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India Disputes
3-4 November 2022
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Rajat Malhotra
Partner at Laware Associates


Rajat Malhotra leads the Commercial Disputes team for Laware Associates – a boutique firm catering to Infrastructure and Real Estate clients. Rajat started as a transactional lawyer with L&L Partners after being called to the Delhi Bar in 2006. He is an alumnus of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, and his experience spans all areas of commercial law from contracts to insolvency. 

Rajat began his career as a Project Finance lawyer, and was been involved in some of the largest national highway developments together equaling USD 5 Billion in value – including the Qazigund to Banihal Section of NH-1A (construction cost of USD 347 Million), Chilakaluripeta-Nellore Section of NH-5 (construction cost of USD 144 Million), Krishnagar-Bahrampore Section of NH-34 (construction cost USD 108 Million), Jabalpur-Rewa Section on NH-7 (USD 287 Million), Ranchi-Rargaon-Jamshedpur Section of NH-33 (USD 214 Million), and the Agra – Etawah Bypass Section of NH-2 (USD 364 Million). While he currently focuses on dispute resolution, he continues to be retained by top engineering consulting firms including URS Corporation, SNC Lavalin and Feedback Ventures for advice on highway, mass road transit system, water and sanitation and smart city projects. 

He has carried his transaction advisory experience to the dispute resolution practice. Rajat is known to offer complete solution to his clients. Rajat and his team are strongly recommended by Amardeep Jaiswal of Lanco Group for providing “most reliable and honest advice and pragmatic solutions in complex matters.” 

Rajat regularly appears as lead counsel in various arbitration matters, and before most judicial fora and tribunals. Clients swear by his energy, “utmost dedication towards work at hand” and his “eye for the minutest detail”. Yogesh Anand from GMR (Energy) states that “I found Rajat thorough in legal knowledge and up to date with judicial developments. He masters the facts before applying law in given case in hand.” 

As counsel, Rajat is known to “have excellent court craft” and to be “extremely effective in Court.” Yogesh Gupta from Larsen & Toubro (GC, Railways Business) testifies that “Rajat brings a great deal to the table. He is a lawyer you want on your side.” Gupta further remarked that Rajat “is highly recommended for complex cases and arbitrations.” Anand added, that as counsel Rajat “has the potential to give seniors a fight for their money.” 

Laware’s disputes team has extensive experience spanning all facets of Infrastructure and Real Estate industries, including Roads and Highways, Railways, River Basin projects, water and sanitation, SEZs, all manner of construction-development projects, commercial/ residential/ mixed use estate developments, golf courses and the like. 

Rajat also had the distinction of representing Maytas Infra Limited and Maytas Properties Limited (promoter group of erstwhile Satyam Computers) in the first of its kind white collar crime matter in India. His current client representations include high stake disputes work with over USD 10 Billion in value. His team is also regularly involved in court litigation settling contentious legal issues influencing commercial decisions in real estate and infrastructure sectors. Rajat’s clients recommend him for “his endless efforts and solid legal advice”. Pradeep Malhotra from Today Group sums up with the comment “Rajat takes the fight to the enemy. The way he handles matters at this age is really appreciable as the solutions he offers are sometimes better than top senior advocates.

Agenda Sessions

  • Enforcement of arbitral awards: developments in India and England and how enforcement works in different common law jurisdictions