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

India > White-collar crime Tier 1

Bharucha & Partners ’ governance, ethics, and anti-corruption practice is domestically and internationally recognised for high-value, high-stakes white-collar crime work. Its noteworthy client record includes multinational corporations, government entities, and high net worth individuals. Practice head DP Singh utilises his experience as the Additional Advocate General and acquired knowledge of government and investigation agencies when defending clients in cases under POCA; PMLA; FEMA; and SEBI. Clients benefit from Sonam Gupta’s expertise in defence strategies in corruption and money laundering cases. The team is experienced in representing clients before both the Supreme Court and the Directorate of Enforcement and also works with both Indian and global forensic experts. Shreya Sircar joined the firm in March 2021 from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and associate Manu Mishra is well rated for his work in various investigations.

Practice head(s):

MP Bharucha; DP Singh

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Testimonials

‘Efficient team, very proactive and helpful in explaining the situation at hand .’

‘Have had the opportunity to work with Mr. DP Singh and Ms. Sonam Gupta, the brightest legal minds I have ever met.’

 

Key clients

Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt. Ltd.

Ashok Daga

Diageo Plc. and associate companies

Gautam Thapar

Avantha Holdings Limited

Mahabhadra Constructions Limited

Cybertech Systems and Software Limited

General Atlantic

Elevation Capital

Apollo Global

Work highlights

  • Advised Central advising Central Bureau of Investigation on the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
  • Represented Thapar, Avantha, Solaris and CG erstwhile CFO, V. R. Venkatesh and executives Madhav Acharya and B. Hariharan in various proceedings in connection with the alleged fraud in CG.
  • Advised and represented Diageo in an appeal that it filed before the Tribunal and SEBI against the order of SEBI.

India > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The senior partner-driven M&A practice at Bharucha & Partners attracts impressive, headline mandates from a global client base. Vandana Pai and co-head Alka Bharucha are key names, who handle high-value instructions from major industrial, telecoms, financial services and automotive conglomerates. Though traditionally acting for acquisitive entities from India and abroad, co-head Justin Bharucha is driving the team’s sponsor-side practice, advising a sector-agnostic client portfolio on M&A as well as general corporate matters including governance, regulatory risk and incorporations. Managing associate Swathi Girimaji is driving the expansion of the Bangalore desk.

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Testimonials

‘Ability to quickly turn complex matters and strong depth of legal expertise.’

‘Swathi Girimaji has extremely sound legal knowledge coupled with innovative ways to solve novel issues.’

Key clients

General Motors

Vodafone Idea Limited

Aditya Birla Group

ITC Limited

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Burberry Plc

HSBC Plc

Grover Zampa Vineyards

Samsung Group

IMCD Group

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Girnarsoft Education Services

Aurum Platz IT Private Limited

Prakash Steelage Limited

MentorCap Management Private Limited

DCB Bank Limited

JM Baxi Group

UrbanEdge Hotels Private Limited

Eris Global LLP

Dragonfly Education Private Limited

Designmate (India) Private Limited

S4 Capital Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone Idea Limited (now known as Vi) in relation to the merger between Indus Towers Limited and its telecom tower arm Bharti Infratel Limited for INR 37.6bn.
  • Advised IMCD India Private Limited on its acquisition of 70% equity stake in Signet Excipients Private Limited for INR 28.5bn.
  • Advised International Cargo Terminal and Infrastructure Private Limited (JM Baxi Group) on the acquisition of its stake (39%) by Bain Capital for INR 50bn.

India > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Bharucha & Partners handles complex commercial disputes and is recommended for its expertise in construction, real estate, and environmental litigation. Overseen by MP Bharucha in Mumbai, with further offices in New Delhi and Bengaluru, the team represents both domestic and international companies. In a current matter, Sneha Jasingh is acting for the founder of the Avantha Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, in a case before the Securities and Exchange Board of India. DP Singh is also a key contact, as is Sonam Gupta, who is the name to note for insolvency and bankruptcy-related cases. The group expanded in March 2021 with the arrival of Shreya Sircar, who joined from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

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Testimonials

‘I have been working with the firm for the last three years and have always received prompt responses, even at very short notice. During the pandemic, there have not been any delays and the firm has used technology to overcome the challenges in an effective way.’

