Firms To Watch: Tax

Headed up by founding partner Mohit Saraf and Lokesh Shah, the tax practice at Saraf and Partners assists clients with the tax aspects of M&A and transaction structuring, as well as transfer pricing and GST related matters.
RSA Legal Solutions is a substantial Gurgaon-based specialist firm that offers a wide range of services; in addition to areas such as GST and income tax, it advises on customs duties, foreign trade policy and Foreign Exchange Management Act issues.

Tax in India

AZB & Partners

Praised for being ‘very commercial and easy to work with‘ the tax practice at AZB & Partners assists its clients with tax advisory, litigation, corporate tax planning and international tax matters. The firm has a particularly strong market presence in tax litigation and is regularly tasked with matters before the ITAT, the High Courts and Supreme Court. The team is co-led by Ajay Bahl, Deepak Chopra and Suresh Varanasi. Bahl is well regarded for his expertise in transfer pricing issues, while Chopra is a key name for tax disputes and Varanasi is the contact for indirect tax matters. Shreya Rao is the main contact for the Bangalore office. Aditya Singh Chandel, Abhinav Ashwin and Harpreet Singh Ajmani are also key partners to note. Since publication, the team welcomed Shruti KP in its Mumbai office.

Practice head(s):

Ajay Bahl; Deepak Chopra; Suresh Varanasi

Other key lawyers:

Harpreet Singh Ajmani; Abhinav  Ashwin; Shreya Rao; Aditya Singh Chandel; Shruti KP


‘AZB’s tax team were completely integrated between contentious and non-contentious members. Their advice and work product was top-drawer. They were very commercial and easy to work with. ’

‘The first-rate Shreya Rao is a delight to work with. Her advice is excellent and clear. She handles the most difficult, emotional and intellectually challenging issues with grace and apparent ease.’

Key clients

Boston Scientific Group

LF Investment Group

Alliance Bernstein India Growth (Mauritius)

Golden State Capital

Softbank Vision Fund

Lintas India

Tenable Network Security Ireland

Indus Tower


Applied Research International

Benetton India

Genpact India



Coperion Ideal

Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies


Toshiba Corporation

General Electric Power




Schneider Electric

One 97 Communication (Paytm)

Clifford Chance

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Galactus Funware Technology (Mobile Premiere League)




Work highlights

  • Represented Xiaomi Technology India before the High Court of Karnataka in the provisional attachment of fixed deposits.
  • Represented ANI Technologies before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in its appeal against withholding tax default order.
  • Represented Google India before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal on the issues of characterisation of payments made for purchase of online advertisement space as royalty.

Economic Laws Practice

The ‘very proactive' team at Economic Laws Practice covers a broad spectrum a taxation matters, including transactional, advisory and litigation work. The firm’s tax practice is a popular choice among large corporations seeking advice relating to their domestic and cross-border transactions. Clients stem from several sectors, including pharmaceuticals, real estate, sports and technology. Rohit Jain and Nishant Shah co-head the practice from Mumbai. Operating from the New Delhi office, Kumar Visalaksh is praised for his ‘clear thinking and diligence.’ Vivek Baj is a key name to note for the Pune office, while Darshan Bora operates from Bangalore. Adarsh Somani is also a key name from the Mumbai office.



Practice head(s):

Rohit Jain; Nishant Shah

Other key lawyers:

Kumar Visalaksh; Vivek Baj; Adarsh Somani; Darshan Bora


‘The team at ELP is very proactive and professional. The team is very customer centric and focused on the issues rather the commercial interest (billing). They are always on top of the industry developments and proactive in ensuring that appropriate measures are taken to avoid on timely manner. ’

‘I have known Kumar Visalaksh for more than a decade. Over these years. Kumar has assisted me in many complex tax and regulatory matters. He is one of the most professional and dedicated lawyer I have worked with. Kumar’s ability to quickly read through intricate facts and tax provisions and formulate the way forward/approach on a matter is outstanding. He brings clear thinking and diligence on matters he handles. Kumar perhaps is one of those few who effortlessly straddles between tax advisory and litigations.’

