Krishnamurthy & Co. (“K Law”): Your regulatory, advisory, transactional legal service partner
When you are commencing or running a business, you have to deal with various legal compliance matters. One wrong step can lead you to legal complexities and other difficulties. Therefore, it’s extremely important to have a law firm on your side to guide you through the legal procedures and to safeguard you from various disputes.
An overlay of the Company
Krishnamurthy & Co. (“K Law”) is one of the premier full-service law firms in India providing top-notch, comprehensive legal and regulatory advisory, transactional legal services, and dispute resolution support across a broad spectrum of practice areas and sectors. Established in 1999, K Law has, in a relatively short spell of just over two decades, transformed itself into a national player with a rapidly expanding practice footprint in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Projects, and Real Estate. The Firm now has a strength of 85+ accomplished and committed lawyers across offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai.
The Firm advises a vast range of diverse clients in structuring commercial transactions (both domestic and cross-border), obtaining governmental and regulatory approvals, drafting and negotiating transaction documents, and implementing transactions in India. K Law also assists various domestic and international clients in relation to dispute resolution proceedings and represents them before various fora including courts, tribunals, and other judicial authorities across India. The services extend to aviation and defence, automotive, banks and financial institutions, wholesale and retail consumer brands, food and beverage, education, fintech, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, infrastructure, energy, construction, manufacturing, information technology, and TMT.
The prime motive of the Firm is to nurture relations while delivering quality services to its clients. It is ensuring an edge over its peer organisations with the unmatched level of partner attention and involvement in each matter. The client-centric and solution-oriented commercial approach towards delivering the finest services have made them stand out of the crowd effectively.
Ms Naina Krishna Murthy says, “You get a specialized, customized and to-the-point answer/redressal to your legal trouble/query. It is better to engage a law firm because it has got better exposure and better contacts. Even if the case requires the engagement of a senior counsel, firms can easily arrange it. A primary advantage of law firms is that they generally attract the most complex and challenging work. So, it becomes easy for the clients to get free from the legal formalities without wasting much time. They get easy solutions for their problems from the experts of a law firm. Our clients and their interests are the top priorities for us. We ensure a great deal of value to them by swiftly assessing situations and providing practical and commercial solutions to their problems. At first, we identify and prioritize the issues and then provide innovative, appropriate and pragmatic solutions to accomplish the requisite outcomes!”
A glance at the key differentiators
K Law leverages a hybrid topology in order to meet both privacy as well as availability requirements. By redundantly storing documents on its own geo dispersed servers, K Law keeps sensitive documents in the house while ensuring business continuity in case of a disaster. To ensure availability and security, K Law uses offerings from Microsoft’s cloud services for email storage, data loss prevention, records management, and security. Redundant high-speed fibre connectivity and VPN concatenation ensure that remote workers have the best access to firm resources during these trying times.
The Firm always seeks lawyers with brilliant and professional minds coupled with integrity. Also, ethical conduct and a client-centric mindset are significant criteria for them. K law values creative, dynamic and solution-oriented talents and steadfastly ensures continuous learning and development of its legal team. In this context, they ensure regular in-depth professional training to their lawyers.
Ms Naina Krishna Murthy believes, “As law firms are providing a service—most often in difficult times—transparency, trust, and commitment to providing quality service to their clients are essential. After all, clients are the lifeblood of a lawyer’s vocation. There are many great law firms out there, but having talked with former clients of them, many seem to be disenchanted with one particular aspect: the attitude of the lawyer — whether that be through lack of communication or the general attitude towards the client’s case. But K Law has made a difference in the scenario. Having a team of lawyers (unless the lawyer is a sole practitioner, of course) who believe in collegiality, who possess progressive attitudes and are accountable, are some traits one would expect for a law firm to hold in order to be considered ‘good’.”
K Law incessantly resonates with clients’ need and offers outstanding services by following the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and responsibility in delivering their commitments. Their high level of partner involvement and attention blended with value-optimization approach has bestowed them with a satisfied client-base.
Apart from this, the Management ensures a high level of transparency in their work culture. Any kind of office politics or negativity is absolutely intolerable and strictly discouraged. They ensure great comfort and a sense of job security to their employees which in turn, improves their performance and productivity effectively.
About the Key Official
The Founder and Managing Partner, Naina Krishna Murthy is one of India’s most formidable legal advisors. Incepting her brainchild in 1999 at Bengaluru, she has ensured that K Law became a major player in the Indian legal market.
Naina has been a legal practitioner for 24 years and proves her forte in corporate commercial law, specifically mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations and PE/VC investments. Alongside being a trusted legal advisor to some of the most renowned corporations in India, she is also a Board member of some leading organizations. She has been the Co-Chairman of Infosys Grievance Redressal Board for 5 years, as well.
The exemplary businesswoman has to been appointed as the external Ombudsman of SB Energy, a Softbank company. She has also served multiple organisations as a Director. She has been a Board Member of Bajaj Energy Ltd since 2019 and of IndoStar Capital Finance Ltd since 2018. Her efforts as a leading women entrepreneur in the business world have acclaimed multiple awards and accolades in her favour.
Accomplishments and accolades
For its transparency and reliability, K Law has been awarded many accolades. Here are some of its achievements in the last few years
- Recognized for its Real Estate practice by India Business Law Journal at the Indian Law Firm Awards, 2019
- ‘Notable Firm’ for Corporate/M&A by Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific, 2019
- Recognized for its Corporate & Commercial practice by India Business Law Journal at the India Law Firm Awards, 2018
- Most Enterprising Law Firm – India, Legal League Awards 2017
- Ranked No. 10 for M&A advisors in India by deal count by Venture Intelligence 2017
- Ranked No. 9 for PE advisors in India by deal count by Venture Intelligence, 2017
- Ranked No. 7 for PE advisors in India by deal count by Venture Intelligence, 2016
- Most Dynamic Law Firm – India, APAC Insider 2016 Legal Awards
- One of only 4 Indian law firms to rank in APAC exits by deal count, Mergermarket Q3 2016
- Ranked No. 11 for M&A advisors in India by deal count by Venture Intelligence 2016
- Notable Firm for Corporate / M&A in India by Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific, 2016
- Ranked No. 7 for PE advisors in India by deal count by VCC Edge, 2016