Practice Areas

1. Banking & Finance

The firm offers a comprehensive service portfolio to the lenders, borrowers, advisers and other intermediaries. The clients include leading banks, financial institutions, NBFCs and business houses. Deal management and the ability to handle challenging structuring issues and complex negotiations are the main strengths of the firm. The firm handles the entire spectrum of work including due diligence on the Borrowers, Promoters and Projects / Securities, structuring transactions, drafting term sheets and transactional documents, negotiations, advising on the regulatory framework and related issues. The portfolio of services include: • Project Finance (PPP across Infrastructure, Power and Energy); Securitization; • External Commercial Borrowing; • Debt Restructuring and re-financing; • Regulation and Compliance; • Corporate Debt, including Syndicated Loans and Structured Financing; • Acquisition and Leveraged Finance; • Mortgage and asset-based lending, equipment leasing; • Real Estate Financing; • Debt Capital Markets encompassing issues of rupee denominated bonds and debentures; • Carbon Credit Financing; • Take out financing and credit enhancement. The firm's vast experience and industry knowledge, combined with the diverse skills of our lawyers allows us to represent our clients before regulatory bodies and in formal legal proceedings.

2. Compliance, Bribery & Anti-corruption:-

The firm has considerable experience in advising clients on anti-corruption laws in India and on providing assistance with regards to the operation of foreign anti-graft laws having extra-territorial implications, including advising and providing assistance on legal issues and corrupt practices investigations by both internal and/or external agency. We advise various multi-national corporations on anti-corruption related matters, ethics policies and good governance including drafting internal ethics policies and codes of conduct for clients. We also assist several clients with internal investigations on fraud and non-compliance.

3. Corporate & Commercial

Our Corporate and Commercial Advisory practice is well equipped to steer a transaction from start to finish. Known for our expertise on all ancillary aspects of a transaction such as post acquisition advisory, regulatory approvals, corporate secretarial and on-going compliance matters, we use an integrated approach working with multiple practice experts to identify the optimal strategy and structure for a client. Our team advices companies, directors, shareholders, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, trusts and other business entities on a range of transactional and regulatory matters, in relation to 1. Structuring and setting up operations in India, including applying for and obtaining requisite approvals 2. Legal and regulatory implications in the context of a business structure, including Company Law, corporate social responsibility, directors duties and FDI 3. Partnership and Limited Liability Partnership matters 4. Structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts including consultancy, confidentiality, services, strategic alliance, distribution, franchising, marketing, teaming, joint venture licenses, technology licensing, technology transfer to name a few

4. Dispute Resolution- Arbitration and Litigation

The Firm has successfully represented clients in some very challenging litigation and dispute resolution matters involving complex issues of law. Our litigation practice is focussed on commercial disputes, civil disputes, shareholders’ disputes, enforcement of security, recovery of debts, corporate and securities law, competition law, labour and employment matters, real estate issues and economic offences. We handle a number of corporate, civil and criminal matters before various courts, quasi-judicial authorities, and tribunals, including High Court, District Courts and lower courts and special tribunals such as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, Securities Appellate Tribunal and the Competition Appellate Tribunal. Apart from a robust litigation practice, the firm also advises and represent clients in other dispute resolution processes such as international and domestic arbitration, mediation and strategic advice on potential disputes. In particular, the firm's domestic and international arbitration practice is well- recognised. This includes advising on arbitrations under the Indian arbitration legislation (ad hoc arbitrations) to institutional arbitrations under the supervision of international arbitration centres.

5. Intellectual Property

The firm understands how intellectual property (“IP”) assets can be created in the best way. This helps to determine the value and rights therein protected and used/ acquired/ supplemented to produce a competitive advantage. The team provides advice and assistance to its clients with respect to due diligence (routinely uncovering issues in chain of title, encumbrances/obligations, or enforcement/prosecution/ deficiencies often left undetected), acquisition of IP and related agreements and partnerships/ joint ventures with an aim to transfer/ share/ development of IP. The team has rendered services to several multinational and Indian companies across a broad range of sectors and industries on issues pertaining to registered and unregistered IP rights including trade mark, copyright, designs, domain name registration, patent, licensing, and technology transfer matters; apart from management of IP portfolios. The team advises and assists clients on: • Protection and prosecution of IP rights (including patents, trademarks, design rights, copyrights, geographical indications, domain names, proprietary know-how and business processes); • IP due-diligence and audits; • IP acquisition and transfer and related agreements; • Drafting and negotiating license agreements, assignment deeds, IP development agreements, etc; • Representing before various authorities, courts and forums on issues relating to registration and protection of IP rights.