‘Team is prompt in its responses, sticks to deadlines, and are determined in the face of challenge. ’

Key clients

Tata Consultancy Services vs Union of India & Ors

The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)

Tata Advanced Systems

Scholl UK and Scholl India

Otis Elevator Company (India)

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company

Certain Indian Premier League teams (cricket).

Bharti Airtel


Abbott India

Johnson & Johnson

Rustomjee Group; Wadhwa Group; Panchshil Realty; Runwal Group; Runwal Residency

Edelweiss Rural & Corporate Services, JSW Energy , Polycab India

Sun Pharma Laboratories

Siemens Limited; Siemens Healthcare; Cummins India

Mylan Laboratories

Tata Power Solar Systems

Work highlights

Khaitan & Co LLP

Specialising in both direct and indirect tax, the practice at Khaitan & Co LLP regularly advises large domestic companies, multinational corporations, funds, insurance companies and high-net-worth individuals. Advising on a range of matters, the team’s expertise covers domestic and international tax advisory, transfer pricing and supply chain structuring. Sanjay Sanghvi handles high-end tax controversy matters before tax and transfer pricing authorities, while Bijal Ajinkya specialises in international/cross border tax matters. Ritu Shaktawat sits in the direct tax practice while Indruj Rai also specialises in direct tax, both advisory and litigation matters. On the indirect tax front, Dinesh Agrawal specialises in customs valuations, classification, GST and trade remedies; Sudipta Bhattacharjee is well-versed in indirect tax advisory, controversy and contract documentation; Mayank Jain is also a key member specialising in indirect tax.

Other key lawyers:

Indruj Rai; Sanjay Sanghvi; Ritu Shaktawat; Bijal Ajinkya; Dinesh Agrawal; Mayank Jain; Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Key clients

Eversub India

Aditya Saraf HUF


EIH Associated Hotels

Naga Dhunseri Group


Alloys & Metals (India)

Cyberark Software

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Britannia Industries

Rhea Trading & Investments

NewQuest Capital Partners

HIL Limited

Renesas Electronics

The J. P. Morgan (JPM)

Attivo Networks

Adtalem Global Education

Afcons Infrastructure

Balkrishna Tyres

Castrol Ltd. UK and Ors

Commscope India

Daiwa Capital Markets

Gameskraft Technologies

Hindalco Industries


Indian Bank Association (IBA)

IDP Education India

JSW Steel

Kerneos India Aluminate Technologies

Mahindra Aerostructures

Mahindra & Mahindra  (“M&M)

Openplay Technologies

Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals

Parker Hannifin India

Parle Biscuits

Petronet LNG

Quantum Labs

State Bank of India

Strata Geosystems (India)

Uber India Systems

United Spirits

Work highlights

  • Acted as tax counsel for Eversub India before tax authorities and appellate authorities on various high value tax and transfer pricing related matters in India including some of the intricate transfer pricing related aspects.
  • Advised Rhea Trading and Investments and its group entities on the sale of a stake in Focus Care and Focus Edumantics to Alpine Investors from an Indian law perspective.
  • Assisted Cyberark Software on the acquisition of stake in C3M along with an underlying Indian subsidiary.

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

The tax practice at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is ‘very thorough in their preparation for any given assignment‘ which enables ‘extremely high-grade‘ results for its clients. The team is well-versed in customs advisory and litigation, with a practice dedicated to this area. Income tax is also an area of its expertise as it regularly handles various tax issues for companies, including tax assessments, advisory, structuring and investment strategy and due diligence. On the litigation front, the team represents clients in matters before the High Courts and Supreme Court. The practice is led by founding and managing partner V Lakshmikumaran  who boasts a broad expertise. Charanya Lakshmikumaran is a key member of the practice and handles tax litigation. S. Vasudevan is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

V. Lakshmikumaran

Other key lawyers:

Charanya Lakshmikumaran; S. Vasudevan; L Badri Narayanan; N. Mathivanan; Dhruv Matta


‘Throughout our long association with M/s Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan they have continued to provide us excellent services mostly relating to Indirect Taxes. In this regard, they have provided us multiple legal opinions and have also represented us before various judicial and quasi-judicial forums (all the way up to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India). We have consistently found their services to be extremely high-grade, with their staff and partners having developed a great finesse and expertise in their respective fields. The quality that we would like to especially highlight is that they have always reflected genuine concern and sincerity towards the interests of their clients, enabling them to always put in a bit extra than what would generally be considered conventional or regular.’

