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Samvad Partners
62/1 Palace Road, Vasanthnagar,
Bengaluru 560 001

India > Banking and finance Tier 2

Samvad Partners houses a team which displays deep bench strength, and frequently advises multilateral lending agencies and borrowers on a full range of matters, including mezzanine financing and microfinancing. The ‘exceptionalVineetha MG heads the practice from Mumbai with abundant experience in advising on corporate and project finance, and regulatory issues. Having been promoted to partner in May 2022, Sitara Pillai contributes her varied experience in advising public and private banks, and housing finance companies looking to invest in the solar energy and infrastructure sectors. Associate Manan Sheth is a key member of the team, handling debt and structured finance matters for clients across the manufacturing, telecommunication, and healthcare sectors. Harish Narasappa departed the practice in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Vineetha MG

Other key lawyers:

Sitara Pillai; Natasha Mahajan; Manan Sheth


‘Samvad Partners have created a niche for themselves in terms of being able to deliver the best assistance when it comes to banking and finance. With the team’s years of experience, it is one of my preferred law firms.’

‘Vineetha MG is a stalwart of the industry and having her advice is invaluable to any transaction we do with Samvad Partners.’

‘Good industry and domain knowledge, good turn around time’

‘Vineetha MG is an exceptional lawyer. She has good domain knowledge and strong analytical skills. She is great at negotiations and drafting complex agreements.’

‘Very responsive team. Great end-to-end management of the deal process. Seem better resourced and more organised than other firms that I have worked with.’

‘Natasha Mahajan has done an excellent job of servicing us. We used her on a small deal last year and since then have moved all our new business to Samvad. Very responsive to client needs. Good bench of associates. We are very happy.’

Key clients

Axis Bank Limited

Avendus Finance Private Limited

Continuum Wind Energy (India) Private Limited

Continuum Power Trading (TN) Private Limited

Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited

HDFC Bank Limited

HSBC Bank (Mauritius) Limited

ICICI Bank Limited

India Infradebt Limited

India Resurgence Fund

JP Morgan

KKR India Financial Services Private Limited

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

L&T Finance Limited

Trifecta Capital VDF Management LLP

Trinethra Wind and Power Private Limited

Shiksha Financial Services India Private Limited

Samena Capital

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Watsun Infrabuild Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised NTT Finance Corporation (acting through its Singapore branch) in structuring the credit facility as per the prevalent regulatory laws in the form of external commercial borrowing to an entity to Netmagic Solutions Private Limited, an entity incorporated in India. The deal value was INR 1500 crores.
  • Assisted ICICI Bank Limited in relation to granting a rupee term loan facility for an amount aggregating to INR 340.64 Crores; and an overdraft facility for an amount aggregating to INR 5 Crores to Khalghat Sendhwa Tollways Private Limited for refinancing of the existing debt of the borrower.
  • Advised HDFC Bank Limited in drafting the transaction documents in respect of certain facilities availed by Ghodawat Consumer Limited from HDFC Bank.

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Samvad Partners offers a partner-led service, prioritising complex, often cross-border M&A and joint ventures, alongside private equity investments, and acts for a global client base across sectors such as healthcare, infrastructure, and financial services. Alongside its transactional expertise, the firm also offers notable regulatory capabilities, both relating to Indian foreign exchange and corporate law, as well as key international legislation such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. The practice is now led by Mumbai’s Vineetha MG, a regular advisor on major M&A and joint ventures, as well as domestic anti-corruption law, alongside Bengalaru-based Natasha Mahajan, who has broad transactional expertise encompassing corporate M&A and private equity deals, including a variety of complex structures such as investor and promoter exits, distressed acquisitions, and flips. Other key members of the team include New Dehli’s Ashwini Vittalachar, a prolific dealmaker and employment advisor, versatile corporate and commercial practitioner Ekta Bahl in Hyderabad, and Mumbai’s Neha Mirajgaoker, who is establishing a strong reputation in the private equity and venture capital space, as is Bengalaru-based Anisha Shroff.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Ekta Bahl; Neha Mirajgaoker; Neela Badami; Nivedita Nivargi; Jeeta Nayak; Harish Narasappa; Ashwini Vittalachar; Anisha Shroff

Key clients

Algonomy Software Private Limited (formerly known as Manthan Software Services Private Limited) (“Client”)

Boven Technologies Private Limited

Cable Corporation of India Limited

Datawrkz Business Solutions Private Limited

Delhivery Limited

Elevar Equity

Eight Roads Investments Mauritius II Limited

Green Agrevolution Private Limited

Helion Venture Partners India II LLC

Mensa Brand Technologies Private Limited

Megsan Group

PB Fintech Private Limited (Policy Bazaar)

Synergistic Financial Networks Pvt. Ltd (Mosambee)

The Fundamentum Partnership – Fund I

True North Fund V LLP

YES Asset Management (India) Limited

YES Bank Limited

YES Trustee Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Delhivery in relation to a US$100 million equity investment in Delhivery by FedEx.
  • Advised DeHaat (Green Agrevolution Pvt Ltd), a full stack agri tech platform, on the acquisition of multiple companies and businesses including Y-Cook, Helicrofter, Farm Guide, E-Fasal, and the fresh foods business undertaking of a multinational food company.

India > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Samvad Partners demonstrates ‘total professionalism‘ in handling a range of litigation across India, excelling in commercial disputes, insolvency and competition litigation. Poornima Hatti heads the practice from the firm’s Bengaluru office and is highlighted by clients for her ‘wide knowledge of the law and critical thinking‘. She is one of the firm’s founding partners and specialises in construction and infrastructure disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvency matters. Senior disputes lawyer Arjun Krishnan is the main contact in New Delhi, while in Chennai Rohan George is especially noted for IP-related disputes. Savani Gupte is an up-and-coming partner in Mumbai and principal associate Ankur Singh is one of the most active practitioners in the deep pool of non-partner lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Poornima Hatti


‘In our experience the strength of Samvad Partners lies in their total professionalism in all fields of practice from corporate law to pro bono work. My institution has benefited from this professionalism they bring to settling internal conflicts even while ensuring legal compliance. While the younger lawyers handle day to day matters with great responsibility it is overseen by the seniors with great care and respect for the work of the juniors.’

‘What stands out in Poornima Hatti, a senior partner, is not only her wide knowledge of the law and critical thinking but also her sense of compassion and objectivity.’

Key clients

Amara Raja Infra Pvt. Ltd.

Antrix Corporation Limited

Association for Democratic Reforms

Axis Bank Limited

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)

Brickwork Ratings India Pvt. Ltd.

Competition Commission of India

Delhivery Private Limited

Diageo Holdings Netherlands BV

DXC Technology

Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Limited

Five(5)C Networks

Folkman LLC

Hindustan Construction Company Limited

IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited

Interglobe Aviation Ltd. (“INDIGO”)

J P Morgan India Services Private Limited

Kasturi & Sons Ltd

KKR India Asset Finance Limited

Marriot International Inc.

Nobroker Technology Solutions Private Limited

Open Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd., (Bank Open)

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)

QD Seatoman Designs Private Limited

Razorpay Software Private Limited

Tata International Singapore Pte Limited

Tata Projects Ltd

VenturEast Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd

Visa Inc.

Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Competition Commission of India in a challenge brought by Amazon and Flipkart against an investigation.
  • Advised Axis Bank on an insolvency and bankruptcy action against GVK.
  • Represented Brickwork Ratings India in various regulatory issues and interpretation of SEBI guidelines in the context of rating of securities.

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 2

The team at Samvad Partners represent funds, promoters, and corporates across a number of sectors, including fintech, agricultural technology, and logistics. Vineetha MG heads the practice from Mumbai, frequently representing domestic and international funds in both private equity and venture capital investments; Ashwini Vittalachar leads from New Delhi and advises a full range of stakeholders in early-stage investments, mid and late-stage investments, and co-investments; Neela Badami leads from Bangalore and specialises in advising start-ups and investment funds on their series A investments and exits. Neha Mirajgaoker was promoted to partner in April 2022, and contributes her expertise in advising domestic and overseas investors and investee companies on structuring matters. Jeeta Nayak joined the team from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in 2021, bringing over 12 years’ experience in advising on strategic investments, divestments and exits in the healthcare, insurance, and e-commerce sectors.

Practice head(s):

Vineetha MG; Ashwini Vittalachar; Neela Badami

Other key lawyers:

Harish Narasappa; Natasha Mahajan; Nivedita Nivargi; Aparna Ravi; Junaira Rahman; Neha Mirajgaoker; Neeraj Vyas; Jeeta Nayak


‘They give us attention when required and are good at negotiations. They now have some of our portfolio companies that have scaled considerably as clients – that speaks to the respect they garner on both sides of the table.’

‘The big differentiator for Samvad partners is the ownership that they take in the process. There came a time for us where we could trust them completely. They had our best interests at heart and invested time and effort in understanding our business. Their assessment of what works for us and what does not was no different from our own.

‘They have a deep understanding of the client’s business as opposed to just the letter of law,  focused on finding solutions that work for both parties.’

‘The firm takes a practical view during any negotiation. While they are thorough in their analysis and highlight all key points, they also provide a view on the practical impact of various clauses.’

Key clients

Aeries Financial Technologies Private Limited

Bank Open (Open Financial Technologies Private Limited)

Bharat Innovation Fund

Bizongo (Smartpaddle Technology Private Limited)

Careerlabs Technologies Private Limited


DeHaat (Green Agrevolution Private Limited)

Delhivery Limited

Eight Roads Ventures India III LP


Inventus (Inventus Advisory (Services) Private Limited / Inventus Capital Partners Fund II)

Jungle Ventures, 3one4 Capital Fund, Unitus, and VH Capital

Kaleidofin Private Limited

Kaycee Industries Limited

KiranaKart Pte Limited

Knoctowl Technologies Private Limited (owner of Pariksha app)

KTB Network

LB Next Unicorn Fund

Lentra AI Private Limited

LocoNav (BT TechLabs Private Limited)

Mensa Brand Technologies Pte. Ltd.

