Celebrating 20 years of trading this year, Kochhar & Co has, in that time, become one of the few truly multinational Indian law firms, operating standalone offices in the US, Singapore and Japan as well as an affiliate office in Saudi Arabia. It is, in fact, the first Indian firm to expand to the Middle East and Japan, seeking to exploit the work that exists between India and those regions. A dizzying array of practice areas accompanies the firm’s unique geographical spread, making it a “firm of choice” for many, especially in the fields of labour and technology law.
Manishi Pathak is internationally recognised for his work in labour and employment matters, and was named among our “40 under 45” list of India’s leading young lawyers last year. Formerly at Luthra & Luthra, Pathak has a strong background in M&A and regulatory matters as well as labour and employment issues, and sources consider him to be a “superb corporate lawyer”.
Bangalore’s Stephen Mathias meanwhile is highly regarded by peers around the world for his work in the information technology sector.
Among the firm’s recent clients are Adidas (which it has represented in a criminal matter), Japan Airlines, Itochu Corp, Panasonic, Toyota and MasterCard. Lawyers in the Delhi office are also advising a consortium of Engineers India, National Fertilizers and Fertilizer Corporation of India on the revival of a closed fertiliser unit in Andra Pradesh – a joint venture worth around $1.7 billion.
Other prominent clients include Toyota, Dell, Tenneco, Mitsubishi Electric Company, Al Jazeera Network, Caterpillar Asia Private, Fujitsu, MasterCard India, Visa International and Getty Images. Labour and employment clients include Babcock & Brown, British Sky Broadcasting, GE Infrastructure, HSBC, Marks & Spencer and The Economist Group. Prominent information technology clients include Apple and Exxon.