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Dua Associates Offices
202-206 TOLSTOY HOUSE
15 TOLSTOY MARG
NEW DELHI 110 001
Dua Associates > The Legal 500 RankingsDua Associates is active in complex commercial, constitutional, environmental and white-collar crime cases. Shiraz Patodia is highly experienced in commercial litigation, and counts a number of Fortune 500 companies among her key clients. At the associate level, Pranav Kamnani’s practice covers civil and commercial litigation, particularly in the construction, oil and gas, and technology areas, and Juhi Chawla is recommended for insolvency disputes, among others.
‘I have worked with Dua for many years and have found the firm’s partners and associates to be of the highest quality. They are outstanding lawyers who are practical and result oriented.’
‘I have worked with Shiraz Patodia extensively. She is one of the finest attorneys in India, and I would highly recommend her without reservation.’
The Dow Chemical Company
Union Carbide Corporation
Sadara Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company
Larsen & Toubro Limited
Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd.
McCann Worldwide Advertising
Dow International Technology Corporation
Performance Materials Japan Kabushiki Kaisha
Delhivery Private Limited
Dow Agro Sciences India Pvt. Ltd
Kodak Group Companies
Dow Chemical International Private Limited
Blue Coat Systems International SARL
Commercial Bank of Dubai
Authorised Representative of Fixed Deposit Holders of Jaypee Infratech Limited
Otsuka Chemicals (India) Private Limited
TransAsia Private Capital Limited (Hong Kong)
- Representing The Dow Chemical Company in an extremely complex and controversial curative litigation before the Supreme Court.
- Representing the Union Carbide Corporation in the controversial litigation arising out of the industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984.
- Representing the Dow Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation in a writ petition relating to remediation of the waste lying at the factory of the erstwhile Union Carbide India Limited and the consequent damage to the environment.
‘The team is extremely capable and well versed in the anti-dumping field, which is invaluable as this area of law can be both complex and jurisdiction specific.’
‘Shiraz Patodia is our primary anti-dumping lawyer in India. She is an expert in the field and has provided us with practical, business-focused advice and has been instrumental in obtaining excellent results for us over a number of anti-dumping cases.’
Kodak Group Companies
Sadara Chemical Company
Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd
Eastman Chemicals, USA
The Dow Chemical Company Group
Royal Thailand Government
Agro Fiber Co., Ltd
Wisewoods Co. Ltd
Green Fiber Co., Ltd
Kruger Inc Canada
UACJ Foil Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.,
Varopakorn Public Co., Ltd.
Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Alconix Logistics (Thailand) Ltd
- Acted for companies from the Kruger Inc group – namely Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd, Kruger Trois-Rivieres L.P. and Kruger Brompton L.P. – in one of the most contentious anti-dumping investigations before the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), covering imports of newsprint into India.
- Represented the Sadara Chemical Company and three Dow Chemical group companies in an anti-dumping investigation concerning the import of flexible slab stock polyol into India.
- Represented the Royal Thai Government, Wisewoods Co. Ltd, Green Fiber Co., Ltd and Agro Fiber Co. Ltd in a countervailing duty/anti-subsidy investigation initiated by the DGTR concerning imports of fibreboards originating in or exported from Thailand.
Robin David; Gautam Shahi
Balrampur Chini Mills Limited
All India Tyre Dealers Federation
Cement Manufacturers Association
Competition Commission of India
Hughes Communications Private Limited
- Represented Hughes Communications India Private Limited before the Competition Commission of India with respect to its joint venture with Bharati Airtel Limited to provide satellite broadband services in India.
- Represented Hughes Communications India Private Limited before the Competition Commission of India with respect to its joint venture with Bharati Airtel Limited to provide satellite broadband services in India.
‘Thorough and diligent eye for detail, practical advice, good insight into market practices, ability to find mutually acceptable solutions and implement them.’
Prestige Estates Projects Limited
Aditya Birla Solar Limited
Godrej Housing & Properties
Kalyani Developers Private Limited
Fourth Partner Energy Pvt Ltd
Assetz Infrastructure Private Limited
MAIA Estates LLP
Total Environment Habitat Private Limited
M/s. Goyal Hariyana Constructions
M/s. ADRA Constructions LLP
JSW Renewable Energy (Vijayanagara) Limited
RBL Bank Limited
Shell India Markets Private Limited
Sunjin India Feeds Pvt Ltd
CoWrks India Private Limited
- Assisted Prestige Estates Projects Limited and Century Real Estate Holdings with drafting the transaction documents for the development of the Commercial Spaces and the title due diligence of the subject properties.
