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Hariani & Co., Advocates and Solicitors' real estate team attracts praise for 'having its client's interest first'. The department acts for a range of clients, including real estate owners, developers, purchasers, housing finance companies, tenants and housing societies, on a range of transactions. The group has been particularly active advising on the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 (RERA) and several real estate finance projects. The team is instructed by CCI Projects Private on the development of two residential towers in Mumbai, this has included advising generally on the project as well as on issues relating to  RERA and other legislation. In another work highlight it acted for Panchshil Techpark Private on its INR 950m purchase of an industrial property near Pune. Key names to note include managing partner Ameet Hariani and Ajay Vazirani.

The real estate and construction team at Khaitan & Co LLP are 'very cooperative with sound knowledge of the sector'. The group acted for the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council on the due diligence and other considerations associated with the acquisition of commercial premises in Mumbai. Sudip Mullick attracts praise for his 'availability, in-depth knowledge and reasonable fees'. Abhishek Sharma, and principal associate Harsh Parikh (both in the Mumbai office) are key names to note. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of Avnish Sharma from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

The team at Kochhar & Co. has significant real estate sector experience and boasts a client roster of well-known corporates. Practice head Alok Tewari (based in New Delhi) is leading a team acting for Maruti Suzuki India on the acquisitions of multiple parcels of land for development of distributorship and after sale service centres pan-India. The group also assisted Microsoft with the consolidation of all its leases as well as negotiating contracts for its project for the construction of a Hyderabad campus. Mumbai-based Rupali Sharma and Preetam D’Souza in the Bangalore office are also recommended.

The real estate practice at L&L Partners Law Offices advises clients such as Tata Housing, Birla Estates and ATS Infrastructure on transactions pan-India. Sachit Mathur led a team acting for Godrej Properties on its large residential development in Gurgaon with BPTP. The practice also represented Azure Power on its acquisition of 750 acres of land for the establishment of a solar power plant in North India. Amaresh Singh heads up the practice which also includes Vaibhav Suri.

The 'professional and time-tested' real estate team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co¬†is noted for offering 'good response times, business acumen, industry knowledge and value for money'. The practice, which is jointly led by Delhi-based Mrinal Kumar¬†and Akshay Chudasama¬†in Mumbai, advised Mangalam Multiplex Private on agreements with Birla Estates for a joint development of a group housing project in Gurugram. The team also acted for Piramal Fund Management on two transactions for the issue of non-convertible debentures by Lodha Developers Private.¬†Aarthi Lakshminarayanan ‚Äď praised for her 'apt advice based on legal prepositions' ‚Äď is another key name to note, particularly for title examination and RERA disputes.

The real estate and construction practice at Advaita Legal frequently assists clients with residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The team also has particular experience advising on RERA implications. In a recent work highlight, the team was instructed by Hindustan Zinc on contractual elements relating to power projects. Infrastructure Development Authority, Bihar and Hindustan Cleanenergy are also clients.

The practice at AZB & Partners is recommended for its experience handling investments and joint ventures in the real estate sector. New Delhi-based partner Hardeep Sachdeva led a team instructed by Xander Investments to advise on its $190m acquisition of 100% stake in Shriram Properties and Infrastructure Private Limited. In another work highlight, the group acted for Altico Capital India on its loan facility to Supertech ORB Project Private construction and development of real estate projects in Noida. Other key names to note include Sai Krishna Bharathan and Nohid Nooreyezdan (both based in Mumbai), who jointly lead the team alongside Sachdeva.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is acknowledged for its experience advising developers, real estate funds, financial institutions, regulators and other stakeholders in real estate transactions. The group has been advising Blackstone India Advisors on the acquisition of a 74% stake in Safari Retreats (Safari) which included conducting due diligence on retail mall, office space and hotel properties owned and operated by the company. Sandeep Dave,  Gyanendra Kumar and Namrata Kolar are key names to note and head up the firm's real estate practices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore respectively.

Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors' real estate team is led by Shailesh Vaidya and assists clients in a range of transactions, projects and real estate investments.

