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Prominent Lawyers And Law Firms Awarded At BW Legal World Launch Event

The BW Legal Leaders Awards celebrated and felicitated great work of lawyers and law firms.

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The first edition of BW Legal World-Global Legal Summit and Awards-2019 took place at Imperial on 12th December 2019. The summit witnessed engaging sessions on various aspects of the legal world. These presented the current scenario of jurisdiction and legal framework of the country and also the way forward from here.

BW Legal Leaders Awards aims at recognizing and celebrating the best of legal minds in India across Law Firms, Corporates and Courts. This year, in the launching edition, we received more than 150 nominations. BW Editorial Board added the editorial recommendations and all entries were presented to the jury. After five hours of discussions and deliberations, the final 42 winners were decided by the 7 member Jury Panel.  

The Jury was chaired by Justice Arjan K. Sikri, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and included following esteemed people from the legal industry :

Jury Co-Chair - Honorable K.T.S. Tulsi, Member of Parliament, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, President, Criminal Justice Society of India

Mr Rajiv Jain, IPS Retd., Former Director of IB

Mr Pankaj Vasani, Executive President and Group CFO (South Asia), Publicis Groupe

Mr Rajeev Nair, Director Legal, HP India

Mr Sanjay Gulati, Group Vice President Corporate Tax- GST & Litigation GMR Group

Ms Preeti Wadhavan, Director– Legal & Compliance, Springer Nature Group India

The winners across different categories were:

Law Firm Category
S. No.SubcategoryWinner
1Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law Firm of the YearShardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
2Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the YearLexcounsel
3M&A Law Firm of the YearJ. Sagar Associates
4Restructuring & Insolvency Law Firm of the YearDhir & Dhir Associates
5Startups & Investments Law Firm of the YearIkigai Law
6ADR Law Firm of the YearP&A Associates
7Banking & Financial Services Law Firm of the YearAZB & Partners
8Capital Markets Law Firm of the YearTalwar Thakore & Associates
9Criminal Law Firm of the YearLex Jurists
10Litigation Law Firm of the YearKaranjawala & Co
11Insurance Law Firm of the YearTuli & Co
12Joint Ventures Law Firm of the YearNishith Desai Associates
13Pharma & Life Science Law Firm of the YearVeritas Legal
14Policy Law Firm of the YearHammurabi & Solomon
15Competition Law Firm of the yearChandiok & Mahajan
16Environment Law Firm of the YearKhaitan & Co
17Private Equity Law Firm of the YearL&L Partners
18Real Estate Law Firm of the YearDhaval Vussonji & Associates
19IPR Law Firm of the YearSingh & Singh LLP
20Tax Law Firm of the Year - DirectDMD Advocates
21Tax Law Firm of the Year - In-DirectLakshmikumaran & Sridharan
22General Corporate Law Firm of the YearShardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
23Emerging Law Firm of the YearVertices Partners
24India Law Firm of the YearCyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Legal StartUp Category
S. No.SubcategoryWinner
1Legal Tech Startup of the YearProvakil

Inhouse Category
S. No.SubcategoryWinnerDesignationOrganization
1General Counsel of the Year - Above 40Ugen BhutiaExecutive Vice President- Legal Head SBI Card
2General Counsel of the Year - Under 40Rajinikandh ARSVice President & Head LegalBroadcast Audience Research Council
3India In-House Team of the Year - OverallLarsen & Toubro
Larsen & Toubro

Individual Category
S. No.SubcategoryWinnerDesignationOrganization
1Star Advocate on RecordVivek Narayan SharmaAdvocate-on-RecordSupreme Court
2Star Advocate on RecordGaurav AgarwalAdvocate-on-RecordSupreme Court
3Star Litigator - Male Saurabh KripalAdvocate
4Star Litigator - Female Maninder AcharyaASG
5Emerging Woman Lawyer of the YearRitwika NandaPartnerTrust Legal
6Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law firm)Pratibha JainPartnerNishith Desai Associates
7Woman Lawyer of the YearMadhavi DivanASGSupreme Court
8Young Lawyer of the Year - Under 40Abhimanyu BhandariAdvocate
9Young Lawyer of the Year - Under 40Arjun KrishnanAdvocate-on-RecordSupreme Court
10Emerging Lawyer of the YearRajinder SinghAdvocate-on-RecordSupreme Court
11Partner of the Year ( M & A)Hardeep sachdevaPartnerAZB & Partners
12Partner of the Year - OverallSeema JhinganPartnerLexcounsel
13Lifetime Achievement AwardRam JethmalaniSenior Advocate & Former Union Law Minister