Firm Profile > Dua Associates > New Delhi, India

Dua Associates
NEW DELHI 110 001

India > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Dua Associates' pan-India practice handles an array of disputes on behalf of large corporates and HNW individuals, including white-collar crime, constitutional law, environmental law and IP cases. Amit Dhingra specialises in civil, commercial and constitutional law disputes in the Supreme Court and High Courts across the country. Associate Pranav Kamnani stands out for his expertise in disputes arising from construction projects.

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Helm Dungemittel GmbH and Anr

Otsuka Chemicals ( India ) Pvt Ltd

Engineers India Ltd

India > WTO/international trade Tier 2

Dua Associates brings together experienced trade lawyers, former government officials, and cost accountants to provide seamless legal services to foreign and domestic clients in the fields of international trade and customs law. The team is well equipped to act in international trade remedial litigation, covering safeguard, countervailing and anti-dumping duty matters, while also having the capability to assist with WTO agreements and negotiations. Practice head Shiraz Patodia excels in anti-dumping disputes. Trade law expert and litigation Ashish Singh and senior associate Mayank Singhal are other names to note in the department.

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Sadara Chemical Company, Saudi Arabia

The Dow Chemical Company Group

Kodak Group of Companies

Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd

Inner Mongolia 3F Wanhao Fluorochemicals Co. Ltd.

Royal Thailand Government

Alpha Industries SDN BHD

Changle Highsun Synthetic Fiber Technologies Co. Ltd.

Liheng (Changle) Polyamide Technology Co., Ltd

Kruger Inc., Canada

India > Antitrust and competition Tier 3

Dua Associates provides advice on antitrust and competition compliance initiatives, anti-competitive agreements, merger control filings for corporate transactions and restrictive trade practices. Kunal Mehra (who co-heads the practice with Robin David) is handling long-running abuse of dominance litigation in the oil and gas sector, involving appeals before the NCLAT against fines imposed by the CCI.

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East India Petroleum Private Limited

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited

India > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Dua Associates is adept at advising and structuring property development agreements. The team is typically engaged in the setting up of IT and industrial parks and integrated township projects. The team’s transactional capabilities are equally strong; lawyers regularly assist with the leasing and acquisition of immovable property, and foreign direct investments. Department leaders B. R. Srinivas is a name to note for the latter, while Brijita Prakash is often retained by landowners in relation to commercial leasing mandates.

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Prestige Estates Projects Limited

Aditya Birla Solar Limited

Godrej Housing & Properties


Aequs Group

Bagmane Group

Ranka Group

Kalyani Developers Private Limited

Assetz Infrastructure Private Limited

Karle Group

MAIA Estates LLP

Total Environment Habitat Private Limited

M/s. Goyal Hariyana Constructions

M/s. ADRA Constructions LLP

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Dua Associates offers legal support in relation to M&A transactions across a diversity of industry sectors, including financial services, telecoms, energy, real estate and manufacturing. The team continues to render corporate advisory services to longstanding clients. Practice co-head Neeraj Kumar, who has extensive international experience, is regularly retained to assist with foreign exchange laws, company formation and asset transfer agrements.

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Isagro S.p.A, Italy

Logistics Plus India Private Limited

Under Armour

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

TVU Holdings Corporation ( US)

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 4

Dua Associates taps into its sister consulting firm Dua Consulting to provide tax-forward fund structuring advice for domestic and international private equity funds. Practice head Manoj Menon advises on downstream transactions in the technology, renewable energy and e-commerce sectors. investors and target companies in food delivery and online education are retained, and real estate fund restructuring was also recently handled by the team.

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Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited

Gokaldas Intimatewear Private Limited

Siana Capital Management LLP

Greater Pacific Capital

Mangrove Capital Partners

The firm: Established in 1986, Dua Associates is one of India’s  prominent  law firms, serving a wide spectrum of clients drawn from several Fortune 500 companies, publicly-listed organisations, public-sector enterprises, privately owned businesses as well as multi-national companies. With  offices in  eight key metropolitan cities in India, Dua Associates is widely recognised for its depth of experience and the  knowledge of its  over 250 legal professionals including 78 partners and counsels. Dua Associates is also uniquely placed to draw on the capabilities of Dua Consulting, an independent and stand-alone full-service consulting entity to address issues pertaining to policy framework, advocacy, Government engagement and business advisory.

