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Desai & Diwanji
MUMBAI 400 001

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The firm: Founded in 1935, Desai & Diwanji is one of India’s leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. With offices in Mumbai, Gurgaon, and New Delhi, Desai & Diwanji is also among the largest law firms in the country.

Areas of practice
Aviation: Desai & Diwanji has significant experience in all relevant aspects of the aviation industry, including aircraft acquisition, leasing, financing, securitisation of airline receivables, operational aspects, development of airports, airport privatisations, and complex litigation.

Banking and finance: the firm helps clients navigate through a complex array of unique regulatory and other legal requirements impacting their industry, and advises on a full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition finance (including mezzanine financing), asset finance, derivative products, securitisations, insolvency and restructuring, structured finance (including debt restructuring), and financial regulatory.

Capital markets: the firm has a leading practice in India in corporate finance, with a strong exposure to capital markets. Desai & Diwanji advises issuers, underwriters, investors, trustees, mutual funds, rating agencies and financial institutions in several types of complex corporate finance and capital market transactions.

Competition: the firm’s lawyers have the requisite experience, knowledge, and practical understanding of business practices to help clients in all areas of antitrust, covering competition law enforcement as well as litigation. Desai & Diwanji has a proud record of success representing clients in clearing transactions before the Competition Commission of India, providing expertise at every stage of the process, from pre-filing consultation to getting approval.

Dispute resolution: the firm has a formidable reputation for domestic litigation, arbitration, as well as alternative dispute resolution, and provides its clients with the full spectrum of dispute resolution services.

Infrastructure and project finance: the firm has been at the forefront of infrastructure and project finance work in India having advised on more than 60 IPPs, four out of the six LNG projects developed in India, and several port, oil and gas, pipeline, mining, telecom, transportation, road, highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects. The firm represents sponsors, developers, EPC contactors, lenders, multilateral agencies, export credit agencies and governments.

Mergers and acquisitions: recognised as a leading advisor on corporate transactions in general and M&A in particular, the firm is able to combine exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise. This breadth of experience enables the firm’s lawyers to handle the numerous issues that can arise in a transaction.

Private equity: the firm regularly finds itself advising global investment funds, hedge funds, pension funds and private equity funds in several of the largest transactions in this sector year after year, whether they are funds establishment, funds listing, public bids and acquisitions, LBOs, or private equity acquisitions. The firm’s lawyers have advised more investment funds and global private equity investors in their Indian funds and investments than any other law firm in India.

Real estate and construction: the firm’s real estate lawyers are experienced in handling a wide variety of real estate and construction matters, including acquisitions, disposals, development, planning, construction, tenancy, real estate finance, special economic zones, and environmental issues.

Technology, media, and telecoms: with a strong presence in the technology, media, and telecom industries, the firm has experience in advising on research and development, license arrangements, technology transfers, and operational arrangements. The firm represents some of the largest venture capital funds investing in India in technology companies and lenders that lend to them.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Jai Diwanji
Aviation Natasha Treasurywala
Banking, finance and insurance Toral Desai
Banking, finance and insurance Atulya Sharma
Capital markets Sanjay Israni
Capital markets Prachi Doshi
Competition Rachna Jain
Competition Raghav Mathur
Dispute resolution Durgesh Khanapurkar
Dispute resolution Aslam Ahmed
Employment and labour Aneesh Gupte
Employment and labour Pinky Patel
Energy and natural resources Sumant Nayak
Energy and natural resources Sonal Rangnekar
Infrastructure and project finance Vishwang Desai
Infrastructure and project finance Parth Sharma
Mergers and acquisitions Vishwang Desai
Mergers and acquisitions Aslesha Gowariker
Mergers and acquisitions Siddharth Mody
Private equity, venture capital and start-ups Apurva Diwanji
Private equity, venture capital and start-ups Shree Sinha
Real estate and construction Ruzbeh Mistry
Real estate and construction Omar Vanjara
Technology, media and telecoms Joebin Devassy
Technology, media and telecoms Ketaki Mehta
Photo Name Position Profile
Vishwang Desai photo Mr Vishwang Desai Managing Partner Co-chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group Co-chair, Infrastructure and Project Finance Practice…
Apurva Diwanji photo Mr Apurva Diwanji Partner Co-chair, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Start-ups Practice Group
Aslesha Gowariker photo Ms Aslesha Gowariker Partner Co-chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group
Shree Sinha photo Mr Shree Sinha Partner Co-chair, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Start-ups Practice Group

