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AZB & Partners provides ‘swift, helpful and great quality advice’, handling the full range of merger, acquisition, joint venture and corporate regulatory work. The team recently advised Tata Sons on its INR350m acquisition of AirAsia from Telestra Tradeplace, and also acted for Tata Chemicals on its sale of its urea business in Uttar Pradesh to Yara Fertilisers, a matter valued at INR2670 crores. Senior partner Zia Mody is a leading figure, along with Ajay Bahl, who has significant tax expertise.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has a strong track record in high-value transactions, and also has notable strengths in the regulatory and corporate governance sphere. Recent work included advising Essar Energy on the $13bn sale of a 98% stake in its business to Petrol Complex, a subsidiary of Russian oil company Rosneft, and acting for Gland Pharma and its promoters on its proposed $1.3bn sale to Fosun Pharma Industrial. Managing partner Cyril Shroff is a well-regarded figure in the market, and Reeba Chacko heads the firm’s corporate practice.

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BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors

Uttam Hathi specialises in corporate work, regulatory compliances, foreign investment in India, establishment of joint ventures, subsidiaries, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring and restructuring and corporate advisory. Uttam Hathi is a lawyer with deep knowledge, outstanding and impressive with remarkable business sense.

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S Eshwar Consultants | House of Corporate & IP

Eshwars | House of Corporate & IPR Laws is a boutique commercial law firm that works on the principle that ‘God is in the detail’. The firm believes that business and law are inseparable twins and provides customised solutions based on clients’ needs. The firm’s services are designed so that the entrepreneur focuses on the core activity of adding value to the enterprise and the firm can take care of its legal matters.

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At Economic Laws Practice, notable work included acting for Tata Group in matters arising from its change of chairman and shareholder dispute at parent level, advising on compliance and stock exchange requirements. The group also handled an investment made by Ambit Pragma Fund II into Vidal Healthcare Services, and advised Samara Capital Partners Fund I on a transfer of equity shares in Asian Oilfield Services, a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Suhail Nathani and Sujjain Talwar are the practice co-heads, and Shyam Pandya joined from Desai & Diwanji in September 2017.

IndusLaw acts for a broad mix of buyer and seller-side corporations on domestic and cross-border transactions, advising on the full scope of each matter including structuring, implementation and due diligence. Recent work included advising Quikr Mauritius on its acquisition of real estate portal CommonFloor.com, a significant matter in the consumer internet market, and assisting PayU Group with its 100% acquisition of Citrus Payment Solutions, one of the largest fintech deals of the last year. Avimukt Dar and Gaurav Dani are the key figures.

J Sagar Associates covers a broad spectrum of corporate and transactional issues, its key areas of expertise including joint ventures, real estate transactions, investment vehicle structuring and M&A transactions. The team recently advised Emaar Properties on the reorganisation of various businesses through a demerger, and also acted as Indian counsel for Reliance Communications on the merger of its wireless business with Aircel. Rohitashwa Prasad and Sajai Singh head the corporate and merger and acquisition practices, respectively. Gurgaon-based managing partner Shivpriya Nanda is also a leading figure.

The ‘professional and responsive’ team at Khaitan & Co. provides ‘an excellent level of service’ and is ‘very commercial in its approach, bringing a good understanding of the political and business environment in India’. The ‘very impressive’ Haigreve Khaitan recently advised Aircel and its shareholder Maxis Communications Berhad on the merger of its wireless telecoms business with Reliance Communications, a matter valued at approximately $2.3bn. Rabindra Jhunjhunwala specialises in cross-border mergers, and Bharat Anand heads the firm’s corporate advisory practice.

