Despite the challenging times witnessed by the legal industry since the outbreak of the pandemic, smaller law firms have punched above their weight in terms of work handled and services delivered. In its annual list, ALB is spotlighting 25 such firms which have overcome obstacles and continue to make an impact on the market. The list is in alphabetical order and some firms have been profiled
AK LAW CHAMBERS
AP LAW CHAMBERS
DHAVAL VUSSONJI & ASSOCIATES
GOSWAMI & NIGAM
KAMENDU JOSHI & ASSOCIATES
PARKER & PARKER CO.
STRATAGE LAW PARTNERS
TATVA LEGAL, HYDERABAD
Established in 2000, Juris Corp currently has 46 fee-earners. The firm has not only had a consistent headcount but has also enlarged the ownership of Juris Corp by inducting five partners into equity as well as announced a partner promotion and other promotions during the year.
The firm provides legal services to a wide client base including domestic and foreign banks, financial institutions, venture capital and private equity funds, public sector undertakings, global companies, entrepreneurs, industry associations and trade groups etc.
Juris Corp has advised on various deals over the past 12 months. Among some of the important cases, the firm acted as the Indian law transaction counsels in relation to the first-ever green loan extended by a Singapore-based lender in India, as well as advised on the merger of two power generation companies which involved complexities pertaining to asset classification, business structuring and safeguarding interests of the creditors, while drafting the merger scheme.
Juris Corp is lead by co-founders Jayesh H and Talat Shah. According to the firm, “it is focussed on driving firm efficiencies and ensuring the delivery of consistently high-quality legal services. The way forward is understanding our client’s business and industry, while perceiving business issues behind the legal issues faced by them. The firm also has a culture of knowledge sharing and dissemination, wherein focused know-how and resources needed to consistently meet client requirements are readily available.”
GOSWAMI & NIGAM
Founded in 2020 by Himanshu Goswami and Nishant Nigam, the boutique firm focuses on matters pertaining to company law, corporate advisory, foreign direct investment, cross-border trans-actions, intellectual property laws, dispute resolution including alternative dispute resolution, commercial laws, real estate law, employment and labour laws and consumer laws.
The firm consistently advises large corporations both domestic as well as transnational on labour and employment law queries and disputes. To cater to the growing clientele in the southern region of the country, Goswami & Nigam intends on expanding its footprint to Bangalore in the following six months.
“We believe in investing in resources that assist and facilitate the firm to provide the best possible results for the clients. With some of the brightest minds from the legal field as our resources, we are an amalgamation of experience and knowledge and we boast of merit both in terms of our work and the pedigree of our associates,” Goswami & Nigam said on their strategy for growth. “When we invest time and effort in people they not only become your biggest support system, but grow to be aligned with firm’s vision.”
Regarding Goswani & Nigam’s plans for the next 12 months, the firm said that it is looking to grow organically in the locations that where it is present and looking to focus on its arbitration and real estate practices. Given the background of the founding partners, these will be the focus areas of growth for the firm, while also working on trans-actional advisory and intellectual property portfolio management.
Prosoll Law is a Delhi-based criminal law boutique that was established in 1987. Within the criminal law space, the firm handles all practices ranging from the Prevention of Corruption Act matters, anti-money-laundering, regulatory matters, white-collar crimes frauds and economic offence-related litigations, constitutional challenge disputes and civil litigation. The firm recently advised on various matters including Vijay Joshi vs CBI and Vinni Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd vs CBI (commonly known as the Jharkhand Coal Scam), the Bar Council of India graft case and the Micromax bribery case among others.
Harsh K. Sharma, Prosoll’s founder, has represented high-ranking officials of various government and non-government departments, politicians, private persons, institutions and NGOs.
Besides Sharma, Vaibhavi Sharma is another key member on the team. She has worked extensively for the past four years in criminal matters, especially corruption cases emanating from the prevention of corruption laws and similar economic offences. She has been at the forefront of handling several cases related to criminal misconduct, trap cases, cheating, impersonation, forgery, physical assault, hurt and murder.
Vertices Partners, which was founded in 2016, offers legal services across the entire gamut of transactional, advisory, litigation and regulatory matters. The firm’s areas of expertise include corporate and commercial, M&A, private equity and venture capital and seed and angel capital, commercial litigation and dispute resolution; white-collar, structured finance, stressed assets, banking and finance; intellectual property; real estate, and media and technology.
The firm has played a key role in a number of major deals, including Byju’s acquisition of Whitehat Jr for $300 million, Finova Capital’s $35 million fund-raising round from Sequoia and Faering Capital, DeHaat’s Series C $30 million fundraising round, Pickrr Technologies’ deal of $4 million and Sindhuja Microcredit’s deal of approximately $8.9 million, Sugar Cosmetics’ $21 million Series C fundraising, acquisition of Fitternity by Curefit, and ChrysCapital’s investment in Corona Remedies.
The core team includes founder and managing partner Vinayak Burman and founder partners Archana Khosla Burman and Amit Vyas.
“The firm believes in a partner-driven service and therefore leverages a lean partner to associate ratio so as to ensure the quality of service to the client is maintained at all points of time. The partners collectively have over five decades of rich experience in their respective fields and this, therefore, gives the firm the ability to provide a global service offering,” Vertices Partners says.
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