Samvad Partners

India

Review

Dispute resolution

Samvad Partners is a multi-specialist law firm with a solid dispute resolution offering. The firm’s core litigation areas encompass commercial, employment, competition, intellectual property and financial disputes. The litigation and arbitration team comprises five partners and 17 associates spread across the firm’s five offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. It is rapidly developing its mediation and insolvency and debt recovery practices in the wake of Covid-19. Another interesting feature is the firm pioneering and advocating for more online dispute resolution.  

Five partners round out the disputes team: Arjun Krishnan, Poornima Hatti, Rohan George, Savani Gupte and Harish Narasappa. Collectively, they cover antitrust, construction, government, insolvency, IP, labour and international arbitration dispute matters.

A disclosable marquee matter for the firm last year was its representation of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in a high-profile, landmark case concerning allegations of anti-competitive selling arrangements entered into by e-commerce platforms Amazon and Flipkart, and their respective ‘preferred’ sellers on the platforms, specifically in the context of the sale of newly launched smartphones. The case is important because it is the first investigation launched by the CCI into the e-commerce sector, which is perceived to be a source of market power that falls outside the pigeonholes of traditional concepts in antitrust law. Although the case relates to smartphones, it has implications for the entire e-commerce sector generally.

Gupte joined in the spring of 2021 from Khaitan & Co. Another senior associate was hired in the summer, Arjun Sarathy from CrestLaw Partners.

The firm’s client stable includes Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction, Phasorz Technologies, QD Seatoman Designs, Society for Informal Education and Development Studies, Tata Projects, Yes Bank and Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses.

Client feedback

“The firm is proactive in its communications, and has trustworthy engagement and sound local knowledge. They are a cost-effective and affordable firm for top-line litigation work in south India. They were able to assimilate technical issues well, and provide cohesive and precise strategic advice.” – Commercial and transactions

“The lawyers understand the client's needs and respond appropriately. They have a good handle on what other companies are doing in the market to offer pragmatic solutions and options.” – Labour and employment

Poornima Hatti

“She is a valued counsellor to the company on various labour-related matters.”

“Proactive engagement, sound local knowledge and precise legal advice.”

Vineetha MG

“Vineetha understands the requirements of her clients, is highly professional, insightful and an expert in her field.”