The team at Law Point leverages its real estate, tax and corporate expertise in representing clients in a range of matters, particularly relating to the RERA. Joyita Sabharwal led a team alongside tax advisory practice head that was instructed by Eknath Infrastructure on the development of a residential property in Mumbai under the provisions of Development Control and Promotion Regulations  33(7) and 22 (24) by rehabilitating 260 tenants.

ALMT Legal boasts the capabilities and experience handling property and real estate transactions for developers, corporates and individuals. The group is instructed by Tata Starbucks on title verification for several commercial properties based in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon to be taken on lease and license basis. The department is led by Mumbai-based Sameer Tapia and Prashant Popat in Bangalore who are highlighted for transactional and contentious real estate matters resepectively. Dani Sadan Co-operative Housing and Phoenix Mills are both clients.

BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors' is instructed on a range of due-diligence, title searches, conveyance and transactional work, as well as disputes. Uttam Hathi and Suhail Farooqui (both based in Mumbai) are leading a team acting for the Runwal Forest on an 11 tower residential project spread across 15 acres in Mumbai. The group continues to advise several builders, including Unique Group, Samvad Group and Sewa Group on RERA compliance. The group's client roster also includes Goldman Sachs, Supreme Infrastructure India and Godrej Properties.

Jointly led by New Delhi-based Girish Rawat and Siva Gopinatham, who heads up the Hyderabad practice, the real estate department at Dhir & Dhir Associates has particular experience handling project finance transactions. The department was instructed by Panchsheel Buildtech on its issue of a non-convertible debenture. It also advised the National Aluminium Company on its acquisition of several parcels of land in Tamil Nadu. The group also counts LIC Housing Finance and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation among its clients.

The real estate practice at DSK Legal¬†attracts praise for its¬†'in-depth industry knowledge and for implementing a practical and solution-oriented approach'.¬†The department advised¬†Shivam Developers and Shivam Megastructures in relation to a¬†rehabilitation project alongside¬†Godrej Properties. In another work highlight, the team is instructed by¬†Schindler India on its acquisition of six commercial premises in the ‚ÄėChemtex House‚Äô building, Hiranandani, Powai.¬†Highlighted for his¬†'great legal acumen'¬†Sajit Suvarna¬†heads up the department which also included Sagar Kadam¬†(both based in Mumbai).

The real estate practice at Dua Associates is headed up Shashivansh Bahadur and includes individuals across eight offices pan-India. The group was instructed by Kalyani Motors to carry out title due diligence for various parcels of land in Telangana, to be acquired and leased for setting up showrooms, workshops and service centres. The team is also advising an US-based IT-sector client on assignment and transfer of its facilities across India, as part of its global restructuring.

Fox Mandal's real estate and infrastructure practice is assisting Vaishnavi Infrastructure on its proposal to enter into a joint development of a commercial complex. It is also instructed to advise on title due diligence on several transactions including finance facilities and substantial land acquisitions. Additions to the team include practice head Sushant Shetty in the Mumbai office and Chandrasekaran Ramanathan in Chennai, who joined from AZB & Partners and L&T Infrastructure Fund respectively.

Gagrats' real estate and construction team has the capabilities to handle a range of transactional and contentious matters. The Mumbai-based practice advised a corporate on a development agreement at the Bandra Kurla Complex. It is also instructed in a dispute relating to the acquisition of residential properties. The team is jointly led by Rustam J Gagrat and K Gadhia.

The real estate team at J Sagar Associates advises on a range of issues from conveyances, projects and financing. Vivek Chandy heads up the team and led a team advising Embassy Property Developments on a transaction with WeWork Companies, granting the Embassy group exclusive rights to operate and manage real estate properties in India as co-working facilities. IKEA, TATA Realty and Infrastructure and Schneider Electric are all clients of the department.

The real estate practice at Majmudar & Partners headed up by Neerav Merchant advised Thyssenkrupp Elevator (India) on a licence agreement, which included conducting due diligence and negotiating terms. The team also instructed by Pioneer Housing in a dispute relating to a property development agreement. Clients also include H&H Block India, Atlas Elektronik and Ramko Builders.

