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Alaya Legal is a law firm founded in 2003 and based in New Delhi with the capability of providing legal services throughout most of India. The founding partners, Divjyot Singh and Suniti Kaur are alumni of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and have been practicing since 1995. The firm comprises of a …

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Projects and energy in India

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is a go-to destination for lenders, project sponsors and developers which seek advice on project finance transactions as well as governments and multilateral institutions in relation to the development of pan-Asia infrastructure. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the development, operation and maintenance of ports, railways and airports is a key area of specialty for the team, whose sectoral expertise further covers mining and energy. Of particular note, the team is regularly the counsel of choice for acquisitions in the renewable energy segment as well as EPC contracts and regulatory issues. L. Viswanathan is a name to note for project finance, while Santosh Janakiram handles renewable energy mandates. Ramanuj Kumar focuses on electricity regulations and infrastructure projects.

Key clients

Reliance Industries Limited

Adani Power

GVK Group

JSW Group

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

Bank of America N.A.

CPPIB

CDPQ

Power Finance Corporation Limited

REC Limited

Piramal Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Acted for Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) in a transaction involving the divestiture of 7 special purpose vehicles (Wind SPVs) operating wind power generative plants with aggregate capacity of 873.5 MW, by the IL&FS Group to ORIX Corporation (ORIX).
  • Advised RIL and its affiliates in relation to the investment by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP and its institutional partners of INR 25,215 crore in the units to be issued by Tower Infrastructure Trust.
  • Acted as transaction counsel to AGEL (as the investor) and Piramal (as the existing lender) in relation to the proposed divestment of 10 solar projects by Essel Infraprojects Limited.

HSA Advocates

With a multidisciplinary team, HSA Advocates possesses longstanding credentials in multi-party infrastructure projects, providing assistance to clients throughout the entire life cycle of a project. The broad service offering covers project finance and development, as well as dispute resolution, M&A and restructuring matters. The team handles the full spectrum of infrastructure disputes, including regulatory proceedings, and is adept at advising on complex PPP arrangements, EPC contracts and concession agreements. Hemant Sahai, whose projects and energy experience spans more than three decades, is a core member of the practice. Soumya Kanti De Mallik is regularly instructed by governmental agencies on urban development projects.

Key clients

NITI Aayog

Sembcorp India

GMR Group

Mumbai Port Trust

The World Bank

CIDCO

GAIL India Ltd.

National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited

ReNew Power

International Finance Corporation

SPRNG Energy

SB Energy

Mytrah Energy

Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited

Royal Government of Cambodia

Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited

TATA Group

Adani Group

Sterlite Power

Rolls Royce

ACME Group

Fortum

Eden Renewables India LLP

I Squared Capital

Ministry of Defence, Government of India

GAIL (India) Limited

ENGIE India

India Power Corporation Limited (IPCL)

Sansera Engineering Limited

Oakridge Energy P. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Defence, Government of India (GOI) on the ‘Strategic Partnership Model’ under the Defence Procurement Procedure, 2016 which seeks to progressively build indigenous capabilities in the private sector to design, develop and manufacture complex weapon systems for future needs of the armed forces.
  • Advising NITI Aayog, Government of India on structuring and drafting of bid documents with respect to the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage.
  • Advising Ministry of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Cambodia (MEF) and Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) on the operation and maintenance arrangement for storage, cleaning, drying, and handling of rice/paddy across Cambodia with a provision for warehouse receipt financing.

J Sagar Associates

Combining regulatory expertise with commercial strategic advice, J Sagar Associates offers legal support to private and public sector clients in relation to large-scale project finance and development in the energy and natural resources, transport, telecoms and municipal infrastructure sectors. The practice routinely advises on first-of-its-kind model and contracting structures as well as new forms of concessions. Public procurement and dispute resolution also feature on the group's caseload. Amit Kapur is often retained by central and state governments on regulatory and PPP issues. Venkatesh Raman Prasad focuses on M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, while regulatory and policy expert Vishnu Sudarsan is a seasoned practitioner across verticals, such as power, telecoms and transports.

Other key lawyers:

Ashish Suman

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Amit Kapur, an able leader of his class and style in the Energy domain, is highly professional and focused on results.’

‘Amit Kapur, joint managing partner of JSA, is an able leader of his class and style in almost all the domains, more particularly Energy Projects, M&A, JV, etc.’

Key clients

Airports Authority of India

Indian Oil Corporation Limited

NTPC limited

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited

Oil India Ltd

Selan Exploration Technology Ltd

Reliance Infrastructure Limited

RATP Dev and Transdev Asia

Talgo

Vestas

Cargill India Pvt. Ltd

Reliance Communications Limited and Reliance Infratel Limited

Jindal Steel and Power Limited

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

Hero Future Energies Private Limited

Orange India Power Limited & AT Group

Adani Power

Tata Teleservices

Sterlite Power (Vedanta Group)

Sterlite Grid

GVK Power

Sembcorp India

TATA Power

Talgo Group

Pune Metro Region Development Authority

GMR Power

Sistema Shyam

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Private Limited

BSES Rajdhani Power Private Limited

BSES Yamuna Power Private Limited

Bagmane Developers

Engie Group

Greenko Group

Mytrah Energy

Cerner Corporation, USA

Cisco WebEx Cloud Collaboration Technology Group

Accenture Services Private Li

Work highlights

  • Represented the Association of Power Producers, Rattan India, GVK, GMR and Coastal Energen in the landmark judgment where Supreme Court has quashed the RBI 12 February 2019 circular on stressed assets.
  • Advised PMRDA in private delivery of the first metro rail project in India being developed on PPP basis under the New Metro Policy 2017.
  • Advised several state governments (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana) in first of its public electronic auctions of mineral blocks granting mining leases/ composite licences (both with and without specified end-use) in respect of mineral blocks under and in accordance with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and the Mineral (Auction) Rules, 2015, as amended from time to time.