The firm recognises the support of some long standing clients such as Dow Chemical, McDonalds, Boeing, Dell, Fourth Partner Energy, CapitaLand, Estee Lauder, Brookfield Asset Management, TVS Motors, TAFE, Tata, ICICI, L&T, Gillette, IFC, Deutsche Bank and GE Healthcare among several others, who have been associated with it during its 30-year journey.

The firm’s expertise in complex transactions involving M&A, foreign direct investment, private equity,  venture capital , international trade,  space,  infrastructure projects ,  project financing ,  and corporate deals as well as litigation, arbitration , regulatory and tax structuring issues  is widely recognised. Under its real estate  and urban development practice, the firm is credited with some significantly large deals. Additionally, several partners of the firm have also been individually ranked and recognised for the stellar contributions to their respective practice areas.  

New domains : Dua Associates remains at the forefront of helping global organisations navigate fresh Indian investment opportunities. Underscoring its resilience and future-readiness, the firm has additionally created specialized practice groups, comprising of  senior leadership team members  and domain experts, to focus on emerging opportunities, in sectors like :

Healthcare: Dua Associates is leveraging its in-depth understanding and experience in assisting prominent pharmaceutical and healthcare companies to further customise its services for clients in this sector.

Data privacy and cyber-security: The firm’s specialised team backed by legal and sector-specific experts and industry stalwarts, has stayed ahead of the curve in dealing with techno-legal issues, privacy and data security-related enforcement trends and new laws and regulations.

Aviation, defence and space:The firm’s practice focuses on various aspects of international and domestic civil aviation industry .In Defence, the firm has advised OEMs to technology providers and suppliers on various issues besides negotiating joint ventures with foreign investment firms.

With the recent opening up of India’s space program to the private sector, the firm has focused on this space opportunity – having subject-specific expertise to advise clients in this domain.

Technology, media and telecommunications: In addition to the technology and regulatory advisory, the firm provides high level strategic advice on the current concerns around 5-G implementation, spectrum related issues and related matters.

Key practice areas

Mergers and acquisitions: This highly ranked practice, combines the firm’s rich international experience and expertise with Indian domestic laws / regulations, to devise effective structures for M&A.

Private equity and venture capital: With a wealth of experience in representing both domestic and foreign funds as well as prospective investee companies and their promoters, the firm has  proven capacity and a track record for providing assistance in every phase of the investment lifecycle, from fund creation to investment execution and exit strategy, across a spectrum of industry sectors.

Corporate and commercial: The firm advises on a broad spectrum of matters from general corporate advice, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, company formation to regulations and securities laws.

Real estate and urban development:The advisory services to clients include institutional investors in all aspects of transactions such as financing, acquisitions, joint development, disposition and leasing matters and complex title due diligences.

Projects/infrastructure/ energy:The firm has substantial sector-specific experience in energy, both fossil-based and renewables, airports, oil & gas, SEZs, ports, and transportation, amongst others.

Banking, finance,  and insurance: A wide ranging practice in Corporate Finance, Banking and Project Finance and representing funds, NBFCs, financial institutions and project developers in secured and unsecured transactions, makes it a significant one for the firm.

Capital markets: The firm has rich experience in equity, capital and derivative markets and has advised private parties and the Government and public sector undertakings on Qualified Institutions Placements, IPOs and matters relating to SEBI.

Dispute resolution/litigation : The firm’s highly ranked active and robust litigation and arbitration practice covers civil, commercial, tax, regulatory, criminal and constitutional matters.

Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution :The Firm’s  involvement in proceedings in connection with the enforcement of partial, interim and final awards passed in domestic and international arbitrations has grown significantly.  The teams have  been advising clients, in pre-dispute and prior to invocation of arbitration-type situations as to the applicability and enforceability of the Rules of Arbitration of bodies, besides working on various types of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms including pre-arbitration advice, contractual advice and claim analysis.

  International trade and anti-dumping: This practice team assists domestic and international clients in international trade and customs-law matters and guides them through investigations or enforcement programs with respect to anti-dumping and WTO issues.

Intellectual property rights: Clients are advised by the firm regarding identification, development, protection and enforcement of their IPR portfolios, including trademarks, patents, copyrights and cyber-laws besides offering prosecution services before relevant IPR registering authorities

Antitrust and competition law: The firm assists  in merger control assessments and filings, abuse of dominant positions, cartel investigations, undertaking competition compliance programmes and training, evaluating impact on day to day business operations as well as longer-term business strategies, anti-competitive agreements and defining contractual arrangements.

Taxation: The tax planning services offered relate to establishing a corporate business presence in India, besides assistance in formulating tax-efficient structures consistent with the prevailing tax regime

Labour and employment: Specialised advice is rendered on labour matters, employee relations and compliance with the various prevalent labour, industrial and immigration laws including regulatory compliance, statutory contributions and registrations thereunder.

Anti-bribery and white-collar crime: The firm advises and supports clients on issues related to anti-bribery, white collar crime, corporate governance failures and frauds, adopting an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.

Food and beverages: The firm has expertise on the complex laws and regulations that govern food products, including packaging, labelling and product specific advertisements.

Technology, Media & Telecommunication : Under its technology advisory, the Firm offers guidance on legal issues, advocacy and interpretation of policy matters , and  the seamless connect with specialised experts from various other related practices of the Firm, especially, tax, real estate, labour laws, intellectual   property and dispute resolution enables the TMT team to provide comprehensive solutions to  clients.

Restructuring & Insolvency : Dua Associates  offers a complete range of restructuring capabilities and  experience in addressing the complex, diverse issues involved in dealing effectively with stakeholders including, committees of creditors, public sector and international banks, and distressed debtors in corporate restructurings, which enables the team members to offer valuable insights and fresh perspectives to clients, across  all major industries and business sectors.  The firm has acted on behalf of clients from sectors as varied as aviation, corporates, asset reconstruction firms and banks among others.

