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The firm

Titus & Co is one of India’s leading full-service independent law firms, with substantial representations in transactional, tax, intellectual property, civil and criminal litigation and arbitration matters. Titus & Co represents a wide range of clients from the US, Europe, Australia and Asia, including 59 Fortune 500 Global Corporations. In July 2010, the firm established an office in Milan, Italy in association with Mr. Jacopo Gasperi, a prominent Italian Lawyer with an India-focused practice.

Praises earned by the firm include: The National Law Day Award for ‘unique achievements and leadership in the practice of corporate and commercial laws’ by the Honourable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil; awarded Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana (Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) by the President of Italy; Star Export House status by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India; ‘Asialaw Leading Lawyers in M&A’; ‘PLC Which Lawyer in M&A’ ‘Most Trusted Law Firm – Asia’ (ACQ Global Awards); ‘best examples of this fine breed’ of transaction-focused law firms and ‘impressive general corporate and commercial experience’ (The Asia Pacific Legal 500); ‘prominent player in the M&A, banking, project finance and restructuring markets’ (Chambers and Partners); ‘Indian firm to watch’ (Asia Law & Practice); ‘ranked among the world’s leading financial law firms’ (International Financial Law Review 1000); ‘leaders in projects works in India’ (Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers); ranked ‘Leading Lawyers of the World’ for project works (Chambers and Partners U.K.); and ‘highly recommended law firm’ (The Global Counsel 3000). The firm is rated ‘Excellent’ in Banking Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Projects and Energy; ‘business sensitive and commercial’ in Intellectual Property; ‘attentive and responsive’ in Real Estate and ‘business sensitive and pragmatic’ in Tax by the Asia Pacific Legal 500. Clients comment on the firm’s ‘incredible work’, excellent administration, response times and co-operation and believe the firm handles complex cases very well and in a ‘western style’. A client describes the firm as ‘the best law firm that they have ever engaged globally’ (The Asia Pacific Legal 500). Titus & Co was ranked by Business Today as ‘one of the top eight law firms of India’.

Areas of practice

Corporate and commercial: work includes foreign investment; regulatory approvals; exchange control; joint ventures; technical collaborations; licensing and franchising; investment structuring; private equity and venture capital investments; import-export; securitisations; due diligence; feasibility studies; corporate legal audits; liability analysis and retail and direct marketing. The firm represents Fratelli Zucchini (Italy), Brevini Fluid Power (Italy), Seco (Italy), Zaitex (Italy), Breviglieri (Italy), Barausse (Italy), G&W Electric Company, Trafimet (Italy), Rivit (Italy), Edw C Levy Co (US), John Deere (US), Tecumseh (US), OPIC (US), Amsphere (UK), Costa Coffee (UK), CMD (US), Bulgari (Italy), Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (Canada), Banca Popolare di Vicenza (Italy), Paul Wurth Italia (Italy), SACE (Italy), Pilkington (UK), Taplast (Italy), Rautaruukki Oyj (Finland), PMS Engineering (Italy), BonSante De LatinoAmerica Corporation (Panama), Sterling Jewelers (US), WallMax (Italy), SICMA (Italy), Free Balance (US), Fi Mo Tec (Italy), Danieli (Italy), Techno Service (Italy), Epsco (Italy), Disano Illuminazione (Italy), Pietro Fiorentini, Luigi Carnevali (Italy), Power Electronics Espana (Spain), Ravano Green Power (Italy), Open Link Financial (UK), Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (US), Amer (Italy), Aviva Holdings (Italy), Minitube (Germany), Schmitz Cargobull Gotha (Germany); Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani (Italy), Pyramis Metallourgia A.E. (Greece) and SIAC (Italy) in connection with their operations in India; Advanta Bank Corp (US) in its winding up operations; Cargoitalia in its closure of business operations in India; Piquadro (Italy) in its JV with DLF; Hard Rock CafĂ©, TGI Friday’s, Wendy’s Global Restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen (US) and Arthur Murray International (US) on franchise operations in India and Red Bull (Austria) in import and distribution operations. IKEA Group (Sweden) in connection with its Euros 1.5 Billion investment in retail trading in India and in structuring its subsidiary operations in India; Furla Group Italy, Innisfree Cosmetics (Korea) and Monnalisa (Italy) in setting up its retail operations in India; Nicola Pantaleo in its proposed investment in retail trading entity in India; Celio International (France) with its expansion of retail trading operations in India; Gruppo Coin in connection with restructuring of its retail operations in India and negotiations with its JV Partner; H&M (Sweden) in setting up a single brand retail subsidiary and local business operations across India; Edw. C. Levy Co., USA and Landi Renzo in connection with operating their JV Company in India; LU-VE, Exponent Leadership Coaching Services, JBC Soldering and Antolini Luigi & C. in setting up their wholly-owned subsidiaries in India; CMD in establishing its Project Office in India; Artsana India (‘Chicco’) in connection with its wholesale and franchise operations; United Parcel Services (US) and Jabil (US) in connection with FCPA investigation. The firm also represents Ferrero Group (Italy), Rudolf WILD (Germany), Red Bull (Austria) and GNT Group (Netherlands) on compliance with Indian food legislation, risk analysis and product labeling. The firm represented EchoStar Satellite in its international affiliation agreement with B4U, Medipass in connection with its JV with Clearview Healthcare and Raytheon Company (US) concerning negotiations with the largest Indian defense PSUs. The firm represents TCOM on investments in the Air Defence sector in India and in negotiations with the Indian Defence PSUs and advises Ceres (US) on licensing of transgenic technology issues.