Kochhar & Co.’s ‘deeply impressive’ team stands out for its ‘thorough understanding of the subject matter, helpful attitude and willingness to explain and discuss the nuances of each deal’. The practice offers pan-Indian support covering transaction structuring, due diligence, risk management and compliance; highlights included advising UBM on the sale of its worldwide business to Cision, and acting for Nuance Communications on its acquisition of mCarbon Tech Innovations. Chairman Rohit Kochharalways goes the extra mile to personally oversee matters’, and Anjuli Sivaramakrishnan is the other key individual.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices’ expertise spans all areas of M&A, including stock acquisitions, takeovers, business and asset transfers and joint ventures, and the team has been notably active in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Highlights included advising Bayer on its $66bn all-cash takeover of Monsanto (US), and assisting Baxter International with its proposed acquisition of Claris Injectables from Claris Lifesciences, a listed Indian company. Rajiv Luthra and Mohit Saraf jointly head the department.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co advises on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions, and the team is supported by the firm’s competition, employment, tax and policy practices when dealing with high-value M&A deals. Notable work included acting for NXP Semiconductors on the divestiture of its business to a consortium of financial investors, and advising Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on the proposed acquisition of Reliance Communications’ tower business. Chairman Shardul Shroff has significant experience in strategic alliances, takeovers and joint ventures; Akshay Chudasama has notable cross-border expertise; and Gunjan Shah is also a key figure.

Trilegal’s ‘exceptional’ team offers ‘excellent advice’ and has ‘good bench strength’, specialising in inbound and outbound cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring transactions. Key figure Nishant Parikh recently advised Louvre Hotels on its acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, and Rahul Matthan acted for Bosch on the transfer of its starter motors and generators business to Robert Bosch Starter Motors and Generators, a matter valued at INR4862m. Sridhar Gorthi heads the team.

Bharucha & Partners advises on M&A transactions, share purchases, joint ventures and general corporate matters, acting for a mix of listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions and other investors on both the sale and the buy side. Alka Bharucha heads the practice, and recently advised Aditya Birla Telecom on the reduction of its capital by way of a court-approved scheme. Other key clients include Twitter, Idea Cellular, Reliance ADA Group and Firstsource Solutions.

DSK Legal handles transaction planning and execution, and also advises on regulatory compliance and governance issues. Clients include a range of leading financial institutions, domestic and international corporates and government authorities, and the firm has been notably active in the energy, infrastructure, healthcare and technology sectors. Managing partner Anand Desai is recommended along with Niraj Kumar, who has significant real estate expertise.

At Desai & Diwanji, key figures include M&A, private equity and joint venture expert Apurva Diwanji, and managing partner Vishwang Desai, who heads the corporate and commercial practice. Clients of the firm have included Avendus Capital and Quippo Telecom.

Dua Associates provides ongoing corporate advice with regards to regulatory and contractual matters to a range of clients, some key names including Koras Group, Honeywell Turbo Technologies, Cabot Corporation and TVS Motor Company. The group also advised Canara Bank Venture Capital Fund, a fund set up by the government of India, on various policy and investment matters. B R Srinivas, Ranji Dua and Himanshu Narayan are the key names.

Gagrats advises Indian and foreign corporates on disposals and acquisitions, key sectors of focus being consumer products, real estate, aviation and pharmaceuticals, among others. Highlights included advising Jet Airways and JetLite on their high-profile merger; acting for Forbes Marshall on its offer to acquire shares held by a minority shareholder; and assisting JetAir with the setting up of its joint venture with UPS. Rustam Gagrat is the key figure.

The ‘flexible’ team at HSA Advocatesprovides excellent value for money’ and ‘fully understands the client’s requirements’. The firm acts for major Indian corporates, multinational companies and private equity funds, advising on the full gamut of domestic and cross-border transactions. Highlights included advising Ostro Energy on its $80m acquisition of four project companies owned by Suzlon Energy, and acting for ReNew Power Ventures on its acquisition of four companies owned by Vikram Solar, a transaction valued at $44m. Abeezar Faizullabhoy and Aparajit Bhattacharya are the names to note.

Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors has a strong track record handling high-value transactions, acting for various corporates and financial institutions on mergers, demergers, acquisitions and reorganisations. The team also advises on policy changes, corporate laws and regulations. M L Bhakta is the name to note.

LexCounsel’s team is ‘very prompt’ and provides ‘to-the-point advice within the context of current market trends’. Recent highlights include advising Transactions Solutions International on issues arising from cash shortfalls, licensee agreements and the drafting and negotiation of a master services agreement. The team also acts for Karen Millen in various regulatory and competition issues, and advises Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages on foreign direct investment rules and regulations. Dimpy Mohanty and senior associate Dhruv Manchanda are the key names.

