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L&L Partners Law Offices
1st & 9th Floors, Ashoka Estate
Barakhamba Road
NEW DELHI
110 001
India

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Cartel investigations and abuse of dominance matters are points of focus of the antitrust and competition practice at L&L Partners Law Offices. Recent highlights for the team - which is co-led by GR Bhatia, Abdullah Hussain, Kanika Chaudhary Nayar and Rudresh Singh - involved extensive representations before the CCI, securing successful leniency applications for food and drink and insurance companies. Engagements are received from diverse, highly regulated sectors ranging from aviation, energy and auto parts to healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Merger control applications on high-value M&A deals and joint ventures are regularly referred to the practice, notably for a roster of global private equity funds, asset managers and public sector utilities. Clients’ interests are also represented during CCI investigations into abusive market practices.

Key clients

Hero Enterprises Private Limited

ArcelorMittal Societe Anonyme

Carter’s Inc.

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd

Bayer Aktiengesellschaft

Biocon Limited

Carlyle Group

Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India-NCR Chapter (CREDAI)

Tullis Russell

FMC Corporation

Dhampur Sugar Mills

Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd.

Fortis Healthcare Limited

Food Corporation of India

GMR Group

Hero MotorCorp

ITC Limited

Jaiprakash Associates Limited

JCB Ltd

JK Ansell / Raymond Group

JSW Steel Limited

JSW Paints

Laptev Finance Private Limited

Mankind Pharma

Multiplex Association of India

Mylan Inc.

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Corporation

NYK Line

Power Finance Corporation

United Breweries Limited

UV Asset Reconstruction Company

Vatika Ltd.

Supertech Limited

Shipping Corporation of India Limited

Automobiles Tyre Manufactures Association (ATMA)

MINDA Group

Explosives Mining Welfare Association

Hind Rectifiers

Dr Lal Path Labs

Hindware Sanitar

Banking and finance Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices's 'solutions oriented' practice specialises in project financing, structured products, acquisition financing, restructuring mandates and cross-border transactions. The team is also well known for its expertise in securitisation and trade finance.  'Approachable and prompt' Karan Mitroo is active in various financing transactions on behalf of banks, financial institutions, lenders and borrowers, including structured finance, project finance and external commercial borrowing. Mohit Saraf advises major global and Indian banks and funds on bilateral and syndicated loan transactions, project financing and ECB arrangements. Bikash Jhawar is known for structuring and documenting financing deals for Indian borrowers in various sectors. Abir Lal Dey joined the practice from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in January 2020, whereas former partner Aditya Periwal left the firm to join AZB & Partners in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Working with Karan Mitroo and his team is a pleasure. Karan is not only bright and knowledgeable about the law, but also someone capable of resolving difficult issues with a practical kind of wisdom.’

‘The team have a holistic understanding of our business, including transaction documents and all of the commercial aspects.’

‘Partner availability, diverse practice, good domain knowledge, excellent turn around time.’

‘This practice group has sound knowledge of the project financing in India.’ 

 

‘Karan Mitroo boasts an in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy.’

 

Key clients

State Bank of India

Yes Bank Limited

Axis Bank Limited

Export-Import Bank of the United States of America (US Ex-Im)

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

L&T Housing Finance Limited

L&T Finance Limited

HDFC Bank Ltd

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The mergers and acquisitions team at L&L Partners Law Offices has a wealth of experience in undertaking complex transactional work and advising clients on corporate law issues. The department, which acts for buyers and sellers on a multitude of share and asset purchase transactions,  has the capability to handle deals concerning private and public-listed companies. Founding partner Rajiv Luthra oversees the team alongside Mohit Saraf, who specialises in M&A and private equity deals. Another core member of the practice is Vaibhav Kakkar, who brings into play thorough knowledge of regulatory issues to advise on foreign investment. Damini Bhalla, who has a thorough understanding of the 'Indian investment environment', is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Strong experienced team, accustomed to working on international transactions.’

‘Damini Bhalla is great to work with, very experienced and is always available. She gives useful advice not just on the specific query but also on the wider Indian investment environment.’

Key clients

Affirma Capital

Awfis Space Solutions Private Limited

ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corporation

UV Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (“UVARCL”)

Reliance Capital Limited

II-VI Incorporated

Inteva Products

Ribbon Communications Inc.

