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Under practice heads Atul Sharma and Anand Srivastava, Link Legal fields a top-tier aviation practice for domestic and international airlines, while also leading the the market for the provision of legal services to major private airport operators. Highlight work regarding the latter concerns engineering, procurement and construction support for extensive greenfield airport projects. Abhishek Sharma enhances the contentious offering; core client SpiceJet is currently engaging the team on high-value grounding disputes, CCI investigations, and arbitration proceedings concerning share purchase agreements. The full range of transactional support is provided, including aircraft acquisitions, financing, leasing arrangements and government approval procedures for airline operations.
‘The team has an excellent balance of experts with experience in handling infrastructure projects and airports. They have exhibited their expertise in taxation, dispute resolution and arbitration matters.‘
‘We have worked with multiple partners of Link Legal including Atul Sharma, Anand Srivastava, Mr. Milanka Chaudhury, Milind Jha, and Ravi Varma. The team has experience and expertise in multiple domains of corporate legal service and their turnaround time is minimal for any of our service requests compared to our other legal consultants. They are available at any time for the service and go beyond their capacity to help. They have an excellent network with other top lawyers in the Supreme Court and High Courts and can bring them on board for supporting the case whenever required.‘
Global Infrastructure Partners India LLP
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited
National Industrial Corridor Development & Implementation Trust
GMR Goa International Airport Limited
Bangalore International Airport Limited
Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited
Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility Private Limited
Delhi International Airport Limited
IDBI Capital Markets & Securities Limited
YES Securities (India) Limited
Kalyan Jewellers Limited
Turbo Aviation Limited
India > Banking and finance Tier 2
Link Legal's team has notable expertise in syndicated finance, project finance. refinancing and restructuring, among other areas. The firm has also been involved in important insolvency and infrastructure matters, including the first-time financing of an INVIT established to own inter-state transmission assets in india. Anand Srivastava is particularly active in loan transactions in the aviation, projects, infrastructure and energy sectors. Vishakha Bhagvat is a go-to partner for lenders and borrowers engaged in project financing.
Other key lawyers:
L&T Infra Debt Fund Limited
L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited
India Infradebt Limited
HDFC Bank Limited
NIIF Infrastructure Finance Limited
L&T Finance Limited
State Bank of India
Power Finance Corporation Limited
Bank of Baroda
India > Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Link Legal is particularly active handling M&A transactions in the infrastructure space, but also demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the e-commerce, telecoms and energy sectors. The department is also noted for its experience of assisting with the acquisition of stressed assets. Nusrat Hassan focuses on commercial arrangements and cross-border transactions, while Anuj Trivedi is particularly experienced in foreign investments and joint ventures. Yosham Vardhan's areas of expertise include M&A, divestments, private equity deals as well as strategic exits. The team welcomed Ketan Mukhija, Gaurav Priyadarshi and four other practitioners from P&A Law Offices in February 2021.
‘The team at Link Legal is responsive and reliable. We worked with Yosham Vardhan on an Indian joint venture arrangement. She was efficient and effective. She stuck to her turnaround time and her comments were important and not pedantic. All in all a great experience.’
GAIL (India) Limited
Ramky Infrastructure Limited
Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited
Chennai Port Trust
Dredging Corporation of India Limited
GMR Hyderabad Aerotropolis Limited (GHAL)
AMI Lifesciences Private Limited and its Promoters
Enstage Software Private Limited (based out of Bengaluru) and Infinypool Online Payment Solutions India Private Limited (based out of New Delhi)
Alkem Laboratories Limited
Incredible Technologies Private Limited (“CredR”)
Larsen & Toubro Limited
First Tek Services Private Limited
Mohalla Tech (Sharechat)
Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd
Precious Alloys Private Limited
SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA
Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited
Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited
Provenio Capital Advisors Private Limited
Saankhya Labs Private Limited
Link Legal has grown its litigation practice in the areas of insolvency, aviation, and electricity, supplementing its broader expertise in civil and commercial disputes across India’s court circuit. Atul Sharma specialises in corporate disputes, with an emphasis on advising clients in the infrastructure and aviation sectors. Nusrat Hassan focuses on disputes involving marquee clients based in America, Europe, and India. Milanka Chaudhury has acted for clients in high stakes disputes regarding corporate, commercial, and constitutional law, among other areas. In recent news, the firm has merged with boutique compliance and litigation practice S D Services.
