M Mulla Associates is a boutique law firm founded in June 2010 by Mr. Maneck N. Mulla, an advocate and solicitor with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Mulla is a fourth generation lawyer having first worked in his family firm of M/s Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe as a partner. Thereafter, Mr. Mulla was a partner with M/s Wakhariya & Wakhariya Advocates & Solicitors (affiliated with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP New York). He is a member of the India Enforcement Committee of the International Cotton Association (Liverpool) an arbitral body concerned with 80% of the world’s cotton trade. The firm’s practice has steadily grown over the last 8 years and now includes clients who are leaders of their respective industries as well as a number of High Net Worth Individuals.
Real Estate/ Retail & Property:
The firm does not lose sight of the fact that in a real estate transaction the client engages any lawyer with an intention to consummate a transaction and accordingly offers clients pragmatic solutions to legal issues.
The firm offers a broad selection of legal services in real estate matters across various sectors. The firm draft and negotiate various real estate contracts which include conveyances, mortgages, loan documentation, leases, development agreements, and license agreements for residential and commercial purposes. The firm conducts due diligences and title searches in order to highlight any concerns that may exist/ arise and advises its clients on how to mitigate any risks which may be encountered. M Mulla Associates also strategize/structure the purchase/sale/ development of property and also advise on registration of deeds and payment of stamp duty on real estate documents.
The firm has represented a vast array of clients in virtually every aspect of real estate transactions including commercial and residential leases, acquisition and sale of all types of commercial and residential properties including through auction/ tender or otherwise. The firm’s practice covers the entire life span of a real estate transaction, from raising finance and acquisition to development and eventual sale. The firm has relations with other lawyers pan-India and use their services on local issues whilst advising clients. The firm has advised clients on complex acquisitions including acquisition of agricultural properties.
To properly represent a client in any real estate transaction, it is important to understand the needs of all the parties involved. The firm has represented landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers, developers and allottees and uses its experience to draft agreements to the benefit of its clients understanding the mindset of parties in the industry.
The team at M Mulla Associates assists investors, lenders and developers on all aspects of transactions including on investments, joint ventures, as well as in financing and restructuring debt. The firm advises on joint ventures in various sector verticals including in mixed-use projects and in residential, commercial office, warehousing and hotels.
Contracts and Commercial Transactions:
The firm advises clients on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial work and focuses on finding viable and sustainable solutions, bespoke to a client’s needs and requirements.
Whilst drafting or reviewing contracts and during negotiations, the firm informs and advises the clients of their contractual rights, obligations, identify potential exposure and risks and the remedies available. M Mulla Associates understand that a carefully negotiated and drafted contract is the best way to protect a client’s interest.
The firm advises clients on the formation of business entities in India under the Companies Act, the Limited Liability Partnership Act and the Partnership Act (as required) which includes the drafting of pre-incorporation documents, shareholder issues, shareholder or joint-venture agreements, share purchase and share subscription agreements as well as advice on issues relating to RBI and SEBI regulations and compliance.
Their scope of work includes advising clients on mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions and sales of controlling interest, minority sales and investment, pre-IPO placements, management buy-outs, business transfers and asset sales.
General Banking and Finance:
Having worked closely with both lenders and borrowers, the firm understand the value of bearing in mind the needs of all concerned and have a unique 360° view of the market and are equipped to tackle complex and nuanced deal structures which require a blend of different products.
The firm offers services to Banks and NBFCs by advising and assisting in drafting, vetting and negotiating all types of documentation (including facility agreements, mortgages, liens, guarantees, different types of loan documentation) relating to finance extended by the Banks/ NBFCs to its borrowers.
Given the complex nature of the regulatory environments, M Mulla Associates aim to assist clients in effectively structuring transactions to respond to and anticipate industry and regulatory concerns. The firm’s scope of work also extends to securitization transactions with challenging asset classes, representing lenders and borrowers on projects related to structured finance, corporate and acquisition finance and project finance transactions and structuring of new banking products and services.
Media and Entertainment/ IPR/ Technology:
The firm understands the value of ideas and innovation and strives to safeguard the rights in the intellectual capital of clients who range from Indian and Multi-national companies, start-ups, financial institutions.
The firm has vast experience in drafting, vetting and negotiating an array of contracts, agreements, assignments, licenses including the documentation required for launch of television channels, production of serials and syndication agreements for licensing of rights in cinematographic works to various digital platforms. Team M Mulla Associates has also assisted various producers and production houses on various contracts with artists, music composers, writers, cast and crew members and other related parties along with advising numerous producers, artists and other contributories on legal issues relating to intellectual property rights and regulatory and compliances work in respect thereof.