IndoStar Capital Finance Limited

Cube Highways

Play Games 24×7 Private Limited

Projects and energy Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices has longstanding experience in the projects, energy and infrastructure sectors, acting as legal counsel to private and public entities. The group is well-equipped to assist with the full range of mandates, including financing transactions, development matters, concession agreements as well as EPC contracts and power purchase agreements. Mohit Saraf has thorough experience advising on projects in the energy, telecoms and airports sectors. Focusing on financing matters, Pallavi Bedi is noteworthy for projects pertaining to renewable energy, mining and oil & gas. Deepak Kumar Thakur, who recently joined from HSA Advocates, is knowledgeable of the PPP framework, and a seasoned practitioner in nuclear and renewable energy. Another key individual is Priyanka Singh, who assists with project development and financing.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The L&L team was impressive in their approach towards resolving some real technical issues pertaining to energy sector. 

‘Pallavi Bedi is always available and approachable on the shortest of notices. Her knowledge and hard work approach is appreaciated.’

‘The Team under the leadership of Mr. Deepak Kumar (of L&L Partners Law Offices) is doing exceptionally well in Commercial Arbitration. He is excellent in Drafting Pleading and finding facts and use of legal citations during Arguments.’

 

Key clients

Petroleum Nasional Berhad

NITI Aayog

STOA S.A.

Penn Energy Renewables, LTD

Mumbai Port Trust

Rays Power Infra Private Limited

Canadian Solar Inc.

Amplus Energy Solutions Private Limited

NEPRA Resource Management Private Limited

Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica S.A.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The practice group at L&L Partners Law Offices focuses on insolvency resolution processes as well as debt and corporate restructuring. The team is adept at advising the full range of players in IBC proceedings, demonstrating particular strength representing bidders, lenders and insolvency professionals. Leading the department is Mohit Saraf, who has a strong track record in large insolvency cases in the country, as well as acquisition of distressed assets. Fellow co-heads Sudhir Sharma (dispute resolution) and Bikash Jhawar (corporate) are also noted for corporate insolvency resolution processes. Managing associate Avinash Subramanian is another key practitioner in this field.

WTO/international trade Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices is a go-to destination for complex cases involving WTO laws, evidenced by its impressive track record of representing the Government of India in landmark WTO disputes, including compliance and arbitration proceedings. On the trade remedies front, the firm is adept at acting for clients operating in the steel and manufacturing sectors in relation to anti-dumping matters. H.S. Chandhoke, who is a leading authority in the field of arbitration and trade litigation, heads the department with Saurabh Tiwari and Ashish Chandra. Tiwari is a seasoned practitioner across foreign trade policy issues, WTO agreements, and bilateral investment treaties, while Chandra focuses on WTO regulatory issues, dispute settlement, and trade remedial actions.

Key clients

Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India

Directorate General of Trade Remedies, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India

Jindal Poly Films Limited

POSCO, Korea RP

Indian Paint Association

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, Japan

Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy; Government of the Republic of Korea

EuroChem Trading GmBH

Kim Trung Huong Steel Co. Ltd, VietNam

Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices  is regarded for its aircraft and airport financing and lending expertise supplied to domestic and international airlines and developers. Joint ventures between aerospace manufactures are handled by the team, as well as maintenance contracts, parts procurements and vendor contracts.

Capital markets Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices advises issuers, selling shareholders and underwriters in relation to equity and debt transactions, including IPOs, QIPs, private placements and medium-term note programmes. Mohit Saraf has been instructed by clients to assist them with major IPOs and QIPs throughout his career, including DLF's $414m QIP and Ujivan Small Finance Bank's $97.5m IPO. Jitesh Shahani, who joined the practice from Allen & Overy in 2019, advises issuers and underwriters on debt and equity transactions, including high yield debt offerings and IPOs. Geeta Dhania has standout expertise assisting the Government of India with primary and secondary listings of public companies. Partner Manan Lahoty left the practice to join IndusLaw in 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘L&L’s capital markets practice is one of the strongest in India’s infrastructure sector. A very market aware practice, they understand the market nuances and accordingly help structure a deliverable transaction.’

 

Key clients

Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited

Adani Transmission Limited

Axis Capital Limited

Barclays Bank Plc

Credit Suisse

DLF Limited

Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited

RBL Bank Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Suzlon Energy Limited

Tata Steel Limited

The Carlyle Group

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices' team represents clients in civil and commercial disputes across India, showing particular expertise in energy, consumer, corruption, defamation and competition litigation. H.S. Chandhoke has standout expertise in judicial reviews, investigations and prosecutions by the Enforcement Directorate and other regulators regarding money laundering and anti-corruption laws. Sudhir Sharma handles a wide range of commercial disputes, including joint venture and competition cases.

