Zulfiquar is a passionate litigator and a dynamic leader, and he leads by example in courtrooms and board rooms alike. While a force to reckon with in challenging court room battles, he tempers such leonine ferocity with true empathy towards his clientele. Most clients he interacts with, look to him as a trusted friend rather than a legal representative. This amalgamation of battle-hardened prowess and client sensitivity, makes Zulfiquar the pole star of the Indian legal firmament. Zulfiquar spearheads the Global Disputes and White-Collar Practice of the firm, advising in complex multi-jurisdictional prosecutions, traversing Fortune 100 and 500 companies, high net-worth individuals, and elite families. As such, he has led mandates involving, inter alia, extraditions, money laundering, anti-corruption compliances, and financial disputes. Zulfiquar is well regarded as a specialist negotiator, trained at the Harvard School of Law, regularly resolving sensitive disputes expeditiously, with pragmatic and holistic solutions. Persistently recognized for his exemplary vision, he takes a keen interest in taking the Firm towards global recognition and acclaim. His compassionate leadership is evidenced by the rapid plaudit MZM continues to achieve from its clients and peers and the prestigious accolades and accreditations he receives from the legal fraternity.
Envisioned as a leading White Collar Crime Firm in 2005, MZM owes its accomplishments to the zeal and dedication of its Founding Partners, Suzanne, and Zulfiquar. A qualified advocate registered with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, Suzanne specializes in IPR and matrimonial matters, catering to a selected network of HNIs. Suzanne has been an indispensable asset to the Firm right from its inception in 2005. MZM continues to benefit from her contemporaneous expertise in policy formulation, which ensures a conducive work environment that translates into an integrated workforce. Suzanne plays a key managerial role in hiring the best minds and providing them with umpteen opportunities to deliberate creatively and execute proficiently. A passionate philanthropist, she chairs the MZM Care Foundation, through which she relentlessly works towards the upliftment of the destitute and endeavours to provide them access to adequate healthcare.
Parvez is a Senior Partner of MZM Legal, a Band One White Collar Crime Law firm in India. He plays a synergistic role in creating the bulwark of a multi-disciplinary team at the Firm while mentoring the team to develop critical skills to contribute efficiently toward positive outcomes. Parvez acted in some of India’s fiercest prosecutorial and governmental investigations and is one of India’s few expert lawyers to have undertaken sensitive trials under India’s anti-terrorism and organized crime laws. He regularly defends and prosecutes on behalf of prominent business houses and high-net-worth individuals in a gamut of matters.
His discernment to navigate challenging mandates enthuses his clients with the confidence to undertake the arduous journey of litigating. Conscious of providing succour to his dedicated clientele in turbulent circumstances, he patiently explains even the most rudimentary aspects, providing holistic, goal-oriented, and practical guidance.
His nuanced understanding of the law, supplemented by unstinted consistent efforts results in excellence and unmatched competence. Parvez ardently believes that judicial forums are a wide canvas to effect social change and he constantly participates in educative seminars to disseminate information to overcome inequities in the legal community.
Javed possesses rich banking experience and handsomely contributes to the firm's Banking Litigation and Real Estate Law practice. With more than a decade in the firm, he also spearheads the Negotiable Instruments Act practice for the firm. As such, he represents various corporates and HNIs before various forums, earning national and international acclaim for creative strategies developed and deployed by him. An ace at Real Estate Law and Housing Society disputes, Javed is also highly regarded in Estate Planning and laws governing succession in India. His keen interest in finance translates into much sought-after advice on commercial investments by HNI clients.
Munir specializes in a variety of issues in the sphere of general corporate law and litigation ranging from debt recovery, summary suits, succession-related disputes, and TMT laws. He is a renowned name in the litigation circuit with a distinguished practice traversing a variety of matters involving nuanced constitutional subjects, and contentious commercial matters, along with advice and vetting of commercial agreements and property laws. Munir also handles composite media-related matters and represents the interests of the most reputed media houses in India before various forums. Munir has successfully handled high-profile and complex arbitrations and he is a keen endorser of ADR mechanisms, which ensure the option of expedient and frugal avenues being made available to his clients.
Mrinal heads the Delhi MZM team in his capacity as a Senior Partner. He spearheads the White-Collar Crime / Fraud, Criminal, and Civil Litigation practice for the firm. An alumnus of the reputed Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, he has been practicing since 1998 and enjoys a stellar reputation amongst the Bar. Not one to limit himself, his mandates remain versatile. He often appears in matters pertaining to commercial litigation and corporate practice, competently dealing with Civil laws, Media laws, Domestic and International Arbitrations, Labour Laws, Intellectual Property Laws, Criminal laws including Cyber and White-Collar Crime, Company laws, Legal Compliance, documentation, and Corporate Advisory and his clients have always gained from his wisdom and vast experience.