Key clients

Adani Enterprises Limited

Alchem International Private Limited

ALT Digital Media Entertainment Limited

Beacon Trusteeship Limited

Diageo Plc

Drive India Enterprises Solutions Limited

ITC Limited

Kalaari Capital

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Mr. Gaurav Dhawan

Mr. Gautam Thapar, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris Industrial Chemicals Ltd and V. R. Venkatesh, Madhav Acharya and B. Hariharan

Mr. Vivek Doval

Pan Asia Project Development Fund

SBICAP Trustee Company Limited

Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

Vodafone Idea Limited (now known as Vi)

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

Mr. Ashwin Dani, Mrs. Ina Dani and Mr. Malav Dani

Work highlights

  • Representing Gautam Thapar, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris Industrial Chemicals Ltd and V. R. Venkatesh, Madhav Acharya and B. Hariharan in various proceedings in connection with the alleged fraud in CG Power before the Securities and Exchange Board of India, Securities Appellate Tribunal, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the National Company Law Tribunal, the Bombay High Court, and the Delhi High Court.
  • Acting for Vodafone Idea in a range of matters, including challenges to interconnection usage charges; the Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018; the retrospective levy of spectrum charges; the retrospective levy of property tax on cellular towers and sites; and the denial of points of interconnection to Reliance, amongst other matters.
  • Advising Sony on multiple issues, including a challenge to the statutory instruments issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and separate disputes with Noida Software Technology Park, the Board of Cricket Control in India, Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Eagle Video Films, Sai-Sapru Creations, and SunNxt.

India > TMT Tier 2

An interdisciplinary team of litigators and transactional attorneys ensures that Bharucha & Partners‘ TMT practice is well placed to handle a variety of deals, regulatory reviews, and contentious mandates for major companies. The team is especially active in the entertainment law space, advising major studios, producers, artists and OTT platforms on distribution and production agreements and defamation claims. Kaushik Moitra works across multiple sectors, with a distinctive, cross-platform focus on media litigation and policy advisory. Swathi Girimaji is recommended for her broad experience with tech start-ups. Shreya Sircar joins the team from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

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Testimonials

‘Kaushik Moitra and his department stand out for their commitment to the task at hand and efficient understanding of the client’s requirements. They also have a robust document management system which has enabled them to work seamlessly online during COVID. Their professionalism and client focus is to be lauded.’

‘Kaushik Moitra is adept at having detailed conversations with the client to understand where the client is coming from. This is very important to set the ball rolling. He has a good understanding of the legal requirements as well as the strategic reach of the matter at hand. He has very good communication, strategic and legal skills which enable the efficient resolution of tasks.’

‘They understand our business and its intricacies and their advice has always managed to negotiate a stronger position for us.’

Key clients

Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited

Grain Media Limited

Vodafone Idea Limited

Minnow Films Limited

Alt Digital Entertainment Limited

Balaji Motion Pictures

Netprophets Cyberworks

Digivive Services Private Limited

Cinepolis India Private Limited

Ashish Kaul (Folklore Entertainment)

Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

Diabos Global FZE

Unitech Wireless

Eleeanora Images Private Limited

Vedific Learning Solutions Private Limited

Raima Meditech Private Limited

Media on Wheels Production

Happily Unmarried Marketing Private Limited

Kaahaniwaaley Media and Entertainment Ventures Private Limited

ATC Telecom

NexG Devices Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited on multiple issues of regulatory law, copyright, broadcasting, distribution issues, and cyberlaws.
  • Advised Vi on a range of regulatory, intellectual property, and technology law matters.
  • Advising and representing Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt. Ltd. in the case of CBI v. A. Raja & Others (the 2G spectrum case) before the Special Court and the Delhi High Court.

India > Banking and finance Tier 3

Bharucha & Partners‘ banking and finance experts are instructed by high-end promoters on acquisition and project finance ventures. Co-heads Alka Bharucha and Justin Bharucha are experienced in traditional debt financing matters, and are handling transactions in the alternative lending space to an increasing degree. Rohit Sharma  advises on lender-side transactions, including on behalf on infrastructure funds and NBFCs. Another team strength pertains to reorganising and onward sale of non-performing assets.

