White Collar Crime

MVKini has been at the forefront, prosecuting numerous white-collar crime cases against top-level management in several organisations. Some of these cases have led to high-level cover-ups being exposed resulting in leadership changes at several related banks and other organisations.

A number of high-profile money laundering cases had resulted in MVKini prosecuting borrowers who fraudulently siphoned-off money from Indian banks to overseas accounts and were doing business in the country. In such cases the firm has vast experience in coordinating with investigators and forensic accountants for drawing out the exact nature of crime and prosecuting the perpetrators.

MVKini also assists foreign businesses operating in the country with false criminal cases filed against them to settle business disputes.

Key People
M.V. Kini

M. V. Kini

M.V. Kini's desire to build something of his own and his passion for law inspired him to turn his back on a promising career in banking and turn to criminal law. Started out of one office with four employees in Mumbai back in 1978, MVKini has now grown its operational base to 16 locations around India with more than 150 employees.

The Firm's portfolio has grown and diversified over the years and now includes practitioners in corporate, banking, finance, environmental, consumer finance, infrastructure, customs and international business taxation law. This growth is fuelled by M.V. Kini's ability to always see the bigger picture and stay ahead of the curve - recognising up and coming sectors in the Indian market and providing legal assistance to industry pioneers. Whether it is aviation, infrastructure or, more recently, banking and environmental law, the Firm's success has hinged on this key ability.

M.V. Kini is on the panel of lawyers representing the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and has personally represented AAI in several landmark cases. From coming up with innovative solutions to end a standoff between the AAI and the Mumbai municipality, effectively resolving the issue of the unionisation of the air-traffic control department to ending the aviation company's pilot strike, M.V. Kini is widely recognised as one of the foremost experts in aviation law in the country. M.V. Kini is also recognised as an expert in prosecuting white collar crimes. He has led several high profile prosecutions in fraud cases in banks, both nationalised and private, including against cover-ups of scams in the financial sector in general.

In recent years he has represented various international business interests in India, helping them navigate the often-daunting legal and infrastructural set up in the country.

Working with pan-India entities like the National Highways Authority of India has in part led to the Firm's expansion in operations throughout the country. MVKini now also represents more than 63 international and local banks and in excess of 100 public sector undertakings. Drawing on his background and interest in banking he is the author of two books on the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 and a separate practical guide for bankers dealing in consumer finance.

The Firm's expansion has been characterised by a streamlining of the corporate management with the appointment of professional business administrators to oversee operations, leaving lawyers to get on with advising clients. As India grows and finds its place in a rapidly shrinking world, M.V. Kini is driving the Firm's evolution. With the largest network of offices of any Indian law firm, MVKini provides a full service offering to its clients. ''Our goal is to provide complete legal cover for our clients' various needs. So that when they come in to our offices, they know their legal issues, no matter how diverse they may be, will be taken care of,'' said M.V. Kini. ''So the next five years will be very crucial to those growth plans.'”

Practice Areas
Corporate and Commercial
Banking & Finance
Project Finance in Infrastructure
Shipping and Maritime

Contact details
Mumbai office
+91 22 2261 2527