6. Insurance

The Firm’s insurance practice is one of the finest. We advise clients on the entire gamut of insurance law including transactional, regulatory, commercial, coverage, dispute resolution and claims, competition and restructuring. Our teams work closely with the regulator, tracking developments in the insurance sector. In fact, we have been credited with close engagement with the regulator on key policy changes, when we have commented on and recommended changes to some key draft regulations, issued by the authority to obtain public views. The firm has been instrumental in making submissions before the regulator on an innovative transaction involving the merger of two general insurers.

7. International Trade

Ours is one of the new firms in India having a dedicated International Trade/ WTO practice group. The practice group consists of leading legal practitioners including lawyers who as government officers in the past have contributed in the evolution of the trade policy in India. The practice group is therefore well positioned to understand the complexities involved in these matters and accordingly provide assistance to clients.

8. Private Equity & Venture Capital

Our dedicated Private Equity team with their in-depth local knowledge and appreciation of cross-border legal requirements, advises venture capital firms, hedge funds, private equity funds, mezzanine funds and infrastructure funds on structuring investment vehicles. Our team works with a variety of funds (including sector specific funds such as technology, e-commerce, healthcare, infrastructure and real estate), companies and investors. We use a versatile approach for this practice and draw on the strength of our other practices. This approach has led us to complete the most challenging transactions in an agile & responsive manner, helping our clients through the full life cycle of investments — from fund formation to exit and everything in between.

9. Real Estate

The firm has expertise in handling large scale real estate transactions including those involving FDI in the real estate sector and has in the past provided advisory with respect to township, SEZ and other residential and commercial real estate projects in India. The firm has advised on complicated joint development arrangements involving issues relating to sharing of FSI, sharing of revenue, joint development etc. The services include advising: • Real Estate Projects like townships, SEZ, Technology Parks, Hotels & Tourism Projects; • Regulatory laws including those relating to licenses and approvals; • Structuring of transaction • Stamp Duty • Change of land use; • Regulations governing acquisitions and sale of property; • Property tax and other taxes on real estate; • Construction Contracts, Joint Development Agreements, Project Management Consultancy Agreement, etc: • Grant/ Assignment of leasing / licensing of commercial and residential properties; • Due diligence and preparation of Title Search Reports; • Representation before various courts including arbitrations regarding real estate disputes.

10. Taxation (Direct & Indirect)

The Firm regularly advises its corporate clients (international and domestic) on tax-related issues with a special emphasis on creating the most tax efficient structure to conduct their business. Our tax advice is provided both on a stand-alone basis on complex issues and also as part of structuring corporate transactions. The firm also has close associations with tax specialists and consultants whose advice is sought occasionally to complement our interventions. Our full suite of services include; tax structuring of investments into India; structuring agreements between Indian subsidiaries of multinational companies with their overseas group companies in light of transfer pricing regulations; double taxation avoidance agreements between India and various countries; advising international clients on capital gains tax and withholding tax issues arising from sale of shares and assets; advising on various aspects of Indian income-tax laws, service tax implications involving import of services into India; structuring of distribution and sales networks of foreign clients doing business in India in light of sales tax and value added taxes; advising on taxation issues concerning foreign expatriates deputed by international companies to India.

11. Regulatory Affairs

The Firm provides a wide range of regulatory assistance services including filing and procuring regulatory approvals, compliance, advice on various regulatory matters, establishment of new market participants, etc. Our lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with a broad spectrum of regulators and a variety of regulatory issues and have a consistent track record of procuring regulatory approvals of varying degrees of complexity, for both domestic and foreign clients. The regulators we work with include and are not restricted to: The Foreign Investment Promotion Board, Competition Commission of India, Reserve Bank of India and Securities and Exchange Board of India, Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. We don’t just keep a track of developments in policy for clients but are also closely involved in engaging with regulators to change policy (by commenting on and recommending changes to some key draft regulations which are issued by the regulators to obtain public views).

12. Criminal, Civil and Service Matters

The firm from its origin started legal servings with the base of Criminal and Civil matters, as it is the basic and primary demand of society. As with the growth of time we with our team flourished our scope in Service matters and felt rewarded with a satisfactory happenings which increased and affirmed that we can properly excel in the fields with our dedication and hard work. The firm with its outstanding library offers a great advantage for proper research in an adequate environment by which with legal reason any case can be properly briefed and a satisfactory result with a positive approach can be provided to the clients.

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