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The 'excellent' funds practice at AZB & Partners attracts praise for being 'very responsive' and is highlighted for handling work 'across all aspects of the industry and has very good commercial, as well as technical, knowledge'. The group advised Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings on its limited liability partnership agreement with Eros International Media. It also acted for Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors on the final closing of its first domestic real estate fund at approximately £5bn. Zia Mody heads up the group alongside Ashwath Rau and Sai Krishna Bharathan. The group's impressive client roster also includes the International Finance Corporation, Avaana Capital Advisors and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure. Ganesh Rao and Aditya Jha left the team to join Trilegal.

Shagoofa Khan heads up Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas' funds, investments and advisory team which counts Blackrock group, Tata Capital and ICICI group as its clients. The department was instructed by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its proposed investment of $500m, to acquire industrial and logistics parks in India from funds managed by the IndoSpace Group. It also assisted ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company with the creation, launch and management of the BHARAT 22 exchange-traded fund.

Khaitan & Co LLP is frequently engaged in matters concerning domestic and international funds. Its team is instructed to act for India Alternatives Private Equity Fund II, which is seeking to invest up to INR 1bn in mid-growth companies. A team, led by practice head Siddharth Shah and associate partner Divaspati Singh, acted for White Oak Capital on the structuring, document preparation and registration required for the establishment of offshore funds and a domestic fund seeking to invest in Indian capital markets.

Nishith Desai Associates has significant experience advising on fund formation and structures for private equity and venture capital investors. Clients include India Venture Trust, Nirvana Venture Advisors and Four Interactive.

The 'very responsive and uncomplicated' private equity practice at Trilegal offers a combination of 'high-quality legal work' and 'fair pricing'. A team led by Nishant Parikh acted for Farallon Capital Management on its exit from Indiabulls Properties Investment Trust. It also counts International Finance Corporation, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley among its clients. Ravindra Bandhakavi is a key name to note. The 'diligent, available and trustworthy' Kunal Chandra is also highlighted.

The investment funds team ALMT Legal has experience advising for promoters and funds, and attracts praise for its 'excellent work product, professionalism' and 'industry knowledge'. Statira Ranina led a team acting for SIDBI Venture Capital on its investment in DSM Fresh Foods. The group was instructed by Safari Industries to advise on a second round investment by Malabar India Fund and Malabar Value Fund. Mumbai-based Ranina heads up the department alongside Dhanya Menon in Bangalore.

Economic Laws Practice's private equity and venture capital team has experience handling investments for funds such as Google Capital, Ambit Pragma Fund and the State Bank of India. A team, led by Darshan Upadhyay, advised Samara Capital on its investment in Shahajanand Medical Technologies. Suhail Nathani and Sujjain Talwar jointly head the practice.

The 'good value for money' and 'commercially savvy' private equity and venture capital team at¬†IndusLaw¬†boast¬†'an¬†invaluable¬†combination of good legal skills with a good grasp over numbers'. The group has particular experience handling matters in the food, technology, e-commerce and healthcare sectors, with clients including¬†PayU Group and¬†Orbimed Asia. The group acted for Olacabs.com on two rounds of funding from¬†Ratan Tata‚Äôs RNT Capital Adviser and Falcon Edge¬†Capital initially, and later Tekne Private Ventures. Key names to note include¬†Suneeth Katarki ‚Ästwho is highlighted as being 'very efficient and to the point' ‚Äď and the 'diligent and responsive' Winnie Shekhar.

The group at J Sagar Associates handles a full range of investment funds matters. Nitin Potdar is highlighted, particularly for his expertise in foreign direct investments and exchange controls regulations. Other key names to note include Dina Wadia, Vikram Raghani and Vivek Chandy.

L&L Partners Law Offices is frequently engaged to handle the formation of domestic and offshore funds. Rajiv Luthra, Mohit Saraf, and Manan Lahoty jointly lead the team.

The venture capital and private equity team at Majmudar & Partners has experience handling a range of transactional matters and regulatory advice. The group recently acted for Accelerator Enterprise Series A investment by Accel India V (Mauritius) and RB Investments. India Fund, Capricorn Investment Group and Ambridge Partners are all clients. Mumbai-based Akil Hirani and N. Raja Sujith in Bangalore are key names to note.

The investment funds practice at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co has experience assisting private equity and venture capital clients on a range of transactions. This has included setting up new funds and advising on regulatory compliance. Raghubir Menon heads up the practice from the firm's Mumbai office.

ARA LAW frequently handles a full range of issues from fund formation, regulatory and compliance work to investments, acquisitions and exits. The group was instructed by Volition Capital on its investment in Securonix Inc, and Securonix's subsequent investment in India subsidiary of Securonix Consultancy LLP.  Rajesh Begur heads up the practice which counts Steadview Capital Mauritius, Karma Capital Advisors and Canbank Ventures among its clients.

DSK Legal's investment funds team is led by Sajit Suvarna, who specialises in real estate sector transactions . The group has acted for True North in setting up several alternative investment funds. In another work highlight it was instructed by Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate Fund on its acquisition of 100% of shares in the Manjri Stud Farm from Strand Developers Mauritius. Satish Kishanchandani has left to open new firm, Pioneer Legal.

The investment funds team at Wadia Ghandy & Co has experience representing private equity and venture capital funds, as well as promoters in transactions. Ashish Ahuja heads up the practice which also includes Fariyal Tahseen and Rohini Verma.

FINSEC Law Advisors' investment funds team was instructed by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to assist on filing an application with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to allow BSE to grant brokers in the United States direct access to its electronic trading and order matching systems. The group, headed by Sandeep Parekh and Anil Choudhary, also acts for the India International Exchange, Anand Rathi Group and SSG Capital Management.

The investment practice at Rajani Associates has been instructed by both private equity funds and target companies in investments. The group has the capabilities to advise on structuring transactions as well as regulatory considerations. Key names to note include managing partner Prem Rajani, Tejasvini Shirodkar and Poorvi Sanjanwala.

The investment fund team at Samvad Partners is jointly led by MG Vineetha in Mumbai and Banglore-based Harish Narasappa and has the capabilities to handle a range of issues for private equity investors. The group has handled the formation and structuring of funds and regulatory issues.

Led by Vijay Sambamurthi, Lexygen's investment funds team assists clients with the formation and structure of funds. The department is frequently instructed by both private equity and venture capital investors.

Link Legal - India Law Services is highlighted for offering regulatory advice, investments and commercial transactions. The group has experience handling exchange control and foreign investments with clients including statutory bodies such as Foreign Investment Promotion Board, Secretariat for Industrial Assistance, and Ministry of Industry.

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