Special Service – Japan Desk :This practice team which includes several Indian lawyers and Japanese nationals, focuses on assisting Japanese companies to invest and operate in India. Having advised over 250 Japanese clients on corporate, commercial and business laws, the Japan Desk team also assists M&A and inbound investment from Japan and on corporate law, regulations and compliances to established Japanese businesses.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate & Commercial;Capital Markets ; Governance & Compliance Governance & C.R. Dua 91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution; International Trade ; IPR Shiraz Patodia 91 11 2371 4408
Mergers and acquisitions; General Corporate & Commercial ; Defence Neeraj Kumar 91 124 2803366
Corporate & Commercial ; Aviation; Telecom ; M&A Sita Khosla 91 124 2803366
Private equity & Venture capital; M&A Manoj Menon 91-80 2558 8799/2558 9909
Corporate &Commercial Sanjeev Kaul 91 124 2803366
Corporate & Commercial; M&A ; Food & Beverages Salil Gulati 91 11 2371 4408
Corporate Advisory; Mergers & Acquisition; Real Estate; Siddhartha Kumar 91 172 4666627
Competition Law; Real Estate; Infrastructure, Aviation Shashivansh Bahadur 91 11 2371 4408
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy; Governance & Compliance Akash Nath 91 11 2371 4408
Aviation and Space; Company Law Ranjana Kaul 91 11 2371 4408
TMT; Infrastructure Projects; Securitisation & Structured Finance Munish Sharma 91 11 2371 4408
Banking, finance and Insurance Jyoti Pande 91 11 2371 4408
Real Estate; M&A ; Corporate & Commercial ; Labour BR Srinivas 91 80 2558 8799/9909
Corporate & Commercial ; Banking & Finance ; IT ; FMCG NU Subaya 91 80 2558 8799/9909
Litigation; Arbitration George Joseph 91 80 2558 8799/9909
Dispute resolution- Litigation LK Bhushan 91 11 2371 4408
Corporate & Tax Advisory; M&A ; Capital Markets Sunil Malik 91 124 2803366/69
Litigation ;Labour & Employment Robin David 91 11 2371 4408
Antitrust &Competition; General Corporate Advisory Gautam Shahi 91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution ; Corporate & Commercial Rajdeep Panda 91 11 2371 4408
Insolvency & Bankruptcy; Commercial Litigation ;Civil Litigation Chitranshul Sinha 91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution Arbitration Ganesh Chandru 91 11 2371 4408
Litigation & Arbitration Amit Dhingra 91 11 2371 4408
Dispute Resolution; Corporate & Commercial; Banking & Finance Anish Ghoshal 91-22-6636-9966
Real Estate ; Corporate & Commercial P.V. Sajive Kumar 91 44 2431 4304
Corporate & Commercial Abhinav Rastogi 91 11 2371 4408
Japanese Investment/Operations Alok Vidyalankar 91 124 2803366/69
Banking & Finance; Corporate & Commercial; Real Estate Anil Aggarwal 91 22 6636 9966
Corporate and Commercial Law Mergers & Acquisitions Foreign Investment/Exchange Control Real Estate and Intellectual Property C. R. Muralidharan 91 80 2558 8799/9909
Labour & Industrial Law Litigation/Arbitration Ganapati Hegde 91 80 2558 8799/9909
M&A and Investments Finance & Banking Funds and Securitization Projects and Corporate Advisory Nirvaan K. Gupta 91- 11-2371 4408
Litigation Corporate & Commercial Law Corporate Advisory Senthil Kumar Rama Moorthy 91 44 2431 4304-07
Dispute Resolution: Litigation & Arbitration, International Trade, Intellectual Property Ashish Singh 91-11-2371-4408
Dispute Resolution - Litigation L.K. Bhushan 91-11-2371-4408
IPR, Corporate Law, Real Estate Hetal Narain Thakore 91-22-6636-9966
Corporate & Commercial Law Shishir Sharma 91 -124- 2803366/69
Litigation & Telecom Law Sairam Arjun Suresh 91- 44- 2431 4304
Corporate & Commercial Karan Ajitsaria 91-80-2558 8799/9909
Real Estate & Urban Development Brijita Prakash 91-80-2558 8799/9909
General Corporate & Commercial Janini Somiah 91-80-2558 8799/9909
General Corporate & Commercial Karan Ajitsaria 91-80-2558 8799/9909
General Corporate & Commercial Sahil Dhawan 91-11-2371-4408
Litigation -Civil & Commercial ; Arbitration Vikram Dhokalia 91-11-2371-4408
Litigation Dhiraj Philip 91-11-2371-4408
Corporate & Commercial ; Legal & Regulatory Compliance Jay Badola 91-11-2371-4408
Corporate & Commercial Laws Ami Ranjan 91 124 2803366
Civil, Commercial and Corporate Litigation Angad Varma 91 124 2803366
Defence, Aviation Amit Cowshish 91 124 2803366
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jay Wardhan Badola  photo Mr Jay Wardhan Badola Partner
Mr Shashivansh Bahadur  photo Mr Shashivansh Bahadur Partner
  LK Bhushan  photo  LK Bhushan Partner
Mr Mohd Iqbal Butt  photo Mr Mohd Iqbal Butt Partner, Corporate & Commercial, M&A, Real Estate, Non-Profit Organisations. Advising on:  o   …
Mr Ganesh Chandru  photo Mr Ganesh Chandru Arbitration and Commercial Litigation
Mr Robin Ratnakar David  photo Mr Robin Ratnakar David Partner
 Amit  Dhingra  photo Amit  Dhingra Partner 
Mr Vikram Dhokalia  photo Mr Vikram Dhokalia Partner
 Virender  K Gogia  photo Virender  K Gogia
Mr Salil Gulati  photo Mr Salil Gulati Partner
Dr Ranjana Kaul  photo Dr Ranjana Kaul Partner
Mr Siddhartha  Kumar  photo Mr Siddhartha  Kumar Partner
Ms Gunjan Malviya  photo Ms Gunjan Malviya Partner
Mr Kunal Mehra  photo Mr Kunal Mehra Partner, General Corporate, M&A and Anti-Trust & Competition
Mr Munawwar Naseem  photo Mr Munawwar Naseem Partner, Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India, Disputes (Civil, Criminal, Natural Resources).
Mr Akash Nath  photo Mr Akash Nath Partner Corporate & Commercial Law/  Infrastructure/Legal & Regulatory Compliance
Mr Rajdeep Panda  photo Mr Rajdeep Panda Partner
Ms Jyoti Pande  photo Ms Jyoti Pande Partner Principal Practice Areas: Banking & Finance Corporate Law  Advised multilateral and…
Mrs Shiraz Patodia  photo Mrs Shiraz Patodia Senior Solicitor, Principal Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution : Litigation & Arbitration ,…
Mr Munish Sharma  photo Mr Munish Sharma
Mr Ashish  Singh  photo Mr Ashish  Singh Partner
Mr Chitranshul  Sinha  photo Mr Chitranshul  Sinha Partner
Mr Sairam Arjun Suresh  photo Mr Sairam Arjun Suresh Partner
Mr Alok Vidyalankar  photo Mr Alok Vidyalankar Partner, Japan Practice. Specialises in assisting Japanese companies to invest and operate…
Number of Partners : 78
Number of Professionals (including Partners) : 250+
At this office : 100+
Indian regional languages - Marathi
Gujarati and Bengali
A well-established international network of foreign associates

