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The New Delhi-based tax group at AZB & Partners handles complex advisory, strategic and contentious matters relating to a full range of direct and indirect tax laws. The department was instructed by Google India to advise on and handle litigation relating to international taxation issues including taxability of online advertising and withholding tax obligation. It also advised Softbank Group on taxation issues relating to its investment in Flipkart. Amazon,  Vodafone India and PepsiCo India are also clients. Ajay Bahl and Deepak Chopra jointly head up the practice which includes the recent addition of Rashmi Chopra as counsel.

Attracting praise for its 'outstanding delivery of service', the tax practice at Economic Laws Practice offers clients 'excellent technical and practical advice and guidance' on a full range of tax issues. Mumbai-based Rohit Jain, who heads up the practice alongside Nishant Shah, acted for Juniper Networks on all indirect tax and customs-related issues, including advising on strategic tax optimisation opportunities. The group also handles contentious matters, and acted for GE India Industrial on a review of customs duty litigation and investigations. The team also has experience advising clients, such as  Voltas, Inox Group and Air Asia, on goods and services tax considerations. Rahul Khuarana was promoted to associate director and Vishal Kulkarni is now counsel to the firm. Additional changes to the team include the departure of tax litigation partner Alok Yadav to independent practice as well as former head of indirect tax advisory practice Kumar Visalaksh.

Khaitan & Co LLP's substantial team boasts expertise across direct and indirect tax matters in advisory, contentious, transactional matters. The group represented NTT Docomo Inc in an abritration, resulting in the award of $1.2bn of contractual damages from Tata Sons. Ritu Shaktawat led a team which advised Luxoft International on the structuring of its acquisition of Deriv IT Solutions. The group has particular experience acting for insurer and private equity funds with clients including Apax Partners and AIG Europe. Key names to note include Sanjay Sanghvi and Bijal Ajinkya for direct tax, and Nihal Kothari and Dinesh Agrawal for indirect tax. Principle associate,  Shabnam Shaikh, is also highlighted. Changes to the team include the addition of associate partner Indruj Rai, who joined from DSK Legal, and the departure of Daksha Baxi to Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

The tax advisory and litigation practice at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is experienced advising on direct, indirect and international tax. The group was instructed by Tata Power Solar System to advise on the taxability of a ground mounted solar power plant under the goods and services tax. In another work highlight, the team represented GlaxoSmithKline before the Supreme Court of India, relating to a refund of indirect taxes, as promised to companies establishing units in Jammu and Kashmir and Guwahati. L Badri Narayanan also led a team, including associate Charanya Lakshmikumaran, which successfully represented Sobha Developer in a sales tax dispute in the State of Karnataka. Clients also include Nestlé, PepsiCo and ICICI Bank. Managing partner V Lakshmikumaran is a key name to note. Tapas Mishra left the firm to set up tax boutique MnM Legal in Noida.

The international and transactional tax team at Nishith Desai Associates  handles a range of cross-border tax, corporate structure, strategic and transactional advice as well as disputes. The group assisted Aricent Group with consideration of the applicability of Indian indirect transfer provisions in relation to a change in shareholding of its ultimate parent entity. The team is also instructed by large well-known corporates, across several sectors, and additionally has experience acting for high-net-worth individuals on tax-related matters. Nishith M. Desai is a key name to note.

Vaish Associates¬†taxation team has particular expertise in the areas of income tax, transfer pricing and international tax matters, with particular experience in contentious matters. The group is acting for several manufacturers and distributors ‚Äď including Maruti Suzuki India, Whirlpool of India and¬†Reebok India ‚Äď in a transfer pricing¬†dispute¬†before the Supreme Court¬†relating¬†to the creation of marketing intangibles. Rohit Jain¬†and Gaurav Jain¬†specialise in direct taxation and head up the group alongside Neeraj Jain¬†and Kavita Jha, who focus of¬†transfer pricing and¬†tax litigation respectively. Ajay Vohra¬†is another key name to note and principal associate Abhishek Agarwal¬†is also recommended.¬†Rupesh Jain retired from the practice.

Advaita Legal's tax group is representing Summit Online Trade Solutions in challenging the notified two rates of tax on the sale of lottery tickets dependent on the area of sale. In another work highlight, Atul Dua alongside principle Gaurav Gupta, assisted JCDecaux Advertising with tax structuring its India-based operations, classification of imports and utilisation of tax credits. The department is headed up by Sujit Ghosh, who specialises predominantly in indirect taxation matters.

