Globally acclaimed as an eminent Indian lawyer and legal entrepreneur, Rohit Kochhar is the founder and chairman of Kochhar & Co., one of India’s top-tier and largest corporate law firms. Kochhar has been one of the pioneers in the Indian legal services sector, with many firsts to his credit. He has been instrumental in making Kochhar & Co. the only law firm in India with a pan-Indian presence spread across 7 prominent Indian States and 4 overseas offices including Dubai where the firm is licensed to practice local UAE law.
Rohit Kochhar’s ascent is a fantasy for many. The beginnings were extremely humble and the corporate law journey commenced in a tiny 400 sq. ft. office with the acquisition of one fax machine, an electronic typewriter and a modest capital of Rs 40,000. Twenty years and hundreds of sleepless nights later, Rohit Kochhar has catapulted Kochhar & Co. to dizzying heights and the firm is now the ‘go to firm’ for numerous Fortune Global 500 corporations.
Kochhar’s remarkable academic record also reflects his passion for excellence. He was an outstanding student in B.Com (Hons) at the Delhi University and also in the Law Degree course where he was a merit scholar ranked 3rd out of 3,000 students.
Entrepreneurship is an art and not a science. For Rohit Kochhar, the first opportunity arrived with the liberalisation of the Indian economy in the year 1991 allowing foreign direct investment to land on its shore. With great foresight, vision and lofty dreams in his heart, Rohit established the Kochhar law firm in 1994.
Kochhar spent the early days of his practice in the Delhi High Court as a criminal lawyer. Shifting from criminal to corporate law was not a cakewalk and Rohit Kochhar had to ‘walk on sand’ before he could ‘sleep on silk’. Armed with indomitable spirit, he assiduously built up his law firm brick by brick. Now, after a challenging yet inspirational journey of 21 years, he has a family of about 200 lawyers spread across 11 offices in India and overseas.
Rich and Diverse Experience
Rohit Kochhar has rich and diverse experience of over 28 years in advising major foreign and domestic corporations on various Indian law matters. Several of these corporations are Global Fortune 500 companies. Rohit Kochhar’s areas of practice include foreign direct investment, regulatory approvals, foreign collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, company law, exchange control, white collar crime and commercial litigation. He also has vast experience in advising multinational clients on issues relating to management of companies, corporate governance, best practices and corporate restructuring.
“If you are persevering, passionate and obsessive about your dreams, the forces of nature will conspire to help you succeed”. – Rohit Kochhar
Rohit Kochhar has been conferred the ‘Glory of India Award’ for placing India on the world map of legal services, the ‘Rashtriya Gaurav Award’ (Pride of the Nation Award) for excellence in the field of law, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for being the ‘Young Achiever & Entrepreneur’, the International Council of Jurists Award by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for his ‘distinctive accomplishment in the areas of corporate law and legal entrepreneurship’ and the National Citizens Award for his unique contribution in the field of ‘Youth Affairs’.