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AZB and Partners

About

AZB & Partners is a TIER-I corporate law firm in India, with offices spread across Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. The firm comprises over 150 partners specializing in General Corporate, M&A and Banking and Finance practice and other specialized verticals such as Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Competition Law, Intellectual Property, Capital Markets, Compliance & Investigations, Funds, Employment Law etc.

Practice areas

  1. Banking & Finance
  2. Capital Markets
  3. Competition / Antitrust
  4. Compliance & Investigation / White–Collar Crime
  5. Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions
  6. Data Privacy & Protection
  7. Dispute Resolution
  8. Employment / Labour & Benefits
  9. Financial Services
  10. Funds
  11. Intellectual Property
  12. Private Client Practice
  13. Private Equity & Venture Capital
  14. Regulatory & Securities
  15. Restructuring & Insolvency
  16. Start–Ups & Emerging Companies
  17. Tax

Sectors

  1. Aviation
  2. Defence
  3. E–Commerce & Retail
  4. Energy
  5. FinTech & Digital
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Insurance
  8. Microfinance
  9. Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare & Life Sciences
  10. Real Estate
  11. Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Work Highlights

From privately owned to publicly listed companies, including Fortune 500 entities, multinational companies, investment banks and Private Equity firms, AZB & Partners’ client list spans domestic and international geographies. The deals we showcase here are award winning, often setting precedents in India’s evolving legal landscape.

2024: Bodhi Tree, The Walt Disney Company, BlackRock, Reliance Capital, Silverview Credit Partners

2023: HDFC, ICICI Bank, IDFC First Bank, Avaada, Cube Highways

2022: TCS, Shell, Bain Capital, Yes Bank, Citi, ACC & Ambuja Cement

Office locations

MUMBAI Lower Parel Office

AZB House, Peninsula Corporate Park, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel
Mumbai 400013, India
T: + 91 22 4072 9999
F: +91 22 6639 6888

3rd & 4th Floor, Peninsula Tower, Peninsula Corporate Park, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013, India
T: +91 22 4072 9999
F: +91 22 6639 6888

MUMBAI Kala Ghoda Office

One Forbes, 5th Floor, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001, India
T: + 91 22 4901 0600
F: +91 22 4901 0699

NCR – Noida Office

AZB House, Plot No A-7 and A-8, Sector 4, Noida 201 301, National Capital Region, India
T: +91 120 417 9999
T: +91 120 692 3700
F: +91 120 417 9900

NEW DELHI

Unit No. 4B,4th Floor, Hansalaya Building, Barakhama Road, New Delhi 110 001, India
T: +91 11 4022 1500

NCR – Gurgaon Office

Unitech Cyber House, 602, Tower-B, 6th Floor, Sector 39, Gurgaon 122 001, National Capital Region, India
T: +91 124 484 1300
F: +91 124 484 1319

BANGALORE Office

Level 5, 37 Cunningham, Cunningham Road, Bangalore 560 052
T: +91 80 4240 0500

PUNE Office

Onyx Towers, 1101-B 11th Floor, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune 411001, India
T: +91 20 6725 6666
F: +91 20 6725 6600

CHENNAI Office

Villa B8, Withy Pool Villa Complex, Boat Club Road,R A Puram, Chennai 600028, India.
T: +91 44 2434 0145

Culture

Our Knowledge Management team drives the exchange of knowledge and learning within the Firm, integrating knowledge and technology and developing practice resources in a three-pronged strategy:

  • Legal training with an emphasis on interactive learning/ experiential exercises;
  • Skills training, including negotiation, presentation, writing, business development and technology; and
  • Knowledge and deal experience-sharing sessions among partners.

The Firm’s focus on constantly upgrading software and systems directly benefits our team and our clients. Our Innovation Cell’s specific mandate is to seek and evaluate new applications and programs to augment our legal services and support functions. The team regularly tests new products and explores ideas to improve current systems and processes.

Internally, our custom-built due diligence software and AI-powered document management solutions facilitate knowledge sharing and archival. Our proprietary project management and Closing Tracker tools enable clients to access interactive dashboards to track M&A and financing progress in real time.

ON REFLECTION

AZB has a different DNA – as a junior, then as a partner, and now even sometimes as a client, there is a differentiation from other firms. You’re thrown in the deep end as a junior, given a lot of opportunities, and the learning is just that much faster. To build your career and walk away with people whom you think of as family, it doesn’t really get better than that.

