White-Collar Crime Defence and Criminal Compliance & Investigations
MZM Legal is a specialist market-leading law firm providing a full spectrum of White-Collar Crime Solutions including Preventive Compliance, Internal Investigations, Defence, Strategy, and Prosecution. In the Indian context, MZM is a distinctive firm as it provides both Advisory and Litigation services and provides expert assistance to clients in Government and Prosecutorial Investigations. The concentrated team at MZM has litigation expertise before all criminal courts and tribunals in India. In recent years, MZM has emerged as one of India’s leading White-Collar Crime and Business Crime Defence Practices.
MZM Legal has had the privilege of Advising and Defending clients on some of India’s most complex and high profile investigations conducted by India’s premier investigating agencies viz. Central Bureau of Investigation (“CBI”), the Directorate of Enforcement (“ED”), Serious Fraud Investigation Office (“SFIO”) the Economic Offences Wings (“EOWs”), Anti-Corruption Bureau’s (“ACBs”).
The department's practise encompasses corruption, money laundering, extradition, Financial frauds, embezzlement, black money, undisclosed foreign assets, corporate governance, defamation, foreign exchange management, sexual harassment, blood crimes, cyber crimes, extortion, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, etc. One of the key areas in which the firm has built a remarkable reputation is in conducting anti- bribery/compliance/internal investigations for various Fortune 500 and other multinational corporations.
MZM has significant international exposure and has the privilege of servicing clients from over ten countries across four continents. Furthermore, MZM Legal is a founding member of the ‘Roxin Alliance’ which is an international association of white-collar crime law firms headquartered in Munich, Germany and is present in over thirty countries and plays an integral role in all its activities.
MZM is widely recognised and highly recommended for Business Crime/White Collar Crime by International rankings and publications including Chamber and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Indian Lawyer 250 and Global Law Experts. MZM Legal is also the recipient of Legal Era’s – White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year Award (2016-17 & 2017-18) and Asian Legal Business’s Indian Criminal Law Firm of the Year Awards (2019).
In today's global marketplace where businesses face intense competition and manage risks on national and international scales, disputes inter se private parties, corporations and the state are growing in number and complexity.
As such, MZM Legal’s objective has been to resolve disputes to its clients' satisfaction as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The Firm is recognised for its remarkable track record in developing and implementing innovative commercial solutions for the amicable settlement of disputes.
MZM Legal’s Dispute Resolution team is a combination of highly-skilled, proficient, dynamic individuals having vast experience in handling a full range of Dispute Resolution & Litigation issues ranging from Negotiation, Mediation, Conciliation and Conflict Resolution to robust courtroom strategy.
The team has developed a significant experience over the years in advising and handling complex, high-value and sensitive International Commercial Arbitrations, Investor-State and Ad-Hoc Arbitrations, International Commercial Disputes before various Institutional bodies such as International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). MZM Legal has been representing wide-range of industry sectors, including aviation, construction, energy, media and communications, banking, insurance, international trade and investments, international finance, intellectual property, maritime, technology and telecommunications.
MZM Legal’s objective is to resolve disputes to its clients' satisfaction as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The Firm is recognised for its remarkable track record in developing and implementing innovative commercial solutions for the amicable settlement of disputes.
It also works closely with foreign law firms in order to provide an exceptional platform for handling major cross-border disputes and to resolve complex international issues..
Restructuring & Insolvency
Over the years MZM Legal has developed a robust Restructuring and Insolvency practice at the Firm. MZM Legal regularly advises large corporates, corporations, financial institutions, etc. in identifying and managing risk, to prevent potential situations of financial distress.
MZM Legal offers practical and commercial advice on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues encountered in Restructuring and Insolvencies. MZM Legal regularly represents a whole range of stakeholders from corporate debtors experiencing financial difficulties to lender groups; agents to syndicated lending groups; insolvency officers; Committee of Creditors, financial institutions; accountants and financial advisers.
MZM Legal has been involved in advising on some of the most prominent restructuring and insolvency matters in India.
Private Investigation & Forensics
The Firm works closely with experts in the field of forensic auditing and private investigation. Presently the Firm is involved in various High-Profile international disputes in which the expertise is put to use. A detailed analysis is proposed, based on the strong criminal law background which helps the clients to conduct proper investigation in investigating voluminous documentary evidence in multiple jurisdictions. The Firm has actively partnered & works closely with global giants like FTI, MAZARS, BERKELEYS RESEARCH GROUP (BRG), etc.
Dinesh leads the criminal litigation and ground support team for the firm. He works with a strong team of lawyers who assist clients with local police station assistance and with the Crime Branch, Customs, Immigration support and Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police. Dinesh has been assisting various clients on matters of Society irregularities, Domestic Violence, Blood Crimes, Serious Economic Fraud and Land / Real Estate Conflicts.
Vivek is a young dynamic partner of the firm who operates from the Delhi office and has special skills in Corporate Litigation / NCLT / Company Law / Arbitration/ drafting and filing of petitions / plaints in the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and various Tribunals situated in New Delhi. Vivek regularly appears for clients before the Courts/Tribunals and works closely with the top Senior Counsels in New Delhi and spearheads the Counsel Briefing for various High Profile, sensitive matters of the firm.