Sooraj specializes in advisory and advocacy work in a wide range of commercial and white-collar crime cases. He provides strategic advice and representation to sovereign states, international organizations, business conglomerates, and individuals in cross-border matters. He has extensive experience in high-value transnational litigations and arbitrations (both domestic and international, including enforcement matters) involving complex factual and legal issues.
Sooraj’s practice is diverse, ranging from advising and acting on some of the largest and most intricate corporate, commercial, and shareholder disputes and strategic battles involving substantial financial interest conducted before Indian and foreign courts as well as international arbitral tribunals under both ad hoc (UNCITRAL Rules and Indian Arbitration Act) and institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, ICADR, SIAC, DIAC, PCA); to acting in politically sensitive matters that span multiple jurisdictions, including claims for international protection, asset tracing, recovery and freezing, extradition (notable work includes some of the most significant extradition matters concerning Indian nationals declared fugitive economic offenders), seeking access, correction/deletion of data and cancellation of Interpol Red Notices and Diffusions; representing prominent individuals, entrepreneurs, and C-suites in complex international cases related to mutual legal assistance treaties and investigations into cross border financial crimes, including fraud, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and conflict of interest.
Collaboration is a key aspect of Sooraj’s practice, and he frequently works with lawyers outside India, providing strategic guidance and addressing legal challenges in national and international cases. Experienced in large-scale disputes, he also undertakes litigation work before India’s trial and appellate courts, particularly the Supreme Court of India.
Sooraj’s experience with multijurisdictional matters spans various sectors, including banking and financial services, media and entertainment, energy and natural resources, construction, engineering and infrastructure, real estate, insurance, pharmaceutical and life sciences, blockchain and cryptocurrency, technology, artificial intelligence and data privacy, commodities, and trusts. Additionally, he has considerable experience advising clients on various ESG-related matters.
He has been recognized as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2023.
Sooraj has extensive experience advising clients on asset tracing, recovery, and preservation, including obtaining injunctive relief, worldwide asset freezing orders, and search and seizure orders. He is well-versed in handling enforcement proceedings before Indian and foreign courts.
Sooraj has significant experience conducting sensitive internal investigations and managing regulatory and criminal investigations. He assists clients in conducting internal investigations, responding to government inquiries, and effectively mitigating reputational risks. Sooraj possesses a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and has demonstrated success in managing complex cross-border investigations.
As a key member of our firm's white-collar defence team, Sooraj specializes in offering strategic advice and representation to clients confronted with criminal investigations and prosecutions related to white-collar crimes.
Due to the sensitive nature of much of Sooraj's work in this field, there may be limitations on the information that can be disclosed.
Sooraj’s corporate and commercial practice straddles between contentious and non-contentious work. His extensive experience lies in providing invaluable counsel on corporate governance and cross-border commercial issues.
Sooraj is a trusted legal advisor to HNIs, C-suite executives and boards embroiled in complex business situations. He is adept in formulating and executing effective crisis management plans and strategic responses that guide clients through turbulent and uncertain times. Clients turn to him to solve their most significant legal problems in and out of the courtroom. His specialization in commercial and transactional disputes brings high proficiency to corporate matters, ensuring optimal outcomes before courts and tribunals.
Due to the sensitive nature of Sooraj’s practice in this area, there may be limitations on the information that can be disclosed.
Sooraj is a specialist in defamation and reputational risk matters. He provides strategic counsel and representation to clients facing defamation claims and helps mitigate reputational risks. With extensive knowledge of defamation laws, Sooraj guides clients through legal processes, both in pursuing and defending against defamation claims. He also assists in proactively managing reputational risks, offering tailored strategies for crisis management, media relations, and communication.
The sensitive nature of much of Sooraj’s work in this practice area limits the information that can be disclosed.
Sooraj is skilled in managing a broad range of cases involving debt recovery processes, insolvency proceedings, and corporate restructuring. His expertise includes acting for financial and operational creditors, corporate debtors, and personal guarantors in insolvency proceedings in India and advising clients on issues related to cross-border insolvency. He has extensive experience advising resolution professionals and the committee of creditors on complex insolvency issues. He is proficient in leading complex corporate restructurings and litigations alongside devising innovative and compliant strategies. Sooraj has delivered significant recoveries for clients and provides bespoke solutions for businesses under distress.
Sooraj has considerable experience in handling high-profile extradition cases involving Indian nationals declared as fugitive economic offenders. He has successfully assisted clients in dealing with various challenges related to data access, correction/deletion, and the cancellation of Interpol Red Notices and Diffusions. Additionally, Sooraj has a proven track record of representing prominent individuals, entrepreneurs, and C-suite executives in complex international cases. These cases often involve mutual legal assistance treaties and investigations into cross-border financial crimes, such as fraud, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, and conflicts of interest.
Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of Sooraj's practice in this area, there are limitations on the information that can be disclosed.
Sooraj is a dispute resolution specialist. He brings significant experience in multijurisdictional disputes before Indian and foreign courts and international arbitral tribunals. He has acted as counsel and assistant/secretary to the tribunal in over 75 international arbitration proceedings seated in India, Singapore, London, Paris, DIFC, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bhutan, and Nepal under both ad hoc and institutional rules. This experience also includes arbitration-related litigations before Indian and foreign courts, strategizing and acting for clients in enforcement, and setting aside proceedings worldwide.
One of Sooraj's unique contributions to arbitration proceedings is his background as a tribunal secretary and assistant to arbitral tribunals. He has worked alongside esteemed common law and civil law arbitrators, giving him a distinctive perspective and valuable insights into handling complex arbitration cases. He is also a trained international mediator and cross-culture negotiator and accepts appointments as a mediator in civil and commercial disputes.
Due to confidentiality constraints, there are limitations on the information that can be disclosed regarding Sooraj's practice in this area.
Sooraj has a strong background in public law and policy practice in India. He provides strategic advice on constitutional law, administrative law, and regulatory compliance. Sooraj represents clients in significant litigation cases before Indian courts, including the Supreme Court. He also offers advisory services to government bodies and stakeholders on policy development and regulatory compliance. Sooraj’s expertise helps clients navigate the complexities of public law and policy in India, ensuring adherence to legal frameworks and achieving favourable outcomes.
Acted in a petition seeking special leave to appeal before the Supreme Court of India in a case impugning a decision of the High Court on the administrative side concerning a court staff.
Sooraj's sports and gaming practice revolves around providing legal and policy advisory services to prominent sports associations and gaming companies in India. This includes serving as a trusted advisor to a leading fantasy sports platform and other significant players in the game of skill domain. Drawing from his experience as an advisor to the office of the Ombudsman for two prominent cricket associations in India, Sooraj brings valuable insights to his clients. Sooraj's expertise in this field allows him to offer strategic guidance and counsel in navigating India's legal and regulatory landscape of sports and gaming.
“He is energetic, helpful, and good with strategy and delivery.” - Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2023
“He is a young and dynamic lawyer with a keen eye for detail. I have been mightily impressed by his responsiveness and understanding of international business and commerce.” - Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2023
“He is extremely sharp-witted, hardworking and thorough. He is truly an outstanding lawyer of his generation.” - Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2023
“Sooraj is in a class of his own. He is exceptionally talented, incredibly sharp, and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the law from different jurisdictions." - Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2023