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Key clients

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Edelweiss Group

State Bank of India

Federal Bank

DCB Bank Limited

Apollo Global Management

Canara Bank

Natixis

Standard Chartered Bank

HSBC

White Oak Capital Management Consultants LLP

RBL Bank

InVenture Capital Corporation (Tala)

Profectus Capital Private Limited

Axis Finance Limited

Growth Source Financial Technologies

ASF Group

Vodafone Idea Limited

Safeway Concessions

JM Baxi Group

NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited (JM Baxi Group) in availing rupee loans (INR 3.91bn), guarantee facility (INR 350m), hedge facility (INR 790m), and issue unlisted, collateralised, redeemable, non-convertible debentures on private placement basis (INR 3.22bn).
  • Advised the State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited on a loan facility amounting to approximately INR 59bn.
  • Advised the Edelweiss Group Companies in subscribing to the debentures issued by Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company Private Limited and amending the terms of the debentures aggregating up to INR 6.5bn on a private-placement basis under the resolution plan approved by the NCLT.

India > Capital markets Tier 3

Bharucha & Partners’ capital markets practice is overseen by Alka Bharucha, with key team members including Vishnu Dutt and Ajai Achuthan. The group handles private placements, IPOs, and SEBI registrations. Disputes before the SEBI and the Securities Appellate Tribunal also feature in the caseload; litigator Sneha Jaisingh is the key contact here. She is supported by associate Mehul Jain.

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Testimonials

‘Their way of listening to their clients, understanding their needs and providing proper and true advice is what makes them stand out from competitors. They are not just focused on commercial business in the market, they value their clients.’

‘They provide proper guidance and are very well versed in the law. One can truly depend on them.

‘The team has a highly proactive, client-centric approach, and is very approachable at all levels. The team very readily adapted to the lockdown conditions and collaboration moved to online meetings and discussions seamlessly.’

‘Mehul Jain brings a very diligent, proactive, pre-emptive approach to matters.’

Key clients

Edelweiss Group

Nidhi Granites Limited

Aditya Birla Group

Avantha Holding Limited

ITC Limited

Dakshin Mercantile Private Limited

Diageo Plc.

Aurum Platz IT Private Limited

Brahmayya & Co.

Axis Mutual Fund

RPP Infra Projects Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Edelweiss Finvest Limited on its issue of principal protected, rated, secured, redeemable, listed market-linked debentures to the debenture holders subscribed in one or more tranches each in aggregate principal amount of INR550 million.
  • Representing Diageo Plc in an appeal that was filed before the Securities Appellate Tribunal and the SEBI against an order issued by the SEBI.
  • Representing Gautam Thapar, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris Industrial Chemicals Ltd and V. R. Venkatesh, Madhav Acharya and B. Hariharan in various proceedings in connection with the alleged fraud in CG Power before the SEBI, the Securities Appellate Tribunal, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the National Company Law Tribunal, the Bombay High Court and the Delhi High Court.

India > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

With experience across a full range of domestic and international disputes, Bharucha & Partners‘ Mumbai-based practice is noted for its experience in corporate, commercial and construction arbitration. Due to his combined contentious and transactional experience, practice head MP Bharucha excels in corporate and M&A disputes; for disputes arising from defaults, Karthik Somasundram is noted while Sneha Jaisingh counts energy, industrials, manufacturing and telecoms sector disputes among her areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

MP Bharucha

Testimonials

Very good in disputes, they give the right advice to make our matter legally strong. Very well organized, sent us precise minutes after every meeting/hearing, focus, good follow-up.

Key clients

Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi S.r.l.

Lapis India Capital

Sony Pictures Network India Limited

Mr. Gautam Thapar, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris

Industrial Chemicals Ltd and V. R. Venkatesh, Madhav

Acharya and B. Hariharan

Janapriya Engineers Syndicate Private Limited

Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) and its subsidiaries

Balaji Motion Pictures Limited

ATC Telecom Infrastructure Private Limited

Catasynth Speciality Chemicals Private Limited

Centrum Broking Limited

Sara Chemicals & Consultants

Trafigura Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Cowtown Infotech Services Private Limited

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi in an LCIA arbitration and subsequent enforcement proceedings before the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court in disputes arising out of a joint venture agreement with several Indian parties.
  • Representing Lapis India Capital in five separate arbitration proceedings brought by overseas and domestic funds managed by the client against defaulting promoters in infrastructure projects.
  • Representing Adani Enterprises and its subsidiaries in separate arbitration proceedings against the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited and the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited.

