Date of birth:
1 May 1969
The name of the law school from which you received your first law degree:
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Current law firm and office:
Chadha & Co, New Delhi
Position within the firm:
Details of the past law firms worked for:
Kochhar & Co
Key practice areas:
Commercial Disputes, Commercial Contracts, Corporate Laws, Corporate Governance, Competition Law, Labour and Employment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions
Details of the matter that you have worked on in your career to date that you are most proud of, and why:
My firm specialises in advising foreign companies on their Indian legal and regulatory issues. We act every day across areas of law and across industries for clients from over 31 countries on very challenging matters.
There was, however, this one case for which I was admitted pro hac vice at the US District Court, Southern District of New York. My client was a UK based company which manufactured footballs in India through subcontractors. A leading global television channel produced and telecast a documentary in the US on child labour in the sports goods manufacturing industry in India, specifically targeting my client. As a result, my client’s sales and reputation suffered and they filed a libel suit against the television broadcaster in US District Court, Southern District of New York. We acted as Indian counsel for the client on Indian aspects of the matter, specifically with regard to collection of evidence in a manner that would be admissible in the US court. This was one of the first matters of its kind in India and involved explaining the provisions of international treaties to the Indian government and courts and taking admissible testimony of over 25 witnesses in a time-bound manner and transmitting the same to the US court. This was a path-breaking and arduous task in itself, which helped strengthen our client’s case.
The name of any more senior lawyer/s that you look up to or consider to be mentors:
Mr Pravin Anand (Managing Partner, Anand & Anand)