Pallavi Shroff

Pallavi S. Shroff is the Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas with over 38 years of extensive experience. Her broad and varied representation of public and private corporations and other entities before various national courts, tribunals and legal institutions has earned her national and international acclaim. Ms. Shroff is the Head of the Dispute Resolution practice at the Firm, with an extensive knowledge in matters of litigation and arbitration. She also mentors the Competition Law practice at the Firm. Ms. Shroff is a member of the Competition Law Review Committee, constituted by the Government of India to ensure that the legislation is in tune with the changing business environment. Ms. Shroff has been closely involved with some of the largest and most challenging litigation and arbitration matters in India with regard to energy, infrastructure, natural resources, mergers & acquisitions, legislative and policy related matters. She appears regularly in the Supreme Court and High Courts of India, and in arbitrations, mediations and international legal disputes. She is an Alternate Member (India) at the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Court of Arbitration. Under Ms. Shroff’s leadership, the Firm was engaged by FICCI and CII to represent the entire Indian Industry in the Presidential Reference proceedings (Special Reference 1 of 2012) being heard by a five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court. The Judgment passed by the Constitution Bench is one of the most famous and compelling rulings in India on methods of disposal of natural resources in India. She regularly represents several companies such as Nestle, General Electric, Havells, Vale Australia, Vodafone, BHEL and ONGC. Ms. Shroff has always been active in public-policy related work. She was a member of the committee set up by the Government of India to advise the Government regarding compliance with Article 39.3 of the TRIPS. She played a pivotal role in formulating and drafting of policy documents necessary for the continuing efforts to establish India’s first ‘Zero Piracy Zone’ for the state of Karnataka, and for developing an anti-piracy advocacy programme for the judiciary. Ms. Shroff is presently a director on the boards of prestigious Indian companies including Apollo Tyres, Trident Group, One97 Communications Ltd (Paytm), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, IndiGo and Juniper Hotels Ltd.

Ms. Shroff regularly advises international and national clients on various aspects of the Competition Act 2002. She was a key member of the high-powered SVS Raghavan Committee, which contributed to formulating the legal framework for the new Competition law and a draft of the new Competition Act. For her legal acumen and thought leadership, Ms. Shroff is frequently featured by several international publications. She is recognized as a ‘Star Individual’ for Dispute Resolution by Chambers and Partners 2020; ‘Elite Practitioner’ by Asialaw Profiles 2020 and ‘Leading Lawyer’ for Dispute Resolution by Legal 500, 2020 among others. She has been recognized as a ‘Thought Leader’ for Competition and Litigation by Who’s Who Legal 2019. Under Ms. Shroff’s leadership, the Firm has been recognized as one of the world’s leading International Arbitration Firms in the GAR 100 editions, 2017-19 by Global Arbitration Review.

Ms. Shroff was conferred the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Legal Era’s Indian Legal Awards 2017-18 and was awarded ‘India Managing Partner of the Year’ by Asian Legal Business Asia Law Awards 2017 and ‘Disputes Star of the Year’, India by Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards, 2017. Ms. Shroff is recognized in the C-Suite Women edition of Business World titled ‘The Expert Arbitrator’ and as one amongst “The Professionals – High motivation levels, focus on goals and working for the greater good”.

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