Clients interviewed by Chambers Asia 2014 have praised the firm for its responsiveness and expertise. The banking clients have mentioned that “they are proactive; we don't need to prompt them. They highlight the issues to us.” Another client has commented that “they handle the cross-border elements very well. They were very good at finding solutions.” Further, clients of the project, infrastructure and energy practice have mentioned that “they are incisive and have a passion for details. A strong point is their depth of experience, especially in energy and infrastructure-related investments.” Furthermore, a pleased corporate client has praised the firm’s efficiency and has highlighted that the firm is “very timely - I can tell them I need something by tomorrow and they will get it to me.” The dispute resolution clients have praised the firm’s responsiveness and accommodation of cross-border work. The firm has also been praised for its strategic planning and international capabilities. Sources have mentioned that “Majmudar have burst onto the scene in the last few years. They are able to understand the nature of business and evolve their practice, giving dynamic advice. Clients want to hear what strategies are available – this is where they add value.” Another client has commented that “they proved that they have a very tactical approach, particularly in the international context.” The firm’s employment clients have praised the firm for its communication and technical ability, and mentioned that “their communication was good. They sent us detailed information and were very precise in what they were saying to us.” Another client has mentioned that “their technical knowledge of the law was very good. They knew how we should tweak our policies to be in line with legislation.” The firm’s private equity clients have praised the firm for its communication and negotiation skills. Clients have mentioned that “they're generally very easily available, responsive and very happy to get on the phone and talk through issues. When it comes to getting stuff done, they're very pragmatic.” Another client has highlighted that “they are flexible in structuring the deal as well as in negotiations.” The firm’s tax clients have appreciated the firm for its pragmatic advice and responsiveness. One of the clients has mentioned that “I believe that they adopted a hands-on and pragmatic approach. There were no needless academic notes or memoranda; they provided practical solutions to the problems.” Another client has praised the firm and said that “they were very quick with their responses. We received a prompt answer to our queries.” The firm’s TMT clients have mentioned that “they are very responsive and reliable.”
In the 2013 edition of Chambers Global, clients have praised the firm for providing excellent service and exceeding their expectations. Sources interviewed by Chambers have remarked about the team’s sound commercial judgment and impressive client management skills. In the 2013 edition of Chambers Asia, the firm’s banking clients have mentioned that “all the team members are practical, easy to deal with and responsive” and the firm’s capital markets clients have praised the firm for “excellent partner-level attention and a very polished approach.” Further, the corporate/M&A clients of the firm have praised the firm for being “extremely responsive and flexible.” Another client has highlighted that “they know what they’re talking about, and nothing slips through the cracks.” The firm’s dispute resolution clients have said that “the partners have shown that they can think outside the box; we have great confidence in them.” One private equity client has highlighted that the firm “brings quality and focus to transactions.” In project finance matters, an interviewee has said that “they provide good, well-drafted advice and respond in a timely manner.” A pleased real estate client has highlighted that “they are consistently on time and can get to grips with the implications of complex local laws for their clients’ work.” The tax practice has been commended as a “high-end quality service provider.” The firm’s TMT clients have commented that “they’ve been very responsive and reliable, supporting us all the way and meeting or exceeding our expectations on everything.”
In the 2012 edition of Chambers Asia, the firm’s banking and finance clients have highlighted that “the firm is attuned to the way that banking and finance is handled internationally and it does very well in navigating the complex landscape of the Indian market.” Similarly, the firm’s dispute resolution clients have commented that “the lawyers give personalized attention and quick results.” Further, the real estate clients have praised the firm for being “extremely professional and knowledgeable and excellent value for money.” Furthermore, the firm’s tax clients have informed Chambers Asia that “the firm gives practical and easy-to-understand advice, and is timely in its responses.” Likewise, the TMT clients have expressed that “across the board, the lawyers are responsive and knowledgeable, and produce good-quality work.” Moreover, the restructuring and insolvency practice has been commended as “excellent and exemplary.”