India > Labour and employment Tier 3

Bharucha & Partners provides a wide range of HR-related guidance, particularly relating to ESOP structuring and POSH matters, as well as on employee exits – often at senior or executive level. Practice co-head Justin Bharucha also advises on industrial relations and labour issues in corporate transactions, with close support from private equity team lead Vandana Pai. On the contentious side, recent work includes wrongful termination disputes and gratuity claims, while the firm has assisted various clients with assessing government notifications regarding wage payments and workforce redundancies following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Key clients

General Motors

Burberry

Macquarie Group

Vodafone Idea

ITC

General Atlantic

Larsen & Turbo

FirstSource Solutions

Marico

Tata Communications

Alchem International

Vedantu Innovations

BarRaiser

Savantis Solutions India

Mastek India

Marston (Holdings)

DJO Global

Curtiss Wright Corporation

India Factoring and Finance Solutions

Luxury Club Holidays FZC

Tala

Work highlights

  • Represented First Source Solutions Limited in disputes before the labour courts and labour commissioners, including two disputes filed by  employees for wrongful termination.
  • Advising Alchem International on a range of labour and employment law matters, including termination of employees, drafting of documents and company HR policies, replying to legal notices, and advising on sexual harassment complaints, amongst other matters.
  • Advising TCL and TCTS on multiple employment law matters including the issue involving the liability of TCTS officials where employees had died during employment.

India > Private equity and investment funds Tier 3

Bharucha & Partners has a downstream investment practice based in Mumbai and a recently expanded presence in Bangalore under managing associate Swathi Girimaji. As practice head, Vandana Pai focuses on investor-side work whereas Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha and Girmaj advise target investees across the technology, financial services and infrastructure projects sectors. The team also provides support on fund registrations.

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Testimonials

‘We get senior partner attention along with very short turnaround times and attention to detail. Tough to beat that combination. Plus the partner has excellent domain expertise.’

‘Top-notch knowledge of the law & various industries in which we invest, immediate and full attention of the senior partners and very fast turnaround times, commercial approach to negotiation with other counsels and patient approach to negotiations, attention to detail and diligent follow-up.’

Key clients

General Atlantic

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Brighton Park Capital

Global Innovation Fund

Macquarie Group and its various funds

Apollo Global Management and its various funds

White Oak Capital

Vedantu Innovations Private Limited

J M Baxi Group

Happily Unmarried Marketing Private Limited

Flourish Ventures Fund LLC

I2india Holdings Limited

UrbanEdge Hotels Private Limited

63Ideas Infolabs Private Limited

VisVires Indian Wineries 2

Work highlights

  • Advised Vedantu Innovations Private Limited on its multiple rounds of investments from multiple foreign investors aggregating to over $136m.
  • Advised International Cargo Terminal and Infrastructure Private Limited (J. M. Baxi Group) on its investment from Bain Capital through its entity Integral Investments South Asia VIII amounting to approximately INR 50bn.
  • Advised General Atlantic on its multiple rounds of investment in Sorting Hat Technologies Private Limited (also known as Unacademy) aggregating $335m.

India > Projects and energy Tier 3

The project finance group at Bharucha & Partners combines high-end transactional expertise with robust advice on dispute avoidance. Major Indian and foreign corporations and banks operating in the transport, power, shipping, rail, renewable and other industry classes instruct practice head Alka Bharucha and Justin Bharucha on high-value term loan facility agreements and investments. Recent highlights include advising on concessions and EPCs in relation to highway projects.

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Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Adani Enterprises Limited

Aditya Birla Group

JM Baxi Group

NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited

Edelweiss Group

Jhar Mining Infra Private Limited

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited

Pan Asia Project Development Fund

Amun Solar Farms

Collage Group Infrastructure Private Limited

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited

CG Power

Essel Mining

Bharat Road Network Limited

Reliance Group

Ultratech Cement

Work highlights

  • Advised International Cargo Terminal and Infrastructure Private Limited (JM Baxi Group) on the investment it received from Bain Capital through its entity Integral Investments South Asia VIII for a 39% in ICTIPL aggregating to approximately INR 50bn.
  • Advised the State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited on a loan facility amounting to approximately INR 59bn.
  • Advised Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited in availing rupee loans (INR 3.9bn), guarantee facility (INR 350m), hedge facility (INR 790m), and issue unlisted, collateralised, redeemable, non-convertible debentures on a private placement basis (INR 3.2bn).

Intellectual property Tier 4

Kaushik Moitra heads the IP team at Bharucha & Partners which offers a broad range of expertise, particularly in the areas of trade marks, copyright and trade secrets. Its skills cover prosecution work, transactions and litigation including interim injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and the more rare John Doe orders in connection with pursuing infringements. Its media-related work extends to breach of privacy or personality rights and defamation. It also supports a number of non-profit organisations and small businesses on a pro bono basis. Karnika Vallabh works in tandem with Moitra on the gamut of advisory work and infringement cases.

