Karanjawala & Co

India

Review

Dispute resolution

Delhi-based Karanjawala & Co is a leading exclusive boutique litigation firm based in New Delhi, where it has three offices. It was founded in 1983, now comprises nearly 100 lawyers, and has a stellar reputation in the market as a go-to for precedent-setting, landmark matters. The firm features in over 625 reported judgements of the Supreme Court and has filed and dealt with over 25,000 matters to date. Though historically the firm began its practice with a predominant Supreme Court and High Court emphasis, it now has expanded to have a presence in all the subordinate courts and tribunals in the National Capital Region and routinely handles litigations on a pan-India basis. The leadership team comprises nine partners who are all respected and seasoned litigators.

Karanjawala’s criminal practice has grown substantially in the last five years, its teams appearing in a number of high-stake and high-profile matters. Recently, the firm has also carved out a niche practice for itself in the fields of consumer protection and real estate regulatory authority litigation. The group’s practice focuses not only on general consumer litigation but also on medical negligence and real estate, with the firm representing a wide range of clients before various tribunals, ranging from the district fora to the National Commission. There is also a consumer team that has filed over 1,000 cases in the National Commission, with a high success rate. The firm’s insolvency group has extensive experience in dealing with high-profile matters while appearing for corporations and financial institutions.

Managing partner Raian Karanjawala serves as the head of the 10-partner strong disputes department. Other key figures are founding partner Manik Karanjawala, and senior partners Nandini Gore, Ruby Singh Ahuja and Sandeep Kapur.

Exemplary of the type of cases the firm is known for includes its representation of ArcelorMittal India in its bid in the insolvency resolution process of Essar Steel India. There were multiple rounds of litigation at various stages of the resolution process. The matter became more complicated given the lack of clarity on the interpretations of the provisions and the post-2016 amendments made to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Ultimately, the Supreme Court of India laid down two landmark judgements that are now widely referred to and relied upon in cases under the IBC.  

One of the most eagerly watched corporate battles in the country finally came to an end in early 2021. In it, the Karanjawala team assisted Tata Sons to victory in a dispute between the investment companies of Cyrus Mistry – the former chairman of Tata Sons – with Tata Sons and its shareholders. The dispute arises from the removal of Mistry as executive chairman of Tata Sons and subsequent removal as a director of Tata Sons and a few operating companies of Tata Sons. After various rounds of litigation, the matter was disposed by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in Bombay in favour of the client. The matter lays down the foundation of the law in cases of oppression and mismanagement and the general law and procedure to be adopted by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal in dealing with appeals from the NCLT.

The firm counts domestic powerhouse corporates and multinational banks and companies as loyal clients. It has recently worked with Adani Group, Ambuja Cement, Astro, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Disney Broadcasting, Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble, Star TV, Tata Steel, Twitter, Unilever, Vodafone and Wadia Group.