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AZB & Partners reports an uptick in M&A instructions, with joint venture and corporate regulatory matters as other key areas of strength. In a highlight, the team represented the State Bank of India (SBI) in its merger with five associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank, which brought $120bn to the SBI's asset base and was the first large-scale consolidation to take place in the Indian banking sector. Senior partner Zia Mody, along with tax expert Ajay Bahl, are key practitioners. Gautam Saha is also a name to note.

At Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, notable work included representing e-commerce company Flipkart in its acquisition of a 100% stake in eBay India, and acting for IndusInd Bank in its $2.4bn merger with Bharat Financial Inclusion. The practice is also highly regarded for its expertise in regulatory and corporate governance matters. Managing partner Cyril Shroff is a well-regarded practitioner. Reeba Chacko heads the firm’s corporate practice, and Nivedita Rao heads the M&A practice.

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BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors

Well established as a leading firm in India, Brus Chambers attracts instructions in M&A transactions', Corporate bankruptcy and the entire gamut of corporate work and is described as ‚Äėbest in class‚Äô. Uttam Hathi specialises in corporate work, corporate bankruptcy, regulatory compliances, foreign investment in India, establishment of joint ventures, subsidiaries, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring and restructuring and corporate advisory. He is a lawyer with deep knowledge, outstanding and impressive with remarkable business sense.

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At Economic Laws Practice, recent highlights include acting for Google India in a joint venture with Tata Trusts, involving the implementation of the Internet Saathi Program, which aims to equip women in rural areas of India with basic internet skills. The group also advised US-based steel company JSW Steel on acquiring a 100% stake in Acero Junction. Suhail Nathani and Sujjain Talwar jointly head the practice.

IndusLaw is adept at representing buyer and seller-side corporations in domestic and cross-border transactions, with strength across the full range of corporate law. Recent work includes advising Oaktree Capital, Fitness First India and CureFit on the merger between Fitness First and CultFit, a subsidiary of CureFit, in one of the largest marquee consolidation deals in the fitness industry. The team is also assisting ReNew Power Ventures with its 100% acquisition of KCT Renewable Energy. Avimukt Dar and Gaurav Dani are names to note.

At Khaitan & Co., recent highlights include advising Fosun Pharmaceutical and subsidiary companies on acquiring a 74% stake in Gland Pharma, a matter valued at approximately $1.1bn; assisting Music Broadcast with acquiring the music business of Ananda Offset via a slump sale; and acting for Flipkart in an acquisition of a majority stake by Walmart in the company, valued at $16bn. Haigreve Khaitan is highly regarded in the corporate space, while Rabindra Jhunjhunwala is noted for his expertise in cross-border mergers and Bharat Anand is a key name for advisory matters.

Kochhar & Co.'s practice is noted for its pan-Indian support, covering a full range of corporate and M&A matters including due diligence, transaction structuring, regulatory issues and risk management. Highlights include acting for Corning Inc on its $900m acquisition of the Communication Division of 3M Company. Chairman Rohit Kochhar and Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan are the key individuals.

L&L Partners Law Offices has an established track record in handling the full range of M&A, including joint ventures, takeovers, stock acquisitions, and business and asset transfers. Highlights include assisting Head Infotech India, an online gaming company, with the sale of an 87% stake to the Clairvest Group as a majority stake; a minority stake was also sold to a buyer group of foreign and domestic investors. Rajiv Luthra and Mohit Saraf are the practice co-heads.

The 'very responsive' team at Majmudar & Partners is noted for its 'deep industry knowledge'. The group is advising US-based healthcare insurance company Cigna Corporation on the Indian aspects of its acquisition of Express Scripts, a transaction valued at $67bn. In another matter, the firm acted for Halyard Health on the $710bn sale of its Indian subsidiary's Surgical and Infection Prevention business to Owens & Minor; managing partner Akil Hirani led on this matter. Rukshad Davar is 'an excellent communicator' and 'extremely knowledgeable on cross-border mergers and acquisitions'.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co has established expertise across the range of domestic and cross-border transactions, and draws upon the firm’s strength in tax, competition, employment, and policy practices when handling high-value M&A deals. The client base includes corporations from the real estate, media, oil and gas, manufacturing, financial services, and power sectors, to name a few. Chairman Shardul Shroff is highly regarded for his experience in joint ventures, strategic alliances, and takeovers.  Akshay Chudasama and Gunjan Shah are also key names in the team.

