LexCounsel > New Delhi, India > Firm Profile

B-4/232, Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi - 110 029

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

LexCounsel in New Dehli focuses on advising domestic and international businesses and investors on transactions, investments, and business structuring matters, with strength in cross-border deals, including those involving Chinese and US parties. The firm is also active on regulatory matters and foreign exchange issues. Key names in the team include Seema Jhingan , who is highly experienced in the education sector, and Dimpy Mohanty, noted for her work in the not-for-profit space, including associated regulatory and governance issues.

Other key lawyers:

Seema Jinghan; Dimpy Mohanty

India > Labour and employment Tier 4

India > Real estate and construction Tier 4

LexCounsel has a niche real estate practice, led by Seema Jhingan, Dhruv Manchanda and Alishan Naqvee, who work on acquiring real estate for the expansion and development of educational institutions in India. The team also deals with acquisition and leasing for the purpose of retail stores, and title verifications.

Practice head(s):

Seema Jhingan; Druv Manchanda; Alishan Naqvee

The firm: LexCounsel is a New Delhi-based full service law firm with an office in Bhubaneswar and associate offices in major cities across India. It provides comprehensive legal services to a broad spectrum of domestic and international corporations. The firm is recognised as a leading law firm and is known for its work in M&A, private equity and funding education, clinical trials, satellite leases, retail, and licensing and franchising.

Areas of practice: Some notable transactions, representations and advice for 2020-2021:

Corporate and M&A: EG A/S, Denmark in the India part of its global acquisition of FrontAvenue A/S, Denmark; Goodyear Tyres, India in conducting an Environment Health & Safety audit at a manufacturing site with reference to compliance with its global standards/regulations and Indian laws; Dhampure Speciality Sugars, India concerning transfer of a business including alternative structures and negotiation and finalisation of the shareholders and share subscription arrangement; DeepR Analytics Inc., Canada concerning setting-up the business operations in India and various contractual matters; Synergy Industries, USA concerning tender submission with a public sector enterprise in India for supply of equipment and advice concerning management and/or dissolution of an Indian LLP entity; Fern N Petals, India in development and advise on implementation of the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy; Prodigy Development Institution, India advising the section 8 company concerning loans from its foreign shareholder including advice on Reserve Bank of India regulations applicable to such ECBs; Kamonohashi Project, Japan on its India related programs concerning anti-human trafficking; LeapStart Trust a SEBI registered VC Fund in strategy and response to complaints filed with the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, Government of India and with SEBI and assisting in dismissal of  complaints; Gajju Technologies India on foreign exchange regulations and foreign contribution laws of India including related to receipt of grants and funding for the online platform of the company developed for assisting parents receive loans for school fees.

Data protection: Ropes & Gray LLP/Blackstone in collaboration with Ropes & Gray LLP, advising Blackstone on the the possibility of Blackstone requesting its Indian employees to provide information and documents concerning their COVID vaccination; A diplomatic entity on steps and measures to be taken concerning a proposed HR survey of employees related to performance and appraisals and the access and storage of such survey related information; Safehouse Technologies in drafting and finalizing the end user license agreement and privacy policy required to be agreed by the customers installing the mobile apps of Safety Technologies; New Line Networks LLC, US in comprehensive advice on a services agreement to be executed with an Indian services provider related to setting-up data station in India; Autus Capital Mauritius Ltd on its proposed arrangements for receiving services related to designing and development of automated trading strategies software to be used for itself and its investment funds.

Defence and aviation: AS Strategic LLP in review, negotiations and execution of contracts for collaboration with different domestic and international partners for engaging in manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of defence related components; and in setting-up the joint venture companies and implementing joint venture arrangements in India for undertaking licensing of proprietary technology used in defence and aerospace equipment; Steria India on issues related to the new Defence Acquisition Policy, its implications on the Indian Offset Partners and foreign parent with respect to offset contracts under the offset policy under DPP 2013 and enforceability issues.