Real estate: representation in connection with sales, mortgages, leases, licences and development agreements, perfection of title, declaration of title and rights, adverse possession, specific relief, acquisition of undivided interest in land, demarcation of boundaries, government grants, settlement and adjudication of disputes, land use, planning and development, negotiations of long-term leases with commercial property owners, developers, mall owners and high street property owners, administrative licences and authorisations, sub leases, under leases, mall management contracts, advice on best types of property (government or private) and strategies for acquisition. The firm conducts counterparty diligence, advises on and negotiates investments with state governments in various Indian cities including Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Lucknow, Allahabad, Indore, Bhopal, Raipur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi etc. The firm’s representations include H&M, IKEA, Tecumseh Products Company, Knorr-Bremse AG, Delphi Automotive Systems, Danieli India, Danieli & C, Officine Meccaniche, SIAC and BPTP. Baljit Singh Kalha heads the firm’s real estate and construction practice, which acts for major international clients setting up operations in India. A specialist in commercial real estate transactions, Baljit has been awarded the Real Estate Lawyer of the Year (India) for 2016 by the Lawyer Monthly (Legal Awards 2016).

Mergers and acquisitions: work includes cross-border transactions and M&A. The firm represents Open Link Financial (UK) in connection with acquisition of Cubelogic (India); The Enthusiast Network in connection with acquisition of Carazoo India. The firm represented Cadila Pharmaceuticals on investment options of US$ 11m; Sumitomo Heavy Industries (Japan) on its US$ 118m transaction with Madison Capital Partners; Mitsubishi UFJ Securities on triangular mergers in India; Sanyo Semiconductor (US) on its sale of its Indian subsidiary; Dresdner Kleinwort (Germany) on an acquisition; Avocent Corporation on its proposed US$ 70m acquisition of an Indian Company; Edw. C Levy Co (US) in connection with its JV with Tata Steel, Tecumseh Products Company (US) in restructuring of its business operations and Raytheon Company (US) in connection with several investments into India.

The firm also represents Delphi Automotive Systems with regard to acquisition of a large Indian Automotive Company. Diljeet Titus and Baljit Singh Kalha are recognised as amongst the world’s leading lawyers for M&A by PLC Which Lawyer and Asialaw Leading Lawyers.