Independent Power Producers Association of India
Clean Sustainable Energy Pvt Ltd.
Amplus Green Power Ltd.
Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility Private Limited (DAFFPL)
Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL)
Axiom Cordages Limited
Indus Towers Limited
Bharti Airtel Limited
Vestige Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd
Bangalore International Airport Ltd.
GMR Airports Ltd.
GMR Nagpur International Airports Ltd.
Emaar Hills Township Pvt. Ltd.
BDP Designs Pvt. Ltd.
Association of Healthcare Providers of India
Gems Education Pvt. Ltd.
Air Works India (Engineering) Pvt. Ltd.
Larsen & Toubro Limited
K.C. Thapar (Coal Division)
India > Projects and energy Tier 2
Enjoying a strong reputation in the infrastructure arena, Link Legal advises on all aspects of large scale and long-term projects, including but not limited to risk analysis, EPC contracting, project finance, restructuring, regulatory issues and dispute resolution. The team is also a solid performer in M&A and PE investments, demonstrating sector-specific expertise across airports, roads, railways, waste management and energy. The firm draws upon close ties with international firms located in strategic jurisdictions (i.e. Japan), which places it as a go-to choice for foreign companies and funds. Practice co-head Atul Sharma is noted for his experience in the transport sector, assisting with infrastructure development and contentious matters. Fellow co-leader Anand Srivastava is also proficient in dispute resolution and concession agreements.
Alstom Systems India Pvt. Ltd. (India)
Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (“MELPL”)
Azure Power Forty-Three Private Limited (“Azure 43”)
Azure Power India Private Limited (“Azure”)
Sterlite Group (Sterlite)
Hitachi Rail STS India Private Limited
SB Energy (SoftBank Group)
Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA)
Sunshine Law Firm (“Sunshine”)
Freyr Energy Services Private Limited (“FESPL”)
IL&FS Rail Limited (IRL), Rapid Metro Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) and Rapid Metro Gurgaon South Limited (RMGSL)
Zheneng Capital Holding Co.
Jindal Saw Ltd.
IDE Technologies Ltd. (India)
Global Infrastructure Partners India LLP (GIP)
CRRC Corporation Limited
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL)
National Industrial Corridor Development & Implementation Trust(NICDIT)
Navi Mumbai International Airport Limited
Navayuga Engineering Company Limited
Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility Private Limited (DAFFPL)
Delhi International Airport Limited
Atul Sharma leads the competition department at Link Legal with a focus on the aviation sector. Ongoing work highlights include Sharma and Abhishek Sharma’s representation of clients’ interests in Director General and CCI investigations into alleged price fixing and cartelisation. Further cited fields of expertise include merger control filings and issues pertaining to dominant company conduct.
Other key lawyers:
Gitanjali Gems Limited (GGL)
Jyoti Structures Limited (JSL)
Era Infra Engineering Ltd. (EIEL)
ABG Shipyard Limited
BDO India LLP
Ind-Barath Power (Madras)
NBCC (India) Limited
Nakshatra Brands Limited
BCIL Group Companies
Power Finance Corporation Ltd.
India > TMT Tier 3
Link Legal's practice predominantly handles contentious matters involving TMT clients, including telecoms disputes before the Bombay High Court. Prasad Dhande is one of the firm's go-to partners for clients involved in M&A transactions and related litigation. Siddhartha Srivastava represents clients in a diverse array of disputes, including employment and IP cases. Nusrat Hassan is well-versed in M&A and private equity transactions.
The private equity team at Link Legal had recent successes in assisting international funds clients with establishing their India-based operations. Co-head Milind Jha handled exits for private equity clients operating in the real estate sector. On the target company side, Co-head Anuj Trivedi advised promoters in the fintech space on Series B investment rounds, while Co-head Venkat Satyanarayana maintains a high profile in the infrastructure and projects space and Nusrat Hassan is the go-to name in the financial services sector.
Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited
Hindustan Media Ventures Limited – part of HT Media Group)
Morningside Venture Capital
Qiming Venture Partners
Bright Lifecare Private Limited
Lightspeed Indian Partners
Ami Lifesciences Limited
MedOps Technology Private Limited
Asha Impact, Info Edge and Sterlite Ventures
Falcon Edge Capital
Link Legal > Firm Profile
The firm: Link Legal India Law Services has been functioning as a full service corporate and commercial law firm for over twenty years, with 35 partners and 170+ lawyers with the principal office of the Firm being at New Delhi and others at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
We provide cutting edge advice, by blending our legal proficiency with deep commercial insight. Our practice is aimed at providing client-responsive advice to assist you in achieving your business objectives.
Our strength lies in our team of experienced, well-trained and qualified lawyers, who integrate their skills to provide comprehensive legal advice and strategy on complex commercial issues that meet your needs and expectations. The partners also bring a hands-on expertise and approach to each transaction from a strategic perspective, by understanding client objectives and identifying potential issues in areas of public policy or litigation. Each client enjoys a high level of personal service, and has the advantage of discussing matters directly with their assigned partner.
Our clientele includes some of India’s leading corporate groups, public sector undertakings, public sector and private banks, and multinationals from across the world, particularly from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, China, Indonesia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. We also advise private individuals with high-quality professional advice.
We have advised clients globally under its various practice heads, such as infrastructure projects, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, debt & capital markets, project finance, litigation, arbitration and alternate dispute resolution, and contract management, in diverse sectors such as airports, metro rail & urban transport, roads, ports, real estate, oil, gas, energy, power, aviation, water, waste management, media, broadcasting, advertising, pharmaceutical, information technology, business process outsourcing, consumer goods, mining, software, entertainment, insurance, and banking. We also regularly advise clients in obtaining regulatory approvals from the Central Government or the Reserve Bank of India for establishing legal entities or any other form of business presence in India.
We have also been advising resolution applicants, financial creditors, operational creditors, and insolvency professionals in relation to the matters pertaining to the resolution/ liquidation process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
The Firm has recently been recognized as one of the Largest Law Firms in India in Asian Legal Business’ Asia’s Top 50 Largest Law Firms 2020 List. The Firm has also been ranked #20 in Top Ranked Law Firms: India by Top Ranked Legal 2020. The Firm has been recognized as one of the ‘Best Brands’ at the Economic Times – Best Brands Summit 2019. The Firm has been awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year 2018’ and ‘Runner Up – Law Firm of the Year 2019’ by IDEX Legal Awards. The Firm has been awarded as ‘Firm of the Year (Asia Pacific)’ by Globalaw. It has also been ranked #14 among top 50 Indian Law Firms by RSG Consulting in 2019.
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|Projects, claims and dispute management|
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|Restructuring and insolvency|
|Technology, media and telecommunications|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 200 +
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Press Releases8th October 2021 Link Legal advised and assisted Slintel Inc., in its acquisition of equity by 6Sense, through a 2-step merger process. In October 2021, a USA based entity Slintel Inc., along with its wholly-owned India subsidiary Slintel India Private Limited (collectively “Slintel”), was acquired by another USA based entity 6Sense (“6Sense”), by way of a two-step merger process (“Merger”). As part of this Merger, the existing shareholders of Slintel were offered part cash and part shares in another existing offshore group entity of 6Sense, in lieu of their shares in Slintel. The shareholders of Slintel also included certain resident Indian shareholders employed with the Indian subsidiary of Slintel.
Link Legal advised Classklap Private Limited in its acquisition by Proficiency Learning Solutions Private Limited (“Eupheus”)22nd September 2021 Link Legal advised and assisted Classklap Private Limited (“Classklap”) and its promoters in its acquisition by Proficiency Learning Solutions Private Limited (brand name “Eupheus”).
Link Legal advises Twin Technology SE in its acquisition of equity stake in Audiencetech India Solutions Private Limited3rd August 2021 Link Legal advised and assisted Twin Technology SE (‘Twin Tech’) in acquisition of equity stake in Audiencetech India Solutions Private Limited (‘Audience Tech’), by way of a primary transfer of equity shares held by the existing shareholders of Audience Tech and subsequent issuance of additional equity by Audience Tech through preferential allotment. Pursuant to the closure of the transaction, Twin Tech holds a 25% stake in Audience Tech.
