Firm Profile > L&L Partners Law Offices > New Delhi, India

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

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Key fields of expertise for L&L Partners Law Offices’s 'dependable' antitrust and competition practice include acting on abuse of dominance and cartelisation disputes for clients in a diverse range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, shipping, food, auto parts and construction. GR Bhatia and Abdullah Hussain regularly appear before the CCI on matters pertaining to the developing legal field of leniency applications. Kanika Chaudhary Nayar is noted for her expertise in developing competition compliance frameworks — including preparations for dawn raids — for clients in sectors such as steel, cement, broadcasting and film distribution.

Testimonials

A well-balanced, highly experienced team that provides good solutions to competition matters.

Very solutions oriented.

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and efficient.

The senior partners have a good interpersonal relationship with the regulatory authorities.

G.R. Bhatia is an outstanding lawyer, as are the members of his team including Kanika Chaudhari Nayar and Abdullah Hussain. They are clearly very knowledgeable, have outstanding judgement, and are very responsive.

Banking and finance Tier 1

Bucking the national trend, the banking and finance practice at L&L Partners Law Offices continues to display remarkably strong project financing capabilities, particularly in the renewable energy sector, where they have advised numerous lenders in the last year alone on advancing facilities for the development of wind and solar power projects across India. The team has further expertise in refinancing and debt restructuring, asset securitisation and domestic and international bond issuances. Practice head Karan Mitroo is at the forefront of the firm’s project financing deals, bringing invaluable experience advising all stakeholders in such transactions.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices displays strength in depth handling the full gamut of corporate transactions, including public and private m&a, cross border transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring, focusing primarily on the steel, highway and software sectors.  The group stands out for its role in some of the leading distressed asset cases in India, including advising Bhushan Steel Limited on its majority shareholding sale to Tata Steel Limited through TSL’s wholly-owned subsidiary Bamnipal Steel Limited under the IBC process. Outside of this core area the team is notable for winning complex, high-value instructions in emerging markets: recently Vaibhav Kakkar advised Tencent Holdings on its purchases of shares of Bundl Technologies Private Limited, owner of the food delivery app Swiggy, for approximately $1bn, causing the start-ups’ valuation to reach a staggering $3.3bn. Sundeep Dudeja regularly acts on multi-billion dollar acquisitions and has considerable expertise advising foreign entities on incorporation in India. Longstanding practitioner Rajiv Luthra is known for his involvement in some of the largest m&a transactions in India and his expertise in project financing, restructurings and divestments. Navin Syiem is to join from IndusLaw.

Projects and energy Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices advises the full range of stakeholders on major infrastructure projects. The team assists with the review, tender and preparation of bid documentation for project development, foreign direct investment, external commercial borrowing relating to the financing of projects, as well as regulatory and environmental matters. Dispute resolution pertaining to distressed projects is another core area of activity. Rajiv Luthra has advised on multiple projects related to renewable energy, particularly solar power, while Mohit Saraf is also noted.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices handles a wide range of real estate matters on a pan-Indian basis. The practice has experience advising on the ownership and acquisition of land, land use and conversion, construction approvals and foreign investment in real estate. Financing matters and the leasing and development of commercial, residential and industrial real estate, such as IT parks and mega-city and slum rehabilitation projects, feature among the firm's instructions. The practice witnessed a recent change in leadership, as former head Amaresh Singh left the firm and Sachit Mathur, who is highly active advising in relation to land aggregation for renewable energy and warehousing parks, took over as head of the department alongside Vaibhav Suri, who is noted for handling due diligence for real estate projects, and Rajiv Luthra.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

L&L Partners Law Offices has cross-practice expertise in corporate restructuring and dispute resolution, advising clients throughout the entire lifecycle of insolvency resolution proceedings. The team recently advised the resolution professional of Bhushan Steel, which was one of the 12 companies identified by the Reserve Bank of India as having the banking sector's largest amount of stressed assets in the country.