Dispute resolution – arbitration: Depa India in obtaining a favourable award against NSD Global concerning interior works at Mumbai International Airport; SSIPL Retail in several arbitration proceedings with respect to dispute with retail outlets across India, triggered by COVID-19 and ensuing lockdowns; Carlsberg India in its disputes with vendors and third parties including and not limited to representation before the Supreme Court of India, Odisha High Court and NCLT in execution proceedings seeking enforcement of arbitral award; Viceroy Engineering in arbitration proceedings in relation to claims and counter claims by and against the Swiss counterpart towards the technical services provided for airport security screening equipment; Prem Nath Motors Group before the High Court of Delhi for securing and enforcing an arbitral award; Prodigy Development Institution in arbitration proceedings with respect to disputes with a school Trust arising out of an agreement to sell and obtaining an award in the favour of the company.

Dispute resolution – litigation: Indus Motors India in representation of shareholders in an oppression and mismanagement (O&M) petition before NCLT, Kochi Bench and in related proceedings including before NCLAT; Proceedings against Call Express Construction (India) Pvt. Ltd. in representation of shareholders and homebuyers including in criminal proceedings before the Madras High Court; Punjab Gas Cylinders in assisting the majority shareholder of the Company in an O&M petition before NCLT, Chandigarh; An HNI before the NCLT, New Delhi, in relation to transmission of shares to the legal heir and rectification of the statutory registers of a private limited company; Paviour Pharmaceuticals in a writ petition against National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority for arbitrary fixation of price of an operation theatre drug; Expedient Healthcare concerning a writ petition against wrongful suspension of the accreditation status by the NABL before Punjab and Haryana High Court; Habeas Corpus by a Sri Lankan Citizenconcerning filing of a writ petition seeking custody of minor children and directions against the mother of minor children; A major group in retail business in invocation of force majeure clauses of various lease arrangements arising from COVID-19 impact, in successful termination and vacation of the properties and receipt of refunds; CPA Global India related to notices received concerning new hires from their erstwhile employer and response to the notices and filings in court; Macmillan Publishers India before the District Court in Gurgaon, Haryana, in an action initiated by an ex-employee of the company concerning termination of his employment; Openmind e-Design in a case of data theft instituted by the previous employer of a former employee; Ferns N Petals India, and, Allmed India in host of recovery actions for cheque dishonour before various district courts across Delhi; Fortune Park Moksha Hotel representation before the District Court in Chandigarh in a dispute related to infringement of trade mark “Moksha”.

Education: FICCI ARISE, India, a collegium of stakeholders representing the school education industry within India in preparing and providing comments to the draft ‘School Safety Manual’ proposed to be introduced by the government for all schools across India; C2C Global Education Group, Japan in its project of setting-up and operating K-12 schools in India including incorporating subsidiary companies in India, advising on the foreign contribution laws of India and assisting with the services arrangements; DIT University assisting and advising in its collaboration with Wellington College, U.K for K-12 residential and non-residential schools in India; Meru International School, Hyderabad on restructuring and optimizing its operations in view of the applicable state education laws, laws governing the societies, income tax and GST laws; Elpro International School in collaboration with Naemd Eduworld LLP for introduction of specialized career oriented educational programs for  students; SAI International School in amending the rules and regulations of the society to enable it engage in setting-up and operating higher education institutions and also in its proposed collaboration for a K-12 educational institution in Kolkata; Mosaic International Education LLP in drafting and finalizing its template master services agreement to be executed with multiple education institutions; Global Indian Schools Group Companies assisted and advised 4 separate entities in each of their restructuring and amendment of the charter documents in view of exit of a foreign investor.

Health, lifesciences and biotech: Boston Scientific, in the India leg of the global acquisition of the surgical business of Lumenis Ltd. and assisting and advising on laws applicable to medical devices; LabourNet Services India in its setting-up and operation of Telemedicine Centres/Clinics in India including advice on the applicable state specific licenses/registrations/permits and compliances required for operating the Telemedicine Centres/Clinics in six states; Nomads Neutraceuticals India in conducting due diligence of the manufacturer of plant based nutraceutical products as a precursor to negotiations and execution of the Term Sheet for potential investments.