Munich Re Ventures

Nexus Venture Partners

Next47 Fund 2020 LP (Siemens Investment Arm)

NoBroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

ON Mauritius (Omidyar Network Mauritius)

Paisa Bazaar (Etechaces Marketing and Consulting Private Limited)

Policy Bazaar (PB Fintech Private Limited)

Pravega Ventures


Saama Capital (Saama Capital India Advisors LLP)

Sanghvi Beauty & Technologies Private Limited (MyGlamm)

Securens Systems

Seimens Ventures

Sequoia Capital

Shiksha Finance (Shiksha Financial Services India Private Limited)


Treebo Hotels (Ruptub Solutions Pvt Ltd)

Trifecta Capital (Trifecta Venture Debt Fund – II)

Truebil (Paix Technology Private Limited)

Ultrahuman Healthcare Private Limited

Vertex Ventures

Voxel Grids Innovation Private Limited

Vulcan Capital Singapore Greenhouse Pte. Ltd

WEH Ventures II

Zapr Media Labs (Red Brick Lane Marketing Solutions Private Limited)

Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses Private Limited

Zomato Media Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented GIC in their exit from Atria Convergence along with TrueNorth and in the recent investment by Warburg in Ola.
  • Advised Fundamentum Partnership Fund I and other existing investors on a Series F round of investment in API Holdings Private Limited.
  • Advised NoBroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited on its investment in a Series E unicorn round from General Atlantic, Tiger Global and Moore Strategic Ventures.

India > TMT Tier 2

Samvad Partners has a tech and media focused practice, advising clients who operate in new areas of emerging technologies, such a cryptocurrency exchanges, robotic warehousing systems and online gaming. In New Delhi, Ashwini Vittalachar is active in e-commerce matters and regularly counsels clients on information technology, data privacy and compliance. Bangalore-based trio, Natasha Mahajan, Neela Badami andNivedita Nivargi deal with a wide ambit of mandates relating to information technology laws, cyber-security and data protection. Badami is a fintech specialist, whilst Nivargi handles work across the technology and media spheres. Working from Chennai, Rohan George has a niche in data technology and related IP protection.

Practice head(s):

Rohan K George; Nivedita Nivargi; Neela Badami; Natasha Mahajan; Ashwini Vittalachar

Key clients

Algonomy Software Private Limited

Ampere Computing

APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH

Asteria Aerospace

Briezi Insuretech Private Limited

Dhiway Networks Private Limited

Enercent Technologies

GILDEMEISTER Beteiligungen GmbH

Healthium MedTech Pvt. Ltd.

Hevo Technologies India Private Limited

Hubilo Softech Private Limited (HSPL)

Jio Haptik Technologies Limited

K12 Techno Services Private Limited

Lentra AI Pvt Ltd

MatreComm Technologies Pvt. Ltd

MesIndus Ventures Private Limited (Reliance Jio Digital Portfolio Company)

MoveInSync Technologies Private Limited

NoBroker Technologies Solutions Pvt Ltd

NTT Data Corporation

One by Two Media Private Limited (Audiomatic)

Reliance Jio Digital Services Limited

Rich Relevance, Inc.

Rupeek Fintech Private Limited

Sankhyasuktra Labs Private Limited

Securens Systems

Synergistic Financial Networks Pvt. Ltd

Trojan Horse Media

Unbxd Software Private Limited

VenusGeo Solutions LLC

Voxel Grids Innovation Private Limited

Wandx Solutions Private Limited

Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Reliance Jio Digital Services Limited and it’s portfolio companies, on drafting, reviewing and negotiating various technology and corporate agreements with their vendors and customers within and outside India.
  • Represented the Competition Commission of India before the Karnataka High Court and Supreme Court in upholding its jurisdiction to investigate e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart.
  • Advised Matrecomm Technologies with drafting of platform services agreements.

India > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Samvad Partners offers broad coverage across the sector, handling commercial contracts, regulatory approvals, transactions and joint ventures, and intellectual property issues. The firm is active on behalf of pharma companies- both research-based and manufacturing- and is also strong in the agri-tech space, where the firm regularly advises clients on corporate restructuring, IP, and software development issues. The team is broad geographically, with one key figure being Hyderabad-based Ekta Bahl, who has strong relationships with hospitals, pharma companies, and medtech providers, handling R&D collaboration agreements, supply agreements, and patent transfer issues, among others. In Chennai, Rohan George focuses on patent filings and disputes, while New Dehli's Ashwini Vittalachar regularly advises life sciences companies on M&A and joint ventures, as well as regulatory filings. Bengalaru-based Nivedita Nivargi is an experienced advisor on early-stage private equity and venture capital investments, M&A, and data privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Ekta Bahl; Rohan George; Ashwini Vittalachar; Nivedita Nivargi

Key clients

Ashwini Netralayam and Dr AAV Ramalinga Reddy

Avegen Limited

Fresenius Medical Care India Private Limited

Healthium MedTech Private Limited

Neuland Laboratories Limited (and its group companies)