Khaitan & Co LLP

The energy, infrastructure and resources team at Khaitan & Co LLP fields a pan-India offering which apart from project finance and development, also includes advice on M&A, private equity (PE) investments and concession agreements. The team is adept at assisting with regulatory and policy issues, offering representation to clients in complex disputes arising out of engineering and infrastructure projects. Clients range from project sponsors and PE investors to governmental entities, developers and lenders. Dibyanshu Sinha has advised on several transactions in the renewable energy and mining sectors. Akhil Bhatnagar and Gahan Singh are key contacts for financial and strategic investors. Furthermore, Shivanshu Thaplyal specialises in PPP projects, while Swathy Ramanath has in-depth knowledge of the power, urban rail and airports verticals. Akshay Malhotra has recently joined from HSA Advocates.

Other key lawyers:

Anuj Sahay; Jhinook Roy

Testimonials

‘The team tries to understand what the Client wants, then works on tailoring their advice around that and the law, as opposed to telling what they think is right. The commerce drives the contract as opposed to the contract driving the commerce.’

‘They are always willing to listen and understand. Even on fees they understand when you can pay and when you can’t and are willing to go the lengths for the sake of the relationship. That is comforting, as legal costs remain high and availability and dedication remain low in other firms.’

 

Key clients

GS Engineering and Construction Corporation Limited

Delhi International Airport Limited (“DIAL”)

CESC Limited

Torrent Power Limited and Torrent Gas Private Limited

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Piramal Capital & Housing Finance Limited and Baboon Investments Holding B.V.

GMR Energy Limited

Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Private Limited

INOX Air Products Private Limited

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited and Sekura Roads Limited

Blue Planet Environmental Solutions Pte. Limited

Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Limited

Essar Steel Metal Trading Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised GS Engineering and Construction Corporation Limited on its proposed joint venture with ReNew Power (including drafting and finalising the transaction documents) for developing a 300 MW solar power project in Rajasthan, awarded by Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited through the SECI ISTS-IV bidding.
  • Advised CESC Limited in relation to its appointment as a distribution franchisee of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited for the distribution and supply of electricity in Malegaon Urban I, II & III sub-divisions and 5 villages of Malegaon Rural sub-division under Malegaon Circle.
  • Advised Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited in relation to the sale of its stake in three subsidiaries in tranches to CLP India Private Limited.

L&L Partners Law Offices

L&L Partners Law Offices has longstanding experience in the projects, energy and infrastructure sectors, acting as legal counsel to private and public entities. The group is well-equipped to assist with the full range of mandates, including financing transactions, development matters, concession agreements as well as EPC contracts and power purchase agreements. Mohit Saraf has thorough experience advising on projects in the energy, telecoms and airports sectors. Focusing on financing matters, Pallavi Bedi is noteworthy for projects pertaining to renewable energy, mining and oil & gas. Deepak Kumar Thakur, who recently joined from HSA Advocates, is knowledgeable of the PPP framework, and a seasoned practitioner in nuclear and renewable energy. Another key individual is Priyanka Singh, who assists with project development and financing.

Other key lawyers:

Ashita Bali

Testimonials

‘The L&L team was impressive in their approach towards resolving some real technical issues pertaining to energy sector. 

‘Pallavi Bedi is always available and approachable on the shortest of notices. Her knowledge and hard work approach is appreaciated.’

‘The Team under the leadership of Mr. Deepak Kumar (of L&L Partners Law Offices) is doing exceptionally well in Commercial Arbitration. He is excellent in Drafting Pleading and finding facts and use of legal citations during Arguments.’

 

Key clients

Petroleum Nasional Berhad

NITI Aayog

STOA S.A.

Penn Energy Renewables, LTD

Mumbai Port Trust

Rays Power Infra Private Limited

Canadian Solar Inc.

Amplus Energy Solutions Private Limited

NEPRA Resource Management Private Limited

Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised PETRONAS on its first investment in the renewable energy space in India, commencing with conducting due diligence on solar projects and project companies of the target company, Amplus Energy Solutions Pte. Ltd.
  • Advised Canadian Solar India Private Limited in drafting, negotiating and finalising project documentation for the implementation and operations & maintenance of a 100 MWAC solar power projects with battery storage system of 25 MWhs, at Maduru Oya Reservoir, Sri Lanka.
  • Provides legal services to NITI Aayog in relation to drafting of model concession documents – agreements, requests for qualification and requests for proposal, review of concession documents received from ministries/ government departments and providing comments thereon for PPP projects.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co offers advice to the entire array of stakeholders, including governmental bodies, multilateral agencies, developers, contractors and investors, on  the negotiation of innovative security structures and project documentation. One of the first destinations for financing mandates and PPP projects, the team is also adept at representing developers and industrial consumers in regulatory proceedings, and assisting with privatisation transactions. Practice head Jatin Aneja  has strong transactional credentials in the oil and gas sector, while V. R. Neelakantan is experienced in power transmission projects, concerning traditional and renewable energy sources. Deepto Roy is extremely active in this field, bringing together litigation, regulatory and transactional expertise. Project finance is one of Prashant Sirohi's core legal specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Jatin Aneja