Essaji Vahanvati, at AZB from 2003 to 2015

ON HIERARCHY

Comparatively, we’re a young firm. The average age of our lawyers is slightly higher than the average age of young India, around 30 years, which means a youthful, vibrant culture, and a friendly, open atmosphere. It’s also a flat structure, we don’t stand on ceremony – there are no Ma’ams and Sirs here.

Bahram N. Vakil, Co-Founder & Senior Partner

ON ACCOUNTABILITY

The client expectation is responsiveness. What ensures this is a three-tier system: We have a tier of senior partners, tried and tested, with 15+ years’ experience and a strong market standing. Then the junior partners, who are young, hungry, raring to go. This enables us to solve better, the client knows whom they can approach at which level for a quick turnaround, so there’s no backlog. And our clients have learnt that there is accountability at every level, because anyone can and has been called out for not following through. There is no ego. The value-add that each partner brings, at each level, is always recognised.

Zia J. Mody, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Internship

Application form: https://www.azbpartners.com/internship/

Legal Job

Application form: https://www.azbpartners.com/legal/

Website

https://www.azbpartners.com/

Awards and Recognitions

Chambers & Partners Global 2024

  • Ranked a ‘Band 1 Firm’ for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition / Antitrust, Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution and International & Cross–Border Capabilities

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2024

  • Ranked a ‘Band 1 Firm’ for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition / Antitrust, Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Real Estate (Pan India and Delhi Based), Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax and White–Collar Crime & Corporate Investigations
  • Ranked for Aviation, Employment, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Projects/Infra & Energy, Real Estate (Mumbai Based) and Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Chambers Fintech Legal Guide 2024

  • Ranked ‘Band 1 firm’ for Fintech

Asialaw Profiles 2024

  • Ranked ‘Outstanding’ for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition / Antitrust, Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution, Private Equity and Restructuring & Insolvency; and for the Banking & Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences and Real Estate sectors
  • ‘Highly Recommended’ for Construction, Investment Funds, Labour & Employment, Regulatory and Tax; and for the Insurance and Technology & Telecommunications sector
  • ‘Recommended’ for Aviation; and for the Energy, Infrastructure, Media & Entertainment sectors
  • Ranked for Intellectual Property

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

  • Ranked a ‘Tier 1 Firm’ in Aviation, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition / Antitrust, Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution (Litigation), Dispute Resolution (Arbitration), Private Client Practice, Private Equity and Investment Funds, Projects & Energy, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax, Technology Media & Telecommunications and White–Collar Crime
  • Ranked for Data Protection, Fintech & Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment and Life Sciences & Healthcare

ALB India Law Awards 2024

  • Named ‘Law Firm of The Year’
  • Named ‘Deal firm of the Year’
  • Named ‘Law Firm of The Year’ for Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Named ‘M&A Deal of The Year’ – IDFC FIRST Bank’s Merger with IDFC Limited
  • Named Darshika Kothari ‘Women Lawyer of the Year’ at the ALB India Law Awards
  • Named Ashwath Rau ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ at the ALB India Law Awards

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024

  • Ranked a ‘Tier 1’ Firm for Commercial & Transactions, Construction, Government & Regulatory, Insolvency and International Arbitration
  • ‘Highly Recommended’ Firm for White-Collar Crime
  • ‘Recommended’ Firm for Labour & Employment
  • Ranked for Competition / Antitrust and Tax

India Business Law Journal 2024

  • Named ‘Law Firm of the Year’
  • Named ‘Best Overall Law Firm of the Year’ for Anti-corruption & White-collar crime, Arbitration & ADR, Aviation, Capital markets, Competition & Antitrust, Fintech, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private client practice, Private equity & Venture capital, Real estate, Restructuring & Insolvency and Structured finance & Securitisation

Legal Era Awards 2024

Recognized as ‘Law Firm of the Year -Innovation, Strategies & Continuous Growth’

Public contacts and social handles

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/azb-partners/

Contact Page: https://www.azbpartners.com/contact/

mumbai@azbpartners.com

delhi@azbpartners.com

bangalore@azbpartners.com

pune@azbpartners.com

chennai@azbpartners.com

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