ON Mauritius

Porus Laboratories Private Limited

Sequoia Capital India Investments IV

Work highlights

  • Regularly advising a Hyderabad based pharmaceutical company in relation to reviewing supply agreements and quality agreements entered into by the Company with various customers.
  • Advised Aswini Netralayam, Dr. AAV Ramalinga Reddy and the other promoters of Aswini Netralyam with respect to the joint venture between Dr. AAV Ramalinga Reddy and the other promoters of Aswini Netralyam and Maxivision Eye Hospitals Private Limited.
  • Assisting Wellthy Therapeutics Private Limited with drafting and reviewing of its services agreements with various pharmaceutical partners and insurance companies, software licensing agreements, partnership agreements and consultancy agreements for various software services

India > Antitrust and competition Tier 3

The talented team at Samvad Partners takes a multi-sectoral approach, with expertise in the healthcare, real estate, chemicals and telecoms sectors, to name a few. Arjun Krishnan leads the team from New Delhi, drawing on his specialised knowledge of competition law and disputes; he often advises on investigations into large e-commerce retailers. Vineetha MG handles merger control and abuse of dominance matters, advising domestic and multinational clients on regulatory issues, and supporting the team from Mumbai. Principal associate Ankur Singh handles dispute resolution and competition matters, with an emphasis on cartel cases.

Practice head(s):

Arjun Krishnan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Competition Commission of India

Delhivery Ltd.

MGH Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading logistics company in a hybrid transaction consisting of asset acquisitions, investments and a commercial partnership with an overseas company.
  • Represented the Competition Commission of India (CCI) before the Karnataka High Court and Supreme Court in upholding its jurisdiction to investigate e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart.
  • Acted in a contentious dispute regarding the CCI’s power to investigate state-regulated lotteries.

India > Data protection Tier 3

Samvad Partners continues to be regularly involved in India’s burgeoning data privacy market. Having guided clients through the implementation of the European GDPR and the Indian PDP Bill regulations, the team has recently supported various companies with non-personal data regulation. A trio of lawyers jointly coordinate the department: in Bengaluru, TMT experts Nivedita Nivargi and Neela Badami keep clients in those sectors abreast of the latest data privacy regulations, while Rohan George in Chennai approaches this area of law from a background in IP, with experience assisting clients since the introduction of data protection rules under the Information Technology Act in 2011. Natasha Mahajan has a particular interest in the interplay between finance and technology, and at the senior associate level, Kevin Robin and Nivedita Udupa are further names to note. Associate Sriya Sridhar‘s broad practice includes advising on GDPR compliance, cross-border data transfers and privacy risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Rohan George; Neela Badami; Nivedita Nivargi

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Robin; Savani Gupte

Key clients


Altlifelab Solutions Private Limited

Craft Council of India

Dhiway Networks Private Limited

FA Consulting

Freshworks Ltd

Gildemeister Beteiligungen GmbH (DMG Mori AG)

Hevo Technologies India Private Limited

Joveo Inc

Moveinsync Technology Solutions Private Limited

Socion Advisors

Sundaram Finance Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Algonomy Software and its US-based subsidiary Manthan Systems on data privacy compliance.
  • Advised DHIway Networks on its role as an intermediary and relevant data protection compliance.
  • Advising Freshworks on the legality of conducting psychometric evaluations on employees from a data protection perspective.

India > Labour and employment Tier 3

Samvad Partners offers advice on all aspects of employment matters applicable to the entire life cycle of a company, from set up to shut down. The team is led by the duo of Poornima Hatti, who advises clients on cross-border contentious employment issues, and Ashwini Vittalachar, who focuses on the transactional and advisory side of employment law. Junaira Rahman regularly advises domestic and multinational corporations in the technology, insurance, retail, and manufacturing sector on complex issues relating to statutory compliance, maternity, gratuity and social security benefits. Senior associates Pratik Patnaik and Nivedita Udupa and associate Srinivas Raman are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ashwini Vittalachar; Poornima Hatti


‘The team is very knowledgeable and solution-oriented.’

‘Nivedita Udupa is a great help, understands nuances of employment law very well.’

Key clients

AR Grandeye India Private Limited

CIGNEX Datamatics Technologies Limited

Daiwa Corporate Advisory India Private Limited

Delhivery Limited

Eastern Engineering Company Private Limited

Exilant Technologies Private Limited

Expertrons Technologies Private Limited

Fintellix Solutions Private Limited

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Global Consumer Products Private Limited

Huron Eurasia Private Limited

Interglobe Aviation Ltd. (Indigo)

JP Morgan India Services Private Limited

Jumbotail Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Knowlarity Communications Private Limited

Logos India

Mahindra Aerostructures Pvt. Ltd.

Manthan Software Services Private Limited

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

MTS Systems Corporation

Robotic Wares Private Limited (Fareye)

Rukum Capital

Sarvaloka Services-On-Call Private Limited

Securens Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Sequoia Capital India LLP

SFO Technologies Private Limited

Smartpaddle Technology Private Limited (Bizongo)

Stryker Global Technology Centre Private Limited

Thorogood Associates India Pvt. Ltd

Verisk Advisory Private Limited

Visa Inc.

