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At Allen & Overy LLP, Sanjeev Dhuna and Jonathan Brayne are co-chairs of the global India group. The practice has strong expertise in corporate and commercial matters, and advised Idea Cellular on the international aspects of its merger with Vodafone India. The team also assisted Barclays, Citi, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank with a debt refinancing transaction for Vedanta Resources. Matthew Gearing QC, who co-heads the international arbitration group, represented BG Exploration and Production India and Reliance Industries in an arbitration against the government of India under Uncitral rules. Gautam Narasimhan and Amit Singh are also recommended.

Arun Balasubramanian heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which has demonstrable expertise in corporate and finance matters, and strengths in dispute resolution. Sam Newhouse handled Essar Energy (Mauritius)’s $12.9bn sale of 98% of Essar Oil, and Balasubramanian assisted Axis Bank Singapore and Nomura International Hong Kong with Housing Development Finance Corporation’s standalone issuance of Synthetic INR notes due 2019. Sylvia Noury acts for Deutsche Telekom in an Uncitral bilateral investment treaty arbitration against the government of India. Former practice head Pratap Amin is now an independent consultant.

Chris Parsons heads the India practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which provides ‘industry knowledge and expertise’ to such clients as Bharti Airtel, Claris Lifesciences and Tata Group. With considerable strengths in corporate matters, the team advised Reliance Communications on the $1.6bn sale of its mobile tower infrastructure business in India to Brookfield Infrastructure. Head of the dispute practice Nicholas Peacock is representing Vedanta Resources in its claim against the government of India under the bilateral investment treaty between the UK and India. Finance expert Alexander Aitken acted for Standard Chartered Bank on a $500m bilateral short-term facility granted to Network i2i, in the context of Bharti Group’s internal restructuring. Alan Montgomery, Roddy Martin, and Craig Tevendale, who is ‘at the top of his game’, are key contacts.

The ‘dependable’ and ‘top of the class’ practice at Linklaters LLP provides ‘thorough analysis’ and ‘solid legal advice’, and acts for clients including Deutsche Bank, Aditya Birla Group and Reliance Industries. The team is assisting Rosneft with its acquisition of a 49% stake in Essar Oil, and the ‘widely experiencedNarayan Iyer is acting for Accord Healthcare on its successful bid for Allergan’s former pharmaceutical generic business. Hyung Ahn, who provides ‘sound advice’ and is ‘very efficient’ and ‘approachable and easily understood’, advised JP Morgan Securities on a private placement of $50m secured guaranteed bonds issued by Greenko Solar. Corporate partner Savi Hebbur, finance experts Philip Badge and Aditya Shroff, and joint head of the India dispute resolution team Ben Carroll are also noted. Niranjan Arasaratnam joined from Allens.

Led by Richard Gubbins, the team at Ashurst has considerable strengths in finance, energy, and corporate matters, and counts Aditya Birla Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Siemens, and SunEdison as clients. Gubbins and Stuart Rubin are advising Vedanta Resources on the merger of its listed subsidiaries Vedanta and Cairn India. The team also assisted the joint bookrunners and lead managers Deutsche Bank, Investec, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS on India’s first high-yield green bond issuance, and acts for H-Energy on the development of two floating storage regasification units in India. Kate Allchurch is a key name for banking matters.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘very professional’ practice at Clifford Chance has core expertise in capital markets, investment funds, international arbitration, and banking and finance. Rahul Guptan advises Merrill Lynch, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company and Morgan Stanley India as the underwriters on Kotak Mahindra’s $901m qualified institutions placement, and assisted IDFC, Credit Suisse India, ICICI Securities, and IIFL with the IPO of units in IRB Invit Fund. Nish Shetty and Kabir Singh are recommended for dispute resolution matters, and Andrew Brereton has considerable banking and finance expertise.

