Firm Profile > Bharucha & Partners > Mumbai, India

Bharucha & Partners
13th Floor, Free Press House
Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021
India

White-collar crime Tier 1

As a key vertical at Bharucha & Partners, the governance, ethics and anti-corruption practice provides a solid bench of experts for high-stakes white-collar crime disputes. Big-ticket corporates in the banking and finance, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and defence sectors regularly engage Sonam Gupta and practice head DP Singh for representation before the SEBI, NCLAT and Securities Appeal Tribunal on allegations of financial fraud and proceedings under POCA and PMLA. Defence of claims under SCOMET regulations were also recently handled while the team also acts for public prosecutors on bribery and corruption cases. Legal audits and corporate compliance due diligence is also handled.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu)

Ashok Daga

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals AB

Diageo plc and associate companies

Gautam Thapar

Avantha Holdings Limited

Shivinder Mohan Singh

Jaypee Development Corporation Limited, its promoter & past directors

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Showcasing extensive experience in cross-border M&A deals, Bharucha & Partners is well equipped to assist with both general corporate law and transactional mandates pertaining to foreign investment, share purchases and joint ventures. Alka Bharucha, who has over three decades of experience in the M&A market, is proficient in the telecoms, banking and power sectors. She leads the team alongside Justin Bharucha, whose legal specialisms include foreign direct investments in highly regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

General Motors

Vodafone Idea Limited

Aditya Birla Group

ITC Limited

IDBI Capital

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

BAE Systems Plc

Burberry Plc

Marks & Spencer Plc

Twitter Inc.

Axis Bank Limited

IJM Corporation Berhad

HSBC Plc

Grover Zampa Vineyards

ISS A/S, Denmark

AXA S.A.

Samsung Group

IMCD Group

Shopsense Retail Technologies Private Limited (Fynd)

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Marston (Holdings) Limited, UK

Girnar Software Private Limited

DCB Bank Limited

Dentsu Inc.

Times Group

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Bharucha & Partners team represents clients in various types of litigation, including construction, white-collar crime, environment, family and IP disputes. Throughout over four decades of legal practice, MP Bharucha has represented international and domestic companies in major corporate disputes, regulatory proceedings and arbitrations. Dp Singh, who serves as the Special Public Prosecutor for the Central Bureau of Investigation, specialises in representing high ranking officials in corruption, money laundering and securities litigation. Sneha Jasingh focuses on commercial disputes, however she is also experienced in environmental torts and insurance claims.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Adani Enterprises Limited

ITC Limited

Diageo plc

Edelweiss Comtrade Limited

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

Vodafone Idea Limited

IL&FS

Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi Srl

Besso Limited

Alchem International Private Limited

Daiichi Sankyo

Cowtown Infotech Services Pvt Ltd

Trafigura Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Projects and energy Tier 2

With particular strength in the transport logistics network sector, Bharucha & Partners is often retained by Indian corporations, leading power and energy players as well as foreign multinationals to assist with public procurement, project finance and dispute resolution, including regulatory proceedings. Another area of activity for the firm is private equity transactions involving infrastructure projects, with a special emphasis on the ports, railways and roads segment. The department is jointly led by Alka Bharucha, who focuses on project finance, and Justin Bharucha, who regularly advises on power projects.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Adani Enterprises Limited

Aditya Birla Group

ATC Telecom

Vodafone Idea Limited

IJM Corporation Berhad

Mahindra & Mahindra Group

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

JM Baxi Group

Amun Solar Farms

Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited

DNV GL

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Sesa Sterlite Limited (now Vedanta Limited)

CG Power

Essel Mining

Bharat Road Network Limited

TMT Tier 2

Bharucha & Partners primarily advises its clients on regulatory, corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, licensing, funding rounds and disputes. Kaushik Moitra, who previously served as in-house counsel for a film and media company, assists domestic and international media and technology companies with regulatory issues, licensing, distribution and revenue sharing agreements, among various other aspects of their operations. Associate Swathi Girimaji provides corporate advice to start-ups in India.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

