Biswajit (Bis) Chatterjee is a corporate partner, serves as co-chair of the India Practice and leads the US securities law practice focused on India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Bis divides his time between Singapore and Dubai, and works closely with teams across the firm’s global footprint of 45 offices and more than 1,500 lawyers, which makes it the eighth largest global law firm (Amlaw Global 100) and a top 10 global legal practice (Law 360).
Bis focuses on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, M&A, and PE transactions in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He has worked across industries, including technology, fintech, energy, financial services, defense, infrastructure, real estate, retail and hospitality clients. He also supports Indian corporates and conglomerates growing and/or reorganizing their global operations on corporate commercial matters. Bis has also worked on a range of regulatory issues, including economic sanctions, government procurement, white collar investigations, corporate governance and regulatory issues.
Bis is highly ranked by Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 and other legal directories. Chambers Global has consistently (2010 – 2019) ranked him as a highly regarded lawyer, confirming client testimonials that include “very professional and extremely thorough,” “solution oriented,” “extremely knowledgeable about India and Indian client requirements,” and a “tough negotiator” who offers clients “incredible personal attention.”
Bis has been ranked in the Top 100 Global Lawyers focused on India (India Business Law Journal 2019) and in the A-List Top 100 Singapore lawyers (Asia Business Law Journal 2019). Under his stewardship, the firm has been top ranked for equity offerings in India by Bloomberg (2018), Thomson Reuters (2018) and Prime Database (2016 – 2018) league tables; awarded India Desk of the Year (2017 and 2019) by Thomson Reuters IDEX awards; and ranked as International Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year (2017) and International Law Firm of the Year (2019) by the Legal Era (India) awards.
Bis has worked on a number of landmark transactions in India and Southeast Asia, including on the US$4 billion government of Indonesia MTN; the US$2.3 billion State Bank of India equity offering; the US$3.4 billion Coal India initial public offering; the US$1.2 billion Power Finance Corporation follow-on offering; Jindal Poly’s US$300 million acquisition of ExxonMobil’s global packaging films business; the US$1.3 billion SBI Life Insurance initial public offering; the US$1.5 billion New India Assurance initial public offering; the US$160 million acquisition by Fairfax group of an Indonesian insurer; the US$150 million acquisition of Wipro of LD Waxson group; the US$615 million NALCO offer for sale; the US$250 million Power Finance Corporation offer for sale; the US$1.1 billion Power Grid follow-on offering; and the US$340 million Equitas Finance initial public offering. Eleven of his transactions have been selected as Deal of the Year transactions in the last four years by India Business Law Journal.
M&A, PE and General Corporate