P&A Law Offices has an experienced and established dispute resolution practice that is multi-jurisdictional and sector agnostic. Market watchers laud the firm for its stellar client roster and involvement in some of the country’s meatiest corporate fights. The litigation and arbitration team comprises over 45 lawyers who work with clients across a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, financial markets, telecommunications, automotive and consumer goods. The P&A team are known for their leading roles in high-stakes and complex disputes for household name clients, particularly in international arbitration. The firm is also proud of its lengthy track record of acting for the Indian government in contentious investment treaty matters.
Managing partner Anand Pathak helms a team of 13 active disputes partners, including Amit Mishra, Akshat Hansaria and Shashank Gautam.
One marquee achievement recently had the firm brief senior advocate Gopal Subramanium for Daiichi Sankyo in its groundbreaking suit against Ranbaxy. Subramanium was given the right of the audience before Singapore’s High Court and court of appeal. This instance is the first time such a right has been granted by Singapore courts to Indian lawyers. As a consequence of the judgement, the arbitral award in favour of the client remains enforceable.
In other triumphs for the team, it represented the Republic of India in two investment disputes. The first was initiated by a Japanese investor under the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and Japan. The firm was responsible for making submissions before the tribunal for the defence of India. In the second, the dispute was initiated by a UAE investor under the Promotion and Protection of Investments between India and the UAE. Both cases ended successfully for the Republic of India with the assistance of the P&A lawyers.
The firm acted for Shristi Infrastructure & Development Corporation in an ongoing ICC[WC(1] arbitration. The dispute arose out of exit rights sought to be exercised by the foreign private equity investor in a joint venture company, where the client was the stakeholder. The JV had been created for the construction and operation of a luxury resort in Kolkata, India. This matter ended successfully in favour of the firm’s client. The team also triumphed in an arbitration for Schneider Electric India against Anacon Process Control. The dispute arose out of purchase orders for the design, supply, testing and commissioning of a SIL-3 Safety PLC system for hydrocarbon gas detection and alarm system to be set up at pump delivery stations under the Western Region Pipelines of Indian Oil Corporation.
Key clients in the past 12 months include Amazon, Axis Bank, Altico Capital India, Bhushan Steel, Diageo, General Motors, ICICI Bank, Ikea, KKR, LG, Mercedes, Sanofi, Schneider Electric, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and Transunion.