Link Legal advised RIB Group in acquisition of remaining 40% stake in Dubai headquartered Levtech Consulting Group.27th July 2021 Link Legal advised and assisted RIB International in acquisition and increase in stake from 60% to 100% of Levtech Consulting Group through acquisition of remaining 40% stake in Dubai headquartered parent entity.
17th June 2021 Link Legal represented The One Off India Limited based in UK on its 50: 50 joint venture with Bentel Associates LLP for setting up a joint venture company in India i.e., The One Off Bentel Private Limited.
LINK LEGAL ADVISES SARVAGRAM IN SERIES B FUNDING OF INR 77 CR FROM ELEVATION CAPITAL & ELEVAR EQUITY22nd February 2021 Sarvagram, a company providing financial services and allied interventions to improve the productivity of individuals and small enterprises in rural and semi-urban India using technology, has raised its second round of funding of INR 77 Crores led by Elevation Capital along with pro-rata participation from existing investor Elevar Equity.
Legal Developments28th September 2021 The Hon’ble Supreme Court recently delivered the judgement on three (3) petitions that involved questions of withdrawal or modifications after the approval of resolution plan by the Committee of Creditors and filed with NCLT for its approval. The Court held that once the resolution plan is approved by Committee of Creditors and submitted to NCLT; the successful resolution applicant cannot withdraw or modify the resolution plan. The present case analysis aims to probe the various modalities of the judgement and bring to fore the key facets of the facts, issues, and ruling. Further, the article will conclude with the author’s opinion on the legal position outlined in the judgement.
22nd September 2021
The layman’s perspectiveDuring the past three months, several media houses reported that almost one thousand notices have been issued by the Enforcement Directorate (“ED”) to individuals for using international credit and debit cards to bet on football league matches, remitting funds for real money gaming to overseas platforms in foreign currencies and not surrendering the pre-loaded forex cards which are often used during tours abroad. Such action by the ED came as a surprise to many, as these individuals wondered whether merely participating in online games and betting in a sports league, through a simple mobile app, could amount to violation of laws, more particularly, violations under foreign exchange laws which attract investigations by the ED.
22nd September 2021 Construction contracts, in infrastructure projects mainly refer to airports, structures, bridges, roads, dams, ports, and other civil engineering activities. Historical data suggests that in most government awarded contracts, particularly of high value, the bidders tend to underbid so as to achieve the status of “L-1” with an ultimate aim of subsequently claiming additional costs from the government.
27th July 2021 The National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) invoked its extraordinary powers under Paragraph 19 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 (DPCO), to put a cap on the trade margin of the following medical devices — oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, glucometers, BP monitors, nebulizers and digital thermometers with an aim to make these medical devices affordable during the evolving situation of the COVID pandemic and to regulate the trade margin on these medical devices. NPPA is formed under the Department of Pharmaceuticals which is a division of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to regulate and monitor prices of drugs/formulations and oversee the implementation of the DPCO.
Presence of an arbitration clause does not oust the jurisdiction under Article 226::Supreme Court reiterates3rd June 2021 In the matter titled Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited v. Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation Limited and Ors (“Instant Matter”), the Hon’ble Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Sanjiv Khanna, and Justice M.R. Shah delved into the controversy as to whether public law remedy under Article 226 of Constitution of India can be availed in arbitrable matters. This article explores and dissects the intricacies pertaining to the factual pattern and the rationale for the Supreme Court’s holding on the issue.
25th March 2021
The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated 08.03.2021 in matter titled Gujarat Vikas Nigam Limited Vs. Mr. Amit Gupta & Ors. (“Instant Matter”), while upholding order of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) held that National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”) has jurisdiction to adjudicate contractual disputes which arise solely from or which relate to corporate debtor’s insolvency. In the Instant Matter, the Hon’ble Court has dealt with the role/power of NCLT to determine party’s right to terminate the Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) owing to initiation of insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”), and the intersection of a party’s right to terminate such agreement and its regulation under IBC.