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Hemant Sahai

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Energy & Infrastructure, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Project Finance, Policy and Regulatory, Dispute Resolution


Hemant Sahai is the Founding Partner of HSA Advocates, a leading law firm in India and is recognized by peers, clients and diverse international legal publications as an “astute lawyer”, and one of the “leading lawyers” in India.  

For the last three decades, Hemant has been a trusted legal counsel to some of the largest corporates in India and overseas and is widely recognized for his role in shaping the Indian legal industry. In addition to the traditional legal transactional and advisory assignments for corporate groups, Hemant has also been an adviser to central government ministries, PSUs, regulatory authorities, multilateral institutions (World Bank, IFC, ADB, etc.), banks and financial institutions, etc. on a range of policy and regulatory issues.  

Hemant has served as an adviser to several working groups and committees formed by top government bodies/institutions including certain extra ministerial policy advisory bodies set up by the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and other government bodies, from time to time. Hemant has advised the Planning Commission, Niti Aayog and other Governmental bodies on policy issues, drafting model transaction and policy documents, etc.    

Hemant has also been appointed to provide legal advisory services to the High-Power Committee constituted by the Government of Gujarat to to give recommendations, pursuant to deliberations with the relevant stakeholders including the generating companies, lenders and discoms for ensuring the financial viability of the following thermal power plants (TPPs) which were conceived and set up based on the usage of imported coal from Indonesia.

Hemant has long-standing practical experience in advising on strategy on matters as diverse as general corporate and commercial practices including corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, dealing with SEBI and Listing Agreement issues, corporate finance & investment, regulatory affairs including dealings with diverse governments and government authorities, and tax-related matters.

He has served clients across an array of industries and sectors including Automotive, Aviation, Banks and Financial Institutions, Ecommerce, Education, Energy including Renewable Energy, Environment, Health and Safety, Hospitality and Healthcare, Infrastructure-urban and rural, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, etc.

He has also been the Strategic Adviser to the Japanese government through the Japanese Embassy in India, on the Infrastructure sector in India for the last several years. He also sits on the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Regional Committee on Energy. He is regularly called upon to speak at diverse Indian and International forums, seminars and workshops.

Hemant was recognized by several international publications including –

  • “In-House Community, Commended External Counsel of the Year, 2019” for India by the "In-House Community" of Counsels at an awards function held in Hong Kong.
  • ” Top 100 lawyers in India”, by India Business Law Journal (“IBLJ”)
  • “Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year” by “American Lawyer’s Emerging Markets Awards”, in Singapore.

Hemant has also been highly recommended as a leading lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific as well as Chambers Global, among many others.


From 2016 onwards

Employer: HSA Advocates

Positions held: Founding Partner

From 2003 to 2016

Employer: HSA Advocates

Positions held: Managing Partner

From 1991 to 2003

Employer: J. Sagar Associates

Positions held: Founder Member, Partner, Senior Partner

From 1990 to 1991

Employer: At the Chambers of Mr. A.S. Chandhiok, Senior Advocate

Positions held: Lawyer

From 1988 to 1990

Employer: Remfry & Son (Later renamed Remfry & Sagar)

Positions held: Lawyer


English and Hindi


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

Delhi High Court Bar Association

Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

International Bar Association


University of Delhi, LL.B. - 1988


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The team at HSA Advocates handles construction, real estate, power, financial services and energy disputes for large corporations, individuals and foreign-owned enterprises. The team's client base includes Cotton Corporation of India, ReNew Power and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. Founding partner Hemant Sahai and managing partner Amitabh Sharma are the key names to note. The firm has recently appointed former Sterlite Power Grid Ventures in-house counsel Apoorva Misra as a partner, while Shreshth Sharma (former Jindal Steel and Power in-house counsel) and Nitish Gupta (former DSK Legal principle associate) have been recruited as associate partners. Former senior partner Abeezar E. Faizullabhoy along with Shahen Pradhan and Murtaza Kachwalla, joined Argus Partners in February 2019.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Hemant Sahai - HSA Advocates

Within: Projects and energy

HSA Advocates' team has notable strength for projects work in the energy and renewables sectors, and is well known for handling instructions from India's project finance and public-private partnership (PPP) market, assisting the full spectrum of interested parties with domestic and cross-border financing transactions. The team is acting for the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra on the Navi Mumbai Airport greenfield PPP project, and is assisting Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric with the development of Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro project. Founding partner Hemant Sahai heads the team. Amitabh Sharma is also recommended. Anjan Dasgupta left for DSK Legal in May 2019.

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