Zia Mody, Co–Founder and Managing Partner of AZB & Partners, is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She began her career as a corporate associate in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie, where she worked for 5 years before moving to India to establish the Chambers of Zia Mody, which became AZB & Partners in 2004. Zia’s key practice areas include Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Restructuring and General Corporate, Compliance & Investigation, Dispute Resolution, Regulatory & Securities Law and Private Client Practice.
It has been said that few of Zia’s peers can match her skills when it comes to acquisitions, joint ventures, company restructuring, foreign inward investment related practice and corporate law. Her abilities are recognized globally, as reflected in her appointment as Deputy Chairman and Non–Executive Director of the HSBC Asia Pacific Board, Independent Director of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte. Ltd., Singapore and Independent Director of China Light and Power, Hong Kong. In addition, she currently serves on the following committees: (i) member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration; (ii) foreign arbitrator on the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission; and (iii) member of the CII National Council.
Zia is widely acknowledged for her expertise, ranking No. 1 in Fortune India’s ‘India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ list in 2018 & 2019, on which she has consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2011. She has been ranked a ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate / M&A by Chambers Global (2012 – 2020); and a ‘Star Individual’ (2017 – 2020) for Corporate / M&A and an Eminent Practitioner (2018 – 2020), for Private Equity by Chambers Asia–Pacific. Additionally, she has been recognized as a ‘Market Leader’ for M&A by IFLR1000 (2017 – 2021) and as an ‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate / M&A and Private Equity by Asialaw Profiles (2021). Zia also consistently features in the ‘Top 100 Indian Lawyers’ list, published by India Business Law Journal (2014 – 2020).
According to the 2019 RSG India Report, clients praise Zia as “the best legal mind in the country,” and refer to her as a “trusted advisor.”
She has a B.A. (Law) from Cambridge, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and is dually qualified to practice law in India and New York, being member of the New York State Bar.
AZB & Partners was founded in 2004 with a clear purpose to provide reliable, practical and full–service advice to clients, across all sectors. We have an accomplished and driven team of 450+ lawyers committed to delivering best–in–class legal solutions to help clients achieve their objectives.
We have received wide national and international acclaim within the legal sphere, including, most recently, being ranked No.1 in the RSG ‘Top 50 Indian Law Firms Ranking (2019) and the RSG ‘Top 40 Indian Law Firms Ranking’ (2017); a ‘Band 1 Firm’ for Corporate/M&A, Private Equity and Real Estate by Chambers Asia–Pacific (2020); a ‘Band 1 Firm’ for Corporate/M&A and Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global (2020); a ‘Tier 1 Firm’ for Banking, Capital Markets, M&A, Private Equity and Restructuring & Insolvency IFLR1000 (2021); ‘Law Firm of the Year’ by VCCircle (2020); and ‘Outstanding Law Firm of the Year, India’ by Asialaw Profiles (2020).
Our specialties include Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures & General Corporate, Regulatory Practice & Securities Laws, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Funds, Competition / Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Compliance & Investigation / White–Collar Crime, Microfinance, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Employment, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Taxation, Aviation, E–commerce & Retail, Private Client Practice, Media & Entertainment, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Information Technology & Business Process Outsourcing, Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services & FinTech and Real Estate.