‘Although we have had positive interaction with most of their lawyers, we would specifically like to recommend Mr. V. Lakshmikumaran, Mr. L Badri Narayanan, Mr. N. Mathivanan, Mr. S. Vasudevan and Mr. Dhruv Matta for their mastery of the Tax/Legal craft. Not only each of them is a foremost expert in his field, their insight towards the matter at hand and the dedication with which they pursue each task is exemplary.’


Key clients


Gas Authority of India (GAIL)

Honda Cars India

Sony Corporation


Nikon Corporation

Ultratech Cement

Xerox Holdings Corporation



Work highlights

Nishith Desai Associates

Highly-regarded for its expertise in international tax, the practice at Nishith Desai Associates regularly assists multinational corporations and sovereign wealth funds with their transactions in India. Key focus areas of the firm’s tax practice include inbound and outbound structuring, digital tax and transaction tax. The practice has been busy advising its clients on new developments in digital tax, including the introduction of an equalisation levy and data localisation rules. The team is a popular choice with crypto exchanges and gaming companies for tax issues within crisis management. At practice head level, founding partner Nishith Desai is highly regarded; Parul Jain is a key name for cross-border investments and group reorganisation strategies; and Dhruv Janssen-Sanghavi who leads from the Netherlands.

Practice head(s):

Nishith Desai; Parul Jain; Dhruv Janssen-Sanghavi

Key clients

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

W Health Ventures



Athera Venture Partners

Praefinium India Opportunities

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal and tax counsel for British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) in becoming the new anchor investors in Cube Highways Trust.
  • Assisted W Health Ventures with the restructuring of a cross-border health-tech focussed venture capital fund, and an in-house incubator for health-tech ventures.
  • Advising Gresham Investment Management on structing for an offshore fund investing into Indian exchange-traded commodity derivatives and single stock futures.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

The extensive offering from the tax practice at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co includes tax planning, advisory and litigation services. The firm’s tax advisory encompasses areas such as M&A transactions, business restructuring and succession planning. Compliance consultancy comprises part of the tax practice’s work as it advises its clients in relation to various direct and indirect tax compliances. The team also assists its clients with support throughout investigation before various tax investigating agencies. Rajat Bose is the key contact for tax planning, advisory and litigation support for GST-related matters, while Abhay Sharma is experienced in inbound and outbound investment structuring, as well as corporate restructuring. Gouri Puri is also a key name for international tax planning and digital tax. Overseeing the practice is managing partner Pallavi Shroff .

Practice head(s):

Pallavi Shroff

Other key lawyers:

Rajat Bose; Abhay Sharma; Gouri Puri

Key clients

Électricité de France (EDF)

Eris Lifesciences

Singapore Airlines

PB Fintech (Policybazaar)

Kubota Corporation, Japan

Luxor Capital Partners

Willis Towers Watson group

Nippon Steel Corporation


Kepco Plant Service and Engineering

Work highlights

  • Advised Électricité de France on the signing of an exclusive agreement with General Electric group (GE).
  • Assisted Kubota Corporation with the acquisition of control of Escorts, valued at $1.26bn
  • Assisted Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India with the acquisition of port, power and other logistics and infrastructure assets in India, valued at $2.4bn.

