About Rex Legalis

We are a leading boutique law firm, incorporated on April 8, 2007 and headquartered in Mumbai, India. We deal not only in international maritime law but also in criminal, company, admiralty, insurance, international trade and transportation, corporate laws, land and property matters in India and Dubai. Within India we have associations with top tier legal firms in major cities across the country such as Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ernakulum and Hyderabad. We serve as a one-stop destination for international clients on matters dealing with laws across diverse industries and services within India and internationally.

Our partners, who come from varied business, legal and cultural backgrounds, understand the unique challenges that clients face in a rapidly fluctuating business environment affected by constant technological innovations and changing government regulations. As a firm operating from India, we have sound knowledge of the complex commercial, regulatory, legal and technical challenges that are a part and parcel of the business environment in India, and offer services that are tailored to overcome them.

The faith that our clients repose in us stems from our wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of businesses and their unique challenges, and market risks. Our diverse practice is backed by our rigorous ethical standards and adherence to international best practices. We provide practical and commercially sound legal advice that is not complicated by legal jargon.

We have partners who have in-depth knowledge of the G.C.C, more significantly the UAE Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom. We have associate offices in Dubai to facilitate work for international clients in both regions.

Founding Partners

P. Janardhanan

Founding Partner

P. Janardhanan, founding partner at Rex Legalis, has more than 40 years of diverse experience in law and a thorough understanding of the legal, governmental and commercial aspects of judicial transactions. He has extensive experience in handling key corporate, commercial and civil cases relating to criminal, civil and property litigation. He was the Additional Advocate General of Maharashtra for a period of four years, from 2002-2006. As a representative of the Maharashtra Government, he has appeared in courts all over India.

Mr. Janardhanan’s clients include the government of Maharashtra, Government of India, FERA which is now known as FEMA, Indian Customs, Central Excise and Vigilance.

Mr. Janardhanan has represented the Government of Maharashtra in investigating multi crore scams including investigation and advising a private bank with contentious criminal matters, multi crore scam unearthed in the BEST, Maharashtra Power, arrest of pirate vessels caught on the coasts of India for piracy, fraud committed in Union Bank of India, Fraud committed in South Indian Cooperative Bank, sensitive case of Uday Mohanlal Acharya who convicted for defrauding public money to the value of 600 CRORES.

He is also appointed as special counsel to advise the Government of Maharashtra to advise them on matters pertaining to criminal litigation, tax implication and educational bills and its amendments.


Rohan Janardhanan

Managing Partner

Rohan Janardhanan, managing partner at Rex Legalis, has practiced law in Dubai and India. He has multi- jurisdiction legal experience and has specialized in Maritime (both wet and dry work) and the white collar criminal matters, investigating the forensic aspects of criminal law importantly with the maritime dimension. He has more than 15 years of wide-ranging legal practice in law firms that handle cross-border transactions between organizations in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the Asian subcontinent. He has a master’s degree from Cardiff University, UK, with specialization in marine and commercial laws.

Rohan has been working closely with a number of Shipping Companies advising them on all aspects of laws in the UAE and India. Rohan has spent more than 10 years as a Legal Consultants with a top tier law firm in Dubai. He has also advised a number of Ship Owners and P & I Clubs on matters relating to cargo claims, sale and purchase of vessels, matters involving collision, stowaways to name a few. He has been representing and defending ship owners, international carriers and liner operators in criminal cases at the economic offences department, Serious Fraud Investigation Authority and Central Bureau of Investigation, filed by local traders on a pan India Basis. One of his recent instructions were to represent the local owner and crew manager, in a matter involving the death of 4 crew members. He has been actively receiving instructions from international clients with respect to the winding up local companies in the National Company Law Tribunal (‘NCLT’) and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal(‘NCLAT’).

He has been involved in complex commercial shipping litigation, logistics companies, owners/charterers and has represented P &I work. He also has a varied practice ranging from setting and structuring entities in the UAE and has been involved in various commercial transactions.

He has been appointed as Managing Partner to increase the shipping and commercial litigation practice. Further he also advises corporates on Economic Offences in India and Criminal Investigation in UAE.

Rohan advises clients on complex international transaction in ship financing, vessel acquisition, incorporation of companies in common law jurisdictions, United Arab Emirates and the European Union.