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The practice at Hariani & Co Advocates and Solicitors advises on transactional, advisory and dispute resolution matters. The team advised Century Textiles and Industries on the provision of leasehold rights to a commercial lessee in a private IT park, and acted for Rare Enterprises on its purchase of an undivided half share in Ridgeway at Malabar Hill from HSBC. Managing partner Ameet Hariani is the key contact.

Led by Shailesh Vaidya, the team at Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors advises on the sale and purchase of land, investments into construction projects and due diligence.

Sudip Mullick heads the practice at Khaitan & Co., which delivers ‘business acumen’ and ‘industry knowledge’. The team has demonstrable strengths in dispute resolution, and also advises on transactions, construction contracts, and the implications of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act. Mullick and Abhishek Sharma advised Mahindra Family Trust-II on the acquisition of a bungalow and land in Malabar Hill. Savita Singh and principal associate Harsh Parikh are also recommended.

Kochhar & Co. advises domestic and multinational clients on joint ventures, foreign investments, the setting up of units, and sale and purchase of land. Clients include Ciena, Honeywell Group and Lockheed Martin. Practice head Alok Tewari and Preetam D’Souza assisted Microsoft with the consolidation of its operations in Bangalore and substantial leasehold acquisitions, and Suhas Srinivasiah advised Visa on a complex lease transaction. Rupali Sharma is also recommended.

Joyita Sabharwal and Samir Sanghavi are the leading figures at Law Point, and advised Udhay-VJ Realty on its transfer of a preleased property to Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance. The team also advised Woodstock Estate Management on a joint development agreement in the context of a stalled development project due to pending litigation, and represented an individual in the settlement of disputes between the Sanjnani and Manghnani families.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices’ experience spans ownership and acquisition of land, land use and conversion, construction approvals, regulatory issues, and foreign investments in real estate. The team advised DLF on the sale of its film exhibition business to PVR and divestiture assets to Cinepolis India, and acted for IL&FS Transportation Networks on its sale of the entire shareholding of Andhra Pradesh Expressway to Cube Highways and Infrastructure. Rajiv Luthra and Mohit Saraf are the key contacts.

Mrinal Kumar and Akshay Chudasama jointly head the practice at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, which has demonstrable expertise in handling private equity investments in the real estate sector, as well as advising on asset sales, financing and commercial leasing matters. The team advised DLF on the sale of 40% of its stake in DCCDL and a corporate restructuring of the group companies, and acts for Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications on the establishment of a telecoms unit in greater Noida.

AZB & Partners advises on purchase, leasing and licensing arrangements, sale and lease-back transactions, joint development agreements, and investments, and regulatory and compliance issues. Hardeep Sachdeva advised the Xander Group on the formation of a joint venture with APG Group and Bharti Realty on its acquisition of an integrated retail development project in Aerocity from Delhi Airport. Sai Krishna Bharathan is also noted.

At Advaita Legal, the former Seth Dua & Associates’ team advised the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on various constitutional and administrative laws including drafting the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act. The team also assisted National Building Construction Corporation with the purchase of office premises in Noida. Subodh Sadana and associate partner Ray Sharat Prasad are also recommended.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ key clients include Adani Group, Birla Estates, and KKR India Asset Finance Private. The team undertook comprehensive title diligence and drafted transaction documents for Puravankara pertaining to a 12 acre residential development project in Bangalore, and assisted investment vehicles promoted by Blackstone with the acquisition of a 50% stake in Chitrali Properties. Sandeep Dave, Gyanendra Kumar and Namrata Kolar head the practice.

Led by Sameer Tapia, Hitesh Jain and Prashant Popat, the team at ALMT Legal has notable experience in the structuring of investments and real estate projects. Recent highlights include acting for Laxmi Organic Industries on its acquisition of leasehold rights to a land in Mumbai and representing Kirkee Cantonment Board in a challenge concerning unauthorised constructions before the Bombay High Court.

Led by Uttam Hathi, the practice at Brus Chambers, Advocates & Solicitors includes Natasha Sailopal and acts for developers, investors, and buyers in real estate matters. The team advised several builders on restructuring projects to ensure compliance with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, and advised Goldman Sachs on the formation of a joint venture company with Nitesh Estates for the ownership and operation of commercial real estate assets in India.

DSK Legal advises on the purchase, lease, sale, and development of property as well as debt and equity participation in real estate transactions. Practice head Sajit Suvarna advised Piramal Finance on its investment into Kanakia Spaces Realty, and Niraj Kumar advised Dunnhumby IT Services India on its commercial leasehold arrangement concerning a property in Gurgaon. Sagar Kadam is also recommended.

The team at Dua Associates advised SNP Infrastructure on its partnership with Embassy Property Developments for establishing a special economic zone and domestic tariff area close to Chennai airport, and conducted comprehensive due diligence of prime real estate in Haridwar for IOT Infrastructure & Energy Services. Shashivansh Bahadur heads the practice, which also covers project restructuring matters.