Vaish Associates

The tax practice at Vaish Associates is commended for its ‘thorough knowledge and understanding of the law as well as jurisprudence.’ In addition to maintaining a strong practice in tax litigation, the team is also equipped to handle matters related to direct tax, including domestic tax, international tax and transfer pricing. At practice head level, Neeraj Jain is well-versed in tax advisory and tax litigation, as well as transfer pricing; Rohit Jain focuses his practice on direct tax but also regularly appears before courts and tribunals on litigation matters; Kavita Jha is active in tax litigation regarding income tax and GST. Senior associates Anshul Sachar and Abhishek Agarwal are also key members of the team.


Practice head(s):

Mr. Neeraj K. Jain; Mr. Rohit Jain; Ms. Kavita Jha

Other key lawyers:

Anshul Sachar; Abhishek Agarwal


‘Deep insight and understanding of the facts and its matching with law. Deals with problems not from distance or on behalf of clients but as their own matter Thorough knowledge and understanding of the law as well as jurisprudence Very open to discussions and understanding the arguments and views of the client ’

‘In addition to what has been mentioned for the team the individuals in specific is Manisha Sharma, Deepest Jain, Rohit Jain and their supports’


Key clients

GlobalLogic India

United Airlines

HP India Sales

Ganpati Dealcom & Others including several MNEs/ Foreign companies

Amadeus IT Group

Population Services International

Maruti Suzuki India

Tata NYK Shipping

UK Grid Solutions


Work highlights

  • Assisted Amadeus IT Group with the preparation of its matter before the Delhi tax tribunal.
  • Assisted BG International with the preparation of its matter before the Delhi tax tribunal regarding the taxability of payments received for various services rendered by the appellant to its group company.
  • Assisted UK Grid Solutions with the preparation of its matter before the Delhi tax tribunal regarding the taxability of offshore supplies of goods made by the company to Indian entities.

ALMT Legal

Covering both direct and indirect tax matters, the tax practice at ALMT Legal provides its clients with tax advisory, consultation and litigation assistance. On the direct tax front, the team advises on tax efficient jurisdictions for inbound and outbound investments, as well as transfer pricing matters. For indirect tax, the team is usually instructed on matters related to the effects of GST and the minimisation of the incidence of GST. Clients stem from a broad array of sectors, including education, aviation, food services, logistics and software services. Aliff Fazelbhoy is well-versed in cross-border tax structuring and the creation of permanent establishment, obligations in relation to withholding tax and transfer pricing. Fazelbhoy co-heads the practice alongside Statira Ranina who is a key name for all GST-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mr. Aliff Fazelbhoy; Ms. Statira Ranina

Work highlights

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

The tax practice at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is well regarded for its expertise relating to the tax aspects of M&A transactions, including the interpretation of tax provisions, the structuring of businesses for tax optimisation and the structuring of investment funds. The team routinely advises on the international tax front; assisting clients on cross-border transactions. Led by S. R. Patnaik, the practice benefits from his 25 years of experience and expertise in international tax, transfer pricing and corporate tax. Kunal Savani provides clients with private wealth expertise relating to family settlements, trusts, wills and succession planning. Thangadurai VP specialises in tax advisory, while Bipluv Jhingan is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

S.R. Patnaik

Other key lawyers:

Kunal Savani; Thangadurai VP; Bipluv Jhingan


‘The best in the business’


Key clients

Life Insurance Corporation of India

Essar Group

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, (MSI)

Promoters of Butterfly Gandhimathi Appliances

Goodhope Asia Holdings

Stellex Capital Management (Stellex)

Abrdn group (formerly Standard Life Aberdeen Group)

ADV Opportunities

MGM Resorts (MGM)

Mission Street (Mission Street)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Life Insurance Corporation of India and the President of India, acting through the Ministry of Finance, Government of India on the IPO of LIC.
  • Advised Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company on the structuring of the sale of its stake in Max Financial Services, in a tax-efficient manner.
  • Acted as legal counsel for the Promoters of Butterfly Gandhimathi Appliances, providing legal and tax related advice, including in relation to the sale of trademarks.

Kochhar & Co.