Vodafone Idea Limited

Girnar Software Private Limited

Alt Digital Entertainment Limited

Vedantu Innovations Private Limited

Minnow Films Limited

Kahaaniwaaley Films & Entertainment Ventures Private Limited

Cinepolis India Private Limited

InVenture Capital Corporation (Tala)

Balaji Motion Pictures

Netprophets Cyberworks

Digivive Services Private Limited

Eleeanora Images Private Limited

Uprising Science Private Limited

Shopsense Retail Technologies Private Limited

Marston (Holdings) Limited

Unitech Wireless

SVF Entertainment Private Limited

Relevant E-Solutions Private Limited

Banking and finance Tier 3

Bharucha & Partners advises international and domestic lenders and borrowers on various forms of finance, including asset finance, syndicated loans and project finance. Justin Bharucha specialises in rupee and foreign exchange denominated facilities, having advised numerous India and international borrowers on debt raising, including the Macquarie Group. Rohit Sharma, who joined the practice from ASA Legal in February 2020, has particular expertise in asset-backed finance, external commercial borrowings, corporate finance, project finance and securitisation.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Edelweiss ARC

State Bank of India

Federal Bank

DCB Bank Limited

Canara Bank

Natixis

Standard Chartered Bank

HSBC

RBL Bank

InVenture Capital Corporation (Tala)

Profectus Capital Private Limited

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation

Axis Finance Limited

Shriram Housing Finance Limited

Growth Source Financial Technologies

ASF Group

Vodafone Idea Limited

Safeway Concessions

JM Baxi Group

JMC Projects (India) Limited

Maxima

NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited

Capital markets Tier 3

Bharucha & Partners advises clients on equity and debt issuances in India, and shows notable expertise in disputes and investigations before the Securities Exchange Board of India and the Securities Appellate Tribunal. Vishnu Dutt acts for issuers and underwriters throughout the process of IPOs and rights issues and in relation to regulatory challenges. Ajai Achuthan specialises in securities law disputes governed by SEBI.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Diageo Plc

ITC Ltd.

Avantha Holdings Limited

Solaris Industrial Chemicals Ltd

Neogen Chemicals Limited

Cella Space Limited

Centrum Capital Limited

EbixCash World Money Limited

Roselabs Finance Limited

W.S. Industries (India) Limited

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals AB

Sri Sarvaraya Sugars Limited

Apollo Global

Famy Energy Private Limited

Kaveri Seeds Company Limited

Jefferies India Private Limited

Inga Ventures Private Limited

Marico Limited

Muthoot Vehicle & Asset Finance Limited

Shakthi Knitting Private Limited

Capstock Securities (India) Private Limited

Edelweiss Comtrade Limited

Lotusdew Wealth Advisors

Labour and employment Tier 3

A substantial roster of multinational clients retains Bharucha & Partners’ labour and employment practice for HR guidance pertaining to ESOP structuring, whistleblowing policy support, POSH matters, M&A due diligence and senior-level hires and exits. Regarding the latter, Vandana Pai and practice head Justin Bharucha represent the interests of both senior employees and employers. Recent contentious matters included novel disputes concerning unrecognised labour unions, breach of confidentiality and theft of trade secrets by ex employees.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great can-do attitude and approach.

Very pragmatic and internationally oriented.

Very professional and reliable.

Results oriented and helpful.