The corporate and M&A practice at Trilegal has notable expertise in joint ventures, restructuring, inbound and outbound cross-border acquisitions, and strategic alliances. Nishant Parikh recently advised Macquarie Group on its acquisition of 18 solar power projects from Hindustan Powerprojects. Sridhar Gorthi leads the team, in which Rahul Matthan is a key name. Associate Vinit Patwari joined from ARA LAW in November 2017.

Bharucha & Partners is adept at representing financial institutions and listed and unlisted companies from a range of industries in joint ventures, share purchases and M&A transactions. The client base includes Seabird Marines Services, Twitter, Axis Asset Management and Idea Cellular. Alka Bharucha heads the practice.

Managing partner Vishwang Desai leads the corporate and commercial practice at Desai & Diwanji. Apurva Diwanji is a key practitioner, and is highly regarded for his expertise in joint venture, private equity and M&A matters.

DSK Legal has been advising clients from the financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, real estate, and education sectors predominantly on acquisition matters; recent highlights include assisting private equity firm Gaja Capital with acquiring a 100% stake in the Kangaroo Kids Group, an educational organisation. Managing partner Anand Desai is a key name. Anjan Dasgupta joined from HSA Advocates in May 2019, while Satish Kishanchandani has opened a new firm, Pioneer Legal.

Rustam Gagrat is the key practitioner at Gagrats, which has notable strength in assisting Indian and foreign corporates with joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals and regulatory matters. Clients include companies from the aviation, hospitality, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, real estate and consumer products sectors.

HSA Advocates advises private equity funds, multinational companies and Indian corporates on a wide spectrum of domestic and cross-border transactions. Recent work includes advising Tata Steel on its acquisition of a 74% stake in Bhubaneshwar Power from JL Power Ventures, a transaction valued at $39.5m. Other clients include I Squared Capital, Lava International and Hydra Commercial Investments. Head of practice Aparajit Bhattacharya left for DSK Legal in May 2019. .

J Sagar Associates' expertise includes M&A transactions, joint ventures, investment vehicle structuring and real estate transactions. The client base includes Google, Microsoft, Indiabulls Real Estate and Brookfield Asset Management. Sajai Singh and Rohitashwa Prasad are key names for the corporate and M&A practices, and Gurgaon-based managing partner Shivpriya Nanda is a name to note.

LexCounsel advises Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages on foreign direct investment rules and regulations, and recently assisted Australian not-for-profit organisation The Fred Hollows Foundation with issues surrounding setting up a branch in India. The team is also acting for Carlsberg India in structuring a capacity sharing agreement for one of the entity's manufacturing facilities. Dimpy Mohanty is the key figure, and senior associate Dhruv Manchanda is recommended.

At Nishith Desai Associates, highlights include acting for e-Infochips on its acquisition by Arrow Electronics, a transaction valued at $320m, and assisting the SoftBank Group with its $1.4bn investment in digital goods platform Paytm. Nishchal Joshipura and Vaibhav Parikh are key names, and Nishith Desai is highly regarded in the corporate space.

Phoenix Legal has notable expertise in handling investment, corporate, governance and regulatory matters for clients in the financial services, information technology, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Quaker Chemical Corporation on the acquisition of the 45% stake in Quaker Chemical India, a joint venture company with Asianol Lubricants, following the latter company's exit from the joint venture. Saket Shukla and Abhishek Saxena are key names to note in the team.

S&R Associates has notable expertise in joint ventures, takeover offers, high-value mergers, leveraged transactions and acquisitions of listed and unlisted companies. Tanya Aggarwal and Rajat Sethi are the names to note.

The team at Talwar Thakore & Associates recently advised TELUS International on the acquisition of the Indian operations of Xavient Digital, and assisted Voltas with setting up a joint venture with Ardutch BV, a transaction valued at $100m. Kunal Thakore and Feroz Dubash are recommended.

Vaish Associates handles mergers, demergers, buyouts, and stock and asset purchases, and is adept at advising clients on corporate restructuring and regulatory issues. Clients include JSW Steel, Hindustan Unilever, BIC-Cello Group entities and DigiCert. Managing partner Bomi Daruwala is a key figure.

