Mr Justin Bharucha > Bharucha & Partners > Mumbai, India > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions
Banking & Finance
Project Finance
Regulatory & Compliance
Employment &
Human Resources

Position

Partner

Career

Justin’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, finance, infrastructure, and litigious investor exits.
His mergers and acquisitions practice includes advising on domestic and offshore acquisitions (ranging from organic joint ventures to venture capital and private equity investments).

His area of expertise includes foreign direct investment in restricted industry sectors such as defence, banking, and retail. Justin also has an extensive structured finance practice.

He is also developing the Firm’s Infrastructure Practice, extending from the development of ports and roads to logistics. Justin also advises clients on mandates relating to anti-corruption and ethics.

He chairs the Employment Law Practice at the Firm and oversees the development of the Firm’s Impact Policy Group, which includes policy engagement, government relations, impact mandates, and pro bono engagements.

Languages

English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati

Memberships

Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India
Solicitor, High Court, Mumbai

Education

B.A. LL.B (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
LL.M (Corporate & Financial Laws), London School of Economics, London

Lawyer Rankings

India > Corporate and M&A

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.

India > Labour and employment

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.

India > Projects and energy

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.

India > Banking and finance

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.