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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

Kahaaniwaaley Media and Entertainment Ventures Private Limited

Netprophets Cyberworks Private Limited

Alchem International Private Limited

SARA Research and Development Centre

Flipkart Internet Private Limited

Morepen Laboratories Limited

Eleeanora Images Private Limited

One97 Communication Limited (Paytm)

Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd.

Instakart Services Private Limited

Norme Cosmetics Private Limited

Minnow Films Limited

Yogesh Vaid

Ashish Kaul (Folklore Entertainment)

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Sony in multiple intellectual property law matters, including a suit against Sai-Sapru Creations in relation to the release of the popular TV series ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’.
  • Advising and representing Vodafone Idea Limited in multiple intellectual property law matters, including a matter in which it played the role of an internet service provider in an infringement suit.
  • Advising and representing Alchem in multiple intellectual property law matters, including a trademark infringement suit against Alkem Laboratories before the Delhi High Court.
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The firm:  Bharucha & Partners was founded on enduring principles of professional ethics and excellence. The firm now has offices in three cities with 15 partners and over 100 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. An expertise in corporate and commercial practice along with mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration, investment funds, laws of crime, governance, ethics, and anti-corruption, banking and finance, project finance, capital markets and securities law, HR and employment law, regulatory and compliance, intellectual property, insolvency resolution, restructuring, and stressed assets, competition and antitrust, direct tax, indirect tax, real estate, private client, social impact and policy, and general corporate advisory 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 banks and NBFCs, defence and aerospace, energy (conventional and renewable), fintech, food and beverages (including water), ports and logistics, private clients, real estate, roads, securities and financial markets intermediaries, technology, media, and telecommunications, and trade (wholesale and retail).

Key contacts  

  • MP Bharucha – founding senior partner
  • Alka Bharucha – senior partner
  • DP Singh – senior partner
  • Justin Bharucha – managing partner
  • Vandana Pai – partner and head – investment funds practice

Client feedback  

  • M P Bharucha “has an established reputation as a stalwart of the dispute resolution market. He has an excellent reputation for his cross-border litigation skills and additionally advises on arbitration and mediation matters”.
  • Alka Bharucha “handles a prodigious amount of work. Her engagements span domestic and cross-border deals, and she is cited as a ‘fabulous’ practitioner with a ‘meticulous’ approach and up-to-date knowledge of the law”
  • D P Singh “is regarded by market commentators as “a very proficient criminal lawyer.” He handles anti-corruption, fraud and anti-money laundering matters, and is well versed in representing multinational companies and government entities”.
  • Justin M Bharucha ” is instructed on a range of international acquisitions, asset purchases and transfers”.
  • Vandana Pai “is ‘responsive, clear in her comments, and generally very practical and commercially minded.’ She represents leading global funds in key private equity and venture capital investments in India across various sectors”.

Key transactional practices with details of the relevant lawyers –

Banking and finance

  • Advised Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited (a part of the JM Baxi Group) in availing financial facilities aggregating to INR 8.273bn.
  • Advised State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited on a loan facility amounting to approximately INR 59bn.
  • Advised the Edelweiss Group Companies in subscribing to the debentures issued by Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company Private Limited and amending the terms of the debentures aggregating up to INR 6.5bn on a private-placement basis under the resolution plan approved by the NCLT.
  • Advised DCB Bank with the INR 4.80bn 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 Safeway Concessions (a part of the Macquarie group and comprising of nine Indian concessionaires) on raising approx. INR 50bn financing from Yes Bank for funding the concession fee for the 1st Toll Operate Transfer concession package in India.

Key clients: State Bank of India, Profectus Capital, Edelweiss Group.
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 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 40bn and its exit from Indus Towers as part of the proposed merger of Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel.
  • Advised General Motors on its asset sale to Tata Consultancy Services Limited, estimated between US$600bn to US$700bn.
  • Advised IMCD NV and IMCD India Private Limited on its acquisition of 70% equity stake in Signet Excipients Private Limited for INR 28.5bn.
  • Advised Prakash Steelage Limited on the sale of its entire shareholding in its joint venture with Tubacex S.A. for US$46m.
  • Advised Grasim Industries Limited on various mergers and joint venture agreements of its subsidiary companies with domestic and foreign companies.

