Samvad Partners > Mumbai, India > Firm Profile

Samvad Partners
FREE PRESS HOUSE, 4TH FLOOR, OFFICE NO. 41 & 43
FREE PRESS JOURNAL MARG, 215 NARIMAN POINT
MUMBAI 400 021
India

India > Banking and finance Tier 2

Samvad Partners is retained by the majority of private sector banks for advice on financial lending, and recently made headway in the public sector through an empanelment with the State Bank of India. Team head Vineetha MG leads on the breadth of corporate and project finance transactions, including financial restructuring. The team is experienced in the microfinancing space, leveraged by substantial regulatory knowledge. Harish Narasappa leads the Bangalore desk, which also houses venture debt expert Natasha Mahajan.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘They are proactive, business oriented and thorough and yet very competitive in pricing. Team is young and led by industry veterans which makes them easy to approach and work with.’

‘Vineetha MG is very learned, and industry veteran yet very down to earth and approachable.’

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

ICICI Bank Limited

India Infradebt Limited

India Resurgence Fund

JP Morgan

KKR

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

L&T Finance Limited

Trifecta Capital

Trinethra Wind and Power Private Limited

Shiksha Financial Services India Private Limited

Samena Capital (SC India Manager Private Limited)

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Watsun Infrabuild Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Yes Bank Limited in relation to the restructuring of INR 27,900,000,000 loan granted to Warora – Kurnool Transmission Limited.
  • Advised Yes Bank Limited in relation to the sale of the 100 % stake of Farakka Raiganj Highways Limited to Cube Highways and Infrastructure II and the resultant restructuring of the loans of $201m.
  • Assisted and advised Avendus Finance Private Limited in relation to granting a secured rupee term loan facility to Dvara Holdings Private Limited and drafting of the finance documents (including the share pledge agreement, deed of hypothecation and the other security documents) along with all other documents required to be executed for the transaction.

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Spanning multiple offices across India, Samvad Partners‘ corporate and M&A team advises start ups through to international corporates on all manner of transactions, joint ventures and regulatory issues. The group witnessed an increasing flow of share swaps and consolidations in both the domestic and cross-border context, including Ashwini Vittalachar‘s impressive buy-side e-health deals. Operating out of Bangalore, Natasha Mahajan deploys her sophisticated knowledge of the technology sector on M&A transactions and commercial contracts in the software (including SaaS) space. Harish Narasappa and Vineetha MG are notable names, while the Hyderabad office housing Ekta Bahl provides a strategic base for deals in the pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors.

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Key clients

Algonomy (formerly Manthan) Software Private Limited

Delhivery Private Limited

Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited

Eight Roads Ventures India III LP

Elevar Equity

Exilant Technologies

F-Prime Capital Partners Healthcare Fund V LP

Gildemeister Beteiligungen Gmbh (DMG Mori)

Genworks Health Private Limited

Green Agrevolution Private Limited (Dehaat)

Helion Venture Partners III, LLC

Jio Digital Services Private Limited

Kaizen Private Equity and Kaizen Domestic Scheme I

Kaycee Industries Limited

Mitraz Financial Services Private Limited

Megsan Labs Private Limited

NoBroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

NTT Data Corporation

Paix Technology Private Limited (“Truebil”)

Pisces Eservices Private Limited

PB Fintech Private Limited (Policybazaar)

PTAP Delivery Solutions Private Limited

SAIF Partners

The Fundamentum Partnership Fund I

Zetwerk Manufacturing Business Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fundamentum Partnership Fund I, Eight Roads Ventures India III LP and F-Prime Capital Partners Healthcare Fund V LP in the acquisition by API Holdings Private Limited of the Medlife Group, in a share swap arrangement, rendering this as one of the most notable consolidations in the e-pharmacy sector in India.
  • Advised Algonomy Software Private Limited (formerly known as Manthan Software Services Private Limited) on the acquisition of Rich Relevance, a US-based software company.
  • Advised Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited and its group companies, including its subsidiary, Smartchem Technologies Limited on an investment by International Finance Corporation.

