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 > Banking and finance

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.

India > Private equity and investment funds

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.

India > Projects and energy

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.

India > Labour and employment

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.

India > Corporate and M&A

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.