Majmudar & Partners recently advised Axis Bank on the merger of HDFC Life and Max Life Insurance, a major domestic transaction valued at $10bn, and also acted for Utkarsh Global on the sale of its stake in Excel to Sumitomo Chemical, a matter involving various complex aspects of Indian securities law and public M&A issues. EX2 Solutions is also a key client, which the team recently advised on an acquisition of a stake by an Indian partner. Managing partner Akil Hirani heads the department.

Nishith Desai Associates leverages its cross-border expertise to handle the full range of corporate and transactional issues, and the team has been particularly active in the tax, intellectual property and environmental spheres. Highlights have included acting for Clyde Bowers Capital on its $645m acquisition of the fluid and power division of Textron, and advising Providence Equity Partners on its $640m investment into Aditya Birla Telecom. Nishith Desai is the key contact.

Phoenix Legal’s ‘highly rated’ practice provides ‘excellent quality advice and great access to partner time’. The team advises on corporate, investment, regulatory and governance matters across a broad range of sectors including information technology, media, advertising and life sciences, and has a strong track record dealing with a wide spectrum of regulators. Recent work included advising Navis Capital Partners on the sale of its controlling stake in Classic Stripes, and acting for Petronet LNG on its acquisition of shares in a Singapore-based LNG ship-owning company. Saket Shukla has ‘a great ability to see the bigger picture and solve problems while keeping the legal constraints in mind’.

S&R Associates advises on acquisitions of listed and unlisted companies, takeover offers, joint ventures and leveraged transactions. Tanya Aggarwal is a key figure in the corporate and M&A team, and is supported by Rajat Sethi.

The ‘prompt and efficient’ team at Talwar Thakore & Associates has ‘an in-depth knowledge of corporate and M&A transactions, is easily approachable and always takes business requirements into consideration’. The firm recently advised Rosneft on its purchase of a stake in Essar Oil, and assisted SunLife with increasing its equity stake in an Indian joint venture. Suresh Talwar is recommended along with Kunal Thakore and the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Feroz Dubash.

Vaish Associates has notable expertise in regulatory issues and corporate restructuring transactions, and also advises on mergers, demergers and buyouts. The ‘highly recommended’ firm is currently engaged as counsel for AccorHotels and InterGlobe Enterprises, assisting with regulatory issues arising from a major restructuring, and is also advising Amtek Auto on a scheme of arrangement involving the merger of six separate companies. Managing partner Bomi Daruwala heads the practice.

ALMT Legal’s ‘excellent’ practice is ‘strongly recommended for its Indian corporate law expertise’. The team has notable experience in the retail, insurance, manufacturing and technology sectors, where it advises clients on foreign exchange regulations and tax law issues associated with major transactions. Aliff Fazelbhoy and Arun Seebe Raj jointly head the practice, which recently advised Walker Drilling on its joint venture with Terra Contractors.

Rajesh Begur heads the team at ARA Law, which advises a range of clients on high-stake transactions, and handles corporate regulatory matters. Highlights included advising a client on the transfer of its business division to Planit Test Management Solutions, and acting for the purchaser on acquiring promoter shares from its promoters. Associate Vinit Patwari is the other name to note.

At Advaita Legal, highlights include advising British Engines on its acquisition of a 51% controlling stake from a Rolls Royce-owned Indian company in the manufacturing space; acting for DTZ Worldwide on a major restructuring related to its recent acquisition of the Cushman & Wakefield Indian group entities; and advising Bibby Financial Services on its proposed exit from the Indian financial services business. Atul Dua and the ‘knowledgeable and efficientAmit Mehta are the names to note.

Brus Chambers, Advocates & Solicitors handles corporate regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts and joint ventures, and also has notable expertise in investment transactions. Uttamkumar Hathi has significant experience in handling commercial contracts, and, along with his team, recently advised Help Animals and Birds Association with its formation and setup.

Clasis Law has been significantly active in the aerospace and defence, healthcare, retail and technology sectors, among others. The team advises on all types of mergers and acquisitions, handling transaction structuring, drafting, due diligence and foreign exchange law issues. The firm is also strong in the private equity space, advising both buyers and sellers on asset transfers and leveraged buyouts. Vineet Aneja heads the practice.