The taxation practice at ALMT Legal boasts a mix of lawyers and chartered accountants with the capabilities to advise on a range of issues. The group was instructed by the charity New Acropolis Cultural Organization to advise on several tax issues, including tax registration and goods and services tax implications. The department's client roster spans from large international companies (such as MSC Software and Goldman Sachs) to high-net-worth individuals. Aliff Fazelbhoy and Statira Ranina jointly head up the practice.

The team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is jointly headed up by S R Patnaik and Mekhla Anand, who focus on direct and indirect tax matters respectively. The department has particular expertise advising on transactional tax matters and was instructed by Honda Motors on qualification for a tax neutral merger with Honda Cars, as well as risk factors. It also assisted Reliance Jio Infocomm with tax considerations associated with the company's substantial purchase of telecoms assets from Reliance Communications Limited and its subsidiaries. The team also engaged in contentious matters, including writ petitions challenging tax issues.

L&L Partners Law Offices has the experience of handling contentious and advisory tax matters. Vikas Srivastava focuses on direct taxation and heads up the practice which also includes Lokesh Shah, who is a key figure for international tax, transactional tax, and transfer pricing. Sanjeev Sachdeva left the practice.

The taxation practice at Majmudar & Partners is highlighted for its 'detail-oriented legal advice' and 'excellent response times'. A team led by Ravishankar Raghavan, advised Proveris Scientific Corporation on goods and services tax implications. Akil Hirani, who heads the team alongside Raghavan, assisted Travers Smith LLP with Indian tax issues relating to its acquisition of an American company with employees based in India with restricted stock units.

The three-partner tax team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co boasts the capabilties to handle a full range of contentious, transactional, structuring and advisory matters. Managing partner Pallavi Shroff heads up the practice which includes Sandeep Chilana, Amit Singhania who specialises in direct taxes advice, and Abhay Sharma who is known for advising on taxation aspects of transactions.

The taxation practice at Trilegal advises clients on a range of strategic, transactional and contentious issues. Himanshu Sinha led a team which represented Samsung India Electronics in transfer pricing and corporate tax disputes. In another work highlight, the group advised Nomura Asset Management, Intel, Cisco on the innovative tax structuring following the companies investment in Qube cinemas. Sinha heads up the practice alongside Samsuddha Majumder.

The tax team at Amicus is known primarily for its global transfer pricing expertise. The group, led by Ashutosh Mohan Rastogi, is frequently instructed on advisory and contentious issues in this space. The department has also expanded of late to advise on goods and services tax.

With the capabilities to handle contentious and advisory direct and indirect tax matters, HSA Advocates' taxation team counts Atha Group, Apollo Tyres and  Maharashtra Industrial Development among its clients. Of note is principal associate  Akash Deep, a specialist in indirect taxation matters. Former practice head Nand Kishore has joined DSK Legal.

The taxation practice group at Kochhar & Co. frequently assists the firm's foreign and domestic clients with indirect and direct tax advice. Shahid Khan heads up the practice alongside Vijay Ravi. Brijesh Verma left the firm to establish his own practice.

LexCounsel is instructed on direct and indirect tax matters. Practice head  Dimpy Mohanty was engaged by World Learning, USA to advise on direct tax issues relating to tax deductions applicable to severance payments to a former foreign national employee. In another work highlight, the group assisted Usha Breco with considerations as to the payment of goods and services tax on imported ropeway equipment, as well as on efficient tax structuring.

The boutique tax law firm Bhasin Sethi & Associates is highlighted for its indirect tax expertise and is frequently instructed in both contentious and advisory matters. The group, jointly led by Ashok Kumar Bhasin and Vimal Sethi, counts EVC Ventures and Rail Vikas Nigam among its clients.

Dua Associates has experience advising large corporates on a range of taxation issues. Sunil Kumar Malik is a key name to note.

Gagrats is particularly well known for advising aviation sector clients on a range of corporate, direct and indirect tax issues. The group is frequently instructed to handle litigation as well as to provide strategy and advice.

The taxation group at Phoenix Legal assists its clients with a range of strategic and transactional tax advice. The team was instructed by Swiss company Sportradar AG on several matters including benefits under the applicable Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement. Abhishek Saxena and  Pranav Srivastava jointly head the team which also advises HPCL Shapoorji Energy, AmpMe and  Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Reina Legal is noted for its expertise in indirect taxes and related litigation. The group represented Siemens in an appeal before the VAT Tribunal contesting a judgment by the Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner. The team also has been particularly active advising on the implementation of goods and services tax, and was instructed by Sony India on several tax issues, including filing GST returns. Gajendra Maheshwari heads up the practice with an impressive client roster including Indus Towers, Bharti Infratel and Toshiba India.

With experience advising on direct and indirect tax matters, Singh & Associates Founder ‚Äď Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors¬†is instructed in tax-related litigation. Daizy Chawla¬†is a key name to note.

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