Praised for having a ‘single support system for all tax related issues‘ the tax practice at Kochhar & Co. is well regarded for its counsel on international tax treaties, the withholding taxes and tax disputes. On the direct tax front, the team regularly advise its clients on mitigating tax withholding, tax effective repatriation and exit arrangements under double taxation avoidance agreements. In addition, the team’s advisory also encompasses the tax elements of M&A transactions and indirect tax. The team also routinely advises its clients on GST-related matters. Shahid Khan  oversees the direct tax matters and draws on more than 40 years of experience. The ‘meticulous and practicalReena Khair heads the indirect tax side of the practice. Senior associate Shreya Dahiya remains a key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Shahid Khan; Reena Khair

Other key lawyers:

Shreya Dahiya


‘The Tax practice at Kochhar & Co., is not compartmentalized into just different verticals. Having partners specialising in different fields and working in tandem for the benefit of the clients, helps us in having single support system for all tax related issues.’

‘ Ms. Khair has been representing our company before various forums for the past 22 years and has been successful in getting us the desired results. She is meticulous and practical in giving us advice. She stands out from the other lawyers in this field as she has a holistic approach in handling any matter. She does not merely look at the issue and the legal position at hand, but also considers the intricacies of our industry, and other facets that may affect our business. She is always abreast with the latest developments and advises us accordingly.’


Work highlights

Majmudar & Partners

The Mumbai-based tax practice at Majmudar & Partners handles a range of tax related matters, including cross-border tax structuring, tax litigation and indirect tax advice. The team has recently been busy providing its clients with M&A and funds-related tax advice. Manufacturing, pharma, technology, financial services and retail are among the firm’s industries of expertise. Ravi S. Raghavan  co-heads the practice alongside Akil Hirani, both of whom have almost 30 years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Akil Hirani; Ravishankar Raghavan


I work with Ravi S. Raghavan on tax matters. The team I work with has good tax knowledge and work proactively.’

I have worked with Ravi S. Raghavan for more than 5 years on Indian tax matters. Ravi is very responsive and provides practical advice.’

Key clients

CFRA Research

Acclime Holdings HK

Abington Reldan Metals, USA

Brussels Worldwide Services BV


DLA Piper, Hong Kong

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher – Insurity Tarmika

Work highlights

  • Advised CFRA Research on the improvement of investment and business decisions on Indian M&A Tax.
  • Advised ARM International Holding Company on permanent establishment and employee tax.
  • Advised Brussels Worldwide Services on tax registration and India business connection.


The multidisciplinary tax practice at Trilegal fully utilises the firm's full-service structure and is praised by clients for its ‘personal touch‘. The team is knowledgeable in direct and indirect tax matters, as well as transfer pricing and foreign trade policy. By combining its tax expertise with that in corporate, M&A and dispute resolution, the firm has seen an increase in new clients and team size. Based in the New Delhi office, practice head Himanshu Sinha is considered 'extremely helpful, knowledgeable and transparent in his dealings'. He specialises in the advisory and contentious areas of indirect taxes. Samsuddha Majumder operated from the Gurugram office and boasts nearly two decades of experience in both direct and indirect taxes. Aditi Goyal, Komal Dani and Shashank Shekhar are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Himanshu Sinha

Other key lawyers:

Samsuddha Majumder; Komal Dani; Shashank Shekhar; Adit Goyal


‘The team has the ability to customise their services based on the need of client. They are very transparent in their dealings and billings. ’

‘Personal touch, correct advice (even if I would like to hear something else). I have worked with Mr. Shashank Shekher and found him extremely helpful, knowledgeable and transparent in his dealings.’