TMT: work includes government regulations and policies on investment options with companies providing basic, cellular, value-added services, global mobile personal communications by satellite; establishment of ISPs with/without gateways; foreign investment ceiling and structuring; licensing issues; provision of WIFI, ILD and NLD services and licensing; interconnectivity and IPLCs. The firm assisted Sony Entertainment Television on its media distribution joint venture; MTV in connection with the production of a reality show; EchoStar Technologies (US) in procuring Indian movies for display in North America; Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana in connection with its news gathering and bureau services agreement; Raytheon Company (US), Dreamworks (US), Red Bull (Austria) before the Advertising Standard Council of India concerning TV commercials and Limelight Networks (US) in its strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel for Content Delivery Services in India. The firm also represents You Mint (India), Maxpeak (UK) and Real Networks India.

Energy/heavy industry: work includes reports on state-specific energy and natural gas sector, negotiated and tendered conventional and non-conventional power project agreements (including thermal, naphtha, hydro, solar, wind); project development; project-related land acquisitions; regulatory and environmental approvals; guarantees; escrow and tariff issues; negotiation, review and drafting of project and financing documents and agreements including power purchase, coal supply, EPC contracts, O&M, escrow, wheeling, joint development, shareholders, fuel supply and sponsor support. The firm represents JPower in the setting up of its new projects in India; Arsari Group (Indonesia) in connection with investment in a venture for prospecting and reconnaissance for minerals in India; Zad Investment (Saudi Arabia) on power projects in India and related due diligence investigations and advises US Exim Bank on its multimillion-dollar lendings. The firm also represents Caterpillar (US) and Setisco (Spain). The firm also represents JBIC on investments in the power sector in India. The firm represents Himalaya Steel Mill (India), Technimont (Italy) and Danieli (Italy).

Information technology: work includes setting up of IT-enabled/BPO business; hardware manufacturing; tax structuring; regulatory approvals, licensing and compliance; infrastructure and network providers; content providers; confidentiality issues; data protection; software development and licensing agreements; cyber crimes and punishment. The firm represents Red Bull with Cyber Crime Investigation Cell in connection with offences of SMS spoofing, cyber defamation and IP cyber crime; Tata Consultancy Services (India) on its ÂŁ3bn guarantee; Charles Schwab & Co. concerning software development; Sapient Corporation in obtaining OSP License and Herbalife International, AIG (US) in advise on data privacy laws. The firm also advised DZ Cards India, Sunlife (UK), L&T (India), Lexis Nexis (US) and Seagate Technology (US).

Intellectual property: work includes registration, assignment and protection of trade marks; import and export of transgenic patents and designs; prosecution and defending infringement matters pertaining to design, patent and copyright registration and misuse of information. The firm’s representations include WallMax (Italy), European Business and Technology Center, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (US), Akonni Biosystems (US), Baxter IP, Itochu Corporation (Japan), Raci, Raytheon Company (US), Allied Biotech (US), Pfizer, Bioscrypt (Canada), Herbalife International (US), TSG (India), ABRO Industries (US), Morgardshammar (Sweden), JAS-ANZ; Andrews Kurth; Waterfurnace International; Taplast (Italy), ETIIP Holdings (US), Smiley (UK), BonSante De LatinoAmerica Corporation (Panama), Red Lion Cement Technology, Porscia Yeganeh (Italy) and SELCO Solar Light (India) on IP registrations, filing and prosecuting trademark applications.