Gagrats advised Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India on a major commercial and residential project, assisted Jet Airways with a development agreement with Godrej Buildcon, and represented Electronfac Engineering in disputes with Runwal Group regarding the acquisition of residential properties in Mumbai. K Gadhia is the name to note.

Vivek Chandy heads the practice at J Sagar Associates, which has notable strengths in real estate project and corporate transactions. The team advised APG Asset Management on its joint venture with Virtuous Retail – the retail development arm of Xander Group – to acquire three retail assets in India worth approximately $300m. Malini Raju is also noted.

Led by Akil Hirani and Neerav Merchant, the team at Majmudar & Partners advised Elementis Specialities on its leave and license renewal of large commercial premises in Mumbai, and represented Noble House CHS in a deemed conveyance dispute with a developer before the Civil Court. Other clients include Master Foundation Trust, Woolmark Services India and Pioneer Housing.

Nishith Desai Associates specialises in handling private equity real estate matters and advises offshore clients on cross-border investments in India. Nishchal Joshipura and Ruchir Sinha are the names to note.

Ravi Singhania heads the practice at Singhania & Partners LLP, which covers real estate development, sales, purchases and disputes. The team defended IJM Corporation Berhad in an arbitration with New Delhi Municipal Council involving claims and counterclaims of $150.7m, and advised SNL Financial India on its acquisition of a property on a leasehold basis.

The team at Tatva Legal stands out for its ‘very strong domain knowledge’ and ‘an ability to manage expectations’; Shailendra Komatreddy, Ashish Anshu, and the ‘professional’ N K Dilip are the leading practitioners. Raghu Nandana advised Reliance Capital Asset Management on its residential development project in Bangalore to be provided as security for a debt. Other clients include IL&FS Realty Fund, Piramal Finance and Dell India.

Trilegal has a particular focus advising developers and investors on leases and acquisitions. The team advised My Home Constructions on its joint venture agreements with RMZ Group and handled Acciona Energy’s acquisition of land for developing greenfield wind power projects in Karnataka. Kosturi Ghosh, Yogesh Singh and Pavan Kumar are the names to note.

Rajesh Begur heads the practice at ARA Law, which advises clients on construction finance, private equity and investment matters.

Led by Anup S Shah, the practice at Anup S Shah Law Firm specialises in title documents investigations, strategy issues and drafting of agreements. The team advised Golflinks Software Park on its lease transaction with JP Morgan Services, and R Sunitha assisted Salarpuria Real Estates with due diligence and title reports for the purchase of lands in Karnataka.

Bharucha & Partners handles contentious and non-contentious matters, including acquisitions, sales, and domestic and cross-border real estate investments. Key clients have included Idea Cellular, Triton Multimedia and Artex Home Fashions.

Girish Rawat heads the practice at Dhir & Dhir Associates, which recently advised Pragati Group on the formation of a joint collaborative agreement between two group companies. Rawat assisted Samyak Projects with its acquisition of land in the NCR region and acted for DMI Finance on the grant of a loan for the development of a residential project in Karnataka.

Led byBabu Sivaprakasam, Economic Laws Practice counts Indusind Bank, Tata Starbucks, and Manappuram Foundation among its clients, and is noted for its experience advising on foreign and domestic investments and development matters. The team advised Konark Karia Group on various acquisitions and structuring aspects, and on the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act.

Fox Mandal’s Bangalore team advises developers, housing finance companies, and real estate funds on a range of acquisition and project finance transactions. Prashantha Kumar is the key contact.

Jafa & Javali represented the Apartment Buyers’ Association of Vatika City in its dispute with Vatika and advised Nissho Iwai Corporation on its township development project in Haryana. Kirit Javali is the name to note.

LexCounsel recently advised AmSure Insurance Agency on post-termination obligations under real estate agreements for its branch offices, and assisted Ashiana Housing with establishing a development collaboration for the construction and development of an educational institution in Rajasthan. Seema Jhingan and Dimpy Mohanty are the key names.

MDP & Partners recently advised Nirmal Lifestyle Developers and L&T Asian Realty Project on the joint development of a sizeable land parcel in Mumbai. Managing partner Ashok Paranjpe is the key figure.

Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary’s expertise spans real estate transactional matters and disputes. The team advised AM Developers on the structuring options for the formation of a society for its development project in Mumbai and represented Eduspark International in a dispute before the Bombay High Court. Vikram Trivedi is the key contact.

Phoenix Legal advises on development, restructuring, and investment matters, as well as handling acquisitions and disputes. Saket Shukla, Siddharth Hariani and Abhishek Saxena are recommended.

Solomon & Co. Advocates & Solicitors has acted for Larsen & Toubro, IPN Holdings and Bhojwani Developers on a range of real estate matters including development, litigation, acquisition and restructuring. Jonathan Solomon and Omar Vanjara are the names to note.

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