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

Dispute resolution:

  • Represented HSBC France S.A. before the National Company Law Tribunal with respect to establishing its claim for financial debt against Reliance Telecom Limited in the insolvency resolution proceedings.
  • Represented ITC Limited on its dispute with Hotel Leelaventure Limited before various fora.
  • Represented Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi in proceedings to enforce an LCIA award before the High Court Mumbai.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited on multiple issues of regulatory law, copyright, broadcasting, and distribution issues, and cyberlaws before various fora.

Key clients: ITC Limited, Vodafone Idea Limited, Sony Pictures Network India Private Limited.
Contacts: MP Bharucha, Karthik Somasundram, Sneha Jaisingh, Shreya Sircar
Emails: mp.bharucha@bharucha.in,  karthik.somasundram@bharucha.in, sneha.jaisingh@bharucha.in, shreya.sircar@bharucha.in.

Investment funds:

  • Advised General Atlantic on multiple investments including in Sorting Hat Technologies Private Limited, Rubicon Research Private Limited, Absolute Barbeque Private Limited, Capital Foods India Private Limited, IIFL Wealth Limited, Indiaideas.com and Nobroker Technologies.
  • Advised Brighton Park Capital on multiple investments, including in Indegene Ltd.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets on multiple investments, including its successful bid for the 1st Toll Operate Transfer Bundle of 9 road projects.
  • 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 multiple series of investment, including from Sequoia Hillhouse, Google and HDFC Bank.

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

Capital markets and securities law:

  • Advised Inga Capital Private Limited, Investec Capital Services (India) Private Limited and Srei Capital Markets Limited, the underwriters on the public issue of equity shares by Bharat Road Network Limited aggregating approximately INR 6bn.
  • Advised State Bank of India, the issuer on the rights issue of its equity shares aggregating approximately INR 167bn.
  • Advised Muthoot Vehicle & Asset Finance Limited on the public issue of its non-convertible debentures aggregating to INR 2bn.
  • Advised and represented Gautham Thapar and various ex-C-suite employees of CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited, Avantha Holdings Limited, Solaris Industrial Chemicals Limited on various proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Securities Appellate Tribunal arising from allegations of fraud at CG Power.
  • 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, Axis Bank Limited, The Federal Bank
Contacts: Vishnu Dutt, Ajai Achuthan, Mehul Jain
Emails: vishnu.dutt@bharucha.in, ajai.achuthan@bharucha.in, mehul.jain@bharucha.in

Governance, ethics and anti-corruption:

  • Advised the Central Bureau of Investigation in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
  • Represented Diageo Plc. Plc in multiple proceedings before various fora against an order passed by the Securities Exchange Board of India which held its open offer violative of the SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011.
  • Advised and represented Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Private Limited in the 2G spectrum case, CBI v. A. Raja, before the Central Bureau of Investigation Special Court and the Delhi High Court.
  • Advised and represented Ashok Daga in multiple proceedings arising out of the coal block allocation scam, before the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Directorate of Enforcement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
  • Advised and represented a corporate in prosecution launched by the Directorate of Enforcement arising out of coal block allocations and allegations re proceeds of crime aggregating to INR 2.25 billion.

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

TMT and intellectual property:

  • Advised and represented Vodafone Idea Ltd on a range of regulatory, intellectual property, and technology law matters before various fora, including challenges to: Interconnection Usage Charges; Telecommunication Tariff (63rd Amendment) Order, 2018; retrospective levy of spectrum charges; retrospective levy of property tax on cellular towers and sites; and the denial of points of interconnection to Reliance.
  • Advised and represented Sony Pictures Network India before various fora on multiple issues of regulatory law, copyright, broadcasting, and distribution issues, and cyberlaws, including a challenge to the statutory instruments issued by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and separate disputes against Noida Software Technology Park Limited, Sai-Sapru Creations, and SunNxt.
  • Represented Balaji Motion Pictures on various contentious matters before arbitral tribunals and the Bombay High Court
  • Represented Minnow Films Limited in defamation suits filed by Sahara India for the permanent injunction on the release of its documentary titled ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ before the Supreme Court of India, Patna High Court, and the District Court of Araria, and in the pre-production and post-production process for several projects undertaken in India for potential trademarks, copyrights, and personality rights infringements.
  • Advised Samsung India Electronics Private Limited, One97 Communication, CVC Capital, Flipkart Internet Private Limited, Sprandi International, Alchem International Private Limited, Dragonfly Education Private Limited, Digivive Services Private Limited, Vedific Learning Solutions Private Limited, NetProphets Cyberworks Private Limited, and several others on various intellectual property matters.

