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Gagrats acts for a range of major national and multinational clients, which include Bravia Avanti Investors, Citrus Air and Federation of Indian Airlines. The team advised Jet Airways on the financing and tax structuring of the purchase of over 75 new B737-8 Max Aircraft from Boeing and assisted Larsen & Toubro Infra Investment Partners Advisory with its agreement with Flight Simulation Technique Centre. Managing partner Rustam Gagrat and Haseena Tapia Shahpurwalla are the key contacts.

At Kochhar & Co., practice head Piyush Gupta and senior partner Ajith C R provide ongoing advice to Embraer on various aspects of Indian aviation law and on several contracts with the government of India for the supply of defence and civilian aircrafts. Gupta is also representing IATA before the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal in an appeal of the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority’s 2012 tariff order. Senior partner Suhas Srinivasiah is also recommended.

At Link Legal – India Law Services, Atul Sharma and Anand Srivastava head the practice. The group handled various matters for SpiceJet, including advising on its acquisition of 205 Boeing aircraft and defending it in an arbitration claim pertaining to a share sale and purchase agreement. Associate partners Milind Jha and Rajdeep Choudhury were new arrivals from Krishnamurthy and Co and J Sagar Associates. Recently promoted partner Durgesh Singh and associate partner Abhishek Sharma are the other key names.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices’ team advised Bangalore International Airport on the financing and security documents of loans from the State Bank of India and assisted a multinational infrastructure company with the bidding process for the development of the Navi Mumbai International Airport. Notable clients include Lufthansa, Sikorsky International Operations, Yes Bank, and JSW Steel. Managing partner Rajiv Luthra, senior partner Mohit Saraf, Aniket Sengupta and Vaibhav Kakkar are the key contacts.

Ravi Nath leads the team at RNClegal, which includes Ajay Kumar and senior associate Neha Singh. Clients have included Boeing, Airbus, Macquarie and Export-Import Bank of China.

AZB & Partners advises on the commercial and regulatory aspects of aircraft leases and sales, as well as handling financing and foreign direct investment issues. Ashwin Ramanathan is the practice head. Zubin Mehta is now with Veritas Legal.

At Advaita Legal, Atul Dua heads the practice, which has particular strengths in the defence aerospace and aviation projects spaces. The group advised Saab on the compliance, licensing, and regulatory aspects of setting up a unit at Quest Global Sez Belgaum India.

Managing partner Ramesh Vaidyanathan heads the practice at Advaya Legal, which represents most of the international airlines operating in India before the Airport Economic Regulatory Appellate Tribunal concerning a challenge to the tariff orders passed by the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority. The team also advised Texas Aviation Group on the purchase of an aircraft belonging to Deccan Cargo & Express Logistics (in winding up) from Axis Bank.

ALMT Legal’s practice head Sameer Tapia has particular strengths in contentious aviation, where his experience includes representing a number of airlines before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, the Competition Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court.

LexCounsel’s practice head Seema Jhinghan assisted IndiGo Airlines with its foreign direct investment policy in India. Alishan Naqvee advised Defsys Solutions India on its contractual arrangements for the provision of defence equipment, on its proposed downstream investments, and on industrial license-related matters. Principal associate Neha Yadav is also recommended.

At BTG Legal, key contact Prashant Mara has advised IndiGo Airlines on the procurement of aircraft components for over 300 Airbus Neo aircraft.

Bhasin & Co is also ranked.

Led by Amir Singh Pasrich, the team at I.L.A. asrich & Company has particular strengths in aviation litigation. The group handles all contentious and advisory work in India for Swiss International Air Lines, and Pasrich successfully represented the client before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. Delta Air Lines is also a client.

Jafa & Javali counts Rafael Armament Development Authority, Jagson Airlines and Himachal Helicopter Skiing among its clients. The team provided strategic advice to US private equity investor Sahub Investments on its dispute with a private airline company in India, and assisted Gripen International with setting up its liaison office in India, including obtaining regulatory approvals from the Reserve Bank of India and the Registrar of Companies.

Rajani Associates’ team advised Fleming Global Assets on the preparation and negotiation of wet lease and aircraft rental agreements. Managing partner Prem Rajani, Shisham Priyadarshini and associate partner Amish Shroff are the key contacts.

At TRA, the ‘knowledgeable’, ‘influential’, and ‘effective’ team specialises in emerging-technology businesses with a particular focus on aviation and aerospace. Managing partner Anirudh Rastogi, who ‘connects with his clients’ and ‘provides long-lasting solutions’, and counsel Rishabh Sinha advised Team Indus from Axiom Research Labs – one of the five finalists in the Google Lunar XPrize Challenge – on a spacecraft contract to launch a lunar lander in the absence of an established legal framework.

The practice at Tyabji Dayabhai has a strong track record handling sales, leases, purchases, and the refinancing of aircraft. The team advised Investec and Bank of Nova Scotia on the lease extension of an aircraft to Reliance, and represented Awas before the Bangalore High Court in respect of seven writ petitions filed against Kingfisher and United Breweries Holdings.

The team at Wadia Ghandy & Co is headed by Marylou Bilawala and includes Farid Karachiwala and Dhruv Khanna. The practice has a core focus on advising the financers, owners, and lessors of aircraft on the regulatory, structuring, and contentious aspects of transactions.

Managing partner Ranjit Walia leads the practice at Walia & Co Law Offices, which focuses on transactional aspects of aviation law and advises clients on regulatory compliance, negotiation of contracts, and licensing, as well as handling cross-practice matters involving its trade and employment practice.

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