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Hemant Sahai

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HSA Advocates

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Energy & Infrastructure, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Project Finance, Policy and Regulatory, Dispute Resolution


Hemant is the founding partner of the firm. He is acknowledged as one of the leading commercial, projects and energy lawyers in India and the Asian region.  Hemant was recently recognised as and awarded the “Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year” by a reputed international legal publication – “American Lawyer’s Emerging Markets Awards”, in Singapore. Hemant has also been highly recommended as a leading lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific as well as Chambers Global, among many others.

In addition to the traditional legal transactional and advisory assignments, Hemant has also been involved in crafting and advising on significant policy and regulatory frameworks across diverse infrastructure sectors in India and few other countries, working together with organisations like the World Bank, IFC, ADB and Planning Commission of India.

Hemant’s focus area of practice are Energy and Infrastructure, with a particular concentration on Public Private Partnerships and Project Finance, Corporate and M&A transactions. Having spent over two decades in the legal profession, Hemant is a leading commercial lawyer and is currently advising some of the largest infrastructure and finance projects in the world. He has been involved in the drafting of several regulatory and policy documents as well as legislations, notably the Pensions legislation for India that provides for regulation and development of the pensions sector in India, as well as provides the sector architecture.

Hemant is a trusted legal counsel to some the largest entities in the Indian market and represents major international players with respect to their interest in the Indian energy and infrastructure space.

He has been the Strategic Adviser to the Japanese government on the Infrastructure sector in India for the last several years  He also acts as a consultant to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and sits on the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Infrastructure Committee. He is regularly called upon to speak at diverse Indian and International forums, seminars and workshops.


From 2016 onwards

Employer: HSA Advocates

Positions held: Founding Partner

From 2003 to 2016

Employer: HSA Advocates

Positions held: Managing Partner

From 1991 to 2003

Employer: J. Sagar Associates

Positions held: Founder Member, Partner, Senior Partner

From 1990 to 1991

Employer: At the Chambers of Mr. A.S. Chandhiok, Senior Advocate

Positions held: Lawyer

From 1988 to 1990

Employer: Remfry & Son (Later renamed Remfry & Sagar)

Positions held: Lawyer


English and Hindi


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

Delhi High Court Bar Association

Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

International Bar Association


University of Delhi, LL.B. - 1988


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The team at HSA Advocates handles construction, real estate, power, financial services and energy disputes for large corporations, individuals and foreign-owned enterprises. The team's client base includes Cotton Corporation of India, ReNew Power and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. Founding partner Hemant Sahai and managing partner Amitabh Sharma are the key names to note. The firm has recently appointed former Sterlite Power Grid Ventures in-house counsel Apoorva Misra as a partner, while Shreshth Sharma (former Jindal Steel and Power in-house counsel) and Nitish Gupta (former DSK Legal principle associate) have been recruited as associate partners. Former senior partner Abeezar E. Faizullabhoy along with Shahen Pradhan and Murtaza Kachwalla, joined Argus Partners in February 2019.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Hemant Sahai - HSA Advocates

Within: Projects and energy

HSA Advocates' team has notable strength for projects work in the energy and renewables sectors, and is well known for handling instructions from India's project finance and public-private partnership (PPP) market, assisting the full spectrum of interested parties with domestic and cross-border financing transactions. The team is acting for the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra on the Navi Mumbai Airport greenfield PPP project, and is assisting Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric with the development of Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro project. Founding partner Hemant Sahai heads the team. Amitabh Sharma is also recommended. Anjan Dasgupta left for DSK Legal in May 2019.

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