MANOJ BHARGAVA focuses his practice on international capital markets matters, with a focus on India and Southeast Asia. He has over 25 years of experience and has advised on more than 200 equity and debt capital markets offerings, helping raise over US$50 billion for Indian companies.
Manoj has built a substantial practice advising clients on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and private placements, including U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-registered offerings, SPAC transactions, and listings on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the stock exchanges of Mumbai, London, Singapore, and Luxembourg. Additionally, he has represented corporations, issuers, investment banks, and investors, and has advised on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and dispositions. Manoj also has experience working on transactions in China, Australia, Europe, and the United States.
Manoj is hailed a Band 1 legal adviser in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global for Capital Markets (International Firms) (Expertise Based Abroad) in India. Chambers notes that a client describes Manoj as “among those very few partners who know how to handle tough clients and advise them on what is best for the transaction.” In previous editions of the guides, a client appreciates his “longstanding experience, deep understanding of regulations, ability to negotiate and his relationship-building and networking skills” (2021), market commentators consider him a “really strong” practitioner with a “sound understanding of issues plaguing Indian IPO-bound companies” (2020), a client noted that “Manoj has deep knowledge of Indian capital markets and SEBI regulations, which helps in finding solutions pretty seamlessly” (2018), clients praised him for his “proactive approach, technical abilities” and “really excellent understanding of U.S. law” (2017), and he is described as “a really top notch guy, very hands-on and highly client-centric”. Manoj is frequently mandated on equity deals and placements and is recognized in the market for having “built a name for himself in the IPO and QIP worlds.” (2016)
Manoj is consistently recognized by the India Business Law Journal as being amongst the top 100 international lawyers globally for India-related matters, in “The A-List” of India specialists 2019-2023. He is also regularly recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and AsiaLaw.