CLIENT: Mr. Pawan Jain, CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Aditya Birla Solar Limited
TESTIMONIAL: The team led by Mr. Srinivas B.R. and Mrs. Brijita Prakash has promptly and efficiently rendered advice on various legal issues relating to acquisition of land in various parts of Karnataka. We have found Mr. Srinivas and his team to be extremely diligent. All the team members are endowed with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the local land laws. The team has worked efficiently in ensuring that the work assigned to them was delivered within the limited time period, which has enabled us in completing our objective on time.”


CLIENT: Mr. Selvarajan, General Manager
TESTIMONIAL: “Mr. Srinivas and his team have assisted us in several matters (from setting up of a joint venture with the Government of India to disinvestment in our subsidiaries). Mr. Srinivas and his team are easily approachable and accessible at any given point of time. They consistently provide timely and efficient services.”

CLIENT: Mr. Ravi Hugar
COMPANY/FIRM: Aequs Group of Companies
TESTIMONIAL:  “We have interacted with Mr. Srinivas B.R. and his team from Dua Associates. Mr. Srinivas B.R. has comprehensive knowledge in multiple facets of law. He and his team have provided valuable assistance in structuring our transactions and have enabled us to complete our transactions in a timely manner. Mr. Srinivas B.R. is to be credited for providing practical solutions to our problems.”

CLIENT: Ramolla Karnani
COMPANY/FIRM: Dow Chemical
TESTIMONIAL: “I am the Legal Director and Company Secretary at Dow Chemical India. DowDupont is the largest chemical company in the world. Though chemicals are the magic dust that enable almost every industry, unfortunately, chemical industry is perceived in many quarters as synonymous with harmful. Consequently, as the largest chemical company, we require business guidance, going beyond conventional legal advice. Shiraz Patodia provides us with a consistently high quality responsive service across all disciplines. Shiraz with her team show great commercial awareness and understanding of our needs. Shiraz is not only a very capable lawyer with excellent rapport with most senior counsels but also takes a pragmatic approach in finding solutions. Her experience and expertise has borne us excellent results be it in litigation or non-litigation.”

