The Legal 500

AZB & Partners

EXPRESS TOWERS, 23RD FLOOR, NARIMAN POINT, MUMBAI 400 021, INDIA
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Work +91 22 6639 6880
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New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore

India

Top-tier recommendations

  • 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, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

AZB & Partners handles a significant amount of corporate and M&A work in Bangalore. Aditya Vikram Bhat advised Mitsui and Sanyo on their $40m acquisition of a stake in Navyug.

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India: Aviation

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a third tier firm,

At AZB & Partners, team head Ashwin Ramanathan advised China Development Bank on a $100m loan facility made available to a lessor for the acquisition of two Airbus A330-300s.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a third tier firm,

AZB & Partners’ aviation work ranges from advising on aircraft acquisition finance to assisting with de-registration and repossession of aircraft.

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India: Banking, finance and capital markets

Within Mumbai: banking and finance, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

AZB & Partners’ broad finance practice handles work – including acquisition and project finance – for corporates, private equity firms and lenders. Bahram Vakil, who has an excellent reputation, was part of the team’s advice to a consortium of banks, led by Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India, on the provision of a $2bn loan facility to Bharat PetroResources. Zia Mody and Ashwin Ramanathan are also recommended.

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Within Mumbai: capital markets, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

At AZB & Partners, Shuva Mandal and the ‘excellent’ Varoon Chandra advised Reliance Industries and Rolta on their respective $800m and $200m bond issuances. The team has a ‘solid knowledge of Indian legal and regulatory matters and also a good understanding of international banks’ requirements and standards’.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

AZB & Partners advises lenders and borrowers on a range of financing matters. Representative clients include ICICI Bank, the IFC, State Bank of India and Tata Technologies.

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India: Corporate and M&A

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

An outstanding firm for M&A’, AZB & Partners is regularly involved in top-end transactions for corporates and private equity firms across a range of industry sectors. One of the ‘leading practitioners in the market’, Shuva Mandal advised Tata Sons on its acquisition of a minority stake in Air Asia India. Also recommended are the ‘vastly experienced’ Zia Mody; Abhijit Joshi, who is especially active in the telecoms sector; and the ‘commercially minded and hands on’ Essaji Vahanvati.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

AZB & Partners has a strong track record acting on inbound and outbound transactions and an impressive client base for corporate advisory work. Key contact Gautam Saha recently advised Airtel Uganda on its 100% shareholding acquisition of Warid Telecom Uganda. Other recent instructions include advising News Corporation on its acquisition of ESPN’s entire partnership interest in ESPN Star Sports, a deal that was led by managing partner Ajay Bahl.

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India: Dispute resolution

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a third tier firm,

At AZB & Partners, Rajendra Barot has an excellent reputation for handling complex commercial disputes and is currently representing HSBC in civil and criminal claims against a former client alleging that the misrepresentations it made induced the bank into providing it with a loan. Other clients include Facebook, Citibank and eBay.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

Full-service firm AZB & Partners undertakes a range of dispute resolution work on behalf of foreign and domestic corporations, banks and financial institutions. The firm is currently representing Bharti Airtel in a number of challenges made against the Department of Telecommunications. Other clients include ESPN, GE Capital, British Gas and Jindal Steel and Power.

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India: Insurance

Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a third tier firm,

AZB & Partners assists its corporate clients with debt restructuring and insolvency matters.

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India: Intellectual property

Within Mumbai, tier 4

AZB & Partners’ small team handles contentious and non-contentious IP work and is often brought in to advise on the concomitant IP issues associated with M&A.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a third tier firm,

Full-service firm AZB & Partners advises its corporate clients on a range of IP matters. Clients have included Cobra Beer. New Delhi based Akhilesh Rai heads the team.

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India: Investment funds

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

AZB & Partners has experience of fund structuring although it is best known for its work in the private equity space where Zia Mody is a highly influential figure. Sai Krishna Bharathan handles structuring work, often within the real estate industry.

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India: Projects and energy

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

AZB & Partners is best known for its M&A and finance work in the projects space. Bahram Vakil is one of India’s foremost project lawyers, and recently advised Macquarie SBI Infrastructure fund on its $38m acquisition of a majority stake in GMR Jadcherla Expressway. Shameek Chaudhuri is also recommended. Other clients include Reliance Industries, Essar Group and ICICI Bank.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

AZB & Partners has particular expertise in project financing and project-related corporate and M&A matters. Clients include Reliance Industries, Tata Power and ICICI Bank.

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India: Real estate

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

AZB & Partners is perhaps best known for transactional mandates; it recently advised Sunteck Realty on its $61m acquisition (in partnership with Kotak Private Equity Group) of debentures in Satguru Corporate Services, which is engaged in a mixed-use project. The team is also accomplished at real estate fund formation. Sai Krishna Bharathan, Kalpana Merchant and team head Nohid Nooreyezdan are recommended.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

AZB & Partners has particular expertise in acting for real estate funds. Recent clients include Tata Capital, Sunteck Realty and ABG Resources. Hardeep Sachdeva is recommended.

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India: TMT

Within Mumbai, AZB & Partners is a second tier firm,

AZB & Partners combines heavyweight corporate expertise with the requisite regulatory skills to ensure that it is involved in many of the most significant transactions across the technology, media and telecoms sectors. The ‘fully committed’ Shuva Mandal advised HarperCollins UK on its acquisition of Indian former joint venture partner Living Media. Telecoms expert Abhijit Joshi is also recommended.

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

AZB & Partners has a good following among prestigious TMT clients within the M&A space. Recent highlights include advising News Corporation on its acquisition of ESPN’s entire partnership interest in ESPN Star Sports. Other clients include Infosys, HarperCollins and Tata Technologies. Sunil Agarwal and Gautam Saha are key members of the team.

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India: Tax

Within Mumbai Leading individuals

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Within New Delhi, AZB & Partners is a first tier firm,

AZB & Partners recently advised ESPN on the tax aspects of News Corporation’s acquisition of ESPN’s stake in ESPN-Star Sports and also represented the latter company before the Special Bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. Managing partner Ajay Bahl, who is also a chartered accountant, is a name to note. Sunil Agarwal and Ravi Prakash are also recommended.

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