Intellectual property: Ferns n Petals in its contractual arrangement for acquisition of intellectual property rights in a book for conversion of book into a film and/or web series; Kamonohashi Project, Japan in its arrangement for engagement of a services provider for development of the MIS including copyright related advice related to development of MIS as ‘work for hire’ and transfer of all intellectual property rights in the MIS including the source code to Kamonohashi Project; DIT University in its sub-license arrangement with Wellington College, U.K for use of marks for setting up K-12 residential and non-residential schools in India under the Wellington brand; Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in advising its client OBIC LLC vis a vis proposed Master License Agreements for license of trade marks to be used for solar heat reflecting coatings and water proofing products proposed to be sold in India; Dhampure Speciality Sugars Limited concerning transfer of the intellectual property including trademarks and copyrights from another entity; Ryan Foundation with respect to client’s brand license arrangement with a company engaged in operation and management of educational institutions; Macmillan Publishers India on issues related to author royalty payment and entitlements of the author’s legal heirs to receive royalty payments; Emerald Heights International School in legal action against a school using the name ‘Emerald Heights’ without authorization; Pathways School, Gurugram concerning unauthorized use of the mark ‘Pathways School’ in the name of the association formed by the parents including ‘cease and desist’ action; The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UK in registration of their mark ‘MYRIAD’ with the Registry of Trade Marks in India; an UK Client in protection of the trade mark ‘Little Life’ by filing an opposition against the registration of the trade mark and contesting the registration in the Kolkata trade mark registry. 

Labour and employment: Goodyear Tyres India in its conduct of disciplinary proceedings against sales associates based on complaints from dealers of the company; CPA Global India in preparing a response to the enquiry report issued by the labour inspector under social security legislation viz. Provident Fund; Openmind e-Design in relation to termination of a senior management employee for criminal and other misconduct related issues and in advice on payments and damages related to such termination of employment; NSF International with its India leg of global restructuring of operations and internal employee organogram and the issues of contention inter alia including change in work location of employees, amending the matrix of the reporting structure, assigning new role titles to the employees etc; EG A/S in drafting and finalizing a CEO employment agreement proposed to be executed with the CEO of FrontAvenue Infosolutions post acquisition of 100% stake in the Indian company; Emerald Heights International School in undertaking an HR audit and advising on the compliances required to be undertaken for all category of employees ranging from teaching to non-teaching staff, sports coaches etc.; Pluralsight Inc on the SOPs to be implemented and liabilities of an employer on account of any non-compliance with the safety protocols concerning COVID 19; Thea Kitchen in various issues related to reduction of salaries, termination of employment and structuring of rider arrangements with delivery personnel due to the issues arising from Covid 19; Suzlon Energy Limited, India: in relation to CTC/wage structure of its employees from the view point of applicable provisions of the recently enacted Labour Codes; DeepR Analytics Inc., Canada assistance concerning termination of services agreement with a service provider and transition of the employees from the service provider to client’s subsidiary company in India; SSIPL Retail with assistance in relation to transfer of its Nike retail business and transfer of employees under the applicable Indian laws.

Real estate: Takshila Educational Society in undertaking title due diligences for acquisition of properties in various states including Bihar, Gujarat and Delhi and preparation and registration of sale deeds for acquisition of properties in various locations; CPA Global in undertaking a title search from the records of the jurisdictional Sub-Registrar of Land and Registrations and offices of the Municipal Corporation for an identified property; Global Indian School, India in advising on FDI policy applicable to receipt and utilization of  foreign capital for acquisition of land parcels and constructing buildings for educational institutions; An US based HNI in title verification of his property situated in Gujarat, India and further advising on the title transfer procedures including but not limited to procedure related to sale of property treated as ancestral property; An India based HNI in collaboration with an entity for construction and sale of residential floors to individuals pursuant to assistance in acquisition of the land by the client; FNP Weddings & Events on termination of a lease/sub-license agreement for a property by client and potential strategies for post-termination disputes; Pilatus Aircraft in response to notice received from the erstwhile lessor claiming damages for terminated lease of India office; Mother India Education Society concerning unlawful termination of its lease deed for running a CBSE school by the lessor, a public sector undertaking.

