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Phoenix Legal

1-3 FLOOR, 254 ,, OKHLA PHASE 3, NEW DELHI, 110020, INDIA
Work +91 11 4983 0000
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Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi

Abhishek Saxena

Work +91 11 49830000
Phoenix Legal

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial (M&A, Private Equity and Foreign Investment), Project Finance, Energy, Resources and Infrastructure, Information Technology and Outsourcing, Employment, Dispute Resolution and Tax.


Abhishek Saxena is a co-founding partner based out of New Delhi office of Phoenix Legal.

Abhishek Saxena’s practice includes corporate transactional work including joint ventures and M&A, projects (including project financing), private equity, structuring and tax advisory, foreign investment and regulation, bankruptcy.

Abhishek has over two decades of experience, advising on a variety of cross border deals and continues to be associated with a number of complex and prestigious projects in oil and gas, power, infrastructure and energy sector. He represents large and reputed Indian companies, foreign investors and multinational corporations (including Fortune 100 companies) in various sectors.

Abhishek has significant experience in financing, structuring, documentation, negotiations, disputes, etc. with various stake holders in energy sector. He has acted as lead counsel for terminalling, transportation and regasification arrangements for LNG regasification terminal. He also has experience in structuring design, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, public private partnership (PPP) models, tender process followed in various energy projects, including EPC contracts, transportation arrangements, power purchase agreements, port arrangements, LNG tolling arrangements, etc. He regularly advises on regulatory issues in the sector. He has dealt with and finalized master tolling agreements, gas sale and purchase agreements, concession agreements, global tender for floating shipping and regasification unit (FSRU) and various other complex contractual arrangements. He has also been involved with drafting and negotiations of power purchase agreements for both conventional and non-conventional energy sources.



Graduated in the year 1997. Before co-founding Phoenix Legal (2008), he was a partner at Trilegal (2000-2008); Legal Executive, National Fertilizers Corporation (1998-2000). 

Awards and Citiations:
Abhishek's services have been widely recognised and he has been regularly recommended as a leading lawyer for business by various international legal publications including Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Who's Who Legal.  Abhishek was listed by Asian Legal Business as one of "ALB'S Hot 100" listing the best legal minds in Asia.  He has also been included in "The A-List – India's leading 100 lawyers 2016" published by Indian Business Law Journal.

Who’s Who Legal says: Abhishek Saxena is recognised for his “great expertise in the energy field” and is highly sought after by clients for his “strong commercial understanding”.

Chambers and Partners Asia has quoted “Abhishek enjoys market respect as "a very good lawyer" who is especially admired for his representation of multinational corporations on cross-border deals in the financial services, information technology, energy and oil and gas sectors. 

Publication of note:

Abhishek has authored a number of articles which have been published by reputed international publications. He has been an avid speaker at a number of conferences across the globe. Some of his recent presentations are: "LNG Contracts & Negotiation Strategies" at Metis Energy 2nd Annual Masterclass on: ‘LNG and Gas Contracts, Pricing Methodologies and Strategies’."Contractual Structure for Setting up an R-LNG Project in India" at the 11th Petro India Conference, New Delhi."Risk Management and Project Financing" at the 6th Annual LNG World, Marcus Evans Regional Conference in Perth."M&As in India, key issues" at the IFLR India FDI Forum 2011, Singapore."Business Culture and Doing Business in India" at a seminar organised by the Alicante Chamber of Commerce, Spain."Structuring EPC Contracts" at an Independent Power Producers conference in Mumbai."Financing Power Projects" at a joint conference organised by Governments of India and Nepal in Kathmandu."Doing Business in India" at a seminar on Indo-China by University of Valencia, Spain."Strategies for Business Investing in India" at a seminar organised by India Chapter of New York State Bar Association in Mumbai.


English and Hindi.


Member of the Bar Council of Delhi.


The Doon School, Dehradun
Bachelor of Arts (H) Economics, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (1994)
LL.B, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University (1997).


Reading, Music.


Antitrust and competition

Within: Antitrust and competition

The competition and antitrust practice at Phoenix Legal has experience assisting clients in enforcement, investigations and merger control advice. Co-founders, Manjula Chawla, Saket Shukla  and Abhishek Saxena jointly lead the practice.

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Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Project finance instructions are a cornerstone area of expertise at Phoenix Legal. The team's client base includes investors, project sponsors, banks and financial institutions, and the group handles matters from the oil and gas, power, renewable energy, and real estate sectors, to name a few. Sawant Singh and Abhishek Saxena jointly head the practice, and Aditya Bhargava is also recommended.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Phoenix Legal has notable expertise in handling investment, corporate, governance and regulatory matters for clients in the financial services, information technology, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Quaker Chemical Corporation on the acquisition of the 45% stake in Quaker Chemical India, a joint venture company with Asianol Lubricants, following the latter company's exit from the joint venture. Saket Shukla and Abhishek Saxena are key names to note in the team.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Phoenix Legal's practice is widely recognised for its strength in handling work from the infrastructure, water, oil and gas, LNG, power and energy sectors, and is adept at assisting clients with the project financing aspects of mandates. Key clients include Petronet LNG and the US Trade and Development Agency. Delhi-based Abhishek Saxena has significant expertise in cross-border M&A matters, while Pranav Srivastava handles a range of infrastructure, oil and gas, power and EPC matters. Mumbai-based Sawant Singh is the key name for project finance mandates.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

The real estate department at Phoenix Legal handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team advised Godrej Skyline Developers on its acquisition of 59 acres of land in Pune for the purpose of development of a residential project. Saket Shukla, Siddharth Hariani and Abhishek Saxena are key names to note.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

The restructuring team at Phoenix Legal advises clients in insolvency proceedings, M&A transactions and litigation. Boasting particular expertise in cross-border matters, Abhishek Saxena  (based in New Delhi) led a team advising the Bank of New York Mellon on the corporate insolvency resolution process of Essar Steel India. The group is also representing Chhaparia Industries in its insolvency application before the national company law tribunal. Mumbai-based Jyoti Singh is another key name to note, particularly for contentious matters.

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Within: Tax

The taxation group at Phoenix Legal assists its clients with a range of strategic and transactional tax advice. The team was instructed by Swiss company Sportradar AG on several matters including benefits under the applicable Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement. Abhishek Saxena and  Pranav Srivastava jointly head the team which also advises HPCL Shapoorji Energy, AmpMe and  Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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