Ritu specialises in Mergers, Public & Administrative Judicial Review, Insolvency-related Disputes, Shareholder Disputes, Domestic and International Commercial Arbitrations, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Infrastructure Litigation including Building Contracts, White Collar Crimes and Extradition-related Action. She has extensively represented multinational as well as domestic shareholders in their inter se disputes in joint ventures, including Board room strategies.
For over two and a half decades, Ritu has been a focal point in the firm’s litigation practice and has worked on many fiercely contested matters across jurisdictions including before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various States, and other Specialised Quasi-Judicial Tribunals. Her strength in litigation rests on her ability to formulate and execute legally sound and tactical strategies on behalf of major multinationals, domestic corporates, banks, public enterprises, commercial and financial institutions involved in complex disputes.
Ritu successfully represented the majority shareholders of a Japanese Company in a one of its kind case of oppression by minority shareholders, before National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai. She represents the investment arm of the Russian Federation in an ongoing International Commercial Arbitration and has successfully obtained an Interim Award of INR 135 crores (approx.) in favour of her client. She has been a part of several marquee cases representing TATA, Getit Info Services Pvt. Ltd., Biological E Ltd., ETA Group of Dubai, IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited, Navyuga Engineering Company Limited, Indian Oil Corporation and Indian Paints Association et al and was part of the team advising the Government appointed Board of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (SCSL) following the confession of its promoter and was actively involved in the proceedings involving SCSL before the Company Law Board.
Ritu has been ranked in Band 2 for Dispute Resolution by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, which states “Ritu Bhalla advises domestic and international clients on a wide spectrum of contentious matters, including private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes. She is also adept at handling arbitration proceedings.” Chambers and Partners 2018 quotes, “Ritu Bhalla has a stellar reputation in the arbitration and litigation circle and regularly acts on private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes for both domestic and international clients.” Chambers & Partners 2014 cites her as a “phenomenal litigator – one of the best out there”. One of the client testimonials states that “Clients across segments have relied upon Ms Bhalla’s ability to strategise and navigate through most challenging and intricate commercial disputes.” Ritu has also been recognised as an Expert in Litigation by Expert Guides.
Ritu’s deep involvement with commercial litigation and arbitration goes beyond courts and tribunals and extends to formulating valued litigation strategy. Ritu has been associated with conferences and seminars on contemporary legal issues and is an active member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Ritu has long been a champion for measures that push against the glass ceiling and improve professional opportunities for women lawyers. At Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, she has helped define steps to support young women lawyers and facilitate their continuing professional growth through measures such as an in-house crèche. She also played a key role in articulating the Firm’s policy against sexual harassment and in setting up a grievance redress cell for women. Ritu is much sought as a commentator on Commercial issues and women’s rights and has been frequently quoted on gender issues in the media.
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