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Dua Associates
NEW DELHI 110 001

Dispute resolution Tier 2

With a wide roster of international and domestic corporates as clients and considerable experience throughout India's court circuit, Dua Associates carries out leading work in relation to IP law, including copyright and trade mark infringement cases, where the team primarily acts for claimants. The group's broader caseload covers anti-dumping disputes, defamation suits and public liability cases. Practice head Shiraz Patodia is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Shiraz Patodia

White-collar crime Tier 2

Dua Associates assists domestic and international clients with implementing compliance measures for US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and the extant anti-bribery laws in India. This includes conducting due diligence on M&A transactions and business expansions.

WTO/international trade Tier 2

Dua Associates provides support on anti-dumping matters and WTO issues. Shiraz Patodia heads the international trade and customs practice group and regularly leads advice to the government of India on WTO matters. Other key members of the team include Ashish Singh and managing associate Mayank Singhal.

Antitrust and competition Tier 3

Dua Associates has worked on matters including merger controls, abuse of dominance and allegations of cartelisation. Clients include Dow Chemical Company and Power Grid Corporation of India.

Projects and energy Tier 3

Dua Associates handles matters related to power, oil and natural gas, non-conventional sources of energy, mining and telecoms projects, handling transactions, development and litigation. In the energy sector, the team is adept at advising on the establishment and management of power generation, distribution and transmission projects; the practice also has particular strength handling restructuring matters and development of airports.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Dua Associates fields a real estate team that handles acquisitions, leasing matters, and the assignment and transfer of property assets, as well as regularly conducting title due diligence on parcels of land. The practice group is led by Shashivansh Bahadur, who brings multi-disciplinary expertise in corporate and banking transactions to real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Shashivansh Bahadur

TMT Tier 3

TMT-related instructions for Dua Associates have involved joint ventures and foreign investment in the technology sector and litigation involving tariff orders placed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Regulatory compliance including data protection is also provided by the firm.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Dua Associates handles matters including project financing, external commercial borrowings, restructuring, syndicated loans and regulatory matters for developers, contractors, banks, financial institutions and investment funds.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Dua Associates has worked on matters including a mobile phone distribution venture and a demerger of a natural gas transmission company. Clients include Estée Lauder, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Sumitomo Corporation and CGG France.

Insurance Tier 4

Dua Associates has experience of both regulatory and transactional instructions. It also undertakes dispute resolution.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Routine mandates for Dua Associates’ labour and employment practice include employee termination exercises, ESOP planning, benefits structuring and regulatory compliance advice.

Tax Tier 4

Dua Associates advises large corporates on a range of taxation issues.

The Firm: Established in 1986, Dua Associates is a prominent national law firm with full- fledged offices across eight metropolitan cities in India. For over three decades the expertise and depth of knowledge of the Firm’s professionals, led by a significant nucleus of over sixty-eight partners and counsel, has enabled it to consistently provide comprehensive legal advice and strategy to domestic and international clients. The Firm’s diverse client base includes many Fortune 500 companies, publicly-listed companies, public-sector enterprises and privately-owned businesses, as well as many multinational and multilateral organizations and readily recognizable brand names from the US, Europe, Japan and ASEAN.

Dua Associates has also been at the fore-front in assisting many major multinational companies to establish a presence in India. As a law firm, it has emerged as a dominant and stable institution with its practice recognized for its competence and integrity. With its pan-Indian presence, Dua Associates also has the ability to assemble dedicated teams in any of its offices to meet client requirements and address the exigencies of complex transactions. Its in-depth understanding of national, local and regional legislation and regulation is also well-regarded.

Key practice areas: Mergers & acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Restructuring, Defence & Nuclear, Aviation & Aerospace, Privatization and Disinvestment, Governance & Compliance, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Banking, Finance, Insolvency & Insurance, Securitization & Structured Finance, Capital Markets, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade & Anti- dumping, Intellectual Property, Antitrust & Competition Law, Taxation, Administrative Law & Policy, Labour & Employment, Real Estate, Food & Beverages, Anti-Bribery & White Collar Crime.

While keeping pace with changes in the legal environment, the Firm has in addition, to the usual practice areas, created specialized practice groups (with senior leadership from within the firm and domain experts) to focus on new and emerging sensitive sectors, namely:

 Defence – Advising leading companies from Europe, the UK and the US on FDI, JVs and defence procurement guidelines, including those applicable to contractual agreements and offset policies.

 Nuclear – Assisting OEM’s and technology providers/suppliers on all aspects, including liability issues and technology.

 TMT – Advising on entry strategy, laws/policies, security and India’s licensing regime.

 Aviation – Advising on legal, regulatory and procedural aspects related to the aviation sector, including aircraft leasing and financial issues.

 Food & beverages – Advising clients on complex laws and regulations that govern food products, including packaging and labeling.

 Mining – Assisting mining majors in establishing JV’s and regularly advising on, among other things, contractual mining and financing/ collaboration arrangements, obtainment of concessions, litigation before various tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of India. Also advising on various aspects of mining law and state and central regulatory and licensing regimes. Providing thought leadership, while reviewing India’s mining legislation.

 Competition & antitrust – Wide range of legal services on the implications of competition law in India, including the preparation and filing of pre-merger/acquisition notifications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions Sita Khosla
Mergers and acquisitions Neeraj Kumar
Private equity and venture capital Manoj Menon
Corporate and commercial Sanjeev Kaul
Corporate and commercial Salil Gulati
Corporate restructuring Neeraj Kumar
Corporate restructuring Siddhartha Kumar
Defence Shashivansh Bahadur
Defence Amit Cowshish
Nuclear Shashivansh Bahadur
Nuclear Akash Nath
Aviation and aerospace Ranjana Kaul
Aviation and aerospace Sita Khosla
Privatisation and disinvestment Akash Nath
Governance and compliance Shiraz Patodia
Governance and compliance Akash Nath
Infrastructure and project finance Munish Sharma
Infrastructure and project finance Akash Nath
Banking, finance and insurance Jyoti Pande
Banking, finance and insurance BR Srinivas
Securitisation and structured finance Munish Sharma
Securitisation and structured finance Anil Agarwal
Food and beverages NU Subaya
Food and beverages Salil Gulati
Litigation ZA Jariwala
Litigation George Joseph
Dispute resolution LK Bhushan
Dispute resolution Rahul Dave
International trade and anti-dumping Shiraz Patodia
International trade and anti-dumping Sunil Malik
Intellectual property Shiraz Patodia
Intellectual property Ritu Ghuman
Antitrust and competition Robin David
Antitrust and competition Kunal Mehra
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Anil Agarwal  photo Mr Anil Agarwal PARTNER Principal Practice Areas: Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, General Corporate…
Number of Partners : 68
Number of Professionals (including Partners) : 250+
At this office : 109+
Indian regional languages - Marathi
Gujarati and Bengali

CLIENT: Mr. Pawan Jain, CFO
COMPANY: 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
COMPANY: Canara Bank
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: 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: 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.”

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