Jones Day’s team provides ‘top-notch advice’, has ‘good commercial judgement’ and the ability to ‘communicate clearly in multi-cultural transactions’; The practice covers banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, projects and energy, and M&A matters. The team is advising Vibrant Energy on its expansion and financing of solar power projects, and assisted Deutsche Equities India, Edelweiss Securities, ICICI Securities, and SBICAP Securities with the government of India’s $250m offer for sale of equity shares in Bharat Electronics. Banking and finance expert Sushma Jobanputra, who is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’, and projects and energy head Karthik Kumar are the names to note.

With a particular focus on capital markets and M&A matters, the practice at Latham & Watkins LLP counts Oil India, Bharat Resources, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Jubilant Pharma among its clients. Rajiv Gupta and counsel Louis Rabinowitz advised Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone on its offer of 4% bonds due 2027, while Michael Sturrock handled MakeMyTrip’s acquisition of ibibo Group. The team grew with a number of hires, including private equity and M&A lawyer Simon Cooke from Clifford Chance and banking and finance expert Gary Hamp, who joined from Hogan Lovells.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly recommended for its financing expertise and experience in international commercial arbitration, but also handles corporate and M&A matters. Sherina Petit, who is ‘very receptive to her clients’ needs’, heads the team, which includes corporate and M&A expert Raj Karia and banking and finance partner Stephen Begley. The team recently advised on the Province of British Columbia’s syndicated issue of INR5bn 6.6% notes due 2020. Of counsel Selene Tan stands out for her ‘business acumen’ and the ‘appropriateness of her advice’, and senior associate Matthew Buckle is ‘an exceptionally talented lawyer’ and ‘a good strategist’.

Shearman & Sterling’s team has ‘a commercial’ approach and considerable expertise advising on M&A, private equity, and capital markets transactions. The team advised Capital Square Partners on its acquisition of ESM Holdings from AGC Holdings, acted for Morgan Stanley India as placement agent in MakeMyTrip’s private placement of ordinary shares, and assisted Greenko Energy and Greenko Investment Company with a high-yield green bond offering. Matthew Bersani and Sidharth Bhasin, who is the ‘voice of reason in confrontations’ and is praised for his ‘creative insight’, are the practice co-heads. Stephen Besen is also noted.

White & Case LLP provides ‘good response times and industry knowledge’ and has experience advising on corporate and M&A, disputes and finance matters. Practice head Nandan Nelivigi advised GMR Infrastructure on the $300m sale of a 30% stake in GMR Energy to Tenaga Nasional Berhad. Guan Feng Chen was part of a team that advised Jubilant Pharma on its debut high-yield offering of notes due 2021, and Dipen Sabharwal is acting for Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings in a multi-jurisdictional enforcement action in various national courts against members of the Unitech Group. Head of international arbitration in Asia Aloke Ray is also a key contact.

At Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow, Ashok Lalwani heads the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ practice, which has strengths in M&A, banking and finance, capital markets and competition matters. Tim Sheddick advised Sistema on the corporate and competition aspects of the demerger of its Indian wireless business into Reliance Communications and Prashanth Venkatesh was part of a team advising The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Bank, DBS Bank, United Overseas Bank and Citigroup as mandated lead arrangers on an over $1.8bn bridge loan facility to BPRL International Singapore, Oil India International, and IOCL Singapore.

Daniel Sharma and Raj N Shah head the practice at DLA Piper, which is active in dispute resolution, M&A and finance. The team advised Willow TV on the sale of its business to the Times of India Group, and represented Credit Suisse in three winding up proceedings in Mumbai, Delhi, and Chattisgarh against Indian steel traders. Mahindra & Mahindra, HCL Technologies and ICICI Bank are also clients.

Hogan Lovells acts for clients including International Finance Corporation (IFC), Sojitz Corporation and Deutsche Bank Singapore on a range of finance, M&A, and private equity transactions. Patrick Sherrington heads the practice.