- Assisted RBL Bank Limited and JSW Renewable Energy (Vijayanagara) Limited with the title due diligence of lands for the establishment of solar power plants and wind power plants and assisted the developers and lender with the acquisition of ownership of these lands.
- Assisted Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited with a series of transactions and EPC contracts.
India > Corporate and M&A Tier 4Complementing Dua Associates‘ established international corporate and M&A practice as engaged by a notable number of Fortune 500 names, numerous regional hubs including Chennai and Siddhartha Kumar‘s Chandigarh desk act for a growing list of domestic sponsors. Key partners including Salil Gulati, Neeraj Kumar and Gurugram-based Sita Khosla lead on inbound investments, business establishments and cross-border joint ventures. Adjacent group Dua Consulting is deployed on regulatory matters in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors.
‘Timely, relevant and practical advice. Superb turn around time.’
‘Manoj Menon – excellent negotiation and articulation, highly practical and workable solutions.’
ACL Mobile Limited
Hughes Communications India Private Limited
Fourth Partner Energy Private Ltd
QuEST Global Service
SBICAP Ventures Limited
Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Logistics Plus India Pvt Ltd.
Vedicare Ayurveda Private Limited
- Assisted QuEST Global Services with its acquisition of Synapse Design Automation and its subsidiaries across various jurisdictions in South East Asia.
- Assisted Fourth Partner Energy with (i) the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Newen Systems Private Limited and (ii) acquisition of the BESS business division of Raychem RPG Private Limited by Newen Systems Private Limited.
- Advised and assisted SBICAP Ventures Limited’s SWAMIH Investment Fund I on the successful closure of three back-to-back deals wherein the law firm acted as the legal counsel for the fund.
Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited
Siana Capital Management LLP
Ramakrishna Hospitals Private Limited
Mr. K.R. Anerudan
- Advised Siana Capital Management LLP on an investment made in the share capital of Proklean Technologies Private Limited.
- Advised on the primary and secondary investment by funds managed by TPG Capital in the share capital of Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited.
- Advised on an exit by India Growth Fund, a unit scheme of Kotak SEAF India Fund Limited from Dynaspede Integrated Systems Private Limited.
Dua Associates > Firm Profile
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 75 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 and 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 and telecommunications: 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 and 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.
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|Mr Jay Wardhan Badola||Partner||View Profile|
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|Mr LK Bhushan||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Mohd Iqbal Butt||Partner, Corporate & Commercial, M&A, Real Estate, Non-Profit Organisations. Advising on: o …||View Profile|
|Mr Ganesh Chandru||Arbitration and Commercial Litigation||View Profile|
|Mr Robin Ratnakar David||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Amit Dhingra||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Vikram Dhokalia||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Salil Gulati||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Ranjana Kaul||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Munawwar Naseem||Partner, Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India, Disputes (Civil, Criminal, Natural Resources).||View Profile|
|Mr Akash Nath||Partner Corporate & Commercial Law/ Infrastructure/Legal & Regulatory Compliance||View Profile|
|Mr Rajdeep Panda||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Jyoti Pande||Partner Principal Practice Areas: Banking & Finance Corporate Law Advised multilateral and…||View Profile|
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|Mr Ashish Singh||Partner||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of Partners : 75 Number of Professionals (including Partners) : 250+ At this office : 100+
LanguagesEnglish Hindi Japanese Indian regional languages - Marathi Telegu Kannada Tamil Punjabi Gujarati and Bengali
MembershipsA well-established international network of foreign associates
CLIENT: Mr. Pawan Jain, CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Aditya Birla Solar Limited
TESTIMONIAL: The team has promptly and efficiently rendered advice on various legal issues relating to acquisition of land in various parts of Karnataka. We have found the 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/FIRM: Canara Bank
TESTIMONIAL: “The team have assisted us in several matters (from setting up of a joint venture with the Government of India to disinvestment in our subsidiaries). The 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 the team from Dua Associates. They have 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.”
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.”
CLIENT: CVS Suri
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
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