Manjula Chawla

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Manjula Chawla


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Manjula Chawla specializes in the areas of foreign direct investments (FDI),mergers and acquisitions, demergers, joint ventures, corporate finance and restructuring, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial matters.

Since the early years of economic liberalisation, Manjula has successfully assisted many MNCs (include Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India; structuring, negotiating and drafting a wide range of business transactions for foreign investors and multinational corporations in a variety of fields including but not limited to automobiles, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharma, information technology & outsourcing, oil & gas, telecommunications.

Apart from advising clients on a wide range of issues involving FDI policy and key corporate issues, Manjula is now squarely focussed on critical issues like bribery & corruption laws, competition law, data privacy and protection and assists several clients with internal investigations on fraud and non-compliance.

Manjula represents numerous international clients in high profile litigation and arbitration matters arising out of commercial contracts and on apro bono basis represents a number of foreign and international non-profit organizations operating in India.

Manjula holds senior positions on various legal, business and social committees.

She is currently a member of the Corporate Affairs Committee of the PHD Chamber

of Commerce, Member – North India Council at the Indo- American Chamber of

Commerce and Treasurer of SILF ( the Society of Indian Law Firms a collective of

India’s Top Corporate Law Firms and their only representative body in India).

« Visteon Corporation, a US global automotive parts supply company, on a

number complex deals including advising on the India leg of the transfer of its

global automotive interiors business to Reydel Automotive Holdings BV,

owned by the New York private investment firm Cerberus Capital

Management LP.

« Ford Motor Credit Company, USA in re-entering India and establishing a

non-banking financial services company for financing Ford vehicles in India.

« Kokuyo Co., Ltd., Japan’s largest stationery maker on its acquisition of

Riddhi Enterprises, a Mumbai-based paper and notebooks manufacturer.

« Trafigura Beheer BV, one of world’s largest crude oil trader, on a strategic

equity investment in Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited’s oil refinery in Cuddalore, TN. The deal was nominated as theM&A Deal of the Year for

IFLR Asia Awards 2013 and reported as one of the notable deals in Southeast

Asia in May 2012 by Australian Legal Business.

« Monster Energy Corporation, USA in setting up a subsidiary in India for

manufacturing, importing and selling its energy drinks in India.

Manjula has been credited with nearly over 20 years of experience in the field of

foreign investments earning her numerous awards and citations:

« 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”.

« ‘Women Lawyer of the Year’ – Recognition of Legal Finesse &

Accomplishments – India’s Legal Era Awards’ 2015

« Ranked Market-Leading Lawyer by AsiaLaw Leading Lawyer survey 2017 in Corporate/M&A

« Leading lawyer Corporate/ M&A, Chambers Asia Pacific Asia’s Leading

Lawyers for Corporate/M&A in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

« Leading Lawyer 100 in the category of Cross Border Law and Corporate &

Mergers & Acquisitions – Lawyer Monthly global list 2011 & 2012

« “Woman of the Year India 2011-12”, International Who’s Who Executives & Professionals

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