Dave & Girish & Co’s client base includes a mix of local and foreign banks, non-banking financial companies and microfinance institutions. Girish Dave handles equity funding matters, joint ventures and M&A transactions, and Mona Bhide has notable restructuring expertise.

Dhir & Dhir Associates’ broad range of sector expertise include telecoms, real estate, defence and infrastructure, and the team regularly handles matters related to foreign direct investment, entry strategy, secretarial compliance and the setting up of project offices. Highlights included advising Jiyo India on its website terms and conditions, and on its registration and recognition as a start-up with the DIPP, and acting for India Infrastructure Finance Company on the setting up of a sectoral fund. Managing partners Alok Dhir and Maneesha Dhir are the practice co-heads.

FINSEC Law Advisors advises on a broad range of issues relating to corporate and M&A deals, private equity matters, takeovers and investment funds. The team also stands out for its expertise in the field of alternative investment funds, assisting clients with their conceptualisation, legal documentation and registration with SEBI. Founding partner Sandeep Parekh is the key practitioner.

The ‘competent’ group at Hariani & Co Advocates and Solicitorsallows the client to have access to the most senior members when needed’ and is ‘highly recommended for all India-based matters’. The team’s expertise covers corporate governance and regulatory issues, foreign investments, commercial contracts and M&A transactions across various sectors, healthcare, manufacturing and retail being among these. In a recent highlight, the team advised Propstack on a first-tranche investment. Abhijeet Sonawane is the name to note.

Juris Corp has a strong track record in commercial transactions, and the experienced team also advises on company law, information technology law and private equity. Foreign direct investment is another area of expertise. Debanjan Banerjee specialises in cross-border transactions, and H Jayesh has significant experience in inbound and outbound investment, private equity transactions and restructuring.

Link Legal – India Law Services advises a wide range of corporate houses on business activities in India, and has extensive experience in handling commercial contracts, mergers and demergers, outsourcings and private equity and venture capital investments. Key sectors of focus include power and energy, airports, hospitality and manufacturing. Mumbai-based Nusrat Hassan is the key contact along with Delhi-based Anand Srivastava.

At P & A Law Offices, Anand Pathak has extensive experience in Indian and European competition laws, M&A transactions and infrastructure projects. The firm has a strong track record in cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, and regularly advises clients on the competition aspects of deals.

Platinum Partners retains a strong client base of foreign corporations and advises on complex, high-profile M&A transactions. Clients have included Danone, Siemens and Diageo. Ankit Majmudar and Nihar Mody are the key figures.

The ‘approachable and easily reachable’ team at Rajani Associates is ‘always open to exploring a wide range of options and possibilities’. Recent work included advising Shree Krishna Agro Industrial on a scheme of amalgamation, whereby the client’s business merged entirely with the transferee company, and acting for CCI Logistics on its demerger, a matter involving due diligence issues, a slump sale and a joint venture agreement. Managing partner Prem Rajani is the key name to note along with Poorvi Sanjanwala.

Singh & Associates Founder – Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors advises domestic and international clients on company formations and tax structuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and regulatory approvals. The group recently advised The Leschaco Group on a share purchase agreement with Escombe Lambert, and also assisted Udayan Care with various issues surrounding governance structure, board policies and appraisal mechanisms, among other matters. Gunita Pahwa heads the transactional practice, and Daizy Chawla is the key contact for corporate and taxation issues.

Singhania & Partners LLP’s areas of expertise include India entry strategies, foreign exchange management, M&A activity and corporate governance, and the team also regularly advises on commercial contracts. Highlights included acting for Toyota on its acquisition of Bastian Group, a subsidiary of Bastian Software Solutions, and advising Yusen (Americas) on its acquisition of BDP International. Ravi Singhania and Shilpa Shah are the names to note.

Tatva Legal has ‘very strong industry knowledge’ and ‘a good ability to manage client expectations’, and the team is praised for its ‘professionalism and maturity in complex matters’. The group recently advised Titan Company on its acquisition of Carat Lane Trading. N K Dilip and Manav Nagaraj are key individuals. Heritage Group and Coffee Day are other core clients.

Wadia Ghandy & Co is noted for its strength in private equity matters, and also advises on the full spectrum of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and regulatory issues. Ashish Ahuja heads the team.

