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'Chugh'ing all the way

Sanjeev Jain
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Sanjeev Jain
In early 1981 Navneet S. Chugh, came to the U.S. with his sick mother for her bladder treatment. Chugh, since his young days wanted to go to the U.S. and his mother’s illness came in as a blessing. Once in the U.S. Chugh didn’t want to go back to India- he didn’t.
Chugh had just earned a chartered accountants degree (here known as Certified Public Accountant) in New Delhi, India and was expected to practice accountancy by his parents but he willed otherwise. He wanted to settle and work in the U.S. He couldn’t do that with a month’s travel visa. There was only one loophole. He could stay back in the U.S. if he joined a university. He did exactly that and joined the West Coast University in Los Angeles to study CPA.

Five years later, in 1986, armed with a CPA and masters in business, he started the Chugh Firm. Chugh, now 44, took to law sensing massive potential, and breaks into a smile when he recalls the small Chugh Firm that is celebrating its second decade of fruitful existence. The Chugh Firm is one of the largest providers of services in corporate, immigration, taxation, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions matters to global giants across America and in India.

What’s more, Chugh’s decision to turn to law has been rewarded with astounding success. “I sensed the huge scope of corporate work like setting up new companies, estate planning and doing wills amongst others. That is where I wanted to be.” Today Chugh makes his living mainly as an attorney serving clients in places as diverse as Silicon Valley, New York and affiliate offices in Chennai and Bangalore, India, based out of Los Angeles. “We have lots of clients all over the world. And we affiliated with a firm in India for three reasons- We want to be a truly global law firm, we want to work for U.S. multinationals in India, and we want to work for Indian companies coming to the U.S.,” says the tall and lanky Chugh.

Twenty years since, Chugh says, “We partner with the clients enterprise and walk the journey with them.” He says the Firm is a prominent player in representing clients from a cross section of emerging markets that include technology, products and people.

Chugh, the son of a former public relations manager to former Indian President Giani Zail Singh, says his way of practice and method of working with clients as partners has enabled the Chugh Firm to elevate its clients as market leaders. “Our bridge extends from our offices in the west coast and east coast of the U.S. and all the way to India. This bridge has enabled us to seamlessly integrate resources, people and expertise in providing the best of services to our valued clients.”

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