IPBA 2021

Manjula Chawla

Co-founding Partner
Phoenix Legal

Manjula’s was one of the first handful of lawyers who chose to become a corporate lawyer and advise on cross-border transactions soon after the liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991. Since the early years of liberalization, she has assisted many multinational corporations (including Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India in a variety of sectors including automobiles, aviation, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, F&B, healthcare & pharma, information technology and outsourcing, oil and gas, ports, transportation and telecommunications. She has counselled and represented various clients in numerous mergers and acquisitions, buy- outs  and other corporate transactions in these sectors.

She advises her clients on a wide range of laws involving anti‐corruption, competition law, corporate governance, general corporate advice,  exchange control laws, data privacy and protection of personal information, labour and employment and real estate. She has also been involved in several complex litigation and arbitration matters arising out of commercial and cross border transactions. She is actively involved in rendering probono legal advice to international and foreign non-profit organizations in relation to their activities in India furthering social causes.

Manjula’s commitment to her clients and consistent delivery of high-quality services has been recognized by her clients and peers. She was awarded the National Law Day Award – 2000 by the Union Law Minister for “excellence in corporate law” and for “unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India”.   She featured in the recently published “100 Legal Luminaries of India” which throws light on some of the most illustrious legal minds in India. Among various accolades, she has been recognised as the ‘Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year’ at the Women in Business Law Awards 2021, Asia by Euromoney Legal Media Group, ALB India Super 50 Lawyers 2021 by Asian Legal Business and one of the Most Promising Women Leaders 2021 by The Economic Times.