In or about 1896-97 Late Mr. Tribhovandas Malvi and two others set up a law firm by the name of Malvi Hiralal & Modi.
The Firm came to be known by its present name of Malvi Ranchoddas & Co. in or about 1929-30. Over the years, the Firm has undergone several changes in its name and was re-constituted from time to time between 1959 and 1970 through mergersand demergers. The Firm regained its original name of Malvi Ranchoddas & Co in 1971.
The present partners of the Firm areMr. Prakash Mehta, Mr. Shreekant Mehta, Ms. Girija Balakrishnan, Ms. Rashmi Doshi and Ms. Minoo Shah.
During the metamorphosis and up to the present day, the Firm upholds the rich tradition and ideals that were followed by its founding fathers.
The Firm has its main offices in the commercial capital of India, viz. Mumbai. It has its well appointed office with ample conference facilities in a heritage building in South Mumbai, across the Bombay High Court.
The Firm has an associate office in Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat, called Malvi Ranchoddas Girish N Shah & Co.
The Firm is a member of Mackrell International, one of the world’s premier International Network of Independent Law Firms.
The Firm, with its Associate Office in Gujarat, working association with law firms in all major cities across India, coupled with its membership of Mackrell International has the ability to provide seamless legal representation and advice to its clients across the major cities in India and in over 60 countries worldwide.
Property Laws and Real Estate
The Firm has a strong presence in the field of Property Laws and Real Estate Development advisory work. With a team of 6 lawyers and combined experience of over 100 years, the real estate practice group has over the last several decades carved a niche for itself as a specialist in the field.
In respect of Property Laws and Real Estate Transactions, the firm advises clients on transaction structures, undertakes due diligence exercise, certifies titles, prepares and finalizes various deeds and documents. The Firm renders advice on crucial issues relating to acquisition/holding/sale or transfer of immoveable properties,documentation and consulting on societies and condominiums, dealing with related statutes i.e. Land Revenue Code, Urban Land Ceiling Act, Stamp Act and Registration Laws.The Firm also assists clients in stamping and registration of documents.
The Firm has in the recent past advised clients in respect of property transactions spanning from six acres to seven hundred acres located in and/or around Mumbai, other districts within the State of Maharashtra and in other cities across India including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mangalore. The Firm has also advised clients on foreign direct investments in the real estate sector.
The Firm’s clientele include reputed builders and developers, foreign investors, corporate houses, hotel industry etc.
Corporate & Commercial Laws
Over the last several years the firm has established itself in the field of corporate and commercial laws. The corporate and commercial law team comprises of 4 lawyers.
In the field of Corporate Laws, Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Laws, Foreign Direct Investments, Joint Ventures and Foreign Collaboration, the Firm expertise includes undertaking due diligence and advising clients on outcome of the due diligence, advising clients on matters relating to the formation of companies, administration and management of companies, interacting with the clients and their financial advisors for evolving a tax efficient structure, preparing draft deeds and documents, negotiating and finalizing the deeds and documents, advising clients on statutory and regulatory compliances, rendering legal opinion on various aspects of law etc.
The firm’s clientele in this area include Indian and foreign corporate houses and individuals. The firm has actively advised clients in joint ventures in the following amongst other industries: Computer Hardware Manufacture, Digital Instrument Manufacture, Elevator Manufacturing, Cigarette Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Industry, Specialty Gas Manufacturing Industry, Forex Broking, Advertising Industry, Publishing Industry, Industrial Gas Industry, Chemical Industry, Clutch and Automotive parts Industry, Multiplex Industry, Retail Industry operating on franchise model, Power sector, the Hotel Industry, Storage Tanks & Terminal Business, Business Process Outsourcing sector, insurance sector, companies engaged in designing, manufacturing, installing and commissioning equipment in field of bio-technology, pharmaceutical and other allied industry, companies dealing in specialty materials and filtration and separation capabilities, strategy and general management consulting company.
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice
The Civil Litigation and ADR team comprises of 3 lawyers.
In respect of Litigation and ADR, the firm renders advice relating to the preparatory stage, draws up requisite pleadings, liaises with Counsel and conducts the matter in various Forums including High Court (Mumbai), Supreme Court of India, Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Securities Exchange Board of India Appellate Tribunal (SAT), Central Excise Gold Appellate Tribunal (CEGAT), Charity Commissioner and other Competent Authorities under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC), Consumer Forums etc. The Firm also assists clients with enforcement of awards and judgments of the Bombay High Court, the Supreme Court of India and various other forum including Tribunals and Tax Authorities.
The firm has ample experience in conducting mediations, arbitrations, and attending to matters before the Company Law Board, Securities Appellate Tribunal, Debt Recovery Tribunal and the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, conducting civil, commercial and corporate litigation, dealing in Constitutional &high prerogative Writ matters, debt recovery, enforcement of various kinds of contracts, Indirect Taxation i.e. Customs, Excise and High Court References in Income Tax and Wealth Tax matters.The firm also handlesTestamentary matters.
In addition to the main areas of practice set out hereinabove, the Firm also has experience in dealing in international arbitrations, drawing up various deeds and documents under the Personal Laws including but not limited to assignments, partitions and settlements, documentation and consulting on private trusts, restructuring of family businesses, wills and testamentary matters, preparation of requisite constitutional documents for setting up such trusts/societies. formation/registration of trusts, statutory compliances by trusts, assistance in statutory filings by trusts in Maharashtra, representing the trustees or the interested persons before the Charity Commissioner, State of Maharashtra, Mumbai and other competent authorities, drawing up commercial contracts and advising on partnership related matters.