India > Data protection Tier 2

With a ‘real can-do‘ attitude, Samvad Partners has a highly experienced team dealing with data security, cyber thefts, privacy and data handling generally. Its work spans both advisory (good policies/best practices) and contentious issues including investigations and IP infringements. Rohan George in Chennai and Neela Badami and Nivedita Nivargi in Bengaluru lead a practice which uses the data governance app, Aapti.in, which provides clients with a range of information on how legal processes are being affected by COVID. The firm has also partnered with the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change Communication in order to provide its staff with a range of wellness sessions. The team has also been advising clients on areas such as the implications of the GDPR on Indian companies, and the Indian Personal Data Protection Bill. The team combines this with corporate/commercial advice, for example, assisting technology companies on funding. Savani Gupte (partner) joined the team from Khaitan & Co. in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mr. Rohan K George; Ms. Neela Badami; Ms. Nivedita Nivargi

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Robin; Savani Gupte

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘Rohan George: super bright, practical and efficient, he knows the market well and is always up to date and current in his advice Neela Badami: very switched on, very client friendly and very good at what she does.’

Key clients

ADReS

Altlifelab Solutions Private Limited

Dhiway Networks Private Limited

GILDEMEISTER Beteiligungen GmbH (DMG Mori AG)

Hevo Technologies India Private Limited

FA Consulting

Joveo Inc

Mahua Moitra

Moveinsync Technology Solutions Private Limited

Socion Advisors

Vyng Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised VenusGeo Solutions LLC in an all-encompassing role in terms of advising this client on the regulatory/legislative limitations that may emerge with the introduction of its operations in India.
  • Advised DHIway Networks Pvt Ltd. on its role as an intermediary and relevant data protection compliances under the current and future data protection regime in India.

India > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Samvad Partners is singled out for its ‘excellent, timely and professional advice’ and is strong in commercial disputes, insolvency cases and competition litigation. Practice head Poornima Hatti in Bangalore is highlighted by clients for her ‘remarkable grasp of the law’ and is active in employment disputes and insolvency litigation. In Chennai, Rohan George heads the intellectual property practice and has extensive experience in contentious IP matters, including proceedings before the High Courts. The firm also has a strong focus on public interest litigation and has historically acted in cases of national importance, including in relation to the special status of Kashmir. In addition, construction and infrastructure-related disputes feature in the caseload.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

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

‘Ankur Singh is capable of handling any kind of case. He is thorough in briefs and in preparation of case papers.’

‘Samvad Partners’ primary and unique strength lies in being able to be multi-layered in their approach to resolving the problem. This involves deep empathetic listening, legal clarity while helping to sort out complex issues, objectivity in giving legal counsel, a mediatory approach to resolving conflicts that are as much legal as interpersonal, and a methodical and professional approach in following up on the case. What we also deeply appreciate is that since we are a not-for-profit organisation they have been our lawyers on a totally pro bono basis.’

‘What marks out Poornima Hatti, apart from her remarkable grasp of the law, is her deeply humane and patient approach in helping resolve disputes even while not comprising on the legal basis for the principled stands we have had to take during the conflict. The other partners and associates have provided excellent, timely and professional advice and support.’

‘Samvad Partners’ dispute resolution team is dynamic, dedicated, and hardworking.’

‘Arjun Krishnan is an intelligent, level-headed, and well-rounded lawyer. I really enjoy working with him.’

Key clients

A.A. Sanjeev Narrain, Arvind Narrain and Dr. Murali Mohan

Aditya Birla ARC Limited

Antrix Corporation Limited

Axis Bank Limited

Competition Commission of India

Decathlon Sports India Pvt. Ltd.

Delhivery Private Limited

Diageo Holdings Netherlands BV

Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Limited

IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited

Interglobe Aviation Ltd. (‘Indigo’)

J P Morgan India Services Private Limited

Kasturi & Sons Ltd

Marriott International Inc.

