Kochhar & Co Inc. Legal Consultants

Brief Firm Profile

The Kochhar Dubai office (“the Firm or Kochhar Dubai") is a leading full service law firm licensed to practice law in the UAE. The Firm advises on both UAE and DIFC law.

The Firm offers a wide range of legal services in the areas of corporate and commercial laws and specializes in representing major foreign and domestic corporations with diverse business interests in the UAE. The Firm specializes in representing clients engaged in varied businesses including but not limited to banking & finance, education, electronics, media, retail, real estate development & construction.

Kochhar Dubai is the preferred law firm for multinational corporations doing business in the UAE and represents several global Fortune 500 companies including some of the largest corporations from North America, Europe, South-East Asia and Japan including Bharti Airtel, Ebara Corporation Fujitsu, Grainger, Itochu, Karcher Gmbh, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Panasonic, Quiznos, Yamaha and United Health Group. The Firm also acts as counsel for some of the largest UAE corporations such as Coal & Oil, Dubai Ports World, Gulf Sail, Gulf Marketing Group, Landmark Group, Pacific Controls, RSG Realty, Sharaf Group and Viva Entertainment.

The Firm enjoys the distinction of being the only UAE law firm with a Japan desk managed by a Japanese national that enables us to better advice and assist Japanese corporations and communicate with them more effectively.

Unique Client Satisfaction Approach

Kochhar Dubai has the distinction of being the only law firm in the UAE that follows a unique “Client satisfaction Program” and has been a pioneer on this front. “Client satisfaction” is the cornerstone of the Firm’s work culture and the Firm takes great pride in consistently adopting the highest international standards on all client matters. The Firm’s culture of excellence and commitment towards its clients ensures exceptional levels of accessibility, integrity, quality and responsiveness as well as an extremely proactive approach.

The Firm adopts a creative and solution seeking approach while providing legal advice to clients from a practical and local UAE perspective. All lawyers in the Firm are meticulously trained to develop and strengthen their skills towards achieving these objectives.

Represented by:

Mrs. Nikhat Sardar Khan (ACIArb) | Dispute Resolution and Corporate Partner

Nikhat Sardar Khan is a partner with the Firm who specializes in dispute resolution and corporate practice clients. She serves as a mediator and has extensive dispute resolution practice. She has been empaneled as a mediator and she also acted as lead counsel in multiple arbitration cases.

Mrs. Khan is an experienced legal consultant with more than 16 years of professional experience in the UAE working in senior roles at leading litigation firms. Prior to this, Mrs. Khan was the Head of the Corporate & Commercial practice at Hilal Associates Advocates & Legal Consultants. Her previous stints include working with leading UAE law firms - Al Sharif Advocates & Legal Consultant, Lutfi & Co. and Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants (maritime practice). Prior to this, she trained and practiced as a litigation lawyer in the Bombay High Court for more than 6 years before moving to the Gulf.

Mrs. Khan plays a critical role for her clients, developing and executing clear legal strategies that support business profitability and global compliance. Her expertise and work includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration (under WIPO, DIAC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, SIAC, ICC, GAFTA, IBA etc. rules as well as ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules and other procedural rules. She represented a range of foreign and domestic clients across diverse economic sectors, including construction, real estate, and trade sectors.

Education and Certificates

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Accounts and taxation) – Bombay University India - 1992
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law – Bombay University India - 1997
  • Certificate for AML, CTF and Compliance (DMCC)
  • Certified Sanctions Compliance , KYC CDD - (ACAMS)
  • Introduction to ADR (CIArb)
  • Certificate in Dispute Management (IIAM)