The firm advise its clients on how to create, protect, safeguard, enforce and monetize valuable intellectual property assets ranging from trademarks, domain names, patents, copyrights and designs to confidential information. The firm has negotiated transactions with numerous international brands which include franchisee, supply and distribution arrangements in the single and multi-brand retail spaces and understand the nuances that go into ensuring that the clients’ interests are always well protected. The Firm has recently concluded transactions involving the entry of multiple well-known international brands into India.
The firm also advises on the registration of Trade Marks and assist with making applications for Registration of Trade Marks. The firm deals with a variety of Copyright assignment and related agreements for various works such as literary, musical, dramatic, artistic works etc. The team is experienced in drafting reviewing and advising on agreements relating to development, licensing and acquisition of software. The firm also undertakes matters involving Legal metrology, labeling and packaging, digital content and censorship.
Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution:
The firm understands the value of strategizing the most viable plan in order to obtain the desired outcome and even advise clients to arrive at settlements if litigation can or should be avoided. The firm’s in depth knowledge of the judiciary and procedural laws have allowed them to devise strategy for complex and high stake litigation.
The M Mulla Associates team is adept in handling all types of commercial litigations and arbitrations which extends across all avenues of dispute resolution and across diverse sectors such as banking and finance, construction and engineering, insurance claims, corporate, employment and pensions, employee benefits, financial services, fraud and financial crime, group litigation, professional negligence, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, trusts and succession, probate matters and cases under section 138 of Negotiable Instrument Act. The firm advises on litigating with the government by way of constitutional writs and disputes involving real estate projects, partnership and shareholder disputes, money recovery claims, insurance claims, intellectual property disputes and proceedings in relation to liquidation of companies. The firm also regularly represents clients in disputes on inheritance. The firm drafts and negotiates settlement agreements. The firm has in the past represented clients in major corporate settlements.
M Mulla Associates represent all kinds of clients which include public listed companies, private companies, partnership firms, banks and financial institutions, developers, individuals and Trusts before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, District Courts, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), Charity Commissioner under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act, 1950, Estate Officer under the Public Premises Act, 1971, Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRT), Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT), Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Central Board of Film Certificate (CBFC) and Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The firm has handled large cases that require keen litigation skills and strategic vision.
White Collar Crime:
Given the evolving landscape of the Indian Economy which includes the ever changing legal and regulatory regime in India, the firm believes that the strength of white collar practice is bolstered by the skills of the related teams at the firm, in particular, banking and finance, corporate, and dispute resolution teams.
The firm handles criminal proceedings in a corporate context and offers exceptional skills in dealing with white collar crime issues. The firm regularly advises clients on matters involving anti-corruption and scams. The firm’s scope of works also includes matters of anticipatory bails, quashing of complaints, quashing of charge sheets, quashing of FIRs and liaising with investigating agencies to provide end to end management of breach of security and fraud incidents.
Trust and Personal Laws:
The firm understands the need for the preservation of the client’s estate for the benefit of the heirs whilst minimizing the possibility of conflicts and advises its clients accordingly. The firm regularly advises on the community-specific personal laws as may be applicable to clients in India. The firm’s Estate Planning, Trusts and Private Client practice provide discreet advice to a range of national and international clients, including promoters of major corporates, global Indian families, high net-worth individuals, trustees and family offices.
The firm advises clients on the formation of private trusts and the execution of wills, property succession, preservation of wealth, wealth planning, inheritance of ancestral property, trust deeds, gift deeds, probate applications and inheritance to enable them to plan for their succession in the most effective manner in order to avoid potential conflicts in respect thereof.
The firm regularly drafts Indentures of Trust, Wills and Codicils. The firm also represents the executors and legal representatives of estates to obtain probate or letters of administration, and offers advice during the course of the execution of estates and advises various private and public charitable trusts.
M Mulla Associates understand the sensitive nature of family affairs and this enables them to develop the kind of plan that is best suited to the client’s individual aims and objectives. Their scope of work includes family arrangements, property settlements and family disputes related to property all the while maintaining the firm belief that settlement.
Real estate/Retail & Property, Contracts, Commercial Transactions, Drafting of contracts, Joint ventures, M&A, pre-IPO placements, brand-license agreements, General banking and finance, Media and Entertainment, Intellectual Property Laws, Technology laws, Legal metrology, Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime, Trust and Personal laws