Key clients

Agilon Health

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Tower Vision Mauritius

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Income Tax Department, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Abbey Business Services (India)

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation

India Coke and Power

Jubilant Biosys

Trafigura Global Services

Milestone Technologies

GIC and ChrysCapital IX

Electronics for Imaging

IBM India

Mosaic India

Mitsubishi Corporation

Navitas Eduservicess

Spare Support Solutions India (“SSSI”)



Samsung India Electronics

Canon India

Sumitomo Corporation India

Max Life Insurance Company

Ross LLP acting for Chetan and Rajesh Jogani

Mobile Premier League


Asha Impact and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised Naspers on the acquisition of 100% stake in the Target. This transaction constituted the India leg of the global deal in which IBM Corporation, US acquired the equity shares in Neudesic.
  • Advised Lathe Investment, Tangerine Investments and Infinity Partners on the acquisition of shares from an Indian tax perspective.
  • Assisted Oil and Gas Corporation in strategizing and drafting the writ petition to challenge the levy of GST on royalty paid under the ORD Act.


With a focus on transfer pricing Amicus is praised for its 'impeccable track record of wins in tax matters'. The team is well equipped to deal with a range of transfer pricing matters, including advisory, documentation, representation and tax controversy management services. The practice has specific expertise in the IT and hospitality sectors. Founding partner Ashutosh Mohan Rastogi  who 'stands out for his tax and legal acumen' heads the practice from the New Delhi office and is well versed in direct tax and GST-related matters. Garvit Gosain is also a key member of the team operating from the Noida office.

Practice head(s):

Ashutosh Mohan Rastogi

Other key lawyers:

Garvit Gosain; Dhruv Seth


‘The highlight of Amicus Tax Practice is their reliability. We know that our tax assignments are in trusted worthy hands and that they will come out with flying colours. We work with them mainly because of their impeccable track record of wins in Tax Matters across different levels. Their advice is also extremely practical reconciled with the business requirement.’

‘Undoubtedly, Ashutosh Mohan Rastogi stands out for his tax and legal acumen. He is our go to person for all tax advice and not just Transfer Pricing. Overtime the way he has built his team and practice is just commendable – every year coming up with some new offering in services from Transfer Pricing to GST and more recently on Customs. Dhruv Seth in his team is a strong asset.’


Key clients

Cinestaan Entertainment

Cinestaan Digital

Corbus India

Rubber Chemical and Petrochemical Sill Development Council

Ekatra Hospitality

Astra Business Services

Pentax Group

Angus Group

Bene Group

Takenaka Group

Infrasoft Technologies


ICRA Analytics

Alchem Group

Lemontree Group

Dabur India

Estee Group

DE Diamond Electric India

Corbus Group

Pyramid IT Consulting

Vertisystem Global

Richi Circuitronix

FMS Logistics

CM Logistics India

Alchem International

Work highlights

  • Represented Lalit Kumar Goel a secured a stay on a re-assessment proceeding from the Delhi High Court.
  • Represented Sunayna Malhotra and successfully secured a stay in a reassessment proceeding for 2013-14.
  • Assisted DE Diamond Electric India in a transfer pricing audit, first appeal and tribunal proceedings.

BMR Legal

The tax specialists at boutique firm BMR Legal are fully equipped to deal with a vast array of taxation matters, including corporate international tax, transfer pricing, tax dispute resolution and M&A tax advisory. Tax litigation specialist Tarun Jain  co-heads the practice alongside Shankey Agrawal. Amongst the team is also founding and managing partner Mukesh Butani who is active in domestic corporate international tax and transfer pricing. Divyasha Mathur and Akshara Rao are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mukesh Butani; Tarun Jain; Shankey Agrawal

Other key lawyers:

Divyasha Mathur; Akshara Rao

Work highlights

HSA Advocates

Praised for its significant expertise, HSA Advocates is a popular choice for clients seeking representation in tax disputes. The team attracts clients especially from the energy and construction sectors. Practice head Faranaaz Karbhari leads the practice with her particular expertise in dispute resolution matters. Associate counsel Rahul Jain and Mahafrin Mehta are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Faranaaz Karbhari

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Jain; Mahafrin Mehta

Work highlights


The tax practice at IndusLaw assists its clients with a range of direct and indirect tax matters, as well as handling litigation before the courts and tax tribunals. The team has a reputation for advising clients in the IT sector, especially in the online-gaming space. Shashi Mathews leads the indirect tax practice from New Delhi and is an experienced litigator on both direct and indirect tax matters.  Abhishek Boob  is also a key member of the team, especially for GST-related matters. The team welcomed the addition of Lokesh Shah in August 2023, but lost Mumbai-based Shruti KP since publication.


