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AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners is a law firm with offices in Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore.

AZB & Partners is comparatively a younger firm than its rivals but has still managed to create its niche in the market. The named partners Ajay Bahl, Zia Mody and Bahram Vakil have managed to create a M & A powerhouse that is engaged in almost every deal. Every company wants their nod before they go ahaead with a deal. The legal services rendered by the firm cover the corporate, commercial, regulatory, financial and tax planning aspects of modern businesses.<ref> [1] </ref> Clients include Tatas, HDFC, Bharti-Airtel and Reliance to name a few.

The firm also started a LPO- Bodhi Global with Patni. <ref>Global</ref>

Ajay & Zia are also involved in many projects like IDIA and Young India Fellowship. <ref>[2]</ref> <ref> [3] </ref>

Important Deals

In the past few years, practically every marquee deal has seen AZB vetting and drafting the final contracts and advising its clients on the finer details. Let us run through those quickly:

  • Tata Steel’s Singapore $486.4 million-acquisition of NatSteel in 2004
  • Tata Steel’s $12-billion Corus deal in 2007
  • Tata Motors’ $2.4-billion purchase of Jaguar-Land Rover
  • Aditya Birla group’s $6-billion acquisition of Novelis
  • Bharti’s aborted bid for MTN and later its $8.97-billion deal with Zain
  • Reliance Industries’ (RIL’s) $7.2-billion deal with BP
  • Vedanta’s deal with Cairn India.
  • In 2009 Tata - Docomo $2.7 Billion (Rs. 13,400 crore) deal.
  • The firm was the Indian legal adviser to Reliance Industries in a deal that involved BP taking a 30 per cent stake in 23 oil and gas production sharing contracts that Reliance operates in India.

Clients Speak

“As a client we are impressed with AZB & Partners for their ability to render commercially relevant advice coupled with an international outlook on the way deals are done. Most importantly their turnaround times are excellent and they are superb at analysing complex issues and giving us a balanced view on how we should tackle a certain situation and suggest the way forward”.

Clients agree that they would put AZB & Partners “amongst India’s leading law firms”.

“Clearly well-regarded for M&A work” and “very good for private equity”, the firm is a front runner over a number of practice areas.


Recruitment figures for AZB

College Number of Students NLIU Bhopal 1 NLSIU Bangalore 1 NUJS Kolkata 2 HNLU Raipur 1 NALSAR Hyderabad 3 GLC Mumbai 1 Amity 1 Total 10


Name Designation Office Zia Mody Founding Partner Mumbai Ajay Bahl Founding Partner Delhi Bahram Vakil Founding Partner Delhi Anil Kasturi Partner Vinati Kastia Partner Delhi Gautam Saha Partner Shreyas Jayasimha Partner Bangalore Saikrishna Bharatan Partner Mumbai Sunila Awasthi Partner Allwyn Noronha Partner Delhi Suresh Varanasi Partner Delhi Vineetha Mg Partner Delhi Percivel Billimoria Senior Partner Mumbai Anind Thomas Partner Abhinav Ashwin Partner Akhilesh Rai Partner Meera Singh Partner Delhi Ashwin Ramanathan Partner Mumbai Varoon Chandra Partner Mumbai Shameek Chaudhru Partner


Mumbai Express Towers 23rd Floor Nariman Point Mumbai 400 021 Phone No: 22 6639 6880

Bagalore No.67/4, Azb House, Near To Java City Restaurant, 4TH Cross, Lavelle Road, Bangalore - 560001 Phone No: 080-42400500


Pune Onyx Towers, 1101/B, 11th floor North Main Road, Koregaon Park Pune 411 001 , Maharashtra, India Tel: +91 20 6725 6666 Fax: +91 20 6725 6600


Mumbai Office:

The Nariman Point office ensures the interns enjoy freedom and still get an insight into the firms working culture. The associates are friendly and extremely approachable. They also appreciate an intern’s opinion about a legal issue. There is autonomy however monitored by deadlines. An intern if serious can really engage in the work at the firm.

One should apply 5-6months before the desired period of internship by emailing at Stipend: Rs 3000<ref>Internship Survey</ref>

Bangalore Office:

Good work, great location and decent hours. The workload depends on the team one is working with. But interns are not officially assigned to any team and have the liberty to ask anyone in the office for work. Though this may lead to no systematic workflow, the interns end up enjoying a variety of work. Stipend: Rs 2,500. <ref>Internship Survey</ref>

Email Addresses: Email:,, (Mumbai) Email:, (Delhi) Email: (Bangalore)<ref>[4]</ref>

RSG India says

"The three named partners are all well-respected, although in Mumbai Zia Mody still has a powerful profile. However, there is evidence that some of the younger lawyers are getting recognised by clients who are increasingly happy to instruct them, with Zia supervising from a distance.



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