Work highlights

  • Advised Navayuga Engineering Company Limited and its group companies in the sale to the Edelweiss Infrastructure Yield Plus fund and Sekura Roads Limited of 100% of the share capital of two SPVs (i.e. Navayuga Dhola Infra Projects Private Limited and Navayuga Dibang Infra Projects Private Limited, collectively referred to as the SPVs).
  • Acted for Hines, a US based global real estate investment and management firm, in relation to investment in a special purpose vehicle of DLF Limited, for development of a commercial project in Gurgaon, Haryana.
  • Advised PNC Infratech Limited, Bharat Road Network Limited and Galfar Oman in the proposed divestment of their 100% stake in Ghaziabad-Aligarh road project to Cube Highways and Infrastructure Pte. Ltd, a Singapore based portfolio company of I Squared Capital.

Trilegal

Trilegal is one of the first ports of call for several stakeholders in landmark deals in the energy and infrastructure sector. Lawyers are proficient in the entire spectrum of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters, covering renewable energy, oil & gas, nuclear power, transport and urban infrastructure. The team stands out for its wide-ranging expertise in the field of clean tech projects, and is increasingly involved in mandates involving foreign jurisdictions. Neeraj Menon, who was recently appointed as the national department head following Akshay Jaitly's departure, has expanded the service offering in Mumbai, which counts with inputs from the M&A and private equity teams to handle investment and acquisition deals in the energy and infrastructure sector. Saurabh Bhasin excels in PPP projects, as well as financing and development matters.

Practice head(s):

Neeraj Menon

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Omers Infrastructure Management Inc. (OMERS)

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Virgin Hyperloop One

PSA International Pte Ltd

Total S.A

Alfanar Energy KSA

NLMK India Electrical Steel Private Limited

Macquarie Capital/Green Investment Group

Cube Highways Infrastructure III Pte. Limited

EIG Global Energy Partners

LGT Lightstone Aspada

Coincident Energy Pte Ltd.

Sekura Energy Limited

Engie – JV with STOA Infra and Energy

EDF International Networks SAS (EDF)

Engie

Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors

NEXTPOWER III LP

CLP India Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting IFC and the respective state/national government bodies in designing and bidding out solar power projects in Madhya Pradesh (1500 MW), wind and solar projects in Sri Lanka (400 MW) on a PPP basis and 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power project (out of the 600 MW solar PV power complex) in the Egypt’s West Nile province.
  • Represented OMERS in its acquisition (through its FPI) of 66,200,000 units of the IndInfravit Trust, an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT), from L&T Limited.
  • Advised Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) on all matters relating to setting up a pilot hyperloop system connecting Pune and Mumbai in India through a swiss challenge mode of procurement.

AZB & Partners

The infrastructure, energy and natural resources practice at AZB & Partners brings together multidisciplinary expertise across M&A, funds, capital markets and dispute resolution, providing comprehensive services in relation to green and brownfield projects in India and abroad. The team generally acts for domestic and international players in the financing, development and acquisition of projects in the power (including renewable and nuclear), oil & gas, mining, transport, telecoms and urban infrastructure sectors. Prashanth Sabeshan, who is also a qualified solicitor in the UK, focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Another core member of the team is Qais Jamal, whose experience includes EPC contracts, power purchase agreements as well as concession agreements. Senior associate Swathy Pisharody has left the firm to join Trilegal.

Other key lawyers:

Anuja Tiwari

Key clients

Resurgent Power Ventures Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between Tata Power International Pte. Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power), ICICI Bank

ICICI Securities Limited, Axis Capital Limited, Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited, Deutsche Equities India Private Limited, IIFL Securities Limited and SBI Capital Markets Limited, IndusInd Bank Limited and YES Securities (India) Limited

Qatar Holding LLC (a group entity of Qatar Investment Authority)

KKR & Co Inc and funds/vehicles managed by it

Yellow Bell Investment Limited, an affiliate of Warburg Pincus LLC, and Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Private Limited

Brookfield Asset Management Inc

Total S.A.

Reliance Industries Limited, Jio Platforms Limited and Reliance Retail Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for RIL, JPL and RRL in connection with Facebook’s proposed investment in JPL, representing 9.99% of the post transaction share capital of JPL (on a fully diluted basis), for a consideration of approx $5.7bn.
  • Advised Renascent Power Ventures Private Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of Resurgent) and Resurgent in connection with the acquisition of 75.01% of the equity share capital and 100% of the preference share capital of Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited from the security trustee to the existing lenders.
  • Advised Brookfield/ BIF IV Jarvis India Pte. Ltd (an affiliate of Brookfield) in connection with $3.3bn investment in units to be issued by Reliance Industries Limited Tower Infrastructure Trust (“Trust”).

Bharucha & Partners

With particular strength in the transport logistics network sector, Bharucha & Partners is often retained by Indian corporations, leading power and energy players as well as foreign multinationals to assist with public procurement, project finance and dispute resolution, including regulatory proceedings. Another area of activity for the firm is private equity transactions involving infrastructure projects, with a special emphasis on the ports, railways and roads segment. The department is jointly led by Alka Bharucha, who focuses on project finance, and Justin Bharucha, who regularly advises on power projects.

