Argus Partners

India

Review

Dispute resolution

The disputes group at Argus Partners continues to score marquee instructions with its sizable team of experienced litigators. The practice has eight partners covering primarily commercial, contractual and regulatory disputes, and it is active in domestic and international arbitrations. The firm has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.

Key figures within the team are senior partners R Suhinder, Abeezar Faizullabhoy and Ranjit Shetty. Five other disputes partners round out the group.

The team is representing Western Concessions Private in an arbitration initiated by Afcon Sener, a joint venture between Afcons India and Sener Spain. It is also defending Mercedes Benz India Private in a commercial suit filed by one of its former dealerships which is claiming the client wrongfully terminated the dealership agreement.

The firm represented former PriceWaterhouseCoopers partners in the Satyam scandal. The high-profile and complex matter involves an alleged violation of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act (SEBI), Chartered Accountants Act and alleged serious violations by the auditors of Satyam in conducting the audit. The firm represented its clients before various forums including SEBI, Securities Appellate Tribunal, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. It also represented partners in the proceedings initiated by SEBI and ICAI and has filed petitions before the High Court and Supreme Court of India.

In a landmark matter, the firm continues to act for a client in the seminal Sabarimala matter, which deals with the entry of women in a temple. This has been one of the most significant constitutional cases in the country deciding on the equal rights of women. This case judgement, which will be decided by a rare nine-judge bench, will have a significant impact on all religions. It will settle the law as regards the interpretation of two articles of the constitution. It will clarify the rights of religious denominations and the extent to which they can manage affairs of religion.

The firm welcomed  disputes partner Udit Mendiratta last year from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Partner Shahen Pradhan left the firm to start his own practice as an independent counsel.

The firm counts ABB, Edelweiss, ICICI Bank, IL&FS Investment Managers, HDFC Group, KKR, Tata Group, Volkswagen Group and Volvo as loyal clients.