Bahram N. Vakil

Co–Founder

We’ve been right at the forefront of restructuring the bankruptcy codes and the policy and legislative changes in the laws. The Government and institutions like the RBI and SEBI turn to us often because of our reputation and the integrity of our lawyers, knowing that we will have an India focus, with no agenda for a particular client or industry.

Bahram builds great and lasting relationships. In addition to his superb professional skills, he always has incisive and well–informed views of the world.

Ajay on Bahram

One of the founding partners of AZB & Partners, Bahram N. Vakil is amongst India’s foremost restructuring, infrastructure and project finance attorneys and has been acknowledged as a leading restructuring and project finance lawyer by most international publications. The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business calls Vakil a gregarious and hard–headed lawyer who is valued by clients for his “smart, reliable and practical advice.” Chambers & Partners Global singles out his finesse at negotiations, stating that “He adds value in negotiations, ensuring both parties see the other’s point of view.” He has an LL.M. from Columbia University, and is a member of the New York State Bar.

DIRECTORSHIPS, MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, a private sector initiative working to scale an effective and efficient voluntary carbon credit market to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement (2021)
  • Insolvency Law Amendment Committee, constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, to recommend amendments to the IBC (2019 – Present)
  • Task Force on the Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans, set up by the Reserve Bank of India (2019 – Present)
  • International Insolvency Institute, a non–profit, limited membership organisation, set up to promote international cooperation and coordination in the insolvency field (2019 – Present) 
  • Technical Co–Chair, Main Organising Committee of INSOL International (2019)
  • Dr. T. K. Viswanathan Committee on Bankruptcy Law Reforms, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to draft the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (2015)
  • Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Committee, SEBI Advisory Group (2011)
  • U.K. Sinha Committee – Working Group on Foreign Investment in India (2010)
  • New York State Bar Association (1985)

Professional Qualifications

  • Solicitor, India (1986)
  • LL.M., Columbia University, New York, USA (1983)
  • Bachelor of Law, Bombay University (1982)

Bahram is very macro in his approach, which is of huge value to clients when they want to see the big picture. His understanding of global economies is insightful, and has always helped the Firm navigate crises.

Zia on Bahram

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

RECENT RECOGNITION

2022

2021

2020

2019

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

IFLR1000

‘Highly Regarded’ for Banking, Project Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Eminent Practitioner’ Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Global 100

Restructuring Law Lawyer of the Year – India

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Highly Regarded’ for Banking, Project Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Leaders in Law – 2021 Global Awards

‘Restructuring Expert of the Year’ in India

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • Inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Banking & Finance, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy
  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Restructuring & Insolvency

Who’s Who Legal

• Global Leader for Banking & Finance, Banking & Regulatory, Corporate Governance and Restructuring & Insolvency
• Recommended as a ‘Thought Leader – GBRR’

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance and Infrastructure 

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Eminent Practitioner’ Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Highly Regarded’ for Banking, Project Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy
  • Recommended for Restructuring and Insolvency

Who’s Who Legal

‘Global Leader’ for Banking & Finance, Banking & Regulatory and Restructuring & Insolvency

Asialaw Leading Lawyers

‘Market Leading Lawyer’ for Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A 

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Corporate Live Wire Global Awards

‘Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year – India’

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

A ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy

Who’s Who Legal

‘Leading Practitioner’ for Banking, Corporate, Government Contracts and Governance

RECENT RECOGNITION

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

IFLR1000

‘Highly Regarded’ for Banking, Project Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Eminent Practitioner’ Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Global 100

Restructuring Law Lawyer of the Year – India

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Highly Regarded’ for Banking, Project Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Leaders in Law – 2021 Global Awards

‘Restructuring Expert of the Year’ in India

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • Inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Banking & Finance, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy
  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Restructuring & Insolvency

Who’s Who Legal

• Global Leader for Banking & Finance, Banking & Regulatory, Corporate Governance and Restructuring & Insolvency
• Recommended as a ‘Thought Leader – GBRR’

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance and Infrastructure 

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Eminent Practitioner’ Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Highly Regarded’ for Banking, Project Finance and Energy & Infrastructure

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy
  • Recommended for Restructuring and Insolvency

Who’s Who Legal

‘Global Leader’ for Banking & Finance, Banking & Regulatory and Restructuring & Insolvency

Asialaw Leading Lawyers

‘Market Leading Lawyer’ for Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A 

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance

Corporate Live Wire Global Awards

‘Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year – India’

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

A ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy

Who’s Who Legal

‘Leading Practitioner’ for Banking, Corporate, Government Contracts and Governance