Practice head(s):

Alka Bharucha; Justin Bharucha

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Adani Enterprises Limited

Aditya Birla Group

ATC Telecom

Vodafone Idea Limited

IJM Corporation Berhad

Mahindra & Mahindra Group

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

JM Baxi Group

Amun Solar Farms

Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited

DNV GL

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Sesa Sterlite Limited (now Vedanta Limited)

CG Power

Essel Mining

Bharat Road Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited on the acquisition of an 85% stake in Linjemontage i Grastrop AB, a Swedish EPC company which, together with its Swedish and Norwegian subsidiaries, operates throughout Scandinavia.
  • Advised Alchem International in Alchem International Pvt. Ltd. vs DHBVN in relation to electricity purchased from Open Access.
  • Represented Vodafone Idea Limited in a challenge to Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) before the Bombay High Court.

DSK Legal

Offering representation to lenders, public and private players, DSK Legal is adept at advising on the implementation of greenfield and brownfield projects. Energy is at the core of the projects practice, which is a solid performer in the field of climate change projects, energy trading schemes as well as trading of renewable energy certificates. Apart from assisting with financing issues, the department is well versed in providing support in relation to EPC contracts, concession agreements, and contractual disputes. Anjan Dasgupta has a strong track record in the development of domestic and foreign infrastructure projects, including roads, ports, railways, mining and power plants. Ajay Shaw often acts for governmental entities, having led on several smart city and urban infrastructure projects. Dinesh Pardasani, who recently joined from Link Legal – India Law Services with a team of lawyers, has a wealth of experience of assisting renewable energy clients on  contractual and regulatory issues.

Testimonials

‘Knowledge about bidding process and all associated processes such as revenue and stamp duty, company secretarial activities; cross-border compliance; litigation advisory; and business intelligence.’

‘Anjan Dasgupta has extensive knowledge of bidding and allied processes and provides prompt response to queries. Availability and responsiveness are the key attributes.’

‘The team provides a holistic view on the transaction covering M&A, regulatory, financing, sector knowledge and dispute resolution which enables to understand risk from all perspectives. The firm has also advised various authorities in the past and this experience is really insightful while project evaluating. The firm has advised on various infrastructure sub-sectors like roads, aviation and railways.’

‘Anjan Dasgupta has been associated with all the airport projects in India and very well equipped on other sub-sectors like roads and railways.’

Key clients

Zurich Airport International AG

City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (CIDCO)

NITI Aayog

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric Co., Ltd., China

TRIL Urban Transport Private Limited & Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited

Keolis SA & Keolis Asia Pte. Ltd.

Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo S.A.

Mumbai International Airport Limited

DSR Consultants

Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited

CMA Terminals and CMA-CGM, France

Mumbai Port Trust

Indian Ports Association

Assystem Engineering and Operation Services

National Highway Authority of India

PSA International

National Thermal Power Corporation

Neyveli Lignite Corporation

Pune Smart City Corporation Limited

EverSource Capital

Alstom Transport India Limited

Alstom Systems India Private Ltd.

Hitachi Rails STS

GE Renewable Energy

Sparklet Engineers Private Limited

First Solar

Veolia India Pr

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zurich Airport with its bid to develop a greenfield airport (Noida International Airport) at Jewar, Noida on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis.
  • Assisting City Industrial Development Corporation Limited and Government of Maharashtra on all aspects regarding the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, which is currently one of the world’s largest greenfield PPP airport projects.
  • Advised the Government of India, acting through the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management in relation to the strategic disinvestment of 100% equity shares held by GoI in Kamarajar Port Limited (representing 66.67% of the paid-up share capital of KPL), to Chennai Port Trust.

Economic Laws Practice

Economic Laws Practice assists domestic and foreign clients throughout all stages of project development and finance, showcasing an increasing focus on the energy sector. Fielding a team which includes corporate law specialists, the firm is well placed to assist with the structuring of transactions and investments in the infrastructure space. Furthermore, its regulatory and dispute resolution capabilities are other key strengths for the practice which is under the leadership of Sujjain Talwar, who has a wealth of experience in infrastructure projects in Asia. Aakanksha Joshi has a strong track record of private equity deals in the infrastructure and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sujjain Talwar

Other key lawyers:

Aakanksha Joshi; Ashish Prasad

Key clients

Somerset Indus Healthcare India Fund and Somerset Indus Healthcare India Fund II

INKEL Limited

Exide Industries Limited (Exide)

Hindalco Industries Limited (HIL)

M.P. Power Management Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Somerset Indus Healthcare India Fund and Somerset Indus Healthcare India Fund II in carrying out a due diligence exercise on the target companies i.e. Apex Hospitals Private Limited (Target) and its wholly owned subsidiaries.
  • Filed an intervention application on behalf of HIL seeking refund of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC’s) purchased during the period November 2017- February 2018 deposited before CERC.
  • From time to time has advised HIL on the issue of Renewable Purchase Obligations in respect of notifications dated February 1, 2019 and October 1, 2019 by Ministry of Power and their impact on the Captive generating plants (CGP’s) being managed by HIL throughout India.

IndusLaw

Demonstrating particular strength in M&A, IndusLaw also excels in project development mandates, namely in the power (including renewable energy) and infrastructure sectors. Construction and procurement contracts, as well as financing, restructuring and supply agreements also feature on the team's workload, which includes India and foreign project development matters. Avirup Nag attracts instructions from leading funds, and international and domestic companies, which are active in the renewable energy and transport sectors. Concession agreements are an area of focus for Nishant Singh, who is also involved in M&A and project finance. Arun Kumar stands out for work pertaining to renewable power projects, while Deepak Chowdhury has advised on numerous PPP structures.

