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Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants

Manish Dembla

Manish Dembla



  • Arbitration
  • Infrastructure & Projects
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate & Construction

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Dispute Resolution Group
Real Estate Group
White Collar Crime Group
Manish is a Partner working with the Gurgaon office of the Firm. He has more than a decade of experience in diverse areas of law. His practice areas include projects & energy, dispute resolution, litigation, white collar crime matters, general corporate commercial, transactional and advisory work.

Over the past few years, the main thrust of his practice has been dispute resolution and litigation pertaining to infrastructure and construction projects such as highways, metro projects, power projects, pipelines, water projects, railways, etc. Manish has been involved in complex and high value arbitration (both domestic and international) and litigation in this sector. He is adept at putting forth the clients' case before the arbitral tribunals / courts in the most concise and articulate manner so as to obtain the best possible results.

Manish's hands-on approach and comprehensive experience in the domain gives him a broader perspective of the issues involved in the assignments taken up by him and makes him a pillar of strength for the Infrastructure Practice of the Firm.

Manish has also been regularly advising and assisting several large multinational & domestic clients from various other sectors such as oil & gas, real estate, pharmaceuticals, education, aviation, consumer goods, information technology, telecommunication, banking, insurance, etc. on a wide spectrum of matters including dispute resolution, litigation, white collar crime matters, general corporate commercial, transactional and advisory work.

Manish has been recognized as the "Next Generation Lawyer" by Legal 500 for two consecutive years (2016 & 2017) for: (1) Projects & Energy; and (2) Dispute Resolution. Manish has been ranked as the Up & Coming Dispute Resolution Lawyer (New Delhi based) in the Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2021. Manish has also been recognized as a Future Legal Leader of India by the Indian Business Law Journal in December 2020.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Bar in 2006


L.L.B from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Laws from the Indian Law Institute.
Areas of Practice

Anti-Bribery & Corruption | Arbitration | Corporate & Commercial | Energy (Renewable & Conventional) | Environment | Foreign Investment | Franchising / Licensing Agreements/ Distributorship Agreements | Information Technology | Infrastructure & Projects | Insolvency & Bankruptcy | Labour & Employment | Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals | Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions | Oil & Gas | Outsourcing Arrangements | Private Equity & Venture Capital | Project Finance | Real Estate & Construction | White Collar Crime | Workplace Discrimination and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Laws (POSH)


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