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Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

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Chennai, Geneva, Mumbai, New Delhi

The firm: Founded by V Lakshmikumaran and V Sridharan in 1985, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is a full-service law firm. The firm has a strong litigation and advisory background and has over 350 professionals providing a variety of legal services to clients. In the area of litigation, the firm has handled more than 40,000 cases at all levels from the Supreme Court to tribunals. The firm's corporate practice has advised clients on several transactions and business restructuring. The firm is well known for its high ethical standards, quality work and transparency in all its business dealings. L&S's corporate clientele comprises of large business houses, multi-national corporations, banks and financial institutions including several Fortune 500 companies.

Areas of practice: Tax: the tax practice of the firm has consistently maintained a top-tier position in handling tax disputes, across all fora, whether on direct tax, indirect tax or international tax. The vast legacy in litigation allows to advise clients in planning and complying with tax laws in India.

The team advises on transitional provisions in the GST regime and helps in re-designing supply chain, training, hand-holding and compliance review for assessing GST readiness.

International arbitration and commercial litigation: the international arbitration and commercial litigation practice groups comprise of professionals with deep industry and business knowledge. The firm specialises in international as well as domestic arbitrations, whether Institutional or ad hoc. The team has represented arbitration cases in all forums, in every possible format.

Competition law: this team handles merger filings and is very well versed in handling contentious proceedings on competition Law. The team works with a wide cross section of sectors including transportation, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, building materials, government procurement, broadcasting, sports, financial services, entertainment and telecoms.

Intellectual property (IP) and technology law: the IP practice has expertise in all IP laws including patents, designs, trademarks, copyrights and plant variety protection (PVP). This vertical provides end-to-end IP life cycle support with its attorneys and technologists specializing in preparation and prosecution, licensing, management, valuation and litigation of IP portfolios.

The team also offers integrated advisory, legal compliance and litigation services related to environmental law issues, such as air, water, forests, hazardous substances, genetically modified organisms biological diversity.

The team also comprises experts on food law, advising clients on the implementation of the FSS Act and Rules, and different regulations, notifications and advisories issued by FSSAI.

Mergers and acquisition and corporate law: the corporate team advises various leading Indian and multinational corporations across diverse sectors on joint ventures, mergers, demergers, acquisitions, private equity, legal due diligence, spin-offs, foreign direct investment and entry strategies, restructurings including global restructurings of various multinational companies, regulatory approvals, setting up of industrial plants in India, sale of businesses, distributorship and commercial advisory agreements in India, real estate, employment, compliances, ESOP schemes, drafting, vetting and negotiating of commercial contracts and other corporate transactional work.

Customs and international trade: the team of professionals in the customs and international trade practice cater to WTO and international trade disputes. Its attorneys have handled more than 400 anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations across the world. It also handles a wide variety of matters pertaining to HS classification, customs valuation, FTA, safeguards investigations, market access and national treatment.

  • Number of lawyers: 300+
  • at this office: 40
  • Languages
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Tamil

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