Founding Members

Laxmi Paul Dhir is practicing law since 1986. He is the founder partner of the firm, Dhir & Dhir Associates. He did his M.A. Economics from Punjab University. He was 1st Class First, Gold Medalist in LLB from Guru Nanak University, Amritsar, India. He was member of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) and retired as Commissioner of Income Tax. He has done important cases on Income Tax, Prevention of Corruption Act, The Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulations (Forfeiture of Property) Act, 1976, The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Properties law, Service Law, Consumers Protection law, Central Excise and Customs and Civil cases in the Supreme Court and various High Courts and Tribunals.

Alok Dhir, a chartered accountant and a renowned lawyer is in practice since 1983. He established Dhir & Dhir Associates, a full service law firm in 1993. He specializes in Corporate & Financial Restructuring, Bankruptcy Laws, Mergers & Acquisitions and Takeovers, Banking Law, Real Estate etc. Besides this, he also specializes in private equity placements, structuring of transactions, turning around of financially unviable entities and issues related to Asset Reconstruction & Securitization.

He is a leading legal counsel and represents clients in various courts, tribunals (NCLT, NCLAT, COMPAT, DRT, DRAT, AERA, AERAAT, NGT,, High Courts) and Supreme Court of India.

He has been a Member of the National Company Law Tribunal Rules Formulating Committee and has also been co-opted as a member on National Committee on Dispute Resolution by CII. Apart from this, he is also appointed by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) on the Panel of Experts for the subject relating to Corporate Rescue and Asset Reconstruction. He is also member of the Core-Group on Insolvency Laws of FICCI.

Appointed as an “Expert Reviewer for reviewing the Research Units in the Research Study being compiled for conducting the induction workshop for Hon’ble Members of NCLT/NCLAT” by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

He has been recognized over the last many years as a leading Individual in the country in respect to restructuring and insolvency practice by Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Asia Law Profile etc. which are some of the most credited rankings for legal services.

Maneesha is the Founder and Managing partner of the firm with over two decades of experience. Her areas of practice include Telecom, Dispute Resolution & Arbitrations, Insolvency Laws, Corporate & Financial Restructuring, and Merger & Acquisitions.

She represents a myriad client base including business houses, multinational corporations, banks and financial Institutions, public sector undertakings besides Central and State Governments, ministries and departments before Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court and various other Courts, Tribunals and Appellate bodies.

She specializes in International and Domestic Arbitration and has advised and represented large and medium business houses, MNCs, PSUs and Government authorities engaged in real estate, telecom, media, banking, construction and manufacturing in various arbitration matters.

She has vast experience in handling telecom issues both in the regulatory sphere and litigation. She has been advising and assisting the Government of India (DOT) on complex regulatory issues and various policies and guidelines. She has been the standing counsel for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and represented BSNL before Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), High Courts and Supreme Court of India and continues to represent BSNL in specific matters.

She has been a Senior Central Government Counsel in Delhi High Court and appears for various ministries including Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She was appointed as a Special Counsel by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in high-profile cases relating to fraud and corporate mismanagement.

She has been appointed as a member on the following Committees:

  • Committee framing National Company Law Tribunal /National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Rules.
  • The Achutan Committee- To advise the Government on the Takeover Code of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers).
  • The Bimal Jalan Committee- set up by The Securities and Exchange Board of India to examine issues arising from the ownership and governance of Market Infrastructure Institutions (MIIs).
  • Committee to amend Chartered Accountants Act, 1949, Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959 and Company Secretaries Act, 1980 to strengthen the disciplinary mechanism for regulation of the members of Institutes.

Invited by Bankruptcy Legislative Reforms Commission (BLRC) to discuss the structure of new Bankruptcy code. 

She is the Secretary of INSOL India; Chairperson of India Chapter of International Women’s Insolvency &Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC); Secretary General of Women in Law & Litigation (WILL); Vice Chairman of Society of Construction Law (SCL) and a mediator in Delhi High Court Mediation Centre.

She is a recipient of National Bar Award given by the All India Bar Association in recognition of her dedication to the study and practice of Commercial Litigation.

Also highly ranked and recommended for dispute resolution and telecommunication practice by prestigious publication for legal rankings e.g. Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asia Law Profile etc.