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail, excellent team work, assertiveness and perseverance.’

Key clients

JSW Steel Limited

HDFC AMC Limited

L&T Finance Limited

L&T Infra Debt Fund

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

Aditya Birla Finance Limited

Aditya Birla Sunlife AMC

India Infradebt Limited

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP

Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP

GR Infraprojects Limited

Millennium City Expressways Private Limited

IDBI Bank Limited

Insurance Tier 2

Mohit Saraf and Samarth Gupta are key names at L&L Partners Law Offices for insurance advice. Corporate instruction for insurance and reinsurance clients are a focus, with ongoing matters including private equity investment negotiations, minority and majority stake acquisitions, IPOs and joint venture structuring.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Prosecution and enforcement services for the breadth of IP assets are provided at L&L Partners Law Offices by a team led by Gayatri Roy and Nirupam Lodha, with sectors of focus including life sciences, media and entertainment, FMCG and IT. Litigation in the healthcare and technology sectors is also a strong point, with recent engagements concerning trade mark and copyright infringement and complex High Court patent infringement litigation involving pharmaceutical products. The team also handled commercial IP and transactional matters for high-profile multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

AllScripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

American Airlines

ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (“OLA”)

BBH India

Dhampur Sugar Mills

Fortis

Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V.

Hero MotoCorp Limited

Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Minor Group

Mylan Inc.

Playboy

Publicis Sapient

Reliance Retail Limited

Sapient Corporation

Dataflow Services (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Suyash Srivastava leads the labour and employment practice at L&L Partners Law Offices with a broad focus encompassing HR guidance, transactional due diligence and contentious matters. Regarding the latter, Srivastava and Damini Bhalla are involved in trade union disputes for employers in the heavy industries. William Vivian John regularly handles workforce restructuring exercises, internal misconduct investigations and ESOP structuring. The team recently handled extensive employee transfers in high-value corporate transactions in the private equity, media, pharmaceuticals, IT and electronics sectors.

Private equity and investment funds Tier 2

The investment funds team at L&L Partners Law Offices advises venture capital firms, hedge funds, private equity funds, mezzanine funds and infrastructure funds on structuring investment vehicles, including sector specific funds such as technology, healthcare, infrastructure and real estate.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices renders services to international and Indian developers, private equity funds and investors, which seek assistance in relation to financing issues, acquisition of property, leasing agreements and construction of real estate projects. Drawing in resources from firm-wide practices in the areas of corporate and tax law, the firm is a one-stop shop for construction and real estate mandates. Sachit Mathur has recently advised on land aggregation for renewable energy projects, and assisted with the development of warehousing parks in India. Mathur’s areas of activity also include commercial and residential plotted developments, as well as M&A and PE transactions within the real estate sector. Vaibhav Suri is knowledgeable of multi-state legislation and regulatory issues pertaining to leasing, ownership and usage of property.

Key clients

Godrej Properties Limited

Azure Power

Birla Estates Private Limited

Sobha Limited

Godrej Fund Management

Arcelor Mittal India

Nippon Steel

Mahindra Lifespaces Developers Private Limited

Emaar MGF Land Limited

Embassy Industrial Parks Private Limited

Kalpataru Limited

One Industrial Spaces Private Limited

ATS Infrastructure Limited

Tribeca Creators LLP

DLF Limited

Steel Authority of India Limited

TATA Housing Development Co. Ltd

Government of the United States of America

Acme Cleantech Solutions Private Limited

Ascendas Firstspace Development Management Private Limited

Experion Developers Private Limited

Eldeco Infrastructure & Properties Ltd

Ashiana Housing Private Limited

Hines India

ASK Investment Property Advisors Private Limited

YES Bank Limited

Motilal Oswal Investments

ReNew Power

EDF- EREN

SBI Cap ventures – SWAMI Investment Fund

WELSPUN ONE Logistics Parks

Tax Tier 2

Vikas Srivastava and Jatinder Pal Singh are go-to names at L&L Partners Law Offices for direct and indirect tax matters respectively. Corporate transactions and investment structuring are points of focus. Transfer pricing litigation is also handled.

White-collar crime Tier 2

Key names at L&L Partners Law Offices for white-collar crime litigation include co-heads Bharat Chugh and Vijay Sondhi. Ongoing instructions from multinational financial institutions and healthcare companies include criminal proceedings spanning all forms of financial misconduct claims. Internal and regulatory investigations and anti-corruption compliance measures are spearheaded by co-heads William Vivian John and Samarth Gupta. Particularly noteworthy is the significant number of financial misconduct and money channeling claims handled by the team. The expansive client roster on this side comprises global names in IT, manufacturing, chemicals, defence, FMCG, and heavy industry.