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

HR and employment law:

  • Represented Firstsource Solutions Limited  in disputes before the labour courts and labour commissioners, including disputes filed by the employees for wrongful termination.
  • Advised Alchem International Private Limited on a range of labour and employment law matters, including termination of employees, drafting of documents and company HR policies, replying to legal notices, and advising on sexual harassment complaints, amongst other matters.
  • Advised General Motors on the transfer of employees from General Motors Technical Centre India Private Limited to Tata Consultancy Services Limited and the transfer of its employees in its Talegaon plant as part of a proposed share sale to Great Wall Motors.
  • Advised Tata Communications Limited and Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited on multiple employment law matters, including the issue involving the liability of their officials where employees had died during employment.
  • Advised BarRaiser Private Limited, Designmate (India) Private Limited, NetProphets Cyberworks Private Limited, Savantis Solutions India Private Limited, and other technology companies on multiple labour and employment law matters, including termination of employees, drafting of documents and company HR policies, replying to legal notices, and advising on government notifications and circulars.

Key clients: General Motors, FirstSource Solutions Limited, Tata Communications Limited.
Contacts: Justin Bharucha, Vandana Pai
Emails:  justin.bharucha@bharucha.in, vandana.pai@bharucha.in

Infrastructure:

  • Advised the J. M. Baxi Group’s Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited in relation to availing of financial facilities for the construction and operation of facilities at a new container terminal located at outer harbour of the Visakhapatnam Port for INR 8.273bn.
  • Advised J. M. Baxi Group’s International Cargo Terminal and Infrastructure Private Limited (ICTIPL) in relation to the investment from Bain Capital through its entity Integral Investments South Asia VIII for a 39% in ICTIPL for approximately INR 50bn.
  • Advised the portfolio companies of Macquarie Fund in relation to the assignment and novation of loans given to concessionaires by Yes Bank Limited to the State Bank of India and providing general advice on loan moratoriums during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised the Edelweiss Group Companies in subscribing to the debentures issued by Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company Private Limited and amending the terms of the debentures aggregating up to INR 6.5bn on a private-placement basis under the resolution plan approved by the NCLT.
  • Advised NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited on the loan facility it extended to M/S Clean Max Photovoltaic Private Limited, aggregating to INR 1.48bn.

Key clients: J. M. Baxi Group, Macquarie Fund, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited Adani Enterprises Limited .
Contacts: Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha, Rohit Sharma
Emails: alka.bharucha@bharucha.in, justin.bharucha@bharucha.in,  rohit.sharma@bharucha.in 

Sector experience –

  • Banks and NBFCs
  • Defence and aerospace
  • Energy (conventional and renewable)
  • Fintech
  • Food and beverages (including water)
  • Ports and logistics
  • Private clients
  • Real estate
  • Roads
  • Securities and financial markets intermediaries
  • Technology, media, and telecommunications
  • Trade (wholesale and retail)

Number of partners:  15
Number of lawyers: 100
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Konkani, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali

Offices
Mumbai

13th Floor, Free Press House
Free Press Journal Marg
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021. India
T. +91 22 2289 9300
F. +91 22 2282 3900

New Delhi
Equity Mansion R-1, Nehru Enclave
New Delhi 110 019
T. +91 11 4593 9300
F. +91 11 4593 9399

Bengaluru
WeWork Galaxy 43, Residency Road
Ashok Nagar
Bengaluru 560 025
T. +91 80 4614 5993
F. +91 80 4614 5994

sr.partner@bharucha.in

www.bharucha.in

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
MP Bharuchamp.bharucha@bharucha.in+91 22 2289 9300
Alka Bharuchaalka.bharucha@bharucha.in+91 22 2289 9300
DP Singhdp.singh@bharucha.in+91 11 4593 9300
Justin Bharuchajustin.bharucha@bharucha.in+91 22 2289 9300
Vandana Paivandana.pai@bharucha.in+91 22 2289 9300
English
Hindi
Gujarati
Marathi
Punjabi
Konkani
Malayalam
Tamil
Kannada
Bengali
Telugu
IBA
FICCI
Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI)
APLMA

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.