Advised GIC in the sale of GIC’s investment in ARCIL to Avenue.
Represented Siemens Project Ventures GmbH in their acquisition of 46 per cent equity stake in Orange Sironj Wind Power Private Limited.
Advised Archean Chemical Industries PVT Ltd in raising approx. USD 156 million from India Resurgence Fund, a joint venture between Piramal Enterprises Ltd and Bain Capital Credit, through a structured deal comprising of debt (listed NCDs) and equity (unlisted CCDs) investment for its marine chemicals business.
Represented Green Agrevolution Pvt. Ltd. and the Promoters in raising INR 20 crore in venture debt from Trifecta Venture Debt Fund – I and Trifecta Venture Debt Fund – II.
Acted for in acquisition of majority stake in Quest2travel by Makemytrip.
Represented the VC investor in Pre-Series A round investment in AgNext Technologies by subscribing to equity shares and cumulative compulsorily convertible participatory preference shares.
Advised Omnivore Partners on its investment with PI Ventures in INR 29 crores investment round in Green Agrevolution, a solutions provider to farmers under one roof through their dual delivery model of technology platform and service delivery centers called Dehaat.
Advised Lightbox in a $4 million investment in Nua, a female wellness brand.
Advised IDFC Infrastructure Finance in a $4.2 million acquisition by The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.
Advised Perma Construction Aids Pvt. Ltd. in an acquisition of 100% stake by Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd for $4.16 million.
Advised Parampara Early Stage Opportunities Fund Series – 1 and other investors in a $3 million investment in Bellatrix Aerospace Pvt. Ltd.
Advised existing investor Omnivore Partners in investment by Caspian’s Fourth SME Impact Fund, Hivos-Triodos in Series A funding round in Ecozen Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Counsel to Bangalore International Airport Limited raising a debt of approx. INR 10,206 Crores from a syndication of State Bank of India and Axis Bank for infrastructure expansion including, inter alia, construction of terminal 2 and carrying out associated project works at the Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru.
Represented GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in selling an approximately 2,40,140 square meters of land parcels worth INR 889.50 Crores situated at Village Majiwade and Village Panchpakhadi, Thane to Oberoi Realty Limited, Mumbai.
Advising Shell in the sale of Shell’s 10% stake in the city gas distribution business of Mumbai-based Mahanagar Gas Ltd.
Advised Moody’s along with Slaughter & May on the acquisition of the knowledge services arm of Moody’s by Equistone Partners Europe (Indian aspects of the deal).
Advisors to Qdesq Realtech Private Limited in relation to an investment from JLL India Pvt. Ltd. and JLL Spark, the Silicon Valley based venture capital arm of JLL.
Advised Asha Impact Initiatives LLP with AL Trust, Mr. Raveen Sastry and Dr. Vivek Damle in a $3.5 million investment in Agstack Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Advised Avaana Capital in a $12 million investment in Loantap.
Advised IDFC Parampara with YourNes and HNIs in a $5 million investement in visual technology startup 3rd Flix Visual Effects Pvt Ltd.
Advised Atomberg in raising $10 million in Series A funding.
Advised the Dindigul Thalappakatti Biryani chain and its promoters in its acquisition of majority stake by CX Partners.
Advised Smartsign on the sale of the Indian subsidiary to Norwest Venture Partners.