Mr. Velayudham Jayavel- Liquidator of IDEB Projects Ltd

Ms. Alexandra Elbakyan

Nobroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

Open Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Bank Open)

Phasorz TechnologiesPrivate Limited (Docsapp)

Power System Operation Corporation Limited

QD Seatoman Designs Private Limited

Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Limited

Shimizu Corporation India Private Limited

Shriram Land Development Private Limited

Society for Informal Education & Development Studies

Tata International Singapore Pte Limited

Tata Projects Ltd

Trojan Horse Media

TTK Prestige Limited

VenturEast Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd

Westbridge Capital Partners

Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the Competition Commission of India in a challenge by Amazon and Flipkart, the two largest e-commerce marketplaces in India, to an investigation by the Commission.
  • Acted for a group of individuals – A.A. Sanjeev Narrain, Arvind Narrain and Dr. Murali Mohan – in public interest litigation in an attempt to ensure online access to education by underprivileged children attending government schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Alexandra Elbakyan, the owner of Sci-hub.com, a non-profit which provides free access to scientific research publications, in a lawsuit for copyright infringement initiated by publisher Elsevier Ltd. and others before the Delhi High Court, over subscription-only articles made available online.

India > TMT Tier 2

With a client base that ranges from fast-growth start-ups to multinationals, Samvad Partners is regularly involved in TMT disputes, regulatory challenges, and commercial transactions. Natasha Mahajan works closely with a number of tech-focused businesses, most notably at the intersection of tech and financial services. New Delhi-based Ashwini Vittalachar is highly active in the e-commerce space, advising clients in relation to IT law, data privacy, and regulatory compliance. Neela Badami routinely handles investments and business structuring matters for media companies and fintech businesses. All named partners are based in Bangalore unless stated otherwise.

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

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

‘Ashwini Vittalachar is exceptional. She always makes time to discuss things at the shortest notice.’

Key clients

Algonomy Software Private Limited (formerly known as Manthan Software Services Private Limited)

Ampere Computing

APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH

Asteria Aerospace (Reliance Jio Digital Portfolio Company)

C-Square Info Solutions (Reliance Jio Digital Portfolio Company)

Competition Commission of India

Dhiway Networks Private Limited

GILDEMEISTER Beteiligungen GmbH (DMG Mori AG)

GPS Renewables Private Limited

Green Agrevolution Private Limited (DeHaat)

Healthium MedTech Pvt. Ltd.

Hevo Technologies India Private Limited

Inventus Capital Partners

Jio Haptik Technologies Limited (Reliance Jio Digital Portfolio Company)

Koinearth Pte Ltd.

KTB Network

Lentra AI Pvt Ltd

MesIndus Ventures Private Limited (Reliance Jio Digital Portfolio Company)

Ms. Alexandra Elbakyan

MoveInSync Technologies Private Limited

NoBroker Technologies Solutions Pvt Ltd

NTT Data Corporation

Policy Bazaar (Etechaces Marketing and Consulting Private Limited)

Reliance Jio Digital Services Limited

Rich Relevance, Inc.

Rupeek Fintech Private Limited

Sankhyasuktra Labs Private Limited (Reliance Jio Digital Portfolio Company)

Securens Systems

Socion Advisors LLP

Trojan Horse Media

VenusGeo Solutions LLC

Wandx Solutions Private Limited

Wellthy Therapeutics Private Limited

Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Reliance Jio Digital Services Limited and its portfolio companies in relation to various agreements with key stakeholders.
  • Advised Algonomy Software Private Limited on its acquisition of and resulting merger with Rich Relevance Inc.
  • Representing the Competition Commission of India before the Karnataka High Court in a challenge to its investigation into alleged anti-competitive conduct in the e-commerce space.

India > Antitrust and competition Tier 3

At Samvad Partners, the competition group is led by Arjun Krishnan in New Delhi and is active across the pharmaceuticals, telecoms, and real estate sectors. The team advises on merger control matters and regularly undertakes contentious work, representing clients before the CCI, the NCLAT and the Supreme Court, and acting for the CCI itself. Harish Narasappa is the key contact in Bengaluru. Savani Gupte joined the firm’s Mumbai office from Khaitan & Co LLP in March 2021, and has enhanced the group’s competition litigation offering.

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Key clients

Competition Commission of India

Work highlights

  • Acted for the CCI in a case before the Supreme Court on the ability of informants and whistleblowers to bring information about anti-competitive conduct to the CCI.
  • Acting for the CCI in a challenge to the investigation into e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart before the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court of India.
  • Acting for the CCI in a case concerning the constitutional validity of the Competition Act and the composition and qualifications of the CCI before the Supreme Court of India.