Wellthy Therapeutics

Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

India > Projects and energy Tier 3

Under the leadership of Vineetha MG, the projects and energy team at Samvad Partners is particularly active in project finance. The team provides a robust offering in this field, with recent highlights including advising domestic banks on restructuring loan facilities for a construction company and assisting domestic wind and solar project developers on structured financing for the construction and implementation of renewable projects. The team saw the departure of M&A specialist Harish Narasappa in May 2022, but promoted key practitioner Sitara Pillai to partner.

Practice head(s):

Vineetha MG

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Continuum Wind Energy (India) Private Limited

Continuum Power Trading (TN) Private Limited

HDFC Bank Limited


L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

ICICI Bank Limited

India Infradebt Limited

Reliance Jio

Trinethra Wind And Hydro Power Private Limited

Watsun Infrabuild Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Morjar Windfarm Development on setting up and implementing a 148.5MW greenfield wind power project.
  • Assisted ICICI Bank on granting a rupee term loan facility and overdraft facility to Khalghat Sendhwa Tollways for refinancing.

Intellectual property Tier 4

The intellectual property team at Samvad Partners has its strengths in the TMT sectors where it assists clients with patent and trademark prosecution, litigation and licensing, as well as being well known for expertise in software copyright and the IP aspects of technology licensing. From the firm’s Chennai office, Rohan George leads the department and is known for IP litigation and tech sector matters. Associate Sriya Sridhar is the main supporting practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Rohan George

Other key lawyers:


‘Reliable, knowledgeable.’

‘Prompt, competent service.’

Key clients

Ms. Alexandra Elbakyan (founder and owner of

Bombinate Technologies Private Limited

Delhivery Ltd

Discover Dollar Technologies Private Limited

Dr. Kiran Saldanha

Healthium Medtech Pvt Ltd

Housing Development Finance Company Limited (HDFC)

Khodays India Ltd

Open Financial Technologies Pvt Ltd

Ttoko LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Discover Dollar Technologies with revising and negotiating on the renewal of an IP licensing agreement with Target India.
  • Assisting Healthium Medtech with all aspects of their trademarking strategy, portfolio creation, management and enforcement.
  • Reviewed transaction documents for Delhivery in its business collaboration with Falcon Autotech.

India > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Samvad Partners provides legal assistance in real estate transactions involving a range of commercial and residential property. Ekta Bahl is the lead partner, working out of Hyderabad, with experience in advising on leasing, due diligence, sale development and financing within the real estate practice area.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Sindhu Sharma

Key clients

Brun Developers (OPC) Private Limited

Crossover Education Trust

Geodesic Techniques Private Limited

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A



NoBroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

Ola Group

Rangsons Technologies LLP

RedSeer (Beeroute Research Private Limited)

Wakefit Innovations Pvt. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised a furniture and furnishings company with respect to the verification of title and leasing of an industrial property located in Tamil Nadu.
  • Advised a real estate developer with respect to the verification of title and acquisition of approx. 60 acres of land in and around Hyderabad.
  • Advised a non-banking financial company on the verification of title and granting of a loan to a real estate developer for the development of approx. eight acres of land in Telangana.

India > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Samvad Partners utilises its ‘rich experience‘ to advise a full range of stakeholders, including stressed asset funds, insolvency professionals and corporate debtors, on liquidation proceedings, out-of-court restructurings, and the implementation of resolution plans. Vineetha MG leads on the restructuring side of the practice, using her ‘great analytical skills‘ and knowledge of debt restructurings under joint lender forums, negotiated settlements and bankruptcy proceedings. Aparna Ravi leads on the insolvency and bankruptcy side, routinely representing debtors from the UK and US in bankruptcy cases, in addition to resolution professionals and applicants under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Arjun Krishnan advises asset reconstruction companies and banks on contentious matters before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Vineetha MG; Aparna Ravi

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has rich experience with clear and crisp views.’

‘Vineetha has great analytical skills, good industry and subject knowledge, solution oriented approach.’

Key clients

Aditya Birla ARC Limited

Axis Bank Limited

HDFC Bank Limited

IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited

L.G Balakrishnan & Bros. Limited

Samena Capital

Yes Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR India Asset Finance on insolvency proceedings initiated against Mantri Developers, which culminated in a one-time settlement and withdrawal of insolvency proceedings.
  • Advised the consortium of lenders in the restructuring of loans extended to Sintex BAPL.
  • Advised KKR India Financial Services and other consortium lenders in connection with enforcement actions and restructuring of loans and debentures granted to group companies of Resonance Eduventures.

Coalesced almost a decade ago from a merger of regional practices in Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai, Samvād Partners  has expanded to a full-service corporate law firm. The firm has grown steadily over the years to more than 100 lawyers and staff with offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.

We believe in partnering with our clients to understand their business needs and provide them innovative, strategic and practical legal advice. We strive to build long lasting relationships with our clients with our partner-led approach and focus on client needs.

