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L Viswanathan chairs the practice at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, which has a well-established track record in assisting a client base of financial institutions, banks, government entities, and a broad range of infrastructure companies on project financing and infrastructure matters, including ports, oil and gas and urban infrastructure. Renewable energy mandates have been prominent in the team's recent workload. In one highlight, the group advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the $5bn cross-border acquisition of Equis Energy's wind and solar power assets, which were located in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan. Santosh Janakiram has notable expertise in project financing and infrastructure mandates.

Economic Laws Practice has a strong focus on renewable energy projects, and advises on matters relating to ports, nuclear power, roads, and hospitality infrastructure. Highlights include acting for SAMHI Hotels on the acquisition of the entire shareholding in Premier Inn hotels in India, and assisting Welspun Enterprises with acquiring a 49% stake in two road projects from the MBL Group, an infrastructure company. Sujjain Talwar leads the practice, and Aakanksha Joshi and Naresh Thacker are the other names to note.

HSA Advocates' team has notable strength for projects work in the energy and renewables sectors, and is well known for handling instructions from India's project finance and public-private partnership (PPP) market, assisting the full spectrum of interested parties with domestic and cross-border financing transactions. The team is acting for the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra on the Navi Mumbai Airport greenfield PPP project, and is assisting Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric with the development of Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro project. Founding partner Hemant Sahai heads the team. Amitabh Sharma is also recommended. Anjan Dasgupta left for DSK Legal in May 2019.

J Sagar Associates' practice focuses on infrastructure projects, and has handled high-profile project financings in the railways, renewable energy, roads, telecoms, and oil and gas sectors. The firm recently advised Reliance Infrastructure on selling its Mumbai power business, which includes power generation, transmission, and distribution, to Adani Transmission for an aggregate value of Rs 18,800 crore. Amit Kapur, Venkatesh Raman Prasad and Vishnu Sudarsan are the key practitioners.

Khaitan & Co LLP's team 'is responsive and has great industry knowledge'; 'their advice is pragmatic and user-friendly'. The group's core strengths lie in handling sector-specific M&A deals and project financing, and has considerable experience in renewable energy mandates. Dibyanshu Sinha is the key contact.

Kochhar & Co. has substantial expertise in advising public sector clients on a broad spectrum of national highway, LNG, urban infrastructure, and railways projects, and is noted for its strength in handling contentious energy and infrastructure matters. The team is assisting China Development Bank with project finance agreements for multiple infrastructure projects in India with an aggregate value of $10bn. Senior partner Krishna Vijay Singh is recommended.

L&L Partners Law Offices is well known for advising domestic and international investors, developers, lenders and regulators on energy and infrastructure projects. Recent highlights include assisting Hyderabad Metro Rail with the implementation of its metro rail as part of a PPP project, and advising SkyPower on the bidding procedure for solar power projects (offered by electrical company Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam) to be constructed in the state of Gujarat. Key team members are Mohit Saraf and Sameen Vyas.

In the words of one client, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co's practice is 'excellent in all respects'. The team has a strong portfolio of work in power, transportation, ports, and oil and gas projects, and is noted for its expertise in LNG transactions. Highlights include advising IndianOil and GAIL, a natural gas processing and distribution company, on purchasing a 4.5 MMTPA capacity in a 5 MMTPA LNG project developed by Dhamra LNG Terminal. Jatin Aneja heads the practice.

At Trilegal, highlights for the projects and energy team include successfully assisting Sterlite Power Grid Venture, an electricity transmission company, with the bidding procedure for constructing several transmission system projects through the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Pernambuco in Brazil offered by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency. The client base includes Mitsui, Odisha Power Generation, ROADIS, and the International Finance Corporation. Akshay Jaitly heads the department, and Saurabh Bhasin is noted for project finance matters.

AZB & Partners has been assisting the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board with acquiring a $350m stake in ReNew Power Ventures, and recently advised Orange Renewable Power on 'change in control' restrictions to bidding for solar power projects auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. Bahram Vakil is highly regarded for his project finance expertise, and Prashanth Sabeshan has a wide range of experience in energy sector matters.

Infrastructure projects form the backbone of Bharucha & Partners' practice, where the team handles instructions from the transport sector involving ports, railways, and roads, among other areas. Alka Bharucha has notable expertise in acting for developer clients, and Justin Bharucha has experience handling structured finance matters.

BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors provides 'quality work', representing clients from the infrastructure, real estate, shipping, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors in project financing, construction, PPP and regulatory matters. The firm is advising Kia Motors on setting up a car manufacturing plant in the state of Andhra Pradesh, which will mark the company's entry into the Indian market. Shrikant Hathi is the key practitioner, and advocate Poonam Das, who has experience in infrastructure matters, is also recommended.

Gagrats has a solid track record handling prominent real estate developments in Mumbai and Pune, including hotel and healthcare projects, and is well known for assisting state electricity boards and domestic and international power companies with co-generation projects, IPPs, and wind power and nuclear power projects. Other core areas of expertise include oil and gas, mining, airports, special economic zones and pipelines. Rustam Gagrat is the key practitioner.