Key clients

ICICI Bank Limited

ICRA Limited

Fortis Healthcare

L&L Partners [formerly Luthra & Luthra Law Offices] is a leading full service law firm, with a team of over 300 counsels including 72 partners, with offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

 In keeping with the Firm’s legacy of offering exceptional legal solutions & client advice; teams at the Firm ensure that clients receive practical, innovative & cost-effective advice in a responsive manner, while upholding the highest ethical standards. Enormous amounts of knowledge, experience & commitment, successfully help close/ resolve complex & high value transactions & disputes, with practical & creative legal solutions.

 Consistently ranked and globally recognized as leaders in the field, we adopt a forward-looking approach towards the practice of law, combining both conventional practice areas & emerging sectors, setting benchmarks and the highest technical standards within the legal fraternity.

 Whilst handling clients across major industry practice areas & sectors, we provide legal guidance & assistance to a wide range of domestic & international clients as well as foreign firms, adding to a multitude of global clients.

 Since its inception in 1991 which coincides with India’s economic liberalization, we have assisted numerous multinational corporations to set up their presence in India, and navigate the complex Indian legal system.

 Offering kosher solutions to the complex legal issues, the Firm advises on transactions and matters involving Banking & Finance; Capital Markets; Competition & Anti-trust; Corporate Commercial and Mergers & Acquisitions; Dispute Resolution (Litigation & Arbitration); Anti-Corruption & Compliance; International Trade (WTO) Laws and Policy & Advisory; Project, Infrastructure & Energy; Tax (Direct & Indirect); Real Estate & Construction; Aerospace & Defence (Procurement & Production); Insurance & Re-Insurance; Intellectual Property – Patent & Trademark; Oil & Gas; Health & Pharmaceuticals; Private Equity & Venture Capital Investments.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity; Capital Markets; Projects, Energy and Infrastructure; Real Estate Mohit Saraf msaraf@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5101
Corporate/M&A Samir Dudhoria sdudhoria@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5106
Banking & Finance; Private equity; Restructuring Bikash Jhawar bjhawar@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7006
Banking and finance Aniket Sengupta asengupta@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5191
Capital markets Manan Lahoty mlahoty@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7005
Competition and Antitrust G R Bhatia gbhatia@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5192
Competition and Antitrust Abdullah Hussain ahussain@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5190
Dispute Resolution H S ‘Bobby' Chandhoke bobby@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5145
Dispute Resolution; White Collar Crime Sudhir Sharma ssharma@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5146
Dispute Resolution Vijay Sondhi vsondhi@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5177
Projects, Energy and Infrastrucure Sameen Vyas svyas@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5121
Projects, Energy and Infrastrucure Pallavi Bedi pbedi@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5176
Tax Vikas Srivastava vsrivastava@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5115
Tax Sanjeev Sachdeva ssachdeva@luthra.com
Intellectual property rights Gayatri Roy groy@luthra.com +91 11 41215120
Intellectual property rights Nirupam Lodha nlodha@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5122
White Collar Crime Anirban Bhattacharya abhattacharya@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5164
Anti-Corruption and Compliance; Corporate/M&A; Defence Production and Procurement Alina Arora aarora@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5110
Anti-Corruption and Compliance; Corporate/M&A; Employment William V John wjohn@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7009
Real Estate Amaresh Singh amareshs@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5103
Real Estate Sachit Mathur smathur@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5119
Employment Suyash Srivastava ssrivastava@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5123
Defence Production and Procurement; Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Vaibhav Kakkar vkakkar@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5133
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Deepak THM deepakthm@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7007
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Jay Parikh jparikh@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7014
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Amit Shetye ashetye@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7013
Restructuring; Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Apurva Jayant ajayant@luthra.com +91 22 4354 7003
Banking & Finance Karan Mitroo kmitroo@luthra.com +91 11 4121 5143
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Vikrant Kumar vkumar@luthra.com +91 80 4165 9245
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Vasudev Dibbur vdibbur@luthra.com +91 80 4165 9245
Number of lawyers : 350
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Founder and Managing Partner : Rajiv K Luthra (rajiv@luthra.com/+91 11 4121 5100)
Senior Partner and Head of Corporate Practice : Mohit Saraf (msaraf@luthra.com/+91 22 4354 7000)
Vice President - Client Development : Hitesh Kalwani (hkalwani@luthra.com/+91 91369 27515)