In the 2011 edition of Chambers Asia, clients have recognized that “the firm provides an efficient and professional service and the lawyers have a personalised approach, and provide in-depth analysis of the situation.” Further, clients have noted that the firm is “great at responding quickly and showed a good understanding of our business needs - they were very good at explaining the particularities of the Indian market,” and have lauded the firm for its “knowledgeable and experienced team with strong and effective professional networks throughout India.” Furthermore, the real estate clients consider the firm to have “tremendously highly regarded lawyers who are committed to deadlines, cost-conscious and excellent value for money.” Similarly, the litigation clients have praised the firm as having “a team of highly motivated professionals, who are client-friendly with deep knowledge.” Likewise, the projects, infrastructure & energy clients have praised the firm by mentioning that “in addition to the quality of their advice, their strength is that they present matters in a clear and accessible way.” Further, the tax clients have praised the firm’s lawyers for being accessible and knowledgeable about the market. In its earlier editions, Chambers Asia has described Majmudar & Partners’ turnaround time as “phenomenal” and has praised the lawyers as being “practical and creative.” Additionally, the firm’s clients have conveyed to Chambers Asia that Majmudar & Partners offers “expertise on big-ticket matters”, and “ensures that its advice is simple such that the clients follow the lawyer’s thinking.”
Chambers Global 2014 states that the “very impressive and always available” Akil Hirani is admired by peers and clients for his “very international, very global outlook,” with one client noting that he “really understands US-style business.” Similarly, Mr. Neerav Merchant wins praise from clients for being a “thorough, careful, responsive and thoughtful lawyer.” The edition also mentions that the projects, infrastructure and energy team is sought by local and international banks and energy companies for its expertise on both, conventional and renewable energy projects.
Under the corporate/M&A practice review, Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 has highlighted that Mr. Akil Hirani enjoys a strong reputation among clients, who highlight his “very global outlook: he thinks about what a US or international company wants and never jumps to conclusions or makes assumptions.” Mr. Neerav Merchant has been recognized in the dispute resolution practice for playing a pivotal part in many of the team's most significant cases. According to sources, “he really does a good job of co-ordinating the team.” Clients find him “thorough, careful, responsive and thoughtful.” Further, Mr. Akil Hirani has been appreciated by the private equity clients for his proactive and “very international” approach. The firm’s tax clients are pleased with Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan’s responsiveness and his practical approach.
Chambers Asia has ranked partner, Mr. Akil Hirani, for his finance, M&A and private equity work. In client interviews by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia 2013, Mr. Akil Hirani has been described as “absolutely the driving force of the firm – bright, charismatic and picks things up very quickly.” Mr. Hirani has also been commended as “extremely bright and one of the standout partners at his firm.” Similarly, Mr. Neerav Merchant has been ranked by Chambers Asia 2013 for dispute resolution and real property work. Chambers Asia 2013 has also mentioned that clients value partner, Mr. Rukshad Davar, for his willingness “to roll up his sleeves and proactively lead a deal.”
In the 2012 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific, the firm’s banking and finance clients have highly rated Mr. Akil Hirani, revealing that “he is aware of the commercial scope of transactions and doesn’t get bogged down in legal technicalities.” Further, the corporate/M&A clients have recognized Mr. Hirani for handling a wide range of work and praised him as “a solution finder who has good judgement and takes a pragmatic approach.” Likewise, the private equity clients have agreed that “he has very good judgement and is definitely very solution-oriented.” Similarly, Mr. Neerav Merchant has been praised by the real estate clients for his “highly responsive” approach.
Chambers Asia 2011 has praised Mr. Hirani for his “efficiency and deep knowledge of the Indian regulatory landscape” and Chambers Asia 2010 has rated him as one of the “most in demand legal practitioners” in India. Further, he has been singled out for praise by clients for his commercial acumen and “a very good approach to solving business problems.” Furthermore, Mr. Neerav Merchant, has been described by clients as “an excellent, responsive lawyer who always asks the right questions and provides helpful, pragmatic advice.”
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 continues to rank Majmudar & Partners as a top-notch Indian law firm and has recommended its partners in their respective fields. Like the previous editions, the 2014 edition of Asia Pacific Legal 500 has highly ranked Majmudar & Partners in the areas of banking and finance; corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; insurance; intellectual property; investment funds; projects and energy; real estate; tax; and technology, media and telecommunications. Additionally, the firm has also been ranked among the leading firms in Bangalore.
Clients interviewed by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014 have commended the firm for providing “exceptionally responsive, clear and on-point advise” to clients engaged in domestic and cross-border litigation as well as international arbitrations. Further, clients have highlighted that the firm is “very good, especially in relation to IT matters.” In the 2013 edition, the firm has been praised for its “dependable and comprehensive advice”, and clients have highlighted that the firm has an “excellent” and “well-deserved” place in the market. The earlier editions have praised the firm for its “excellent level of expertise;” “concise and commercially focused advice;” “exceptional team;” “high level of service;” “top-quality advice;” and “responsiveness, and timely and clearly stated legal advice demonstrating high level of technical ability.” In addition, the firm’s clients have stated that “the team at the firm is outstanding;” “the firm’s lawyers are clear in their communications, practical, and work hard to meet tight deadlines;” “understand both, the US and Indian side of transactions;” and “present matters in a clear and accessible way.”