IndusLaw has seen an increase in instructions from the renewable energy sector, notably in solar power projects; highlights include assisting the SoftBank Energy Group with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the proposed development of 3000MW solar power projects, and advising Canadian Solar on its acquisition of a 25MW solar power project in Karnataka from Rays Power. In another matter, the team acted for InfraCo Asia KPK Hydro in a joint investment and development agreement with two companies to develop four hydropower projects in Pakistan. Avirup Nag is the key individual, and Deepak Chowdhury is also noted.

Managing partner Atul Sharma is the key name at Link Legal - India Law Services, where the team has extensive experience handling projects and transactional matters for clients from a range of industries, including roads, renewable and conventional energy, infrastructure, smart cities and railways. Instructions for the team include advising on project development and financing, bid processes, risk analysis, and dispute management and resolution.

Majmudar & Partners has strong capabilities in projects, energy and infrastructure matters, with project financing, greenfield and brownfield projects, EPC contracts and regulatory work included in the team's workload. Recent highlights include assisting Corob India with its establishment of a greenfield manufacturing plant and advising N-Viro Systems Canada LP on its supply agreement with Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals. Akil Hirani is the name to note.

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe's team acts for domestic and international clients in LNG and oil and gas matters, advising on onshore and offshore projects, contracts, investments, licencing, acquisitions, development, PPP projects, and dispute resolution. Recent highlights include advising the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the funding provided to Petronet LNG for developing LNG terminals in India. Shardul Thacker heads the practice.

Phoenix Legal's practice is widely recognised for its strength in handling work from the infrastructure, water, oil and gas, LNG, power and energy sectors, and is adept at assisting clients with the project financing aspects of mandates. Key clients include Petronet LNG and the US Trade and Development Agency. Delhi-based Abhishek Saxena has significant expertise in cross-border M&A matters, while Pranav Srivastava handles a range of infrastructure, oil and gas, power and EPC matters. Mumbai-based Sawant Singh is the key name for project finance mandates.

Advaita Legal is involved in projects across the social infrastructure, mining and solar power industries and reports an uptick in instructions from the water and healthcare sectors. PPP projects are another core area of expertise for the group. Recent highlights include advising the Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Development Corporation on the bidding procedure for a water PPP project; assisting Azure Power with structuring contracts for a solar power generating system; and acting for ACCESS Health International on developing primary and community healthcare centres in Uttar Pradesh. Shailendra Singh and principal Monali Dutta jointly head the practice.

The team at Advaya Legal is advising AFCONS Infrastructure on the construction of an underground station for the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, and is also assisting AFCONS with an EPC contract with SP Jammu Udhampur Highway for the construction of a four-lane highway. The 'very personable' Ramesh Vaidyanathan is the key name.

Girish Rawat is the key name at Dhir & Dhir Associates, where the team has been notably active in the renewable energy sector, with a key focus on solar power projects. In this context, the group recently acted as lender’s counsel to a government agency concerning financial assistance to Vento Power for the construction of a 40MW solar power project in the state of Odisha, and assisted a jewellery firm with acquiring land in the state of Karnataka for the development of a 20MW solar power project. Hyderabad-based Siva Gopinatham is also noted.

DSK Legal is assisting the Pune Smart City Development Corporation with identifying value capture financing tools worth INR30bn to increase resources in the state of Maharashtra as part of the government of India's smart cities project. In another matter, the group advised the Ministry of Shipping and India Ports Global on a cross-border valued $100m deal with Iran regarding the construction of Chabahar Port. Mumbai-based Ajay Shaw and Delhi-based Ravi Prakash are the key contacts. Anjan Dasgupta joined from HSA Advocates in May 2019.

Dua Associates has solid capabilities in infrastructure projects, joint ventures, cross-border transactions and PPP concessions. Munish Sharma is the name to note.

Juris Corp's core strength lies in the project finance space, and it is adept at assisting banks and financial institutions with power, renewable energy, mining, and oil and gas projects. Recent work includes assisting a consortium of lender clients with a $403m loan to Raj WestPower for refinancing a 1080MW power plant in Rajasthan. Senior partner H Jayesh, Pratish Kumar and Nand Anand are the key practitioners.

Managing partner Rupin Pawha is the key practitioner at Juris Legal, which advises primarily on oil and gas projects. Clients have included the State Government of Karnataka and GeoEnpro.

Samvad Partners' workload is dominated by infrastructure projects, and represents lenders and borrowers from a client base of infrastructure project developers, financial institutions and banks in transactions across the transportation, conventional and renewable energy, ports, roads and railway sectors. EPC contracts are also prominent in mandates. Harish B Narasappa and Vineetha MG jointly head the practice.

On the energy side, Singhania & Partners LLP is noted for assisting borrower and lender clients with the regulatory frameworks surrounding transactions. In the infrastructure and construction space, the team is well known for representing a wide range of clients, including infrastructure companies, developers and government entities, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Managing partner Ravi Singhania and senior partner Dipak Rao are the names to note.

SJ Law, Advocates and Solicitors has a strong focus on infrastructure and manufacturing projects; the firm's client base includes companies from the coal, aluminium, steel, and cement industries. The team is noted for its strength in advising on financing transactions, particularly on the debt financing side. Managing partner Samir Jagad has significant banking and finance expertise and is the key name.

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