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The firm was formed in 1997 by Ranjit Singh Walia.
The main areas of practice since its inception have been in the fields of aviation, FDI in various sectors, corporate and regulatory affairs. Its aviation expertise encompasses all the diverse and complex areas of this niche genre of law in its various hues, including inter alia entity formation, regulatory law, general corporate advisory services, customs and indirect taxes, labour and advocacy.
The law office supports clients by going beyond pure legalese to render effective strategic advice and need-based solutions built around their specific operation functioning/requirements. While its core areas of work are in the aviation industry, and foreign direct investment and regulatory affairs, it has spread its wings and provides services to clients in the automobile sector, logistics sector and industry bodies. Over the last year it has added to its client list in the aviation, hospitality industry and mining sectors.
The founding partner, Mr Ranjit Singh Walia, is also the ‘acknowledged legal expert’ who was invited as a member of the Aviation Working Group Committee of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which speaks volumes about his deeply embedded and dynamic knowledge of Indian aviation law. He significantly contributed to the drafting of the report on the Indian cargo and express industry, which is being considered as a key input and blueprint for the proposed Indian civil aviation policy for express and general cargo.
Awards: his expertise in the aviation sector has won Ranjit accolades, including the GLE Aviation Lawyer of the Year 2014 and the firm has received recognition as the recipient of the ‘GLE Regulatory Law Firm of the Year’ 2015.
Areas of practice
Aviation: advice on setting up of new airlines, seeking operating permits and expansion of existing operations, securing regulatory approvals, establishing new entities, tax, employment and labour law, aircraft sale and lease agreements, export and import of aircraft, registration and deregistration of aircraft.
Regulatory and advocacy: representation before regulatory authorities, securing government approvals and permissions, working towards policy changes, business advisory, interfacing with key decision makers to secure a regulatory framework and legislation consistent with clients’ business interest and needs.
Corporate: incorporation of companies, joint ventures and foreign collaborations, transfer of technology, foreign exchange control, company law, labour laws, regulatory compliance at the pan-India level.
Customs and tax: import-export, regulatory approvals and permissions, customs clearance, project imports, contentious matters, interfacing with customs and tax authorities and tax advisory.
Intellectual property: trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, confidential information/trade secrets, domain names, merchandising, sponsorship and endorsement contracts, franchise and technology transfer agreements.
Real estate: sale and purchase, due diligence of property, lease and leave and licence agreements, litigation and advisory.
Dispute resolution: prevention of disputes, litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution.
Immigration: immigration, visa, OCI, PIO advice.
Mining: investment advisory, bidding for mineral concessions, securing regulatory and environment permissions up to the point of commercial exploitation and consultancy. Domain specialists with several years of experience are an asset to the firm’s practice.
ContactsRanjit S Walia (managing counsel)
Renuka Singh (partner)
Other offices Mumbai
Number of lawyers 10
at this office 8
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