Key clients

General Motors

Burberry

ISS

Idea Vodafone Limited

ITC Limited

FirstSource Solutions Limited

Alchem International

General Atlantic Private Limited

Marico Limited

Tata Communications Limited

Larsen & Turbo

Shopsense Retail Technologies Private Limited

Balaji Telefilms Limited

Telenor India Pvt. Ltd

BrainPulse Technologies Private Limited

Swasth Foundation

Relevant E Solutions Private Limited

India Factoring and Finance Solutions Private Limited

Phoenix Mills Limited

Tala

Intellectual property Tier 4

Bharucha & Partners leverages its solid TMT practice to provide IP services to growth companies and multinationals in the ITES and e-commerce sectors. In particular, practice head Kaushik Moitra advises on complex IP issues pertaining to data processing and AI technology. Registrations and enforcement proceedings of trade mark, copyright (including for media and entertainment companies) and design assets are handled, as well as trade mark infringement defence in the High Court. Patent litigation experience is also cited.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Samsung India Electronics Private Limited

Vodafone Idea Limited

Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

CVC Capital Partners Finance Limited

Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pvt Ltd

The Rainmaker Group

Kahaaniwaaley Media and Entertainment Ventures Private Limited

Eleeanora Images Private Limited

Netprophets Cyberworks Private Limited

Infotel Group of companies

Grover Zampa Vineyards Limited

Alchem International Private Limited

SARA Research and Development Centre

Flipkart Internet Private Limited

Morepen Laboratories Limited

Citixsys Tech Solutions Private Limited

Sprandi International (Surya Marketing Corporation)

One97 Communication Limited (Paytm)

General Atlantic

Private equity and investment funds Tier 4

Bharucha & Partners advises on transactions for foreign private equity funds and target companies, with recent engagements in the sectors of food and drink, TMT and real estate. Practice head Vandana Pai is advising US-based private equity investors on high-value investments in the e-learning space and multinational AIFs on exits and sovereign fund sales in the infrastructure sector. Assistance with fund restructuring is also provided.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Apollo Global

General Atlantic

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets

Ivanhoe Cambridge

White Oak Capital

Global Innovation Fund

Vedantu Innovations Private Limited

International Containers & Terminals

Girnar Software Private Limited

63Ideas Infolabs Private Limited

Roposo

VisVires Indian Wineries

Developing World Market

MentorCap

The firm: Bharucha & Partners was founded on enduring principles of professional ethics and excellence. The firm now has offices in three cities with 13 partners and over 80 associates who offer a mix of rich experience, creativity, and the energy of youth. Each partner has a wealth of experience handling complex commercial transactions or disputes and associates are selected as sharing the qualities and vision of the partners. Expertise in corporate and commercial practice along with M&A, banking and finance, litigation, arbitration, governance, ethics, and anti-corruption, IP, capital markets and financial regulation is well recognised.

The firm counts leading international and Indian corporate houses, banks, financial institutions and funds as clients. The firm advises clients on domestic and cross-border issues across sectors including financial services, infrastructure, TMT, IT and ITES, construction and development, specialty chemicals, commodities, and wholesale and retail trade.

Client feedback  

  • M P Bharucha is lauded by market sources as “one of the leading lawyers in the country,” who “has been on the top of his game for a long time.” Active on a range of commercial disputes, he maintains a particularly high reputation as a litigator in the Mumbai market.
  • Alka Bharucha boasts a stellar reputation in corporate transactions. Described by clients as “very knowledgeable, articulate, composed and balanced in approach,”  She is respected for her advice on cross-border M&A transactions as well as her proficiency in providing advice on general corporate issues, in particular within the power, telecommunications and banking sectors.
  • D P Singh heads the stand-alone white-collar crime team at Bharucha & Partners which is regularly involved in the market-leading cases, such as the ‘2G spectrum scam’ and ‘coal block allocation scam’ cases.
  • Founding partner Justin Bharucha specialises in foreign direct investments in highly regulated sectors. He is regularly active on complex cross-border transactions, utilising his deep knowledge of inbound and outbound M&A.
  • Vandana Pai commands a strong reputation among market commentators, who praise her excellence in providing assistance with private equity transactions. Her clients are effusive with praise, with one reporting: “She foresees business and legal issues and is very proactive in addressing potential concerns.”

