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Dhir & Dhir Associates

D-55, DEFENCE COLONY, NEW DELHI 110 024, INDIA
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Work +91 11 4241 0000
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Fax +91 11 4241 0091
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www.dhirassociates.com
Aichi-Ken, Hyperbad, Mumbai, New Delhi

India

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Dhir & Dhir Associates has been active in the real estate and infrastructure financing space; for example, the team is assisting the Indian Railway Finance Corporation with an external commercial borrowing of $250m from a consortium of Japanese banks. In another matter, the group advised DMI Finance Private on an INR500m loan facility to construction company KW Group for the development of two commercial projects. Girish Rawat is the name to note.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Dhir & Dhir Associates' cornerstone area of expertise lies in debt capital markets and the buyback of securities, and the team has reported an uptick in mandates involving the buyback of equity shares and issuance of non-convertible debentures. The practice is well known for assisting clients with public offerings, takeovers, private placements and other SEBI-related matters. The group recently assisted SJVN, a joint venture between the governments of India and Himachal Pradesh, with its high-value buyback of equity shares, and also acted for Mahagun Real Estate, a real estate developer, on its private placement of INR2000m non-convertible debentures. In another matter, the group is advising the Indian Railway Finance Corporation on the issue of $300m of masala bonds. Girish Rawat is the key practitioner.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Managing partners Alok Dhir and Maneesha Dhir jointly lead the practice Dhir & Dhir Associates, which advises clients from a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, telecoms, real estate, energy and finance, on entry strategy, foreign direct investment, and joint ventures, among other areas. Highlights include advising INR Energy Ventures on acquiring the entire shareholding of Greeno Projects and Greenolite Solar for acquiring and implementing a solar power project.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Dhir & Dhir Associates

At Dhir & Dhir Associates, recent work includes representing the Save Avali Trust in an objection against the construction of an abattoir in Faridabad, on the grounds that the information provided for the construction was misrepresented. Simbhaoli Sugars is another recent client. Managing partners Alok Dhir and Maneesha Dhir are notable disputes practitioners, and Sachin Gupta heads the practice.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Girish Rawat is the key name at Dhir & Dhir Associates, where the team has been notably active in the renewable energy sector, with a key focus on solar power projects. In this context, the group recently acted as lender’s counsel to a government agency concerning financial assistance to Vento Power for the construction of a 40MW solar power project in the state of Odisha, and assisted a jewellery firm with acquiring land in the state of Karnataka for the development of a 20MW solar power project. Hyderabad-based Siva Gopinatham is also noted.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Jointly led by New Delhi-based Girish Rawat and Siva Gopinatham, who heads up the Hyderabad practice, the real estate department at Dhir & Dhir Associates has particular experience handling project finance transactions. The department was instructed by Panchsheel Buildtech on its issue of a non-convertible debenture. It also advised the National Aluminium Company on its acquisition of several parcels of land in Tamil Nadu. The group also counts LIC Housing Finance and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation among its clients.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Dhir & Dhir Associates

The corporate restructuring and insolvency practice at Dhir & Dhir Associates is frequently instructed in restructuring and insolvency code proceedings, with particular experience advising creditors. In a matter jointly led by managing partner Alok Dhir and associate partner Carsha Banerjee – both based in New Delhi – a team was instructed both initially by Punjab National Bank and later by the Industrial Development Bank of India in relation to MBL Infrastructures insolvency process. A team led by Nilesh Sharma is also advising a committee of creditors in the corporate insolvency resolution process of Athena Domwe Power.  In another highlight, the team is advising the suspended board of Essar Steel on legal issues arising from the company's insolvency.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Dhir & Dhir Associates

Dhir & Dhir Associates is recognised for handling regulatory disputes in the media and telecoms sector. Practice head Maneesha Dhir is instructed by the Telecom Regulatory Of India in challenges brought by broadcasters, including Sony Pictures Network. The group also frequently represents Bharat Sanchar Nigam in contentious matters.

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