Testimonials

‘Great experience overall having Arun Kumar as our lawyer. He and his team understood us and our business, very insightful and an expert in their field.’

 

Key clients

Canadian Solar

Engie

Autostrada

ReNew Power

Statkraft

Berkeley Energy

Amplus

AMPSolar

UPC Renewable

Cleantech Solar

JCB

Equis

GE Renewables

NextEnergy Capital

Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited

SITAC EDF

Gamesa

China Harbour

Sterlite Power

Mahindra Susten

Ib-Vogts

Volga Solar

Atha Group

Ecoren

Greenko

DE Raj Group AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted AMPSolar India (and its India management team) in relation to an investment by LGT Lightstone Aspada in AMPSolar India.
  • Advised Sterlite Power Transmission Limited, a leading developer of electric power transmission infrastructure, in relation to its acquisition of the entire share holding in Gurgaon-Palwal Transmission Limited and East-North Interconnection Company Limited by Indigrid.
  • Advising Canadian Solar in relation to its proposed investments in solar projects in Bangladesh.

Kochhar & Co.

Kochhar & Co. provides pan-Indian support to some of the largest infrastructure and energy players from the private and public sector. The firm handles the entire array of projects work, ranging from financing, to dispute resolution and development; lawyers are proficient in a variety of segments, including urban infrastructure, highways and railways, as well as oil & gas pipelines and renewable power projects. Department leader Krishna  Vijay Singh is adept at handling contentious matters, which is also an area of activity for Raheel Kohli and Manish Dembla, who also has strong corporate advisory capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Krishna Vijay Singh

Other key lawyers:

Manish Dembla; Raheel Kohli

Testimonials

‘Krishna Vijay Singh has good knowledge of law as well as litigation strategy.’ 

‘Excellent understanding of the contracts; superior top management; attention to detail; excellent communication Skills.’

‘I would like to recommend Manish Dembla for his exemplary client management skills.’

Key clients

GAIL (India) Ltd.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited – A State of Haryana Transmission Company

Simplex infrastructures Limited

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd.

Beijing National Railway Research & Design Institute of Signal & Communication Group Co. Ltd.

ITD Cementation Ltd.

Experion Developers Private Limited

Burman Estate Pvt. Ltd

Ocus Skyscrapers Realty Limited

CISCO

Work highlights

  • Advised China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd. (the largest construction company in the world by revenue) on its proposed joint venture with an Indian party for jointly bidding as a consortium for a project for construction of a bridge across river Ganga.
  • Advising Beijing National Railway Research & Design Institute of Signal & Communication Group Co. Ltd. on a project for construction of Double Track Railway Lines at a Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor on various issues arising during the execution of the Project as well as on its disputes with Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited and its various sub-contractors.
  • Assisting  HVPNL in relation to an agreement awarded to Gurgaon Palwal Transmission Limited (GPTL) for creation of 400 KV GIS Substations in Gurgaon and Palwal area, as a part of Inter-State Transmission System.

Link Legal

Enjoying a strong reputation in the infrastructure arena, Link Legal advises on all aspects of large scale and long-term projects, including but not limited to risk analysis, EPC contracting, project finance, restructuring, regulatory issues and dispute resolution. The team is also a solid performer in M&A and PE investments, demonstrating sector-specific expertise across airports, roads, railways, waste management and energy. The firm draws upon close ties with international firms located in strategic jurisdictions (i.e. Japan), which places it as a go-to choice for foreign companies and funds. Practice co-head Atul Sharma is noted for his experience in the transport sector, assisting with infrastructure development and contentious matters. Fellow co-leader Anand Srivastava is also proficient in dispute resolution and concession agreements.

Practice head(s):

Atul Sharma; Anand Srivastava

Other key lawyers:

Milind Jha; Milanka Chaudhury

Key clients

Alstom Systems India Pvt. Ltd. (India)

Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (“MELPL”)

Azure Power Forty-Three Private Limited (“Azure 43”)

Azure Power India Private Limited (“Azure”)

Sterlite Group (Sterlite)

Hitachi Rail STS India Private Limited

SB Energy (SoftBank Group)

Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA)

Sunshine Law Firm (“Sunshine”)

Marquardt Group

Freyr Energy Services Private Limited (“FESPL”)

IL&FS Rail Limited (IRL), Rapid Metro Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) and Rapid Metro Gurgaon South Limited (RMGSL)

Zheneng Capital Holding Co.

Jindal Saw Ltd.

IDE Technologies Ltd. (India)

Global Infrastructure Partners India LLP (GIP)

CRRC Corporation Limited

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL)

National Industrial Corridor Development & Implementation Trust(NICDIT)

Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited

Navayuga Engineering Company Limited

Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility Private Limited (DAFFPL)

Delhi International Airport Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising MELPL (a joint venture between the Indian Railways and Alstom Manufacturing Private Limited) which has entered into a Procurement-cum-Maintenance Agreement (PCMA) with the Government of India on 30.11.2015 for inter alia the production of 800 high-power locomotives of 12000 HP over a period of 11 years designed to run on Indian tracks at 100 km per hour and for setting up of a locomotive depot in Saharanpur.
  • Advised the Power vertical of Sterlite in relation to the regulatory regime which governs the allocation of Transmission Schemes.
  • Assisting Freyr Energy Services Private Limited in relation to the development of 10 MW of rooftop solar projects in multiple States in India.

