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Nishith Desai Associates

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Firm summary


Nishith Desai Associates is a Domestic: Multi-practice firm in India.

In 2022, the firm was recognised in 12 practice area(s) and 6 of its practitioner(s) were accredited.

In the same year, Nishith Desai Associates was nominated for 13 awards, of which it won 7.

This information is based on aggregated legal ranking and awards data from the world’s market-leading legal publications. Legal Media 360’s sentiment index methodology can be viewed here.

Firm profile

At Nishith Desai Associates, we have earned the reputation of being Asia’s most Innovative Law Firm – and the go-to specialists for companies around the world, looking to conduct businesses in India and for Indian companies considering business expansion abroad. In fact, we have conceptualized and created a state-of-the-art Blue Sky Thinking and Research Campus, Imaginarium Aligunjan, an international institution dedicated to designing a premeditated future with an embedded strategic foresight capability.

We are a research and strategy driven international firm with offices in Mumbai, Palo Alto (Silicon Valley), Bangalore, Singapore, New Delhi, Munich, and New York. Our team comprises of specialists who provide strategic advice on legal, regulatory, and tax related matters in an integrated manner basis key insights carefully culled from the allied industries.

As an active participant in shaping India’s regulatory environment, we at NDA, have the expertise and more importantly – the VISION – to navigate its complexities. Our ongoing endeavors in conducting and facilitating original research in emerging areas of law has helped us develop unparalleled proficiency to anticipate legal obstacles, mitigate potential risks and identify new opportunities for our clients on a global scale. Simply put, for conglomerates looking to conduct business in the subcontinent, NDA takes the uncertainty out of new frontiers.

As a firm of doyens, we pride ourselves in working with select clients within select verticals on complex matters. Our forte lies in providing innovative and strategic advice in futuristic areas of law such as those relating to Blockchain and virtual currencies, Internet of Things (IOT), Aviation, Artificial Intelligence, Privatization of Outer Space, Drones, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Ed-Tech, Med-Tech & Medical Devices and Nanotechnology with our key clientele comprising of marquee Fortune 500 corporations.

The firm has been consistently ranked as one of the Most Innovative Law Firms, across the globe. In fact, NDA has been the proud recipient of the Financial Times – RSG award 4 times in a row, (2014-2017) as the Most Innovative Indian Law Firm.

We are a trust based, non-hierarchical, democratic organization that leverages research and knowledge to deliver extraordinary value to our clients. Datum, our unique employer proposition has been developed into a global case study, aptly titled ‘Management by Trust in a Democratic Enterprise,’ published by John Wiley & Sons, USA.

Firm address
3 North Avenue, 2nd Floor, Maker Maxity, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai, India 400051
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within India

Practice Area Subcategory Index Rank No. of rankings Ave. Tier Table
Banking and finance
General 16 2 4.0 View full ranking table
Capital markets
General 10 1 3.0 View full ranking table
General 8 1 3.0 View full ranking table
Corporate and M&A
General 17 4 3.8 View full ranking table
Dispute resolution
Arbitration 2 1 1.0 View full ranking table
General 5 2 2.5 View full ranking table
Healthcare and lifesciences
General 1 2 1.5 View full ranking table
Intellectual property
General 10 1 3.0 View full ranking table
Labour and employment
General 1 4 1.0 View full ranking table
Private equity
General 5 4 2.0 View full ranking table
Project development
including energy and infrastructure 5 1 2.0 View full ranking table
General 1 3 1.0 View full ranking table
Technology, media, telecoms
General 2 2 1.5 View full ranking table

Deals/Case awards

Total win-to-nominations ratio 0:2

Award Win Ratio
Capital markets - Equity
Oravel Stays IPO 0:1
ReNew Power NASDAQ SPAC Listing 0:1

Firm awards

Total win-to-nominations ratio 7:11

Award Win Ratio
Data protection and cybersecurity 1:1
Healthcare and lifesciences 1:2
Labour and employment 1:2
Tax - Direct 1:1
Tax - Indirect tax 1:1
Technology, media, telecoms 2:3
Dispute resolution - Arbitration 0:1

Ranked lawyers at this firm

All data gathered from 2022 datasets. Learn more.