Advani & Co focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, advising clients on due diligence, transaction structuring and taxation matters concerning major transactions. Hiroo Advani is the key individual, and is noted for his expertise in arbitration arising out of failed joint ventures.

Venture capital and private equity specialist Axon Partners advises on all stages of setup and financial growth, and retains a strong client base of start-ups, third party funds, investors and buyers. Abhimanyu Bhandari is the name to note and has significant international expertise, most notably within Europe.

Mudit Sharma and Lalit Bhasin are the main practitioners at Bhasin & Co, which is known for its M&A work in the aviation sector.

Corporate and commercial boutique Chadha & Co handles M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, private equity deals and regulatory issues, and the group has significant expertise in the real estate space. Highlights included advising DFS Group on an INR1000m share acquisition deal, and acting for Kawasaki (Japan) on the termination of its distributer relationship with Bajaj Auto, an India-based company. Other key clients include Toyota, Electronic Arts and Hitachi.

At Chitale & Chitale Partners, Suchitra Chitale has significant experience in domestic and international transactions, and is particularly noted for her expertise in merger-related competition issues. The firm also handles restructuring matters and corporate regulatory work.

Desai Desai Carrimjee & Mulla Advocates & Solicitors acts for a range of foreign and domestic clients, and is also retained by several Fortune 500 companies on high-value structured transactions. Highlights have included advising promoters on several acquisitions made by a large Japanese conglomerate, and acting for a steel manufacturer on a number of regulatory issues. Falguni Desai is the key figure, and has notable expertise in joint ventures and foreign direct investments.

At Eternity Legal, key areas of expertise include commercial contracts, M&A transactions and joint ventures, business transfers, and inbound and outbound investments. The group also provides general corporate advice to its cross-sector client list, and private equity deals and venture capital are also notable areas of strength. Founding partner Dipali Sarvaiya Sheth is the main practitioner.

Fox Mandal’s mergers and acquisitions practice has a strong track record conducting due diligence, handling negotiations and finalising agreements for the execution of various high-value transactions, as well as advising on takeover code and obtaining court sanctions for amalgamations. The corporate team handles company formation, foreign direct investments, liquidations and joint ventures, among other matters. Founding partner G C Mandal is the name to note.

Gandhi & Associates is noted for cross-border transactions. Recent work highlights include advising Endeavour Link, a US-based company in the technology sector, on various corporate governance matters relating to its Indian subsidiary, Momantra Connectivity Services, which has entered into contracts with a number of Indian telecoms companies. It also assisted Indian company Zavicare with establishing a joint venture with a Mexican company for importing tequila. Vishal Gandhi is recommended.

India Juris is currently advising Moringo Organics on the expansion of its business into Bangladesh and Dubai, and is also acting for Rudisa International on the setting up of its business in India, advising on various domestic corporate and foreign exchange laws. Luxury Ride is also a key client along with IIM Lucknow Enterprise Incubation Centre, and the team is currently advising the latter on its investment transactions with start-ups. Sameer Rastogi took the lead on the aforementioned matters, and Priyanka Singh is the other key individual.

JBSS & Co has seen significant activity in the M&A space in the last year, and has advised a range of domestic and international clients on a broad variety of transactions. Highlights included advising CSC Pharmaceuticals on several loans to key management personnel, and acting for Flute Song Media on a proposed investment into its business by a financial company. Other active clients include the Govardhan School of Yoga, a UK-based pharmaceutical company and a Singaporean investment house. Amritha Ahuja is the main partner.

Jafa & Javali provides ‘good value for money’, advising primarily on investments and India entry strategies along with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and regulatory issues. Recent work includes advising Connect Accessories, a Denmark-based company, on its establishment of a wholly owned subsidiary in India, and assisting Dan Pal with the negotiation and drafting of a shareholder agreement. Vikrant Singh Jafa and Kirit Javali are the names to note.

Kaden Boriss Partners specialises in the formulation and drafting of business acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and privatisations, among other transactions, and the team also has substantial expertise in shareholders’ rights, officer’s duties and various corporate regulatory issues. Cross-border investments are also a key area of expertise, and the team has handled a number of investment projects across India and the Indian sub-continent. Aditya Shankar is the key individual.

