Ms Ritu Bhalla is a senior Partner at the Firm and in the capacity of a co-chair of the practice group, oversees the Firm's practice in corporate commercial litigation, arbitrations and regulatory litigation. She 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'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 been ranked in Band 2 for Dispute Resolution by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017-20, 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."
She was also been Recognised as the 'Best in Commercial Arbitration' at Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law awards 2019, and ranked as a Distinguished Practitioner by Asialaw Profiles, 2019 and 2020.