In the 2014 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Mr. Akil Hirani has been ranked as a leading lawyer in the Corporate/M&A category. Clients have praised Mr. Akil Hirani and Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan for being able to “demonstrate practical knowledge regarding Indian taxation” and “knowledge of the regulatory framework in relation to foreign investments in India.” Further, clients have mentioned that Mr. Neerav Merchant has “deep knowledge of Indian arbitration law and is an excellent strategist.” Furthermore, Mr. N. Raja Sujith has been acknowledged by clients for providing “responsive and appropriate advice.” In the 2013 edition, clients have described Mr. Akil Hirani as “exceptional.” In addition, Mr. Neerav Merchant, Mr. Rukshad Davar and Mr. N. Raja Sujith have been recognized as leaders in their respective fields. In the 2012 edition, clients have described partner, Mr. Neerav Merchant, as “excellent.” The 2010/2011 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500 has described the partners of the firm as “top class.”
Asialaw Profiles 2014 has highly recommended Majmudar & Partners for its banking and finance, construction and real estate, corporate/M&A, IT, telecommunications and media, labour and employment, life sciences, private equity, restructuring and insolvency, and tax practice. A foreign peer has quoted to Asialaw that “Majmudar & Partners deliver a prompt, high level, experienced service. Their services were timely and cost-effective. For tax law matters, we always rely on Majmudar & Partners. All the team members are practical, easy to deal with and knowledgeable.” A tax client has praised Mr. Akil Hirani and said “we were totally satisfied with Mr. Hirani’s responsiveness and the quality and depth of the advice he gave, which was thorough, comprehensive and practical. Mr. Hirani clearly has an excellent grasp of the law and an ability to see the issue and find practical solutions.” Further, Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan has been praised for his “real grasp of Indian taxation and the regulatory framework in relation to foreign investments in India” and being “quick to understand the needs of the client and find constructive solutions.” A client describes Mr. Neerav Merchant as “very knowledgeable” and “strong in communicating with overseas clients.” Clients interviewed for the 2012 edition of Asialaw Profiles have praised the partners of the firm as “trusted advisers, who have extensive experience and work well with international clients.” Further, the clients have liked “the tenor and quality of the advice given by the firm.”
Practical Law Company (PLC) has highly recommended Majmudar & Partners for its corporate real estate, outsourcing and IT, and IP practices. Further, the firm has been recommended for its private equity / venture capital; tax; intellectual property; life sciences - corporate and commercial; labour and employee benefits; and environment practices. Furthermore, the firm's banking and finance; corporate/M&A; telecommunication and media practices, have also been recognized. Additionally, Mr. Akil Hirani has been mentioned as a leading legal practitioner for corporate/M&A; finance; and tax, while Mr. Neerav Merchant has been mentioned as a leading labour and employee benefits practitioner. Mr. Merchant has also authored the corporate real estate India Q&A on behalf of the firm in the 2012 edition of PLC.
IFLR1000, in its 2014 edition, has ranked Majmudar & Partners as a leading Indian law firm for banking, project finance, capital markets and M&A work, and has acknowledged the firm’s thriving banking and corporate/M&A practices being built on its complex regulatory and corporate structuring work in India. Further, clients have given favorable reviews to Mr. Hirani and his team and have said “Akil gets personally involved with the cases and gives good, holistic advice. He also makes sure we get proper attention from the junior members of his team. We are seeking proactive advice and they have never given us conflicting advice for which we would have had to go get a second opinion.” In the 2013 edition, Majmudar & Partners has been ranked as a leading Indian law firm for banking and finance, and M&A work, and partners, Akil Hirani, Mr. N. Raja Sujith, and Mr. Rukshad Davar, have been given glowing accolades. The firm has also been praised for the high level of participation from senior lawyers in transactions. Additionally, the firm has been described as being in its own class among other competitors by a client interviewed by IFLR1000. Lastly, the firm has won the IFLR1000 awards for the Best Employment Law Firm in India in 2011 and 2012.