WTO/international trade Tier 1

WTO jurisprudence and trade remedial law are core areas of activity for L&L Partners Law Offices, which fields a team of specialist lawyers experienced across WTO policy advisory, dispute settlement and trade remedies. The practice group has a strong track record acting for large companies from a range of sectors in anti-dumping investigations. Expert trade litigator H.S. Chandhoke frequently handles safeguard and countervailing duties-related disputes; while Saurabh Tiwari advises on WTO-covered agreements and subsidy regimes. Another key practitioner is Ashish Chandra, who specialises in the WTO regulatory domain, trade remedies and foreign trade policy issues.

Testimonials

‘Luthra & Luthra has an excellent WTO practice, which combines knowledge of substantive WTO law with an excellent understanding of how the Indian Government works. It has a real dedication to excellence.’

‘Ashish Chandra is very knowledgeable about WTO law and is always available to discuss matters.’

Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices' aviation practice has a number of key airport clients on its roster, for which the team handles a range of financing mandates including development PPP's and term loan facility lending transactions. The firm has a significant presence in the military aviation sector, handling industry-leading aerospace manufacture and supply joint ventures for global names. Professionals such as Aniket Sengupta and Alina Arora also provide expertise with drafting maintenance and vendor contracts, aircraft acquisitions and CCI investigations.

Key clients

Lufthansa German Airlines

Sikorsky International Operations

YES Bank

Austrian Airlines

Bangalore International Airport

JSW Steel

Capital markets Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices ’ capital markets team has particular experience acting for companies and lead managers in IPOs and QIPs of substantial value, where it stands out for its knowledge of structuring and restructuring and regulatory compliance, in relation to legislation such as the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Further capabilities include advising clients on screen-based block trades, share buybacks and fundraising. The team advised the lead managers of JM Financial Limited in the proposed IPO of ASK Investment Managers, potentially representing one of the first portfolio management services providers to be publicly listed in India. Key names to note are Rajiv Luthra, Geeta Dhania and Mohit Saraf. Saraf's expertise includes domestic and overseas IPOs, an area in which he is very active, and qualified institutional placements. Manan Lahoty, Ravi Dubey, Abhiroop Lahiri, Manshoor Nazki and Vishal Yaduvanshi, along with three senior associates and ten associates joined IndusLaw in October 2019, while Jitesh Shahani joined the firm from Allen & Overy in Singapore.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices handles the full range of commercial litigation in the higher courts of India. Rajiv Luthra and H.S. Chandhoke are key names to note in the team.

Insurance Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices  insurance team, under Mohit Sarafhandles, a range of financial matters for insurance and reinsurance clients such as private equity investment negotiations, minority and majority stake acquisitions, IPOs and joint venture structuring. Regulatory advice is routinely provided by and Samarth Gupta for market-entry exercises, the provision of new and add-on insurance products and the restructuring of existing insurance ventures. Brokerage firms are counted on the client list, from which the team recently received contentious instructions involving reinsurance non-payments. Former co-practice head Alina Arora has taken a career break.

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.

Labour and employment Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices advises on the full range of labour and employment matters including litigation, regulatory support, transactional support and HR policy drafting.

Tax Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices’ tax vertical enjoys a healthy split of tax litigation and transactional mandates. Recent court applications involved complex transfer pricing disputes and high-value service tax demands. Vikas Srivastava leads on direct tax issues while Jatinder Pal Singh is the go-to name for indirect tax; both lend their expertise to devising optimal tax structures on global M&A deals, business restructuring exercises and inbound and outbound investments.

White-collar crime Tier 2

L&L Partners Law Offices’ extensive bench handles the full range of white-collar criminal cases as they arise. Previous practice head Anirban Bhattacharya has left the firm to establish an independent practice.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Startups and multinational companies regularly instruct L&L Partners Law Offices’ IP team on contentious matters involving trade mark, patent and copyright infringement and passing off. Global clients include significant names in the media and entertainment, hospitality, telecoms and technology sectors, for which the team handles entire IP portfolios, assisting with prosecution, filing and enforcement. Practice heads Gayatri Roy and Nirupam Lodha regularly assist the wider firm’s clients on transactional matters including licensing, structuring, franchising and M&A due diligence.

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)