COMPANY/FIRM: East India Petroleum Pvt Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “I have been engaging regularly with Kunal Mehra of Dua Associates on the East India Petroleum Pvt.
Ltd. (EIPL) litigation in relation to the abuse of dominance by South Asia LPG Co. Pvt. Ltd. (SALPG), first before the
Competition Commission of India (CCI), then before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), and now
before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The matter required an in-depth understanding of the complex factual
matrix and the finer business nuances of provision of LPG terminalling services at Ports. Engagement of Dua Associates
and a sharply focused handling of the matter resulted in a swift decision by the CCI in the case which had been pending
for almost 7 years”

CLIENT: Tridib Barat
COMPANY/FIRM: Hindustan Media Ventures Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Kunal on transactions/matters with varying degree of complexity, and each time he has successfully handled/dealt the matter with minutest details and finesse. Any client will be delighted to work with Kunal due to his keen insight of the law, client responsiveness and above all, problem solving approach.”

Dua Associates is appearing for Goolrookh M. Gupta, a Parsi Zoroastrian lady, a Petitioner before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in a Special Leave Petition No. 18889/2012 titled Mrs. Goolrokh M. Gupta v. Mr. Sam Rusi Chothia & Ors. The Special Leave Petition has been filed against the judgment and order of the Hon’ble Gujarat High Court dated March 23, 2012 wherein the High Court held that a woman born as a Parsi  ( by race) and initiated into the Zoroastrian religion by her avid Zoroastrian parents, loses her Zoroastrian religion by virtue of her marriage to a non-Zoroastrian, Hindu male. This view was taken, notwithstanding that her marriage was solemnized under the liberal and secular Special Marriage Act of 1954, without her ever having renounced her Zoroastrian faith/religion.

 The matter relates to the constitutional protection accorded to all individuals under Article 21, 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India which has been whittled down and arbitrarily restricted by the Respondents Trustees by refusing to recognize Mrs. Goolrookh M. Gupta and other such women as Parsi Zoroastrian, and further preventing their right to follow their religious practices inter alia including performing the last rights of her parents. 

In the said Judgment, the Hon’ble High Court have inter alia held that upon her marriage, a woman is “deemed” and“presumed” to have acquired the religious status of her husband . Curiously, the High Court’s views are not restricted to Parsi women alone.

Ms Shiraz Patodia
Advocate & Solicitor
Senior Partner

As part of its CSR initiatives, Dua Associates provides financial assistance for education of girl children. The firm strongly believes that access to gender justice will enable creation of a just and equitable society and encourage Pro Bono legal services.

In 2016, the firm became a member of Trust Law pro bono programme of Thompson Reuters Foundation, UK (with assistance rendered by Mr Chandra Shekhar Mishra). Through Trust Law, the firm assisted Schoolgoers Pty Ltd, an Australian not-for-profit company in incorporating its Indian affiliate. The firm is currently advising (here too, with assistance provided by Mr Mishra) My Choices Foundation, an NGO working against domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Mr. Robin R. David is Partner on the civil litigation panel of iProbono the platform that connects civil society organizations to legal professionals. Mr. David has been a panel-lawyer of Delhi High Court Legal Aid Services Committee for the past nine years and the firm has rendered legal aid in about hundred matters of varied nature.

The firm has represented a Canadian couple before the Delhi High Court in a child adoption case where directions were issued to the Central and State adoption agencies to take steps to enable the couple to adopt a child after the death of both parents, who were rag pickers. In August 2017, the firm represented slum dwellers before the Delhi High Court against forcible eviction of slum residents in East Delhi for a highway project. The Delhi High Court directed Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to allot residential flats to fourteen families under the slum policy of Delhi. Mr. David is Amicus Curiae panel counsel for the Supreme Court of India. In March 2017, as amicus,
Mr. David appeared for one Shiv Kumar an octogenarian, who was awarded life imprisonment and was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India.   

Mr Robin David