India

Team Leader, IndiaNeerav Merchantindia@laborlawplus.com

Over 22 years of experience in labor and employment law, both nationally and internationally. Neerav represents clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including drafting employment and consultancy agreements, structuring HR policies for organizations, advising on retrenchment and termination of employees, advising on contract labor laws and local Shops & Establishments Acts, assisting in structuring stock options and employee benefits agreements, and counselling companies on the practical aspects of Indian employment laws. He has also been involved in conducting comprehensive national employment audits and representing clients in labor court hearings.

Other Areas of Practice:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Anti Corruption
  • General Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Media
  • Telecommunications

Professional Experience: 

  • Partner, Majmudar & Partners, 2007 – Present 
  • Sr. Manager Contracts, Patni Computer Systems, India, 2002- 2007
  • Manager Contracts, Patni Computer Systems, India, 2000 - 2002

Education:

  • LLB, KC Law College, University of Mumbai, 1996
  • BCom, Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai, 1993

Languages: English 

Professional Memberships:

  • Inter Pacific Bar Association (Vice Chair, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee
  • International Bar Association (Regional Representative – Asia of the Litigation Committee for 2018-2019)
  • Bombay Incorporated Law Society
  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

Overview:

Our affiliated Indian law firm, established in 1943, with offices in Mumbai and Bangalore and network offices in Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi, is a full service firm, named consistently as one of the leading innovative and solutions driven firms in India, and provides specialized advice on legal and commercial matters to companies across various sectors including infrastructure, insurance, pharma, manufacturing, banking, computer, IT and real property, as well as for financial services companies and mutual funds.

The team is particularly well placed to provide comprehensive legal advice on labor and employment laws of India including providing overseas investors with comprehensive advice in connection with regulatory and transactional aspects for investing in India. In addition, the team regularly liaises with various government bodies such as the Reserve Bank of India and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to obtain necessary clearances and approvals for inbound investment.

Labor and Employment Practice:

Employment laws in India are complex and are both contractual and state specific in nature. Our Indian affiliate advises on all aspects of employment law, including drafting employment agreements, central issues, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, stock options plans for the employees of Indian and foreign companies, trade union settlements, retrenchment and termination of employees, as well as helping with HR audits, employment due diligence and IP audits of Indian companies on a regular basis. 

The Plus - Business Law Capacity:

In addition to the team’s labor and employment law expertise, our lawyers actively advise many overseas and local companies on various commercial law and corporate issues. As a market leader in corporate transactions, the team provides a wide range of services relating to the structuring (including tax structuring), establishment and operation of public and private companies in India and regularly assist foreign companies in negotiating with Indian companies, including, due diligence and drafting agreements and also provide overseas investors comprehensive advice in connection with the regulatory framework governing their investment into India. The insight of our team into the workings of Indian companies has proved very useful to many international clients represented by our affiliate firm. 

Representative clients include a wide cross-section of international and regional companies through diverse industry sectors. A list of clients, transaction history and references is available upon request. 

Key Facts:

  • Locations: India (Mumbai, Bangalore)
  • Size: 7 Partners, 100 Associates
  • Business Law Practice Areas: In addition to Labor and Employment, Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds, Banking and Restructuring, Infrastructure Projects, Tax, Corporate Finance and Securities, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Licensing, Outsourcing, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology, Antitrust and Competition, Real Property and REITS, Employment, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Litigation, and Environmental Law.
  • Languages: English and a couple of local languages

Listings/Rankings:

Chambers Global, 2019 has ranked our firm as a leading firm in the areas of  banking and finance; corporate/M&A; and dispute resolution with three (3) lawyers, including managing partner, Akil Hirani; disputes head, Neerav Merchant; and banking and insolvency disputes of counsel, Fraser Alexander, being singled out for recognition. 

Chambers and Partners has, in its 2019 Asia Pacific edition, ranked our firm in nine (9) practice areas, including corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; employment; life sciences; tax; technology, media, telecoms (TMT); banking and finance; insurance; and real estate. 

Outstanding recognition and recommendations have been given by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 guide to our firm in fifteen (15) practice areas, viz., antitrust and competition; banking and finance; capital markets; corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; insurance; intellectual property; investment funds; labour and employment; projects and energy; real estate and construction; restructuring and insolvency; tax; TMT; and white-collar crime. 

Asialaw Profiles 2019 has highly recommended Majmudar & Partners for labor and employment, and has recommended the firm for insurance; real estate; banking and finance; capital markets; construction; corporate/M&A; dispute resolution; and tax work.  The firm is also noted for its technology and telecommunications, and private equity practices. 

IBLJ has ranked both, Akil Hirani and Rukshad Davar, in the A list of India’s top 100 lawyers in 2018.  

The firm won the Silver Award for the “Best Indian Law Firm 2018” at the prestigious International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards event held in New York in June 2018. 

The firm is the winner of the 9th Annual GLE Awards 2018 in the category of “International Full Service Law Firm of the Year in India.”

Contact: india@laborlawplus.com