India > Labour and employment Tier 3

The ‘team of very knowledgeable, articulate partners‘ at Samvad Partners provides ‘rock-solid‘ advice on Covid-19 pandemic-related workforce streamlining, in-house fraud investigations and senior management exits. Headed by transactional specialist Ashwini Vittalachar and Poornima Hatti, who is considered ‘an expert in her field and always available‘, the practice represents clients in the IT services, fintech, insurance and infrastructure sectors. Other focus areas include drafting POSH regulations and handling sexual harassment complaints. Junaira Rahman assists with ESOP structuring and other employee incentive packages.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

‘Poornima Hatti is a trusted adviser. She is an expert in her field and always available if we need her time. She is articulate, with depth of knowledge and understanding. She brings to the table her vast experience of working with a large number of clients spanning a number of years.

Key clients

ANI Technologies

CIGNEX Datamatics Technologies

Daiwa Corporate Advisory India

Delhivery

Eastern Engineering Company

Exilant Technologies

Fintellix Solutions

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals

Global Consumer Products

Huron Eurasia

Interglobe Aviation Ltd. (Indigo)

JP Morgan India Services

Jumbotail Technologies

Knowlarity Communications

Logos India

Mahindra Aerostructures

Manthan Software Services

McKinsey & Company

MTS Systems Corporation

Robotic Wares (Fareye)

Ruptub Solutions (Treebo Hotels)

Sarvaloka Services-On-Call

Securens Systems

Sequoia Capital India LLP

SFO Technologies

Smartpaddle Technology (Bizongo)

Stryker Global Technology Centre

Thorogood Associates India

Titan Company

Verisk Advisory

Visa Inc.

Wellthy Therapeutics

Xiaomi Technology India

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 3

Samvad Partners‘s recent deal highlights show strong activity in the pharmaceuticals, media and e-commerce sectors, with instructions received from investors and target companies. Vineetha MG handles work for sovereign wealth funds while Ashwini Vittalachar leads on the major work out of Delhi. The Bangalore office includes Harish Narasappa, Natasha Mahajan, Neela Badami and Nivedita Nivargi who all handle a high volume of venture capital work, from early-stage investment onwards.

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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. 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. 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!’

Key clients

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 Private Limited

Eight Roads Ventures India III LP

GIC

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

Kaleidofin Private Limited

Kaycee Industries Limited

KTB Network

Lentra AI Private Limited

LocoNav (BT TechLabs Private Limited)

Munich Re Ventures

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)

Securens Systems

Sequoia Capital

Shiksha Finance (Shiksha Financial Services India Private Limited)

Techstars

Treebo Hotels (Ruptub Solutions Pvt Ltd)

Trifecta Capital (Trifecta Venture Debt Fund – II)

Truebil (Paix Technology Private Limited)

Vertex Ventures

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

Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses Private Limited

Zomato Media Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fundamentum Partnership Fund I, Eight Roads Ventures India III LP, and F Prime Capital Partners on their Series E2 investment in API Holdings Private Limited (Pharmeasy) by TPG; assisted Naspersand with  Series E3 investment in API Holdings Private Limited (Pharmeasy) by Tiger Global; and acquisition of API Holdings Private Limited (Pharmeasy) by B Capital.
  • Advised Policy Bazaar (PB Fintech Private Limited) on its Series F round of investment by SoftBank and Series G round of investment in PB Fintech by Falcon Q LP.
  • Advised Delhivery Private Limited on its fundraising from Fidelity, Gamnat, Pacific Horizon Investment LLC through Ballie Gifford and Co. and Chimera Investment LLC by subscribing to Series H Preference Shares of Delhivery Private Limited.

