Anand Desai

Anand has been the Managing Partner of DSK Legal since its inception in April 2001. With over three decades of wide-ranging experience in both contentious and non-contentious work across a wide range of practice areas, he has been a respected and sought-after counsel serving several large Indian and multinational corporations, business leaders and Bollywood A-listers.

Anand started his career as a junior counsel in the Bombay High Court and appeared successfully for high-profile clients like Harshad Mehta at an early stage of his career. Anand’s expertise is recognised in Mergers & Acquisitions / Private Equity, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Insolvency & Restructuring, White-Collar Crime, Media & Entertainment, and Technology. His range of work has included significant transactions in the real estate and pharmaceutical sectors, and appearing for well-known celebrities including Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in their civil and criminal litigation cases. He is widely regarded as a professional who takes a fair and practical approach to enable resolution of matters.

He has served as the National President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and as President of TIE Mumbai. He is actively involved with several NGOs. Anand is recognised by Asian Legal Business as one of Asia’s Top 15 Litigators 2022, listed in ‘100 Legal Luminaries of India’ by LexisNexis, and recognised in India Business Law Journal’s “The A-List 2021” as a Legal Icon. He has been listed for many years as one of the leading lawyers in India by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000, Asialaw Profiles and Forbes India, among many others. Asialaw Profiles carried a client quote of his being ‘The best legal mind in India.’

“Hard work is a given. The key is to understand what a client needs, never overpromise, and seek effective resolution of matters.”

“Anand has been our company’s lawyer since 1997, and has been able to produce successful results in all our cases since then. He has an excellent professional team to back him.”

Tushar Gunderia
Vice President: Company Secretary & Head - Legal & Compliance, Blue Dart Express Limited

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