Kochhar & Co. Boosts South India Presence with Partners hires; strengthens its Corporate, Banking & Finance, Real Estate and Disputes practices

November, 2022 - India

NEW DELHI / CHENNAI - November 21, 2022: Continuing its expansion in South India, Kochhar & Co. (The Firm) has recently announced the joining of two more Partners in their Chennai office to boost their Corporate and Disputes practice.

Christopher Manoharan (“Chris”) has joined the Firm as a Senior Partner at the Chennai Office and specialises in corporate commercial transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, joint ventures, trademark litigation and raid execution, large IT outsourcing deals, licensing agreements, commercial real estate, employment law, and government policy. He has had substantial experience handling early-stage investments in venture funding and private equity, in joint ventures and technical collaborations. Additionally, he has also advised and successfully represented clients before the NCLT and the NCLAT, Chennai.

Ramasamy Santhanakrishnan (“Ram”) has joined as a Partner and will be focusing on Corporate Compliance and Advisory, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Insolvency and Intellectual Property Laws. He has more than a decade of professional experience and has represented top MNCs, blue-chip IT Companies, automotive makers and several other companies before the Hon’ble High Court of Madras, Hon’ble High Court of Bombay and various other forums in matters of civil litigation, consumer protection, debt recovery litigation, employment matters, sexual harassment claims, intellectual property disputes, along with arbitrations.

In the past few years, the Firm has expanded its demographic presence not only in India but also in the Middle East and United States. The recent expansion is part of the Firm’s internal strategic growth plan and reflects its strong commitment to service its long-standing and diverse set of clients across South India.

Earlier this year, Sujatha Rangachari had also joined the Chennai Office as a Senior Partner to expand its banking, project finance and real estate practice in the South India region. She has over two and a half decades of banking experience having led the in-house legal function of various banks and financial institutions traversing diverse practice areas including retail, corporate finance, new products & initiatives, debt restructuring and financial recoveries.

With this addition, Kochhar & Co. has 58 Partners.

Mr. Rohit Kochhar, Founder & Managing Partner of the Firm said, “Kochhar & Co. Chennai office has been consistently recognised as a top-tier full-service practice in Tamil Nadu. We have been consistently recommended for our Corporate M&A, Banking & Finance, Real Estate as well as Disputes practices by clients, peers and the industry experts. Sujatha, Chris and Ram have strong credentials and client relationships which complements our industry focused strategy to provide top draw legal services and support to our clients at their doorstep”.

He further added, “Our extensive client base in South India will benefit from their cumulative expertise, knowledge, and commitment”.


Kochhar & Co. is one of India’s pre-eminent corporate law firms with a full-service presence in 7 prominent cities namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Chandigarh and Hyderabad and overseas offices in Dubai, Singapore, and Chicago. Kochhar & Co. is the preferred Indian counsel for some of the largest multinational and blue-chip corporations from Europe, North America, and Asia (including 75 of the Fortune Global 500 cos).

UAE presence: Kochhar & Co Inc Dubai is a leading full-service law firm in the UAE advising clients on both UAE and DIFC laws. Through our office in Dubai, we provide full-service legal support to clients not only in the UAE but throughout the GCC region.

Website : www.kochhar.com; www.kochhardubai.com