Practice head(s):

Shashi Mathews

Other key lawyers:

Abhishek Boob; Lokesh Shah

Key clients

Bharti Airtel

Kraft Heinz India


Hindustan Unilever

Sporta Technologies  (Dream11)

Junglee Games India


Interglobe Enterprises

Locon Solutions (

Polar Quality

Work highlights

  • Represented Bharti Airtel before the Customs Department on an issue relating to the appropriate classification of components of routing system, which were being imported by the Company through a distributor of OEM.
  • Advised Hindustan Unilever on the direct tax perspective on various clauses (such as Indemnity, withholding taxes, representation and warranties, conditions precedents, conditions subsequent, etc.) and undertaking negotiations with the counter party.
  • Advised Kraft Heinz India on the relation to these SVB proceedings, wherein the team advised and assisted the client in preparation of submissions to be filed and represented before the SVB Authorities.

Phoenix Legal

Phoenix Legal regularly assists clients with domestic tax, both direct and indirect tax including GST, transfer pricing, as well as the application of tax treaty principles. Abhishek Saxena and Pranav Srivastava  co-lead the team from New Delhi, while Jatin Arora leads from the Mumbai office. Saxena is active in direct tax and Arora is the lead for indirect tax. Srivastava focuses his practice on the tax aspects of transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Abhishek Saxena; Jatin Arora; Pranav Srivastava

Work highlights

Reina Legal

Boutique law firm Reina Legal has a strong market presence in indirect taxation advisory and it advises clients on matters related to the recently enacted goods and services tax. Gajendra Maheshwar leads the team alongside Prerna Chopra, who has significant experience briefing counsel relating to tax disputes before the Supreme Court. Principal associate Kuldeep Singh is also a key name.

Practice head(s):

Gajendra Maheshwari; Prerna Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Kuldeep Singh; Shreya Khunteta; Toyaj Agarwal; Anshol Singh

Work highlights

S&A Law Offices

The tax practice at S&A Law Offices assists clients with tax planning, restructuring, advisory, compliance and litigation. The team has particular expertise in corporate and finance tax-related matters and regularly advises clients on tax-effective structures for domestic and international business operations. Senior Partner Daisy Chawla leads from New Delhi focusing on direct tax and Smita Singh leads from Gurugram focusing on indirect tax. The team has also benefitted from the hires of Megha Tewari, Prateel Sagar and Preeti Puri.

Practice head(s):

Daizy Chawla; Smita Singh

Other key lawyers:

Megha Tewari; Prateel Sagar; Preeti Puri.

Key clients


Vikram Solar

Infodrive India

IGT Solutions

Dr. Oetker India

Delhi Duty Free Services AMPO Valves India

Jindal SAW

Ingeteam Power Technology

Jindal ITF

JMC India

Delhi Duty Free Services

Sterne India

Envato Pty Ltd./ Envato Elements

Hero Electric Vehicles

Vedanta Resources

Adani Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Assisted Envato in the closing of its GST investigation.
  • Advising Jindal on an investigation being conducted by DGGSTI.
  • Assisted Ingeteam Power Technology in tax planning pursuant to a proposed de-merger.


Specialising in indirect tax, boutique firm BSA Law boasts a varied roster of clients, including manufacturers, importers, service providers and trade associations. Co-founding partners Ashok Kumar Bhasin and Vimal Raj Sethi lead the practice. Bhasin is a popular choice particularly for dispute resolutions matters. Senior associate Shubham Arora is also a notable name.

