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DSK Legal
ESC House, 1st & 2nd Floor
155 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase – 3
New Delhi – 110020
India

Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking and finance team at DSK Legal represent lenders and borrowers in debt issuances, spanning NCDs, grant term loan facilities, acquisition and project finance transactions. Partner Ajay Shaw and associate partner Ashish Pahariya regularly work alongside each other in mandates regarding the grant of term loans, predominantly acting for non-banking finance companies. Sajit Suvarna is the firm's go to expert for real estate transactions, including debt funding and mezzanine funding.

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Key clients

Union Bank of India (London Branch)

Union Bank of India (Belgium and Antwerp Branches)

Citibank

Edelweiss Group

Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Limited

Karuna Healthcare

State Bank of India (London Branch)

RattanIndia Finance

Avendus Capital

IndusInd Bank

IDBI Bank

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)

Piramal Finance Limited

KKR

Bank of Baroda

Afrasia Bank

HDFC Capital

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

DSK Legal's 'focused and driven' team handles all aspects of acquisitions and mergers for private and public companies in sectors such as energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services, real estate and education, with particular strength advising clients on complex structuring matters, joint ventures, equity share transactions and the resolution of distressed assets. Sajit Suvarna boasts a stellar reputation in real estate transactions, spanning debt financing, private equity and corporate restructuring. The team expanded in 2019 with the arrival of five partners from HSA Advocates, leading to more work for marquee clients and further expertise in the infrastructure and project financing sectors.

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Dentsu Aegis Network Limited

True North

Sigular Guff

Essar Group

Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Gaja Capital

o3 Capital

The Narayana Group

IMC International Metalworking Companies B.V. (Part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group)

Elica PB India

Strides Shasun Limited

Bharat Forge Limited

Everstone

Tata Capital

TA Associates

Hero Future Energies Asia

National Infrastructure Investment Fund

IL&FS Transportation Limited

ReNew Power

Eternis Fine Chemicals

First Data Corporation

Avantor Performance Materials

Can – Pack S.A., Poland

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DSK Legal regularly acts for resolution applicants and resolution professionals throughout the course of insolvency proceedings, including in novel cases before the Supreme Court of India. The team also handles a wide range of contentious matters in relation to development projects, allegedly offensive content, family disputes and copyright infringement. Practice head Anand Desai, who regularly represents clients before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court, recently acted for the state of Maharashtra and the Central Public Works Department in a $600m dispute with KS Chamankar Enterprises stemming from the termination of a development agreement which prevented a large-scale project from commencing.

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Key clients

Asian Paints

Kiri Industries

Schindler India

Sahara Group

Mr. Salman Khan

Saint Gobain India

GAIL India

Indian Oil Corporation

National Highway Authority of India

Hinduja Hospital

Percept D’Mark

National Thermal Power Corporation

Government of Maharashtra

Radiant Life

Invesco Mutual Fund

Vu Technologies

Gannon Dunkerley

Tata Chemicals Limited

IL&FS Group

Projects and energy Tier 2

DSK Legal advises on tender documentation, bids, consortium arrangements, EPC contracts and concessions. The projects, energy and infrastructure department also has experience acting in sector-related disputes and regulatory matters. Other areas of expertise include climate change projects, such as energy trading schemes as well as required licenses and permissions, namely trading of Renewable Energy Certificates. Ajay Shaw, who acts for private companies and governmental entities, jointly heads the team with Anjan Dasgupta, who joined from HSA Advocates in April 2019. Dasgupta is involved in every aspect of the development, financing, construction, operation and acquisition of capital-intensive projects and facilities around Asia, the Middle East and Africa; he has wide-ranging expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Avinash Kumar Khard from HSA Advocates, renewable energy projects' expert Anuja Tiwari who joined from Trilegal, and Dinesh Pardasani who joined from Link Legal - India Law Services.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and proactive. A team you can definitely trust for any deal in India.’

‘Anjan Dasgupta is one of the best lawyers I have found when working abroad.’

‘Mr. Anjan Dasgupta is one of the most well-known infrastructure projects lawyers. He is an expert in resolving issues instantly.’

