Leading firms in Nepal

Sinha Verma Law Concern

One of the oldest firms operating in Nepal, Sinha Verma Law Concern Nepal (formerly Anil Kumar Sinha Law Firm) advises local and international companies on corporate and tax matters, especially in M&A, projects, and IP. In recent years the two Kathmandu offices have been merged to form one single office to continue its work in private equity, infrastructure, and contract and energy law. Practice co-leader Mahesh Kumar Thapa is an expert in M&A on matters such as hydropower and construction, while Rajeshwor Shrestha is known for his work in tax litigation for banks and multinational corporates.

Imperial Law Associates

Based in Kathmandu, Imperial Law Associates has established itself as a strong corporate practice, focusing on compliance aspects for corporations and NGOs investing in Nepal. Notably, it has key expertise in information and communications technology law, advising on M&A, financing, and market entry for both service providers and broadcasters. In light of Covid-19, members of the team have expanded its pro bono practice, which previously included pro bono drafting work for the government of Nepal. Founder and managing partner Nabin Bhandari advises primarily in corporate law, hydropower projects, foreign direct investment, and IP law. Litigation team leader Surendra Tiwari and Deepesh Ojha are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Nabin Bhandari

Other key lawyers:

Surendra Tiwari; Deepesh Ojha

Key clients

Lotte Grp. Co. Ltd.

Centurion Law Group

Lutheran World Relief, Nepal

Dhaulagiri Kalika Hydro Pvt. Ltd.

Kabushikigaisha ARX

Pinstorm Technologies

Broadlink Networking Communication Pvt. Ltd.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance Project, Nepal

Three Monks Pvt. Ltd.

Manaram Group Pvt. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Drafted the franchise agreement and project development agreement for Lotte Group Co. Ltd., Korea.
  • Advised Centurium Law Group on employment matters on behalf of clients working in Nepal.

Neupane Law Associates

Neupane Law Associates litigation and corporate work primarily in M&A, project finance, banking, and dispute resolution, especially regarding high-value, complex international transactions and disputes. Corporate and finance leader Anjan Neupane is known for his work litigating in the Nepalese High Court and Supreme Court, while commercial litigation leader Balkrishna Neupane provides specialist advice in joint financings, joint ventures, and M&A.

Testimonials

Neupane Law Associates was responsive and helpful. The team provided advice not just about Nepalese law but also local practice.’

Anjan Neupane was hands-on and ready to hop on calls to answer queries to move the transaction forward.’

Key clients

OPEC Fund for International Development

Tetrapak India Pte. Ltd.

Bupa Health Insurance

Nepal Princess Plan

The Export-Import Bank of China

China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation

Equicap Asia Pte. Ltd.

Visa International Pte. Ltd.

Ant Financial (Alipay)

Japan Bank of International Cooperation

Stripe

Oyo Rooms

Marriott International

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Daraz Group

Sasto Deal

Nissan Motors

Rhoto Pharma

Saisan Co. Ltd.

ICICI Bank

KFA JV

Coinbase

Cathay Pacific

CIB Finance and Leasing

Power China Sino Hydro

Danske Bank

Ric Energy

Kansai Electric Power Company

Work highlights

  • Advised OFID in the legal matters relating to the loan agreement for $15m cross-border loan to NMB Bank Limited, an “A” class bank of Nepal.
  • Advised Kansai Electric Power Company on potential investment into a a large power project in Nepal under a split PPP modality.
  • Advised ICICI Bank in all matters relating to the establishment of its representative office in Nepal.

Pioneer Law Associates

Based in Kathmandu, Pioneer Law Associates primarily undertakes corporate and commercial work, ranging from foreign investment and business incorporation to dispute resolution and civil aviation law. The team has particular specialties in insolvency law, securities regulations, and law regarding the establishment of special economic zones in Nepal. Managing partner Anup Raj Upretti advises primarily in transactional matters, including foreign investment, project finance, and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Anup Raj Upreti

Key clients

State Bank of India

NMB Bank

Guarant Co.

RMDC

Global IME Bank Ltd.

CDC (Worldlink Equity Investment)

SITA Information Networking Computing BV

Bottlers Nepal Ltd.

British Council

Pradhan & Associates

Pradhan & Associates is a full-service commercial law firm primarily engaged in advising international clients on commercial transaction work, primarily in cross-border transactions, as well as matters related to commercial litigation and arbitration. Furthermore, the team frequently acts as local counsel for international law firms and its clients include international companies in the aviation, technology, and telecommunications sectors. Founder and managing partner Devendra P.N. Pradhan  assists foreign companies on all commercial law-related matters, including cross-border M&A, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and arbitration. Additionally, associate partner Shirshak Ghimire is highly experienced in dealing with a range of cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Devendra P.N. Pradhan

Work highlights

  • Defending US-Bangla Airlines, and its insurer and reinsurer in a series of litigation and proceedings relating to the crash of Flight 211 at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Advising a multinational technology company on a range of matters including commercial, international trade, consumer protection and data privacy.
  • Acting for a renewable energy development company in its acquisition and development of three solar power projects.