Key transactional practices with details of the relevant lawyers –
Banking and finance:

  • Advised DCB Bank with the INR 480.24 crores acquisition of certain assets of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC (ADCB) consisting of loans, cash credits, bank guarantees and liabilities such as fixed deposits, current and savings accounts.
  • Advised Profectus Capital Private Limited on its supply chain finance product.
  • Advised Safeway Concessions (a part of the Macquarie group and comprising of nine Indian concessionaires) on raising approx. INR 50,000 million financing from Yes Bank for funding the concession fee for the 1st Toll Operate Transfer concession package in India.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks led by Axis Bank in connection with the INR 3,810 million financing of Columbia Asia Global, a global healthcare. company.
  • Advising Jyoti Structures Ltd. on the restructuring of its debt through the JLF, SDR and Outside SDR stages.

Key clients: HSBC, Federal Bank Limited, Profectus Capital
Contacts: Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha, Rohit Sharma
Emails: alka.bharucha@bharucha.in, justin.bharucha@bharucha.in, rohit.sharma@bharucha.in


Corporate/Mergers and acquisitions:

  • Advised General Motors on its asset sale to Tata Consultancy Services Limited.
  • Advised Shopsense Retail Technologies Private Limited on its acquisition by Reliance Industrial Investment and Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited on its acquisition of a majority stake in Linjemontage i Grastrop AB, marking its entry in the Swedish market.
  • Advised Vodafone Idea Limited on the divestment of its passive infrastructure assets through the sale of its wholly owned tower subsidiary to the ATC Group for INR 40,000 million and its exit from Indus Towers as part of the proposed merger of Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel.
  • Advised Grover Zampa Vineyards on several acquisitions as a consequence of which India’s oldest wine maker is now India’s second largest wine maker by capacity and sales.

Key clients: The Aditya Birla Group, General Motors, Twitter, Inc.
Contacts: Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha
Emails: alka.bharucha@bharucha.in, justin.bharucha@bharucha.in


Dispute resolution:

  • Represented ITC Limited on its dispute with Hotel Leelaventure Limited before various fora.
  • Represented Gautam Thapar on their dispute with CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited before various fora.
  • Represented Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi in proceedings to enforce an LCIA award before the High Court Mumbai.
  • Representing Godrej Group of Companies in diverse disputes relating to realty development, consumer matters, EPF claims, and employee disputes.
  • Representing Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd. in domestic corporate litigation and arbitrations including against ONGC.

Key clients: ITC Limited, Diageo Plc, Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd,
Contacts: MP Bharucha, Sneha Jaisingh
Emails: mp.bharucha@bharucha.in, sneha.jaisingh@bharucha.in


Private equity:

  • Advised General Atlantic on multiple investments including in Rubicon Research Private Limited, Absolute Barbeque Private Limited, Capital Foods India Private Limited, IIFL Wealth Limited, Indiaideas.com and Nobroker Technologies.
  • Advised Macquarie Advising Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets on multiple investments, including its successful bid for the 1st Toll Operate Transfer Bundle of 9 road projects.
  • Advised Global Innovation Fund (a social innovation investor) on its investment in EM3 AgriServices Limited.
  • Advised Vedantu Innovations Private Limited on the investment by Tiger Global, Accel, Omidyar, TAL Education Group, WestBridge and others.
  • Advised Girnar Software Private Limited on several series of fund raising, including from Sequoia Hillhouse, Google and HDFC Bank.

Key clients: General Atlantic, Apollo Global, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Contacts: Vandana Pai
Emails: vandana.pai@bharucha.in


Capital markets and securities law:

  • Advised the issuer and the underwriters in the initial public offering by specialty chemicals manufacturer Neogen Chemicals Limited.
  • Representing W.S. Industries (India) Limited in an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal against orders passed by India’s primary stock exchanges.
  • Advised Apollo Global on the delisting of Non-Convertible Debentures.
  • Advised Inga Advisors Private Limited in its capacity as lead manager in respect of the initial public offer of equity shares by Bharat Road Network Limited for an amount aggregating INR 6,006.50 million.
  • Represented B. Ramalinga Raju and B. Rama Raju in the appeal preferred by them before the Securities Appellate Tribunal in the matter of Satyam Computer Services.