Co-founder & Senior Partner Vineetha MGvineetha@samvadpartners.com9122-6104-4000
Co-founder & Senior Partner Poornima Hattipoornima@samvadpartners.com9180-4268-6000
Partner Ekta Bahlekta@samvadpartners.com9140 - 4953 7032
Partner Rohan Georgerohan@samvadpartners.com9144-4306-3208
Partner Ashwini Vittalacharashwini@samvadpartners.com9111-4172-6200
Neela Badami photoMs Neela BadamiPartner
Poornima Hatti photoMs Poornima HattiCo-founder and Senior Partner
Natasha Mahajan photoMs Natasha MahajanPartner
Nivedita Nivargi photoMs Nivedita NivargiPartner

CLIENT : Firm (Dispute Resolution Litigation)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘a good litigation team’
Individual (Poornima Hatti – Disputes) ‘very responsive’

CLIENT : Firm (Banking & Finance)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘technically sound’ team
Firm (Corporate and M&A) “Samvad has a strong team of experienced and pragmatic lawyers who are mindful of business objectives and structure their legal advice on that basis.”

CLIENT : Firm (Labour & Employment)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Each partner is specialised in specific areas which helps in getting the best solutions.’

‘A specialised and motivated team who can perform and deliver within a strict timeline.’

CLIENT : Individual (Poornima Hatti – Disputes)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Poornima Hatti is hard working, sharp, and self motivated.’

CLIENT : Firm (Corporate and M&A)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Samvad has high expertise in M&A and transactional legal matters in the IT industry. Their expertise in M&A should be highly praised, as their output is always consistent and the partners are quick to respond.’

CLIENT : Firm (Private equity)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘They are diligent, thoughtful folks. Have the right balance on when to be high touch and when to be low touch with clients.’

‘Highly reliable and follows through on their stated word without requiring us to follow up on them.’

TESTIMONIAL : ‘In our association with Samvad over six years, we have had opportunity to work with many associates. Each of them has brought clarity and lucidity to the context of our task and have guided us in various ways.’

CLIENT : Individual (Arjun Krishnan – Disputes)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Invaluable to his client’,

CLIENT : Individual (Natasha Mahajan – Private equity)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘a go-to name for venture debt deals’

CLIENT : Individual (Siddharth Seshan – Private equity)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘We work with Siddharth Seshan primarily. He has stood out among all the other legal professionals I have worked with on the following grounds: Knows his subject matter inside out; has an opinion on subjects outside his domain of expertise, hence has become my go to person to talk to on all legal topics even outside private equity.’

CLIENT : Individual (Vineetha MG – Banking & Finance and Private equity)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Very approachable’

‘Vineetha MG has good domain and sector knowledge, coupled with an excellent communication style and strong negotiation skills.’

CLIENT : Firm (Banking & Finance)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘The team is well trained and even associates are very knowledgeable and skilled.’

‘Samvad is a mid-size firm which has created a big impact. Their quality of work is great and partner involvement better than most firms. If you need a firm which is not outrageously expensive and can deliver a quality product in less time then Samvad is the answer.’

CLIENT : Firm (Data Protection)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Samvad have a real “can do” attitude, coupled to a commitment to provide practical and commercial advice. They are extremely accessible and down to earth: very easy to get along with and always seem to go the extra mile for you.’

CLIENT : Firm (Dispute Resolution Litigation)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘excellent, timely and professional advice’

‘The team has a thorough offering in diverse areas of laws and can cater to any kind of corporate client and handle litigation before various courts and tribunals. The team is young, and the firm has offices in different parts of the country. Their ability to adhere to time lines, transparency in their dealings with clients, quality of legal advice, and their commitment to the client’s interest make them stand apart.’

CLIENT : Firm (Labour and Employment)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘team of very knowledgeable, articulate partners’

‘rock-solid’ advice on Covid-19 pandemic-related workforce streamlining, in-house fraud investigations and senior management exits.

‘The team at Samvad Partners is abreast of the technicalities of the law and also understand the industry well. I strongly believe that Samvad Partners is well ahead of the curve in terms of being a diverse and inclusive team. In terms of engagement and collaboration, they do a fantastic job of connecting with the client in a timely manner.’

‘They have a team of very knowledgeable, articulate partners who continue to help us with matters related to labour and employment. The advice is rock-solid. The wider implications of any matters are shared so that we make an informed decision.’

CLIENT : Firm (Private Equity & Venture Capital)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Worked with Samvad Partners for last 8 years. They have represented us with multiple fundraise and investment processes. In fact, when we did our first investment they represented one of our investors and we liked their work and then hired them to represent us in future. We are happy and satisfied client of theirs.’

‘Samvad Partners has been an invaluable resource to our company. They come with a depth of experience in the nuances of contracts/agreements involved in fund raising as well as day-to-day operational issues.’

‘The team has provided practical, business-oriented advice in a timely and cost-effective manner. Their work for our company has been impeccable and unparalleled. Highly recommend them!’

CLIENT : Firm (Technology, Media & Telecom – TMT)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Samvad’s legal team have been able to convey our point of view in negotiations and have always reached a result which has worked for us. They are both well informed and client centric.’

