MANOJ BHARGAVA focuses his practice on international capital markets matters, with a focus on India and Southeast Asia. Manoj has more than two decades of experience and has advised on more than 150 equity and debt capital markets offerings, helping raise more than US$40 billion, for Indian companies. He 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 and listings on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the stock exchanges of Mumbai, London, Singapore, and Luxembourg. Additionally, he has represented corporates, issuers, investment banks, and investors, and has advised on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and dispositions. He also has experience working on transactions in China, Australia, Europe, and the United States.
Manoj is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and AsiaLaw. In both Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, a client appreciates his “longstanding experience, deep understanding of regulations, ability to negotiate and his relationship-building and networking skills.” In the 2020 edition of the guide, market commentators consider him a “really strong” practitioner with a “sound understanding of issues plaguing Indian IPO-bound companies.” In the 2019 edition of the guide, a client noted that “Manoj is highly experienced in managing multiple transactions simultaneously.” In the 2018 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, a client noted that “Manoj has deep knowledge of Indian capital markets and SEBI regulations, which helps in finding solutions pretty seamlessly.” In the 2017 edition of Chambers Global, Manoj was praised by his clients for his “proactive approach, technical abilities” and “really excellent understanding of U.S. law.” The Asia Pacific version of the guide described him as “an accomplished practitioner” and peers acknowledged “his high visibility for India work,” and said that they “see him very often in this market.” In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016, he is described as “a really top notch guy, very hands-on and highly client-centric,” and has “a good mix of technical and commercial expertise.” He 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.” He also handles a range of debt work. Manoj is recognized by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer for equity capital markets, M&A practice, and private equity.
Manoj is ranked Band 1 for Capital Markets (International Firms) (Expertise Based Abroad) in India by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific 2021. He was also named by India Business Law Journal 2019 – 2021 to its top 100 international lawyers for India-related matters, naming him to its “A-List” of India specialists around the world. Manoj was also named by Asia Business Law Journal 2019 to its top 100 “A-List” lawyers in Singapore.