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AZB & Partners

AZB HOUSE, PENINSULA CORPORATE PARK, GANPATRAO KADAM MARG, LOWER PAREL, MUMBAI 400 013, INDIA
Tel:
Work +91 22 6639 6880
Fax:
Fax +91 22 5639 6888
Email:
Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi

India

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners’s practice is led by Samir Gandhi, who deals with a broad range of competition and policy law issues, and has advised on numerous merger filings. Notable clients include Google and Mercedes Benz.

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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

AZB & Partners

Led by Ashwin Ramanathan, AZB & Partners’ aviation team advises airline clients on commercial and regulatory matters.

Leading individuals

Ashwin Ramanathan - AZB & Partners

Next generation lawyers

Zubin Mehta - AZB & Partners

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

AZB & Partners

The team at AZB & Partners is headed by founding partner Bahram Vakil, who is considered ‘a leading figure in the project finance sector’. Work highlights for the firm included advising FIH Private Investments (part of The Fairfax Group) on a $300m credit facility to Sanmar Engineering, and assisting Grameen Capital India with setting up its ‘capital with a conscience ecosystem’ investment programme and other related issues. Ashwin Ramanathan and Gautam Saha are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ashwin Ramanathan - AZB & Partners

Bahram Vakil - AZB & Partners

Zia Mody - AZB & Partners

Next generation lawyers

Roxanne Anderson - AZB & Partners

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners’ sizable capital markets group handles the full spectrum of capital markets work including IPOs and qualified institutional placements (QIPs). In a recent work highlight, it advised Housing Development Finance in one of the largest QIPs in the country, valued at $1.6bn. Clients also include HDFC Bank, Citigroup, Axis Capital and Kuwait Investment Authority. The practice is headed by Madhurima Mukherjee and Varoon Chandra.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

AZB & Partners

Corporate and M&A is a core practice at AZB & Partners, where the ‘excellent team understands clients’ needs’, and advises on a broad spectrum of corporate mandates. The firm acted for RMZ Corp during its $110m acquisition of Vital, and assisted GIC and an affiliate company with the $255m acquisition, by the latter, of a majority stake in an offshore holding company based in Mauritius. Zia Mody is highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Ajay Bahl - AZB & Partners

Zia Mody - AZB & Partners

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners is adept at handling High Court and Supreme Court litigation. Rajendra Barot is the key figure, and heads the litigation and arbitration group in the firm’s Mumbai office. Fairfax, Boeing, Nalanda Capital and General Atlantic are clients.

Leading individuals

Percival Billimoria - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners advises large global insurers on their joint ventures in India and pertinent insurance legislation, bancassurance, distribution agreements and insurance risk covers. Rajendra Bharot leads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners conducted due diligence on design, trade mark and domain name assets for clients including BIC Clichy, DST Global and Lafarge India. The group also has strong contentious capabilities. Akhilesh Rai and Nandan Pendsey are the key contacts.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

AZB & Partners

The ‘reputed’ Zia Mody leads AZB & Partners’ investment funds team, which advises on the formation of various fund structures and related tax planning issues. Ashwath Rau recently joined the team from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

Leading individuals

Zia Mody - AZB & Partners

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners has a strong focus on the infrastructure sector, and has advised extensively on oil and gas, mining, and telecoms-related projects. Recent work also included assisting Lafarge India with due diligence and regulatory issues related to its business transfer agreement with Birla Corporation. Prashanth Sabeshan, Bahram Vakil and Ananya Sharma are the key contacts.

Leading individuals

Bahram Vakil - AZB & Partners

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

AZB & Partners

Headed by Sai Krishna Bharathan, the team at AZB & Partners assists with sale and purchase matters, as well as joint development agreements on various types of property. Clients include Asian Development Bank, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and KKR India Asset Finance.

Leading individuals

Kalpana Merchant - P&C Legal

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners has been active in the media and entertainment space, where News Corporation and Bharti Airtel are among the firm’s clients. Gautam Saha and Srinath Dasari are the key practitioners, while Shuva Mandal left for Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

AZB & Partners

AZB & Partners’ specialist tax group assists with corporate tax planning and transaction-related matters. The firm acts for Max Group in several tax matters. Ajay Bahl is the key contact.

Leading individuals

Ajay Bahl - AZB & Partners

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