Restructuring and insolvencyCarlsberg, India in its participation in the corporate insolvency resolution process for Mount Shivalik Industries Limited as well as in initiating an action for insolvency against Accord Distillers and Brewers as operational creditor before NCLT, Chennai; Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, India in corporate insolvency resolution process of Integrated Caps Private Limited as financial creditor and attending meetings of the committee of creditors and representation before the IRP and vetting and submitting the claims of the company as a financial and operational creditor; White Metals, India before NCLT, Delhi and NCLAT against the wrongful and concerted acts of the alleged creditor and the financially weak prospective resolution applicant company and assistance in making of resolution plan by the promoter; Educomp Solutions, India on implications of the proceedings initiated by the banks under the SARFAESI Act and insolvency process under the IBC; Globalite Industries with regard to multiple actions for and against the Company by different entities before NCLT for debt and default and also advised on the post corporate insolvency resolution process regime of the Company and advised the management of the Company against the actions taken by the IRPs under various scheme of IBC; DEPA India concerning action for insolvency against Nitesh Hotels and Residency Ltd, a company based out of Bangalore before NCLT, Bengaluru; SKF India Limited in representing its Trust and initiating an action for insolvency against a government corporation before NCLT, Chandigarh Bench.

Retail and franchise: Lotto Sport Italia in structuring and finalization of documentation with Flipkart concerning marketing, advertising, promotion and sale of Lotto products in India on e-com marketplaces; Capital Ventures, India in its contractual arrangement with Multiplier Brand Solutions for receipt of services concerning development of store concept and interior designing and setting-up of the retail stores for sale of FMCG products; SSIPL Retail Limited in end to end assistance in transfer of its Nike retail business.

Tax: International Taxation – New Line Networks LLC, USA in assessment of potential GST applicability on the services fees proposed to be paid to Indian service provider for setting up data station in India; ARIGN Ltd., UK in conducting direct tax and indirect tax assessment of the service fee to be paid to a consultant engaged for sale of software subscriptions within India and indirect tax assessment of the subscription fee to be received from sale of software subscriptions to customers in India; Safety Technology Holdings Inc, USA in advising on tax structuring and agreements for appointment of consultants in India to providing specialized engineering services to the US company; DIT University in advising on tax issues including creation of permanent establishment in relation to collaboration with Wellington College, U.K.
Domestic Taxation – Direct Taxes – A diplomatic entity concerning taxability of the amounts sought to be withdrawn by employees from provident fund accounts prior to period stipulated in law and variation and exceptions applicable; Takshila Educational Society on income tax implications related to transfer of certain identified assets by the client to a Trust and assessment of the charter documents of both entities; Parivartan Foundation in applying for tax exemptions and seeking re-registration under the applicable provisions of the Indian income tax laws governing exemption of income; Suzlon Energy Limited, India concerning CTC/wage structure for its employees/workmen/consultants from perspective of Indian income tax laws and reviewed and assessed the standard workforce contracts.
Domestic Taxation – Indirect TaxesTech Force Composites, India in strategizing the grounds for defending a Special Leave Petition filed by the GST Department and representing in the dispute pertaining to non-entitlement of Input Tax Credit; Gajju Technologies, India on GST applicability on receipt of grants and funding for an online platform; Elpro International School, India in the proposed structure for setting-up a new school and GST applicability on the lease/license arrangement proposed to be implemented for the new school.