Phoenix Legal

Phoenix Legal acts for lenders and borrowers in project finance transactions, and is adept at handling M&A deals involving infrastructure assets. The practice also assists with the preparation of concession agreements, PPP structures, EPC contracts, regulatory aspects of projects and dispute resolution. On the energy front, practitioners attract mandates on the legal issues of the entire supply chain, covering gas, LNG and conventional and renewable power. Sawant Singh leads matters pertaining to project finance, while Abhishek Saxena has significant experience in cross-border deals, PPP models and tender processes in relation to energy projects. Pranav Srivastava focuses on transactional work involving the energy sector and infrastructure disputes.

Key clients

Petronet LNG Limited

HPCL Shapoorji Energy Private Limited

I Squared Capital

Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila

GSPC LNG Limited

JOULON (an asset ownership and management services company formed in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co)

Andritz Hydro

Mahanagar Gas Limited

ClearMedi Healthcare

Indraprastha Gas Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting C-Quest, which is currently implementing a project in India involving promotion of efficient lighting and reducing energy consumption by introducing low cost LED lighting technology in households.
  • Advised Behavioral Services Holding LLC, USA on setting up its first clinical centre in India for providing applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy services for children with autism and their families.
  • Acted for Mitsui & Co. which entered into a joint venture with ICHIBANYA Co. Ltd. to open the world’s largest chain of Japanese-style-curry restaurants named “Curry House CoCo Ichibanya” in India starting its first outlet in New Delhi.

Advaita Legal

Advaita Legal brings together regulatory experts and transactional lawyers to offer wide-ranging legal solutions in the fields of contracts, infrastructure and projects. Bid process management, regulatory advice and contentious claims are focus areas for the department whose track record includes advising on project documentation pertaining to various sectors, such as airports, mining, railways, energy, and social infrastructure. Shailendra Singh, who is experienced in project development and litigation, oversees the department with Monali Dutta, who has been involved in several PPP projects in India.

Practice head(s):

Shailendra Singh; Monali Dutta

Key clients

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)

GMR Power Corporation Private Limited

Essar Power Transmission Company Limited

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited

Sterlite Power Grid Ventures Limited

Inland Waterways Authority of India

Bureau of Energy Efficiency

Expert Petroleum Solutions SRL

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL)

Nashik Municipal Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised ONGC in relation to selection of contractor for enhancing production from operating fields.
  • Acted for  Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited in a dispute involving a transmission line awarded via competitive bidding in 2010.
  • Providing legal advice and assistance to Sterlite in preparation of the standard templates for their operations across the transmission cycles commencing from their capex requirements to their daily operations requirements.

BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors

BRUS CHAMBERS, Advocates & Solicitors handles an array of projects, energy and infrastructure mandates on behalf of public and private sector clients. The team, which is led by Shrikant Hathi, is well-equipped to advise on small to large-scale projects in the energy, oil & gas, and mining space. The practice head has a wealth of experience of handling infrastructure projects disputes. Advocate Uttam Hathi is another noteworthy lawyer in the projects team.

Practice head(s):

Shrikant Hathi

Other key lawyers:

Pritish Das; Uttam Hathi

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Dhir & Dhir Associates is skilled at assisting with contractual negotiations and regulatory issues, as well as project finance and structuring. Project developers, investors and governmental entities seek the practice's assistance in relation to transactions and development of infrastructure and energy projects concerning sectors such as mining, oil & gas, power, railways, roads, airports, and water & waste management. Restructuring expert Alok Dhir leads the department along with project finance specialist Girish Rawat. EPC contracts and PPP projects are notable areas of practice for Guranpreet Sarna.

Practice head(s):

Alok Dhir; Girish Rawat

Other key lawyers:

Guranpreet Sarna

Key clients

IndusInd Bank Limited

PTC India Financial Services Limited

India Infradebt Limited

HDFC Bank Limited

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

Kuldip Singh Rathee and Vijay Rathee – SomDatt Finance Corporation Limited

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited

Tata Cleantech Capital Limited

Power Finance Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited on the financing being availed by Goodwatts WTE Rajkot Private Limited for the purposes of development, construction and operations of its 14.90 MW waste to energy project based on municipal solid waste in Rajkot, Gujarat.
  • Advised the consortium of Lenders viz. Power Finance Corporation Limited (Lead Lender) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited for the financial assistance being availed by Goodwatts WTE Ahmedabad Private Limited for the purposes of development, construction and operation of its 14.9 MW waste to energy project based on municipal solid waste in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Acted for PTC India Financial Services Limited as lender in the financial assistance provided to Azure Power India Private Limited for implementation and execution of ground mounted solar power projects.

Fox Mandal & Associates

Fox Mandal acts for developers, turnkey contractors, investors and lenders in relation to infrastructure projects across India in a range of sectors, such as ports, roads and logistics. On the energy front, the team is primarily involved in matters pertaining to renewable energy, including wind and solar projects, which is a particular area of expertise for Jeevanandham Rajagopal. R Chandrasekaran's key legal specialisms include PPP projects and EPC models of infrastructure investments.