Practice head(s):

Ashok Kumar Bhasin; Vimal Sethi

Other key lawyers:

Shubham Arora

Work highlights

Fox Mandal & Associates

The tax practice at Fox Mandal & Associates is well versed in both direct and indirect tax matters. The team also works closely with the corporate team to assist on the taxation aspects of restructurings and transactions. Bengaluru-based Gopala Rao and Ranganath Hari  are key members of the team, alongside accountant Sandip Mukherjee who operates from Pune.



Practice head(s):

Gopala Rao; Ranganath Rao; Sandip Mukherjee

Work highlights

Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India

With clients across an array of sectors, the tax practice at Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India assists clients with corporate, international and transaction tax, as well as with transfer pricing and litigation. The practice is now led by Sanjeev Sachdeva following the departure of former joint practice head Sumit Mangal in August 2023. Sachdeva has significant expertise advising on indirect tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sachdeva

Key clients

Progress Rail Locomotives (part of Caterpillar Group)

Mylan Laboratories

MSM Satellite Singapore

Moet Hennessy India

Perkins India (part of the Caterpillar Group)

Caterpillar India

Caterpillar SARL, Switzerland

Vena Energy

Baring Funds

Colt Technology Services

Johnson Matthey

Nokia India


Helios Capital Management


Yum Restaurants India

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual)

3i India

Lockheed Martin

Virasat Foundation

Max Life Insurance Company

Sephora Cosmetics

Louis Vuitton Watch & Jewellery India

Bulgari Group

Singapore Exchange

Quality Council of India


ANI Technologies

Lincoln Electric




Work highlights

  • Represented Mylan Laboratories in an income tax appeal filed by Revenue before the High Court, against the order of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.
  • Represented Travelport before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
  • Represented Perkins India (part of the Caterpillar Group), before the Hon’ble High Court of Madras.

Sarvada Legal

Sarvada Legal 's tax practice regularly assists clients with tax disputes for GST-related matters before the High Courts and Supreme Court of India. Other areas of expertise also include judicial review litigation and tax investigations initiated by the government tax agencies. The practice is headed up by well-seasoned litigator MP Devnath who draws on more than 25 years of experience representing clients before the Indian courts and tribunals. Abhishek Anand is also an active member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

M.P Devnath


Other key lawyers:

Abhishek Anand


‘Team Sarvada has exceptional pool of lawyers who possesses extra ordinary skills to interpret the provisions of Tax Law as well as to make Tax Officials / Courts understand the issue.’

‘Throughout our collaboration on various legal matters Mr. M P Devnath and his team members have consistently demonstrated a remarkable level of subject matter knowledge, positive approach, professionalism, expertise, and dedication. Their thorough understanding of intricate legal nuances and their proactive approach in tackling complex challenges have greatly impressed us.’

‘The firm has pioneered law practice in a niche area with an integrated approach to tax and allied laws. Experienced professionals coming from different verticals attempt a unified approach at the issues facing their client which great results. A go-to firm for any tax issue which required out-of-box approach and a thought-through approach to dispute resolution. ’

Key clients

Samsung India Electronics

Engineers India


Jaiswal Neco Industries



Maharvir Infra Developers

Hindustan Coco-cola Beverages

Shree Cement

Work highlights

TLC Legal

TLC Legal focuses its practice solely on indirect tax matters, specifically GST, customs, central excise and VAT. Aside from its indirect tax expertise, the firm’s tax practice is also experienced in litigation where it is regularly involved in matters before the Supreme Court, High Courts and Tribunals. Managing Partner Vipin Jain leads the team alongside partners Vishal Agrawal and Aqeel Sheerazi who are both key names.

Practice head(s):

Vipin Jain; Aqeel Sheerazi; Vishal Agrawal

Other key lawyers:

Tuhina Sinha

Key clients

M/s Reliance Industries

Jupiter Dyechem, and ten other importers of Hexane

Sterlite Technologies

VVF India (Domestic Industry)

Reliance Jio Infocomm

Chemical and Petrochemicals Manufacturers Association (CPMA)

Essar Power Gujarat

Reliance Industries

Work highlights

  • Represented Reliance Industries in a dispute related to classification of imported reformate under the Customs Tariff.