Dhir & Dhir Associates, a full-service law firm founded in 1993, has worked with clients globally as a single-window legal service provider in a dynamic commercial environment. The firm has offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad; along with a representative office in Japan. The firm pursues a philosophy of symbiotic relationships with clients and works as an integral part of the client’s team. It has global strategic alliances to provide legal services amongst diverse practice areas and industry verticals.
The firm’s areas of practice include Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate/Commercial Advisory & M&A, Real Estate & Construction Law, Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration, Capital Markets, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Infrastructure & Energy, Intellectual Property Rights, Criminal Litigation, Information Technology, E-commerce & Outsourcing, Environmental, Social and Governance, Labour & Employment and Consumer Law.
The firm specializes in certain specific sectors, including Airport & Aviation, Banking & Finance, Infrastructure & Energy, Entertainment, Media & Broadcasting, Food, Drugs & Healthcare, Information Technology, E-Commerce & Outsourcing, Real Estate, Telecommunications and Manufacturing Sector.
At Dhir & Dhir Associates, we enhance our knowledge and service offerings by merging practice and sector groups to develop a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and markets. A highly qualified, innovative and experienced team of over 100 lawyers, chartered accountants, company secretaries and management consultants seek to achieve the highest standards of services possible to the diversified client portfolio. We focus on relationships, not deals, and we are considered very approachable and accessible from top to bottom of the hierarchy.The firm combines flexibility and responsiveness with practical, in-depth experience to provide legal advice that reflects the commercial context in which it is sought. We form close, constructive, and responsive working relationships, and our approach ensures continuity and clear communication.
The Managing Partner of the firm started the practice of insolvency in the early 80s when distress asset advisory was practically unknown in the Indian context. The firm has been a leader for the last four decades in all the legal and regulatory structures relating to resolution of corporate insolvency including BIFR, CDR, S4A, SARFAESI, DRT and M&A in the distressed assets. This experience and expertise have propelled the Firm to become one of the leading law firms practicing in the corporate advisory and representation before NCLT, NCLAT, High Courts and Supreme Court of India relating to matters under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code 2016.
The firm and its members have been ranked globally for their expertise in varied domains and continue to retain their leadership ever since. They have been recognized as the leaders in ’Restructuring and Insolvency’ and ’Dispute Resolution’, and have also been highly ranked for ’Banking and Finance’, ’Projects, Infrastructure & Energy’, ‘Technology, Media and Telecommunication’, ’Project Finance’, ’Corporate /M&A’, ’Financial Service Regulatory’ and ’Private Equity’ in leading legal publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Asia Law Profile. The firm was also awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year 2019’ and ‘Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year 2019’ by BW Businessworld and Achromic Point respectively.
The firm’s managing partner, Mr. Alok Dhir has been consistently ranked as the Leading Lawyer for ‘Restructuring & Insolvency’ in the country and was featured in Forbes India. He also featured as an exceptional lawyer in ‘The A-List: India’s top 100 lawyers from 2016 till 2020’ by India Business Law Journal. He is also recognized as ‘India’s Best Dispute Resolution Lawyer 2020’ by Asian Legal Business and conferred with the ‘Star Performer of the Year Award’. Mrs. Maneesha Dhir, the co-founder and managing partner of the firm was also conferred with ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year 2020 Award’ by Mr. Shashi Tharoor organized by Public Diplomacy Forum. She is also the recipient of the ‘National Bar Award’ by All India Bar Association in recognition of her dedication to the study and practice of Commercial Litigation.
Committees and Memberships:
- Alok Dhir is the Co-Chair of the National Council of Industry & Bankruptcy Code of ASSOCHAM for 2021
- Appointed as a Working Group member to strategize the approach for implementing the IBC and drafting rules and regulation for Corporate Guarantors and Individuals with businesses.
- Member of the Grievance Redressal Committee with ICSI Insolvency Professionals Agency.
- Member of the NCLT Rules Formulating Committee
- Member on the National Committee on Dispute Resolution by CII
- Appointed by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) on the Panel of Experts for the subject relating to Corporate Rescue and Asset Reconstruction
- Maneesha Dhir is the Co-Chair ofIWIRC India Network Vice President of Women in Law & Litigation (WILL) and also the Vice Chairman of Society of Construction Law
- She is also a Mediator at Delhi High Court Mediation Centre
- Served as a Member on committee formed for framing rules/regulations relating to National Company Law Tribunal/National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (Adjudicating Authorities), Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC), Achutan Committee and Bimal Jalan Committee.
The firm’s leaders are knowledge experts and often invited to speak in various conferences, seminars and webinars. The firm’s achievements and knowledge expertise is widely covered in most mainstream media news and Mr. Dhir is frequently sought by journalists to share his views on ongoing cases and the country’s Insolvency laws. The firm also organises various events and webinars, both standalone as well as in collaboration with notable organisations/industry bodies/Institutions to share insights on various subjects like Restructuring & Insolvency, ESG, Real Estate, Arbitration, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, IT, Media, IPR, Labour & Employment, Banking & Finance to name a few.
The firm set up a dedicated COVID-19 Advisory Desk with a Task Force to lead from the front to advice and support the clients in these uncharted waters. It focuses on gearing up clients to deal with the emergent situations and provide feasible business solutions keeping in mind the regulatory environment and compliance hygiene at the same time. Supply Chain Management, M&A Transactions, Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, ESG, Corporate Governance and Employment Law are just some of the key focus areas of the desk.