MDP & Partners has notable expertise in the real estate sector, advising on domestic and international M&A, business transfers and commercial agreements. Managing partner Nishit Dhruva is recommended for private equity deals and venture capital investments, and regularly advises companies on operation commencement strategies in India. Ashok Paranjpe is the other key individual.

At Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary, recent work included handling the realignment of Larsen & Toubro (L&T)’s corporate structure, a matter involving a scheme of amalgamation with two entities. The team also advised L&T on its amalgamation of a wholly-owned subsidiary based abroad. Vikram Trivedi heads the team, and Rashid Boatwalla is the other name to note.

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe has been notably active in the IT, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors, and regularly advises international entities on their Indian investments. Shardul Thacker is well regarded for his shipping and regulatory expertise.

O.P. Khaitan & Co. Solicitors and Advocates has a strong track record across all types of foreign collaborations, and regularly advises on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and taxation issues. Managing partner Gautam Khaitan heads the corporate practice and advises a range of multinational companies, banks and financial institutions on the full gamut of transactions. Suparna Sachar is recommended for joint ventures and private equity investments.

Bangalore-based firm P.H. Bathiya & Associates provides structuring, negotiating and execution advice on complex mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures for a range of Indian and multinational businesses. The team also assists with the raising of private equity, and has a strong track record in inbound and outbound investments. Shailesh Bathiya is the main practitioner.

RNClegal regularly liaises with various regulatory bodies including the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, SEBI and the Reserve Bank of India, obtaining approvals for mergers and amalgamations for its cross-sector client base. The team also handles privatisations of public sector undertakings, along with the full range of M&A transactions, takeovers and public offers. Managing partner Ravi Nath is well regarded in the market. Notable clients include Bharti Airtel, Swatch Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

SNG & Partners has been significantly active in the real estate, hospitality, food processing and media entertainment sectors, among others. The team recently handled a number of onshore and offshore structuring and private equity transactions, and also advises on the full spectrum of domestic M&A. Managing partner Rajesh Gupta is the key figure along with Amit Aggarwal, who heads the corporate practice.

Crawford Bayley & Co retains a strong client base of international corporates, advising on joint ventures with Indian companies, privatisation and divestment and M&A activity. Sanjay Asher is the name to note.

Headed by Naina Krishna Murthy, Krishnamurthy and Co specialises in the full range of corporate and commercial law including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital investments. Highlights included advising IL&FS on the corporate aspects of two solar projects in Madhya Pradesh, and acting for Essel Infraprojects on its acquisition of a 74% stake in several hydropower projects across India. Other key individuals include Pradeep Ratnam, who advises on private equity and alternative assets, and Shwetambari Rao, whose key clients include Dell and Caterpillar.

Singhania & Co advises on company formation, foreign direct investment, liquidations and asset acquisitions, among other matters. The team also has substantial international trade expertise, and regularly advises on import and export code and foreign investment proposals. Founding partner D. C. Singhania is the key figure.

Solicis Lex’s wide-ranging practice covers M&A activity, private equity transactions, joint ventures and fund setup, and the firm regularly advises Indian firms looking to expand their operations overseas. Managing partner Ameet Mehta is the key figure, and has substantial cross-border expertise.

Solomon & Co. Advocates & Solicitors’ corporate and M&A team advises on share and business acquisitions, corporate restructurings and compliance issues. The group also assists multinational clients and boards of directors with India entry, advising on regulatory compliance and organisational practices and procedures. Aaron Solomon is the key individual.

Shailendra Swarup is the key partner at Swarup & Company, which handles acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and foreign investments.

Thiru & Thiru has notable expertise in the aviation sector, advising on the acquisition of aircraft, regulatory approvals and concession agreements. The team has also been notably active in the hospitality, entertainment and television space, advising on the setup of hotels, restaurants and resorts. B. C. Thiruvengadam is the key name to note along with Revathi Thiruvengadam, who is recommended for real estate matters.

Diljeet Titus heads the corporate practice at Titus & Co, and has advised on a vast range of M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate investment structuring matters. Clients include a mix of Indian corporates and Fortune 500 companies.

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