Advaita Legal has seen an increase in joint venture and acquisition instructions across a wide range of sectors; recent highlights include assisting Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, based in Israel, with setting up a joint venture with Kalyani Strategic Systems, a transaction valued at $20m. The team also advised Inabensa Bharat on the $726m sale of the business to a third party enquirer. Atul Dua and  Amit Mehta are key names.

Aliff Fazelbhoy and S R Arun jointly lead the practice at ALMT Legal, which has a strong track record in acting for clients from the technology, manufacturing, real estate, and insurance sectors in matters involving tax law issues associated with major transactions, as well as foreign exchange regulations. Clients include Sanghvi Beauty & Technologies and Prime Urban Development India.

Rajesh Begur is the key practitioner at ARA LAW, which has seen an uptick in cross-border transactions, and is noted for its strength in corporate regulatory issues. Associate Vinit Patwari moved to Trilegal in November 2017.

At BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors, highlights include assisting InterGlobe Aviation with its expansion plan, involving an aircraft lease agreement, and advising Thioni on structuring and setting up a confectionery business in India. Uttam Hathi leads the team.

Vineet Aneja heads the practice at Clasis Law, which is noted for its strength in private equity matters relating to leveraged buyouts and asset transfers. Merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures and investments are other core areas of instruction.

Managing partners Alok Dhir and Maneesha Dhir jointly lead the practice Dhir & Dhir Associates, which advises clients from a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, telecoms, real estate, energy and finance, on entry strategy, foreign direct investment, and joint ventures, among other areas. Highlights include advising INR Energy Ventures on acquiring the entire shareholding of Greeno Projects and Greenolite Solar for acquiring and implementing a solar power project.

At Dua Associates, highlights include assisting Global Brands Enterprise Solutions with a mobile phone distribution venture with Panasonic India, and advising natural gas transmission company GAIL on the demerger of Ratnagiri Gas and Power and Konkan LNG. Other key clients include Estée Lauder, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Sumitomo Corporation, and CGG France. Himanshu Narayan, B R Srinivas and Ranji Dua are recommended.

FINSEC Law Advisors is well known for representing financial sector clients in a broad range of corporate and M&A matters, with a niche focus on assisting with legal documentation, conceptualisation, and registration with SEBI. Founding partner Sandeep Parekh is the key figure.

Hariani & Co Advocates and Solicitors advises on foreign investments, commercial contracts, M&A transactions, corporate governance and regulatory and compliance matters across a wide spectrum of sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, retail and real estate. Ameet Hariani and Ajay Vazirani are the key practitioners.

Juris Corp's practice has solid expertise in foreign direct investment and commercial transactions. H Jayesh is well known for his expertise in private equity, investment and restructuring mandates; Avikshit Moral and Arunabh Choudhary are also names to note.

Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors is noted for its strength in assisting a client base of corporates and financial institutions with acquisitions, mergers, demergers, and reorganisations, as well as regulatory issues. ML Bhakta is a highly regarded practitioner in the space.

The team at Link Legal - India Law Services has been active on a number of infrastructure projects in the corporate space, and in this context, the group advised Larsen & Toubro on the sale of a 100% stake in L&T Cutting Tools, a subsidiary of the client, to International Metalworking Companies, a transaction valued at $27m. Mumbai-based Nusrat Hassan is the key name to note along with Delhi-based Anand Srivastava. Manish Gupta is also recommended.

P & A Law Offices is noted for its expertise in cross-border joint ventures and acquisitions. Anand Pathak is the key figure, and is well known for advising on M&A transactions, Indian and European competition laws, and infrastructure projects.

Rajani Associates advises on the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, with recent work involving demergers, share purchase agreements, joint ventures, due diligence and acquisitions. Managing partner Prem Rajani, along with Poorvi Sanjanwala, are key contacts.

Harish B Narasappa and Vineetha MG jointly head the practice at Samvad Partners, which has particular expertise in investment transactions, as well as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Exilant Technologies and Delhivery are included in the client base.

Singh & Associates Founder ‚Äď Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors' areas of expertise include foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, regulatory issues, company formations, and tax structuring. Daizy Chawla¬†heads the corporate and tax practice, and¬†Gunita Pahwa¬†is the name to note for transactional matters.

