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    • Ravindra Bandhakavi - Trilegal
    • Nishith Desai - Nishith Desai Associates
    • Zia Mody - AZB & Partners
    • Nitin Potdar - J Sagar Associates
    • Ashwath Rau - AZB & Partners
    • Siddharth Shah - Khaitan & Co.
    • Cyril Shroff - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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Zia Mody leads the practice at AZB & Partners, which counts KKR, Ivanhoé Cambridge, and Goldman Sachs Investment Holdings (Asia) among its clients. Hardeep Sachdeva advised Kautilya Finance on its investment in non-convertible debentures from Saha Infratech, K World Estate, and E-Homes Infrastructures, and Anil Kasturi advised Warburg Pincus on its acquisition of a majority stake in Stellar Value Chain Solutions. Darshika Kothari and Ashwath Rau are also noted.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas represents sovereign wealth funds and blue-chip private equity funds, with strengths across practice areas such as tax, capital markets, and antitrust. Managing partner Cyril Shroff led the team advising Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) on the acquisition by its Singapore entity CDPQ Private Equity Asia of the shareholding of exiting investors Goldman Sachs and KKR in TVS Logistics Services. Reeba Chacko. Shishir Vayttaden and Nivedita Tiwari are other names to note. Principal associate Tirthankar Datta joined J Sagar Associates.

J Sagar Associates provides fund formation, onshore and offshore structuring, and regulatory advice. Nitin Potdar, Vivek K Chandy, Dina Wadia, and Vikram Raghani are key figures. Somasekhar Sundaresan left the firm.

Khaitan & Co. advises domestic and international private equity funds and hedge funds on structuring operations, with particular strengths advising on fund formation. Siddharth Shah and Bijal Ajinkya led the team acting as fund counsel for Piramal Ivanhoe Residential Equity Fund and advised Sundaram Asset Management Company on the structuring and regulatory aspects of its establishment of Sundaram Alternative Opportunities Fund Nano Cap Series I. Divaspati Singh and Vivek Mimani were promoted to associate partner.

Nishith Desai Associates has advised some of the most prominent fund managers on the structuring of domestic and offshore funds, and has notable expertise in theme funds. The practice is led by Nishith Desai and clients have included Crimson White Investment, Tata Asset Management and IDG Ventures.

Trilegal advises on fund formation and structuring, primary and secondary investments, and IPOs across a range of sectors, with particular strengths in energy. Nishant Parikh advised Farallon Capital Management on the sale of its 74% stake in a real estate joint venture to Indiabulls Real Estate, and Sridhar Gorthi acted for CLSA Capital Partners (HK) on the exit of funds it advises or manages from Resonance Eduventures. Ravindra Bandhakavi and ‘approachable’ counsel Anirudh Agarwala, who ‘backs up his argument’, are also noted.

The team at ALMT Legal is particularly strong in the technology, e-commerce and IP sectors. Aliff Fazelbhoy advised Eagle Proprietary Investments on setting up global business-licensed companies to operate as a collective investment scheme and as a CIS manager respectively, while Statira Ranina advised Sidbi Venture Capital on its investment in technology company PickMe E-solutions. Dhanya Menon is also recommended.

Led by Suhail Nathani and Sujjain Talwar, the team at Economic Laws Practice acts for key stakeholders in private funds, and counts Samara Capital and New Vernon Private Equity among its clients. Talwar advised Anshuman Singh and his company Stellar Value Chain Solutions on the $125m investment in the company by an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, while Nathani advised Ecap Equities on its primary investment in Bridgei2i Analytics Solutions and Rockdude Impex. Darshan Upadhyay is another key name.

IndusLaw is recommended for its sector-specific expertise in technology, e-commerce and infrastructure. The team grew last year with the arrival of Anupam Prasad from RDA Legal and Saurav Kumar from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Highlights included Srinivas Katta advising PropTiger.com and Elara Technologies on Softbank and Rea Group’s investment into PropTiger.com, and Suneeth Katarki assisting LGT Capital Invest Mauritius, together with Cell-E, with its investment in Aye Finance. Pallavi Kanakagiri and Winnie Shekhar were promoted to the partnership.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices’ team, which is jointly led by Rajiv Luthra, Mohit Saraf, and Manan Lahoty, has experience advising clients on the structuring and setting-up of complex domestic and India-focused offshore funds, with strengths in the regulated mutual funds sector as well as private investment funds.

Managing partner Akil Hirani heads the practice at Majmudar & Partners, which provides structuring, regulatory, and exit advice to institutional investors and venture capital firms. Hirani advised Capricorn Investment Group on exiting its investment in Vas Data Services, and conducted a due diligence exercise for CreditAccess Asia of its Indian subsidiaries concerning an equity investment by Asian Development Bank. Raja Sujith is also noted.

Jay Gandhi leads the team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, which includes Raghubir Menon and senior associate Abhishek Parekh. Key clients include Seven Rivers Fund and Rarvey, and the team is advising a venture capital fund on setting up a category II alternative investment fund in India. Saurav Kumar is now with IndusLaw.

ARA Law advises on fund formations, private equity and venture capital investments, and assists with offshore and onshore funds, as well as advising on regulatory and compliance advice. Rajesh Begur heads the practice.

DSK Legal advised Silver Leaf Oak (Mauritius) on its acquisition of a 10% stake in Syngene International from Biocon Research. Satish Kishanchandani and Anand Desai are the key names.

Ashish Ahuja heads the team at Wadia Ghandy & Co, and advised ZCL Chemicals (ZCL) and its promoters on the acquisition of an approximately 19% stake in ZCL by Morgan Stanley Private Equity. Rohini Verma was part of a team advising Faering Capital on the bidding process and investment in Utkarsh Micro Finance. Fariyal Tahseen is another key name.

Led by managing partner Sandeep Parekh, Finsec Law Advisors acts for clients in the alternative investment fund space and provides regulatory advice. The team advised DSP BlackRock on various issues pertaining to SEBI regulations.

Rajani Associates is recommended for private equity matters. Managing partner Prem Rajani advised Sinewave Biomass Power on its issue of compulsory convertible debentures for a INR 300m investment. Tejasvini Shirodkar and Poorvi Sanjanwala are other names to note.

Vineetha M G and Harish B Narasappa head the practice at Samvad Partners, which advises private equity investors on fund formation, offshore and onshore funds, and fund structuring, and also assists with regulatory issues.

Dhaval Vussonji and Prachi Dave are the key names at Dhaval Vussonji & Associates, which has considerable expertise in investment funds.

Lexygen’s clients include venture capital, growth equity, and large buy-out funds and the team advises on fund structuring and formation. Founder and managing partner Vijay Sambamurthi has advised Utilis Capital Advisors on the formation of an early-stage fund in India.

DH Law Associates merged with Link Legal – India Law Services, which handles venture capital early-stage investments involving private equity funds and specialised domestic and international financings. The group has a particular focus on sectors including healthcare, industrial engineering, pharmaceutical and TMT. Nusrat Hassan is the key name. Vivek Daswaney joined IndusLaw.

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