Zia J. Mody

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

The assumption is everybody’s smart, so what makes you better? It’s the depth of experience and your commitment to the matter, and the case and the client. What we value at AZB and will not compromise on in any way or form is the letterhead. We own up to the mistakes we make, and do it immediately, otherwise the trust evaporates. This kind of honesty actually earns our clients’ respect.

Zia’s passion and energy are truly extraordinary. Our similar hyper Cancerian trait leads us to think alike for the Firm with our own approach and style.

Ajay on Zia

Zia J. Mody, Co–Founder and Managing Partner of AZB & Partners, is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. 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. 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. According to the RSG India Report, clients praise Zia as a “problem solver,” who is “meticulous,” “thorough” and “accessible,” and comes highly recommended for “any complex legal matter.”  Zia is dually licensed to practice law in India and the United States, holding an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and having passed the New York State Bar. 

DIRECTORSHIPS, MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Independent Director (2018 –Present), Member of Audit & Risk Committee (2018 – Present) and Member of Investment Committee (2019 – Present), Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte. Ltd., Singapore 
  • Independent Non – Executive Director and Member of Human Resources & Remuneration Committee of the Board, China Light and Power Holdings Limited , Hong Kong (2015 – Present) 
  • Deputy Chairman (2013 – 2021), Non-Executive Director (2006 – 2021), Chairman’s Committee Member (2015 – 2021), Risk Committee Member (2012-2021) and Nomination Committee Member (2019 – 2021), The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Asia Pacific Board
  • Non – Executive Member of the Governing Board, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) (2017 – Present)
  • Member, CII National Council (2015 – Present)
  • Special Invitee, Competition Law Review Committee set up by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (2018)
  • Member, Committee on Corporate Governance formed by SEBI, under the chairmanship of Uday Kotak (2017)
  • Expert Committee Panel, Law Commission of India on ‘Amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996’ (2014)
  • Vice President & Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (2010 – 2013)
  • Member, World Bank Administrative Tribunal, Washington D.C. (2008 – 2013)
  • Member, Reserve Bank of India Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low–Income Households, chaired by Dr. Nachiket Mor (2013)
  • Member, Godrej Committee on Corporate Governance, set up by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (2012)
  • Member, Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms, constituted by the Government of India (2007)

Professional Qualifications

  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, USA (1979)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Law), Selwyn College, Cambridge University, UK (1978)

Zia has an unending stamina and exceptional work ethic. Her pursuit of success for the Firm is relentless, as is her openness to people and other points of view.

Bahram on Zia

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

RECENT RECOGNITION

2022

2021

2020

2019

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate/ M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate/ M&A and Private Equity

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards

‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A

Chambers & Partners HNW Guide

Ranked for Private Wealth Law

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Market Leader’ for M&A
  • Featured in the ‘IFLR1000 Women Leaders’ List for her contribution to the field of M&A

India Business Law Journal

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Private Equity & Investment Funds
  • Recommended for White-Collar Crime
  • Inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Corporate and M&A

Legal Era

‘Lawyer of the Year’ for M&A

Who’s Who Legal

•’Thought Leader’ for Litigation
•’Global Elite Thought Leader’ for Corporate Governance and M&A
•’Global Leader’ for Arbitration and Project Finance

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate/ M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A

City of London Corporation

Awarded ‘Freedom of the City’ honour

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Market Leader’ for M&A 
  • Featured in the ‘IFLR1000 Women Leaders’ List for her contribution to the field of M&A 

India Business Law Journal

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds
  • Inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Corporate and M&A

Legal Era

‘Lawyer of the Year’ for M&A

Who’s Who Legal

  • ‘Thought Leader – India’ for Arbitration, Corporate Governance, M&A and Project Finance 
  • ‘World’s highest–ranking Lawyer’ for Project Finance 
  • ‘Thought Leader’ for M&A and Governance
  • ‘Thought Leader – Global Elite’ for M&A and Governance
  • ‘Global Leader’ for Litigation
  • ‘World’s Leading Practitioner’ for Litigation, Corporate Governance, M&A and Project Finance

Asialaw Leading Lawyers

‘Market Leading Lawyer’ for Corporate/ M&A

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards

Woman Lawyer of the Year at a Law Firm

Businessworld

One of ‘India’s Most Influential Women Leaders’

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A

IFLR1000 Women Leaders

Featured in the ‘300 Leading Female Transactional Experts’ list

India Business Law Journal

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

A ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds

Legal Era

‘Legal Icon of the Year’

News Corp VCCircle Awards

Special Jury Recognition as ‘Leader of the Year’

RSG India Report

Recommended for any complex legal matter

Who’s Who Legal

  • ‘Thought Leader – Global Elite’ for M&A and Governance 
  • ‘Thought Leader – India’ for Corporate Governance and M&A
  • ‘World’s Leading Practitioner’ for Arbitration, Litigation, Corporate Governance, M&A and Project Finance

RECENT RECOGNITION

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate/ M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate/ M&A and Private Equity

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards

‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A

Chambers & Partners HNW Guide

Ranked for Private Wealth Law

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Market Leader’ for M&A
  • Featured in the ‘IFLR1000 Women Leaders’ List for her contribution to the field of M&A

India Business Law Journal

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Private Equity & Investment Funds
  • Recommended for White-Collar Crime
  • Inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Corporate and M&A

Legal Era

‘Lawyer of the Year’ for M&A

Who’s Who Legal

•’Thought Leader’ for Litigation
•’Global Elite Thought Leader’ for Corporate Governance and M&A
•’Global Leader’ for Arbitration and Project Finance

Asialaw Profiles

‘Elite Practitioner’ for Corporate/ M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A

City of London Corporation

Awarded ‘Freedom of the City’ honour

IFLR1000

  • Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers
  • ‘Market Leader’ for M&A 
  • Featured in the ‘IFLR1000 Women Leaders’ List for her contribution to the field of M&A 

India Business Law Journal

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • A ‘Leading Individual’ for Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds
  • Inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Corporate and M&A

Legal Era

‘Lawyer of the Year’ for M&A

Who’s Who Legal

  • ‘Thought Leader – India’ for Arbitration, Corporate Governance, M&A and Project Finance 
  • ‘World’s highest–ranking Lawyer’ for Project Finance 
  • ‘Thought Leader’ for M&A and Governance
  • ‘Thought Leader – Global Elite’ for M&A and Governance
  • ‘Global Leader’ for Litigation
  • ‘World’s Leading Practitioner’ for Litigation, Corporate Governance, M&A and Project Finance

Asialaw Leading Lawyers

‘Market Leading Lawyer’ for Corporate/ M&A

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards

Woman Lawyer of the Year at a Law Firm

Businessworld

One of ‘India’s Most Influential Women Leaders’

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

  • A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A 
  • ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

A ‘Star Individual’ for Corporate/ M&A

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A

IFLR1000 Women Leaders

Featured in the ‘300 Leading Female Transactional Experts’ list

India Business Law Journal

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

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

A ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A and Investment Funds

Legal Era

‘Legal Icon of the Year’

News Corp VCCircle Awards

Special Jury Recognition as ‘Leader of the Year’

RSG India Report

Recommended for any complex legal matter

Who’s Who Legal

  • ‘Thought Leader – Global Elite’ for M&A and Governance 
  • ‘Thought Leader – India’ for Corporate Governance and M&A
  • ‘World’s Leading Practitioner’ for Arbitration, Litigation, Corporate Governance, M&A and Project Finance