Dispute resolution: the highly successful practice group represents clients in litigation from trial right through all levels of appeal and has obtained precedent-setting court orders in several landmark cases of anti-dumping, contract enforcement, intellectual property infringement and other civil, criminal and commercial litigation. The team headed by Diljeet Titus represents the Republic of Italy and its Military Officials concerning criminal prosecution initiated against the Italian Military Officials for alleged firing on the High Seas and in this regard represented in the landmark matter in the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court of India in the dispute involving important issues of Public International Law, Law of the Seas and issues of Sovereign and Functional Immunity. The firm continues to represent in the matter including in international arbitration proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the Arbitration Tribunal established under Annex VII of United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and recently successfully represented in the Supreme Court of India to implement and enforce in India two awards made by the International Tribunal in favour of the Republic of Italy. The firm represents Red Bull in multiple legal proceedings before the Supreme Court of India and various Indian High Courts; Knorr Bremse in ongoing arbitration proceedings. The firm represents Riley Power, Gruppo Tessile Abbigliamento (Italy), Came (Italy), Siron (Italy), ABRO Industries (US); Monnalisa (Italy) in injunction proceedings against trademark infringement; Danieli India in Special Leave Petition of US$1.7m with the Supreme Court of India; Raytheon Company (US) in Writ Petitions concerning the award of tenders by PSUs; JAS-ANZ in liquidation proceedings against debtors; OJSC Power Machines in multi million dollar claims for liquidated damages; Morgardshammar (Sweden) in injunction proceedings against its former licensee for trademark infringement and Logix Group in connection with disputes and arbitration proceedings pertaining to investments. The firm also represents New Lupex Di Lupone Pasquale (Italy), St. Stephen’s College, 70EMG, ARB (US), Petronas, GV Macero (Italy), Quebec Gears (Canada), Pizzolato (Italy), Jetway Information (Taiwan), Sapient Corporation, Forbo Seigling, Dresser Inc, United Parcel Services, DEN Soccer, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment (India), Sanrok Enterprises, Herbalife International, Stoll Financial Services, Itochu Corporation, Trend Group, Wallmax, Real Networks Asia Pacific, Faser (Italy), Inox Market Service (Italy) and Raytheon Ebasco Overseas (US). The dispute resolution team is described as ‘Business savvy and responsive’, ‘True stars in their field’ 
 ‘ooze confidence, which makes the client feel much better and safer in a harsh legal environment’ by the Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Taxation: work includes formulation of tax strategies; providing tax analysis and solution in all kinds of tax issues involved in a commercial transaction. Titus & Co represents Raytheon Company (US) in proceedings for refund of US$14m before the Supreme Court of India; ARB (US) on US$2m tax assessment proceedings. The firm also represents Ferrari Ventilatori Industriali (Italy), JAS-ANZ, CMD, Hirotech America, Modec International, Global Ventures (US), Lehman Brothers (US), DZ Cards India, Techno Service (Italy), JBC Soldering, Maspero Elevatori and Trend Group on various tax advisory and litigation matters.

Diljeet Titus, Rai Sahab Mittal, Baljit Singh Kalha and Ujjwal Sharma are well-known at Titus & Co. Diljeet Titus chairs the Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Northern Region), is Vice President of the Society of Indian Law Firms, General Secretary of the Policy and Planning Group and Member of the Supreme Council and Governing Body of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

ContactsDiljeet Titus (dtitus@titusindia.com)
Baljit Singh Kalha (bskalha@titusindia.com)
R S Mittal (rsmittal@titusindia.com)
Ujjwal Sharma (usharma@titusindia.com)

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International groupings
International Bar Association
Inter-Pacific Bar Association
Licensing Executives Society
Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
India Israel Business Alliance
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
Canada-India Business Council
ICC India (International Chambers of Commerce)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
US India Business Council
The Association of European Lawyers (AEA International)
Swiss Business Forum

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Bar Council Of Delhi
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Company Law Board Bar Association
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Indian Council of Arbitration
Society of Indian Law Firms
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Confederation of Indian Industry
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Joint Business Councils
The Council of EU Chamber of Commerce in India
Policy and Planning Group
INSOL India
ITPO
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CII National Committee on Legal Services
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India
ICC India
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
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