‘The team is extremely accessible and responsive, and ensure timely and satisfactory delivery on all matters.’

CLIENT : Individual (Arjun Krishnan – Dispute Resolution Litigation)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Arjun Krishnan is exceptionally talented, and very good at devising a legal strategy for any kind of case. He is amiable and can work with the most senior professionals in the field and deliver to their expectations.’

CLIENT : Individual (Natasha Mahajan – PE&VC)
TESTIMONIAL : We were fortunate in finding Natasha Mahajan to represent us in all the VC/PE funding negotiations. She was batting for us 100% the whole time, while also being pragmatic in getting all the parties on the same page and closing the documentation in a quick manner.

CLIENT : Individual (Neela Badami – Data Protection)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘very switched on, very client friendly and very good at what she does.’

CLIENT : Individual (Nivedita Nivargi – PE&VC)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Nivedita Nivargi has been leading the partnership for us. She has been supportive, transparent and always available for advice even during the odd hours sometimes.’

CLIENT : Individual (Nivedita Nivargi – TMT)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Nivedita Nivargi has been an outstanding client partner for us. She is always very supportive and available when we need her advice even during odd hours.’

CLIENT : Individual (Poornima Hatti – Dispute Resolution Litigation)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘remarkable grasp of the law’

‘Poornima Hatti is very bright and good at case management and handling court matters.’

CLIENT : Individual (Poornima Hatti – Employment)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘an expert in her field and always available’

‘Poornima Hatti definitely stands out in her client engagement and quality of deliverables.’

CLIENT : Individual (Rohan George – Data Protection)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Rohan George: super bright, practical and efficient, he knows the market well and is always up to date and current in his advice

CLIENT : Individual (Vineetha MG – Banking & Finance)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Ms. Vineetha MG is the partner I usually work with. She is motivated and driven and deeply involved in all the deals. She is good with structuring and negotiation and has expertise in project finance and banking and finance transactions.’

CLIENT : Individual (Vineetha MG – Projects & Energy)
TESTIMONIAL : ‘Ms. Vineetha MG is the partner I usually work with. She is motivated and driven and deeply involved in all the deals. She is good with structuring and negotiation and has expertise in project finance, and banking and finance transactions.’

Respect for human rights is of fundamental essence to the Firm. Every lawyer and employee is responsible for upholding a work environment free from all discrimination and harassment and reflects respect for human rights. The Firm ensures that there is no discrimination amongst its lawyers and employees in compensation, training, and employee benefits, based on race, colour, caste, religion, social or ethnic origin, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, physical or mental ability, HIV status, ancestry, or affiliation with a political, religious or union organization or majority/minority group. The Firm believes that diversity in the workplace creates an environment conducive to engagement, alignment, innovation, and high performance.

The Firm provides equal employment, advancement, and development opportunities to all its lawyers and employees. All employment, retainer, and recruitment-related decisions of the Firm are based on merit, qualification, abilities, and performance. This has helped us inculcate a culture of trust and fairness. The Firm takes affirmative action to ensure that all employment-related decisions, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, development, compensation, benefits, transfer, termination, lay-off, discipline, and discharge, are free from unlawful discrimination. The Firm makes reasonable accommodations to employees and lawyers with known disabilities. The Firm provides a work environment free from any form of discrimination, including but not limited to sexual harassment.

While not intentional, we are proud that nearly 80% of our Partners and 55% of our lawyers are women, making us unique among not just Indian but also global law firms.

1.Advising a leading Indian venture capital fund manager on various disputes arising out of a sale by the Client of a significant portion of shareholding (worth approximately USD 13 million) in a tech platform company (“Company”) to a Singapore listed shareholder of the Company. The Firm has advised the Client in relation to the arbitration proceedings instituted by the Singapore listed shareholder of the Company against the Company under the SIAC Rules.

2.We acted for Yes Bank Limited in relation to the restructuring of INR 27,900,000,000 loan granted to Warora – Kurnool Transmission Limited (“WKTL”). This involved a change in ownership and management control of WKTL as part of a resolution process pursuant to which was acquired by Adani Transmission Limited. This was the largest restructuring in the transmission sector as well as one of the largest transmission sector acquisitions.

3.We acted for PB Fintech (Policy Bazaar) in the context of its IPO, providing extensive support to its in-house legal and secretarial teams on various aspects of the listing process, including but not limited to in connection with undertaking various corporate compliances and negotiating with the existing investors in connection with the listing process. The Firm also acted as legal counsel to the Founders and advised them in connection with the sale of their shares in the offer for sale component of the IPO.

4. Amazon and Flipkart are the two largest e-commerce marketplaces in India, and challenged the investigation ordered by the CCI before the Karnataka High Court. The case is important because it is the first investigation launched by the CCI into the e-commerce sector, which is perceived to be a source of market power that falls outside the pigeonholes of traditional concepts in anti-trust law. CCI successfully represented by the Firm all the way to the Supreme Court to ensure that the investigation went ahead.