Waseem heads the Disputes Resolution, Litigation and Restructuring & Insolvency Practice at MZM Legal. His practice with MZM Legal began over a decade ago with matters related to complex financial and securities fraud, domestic arbitrations and matrimonial briefs. His growing reputation with corporate clients, led to organic growth of this practice to include the high-value commercial arbitrations and complicated white-collar crime matters. Today, he is an esteemed professional in his own right – valued and respected for representing multinational conglomerates and sovereign nation-states in high-value Domestic and International Commercial Arbitrations, as well as, commercial litigation. Waseem also has vast experience in complex cases pertaining to Restructuring & Insolvency ranging from advising, representing and defending various Financial Creditors, Operational Creditors and Corporate Debtors along with representing the IRP/RP in the CIRP & liquidation process etc. Waseem also works closely with Zulfiquar on issues related to Corruption, Fraud, Extradition, Money Laundering, Criminal Disputes, Recovery Actions, etc. and regularly advices prominent national, and multinational corporations in difference parts of the world. Over the years Waseem has acted on complex cross border matters related to these issues. Waseem has completed a comprehensive course in International Commercial Arbitration certified by the Columbia Law School and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His membership in various International Arbitration Institutions/Centres is a testament to his credentials. He is also a designated Member of CIARB and has been recognized as an Accredited Dispute Resolution Professional (Arbitrator and Mediator) by the Federation of Integrated Conflict Management.
Jay Choksi stands tall as a distinguished Legal Counsel, adept in the intricate interplay of Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Immigration, Debt Recovery and Dispute Resolution.
Rooted in a family where legal wisdom flows as freely as conversations at the dinner table, Jay’s journey was lit by his mother’s legacy working in the Courts at Mumbai. This blend of judicial gravitas and business acumen from his family’s influential roots in Mumbai has shaped him into a practical problem-solver with a keen eye for detail.
An alumni of Government Law College, Mumbai, Jay has spun a 20-year tale of high-profile cases and impressive clientele. His courtroom triumphs aren’t just victories; they’re legal epics that have adorned the pages of India’s notable law journals.
Jay’s expertise extends beyond India’s borders, offering sage counsel to high-net-worth individuals and businesses in Mumbai and Canada. He successfully enrolled as Solicitor & Barrister with the Law Society of Ontario, Canada. His expertise in maneuvering through the complexities of transcontinental investments and relocations has made him an indispensable guide in the global business odyssey and an invaluable asset for those looking to expand their horizons across borders.
Dinesh leads the trial practice at MZM, spearheading highly contentious and acrimonious mandates. His diverse practice encompasses matters pertaining to blood crimes, serious economic frauds, matrimonial disputes, land/ real estate conflicts, and housing society disputes. His expertise in conducting civil and criminal trials and ensuing appellate proceedings is unparalleled and expansive. A regular at all judicial forums in Maharashtra, his skills have been commended by his clients as also his fiercest opponents. Formulating strategy is his forte and he is supported by a diligent group of lawyers, adept and highly skilled at court craft and on-ground execution. Over the years, Dinesh has trained and built a network of highly-skilled advocates, to ensure stellar legal representation to his clients, even in remotely accessible areas. His expertise, creative solutions, and nuanced understanding of the law provide succour to his clients amidst tumultuous prosecutions and adversarial proceedings.
A qualified Advocate-on-Record, Vivek brings youth and dynamism to the Delhi Office of the Firm. Specializing in Corporate Litigation, and Insolvency proceedings before the NCLT and Company Law, he displays a keen interest in Arbitration. He is often acknowledged by his peers at the Bar for his impeccable drafting, seamless filings, and persuasive arguments. He is a regular face before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court, and Tribunals. He enjoys an immaculate reputation with a majority of the designated Senior Advocates in New Delhi and is indispensable in handling highly sensitive and multifaceted litigations for the firm while maintaining uncompromised integrity and incomparable capability.
Shine is a leading litigation lawyer having diverse experience of over two. He began his career in 2005 in the chamber of the distinguished criminal defence lawyer and parliamentarian Mr. Majeed Memon. His core practice involves handling complex criminal matters and white-collar crimes, especially the ones related to corruption. He has also expanded his practice to contentious civil litigation with a dedicated clientele. He is an ideal choice for most complex disputes involving intricate questions of law and in cases for emergency reliefs where it becomes necessary to make a compelling case for those he represents. Shine provides competent legal advice across jurisdictions and he enjoys accolades from his colleagues and clients before various High Courts. Relentless in expanding his horizons, he holds an MBA and a Diploma in Cyber Laws. Always a proponent of being a student of law, he imparts his passion and wisdom to young minds by regularly conducting guest lectures in reputed colleges across the length of the country.
