Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe is one of India’s largest full-service law firms. Founded in 1895 by Sir Dinshaw Mulla, the firm is a top tier leading law firm in India.
Recent awards and accolades of the firm include: “Top Tier Firm, 2012” by AsiaLaw; “Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year 2011, India” by Acquisition International, “Shipping Law Firm of the Year, India” by Corporate INTL, “Best Aviation Law Firm, India” by InterContinental Finance 2011, “IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year in India 2011” by Global Law Experts, to name just a few.
With over a dozen lawyers as qualified solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and Hong Kong, and members of the IBA, the ABA, the IPBA, the INTA and the AMLC, the firm has a broad-based practice and a diversified client base proudly representing numerous MNCs, Fortune 500 companies, enumerable overseas clients, international and Indian banks as also insurance companies amongst others.
For the past 40 years the firm has carried out the annual revisions for the India Law Digest for Martindale Hubbell’s International Yearly Law Directory and India correspondent for Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Quarterly.
Admiralty: With the strongest admiralty practice in India, the firm has a worldwide reputation for providing legal services on all aspects of the shipping laws. It acts for ship owners, charterers, hull & cargo insurers, P&I and Defence Clubs, salvage & tug companies, container handlers, shipbuilders, bunker suppliers, etc.
Arbitration & Litigation: The firm’s robust litigation and arbitration practice (ranked in the top band) has extensive experience in international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, SIAC), dispute resolutions, antitrust, securities and general commercial matters.
Banking & Finance: The firm regularly advises international banks and overseas lenders for major bilateral and syndicated facilities of all types including acquisition, asset and structured finance in major infrastructure projects LNG, port, aircraft, ships, etc.
Competition Law: With its expertise in merger control, acquisition and cartelisation, the firm specialises in conducting exhaustive audits and reviews to ensure compliance with the Indian competition laws by analysing the combinations and agreements being contemplated by various MNCs.
Corporate & Commercial: The firm has a strong practice in areas of corporate and M&A rendering advice to several multinational corporates in their India investments and joint ventures.
Employment: The firm renders legal advice in relation to drafting employment contracts, agreements and bonds and handling litigations involving issues of service, employment and labour laws, in diverse areas such as industrial disputes, contract labour, provident fund, gratuity, employees insurance, etc.
Insurance & Reinsurance: Exclusively acting for insurers the firm acts for Indian & foreign Insurance and Reinsurance companies as also various syndicates at Lloyds. With extensive experience in diverse insurance policies – marine, loss of profit, material damage, erection policies, personal accident policies etc, it also acts in arbitration disputes between insurers and reinsurers.
Intellectual Property: With a strong IP practice, particularly in trademark, copyright and design law and a grounded litigation team backing, the firm has successfully represented clients in enforcement actions in various passing-off and infringement cases.
Media & Entertainment: Having represented clients in some of the heaviest media litigations in India related to advertising, newspaper publication as also the payment of royalty fees to copyright societies, the firm has the expertise to advise on issues such as personality and image rights, rights of publicity, competition, advertisements and endorsements.
Real Estate & Property Law: The firm has extensive experience in transactions relating to real estate, conveyancing, lease, etc. It has a strong real estate litigation department and handles matters on behalf of financial institutions as also for land disputes between developers and other interests, etc.
Trade & Transport including Logistics: Advising on all laws relating to trade of commodities, oils, metals in the international market, transport by land, sea and air, including combined transport, the firm advises on customs law and import and tariff regulations with regard to cargo trade.
Mulla House, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai 400 001
Tel: +91 22 2204 4960 / +91 22 2287 5121
Fax: +91 22 2204 0246 / +91 22 2204 4717
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe celebrates its 120th anniversary next year, making it one of India’s longest established law firms. Despite its rich tradition, the firm continues to offer innovative new strategies to clients, and has steadily expanded its team in recent years. Among its ranks Mulla counts several dual qualified lawyers, who combine Indian expertise with membership of the London, Hong Kong and New York bars, all of which adds to the “exceptional reputation” the firm enjoys on the world stage.
Shardul Thacker heads the firm’s banking, maritime and arbitration practice groups, and is internationally recognised for his financial services work, regularly advising international lenders in finance transactions in the offshore, infrastructure projects, energy, ports and shipping sectors. Hoshang Nanavati meanwhile is praised for his aviation work as well as his insurance expertise.
Thacker’s banking clients have in the past included Central Bank of India, Citibank, Citigroup Global Markets, GE Capital, HSBC, Axis Bank, RBS and Société Générale. He acted for a consortium of international lenders with State Bank of India as the lead arranger for the $215.5 million loan advanced to SCI for the acquisition of six newly built 57,000 metric tonne bulk carriers; Axis Bank for the $41 million loan advanced to Doddanavar Global Energy Private Limited for financing the implementation and purchase of wind farm projects; and EXIM Bank for the $24 million loan advanced to Great Offshore Limited for financing its equity participation in its overseas subsidiaries.
The firm also acted for Sandvik Asia in the acquisition of the surface drilling business from Eimco Elecon. The firm also recently acted for the Shipping Corporation of India in relation to the acquisition of two 57,000 DWT supramax bulk carriers for $29.95 million each.