Key clients: Inga Advisors, ICICI Securities, Jyoti Structures Limited
Contacts: Vishnu Dutt, Ajai Achuthan
Emails: vishnu.dutt@bharucha.in, ajai.achuthan@bharucha.in


Governance, ethics and anti-corruption:

  • Represented Shivinder Mohan Singh (erstwhile promoter of Religare Enterprises, Fortis Healthcare and Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited) for the alleged misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 2,400 crores before various fora.
  • Advised Tata Communication with respect to criminal litigation and employment contracts.
  • Represented Telenor before the Delhi High Court in an appeal against acquittal in the 2G spectrum case after successfully defending them in the trial before the CBI Special Court at New Delhi.
  • Represented Ashok Daga in multiple for a in relation to the ‘coal block allocation scam’.
  • Represented clients before the Delhi High Court in an appeal against conviction with respect to coal block allocations.

Key clients: Telenor, Ashok Daga, DHFL
Contacts: DP Singh, Sonam Gupta
Emails: dp.singh@bharucha.in, sonam.gupta@bharucha.in

TMT and intellectual property:

  • Advised and represented Vodafone Idea Ltd in matters before the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal, the Cyber Appellate Tribunal, the Bombay High Court and the before the Assessing Officer under the Income Tax Act in Maharashtra.
  • Advised and represented Sony Pictures Network India before various for a, including, in relation to a writ petition filed against the order of Competition Commission of India before the Bombay High Court.
  • Advised Samsung India Electronics Private Limited, One97 Communication, CVC Capital, Flipkart Internet Private Limited and Sprandi International on intellectual property matters.
  • Advised India Sports Flashes Private Limited on raising USD 1 million from Sri Capital, a fund operated by Sasi P. Reddy.
  • Advised Satyacheck Technologies on setting investigations.

Key clients: Sony Pictures Network India, Vodafone Idea Limited, Flipkart Internet Private Limited,
Contacts: Kaushik Moitra, Karthik Somasundram
Emails: kaushik.moitra@bharucha.in, karthik.somasundram@bharucha.in


Sector experience –

  • Banks and NBFCs;
  • Defence and Aerospace;
  • Education;
  • Energy (Conventional and Renewable);
  • Food and Beverages (including Water);
  • Insurance;
  • Media and Entertainment;
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Life Sciences and Healthcare;
  • Ports and Logistics;
  • Private Clients;
  • Roads;
  • Start-ups and Technology;
  • Telecommunications;
  • Trade (Wholesale and Retail).

Number of partners:  12
Number of lawyers: 70
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi

Offices
Mumbai

13th Floor, Free Press House
Free Press Journal Marg
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021