Abhishek regularly appears before all Criminal Courts in India and also opines on foreign laws in matters related to financial crimes. With a decade’s worth of banking experience, Abhishek is also instrumental in guiding forensic audits, fund tracing and similar exercises, which are an integral part of financial crime prosecution / defence. Abhishek’s first-hand insights into the restructuring and insolvency operations of Banks and decade long experience make him a restructuring and insolvency expert. As such, he represents distressed / insolvent companies, as well as, creditors before quasi-judicial forums like National Company Law Tribunals and Debt Recovery Tribunals, developing innovative, cost effective and practical solutions to address impending or ongoing financial distress. He also participates in various high-value domestic and international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation mandates.
Ravi is a vital part of the MZM team with over a decade of experience at the Firm. His diverse practice encompasses matters pertaining to white-collar crimes, matrimonial disputes, blood crimes, and serious economic frauds. His ability to liaise with an array of prosecuting agencies in high-pressure and politically sensitive mandates is unmatched. Fastidious towards upholding the interests of clients, Ravi provides holistic and coherent advice with end-to-end support. He is the epitome of being an individual contributor and is empowered by his immense knowledge and vast experience to achieve stupendous results for his clients. His dedication to his work makes it incumbent upon the entire team to operate just as meticulously to achieve stellar outcomes.
Chirag Naik is an Associate Partner at MZM Legal LLP’s globally recognised white-collar criminal defence, investigations and disputes practices. Having worked with international clientele and law firms on various complex matters, he has been described as “very knowledgeable in terms of the law”, “very responsive and thorough” and is known for providing “clear and in-depth legal analyses”. Skilled at crisis management, Chirag is praised as “very tenacious and hardworking”.
His practice area covers white-collar criminal defence, criminal compliance, government investigations, dispute resolution, IT law and regulatory enforcement matters. Chirag regularly acts and advises on high profile criminal investigations initiated by India’s premier investigating agencies such as the CBI, ED, SFIO, SEBI etc. and the EOWs and ACBs at the state level. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court and various High Courts and trial courts across India. His cross- border litigation experience encompasses corruption, money laundering, extradition, cyber-crime, fraud, embezzlement, black money, undisclosed foreign assets, corporate governance, defamation, foreign exchange management, sexual harassment, etc. Further, he has conducted various sensitive internal investigations for leading multinational corporations.
Over the last few years Chirag has acted on extremely complex cyber-crimes reported to the police’s specialised cyber-crime units and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (“CERT-In”).
Chirag regularly appears on national TV News channels who seek his views on legal matters of importance.
RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS:
Successively, recognized and ranked by “Legal 500” as a “RISING STAR” in the WHITE-COLLAR CRIME (INDIA) CATEGORY in 2021, 2022 & 2023.
Recognized, Awarded and Ranked in the BUSINESS WORLD BW LEGAL 30 UNDER 30 POWER LIST OF 2021.
Nadiya is an Associate Partner at MZM Legal LLP and has a decade's experience in dispute resolution, specializing in International Commercial Arbitration, Banking, Insolvency & Restructuring, Media & Entertainment, and Civil Litigation. She regularly advises her clients on complex corporate issues and transactions.
A significant part of her practice has been advising and representing clients in matters relating to insolvency restructuring, debt recovery, joint ventures, cross border disputes, investment and shareholder disputes, employment-related disputes, merger and demerger schemes, tender-related disputes, real estate disputes, infrastructure and engineering disputes, and consumer litigation.
Her clientele spreads across a variety of sectors including Banking, NBFCs, Engineering, Procurement & Construction, Media & Entertainment, Hospitality, Infratech, Power, IT (Information Technology), Healthcare, Beauty, FMCG, Apparels and Real Estate sector, to name a few.She regularly advises startups and undertakes a complete handholding exercise for establishing their business and managing their investments. Contract drafting & vetting is another specialised area of her practice.
She is a well-recognized face before High Courts, NCLTs, Tribunals, Quasi-Judicial bodies, and other regulatory authorities. Nadiya has excelled in her practice areas over the years and is known for her innovative solutions and round the clock support to her clients.
Her fondness for continuing education has also inspired her to associate herself with many esteemed colleges as a Visiting Professor. Nadiya has an experience of over 8 years in teaching subjects such as Alternate Dispute Resolution, Banking laws, Contract Laws, Advertising Laws, Business Laws, Industrial Laws, and Intellectual Property Laws at various reputed colleges all over Mumbai and Bengaluru. Nadiya is regularly seen judging various Moot Court Competitions and other law events of reputed colleges.
With her in-depth expertise, Nadiya is often approached for her views on complex commercial and insolvency matters by journalists of reputed media houses and is often quoted as an expert.
Awards & Recognitions
Recognised by Forbes India as Top 100 individual lawyers (under 10 years of experience) in the Forbes Legal Power list – 2023-2024.
Recognised as one of the Future Legal Leaders, 2023 by India Business Law Journal.
Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution, 2022 & 2023 by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Recognized as one of the Rising Stars 40 under 40, 2022 & 2023 by Asian Legal Business.
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