TMT: 10Band LLC, USA assisting and advising the Delaware based company, in collaboration with Hogan Lovells US LLP, on the applicable telecom regulatory regime of India including licenses from the Indian telecom authorities for its proposed project of setting up a radio antenna station in India for receiving data using identified frequencies; SKF India Limited in setting-up of an e-commerce platform for sale through distributors. Safehouse Technologies, India in relation to multiples agreements with the parent company in Israel engaged in manufacture of cyber security related products for distributorship rights and concerning transactions with leading Indian telecom service providers regarding sale and distribution arrangements of digital security solutions.

Additional information
Seema Jhingan (sjhingan@lexcounsel.in)
Alishan Naqvee (anaqvee@lexcounsel.in)
Dimpy Mohanty (dmohanty@lexcounsel.in)

Languages: English, Hindi and other Indian languages

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Number of lawyers: 35
At this office: 17

Corporate & Commercial Seema Jhingan
Corporate & Commercial Alishan Naqvee
Corporate & Commercial Dimpy Mohanty
Investment Funds Seema Jhingan
Dispute Resolution Alishan Naqvee
Labour and Employment Dimpy Mohanty
Projects & Energy Seema Jhingan
Restructuring & Insolvency Alishan Naqvee
Taxation Dimpy Mohanty
Telecommunications and IT Seema Jhingan
Media Alishan Naqvee
Aviation & Defence Seema Jhingan
Aviation & Defence Alishan Naqvee
Banking & Finance Seema Jhingan
Banking & Finance Dimpy Mohanty
Education Seema Jhingan
Licensing and Franchising Alishan Naqvee
Regulatory Dimpy Mohanty
Life sciences and biotechnology Alishan Naqvee
Life sciences and biotechnology Dimpy Mohanty
Real estate Seema Jhingan
Real estate Alishan Naqvee
Real estate Dimpy Mohanty
Insurance Dimpy Mohanty
Intellectual property Seema Jhingan
Intellectual property Alishan Naqvee
Intellectual property Dimpy Mohanty
Number of lawyers : 35
at this office : 17
Hindi and other Indian languages
Delhi High Court Bar Association
Contacts : Seema Jhingan (sjhingan@lexcounsel.in)
Contacts : Alishan Naqvee (anaqvee@lexcounsel.in)
Contacts : Dimpy Mohanty (dmohanty@lexcounsel.in)

CLIENT: Dr Engel Dual Academy.


TESTIMONIAL: We have found LexCounsel to be a highly professional and knowledgeable law firm providing high end and detailed counselling for its clients globally.

A professional approach coupled with quick response time and positive outcomes has been their hallmark in our business association.

CLIENT: Director, Education Salad and ex-Chairman IPSC (an association of 70 plus top boarding and day schools across India).


TESTIMONIAL: Seema Jhingan drafted all documentation regarding educational arrangements undertaken by Education Salad, a consultancy which deals with some of the leading schools.

Impressed with her professional eye to detail I have, in my capacity as former Chairman of IPSC, recommended her to be appointed as Advisor to IPSC so that her expertise is available to many educationists.

CLIENT: A US law firm


TESTIMONIAL: LexCounsel is an outstanding firm – their lawyers are responsive, insightful and focus on what really matters. Seema Jhingan is excellent – very pro-active and thoroughly helpful. She manages her team efficiently and provides sound and careful advice. We have been  thoroughly impressed and would recommend her to others without hesitation.

CLIENT :World Learning Inc. USA

TESTIMONIAL: Lex Counsel has provided timely and detailed counsel to our organization, including thorough advice and planning on complex corporate and tax matters. We find Lex Counsel to be clear in their responses and reliable even on short timeframes. We have also needed Lex Counsel for a crisis situation and their willingness and ability to jump in and assist was outstanding. They are a solid firm and we highly value our partnership with them.

CLIENT: Raj Mohindra Consultants

TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with LexCounsel on establishing international educational ventures in India on a range of areas including general corporate and commercial matters, education laws, investment structuring, foreign direct investment and remittance issues, direct and indirect tax etc. We are quite impressed with the depth of knowledge and insight of the LexCounsel Team especially Seema Jhingan on international collaborations/investments in India, structuring of educational ventures, education laws, FDI issues etc.  Promptness, professionalism and high quality services are other positive points while working with the team. We would be happy to recommend LexCounsel for legal assistance/requirements in India.