+91 22 2289 9300 / 6132 3900
+91 22 2282 3900 / 6633 3900

New Delhi
Equity Mansion R-1, Nehru Enclave
New Delhi 110 019

+91 11 4593 9300
+91 11 4593 9399

Bengaluru
WeWork Galaxy 43, Residency Road
Ashok Nagar
Bengaluru 560 025

+91 80 4614 2724
+91 80 4614 2725

sr.partner@bharucha.in

www.bharucha.in

Department Name Email Telephone
MP Bharucha mp.bharucha@bharucha.in +91 22 2289 9300
Alka Bharucha alka.bharucha@bharucha.in +91 22 6132 3900
DP Singh dp.singh@bharucha.in +91 11 4593 9300
Justin Bharucha justin.bharucha@bharucha.in +91 22 2289 9300
Vandana Pai vandana.pai@bharucha.in +91 22 2289 9300
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ajai Achuthan  photo Mr Ajai Achuthan Partner
Mr Vishnu Dutt photo Mr Vishnu Dutt Partner
Ms Sneha Jaisingh  photo Ms Sneha Jaisingh Partner
Mr Kaushik Moitra photo Mr Kaushik Moitra Partner
Ms Vandana Pai  photo Ms Vandana Pai Partner
Mr Rohit Sharma  photo Mr Rohit Sharma Partner
Mr DP Singh  photo Mr DP Singh Partner
English
Hindi
Gujarati
Marathi

Memberships with international associations:

Bharucha & Partners (Firm) is associated with:

  • Indo German Chamber of Commerce;
  • Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and
  • Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.

Several Partners of the Firm are Solicitors at the Supreme Court of England and Wales, as well as the High Court of Hong Kong.

International clients:

The Firm has advised, represented, and assisted the following international clients across various practices areas:

  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals AB • Profectus Capital Private Limited
  • Apollo Global • ASF Group
  • Diageo Plc. • Natixis
  • Ebix Inc. (India) • Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets
  • Twitter Inc. • Ivanhoe Cambridge
  • Samsung Group (India) • Global Innovation Fund
  • Marston (Holdings) Limited, UK • Developing World Market
  • General Motors • Sony Pictures (India)
  • Burberry Plc. • General Atlantic
  • ISS A/S, Denmark • Flipkart
  • IJM Corporation Berhad • Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pvt. Ltd.
  • AXA S.A. • CVC Capital Partners Finance Limited
  • Marks & Spencer Plc. • Cinepolis (India)
  • Dentsu Inc. • Minnow Films Limited
  • BAE Systems Plc. • Trafigura Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Vodafone Group Plc. (India) • Besso Limited
  • Edelweiss Group • Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi Srl
  • InVenture Capital Corporation (Tala) • Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
  • HSBC Plc. • DNV GL
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Daiichi Sankyo • ATC Telecom

Globally recognised awards and recognitions:

The Firm has been awarded and recognised as:

  • Winner of “White-Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year” by Asian Legal Business;
  • Winner of “2020 Indian Law Firm Awards” for white collar crime, and arbitration and alternative dispute resolution by India Business Law Journal; and
  • “Trailblazer” Firm in ALB Trailblazers 2020 rankings by Asian Legal Business.

The rankings assess originality, leadership, impact, and cutting-edge diversity and inclusion initiatives of law firms.

Our Partners have been awarded, ranked, and recognised across practice areas:

  • MP Bharucha has been recognised as a “Star Individual” by Chambers and Partners, and as a “Litigation Star” for by Benchmark Litigation. He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners, and Asialaw, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Alka Bharucha has been recognised as a “Recommended Global Leader” by Who’s Who Legal, and among “IFLR 1000 Women Leaders” by IFLR 1000. She has been ranked by Chambers and Partners, Asialaw, and IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Justin Bharucha has been ranked by Chambers and Partners, and IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Vandana Pai has been ranked by Chambers and Partners, and IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Ajai Achuthan has been ranked by Chambers and Partners, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Vishnu Dutt has been ranked by IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500; and
  • Sneha Jaisingh has been recognised as “India’s Top Disputes Lawyer” by Asian Legal Business.

The Firm has been ranked in the following practice areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions by Chambers and Partners, Asialaw, Asian Legal Business, IFLR 1000, and Benchmark Litigation, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Private equity by Chambers and Partners, Asialaw, IFLR 1000, and Benchmark Litigation;
  • Capital markets by Chambers and Partners, and IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Banking and finance by Chambers and Partners, Asialaw, and IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Disputes and international arbitration by Chambers and Partners, Asialaw, Benchmark Litigation, and Leaders League, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • White collar crime by Chambers and Partners, Benchmark Litigation, and Leaders League, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Labour and employment by Chambers and Partners, in addition to The Legal 500;
  • Projects and energy by Asialaw and IFLR 1000, in addition to The Legal 500; and
  • Technology, Media, and Telecom by Asialaw, in addition to The Legal 500.