Singhania & Partners LLP reports an increase in M&A activity, notably in the manufacturing sector, as well as handling commercial contacts, foreign investment, compliance matters and joint ventures. Ravi Singhania and Shilpa Shah are recommended.

N K Dilip and Manav Nagaraj are the names to note at Tatva Legal, where the team recently advised Cancer Treatment Services (Hyderabad) on a strategic partnership for setting up treatment centres in Nepal.

At Chadha & Co, a corporate and commercial boutique, key areas of expertise include corporate restructurings, M&A transactions, and regulatory matters. The client base includes Honda, STMicroelectronics, Mitsubishi, Hitachi and OPPO. Rahul Chadha and Namita Chadha are the names to note.

Founding partner Dipali Sarvaiya Sheth is the name to note at Eternity Legal, which handles private equity deals, M&A transactions, commercial contracts, business transfers and joint ventures, among other areas.

Fox Mandal's areas of expertise include company formation, takeover codes, liquidations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and conducting due diligence for high-value transactions. Managing partner Shuva Mandal is the key name.

Cross-border transactions are a cornerstone area of expertise at Gandhi & Associates. Recent work highlights include advising Vinçotte International NV, a Belgium-based company, on the sale of two of its subsidiaries in India to a French company; founding partner Vishal Gandhi led on this matter.

Vikrant Singh Jafa and Kirit Javali are the main practitioners at Jafa & Javali, which is known for handling investments and India entry strategies in the corporate space.

JBSS & Co handles a range of M&A transactions for a mix of domestic and international clients, which have included the Govardhan School of Yoga, Flute Song Media and CSC Pharmaceuticals. Amritha Ahuja is the key practitioner.

Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary is noted for its strength in company restructuring matters, involving amalgamation of corporate entities. Sunil Tilokchandani and Rashid Boatwalla jointly head the practice, and managing partner Vikram Trivedi is well regarded in the space.

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe's corporate practice remains particularly active in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. Shipping expert Shardul Thacker is a name to note.

At Platinum Partners, the team is known for assisting foreign corporations with high-profile M&A transactions. Ankit Majmudar is the name to note. Nihar Mody retired in 2017.

Headed by managing partner Ravi Nath, the team at RNClegal is known for assisting Fortune 500 companies with M&A transactions, public offers, takeovers, and privatisation matters. Key clients include BMW, The Lego Group, and the Bank of Mauritius.

SNG & PARTNERS has a track record in advising clients from a range of sectors on the whole range of domestic M&A deals, as well as private equity transactions and onshore and offshore structuring. Managing partner Rajesh Gupta and corporate practice head Amit Aggarwal are the key names.

The corporate practice at Spice Route Legal has been active in the technology space; in one highlight, the team assisted the founder of Bird's Eye Systems with Ola Cabs' $25m acquisition of Ridlr, a public transport app. Praveen Raju is 'knowledgeable and hardworking'.

The team at Wadia Ghandy & Co is well known for assisting clients with joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters and private equity issues. Ashish Ahuja is the key name.

Sanjay Asher is the main practitioner at Crawford Bayley & Co, which is known for assisting international corporates with privatisation and divestment work and joint ventures with Indian companies.

Sameer Rastogi is the name to note at India Juris, where the team assists clients with domestic corporate and foreign exchange laws, cross-border business expansions and investment matters.

Krishnamurthy and Co has solid capabilities across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, including venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Past work for the team includes assisting consumer goods company Marico with its acquisition of a 45% stake in start-up company Zed Lifestyle. Naina Krishna Murthy heads the practice, and Pradeep Ratnam and Shwetambari Rao are also recommended.

The team at Singhania & Co is noted for its expertise in international trade, particularly foreign investment proposals and import and export code matters. Managing partner Pradeep Jain is the key practitioner.

Aaron Solomon is the key practitioner at Solomon & Co. Advocates & Solicitors, where the corporate and M&A practice is adept at assisting clients with entry into the Indian market, advising on regulatory compliance procedures, as well as on share and business acquisitions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.

Diljeet Titus is the key practitioner at Titus & Co, which has expertise in advising Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of M&A matters.

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