Majmudar & Partners has been honored by the India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) as the best Indian law firm of 2013 in the categories of Employment and Industrial Relations, and Restructuring, Refinancing and Insolvency. Further, one of the firm’s employment and industrial relations’ client has commended the firm for being “prompt and time bound.” The firm has also been ranked as a market leader in employment law in India by the IBLJ in 2010 and 2011, and has been the 2012 winner of the IBLJ award for Restructuring and Insolvency Firm of the Year. In addition, the firm’s representation of Wockhardt Ltd., a leading Indian pharmaceuticals company, in litigation propounded against it by DBS Bank, has been ranked as one of the most significant disputes in India in 2010 by IBLJ.
In the 3rd edition of the IDEX LEGAL Awards 2014, Mr. Neerav Merchant was a runner-up for the Best Dispute Management Lawyer award. Mr. Merchant was the jury’s choice as one of the runners-up because of the size and complexity of the transactions he advised on, as well as for his adoption of innovative dispute management strategies keeping in mind his client’s financial and business goals.
Majmudar & Partners finds place in the list of top-40 law firms in India compiled by RSG Consulting, a UK-based legal strategy and research firm.
Asian Legal Business, a leading legal publication focusing on the Asian legal market, rated Majmudar & Partners as a rising law firm in its ALB 2011 rankings.
The Tax Directors Handbook has continuously ranked Majmudar & Partners among the leading tax law firms in India, and has recommended Mr. Akil Hirani and Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan. Further, a client has valued Mr. Raghavan for being able to “demonstrate practical knowledge regarding Indian taxation and having knowledge of the regulatory framework in relation to foreign investments in India.” In an earlier edition, the firm’s tax practice has been described as “strong” and “sophisticated.” The International Tax Review, 2014, has praised Mr. Hirani for his sound knowledge of banking, private funds and corporate tax. One satisfied client has quoted “we found them very responsive. They have a business approach that goes down with us.” Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan has also been praised for being well versed in corporate and international tax advisory, fund structuring and tax litigation. The firm has also been ranked in the 2013 edition, and the 2012 edition featured Mr. Akil Hirani and Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan for advice on tax issues in outsourcing transactions in India.
The jury for the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards, 2009, rated Majmudar & Partners as a leading Indian law firm for corporate/commercial work. Further, Lawyer Monthly, a prominent London-based legal periodical, has ranked Majmudar & Partners as the leading Indian banking law firm in its 2013 Lawyer awards, and the leading Indian firm for Litigation and Arbitration work and Energy work in its 2011 awards.
Mr. Akil Hirani has been nominated by his peers and recognized in the Who’s Who Legal 2014 edition as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the areas of banking, private funds and corporate tax. Additionally, Mr. Neerav Merchant has been listed as a leading real estate and commercial litigation practitioner. In the previous editions, Mr. Akil Hirani has been nominated by his peers and recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the areas of banking, capital markets, M&A, corporate tax, insurance and reinsurance, private funds, regulatory communication, and IT/e-commerce work in India. In addition, Who’s Who Legal had listed Mr. N. Raja Sujith as a leading product liability, regulatory, transactional and intellectual property lawyer for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and Mr. A. K. Hirani as a leading banking, commercial arbitration and commercial litigation practitioner.
Mr. Akil Hirani has also been recognized by Leading Lawyer 100 Asia Pacific 2011 as a leading banking lawyer.
The Indian Lawyer 250, which is a definitive guide to the leading business law firms of India, has given several accolades to the firm and its partners. It mentions that living up to its reputation as “a great full service firm,” Majmudar & Partners excels in numerous areas of practice and remains “innovative and forward looking” despite over 70 years of trading. Internationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of Indian banking, corporate tax and private funds law, managing partner Akil Hirani is described as “a prodigy” by sources who have tallied his achievements to date against his youth. In 2013, The Indian Lawyer 250 named him as one of the country’s leading practitioners under the age of 45. The Indian Lawyer 250 also recognized partner, Neerav Merchant, for his work in commercial litigation and real estate matters, and highlighted that he brings “exceptional” corporate and commercial acumen to the firm thanks in part to his lengthy in-house stint at Patni Computer Systems.
Lastly, Majmudar & Partners’ representation of SKS Microfinance Limited, one of the largest microfinance companies in the world, in its fourth round of financing of US$75,000,000 by, among others, Sandstone Partners, got an honorable mention in Asian Counsel’s magazine on deals of the year in 2009.