Led by Naomi Ishikawa and James Grandolfo, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has a core focus on capital markets and project finance matters. John Dewar advised K-Sure, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank on the structuring and documentation of a complex multi-jurisdictional $573m ethane project financing in the shipping sector comprising six Reliance Industries affiliates incorporated in the Marshall Islands. The team also advised book-running lead managers Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Axis Capital, Citi, JM Financial and SBI Capital Markets on the qualified institutional placement by Hindalco Industries.

The ‘extremely responsive and proactive’ team at Reed Smith LLP has ‘great industry knowledge’ and provides ‘sagacious’ and ‘timely’ advice. Gautam Bhattacharyya, who ‘delivers excellence at all times’, and Ranajoy Basu jointly head the practice, which has strengths in dispute resolution and financing. The group acted for ICICI Bank in a dispute before the English High Court concerning a $1.2bn facility agreement, and advises Bank of India on the foreign currency facility agreements for Videocon Hydrocarbon totalling over $1.1bn. Chris Tang is ‘easy to work with’ and has ‘excellent industry and legal knowledge’.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted for TPG Asia VI on its follow-on investment in Janalakshmi Financial Services, and advised TPG Growth on its £23m acquisition of a majority stake in CTSI Mauritius. Senior India consultant and corporate and M&A expert Shreya Lal Damodaran; Tihir Sarkar, who focuses on corporate and M&A; Raj Panasar, who specialises in international financing; and Gabriele Antonazzo, who handles M&A, private equity and restructuring matters, are the names to note.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP handles complex M&A and capital markets transactions, including advising the underwriters on the approximately $908m IPO and listing of the equity shares of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India. William Barron advised HT Global IT Solutions on its offering of $300m 7% senior notes due 2021.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is recommended for its expertise in dispute resolution, where Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is the key name, and corporate and M&A, which is headed by Geoffrey Burgess. William Chua advised Capital Group on its acquisition of an equity stake in Intas Pharmaceuticals from ChrysCapital through a competitive auction process. The firm was also appointed by the government of India to its panel of counsel handling investment arbitration work.

The ‘well-informed’ and ‘consistent’ team at Ropes & Gray LLP is led by Daniel Anderson, and covers dispute resolution, investigations, restructuring, fund formation and investment funds. The team assisted an ad hoc group of Jaiprakash Power bondholders with the restructuring of foreign currency convertible bonds issued by Jaiprakash Power Ventures, and advised the sponsor on the establishment of Catalyst Samsara India Opportunity Fund I LP. Asheesh Goel, Anand Damodaran and Cori Lable are now with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has ‘an exceptional’ team with ‘impressive legal acumen’, and a particular focus on corporate finance, M&A, and energy and infrastructure projects. ‘Solution-oriented’ practice heads Jonathan Stone and Rajeev Duggal acted for 3i Infotech (India) on the restructuring of the terms of its foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCB) and exchange offer and issuance of up to $52m new FCCB due 2025. The team also advised Azure Power Global on its $61m IPO of equity shares and listing on the New York Stock Exchange, and concurrent $75m private placement. ‘Stellar’ counsel Parveet Singh Gandoak joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Kamal Shah heads the practice at Stephenson Harwood, which has strengths in dispute resolution and corporate matters, and counts Unitech Group, Reliance Industries, Vedanta Resources, and Axis Bank among its clients. George Cyriac handled Luxoft International’s acquisition of the entirety of Deriv IT Solutions’ share capital, and the team represents Unitech Limited and its subsidiary Unitech Global in a dispute with Deutsche Bank and other syndicated lenders. Timothy Cooke and Diwakar Agarwal joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC and DLA Piper Middle East LLP, respectively.

Bird & Bird LLP’s key India-focused practice areas include corporate M&A, banking and finance, dispute resolution, and intellectual property, and the group has strengths in the technology and communications, life sciences and financial sectors. Key clients include Erba Diagnostics, Tech Mahindra, InterGlobe Aviation, ICG Holdings and Haitong Securities. James Mullock heads the practice.

