Kochhar strengthens Shipping & Commercial Disputes practice with Gautam Bhatikar

Kochhar & Co. has hired Gautam Bhatikar as a Senior Partner and co-head of the firm’s Mumbai office.

Gautam, who has over 15 years’ experience in maritime, shipping, insurance and dispute resolution, will also be spending time at Kochhar’s Dubai office to develop the international commercial arbitration practice of the firm.

A graduate of Ramnath Damodar Kare College of Law, Gautam is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to joining Kochhar, he was a Partner at ALMT Legal. He has also worked for Paras Kuhad & Associates and Mulla & Mulla.

Commenting on the development, Gautam said in a press release,

“I am privileged to be a part of the Kochhar & Co. family. This is an exciting role and I look forward to leveraging the Kochhar brand and its multi-jurisdictional presence to complement the growth of the maritime, arbitration and insurance practice.”

Kochhar has been on a hiring spree of sorts lately. The firm recently hired Nikhat Sardar Khan as a Partner in its Dubai office. Last month, Sarika Raichur joined the firm as a Partner.

The firm also announced the hire of Zoeb Cutlerywala as a Senior Associate in its Mumbai office.