Banking & Finance

Advising State Bank of India on granting Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited a rupee term loan facility aggregating to INR 40 billion.

Advising Safeway Concessions on the sell down of project finance facilities provided by Yes Bank Limited to ICICI Bank Limited aggregating to INR 20 billion.

Capital Markets & Securities Law

Advising Muthoot Vehicle & Asset Finance Limited on its public issue of non-convertible debentures aggregating to INR 2 billion.

Representing Diageo Plc on an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal and Securities Exchange Board of India for a monetary liability aggregating to over USD 140 million.

Mergers & Acquisition

Assisting DCB Bank Limited on its acquisition of certain assets of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC aggregating to AED 355 million in assets and AED 691 million in liabilities.

Advising General Motors on its Asset Purchase Agreement transferring certain assets and over 1300 employees from their Bengaluru Technical Centre to Tata Consulting Service Limited aggregating to approximately USD 600 – 700 million.

Dispute Resolution

Representing Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi S.r.l. on an arbitration governed by the London Court of International Arbitration and subsequent enforcement proceedings before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court on disputes arising out of a joint venture agreement with several Indian parties including transfer of shares aggregating to INR 650 million and additional costs aggregating to USD 2.4 million and EUR 280 thousand.

Advising and representing Lapis India Capital on arbitration proceedings concerning defaults by promoters in developing certain infrastructure projects and providing an exit to funds aggregating to over INR 2.6 billion.

Intellectual Property

Advising and representing Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited on a copyright infringement suit filed before the Bombay High Court against soap opera, ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’, putting the client at a risk aggregating to INR 400 million.

Advising and representing Vodafone Idea Limited on the registration and issue of trademarks.

Employment & Human Resources

Representing FirstSource Solutions Limited on its disputes before the labour courts and labour commissioners in the past years, including two disputes filed by its erstwhile employees for wrongful termination.

Assisting General Atlantic on their Employee Stock Option Plan as part of its investment in Capital Foods India Private Limited.

Private Equity & Investment Funds

Advising General Atlantic on its investment in Unacademy (Sorting Hat Technologies Private Limited), one of India’s largest learning platforms, for Series E funding aggregating to USD 110 million.

Advising Vedantu Innovations Private Limited on its Series C (USD 35 million), Series C extension, and Series C2 (USD 7 million) round of funding.

Projects & Project Finance

Advising Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited on its acquisition of 85% stake in Linjemontage i Grastrop AB, a Swedish EPC company, aggregating to USD 24 million.

Advising and representing Alchem International on their dispute before various fora against Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam’s demand for compensation of electricity purchased from Open Access aggregating to INR 68.2 million.

TMT

Representing Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited on various litigations, including: (i) its challenges to statutory instruments issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; (ii) a writ petition before the Bombay High Court challenging the order of Competition Commission of India to initiate investigation on the basis of a complaint filed by Noida Software Technology Park Ltd; and (iii) a commercial intellectual property suit before the Bombay High Court for infringement and passing off Sony marks and infringement of broadcast reproduction rights in relation to the FIFA World Cup.

Advising Vodafone Idea Limited on various issues and contentious matters, including: (i) general issues on protection of intellectual property; (ii) the challenge to Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) before the Bombay High Court; (iii) the jurisdictional challenge to the Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018, before Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.

Governance, Ethics & Anti-Corruption

Representing and advising a high net worth individual on the Central Bureau of Investigation proceedings arising from the coal block allocation scam.

Representing and advising Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Private Limited (Uninor) on the 2G spectrum case before the Delhi High Court and the CBI Special Court estimated to have caused wrongful loss to the government aggregating to INR 2,868 billion.