses including Infrastructure, Real estate and Mining. Launched in October 2016, the firm has commenced operations with a strong portfolio of clients including some of the leading Indian and Foreign Multinational Companies and part of the Fortune 500 list of companies. Archeus Law consists of a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals who possess extensive knowledge and understanding of the Indian legal and regulatory framework.

The firm has been launched by Ranjit Prakash, Chief Executive Partner, a legal professional having more than 25 years of experience. Ranjit is a former Senior Partner and one of the founding partners of HSA Advocates. He moved on with his entire highly specialized project management and dispute team to set up his new firm Archeus Law. The team at Archeus Law has substantial experience in advising on an array of issues related to Infrastructure and Energy sector, which includes project advisory, transactional support, contract management and dispute resolution. The team is currently handling a portfolio of infrastructure projects which includes large Power Projects both conventional and renewable energy, highway projects, metro rail projects and mining projects.

With its principal office in New Delhi, Archeus Law is supported by a network of associate firms in other parts of the country. From its early days, Archeus Law has already built up a significant client base in a short span of time by delivering quality professional service in a timely manner, which have been appreciated by client.