As in other years, ALB highlights exceptional private practitioners in India when it comes to client service. These lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB. The list is in alphabetical order, and some lawyers have been profiled.

•       Lawyers were selected based on client feedback sent directly to Asian Legal Business between April and May 2023.

•       Over 1,000 recommendations have been received for more than 100 lawyers.

•       The work of the lawyers nominated, and the commercial standing of the clients making recommendations were taken into account during evaluation.

•       Factors including the following were also considered:

a.     Key work done in the past year and entire career

b.     Key clients

c.      Market Reputation of candidate

d.     Market Reputation of firm


Gautam Bhatikar
partner, Phoenix Legal



Gautam Bhatikar is a partner at Phoenix Legal in Mumbai and has had a remarkable 25-year career in the legal field.

He has extensive experience in various practice areas such as commercial disputes, maritime, shipping and inter-national trade, insurance and reinsurance, infrastructure and offshore construction, oil and gas, mining and natural resources, and commodities.

Over the last year, Bhatikar has accomplished a notable achievement in representing Durmast and the barge P305. This was one of the largest offshore mishaps caused by a cyclone on the west coast of India. With over 250 passengers on board and nearly 100 fatalities, the case was both challenging and complex. Bhatikar’s expertise in defending the owners and dealing with simultaneous investigations from regulatory bodies and marine police was evident. He represented the owners through their underwriters in this most challenging case in India’s marine sector history. The representation involved defending before various regulatory bodies, prosecutions, and investigations. The vessel’s capsizing made the case extraordinarily complex and challenging.

Bhatikar’s prides himself on his approach to client service. He builds his foundation on trust, commitment, and professionalism, while tailoring his legal counsel to align with his clients’ commercial objectives. He cultivates personalised relationships by stepping into his clients’ shoes and providing unwavering support and guidance throughout their legal journey. His focus on open communication ensures clients are informed and engaged at every crucial juncture, fostering empowerment and positivity. Bhatikar’s domestic client portfolio includes influential names such as Larsen & Toubro, TATA International, ITC, Adani Enterprises, and several multinationals and Fortune 500 companies. His ability to understand and address clients’ unique needs has solidified his reputation as a trusted advisor within the legal community.


Abhisshek Singlla
partner, Burgeon Law



Abhisshek Singlla is an accomplished partner at Burgeon Law in Delhi, boasting over 14 years of legal experience. His areas of expertise include corporate and commercial law, joint ventures, technology, M&A, private equity and venture capital, and e-commerce/start-up practices, Singlla’s vast knowledge and sharp insights make him a formidable presence in the legal arena. Singlla has achieved numerous exceptional feats throughout his career, including crucial roles in significant transactions. He notably provided end-to-end legal support for Nirogstreet, a Singapore-based healthcare platform, facilitating a $12 million fundraise. His excellent negotiation skills and meticulous coordination with compliance teams highlight his commitment to seamless execution.

As a trailblazer in offering comprehensive legal counsel, Singlla has also led the strategic investment of $5 million by Delta in Zyngo, an EV logistics platform. Additionally, his expertise guided W Pratiksha Hospital, a multi-speciality hospital based in Gurugram, regarding its 100 percent acquisition by Marengo Asia Healthcare (a joint venture of Samara Capital, Godrej Family Investment Office and Havells Family Investment Office), cementing his reputation as a reliable legal partner.

Singlla’s client-centric approach is characterised by his commitment to clarity and precision. He expertly navigates complex legal intricacies, ensuring clients fully understand their options. A keen listener, he tailors his guidance to align with clients’ objectives, offering transparent insights into processes, potential outcomes, and associated costs.

By keeping abreast of legal developments and embracing technological advancements, Singlla reinforces his dedication to providing top-notch client service. His empathy, confidentiality, and trust-building ethos underscores his mission to provide unwavering support throughout every legal journey.


Natasha Treasurywala
partner, Desai & Diwanji



Natasha Treasurywala is a partner at Desai & Diwanji with over 17 years of experience in law. Her focus lies in M&A, debt capital markets, and general corporate law. She recently advised on India’s largest private credit deal worth 14,300 crore INR ($1.73 billion). This transaction involved issuing secured, listed bonds to well-known investors, and Treasurywala acted for the bond issuer.

Treasurywala’s clientele comprises top-notch names, such as Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Moody’s, Aditya Birla Finance, and more. She strives to provide accessible, efficient solutions, and practical negotiation style to her clients. Legal education is her passion, and she frequently teaches M&A courses and participates in legal panel discussions.

Her influence extends beyond her legal role. Treasurywala serves as an independent director at Aarti Industries and holds positions in various organisations, including certain philanthropic trusts that run schools in Mumbai.

As a proud Rotarian, Treasurywala serves as a director of one of India’s oldest and largest Rotary clubs, the Rotary Club of Bombay. She works on various projects in the fields of health and education. She actively supports Mumbai’s Asiatic Library in raising funds for the conservation of some of India’s oldest and valuable books and maps. Treasurywala ‘s pragmatic, level-headed, and solution-driven demeanour makes her a standout among clients and colleagues. Her impressive portfolio, diverse contributions, and extensive experience make her a seasoned professional in the Indian legal landscape.





Safir Anand
Anand & Anand

Vineet Aneja
Clasis Law

Xerxes Antia
BTG Legal

Purvi Shah Asher
Maunsukhlal Hiralal & Co.

Abhishek Awasthi
AZB & Partners

Rahul Beruar
Beruar & Beruar

Moksha Bhat

Gautam Bhatikar
Phoenix Legal

Avik Biswas

Apoorva Chandra
Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors

Prasenjit Chakravarti
Khaitan & Co

Rukshad Davar
Majmudar & Partners

Anurag Dwivedi
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Aliff Fazelbhoy
ALMT Legal

Bhavin Gada
Stratage Law

Harsh Gursahani
PLR Chambers

S Harish
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Nitin Jain
Agama Law Associates

Ish Jain
Regius Legal

Sanket Jain
Pioneer Legal

Prakriti Jaiswal
JSA Advocates & Solicitors

Saroj Kumar Jha
Saraf and Partners

Farid Karachiwala
JSA Advocates & Solicitors

Charandeep Kaur

Iqbal Khan
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Tarun Khurana
Khurana & Khurana Advocates and IP Attorneys

Anup Vijay Kulkarni
JSA Advocates & Solicitors

Dr. Manoj Kumar
Hammurabi and Solomon Partners

Shwetasree Majumder
Fidus Law Chambers

Debanjan Mandal
Fox & Mandal

Shashank Manish
Emerald Law Offices

Anu Monga
Anant Law Firm

Asmita A.Nayak
SM Legal (Advocates & Consultants)

Gunita Pahwa
S&A Law Offices

Waseem Pangarkar
MZM Legal

Abhilash Pillai
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Jhinook Roy
Veritas Legal

Hemant Sahai
HSA Advocates

Nakul Sharedalal
NS Legal

Samit Shukla
DSK Legal

Vidushpat Singhania
Krida Legal

Abhisshek Singlla
Burgeon Law Firm

Adarsh Somani
Economic Laws Practice (ELP)

Dhruv Suri
PSA Legal Counsellors

Deepak Kumar Thakur
Luthra and Luthra Law Offices

Natasha Treasurywala
Desai & Diwanji

Darshan Upadhyay
Stratage Law

Kavitha Vijay - IC Universal Legal

Dhaval Vussonji
Dhaval Vussonji & Associates

Argus Partners