Led by Sunny Handa, the team at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acts on both inbound and outbound matters in areas such as corporate M&A, banking, investments, and disputes. Recent highlights include assisting Indegene with its acquisition of Skura Corporation’s life science business, and advising Tata Communications on commercial, regulatory, pensions and employment aspects of its telecom services in Canada.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is active across capital markets, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution, and advises on various disinvestment initiatives. The team advised Prathamesh Solarfarms, a joint venture between Ostro Energy and Suzlon Energy, on issues raised under contracts entered into between the parties, and acted for Edelweiss Financial Services and Religare Capital Markets on the sale of $37m of shares in Satin Creditcare Network in a qualified institutional placement. Director Jamie Benson and special counsel Babita Ambekar are noted.

Jai Pathak leads the practice at Gibson Dunn, which specialises in M&A and joint venture transactions and private equity investments. The team has acted for clients including Colfax, InterGlobe Aviation, Prime Focus and Spice Global.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is particularly recommended for its expertise in arbitration, corporate and international trade matters. Key clients include Tata Consultancy Services, Indecomm Global Services, Reliance Industries, Mahindra & Mahindra and Cipla. Talat Ansari heads the practice.

King & Spalding LLP provides projects and energy, dispute resolution and M&A advice to clients including Suprajit Engineering, Lumis Partners, Asian Development Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra. The team advised Hiranandani Gas Company on its establishment of LNG regasification terminals in India and represented Reliance Industries in three related disputes in New Delhi under UNICITRAL rules relating to a production sharing contract with the Indian government. Rahul Patel, Dan Rogers and John Savage are the leading practitioners.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s corporate practice acts for clients including Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Sun Pharmaceutical and KKR Asia. The team is assisting Blackstone Group with a leveraged financing to partly fund its acquisition of 84% of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s stake in Mphasis, and is handling Aircel’s merger with Reliance Communications. Srinivas Kaushik is the key name. Asheesh Goel, Anand Damodaran, and Cori Lable joined from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Manoj Bhargava heads the capital markets and M&A practice at Sidley Austin LLP, which counts HDFC Bank, Equis Funds Group, Edelweiss Financial Services and Reliance Power as clients. The team advised Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and ICICI Securities as the brokers on the $1bn offer for sale of equity shares of ITC, assisted Foxconn Technology Group with its investment in Hike Messenger, and advised various clients on IPOs. Counsel Ankit Kashyap is also noted.

At Slaughter and May, Nilufer von Bismarck and Simon Hall jointly head the practice, which has notable strengths in finance, corporate, and dispute resolution matters. The team acts for clients including Reliance Communications, Star India and Tata Steel. The group advised Vodafone on the merger of its subsidiary Vodafone India with Idea Cellular.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s expertise spans international litigation and arbitration, IP, M&A, equity and debt capital markets, and real estate. The practice is led by Laurence Lieberman and has strengths in the life sciences and technology sectors. The team advised Cipla on its pan-European corporate restructuring and handled a range of contentious and non-contentious commercial matters throughout Europe for the same client. It also assisted ICICI Bank with lending arrangements for a corporate customer.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP has a strong track record handling disputes, with notable expertise in the energy sector, and advises multinational and domestic companies on outbound and inbound investments. Mark Beeley and James Loftis are the key contacts.

Wedlake Bell LLP has notable strengths in employment and real estate matters, and also advises on corporate and investment funds matters. Kim Lalli heads the practice.

WongPartnership LLP is recommended for its corporate investment, and litigation expertise. The team recently advised KKR on its joint acquisition with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board of a 10.3% stake in Bharti Infratel and acted for ICICI Venture Funds Management Company on its joint venture with Tata Power to create an investment platform with an initial capital of $850m to invest in power projects in India. Kah Keong Low, senior counsel Andre Maniam and Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara are the key names.

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