Key clients

Ministry of Railways, Government of India

Ministry of Power, Government of India

Public Works Department, Government of Maharashtra

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

PSA International, Singapore

GAIL India Limited

Indian Oil Corporation

NITI Aayog (erstwhile Planning Commission of India)

First Solar India

Alstom India Private Limited

National Highway Authority of India

National Thermal Power Corporation

City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited

Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited

Mumbai Port Trust

Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo S.A. (“Cofides”)

Abengoa

Keolis

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited (NIIF)

State Bank of India

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DSK Legal advises on all aspects of real estate matters, including sales and acquisitions, leasing and property development. Typical instructions also include advising on the formation of real estate funds and the structuring of real estate investment trusts. Leading the practice is Sajit Suvarna, who regularly assists with regulatory issues around land aggregation for large townships and industrial, warehousing and logistic parks. The team is well versed in private equity investments as well as real estate finance. Saloni Mody, whose experience covers equity and debt investments in the real estate sector, is another key practitioner.

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Testimonials

‘The team has extensive expertise in the real estate sector.’ 

‘Sajit Suvarna is recommended for his business understanding and solution-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Piramal Finance Limited

Godrej Properties Limited

House of Hiranandani

Shapoorji Pallonji Group

HDFC Capital

Mahindra Lifespaces (Part of the Mahindra Group)

Peninsula Land Limited

KKR India Asset Finance

ICICI Prudential

Kalpataru Group

Wadhwa Developers

Apollo Global Management

Essar Group

Indospace

Pristine Group

TMT Tier 2

A significant number of A-list Bollywood actors and producers routinely approach DSK Legal’s media, entertainment and technology experts for assistance with film contract negotiations, endorsement agreements, licensing and distribution arrangements and PR statements. Anand Desai and Chandrima Mitra provide High Court representation for clients, with recent matters involving defending artists’ distribution rights. The firm provides strong advisory and transactional services to clients in online gaming, software and mobile telecoms sectors.

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Testimonials

DSK Legal provides a solutions oriented and detailed approach.

Rishi Anand is knowledgeable and approachable.

Jitendra Soni is prompt and thorough.

Chandrima Mitra has an extremely good and deep understanding of matters related to the media space.

DSK Legal knows exactly what is prevalent in the media industry, with great relationships that make negotiations and deals easy.

Chandrima Mitra’s understanding of the media industry is second to none.

Key clients

Amir Khan and Amir Khan Productions

Salman Khan and Salman Khan Ventures

Dentsu Aegis Network

Roy Kapur Productions

AirBnB

Emerald Media

Shobiz Experiential Communications

RSVP (film production house owned by Ronnie Screwvala)

Emmay Entertainment

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios

Matrix India Entertainment Consultants

Broadcast Audience Research Council

Coverfox

Netflix

Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications

Stripe Inc.

Frontizo Business Services (joint venture between Amazon and Patni Group)

White-collar crime Tier 2

Large-scale investigations are a strong point for DSK Legal’s white-collar crime practice; team leader Anand Desai represents corporate clients and high-profile individuals in high-value financial fraud investigations carried out by the SFO and CBI. The team also helps to initiate actions against previous employees when allegations of gross misconduct arise. Clients also approach the firm to provide assistance with establishing anti-corruption and fraud-prevention mechanisms.

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IDBI Bank

Karan Johar (Bollywood Director)

QNet India

Sequent Scientific

First Insight

IPS Mehtali

Former Chairperson of PNB Bank

Flipkart

Blue Dart

Investment funds Tier 3

DSK Legal’s investment funds team is routinely instructed by funds clients in the private equity and venture capital space to handle their investment transactions. Recent mandates involved minority and majority stake acquisitions in sectors including real estate, pharmaceuticals, management services and retail. On the other side, practice head Aparajit Bhattacharya also assists founders and promoters with their high-value capital raising exercises.

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Key clients

True North

Gaja Capital

TA Associates

Siguler Guff

Aditya Birla Private Equity

Tata Capital

Peepal Capital

RPG Ventures

JSW Ventures

O3 Capital

ILP II Ventures VII (IndoSpace)

Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate Fund

Coverfox

NSPIRA Management Services

Alpha Alternatives

JM Financial Credit Solutions

Flipkart Internet

National Infrastructure & Investment Fund

Hero Electric Vehicles

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Rishi Anand  photo Mr Rishi Anand Partner
 Aparajit Bhattacharya photo Aparajit Bhattacharya Partner
Mr Harvinder Singh  photo Mr Harvinder Singh Partner
Mr Kirat Singh Nagra  photo Mr Kirat Singh Nagra Partner
Ms Anuja Tiwari  photo Ms Anuja Tiwari Partner

DSK Legal launches Art Law Practice

DSK Legal, a full-service law firm, has added Art Law Practice to their portfolio of practices. The newly introduced practice area is a combination of DSK Legal’s extensive experience in media laws, intellectual property rights protection, and estate planning.