5.We advised Kaleidofin Private Limited, which is a mission propelled fin-tech platform dealing with mutual funds, service providers to lenders and an investment advisory, in their Series B investment from Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We also advised the existing investors of the company including the likes of Omidyar Network, Oiko Credit, Bharat Fund and the Blume Group.

6.We assisted and advised ICICI Bank Limited in relation to granting (i) rupee term loan facility for an amount aggregating to INR 340,64,00,000 (Indian Rupees Three Hundred Forty Crores and Sixty Four Lakhs only); and (ii) Overdraft facility for an amount aggregating to INR 5,00,00,000 (Indian Rupees Five Crores only) to Khalghat Sendhwa Tollways Private Limited for refinancing of the existing financial indebtedness of the borrower.

7.Disputes with Essel Group – The firm successfully acted as lead counsel for a leading private sector bank against the debt-ridden Essel group of companies in vacating an injunction granted against invocation of a pledge of shares given as security for loans and declaration of the borrowers as wilful defaulters.

8.We acted for The Fundamentum Partnership Fund I, Eight Roads Ventures India III LP, and F-Prime Capital Partners Healthcare Fund V LP, existing investors in API Holdings Private Limited in connection with acquisition of the Medlife Group by API Holdings Private Limited (Pharmeasy), in a share swap arrangement, rendering this as one of the most notable consolidations in the e-pharmacy sector in India.

9.We acted for GIC, an existing investor in Argan (Mauritius) Limited, in relation to their divestment from Atria Convergence Technologies Limited. This is one of the largest exit and acquisition in the broadband space.

10.The Firm represents one of India’s oldest electric cable manufacturing companies, in proceedings initiated against it by an Indian multinational public sector bank before the National Company Law Tribunal for initiation of corporate insolvency and in recovery actions initiated against the client and the promoters before the Debts Recovery Tribunal.-

11.We advised True North, in relation to their 100% exit from Actify Data Labs Private Limited, engaged in end-to-end data analytics, machine-learning and AI space, by way of sale of stake to Canada based Groupe Voxco Inc for an aggregate amount of upto USD 33 crores payable in two tranches.

International Memberships

  • INSOL India and International
  • Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC)
  • Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce India (ICC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce India’s (ICC) Task Force on “Disability Inclusion in International Arbitration”.
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s (SIAC) Reserve Panel of Arbitrators and a member of the SIAC Working Group for South Asia.
  • Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC)
  • International Technology Law Association (ITech Law)
  • International Trademarks Association (INTA)
  • GRI Club
  • International Advisory Experts (IAE)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Women Law Network
  • One of our partners is a member of LCIA-Young International Arbitration Group.
  • One of our partners is ICC YAF representative for South Asia for 2021-2023

Joint operations, law firm networks or “best friend” networks

Nextlaw Referral Network – the largest, most innovative legal referral network in the world with over 670 members spanning 200+ countries.

International Advisory Experts – an exclusive platform for international law firms and other advisory firms.


  • Acciona Infraestructuras, S.A.
  • Ascott Group, Singapore
  • Blue Dart Aviation Limited
  • Bosch Limited
  • Dell International Services India Private Limited
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Eight Roads Ventures Mauritius Limited
  • Fresenius Medical Care (Central Asia-Pacific), Hong Kongc
  • GIC Singapore
  • GILDEMEISTER Beteiligungen GmbH (DMG Mori AG)
  • Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Private Limited
  • Hedrich Vakumanalagen GmbH & Co.
  • HSBC
  • International Finance Corporation
  • JP Morgan
  • Jungle Ventures
  • Kaizen PE
  • KTB Network
  • L & T Finance Limited
  • L & T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited
  • LoGon Investment GmbH
  • Mahindra Aerospace
  • Manpower Asia Pacific
  • Manpower Group
  • Manthan Systems
  • Mauritius Commercial Bank
  • MindTree Limited (MTL)
  • Munich Re Ventures
  • NSR Mauritius Advisors LLC (New Silk Route)
  • NTT Data Corporation
  • ON Mauritius
  • Red Hat Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
  • Samsung Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Shunwei Capital
  • Sogefi S.p.A
  • Tata International Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • Techstars Central LLC
  • Visa Worldwide Pte Limited
  • Western Bulk Carriers AS
  • Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited
  • Yahoo India
  • Yes Bank

Law Firms

  • Bird & Bird
  • CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell, Hong Kong Solicitors
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Zhong Lun

Samvad Partners Broad Bases Equity Partnership Structure

As we complete 10 years of our journey as a pan-Indian, full - service law Firm, we are delighted to see our lawyers grow into next-generation leaders of the Firm. We are now happy to announce that Ashwini Vittalachar, Natasha Mahajan, Neela Badami, Nivedita Nivargi and Rohan K George will be taking up leadership roles in the Firm, as full equity partners. We have broad based our equity structure to give these partners larger stake in the Firm. They will each play a key role in providing leadership and direction within the Firm.

Deal Showcase

The Deal: Series A funding in Finbox.Advisor: Samvad PartnersClient: Moshpit Technologies Private Limited (Finbox)Deal Date: 24th June 2022Deal Value: USD 15 million