Other key lawyers:

Vibhore Chaturvedi;

Key clients

CSB Bank Limited

Karaikal Port Private Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle

Krishna Skyway InfraProjects Private Limited

Vizag Seaport Private Limited

Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association

Regen Powertech Private Limited

Nordex India Private Limited

Cleanmax Solar Private Limited

Leapgreen Energy Private Limited

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Power Private Limited

Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Retained by KARAIKAL PORT PRIVATE LIMITED (KPPL)as legal counsel for the development and operation of an LNG Import and Regasification Terminal at the Port of Karaikal.
  • Assisted KRISHNA SKYWAY INFRAPROJECTS PRIVATE LIMITED in the transaction pertaining to Design and Development of Automated People Mover, first of its kind in the country.
  • Assisting CSB Bank Limited in various transactions, including the preparation, drafting and vetting of the Loan Agreements to develop SH-77 &SH-72 in Parli Jamsar Behedpadasection, Maharashtra on Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) under PPP format.

Gagrats

Gagrats acts for Indian and foreign clients in a range of infrastructure projects and energy matters. The team is particularly active assisting privately or publicly-held power companies, but is also adept at advising infrastructure projects, including airports and those pertaining to the telecoms sector. Noteworthy practitioners include Rustam Gagrat and Uma Nagarajan.

Other key lawyers:

Rustam Gagrat; Uma Nagarajan

Halder & Associates

Halder & Associates acts predominantly for international clients on their infrastructure and energy projects in India, assisting with bankability issues, the structuring of transactions, and financing agreements. The practice has been increasingly active in the renewable energy space, having recently advised on offshore wind power projects; lawyers are also regularly instructed by multilateral agencies in relation to social infrastructure projects on PPP basis. Department leader Ajoy Halder has a wealth of experience in handling projects in India and across Asia, including railways, airports, highways and ports.

Practice head(s):

Ajoy Halder

Other key lawyers:

Priyanka Havelia; Sushmita Haldar

Key clients

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

NASSCOM

OEC

Woodstock Fund

Charlie Enterprise

AR-CH Private Limited

Fujitsu

Times Group

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Asian Development Bank (ADB) on healthcare PPP projects in India.
  • Advised NASSCOM on the implementation of the Government of India skill development program through PPP structure.
  • Assisting ABD in all solar projects that it is funding through its $500m commitment in India.

Juris Corp

Juris Corp has particular expertise in the project finance space spanning multiple sectors, including railways, roads, manufacturing facilities, mining and power projects. Typical mandates also include advising on the structuring and negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts and PPP models. The department is overseen by Jayesh H who excels in derivative and structured finance deals. The team lost Nand Gopal and Pratish Kumar who joined J Sagar Associates in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jayesh H

Testimonials

‘Easily accessible, good market knowledge and relations. Updated on regulatory and legal changes.’

Key clients

JSW Steel Limited

DBS Bank Ltd.

Reliance Industries Limited

Birla Corporation Limited

Deutsche Bank AG

Mashreqbank psc

Barclays Bank PLC

State Bank of India

J.C. Flowers Asset Reconstruction Private Limited

InCred Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, UCO Bank and Union Bank of India on a loan to RCCPL Private Limited, for setting up a greenfield 2.68 MTPA Clinker Plant, 3.88 MTPA Cement Manufacturing Plant and a 51 MW Waste Heat Recovery System and Power Plant at Mukutban, Maharashtra.
  • Advised Axis Bank Limited on funding for the operation of its 8×135 MW power plant situated at Bhadresh, Barmer.
  • Assisted the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in its capacity as the facilities agent and other participant lenders thereto in relation to an external commercial borrowing extended to Reliance Industries Limited.

Legacy Law Offices

Legacy Law Offices is noted for its longstanding expertise in infrastructure law. The team, which is well equipped to advise on projects in India and abroad, has been involved in the development of a diversity of projects, including railways, transport terminals, roads, ports, social and urban infrastructure. With an impressive track record in PPP and EPC projects, the practice is also active in power generation and transmission mandates. Dual qualified Gagan Anand is experienced at handling project development on PPP basis and public procurement issues, which are also specialist areas of interest for Shalini Munjal.

Practice head(s):

Gagan Anand; Shalini Munjal

Testimonials

‘Professional, efficient and personable are a few of the adjectives which can be used for the team of lawyers at Legacy Law Offices. They have the ability to execute their work expeditiously and fairly. The firm excels in the field of Infrastructure Projects and their team of lawyers has supported the successful implementation of more than 300 PPP projects.’

‘Gagan Anand, the managing partner of the law firm, is a delightful and a highly competent personality. His ability to draw reasonable and logical conclusions in deals concerning Infrastructure Projects is highly appreciable.’

‘Legacy Law Offices has a highly skilled and sophisticated team which stands out for its commitment to quality legal work, especially in the area of Infrastructure and Developmental Law. The experience and productivity of the Law Firm in the field of PPP projects is a benchmark.’

‘Gagan Anand is very professional in his dealings and efficient with his work. I have always been very satisfied with the work which his team has been delivering to my company. He has rich and varied experience in domestic as well as international Developmental Projects.’ 

Key clients

ANS Constructions Pvt. Ltd.

Ajnala Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd.

Almondz Global Securities Ltd.

Almondz Global Infra-Consultants Limited

Applied Research International Pvt. Ltd. (ARI)

Batala Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd.

Ceigall India Ltd.

Construction Technique

Darashaw & Co. Pvt. Ltd.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP (DTTILLP)

Ernst & Young LLP

Grant Thornton India LLP

Gurdaspur Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd.

Himachal Pradesh Infrastructure Development Board (HPIDB)

International Consultants & Technocrats Pvt. Ltd.

IIFCL Projects Ltd.

Jalandhar Smart City Ltd.

