Shardul J. Thacker

Shardul J. Thacker

Partner - Mulla & Mulla Craigie Blunt and Caroe

Lloyd’s List ranked him “Top 10 Lawyers” – “HIGHLY regarded for his work in the LNG sector, particularly for interesting & highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports & ships”.

Advises MNCs & Indian Companies across industries: Banking, Insurance, Shipping, Steel, Subsea Engineering & Marine services, Offshore Construction, Infrastructure (LNG Ports, Oil & Gas), Tooling & Bearings, Trade, Transport & Logistics. Advises on industry regulatory issues.

Advises in ship & structured finance, regulatory issues-flagging, cabotage, tonnage tax while investing in shipping ventures, LNG/FSRU projects. Reviewing bid documents, assessing risk areas.

While structuring investments & joint ventures, he deals with competition & tax issues, red flag items-pollution, product liability, non-insurable risks.

In commercial practice he handles contracts of sale & purchase of goods/services, long term take or pay contracts, supply chain contracts of raw material & products.

Advises EPC contractors-offshore construction project contracts, pipeline laying/replacement, subsea topside work, integrated subsea & marine service contracts.

Advises on charterparty contracts, particularly, dry cargo-iron ore/coal.

His litigation/arbitration practice is domestic & cross-border. He deals with banking & debt disputes, corporate insolvencies & restructurings, enforcement of foreign awards. Advises on managing litigation risks & facilitates negotiations to resolve disputes thus resulting in the least possible adverse effect to clients business & benefit.

  • Vice President, Indian Maritime Lawyers Association affiliated to CMI.
  • India correspondent, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly Digest;
  • On the editorial Advisory Board of Maritime Gateway monthly journal.


Band 1-Chambers- Shipping & Maritime, also ranked for Banking & Insurance

Ranked-Who’s Who Legal-Banking & Finance and Shipping 2017, 2018, 2019.

Who’s Who Legal says: Shardul Thacker is a leading figure in the Indian market and is highly respected for
his first-class work in the shipping sector, particularly when it comes to financing matters.

IBLJ A-Lists lawyers (Top 100)-

Contributed India Sections:

  • International Maritime Law Handbook, Kluwer
  • Transport Finance Law Review 2018
  • International Comparative Legal Guide for Shipping Law 2018, GLG, UK
  • Time Bar-Insurance & Reinsurance, “An International Comparison”, Clyde & Co’s.
  • Cross-Border Security, Norton Rose & Buttorworths.
  • Chambers Global Practice Legal Guides for Shipping and Insurance 2019