Firms To Watch: Leading firms

Gandhi and Associates handles contentious and a broad range of commercial and corporate transactions.

Leading firms in Nepal

Sinha Verma Law Concern

Sinha Verma Law Concern is one of the oldest law firms in Nepal and reputed for its work in corporate and tax, advising both domestic and international clients and often working in tandem with regional and international firms on cross border matters. Managing partner Mahesh Kumar Thapa is a highly respected name in the market, especially for his work on major hydropower projects in the region. He also advises on corporate and tax disputes, with expertise in both litigation and arbitration. Rajeshwor Shrestha is another key name, with expertise in M&A, takeovers, joint ventures and aviation insurance.

Practice head(s):

Mahesh Kumar Thapa

Other key lawyers:

Rajeshwor Shrestha

Imperial Law Associates

A full service corporate and commercial law firm,Imperial Law Associates is particularly known for assisting new market entrants in Nepal, especially in the country’s burgeoning technology sector. The team’s Kathmandu office is led by three partners: Nabin Bhandari, Surendra Tiwari and Deepesh Ojha. Bhandari is managing partner and is highly experienced in project finance, particularly in relation to hydropower. He also specialises in corporate, FDI and IP law. Ojha has a similar focus on project finance and is also skilled in banking, aviation and telecoms work. Tiwari, meanwhile, focuses on FDI, labour cyber law and corporate work.

Testimonials

‘Good collaboration and skilled personnel’

‘Very responsive, works in deadline, Skilled manpower.’

‘Prompt services Teamwork Friendly environment’.

‘Best expert advice.’

Key clients

Prabhu Technology

NOW CFO

Super App Pvt. Ltd.

Nepal Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Family Health International (FHI360)

Vertical Bio-diversity Fund

DXN Holdings Bhd., Malaysia

ASL Marine Holdings Ltd., Singapore

Httpool Holdings Ltd., the UK

Hotel America Pvt. Ltd.

Cashe LLC

Coda Payments Pte. Ltd.

Pinstorm Technologies, India

Work highlights

  • Advised NOW CFO in the process of market entry into Nepal through the establishment and operation of a branch office for its operations.
  • Assisted DXN Holding with obtaining foreign investment approval process and corporate compliance for establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary for operation a manufacturing plant in Nepal.
  • Advised Family Health International on corporate and regulatory compliance, labour law and social security law for its Nepal office.

Neupane Law Associates

Neupane Law Associates has a strong reputation in the market, with board expertise across corpora and M&A, banking and finance, and dispute resolution. Anjan Neupane  leads the corporate and finance practice and is skilled in M&A, project finance and joint ventures, as well as more niche areas such as aircraft leasing and international franchising. Senior partner Balkrishna Neupane has over 30 years of experience in the market and stands out for his expertise in dispute resolution and has acted before the Supreme and High Courts of Nepal.

Practice head(s):

Anjan Neupane

Other key lawyers:

Balkrishna Neupane

Pioneer Law Associates

Pioneer Law Associates primarily handles foreign investment, business incorporation and project finance. Managing partner Anup Raj Upreti focuses on the aforementioned areas and is also known to act in commercial litigation cases.  The firm is also skilled in more niche areas such as competition, IP and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Anup Raj Upreti

Pradhan & Associates

A well established name, Pradhan & Associates is described by clients as ‘a strong all round firm, with expertise in a wide variety of practice areas‘. Managing partner Devendra Pradhan oversees the team and is highly skilled in M&A, project finance and IP work. Pradhan is US qualified, both in New York and the District of Columbia, and the team has a strong track record in advising US clients on market entries and cross-border deals. Associate partner Shirshak Ghimire is another key name, with one client commenting: ‘he will never let you down in any issue you may face in Nepal’. Associate Aadittya J. Kansakar is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Devendra Pradhan

Testimonials

‘Good relationship for over 10 years now. Nepal is a very difficult venue in which to do business and having a good law firm which has knowledge of the system and the business culture is key. Good business accumen and understanding of the construction sector. They are used to provide advice to international clients. Pradhan is a good value for money firm. Very flexible with fees arrangements.’

‘Shirshak Ghimire is always reachable over the phone or by email. Good quality of advice, good business accumen and always concerned about billing details and about giving the right advice at the best competitive rate. He will never let you down in any issue you may face in Nepal. ‘

‘Pradham is a strong all round firm, with expertise in a wide variety of practice areas.’

‘We worked with Aadittya Kansakar and Devendra Pradhan on a regulatory advisory matter. They provided clear advice that was to the point and fulfilled the brief. They were easy to work with and offer good value for the fees.’

‘The quality of the team at Pradhan really stood out for me. The advice was commercial, fast and of seriously high quality.’

‘Shirshak Ghimire and Devendra Pradhan really are leaders in their field. Their customer-focussed approach and ability to advise on major projects sets them apart from their competitors.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Cedar Gates Partners Holdings on the Nepali law aspects in the cross-border acquisition deal of Deerwalk, Inc.
  • Advised Kerry  on the Nepali law aspect in the cross-border acquisition deal of Nateron Inc.

Reliance Law Firm

Reliance Law Firm has been the port of call for international clients such as Pfizer, Airbus and Alliance, with expertise in commercial banking and constitutional matters. More specifically, the firm is best known for international arbitration, foreign investment, construction and infrastructure, and banking and finance. Managing partner and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Purna Man Shakya leads the practice alongside Prakrit Shrestha.

Testimonials

‘I found the team very hard working and produced detailed works with excellent presentation. The team was very good at communication in English language.’

‘The lawyers and accountants are very professional.’

‘We have found that the team at Reliance has diversified expertise and is departmentalized which we normally do not find in other firms. Despite such diversified expertise, their inhouse collaboration and external co-ordination is highly systemized.’

‘Sr. Adv. Purna Man Shakya has wealth of incomparable experience in the market. He is a leading and one of the senior most lawyers in Nepal which provides us with an assurance that our concerns are being well guided. Advocate Prakrit Shrestha is always a leader in all our matters and his leadership skills are remarkable. His wide knowledge in both contentious and non-contentious matters is invaluable to us. Further, his ability to simplify complicated matter in a nutshell is commendable. This is something we normally do not find in other firm of Nepal.’

‘Reliance has exceeded our expectation with their in-depth knowledge and expertise in the matters referred to them. They truly have an exceptional international standard in their delivery which other firms of Nepal cannot provide. Probably the only firm which has integrated technology, diversification and delivery together.’

‘Advocate Prakrit Shrestha is one of the commendable legal strategist and facilitator we have ever met.’

Key clients

Pfizer Inc

Airbus

SAS Allianz Group

Bytedance

Ncell Axiata Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd.

Nepal Electricity Authority

Dolma Impact Fund

Business Oxygen Pvt. Ltd.

Nabil Bank Ltd.

Nepal SBI Bank Ltd.

Century Commercial Bank Ltd.

Shailung Construction Company Limited

DHL Express Nepal Pvt. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Ncell Axiata on debt financing a telecoms project.
  • Acted for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal in an arbitration against a Spanish contractor.
  • Advised The Nepal Electricity Authority in a cinstruction dispute.