He advises some of the largest global financial sponsors (such as Advent, Apax, Bain, Brookfield, BWE and TPG) and strategics (such as Amazon, Asian Paints, Biocon, L&T, PharmEasy, Reliance and Tata), and specializes in private equity investments, private and public mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), joint ventures and foreign investment laws.
Iqbal finished his J.D. from Columbia Law School (as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and LL.B. from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Iqbal has also worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York. He is enrolled with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa and is also admitted to the New York Bar.
Iqbal was been recently shortlisted as one of the fifteen finalist for the ALB India Dealmaker for the Year 2023. In addition, he has been recognized as the M&A Lawyer of the Year 2022 by BW Legal World Global Legal Summit and Legal Leaders Awards 2022, one of the top M&A and Private Equity Lawyers in the Forbes Legal Powerlist for 2022, 2021, 2020, one of India’s Super 50 Lawyers for 2020 by Asian Legal Business, the leading Dealmaker of Asia 2020 by the Asian Legal Business Indian Law Awards 2020 (Thomson Reuters), and a leading Private Equity lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 / 2020 / 2019 rankings, and as per Chambers, Iqbal Khan attracts extensive praise from clients, with one remarking that he “brings a level of rigour that makes him unique and invaluable for us as a client with demanding standards,” whilst others remarking that “[he] has extremely strong legal knowledge and grasp of case precedents,” and that “he understands the concerns of international investors into India.”
Prior to 2019, he was recognized as the Dealmaker of the Year 2019, the Indian M&A Lawyer of the Year (Client Choice Awards 2018 by Lexology, which recognizes those law firm partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service, and as per client testimonials, “Iqbal is a thorough professional; he is one of the top lawyers in his field” and “He has great expertise in M&A law; he is immensely insightful, helpful and far superior to others in his field”), the Indian M&A Lawyer of the Year (ACQ5 Global Awards 2018), the winner of the M&A Awards 2018 (by Finance Monthly) and as a leading M&A, Private Equity and Corporate Lawyer by the RSG India Report.
Iqbal is also a director on the board of The Aga Khan Foundation (India), a private, not-for-profit, non-denominational, international development agency, and on the board of DCB Bank, a private sector bank.
Iqbal is the first Indian lawyer to author both ICLG’s Mergers and Acquisitions Laws and Regulations Guide for India for 2019/2020, and Getting The Deal Through’s Private M&A Guide for 2019/2020.
Iqbal has been involved in the following notable strategic transactions:
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