Singhania & Partners LLP's real estate and construction team advises a range of domestic and international clients across the public and private sectors. A team led by Ravi Singhania and associate partner Rudra Srivasta acted for a water solutions company on the acquisition of hotel properties across India on long-term leases and management agreement basis. In another work highlight, the team was instructed by the National Highways Authority of India in relation to a highway construction project, including drafting tender documents and concessions agreements.

Tatva Legal's real estate team has particular experience advising clients on acquisitions of large parcels of land. The group recently assisted Piramal Realty on title scrutiny and transaction documentation relating to its purchase of land at Bandapura Village, Bidarahalli. Key names to note include managing partners N K Dilip and Shailendra Komatreddy based in Bangalore and Hyderabad respectively.

Trilegal's real estate practice is based across the firm's Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore offices and is instructed by Apollo Group on its investments in real estate developer Palai Group to fund six projects. The team also advised clients such as Viridian RED and Fairwealth Housing on RERA implications on ongoing projects, across several states. The department is jointly led by  Yogesh Singh in New Delhi, Bangalore-based Kosturi Ghosh and Kunaal Shah in Mumbai. The group has closed its Hyderabad office after Pavan Kumar departed the team. Other changes to include the promotion of Ramakant Rai to the partnership.

Anup S Shah Law Firm's real estate group is based across Bangalore and Chennai and advises clients, including developers and construction houses, on a range of projects. A team led by practice head Anup S Shah assisted Manyata Promoters on its lease to Legato Health Technologies of office space. It is also frequently instructed to assist with joint development agreements as well as leveraging its strength in dispute resolution in handling contentious matters.

The team at ARA LAW has experience acting for investors in real estate projects. Practice head Rajesh Begur led a team acting for ICIC Prudential on its investment in Casa Grande Grace pursuant to its acquired development rights to land in Tamil Nadu. The department also assisted Fedfina Financial on several construction finance transactions for projects in Mumbai.

Economic Laws Practice 's real estate practice is headed up by Babu Sivaprakasam. The team represented IndusInd Bank on its INR 22bn facility to  Divyasree NSL Infrastructure in relation to the special economic zone properties, secured by the mortgage of the properties and the lease rental. The department is also instructed by Konark Karia Group on several real estate transactions including advising on tax and regulatory implications, including RERA and affordable housing elements. Changes to the team include Aditya Khadria was promoted to associate partner.

The real estate team at Jafa & Javali has experience advising large corporates on a  range of real estate issues. It has been assisting companies with the acquisition and title checks of commercial premises. The group is also advising a UK company on regulatory consideration for foreign investment for commercial and residential real estate projects.

LexCounsel's real estate team has been engaged by domestic and international entities to handle transactions and title verification across India. The team is advising Infosys on multiple land purchase transactions with Unitech Residential Resorts. It is instructed by Cheer Breweries on the construction of a brewery and lease to B9 Beverages.

Headed up by Vikram Trivedi and Sunil Tilokchandani, the real estate team at Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary has the capabilities to handle both transactional and contentious matters. The group represented Grasim Industries in a dispute with the predecessor-in-title and occupants of the Manish Commercial Society over a plot of land in Mumbai recently purchased for development. In another work highlight, it is advising a construction company on RERA considerations relating to a substantial residential redevelopment project.

The real estate practice at MDP & Partners has experience handling development transactions, project finance and disputes.

The real estate department at Phoenix Legal handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team advised Godrej Skyline Developers on its acquisition of 59 acres of land in Pune for the purpose of development of a residential project. Saket Shukla, Siddharth Hariani and Abhishek Saxena are key names to note.

The real estate team at Solomon & Co. Advocates & Solicitors is jointly led by Jonathan Soloman and Aaron Solomon who are highlighted for contentious and non-contentious matters respectively. The group has been engaged to advise on RERA implications as well as on high-value transactions.

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