The Legal 500

Khaitan & Co.

ONE INDIABULLS CENTRE, 13TH FLOOR, TOWER 1, 841 SENAPATI BAPAT MARG, MUMBAI 400 013, INDIA
Tel:
Work +91 22 6636 5000
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Fax +91 22 6636 5050
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Web:
www.khaitanco.com
New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore

India

Top-tier recommendations

  • India: Corporate and M&A > Mumbai
  • India: Projects and energy > Mumbai

Recommendations

  • India: Intellectual property > Mumbai
  • India: Intellectual property > New Delhi
  • India: Investment funds > Mumbai

India

Within Leading firms in Bangalore, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. provides ‘excellent-quality’ advice to domestic and international companies regarding corporate matters and litigation. The ‘very hands-on and knowledgeable’ Rajiv Khaitan provides a ‘client-focused service’.

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Within Patent and trade mark practices, Khaitan & Co. is a third tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s Jose Madan is ‘knowledgeable and provides sound guidance’ regarding patent-related issues.

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India: Banking, finance and capital markets

Within Mumbai: banking and finance, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. is regularly engaged in the market’s largest mandates, and is increasingly active on the bank side as well as being fed a substantial volume of borrower-side mandates. Shishir Mehta and Devidas Banerji jointly head the team, which is active across a range of new money financings and restructurings including its recent work for INOX Renewables on its $50m ECB facility from the IFC for the establishment of a 64MW wind farm in Rajasthan. Haigreve Khaitan is also recommended.

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Within Mumbai: capital markets, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s capital markets team has experience across the gamut of debt and equity offerings on the domestic and international side, and has been bolstered by the recruitment of Sudhir Bassi from Morgan Stanley. Recent highlights include advising Tata Communications on its $250m bond issuance. Ravindra Kulkarni and Nikhilesh Panchal are recommended.

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Within New Delhi, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. has advised on an impressive range of corporate financing and capital markets transactions. Bharat Anand assisted Salient Financial Solutions as borrower in connection with YES Bank’s INR2.75bn facility lending. Mumbai-based Shishir Mehta represented the lender.

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India: Corporate and M&A

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a first tier firm,

Headed by the ‘top-notch’ Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, Khaitan & Co.’s team is ‘very knowledgeable on M&A matters’, and provides an ‘excellent service’ to major domestic and international heavyweights including Thomson Reuters, Lafarge, Blackstone and JSW Group. Aakash Choubey ‘works tirelessly hard and is always available for his clients’, and Niren Patel is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’. Ravindra Kulkarni and Haigreve Khaitan are also recommended.

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Within New Delhi, Khaitan & Co. is a third tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. has continued to benefit from its strong connections with corporate clients across a range of sectors. While the majority of the firm’s deals were led from its Mumbai office, the New Delhi team advised on a number of big-ticket transactions. The firm recently advised AVTEC on Warburg Pincus’ purchase of a minority stake in the company. Rajat Mukherjee and Joyjyoti Misra are ‘hands-on, commercially savvy and responsive’ and Bharat Anand is ‘approachable’, ‘helpful in negotiations’ and ‘unbiased’. Paku Khan is recommended for his expertise in competition matters.

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India: Dispute resolution

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a third tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s team head Chakrapani Misra has vast experience across a range of litigation and arbitration, often in a cross-border context. The team was strengthened in April 2012 by the arrival of Raj Panchmatia from Udwadia & Udeshi.

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Within New Delhi, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. handles the full range of dispute resolution matters, and is active in the traditional areas of corporate, banking, joint venture and IP disputes as well as in the nascent areas of competition and environmental law. Clients have included the Birla family, Saregama and Jindal Steel and Power. Ajay Bhargava and Sanjeev Kapoor are the key contacts.

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India: Intellectual property

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Headed by Jose Madan, Khaitan & Co.’s team handles prosecution, transactional, advisory and litigation work for clients. Adheesh Nargolkar is particularly accomplished at patent-related matters and recently advised Sopariwala Group on various patent and trade mark infringement matters.

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Within New Delhi, tier 4

Khaitan & Co.’s New Delhi office has expertise in contentious IP matters. Ajay Bhargava and Sanjeev Kapoor are key contacts and handle a wide range of IP litigation including patent disputes.

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India: Investment funds

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s dedicated funds practice continues to gain traction, having been strengthened by the arrival of Siddharth Shah and Bijal Ajinkya from Nishith Desai Associates. The team advises funds on structuring and investment activity.

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India: Projects and energy

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a first tier firm,

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Khaitan & Co. handles M&A, financing and regulatory work across the spectrum of infrastructure and energy projects. Upendra Joshi advised AREVA Solar on operation and maintenance and EPC contracts for a 250MW solar thermal power plant for Reliance Infrastructure in Rajasthan. Joy Jacob provides ‘strong leadership of transactions’ and Amitabh Sharma is another notable member of the team.

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Within New Delhi Leading individuals

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India: Real estate

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a third tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s expertise encompasses core real estate, foreign investment and funds work. Abhishek Sharma and group head Sudip Mullick advised Moonview Infraestates on its $9.7m acquisition of office space in ‘The Capital’ building, located at BKC, Bandra East, Mumbai. Other clients include Indiabulls, Tata Realty and Jindal Group.

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Within New Delhi, tier 4

Khaitan & Co. handles a range of real estate work across its offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Consultant P K Agrawal is a key contact in the New Delhi office and is an expert in land matters, consumer affairs and environmental issues.

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India: TMT

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s Mumbai office is particularly strong at handling major M&A work within the IT and telecoms sector. Rabindra Jhunjhunwala advised Dentsu on its acquisition in Webchutney Studio Private, a digital advertising agency. The firm is also a leading player in outsourcing.

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Within New Delhi, Khaitan & Co. is a third tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. advises telecoms and IT clients on M&A, outsourcing, joint venture, foreign investment and private equity transactions. Regulatory expert Asim Abbas recently advised Reliance Jio Infocomm, Infotel and Accenture.

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India: Tax

Within Mumbai, Khaitan & Co. is a second tier firm,

Khaitan & Co.’s comprehensive practice recently advised MasterCard on the tax structuring of its indirect acquisition of an Indian subsidiary of Mu Sigma. Daksha Baxi and Nihal Kothari are recommended for direct and indirect tax matters respectively. Bijal Ajinkya, who joined from Nishith Desai Associates, has bolstered the team’s expertise, particularly in relation to tax-efficient fund structuring.

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Within New Delhi, Khaitan & Co. is a third tier firm,

Khaitan & Co. has a history of advising on indirect tax aspects of transactions.

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    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is responsible for investor protection and development and regulation of the securities market in India. The scope of SEBI’s jurisdiction over the issue of securities by public companies is an important issue. This issue was recently considered by the Supreme Court in Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd. and Ors. v. Securities and Exchange Board of India and Anr., MANU/SC/0702/2012; (2012) 8 SCALE 101. This article analyses this judgment and its implications.
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