Raian Karanjawala, Managing Partner, Karanjawala & Co., co-founded Karanjawala & Company in 1983 with his wife, Manik Karanjawala. Some of the biggest business houses and public institutions such as the Tata Group, DLF, Birla, Adani Group, Astro, Hindustan Unilever Limited, P&G, Colgate, Coca Cola, Vodafone, PWC, GVK, Mafatlal Industries, Piramal, Ambuja Cement, GMR, Morgan Stanley, Star TV, BCCI, and Coffee Board, among others have turned and continue to turn to Mr Karanjawala when in legal trouble. Renowned individuals such as late V.P. Singh, former Prime Minister of India; Ratan N. Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group; Rupert Murdoch, Chairman, Fox News Channel; Karisma Kapoor, Bollywood actress; Jaswant Singh, former Defence and Finance Minister of India; Sharad Pawar, former Defence and Agriculture Minister of India; Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power; Goolam Vahanvati, former Attorney General of India; Gopal Raheja; Suresh Nanda; Karim Morani; and Tarun Tejpal among others have turned to him when in need of legal counsel and representation. True, he enjoys tremendous presence in India. Described by clients as the “Big Picture Guy”, Mr Karanjawala is the goto litigator and strategist in India for complex litigation as well as notable causes. Under Mr Karanjawala’s supervision, the firm has been consistently rated a “Tier 1” dispute resolution firm.
He was recognized as “Arbitration Lawyer of the Year – India 2019” by Global Law Experts and Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards; and as “Litigation Lawyer of the Year - India” by Finance Monthly 2019. He has been featured as a “Band 1” Lawyer for Dispute Resolution: New Delhi by Chambers and Partners (Asia) consecutively in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 for his outstanding service. He has been recognized as a “Market Leading Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution and Litigation by Asia Law Leading Lawyers in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He has been recognized by the India Business Law Journal A-List 2018 among the Top 100 lawyers. He was named as one of the 50 most influential people in India by India Today magazine in 2004.
Mr Karanjawala is an alumnus of St. Columba’s School; Shri Ram College of Commerce, where he was both College Union President and Captain of the College Debating team; and Government Law College, Mumbai.