CLIENT: World Learning Inc. USA.
TESTIMONIAL: Lex Counsel has provided timely and detailed counsel to our organization, including thorough advice and planning on complex corporate and tax matters. We find Lex Counsel to be clear in their responses and reliable even on short timeframes. We have also needed Lex Counsel for a crisis situation and their willingness and ability to jump in and assist was outstanding. They are a solid firm and we highly value our partnership with them.

CLIENT: Raj Mohindra Consultants
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with LexCounsel on establishing international educational ventures in India on a range of areas including general corporate and commercial matters, education laws, investment structuring, foreign direct investment and remittance issues, direct and indirect tax etc. We are quite impressed with the depth of knowledge and insight of the LexCounsel Team especially Seema Jhingan on international collaborations/investments in India, structuring of educational ventures, education laws, FDI issues etc.  Promptness, professionalism and high quality services are other positive points while working with the team. We would be happy to recommend LexCounsel for legal assistance/requirements in India.

CLIENT: British Council
TESTIMONIAL: LexCounsel has provided some really good advice to us on various cross-border transactions. They were knowledgeable about complex areas of law and the advice was well researched.  It was really helpful in taking good management decisions. The firm deputed competent personnel to work with us. They were available when required. It has been a real pleasure working with them.

CLIENT: Interglobe Enterprises (including for Indigo Airlines)
TESTIMONIAL: Many congratulations to you Seema and your team!!  I will also take this opportunity to let you guys know that we have always been very pleased with our engagement with you. It’s a pleasure to work with people who know the meaning of quality and responsiveness and have thus always recommended your firm to others. Keep up the good work!!

CLIENT: Orange Business Services
TESTIMONIAL: We recently had engaged the services of LexCounsel on a certain complex regulatory matter. I am impressed by their professionalism, dedication and genuine concern towards the matter. LexCounsel and its members have the capability to seized upon a complex matter and articulate a well-reasoned solution for achieving the objectives. We derive great comfort and assurance from the depth of their experience and responsiveness. We look forward to a growing mutually beneficial relationship.

CLIENT: Hollard India Liaison Office
TESTIMONIAL: As the India head of the liaison office, I have to ensure that we are guided in India by sound legal counsel due to myriad laws and regulations in the financial services sector. LexCounsel has been providing invaluable guidance to us on various regulatory and operational issues from time to time for the last 8 years. We continue to trust Alfred and team’s extensive experience. LexCounsel remains the go-to law firm for us in India.

CLIENT: Off-Highway Research Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Doing business successfully anywhere depends very largely on securing the best professional advice available, and especially in India where things might not be as straightforward as they may initially appear. I was particularly fortunate in the appointment of LexCounsel when opening my business in India almost a decade ago, and in its recent sale.

LexCounsel partners proved to be very understanding of what was needed to be done at every stage of negotiations, and were very proactive in offering clear advice that was able to cut through the acres of red tape. Friendly, positive and ultimately successful: the perfect solution to a client’s request for support.

CLIENT: Thea Kitchen
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you, Seema for going the extra mile and passionately batting for our rights till late last night. Must share that we finally signed the SHA and SSA at around 2 am in Gurgaon. This definitely would not have happened without the combined efforts that you all have been putting in till the last minute. We really appreciate it.

We do hope to have a longstanding association in the years to come.

CLIENT: Tratec Engineers
TESTIMONIAL: Seema, this is in reference to the legal services provided to us for the recently negotiated slump sale agreement with a German Company.

At the outset of the negotiations, we knew we were on a weaker wicket with the Germans, but you managed to pull back many a commercial points which we never imagined we could score.

We highly commend you for your top-notch efforts, not only to protect our legal rights, but also to bring home many brownie commercial points.

Your team’s legal acumen is highly commendable and we shall definitely recommend LexCounsel to our contacts.