India > Projects and energy Tier 3

Samvad Partners is regularly instructed on high-value transactions in the infrastructure, power and transport sectors. The team, jointly led by Vineetha MG and Harish Narasappa, combines financing and M&A expertise to advise on the full range of transactional mandates.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Continuum Wind Energy (India) Private Limited

Continuum Power Trading (TN) Private Limited

HDFC Bank

LOGOS Fund

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

ICICI Bank

India Infradebt Limited

Reliance Jio

Trinethra Wind And Hydro Power Private Limited

Watsun Infrabuild Private Limited

Yes Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Yes Bank Limited on the restructuring of INR 27.9bn loan granted to Warora – Kurnool Transmission Limited.
  • Advised Continuum Power Trading, a subsidiary of Continuum Wind Energy Limited on the financing of INR 10bn availed from Power Finance Corporation Limited financial for setting up and implementing a 250 MW Wind Power Project at Dayapar in Gujarat.
  • Advised Logos Group on the various warehousing contracts executed with industrial tenants.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Based in Chennai, Rohan George heads the team at Samvad Partners which has a highly rated TMT practice, especially in the IT and media arenas. It is practised in negotiating content in the media/streaming space, together with connected litigation. In addition to handling a range of work in these areas, such as technology licensing and copyright infringement, it also has a strong patents practice; it assists clients in areas including pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Its trade marks practice extends from filing and prosecution work to assignments, licences and disputes.

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Key clients

Brandis Manufacturing and Marketing Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Agarwal’s Healthcare Limited

Grameen Foundation India Pvt Ltd

Healthium Medtech Pvt Ltd (formerly Sutures India Pvt Ltd)

Hoslab Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

Khodays India Ltd

Knolskape Solutions Pte Ltd

Mahavadi Management and Technology Services GmBH

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

RV Forms and Gears LLP

Work highlights

  • Assisted Healthium Medtech Private Limited with reviewing, redrafting and negotiating patent licensing and product supply agreements for products relating to anti-microbial technology.
  • Acted for Trojan Horse Media in matters relating to media and entertainment law including on an interim injunction hearings initiated by a contractor against over moral rights to credits a television programme; settlement negotiations regarding the matter resulting in a successful settlement of the matter in the client’s favour.
  • Acted for Ms. Alexandra Elbakyan (founder and owner of Sci-hub.com) as a defendant in a suit for copyright infringement initiated by publishers Elsevier Ltd., Wiley India Pvt. Ltd.

India > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Samvad Partners‘ expertise includes advising on real estate and construction financing transactions, leasing negotiations for industrial sitestitle, and due diligence relating to site acquisitions. Clients include developers, lenders and corporates. The practice is co-lead by Harish Narasappa and Ekta Bahl.

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Key clients

Brun Developers (OPC) Private Limited

NoBroker Technologies Solutions Private Limited

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A

KKR

Ola Group

LOGOS

India > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With specialist lawyers in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai, Samvad Partners serves insolvency professionals, creditor banks and corporate debtors in insolvency proceedings, corporate restructurings  and distressed M&A sales. The practice assists clients across India and most recently has been involved in advising borrowers and lenders in the context of amendments to the IBC and new RBI guidelines introduced to combat the distress arising from the COVID pandemic.

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 & 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Co-founder & Senior Partner Vineetha MGvineetha@samvadpartners.com9122-6104-4000
Co-founder & Senior Partner Poornima Hattipoornima@samvadpartners.com9180-4268-6000
Partner Ekta Bahlekta@samvadpartners.com
Partner Rohan Georgerohan@samvadpartners.com9144-4306-3208
Partner Ashwini Vittalacharashwini@samvadpartners.com9111-4172-6200
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Vineetha MG photoMs Vineetha MGCo-founder & Senior Partner


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.’


CLIENT : Firm (TMT)
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. We advised 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. We successfully represented Competition Commission of India (CCI) in a matter where Amazon and Flipkart, the two largest e-commerce marketplaces in India 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 was 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. 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 represented 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.
  12. Finbox, a Bengaluru based leading Indian fintech company in the embedded finance space, raises $15 million (approx.) in its Series A funding round from A91 Partners, Flipkart and Aditya Birla Ventures and existing investor, Arali Ventures. Samvad assisted Finbox in end-to-end transaction management, including review of term sheets, drafting and negotiation of the Shareholders’ Agreement, Share Subscription Agreement and Employment Agreement as well as other ancillary documents. We also assisted Finbox in completion of conditions precedent related documents and closure of the transaction.

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.

Clients

  • 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
  • UTICO FZC
  • Visa Worldwide Pte Limited
  • Western Bulk Carriers AS
  • Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited
  • Yahoo India
  • Yes Bank

Law Firms

  • BAE, KIM & LEE LLC
  • 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

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