KPMG India Private Limited

Meinhardt Singapore Pte. Ltd.

National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd.

Panchan Bhang Power

PARY & Co.

Premier Alcobev (P) Ltd.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited

Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB)

Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA)

Rohan Rajdeep Tollways Ltd.

Rohan Rajdeep Kerala Road Projects Ltd.

Rohtak-Panipat Tollways Ltd.

SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

State Health Agency, Punjab

STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

Voyants Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Woodhill Infrastructure Ltd.

Xpanz Solar Power

Work highlights

  • Provided transactional advice to The Treasury, Kenya Government PPP Unit/ Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in relation to the Development, Operation, and Maintenance of Nairobi-Nakuru Mau Sumit (A104) Highway on PPP basis (approximate length of 232 km) – under IFPPP of World Bank.
  • Advised the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) in relation to the Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop Project on PPP basis with procurement through Swiss Challenge route.
  • Assisted the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) in the development/ Redevelopment of 5 (Five) Railway Stations on the Indian Railway Network on PPP basis.

Samvad Partners

Standing out for its credentials in project finance, Samvad Partners leads advice to a varied client roster, which includes financial institutions, project sponsors and developers, infrastructure funds and private equity players. The team specialises in core infrastructure sectors, ranging from airports, ports and logistics to power and oil& gas, assisting with the drafting and negotiation of project documents and commercial contracts, as well as M&A and PE transactions. Vineetha MG is the key point of contact for project finance and energy transactions. Harish Narasappa handles infrastructure regulatory aspects, while Ekta Bahl is noted for PPP projects.

Other key lawyers:

Khyati Sanghvi

Key clients

Axis Bank Limited

Bothe Windfarm Development Private Limited

Continuum Wind Energy (India) Private Limited

Continuum Power Trading (TN) Private Limited

ICICI Bank Limited

India Infradebt Limited

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

L&T Finance Limited

Trinethra Wind and Power Private Limited

Watsun Infrabuild Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Continuum Power Trading (TN) Private Limited, a subsidiary of Continuum Wind Energy Limited, in respect of a rupee term loan from Power Finance Corporation Limited for the setting up of a 250 MW Wind Power Project at Dayapar in Gujarat.
  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A, in lending by way of a lease rental discounting facility of INR 461 Crores to Ascendas IT Park (Pune) Private Limited for the refinancing of its existing facilities and for construction of the last phase of its IT park.
  • Assisted DJ Energy Private Limited, a subsidiary of CWEIPL, in relation to a rupee term loan from L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (“L&T”) for the refinancing of existing loans availed by DJEPL and for investment in other infrastructure projects of the group.

Singhania & Partners LLP

The projects and energy practice at Singhania & Partners LLP  has been particularly active advising on the financing structures of projects in the sectors of renewable energy (with an emphasis on solar power), railways and roads.Typical mandates also cover concession agreements, dispute resolution, bid process management, regulatory and compliance issues. Dipak Rao and Ravi Singhania excel in project finance transactions, while Vikas Goel handles contentious matters. Abhimeet Sinha has extensive experience in energy mandates, especially in the electricity and renewables sectors.

Key clients

Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited

Acme Chittorgarh Solar Energy Private Limited

Adani Green Energy Limited

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA)

Sriramcharan Energy and Infra Pvt. Ltd

M/s Talettutayi Solar Projects Five Pvt. Ltd.

Ramesh Hydro Power Private Limited

Antony Lara Renewable Energy Pvt Ltd.

M/s Asian Fab Tec Limited

PNC Delhi Industrial Infra Private Limited

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL)

National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL)

Mazars Advisory Private Limited

REC Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL)

Gujarat Maritime Board

Work highlights

  • Acted as Lender’s Legal Counsel to a consortium of lenders comprising of Power Finance Corporation Limited and REC LIMITED for the purpose of drafting the Inter Creditor Agreement and mortgage documents, title verification of the project land and providing legal opinion on the executed documents in regard to the financial assistance availed by Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited.
  • Assisted Adani Renewable (RJ) Ltd.  in the development of a solar project of 200 MW in district Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan.
  • Successfully acted for PNC Delhi Industrialinfra Pvt. Ltd. in an arbitration regarding a concession agreement awarded for the rehabilitation, re-development and maintenance of one of the industrial areas in New Delhi.

Sumanto Basu & Associates

Focusing on projects and energy work, boutique firm Sumanto Basu & Associates's core strength lies in the oil & gas sector. The service offering ranges from upstream to downstream project development; areas of particular expertise for the team include LNG sale and purchase agreements, gas pipeline issues, natural gas distribution networks, concessions and joint operating contracts, among others. Founding partner Sumanto Basu advises on the entire spectrum of project development issues, and has a wealth of experience in renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Sumanto Basu

Other key lawyers:

Nishita B. Malik; Ipshita Ahuja

Key clients

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

GSPC LNG Limited

Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila

Petronet LNG Limited

AGP CGD India Private Limited

AGP Karaikal LNG Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, Inc. before the Supreme Court of India on the appeal filed by the client against the judgment passed by Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) regarding the development of a natural gas Distribution (CGD) network in certain cities in India.
  • Advised Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited on the proposed transfer of its gas business to its subsidiary – Bharat Gas Resources Limited.
  • Advised AGP Karaikal LNG Private Limited regarding the granting of rights to undertake the development of an LNG receipt and regasification terminal at the Karaikal Port, Puducherry from Karaikal Port Private Limited (owner and operator of Karaikal Port pursuant to a government concession).