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Mr Sawant Singh
Banking and Finance, Private equity, Project finance and infrastructure, Employment.
Sawant Singh is a co-founding partner based in the Mumbai office. His areas of expertise include private equity, project finance, securitization, asset reconstruction, consortium banking, domestic and external commercial borrowings and debt restructuring. He also advises clients on a host of corporate and commercial, labor/employment and real estate issues including inbound and outbound foreign investment, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
Year qualified: 1997
Year made partner in present firm: Co-founder partner of present firm 2008
Trilegal- Partner (2000-2008) and Lex Inde –Associate (1997-2000)
Awards and Citations:
Sawant has been identified as one of the most highly recommended Asia-Pacific focused lawyers in the practice areas of Banking and Labour and Employment by the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey. His services have been widely recognized and according to Asialaw Profiles, Sawant “is highly respected by peers and much acclaimed by clients” and according to Chambers and Partners, Sawant “has great clarity of thought and varied exposure, and handles very big transactions with ease”. He also has been referred to, by Chambers & Partners as one of India’s most in-demand banking practitioners. Clients also praise his “solution-focused and practical approach” in addition “to his very calm demeanour, which is a huge plus in high stakes negotiations”.
Sawant Singh advises a range of prominent foreign and domestic banks on project and real estate finance, as well as regulatory issues. A source reports that “Sawant is the go-to person for tactical solutions” and “always makes himself available.” Banking & Finance , Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2020.
Recognised as a Distinguished practitioner in Banking and finance by Asialaw Profiles 2020.
A Recommended lawyer in Corporate M&A, Banking/Finance ranked by RSG Consulting 2019. He has been recommended for his “sound and firm legal advice” and praised for “providing solutions to complex legal problems”.
A Recommended Global Leader in Project Finance 2019 ranking by WWL, Sawant Singh has been praised for standing out among peers for his “clear and quick responses” as well as his “clarity of thought” and “ability to give great solutions to problems and understand commercial rationales”.
Asia law Leading Lawyers Survey 2018 has quoted “for his timeliness of delivery [and] accuracy of delivered documents”.
Chambers and Partners Asia has quoted “Sawant Singh is hailed for being “very strong technically and at the same time very pragmatic” and for “his attention to detail, promptness in advice and documentation.”
Publications of note:
Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, ” Banking ordinance: Sound step or halfway measure?“, IBLJ July 2017;Sawant Singh and Aditya Bhargava, ” Wholesale and long-term finance banks proposed“, IBLJ May 2017;Authored a chapter on ‘Entry Strategies and Foreign Investment Regulations‘ in the book India The Business Opportunity, A Practical Legal and Regulatory Handbook foreword by Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister, India
Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
British Business Group
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
The Doon School
National Law School of India University, Bangalore (1997).
Travel and Photography.
Ongoing instructions for Phoenix Legal’s labour and employment practice include compensation package structuring, collective bargaining negotiations (for the extensive manufacturing client base), employee contract reviews, workforce reorganisations and M&A-related due diligence. A long list of IT clients retains the team for advice on retrenchments, executive-level remuneration and trade union negotiations. The partnership comprises practice heads Manjula Chawla, Saket Shukla, Abhishek Saxena and Sawant Singh.
Phoenix Legal is well equipped to assist a range of stakeholders in insolvency proceedings, such as creditors, insolvency professionals and corporate debtors. Its portfolio is further populated by mandates concerning the winding up of companies and voluntary liquidations, as well as distressed M&A. Sawant Singh has significant experience in matters pertaining to asset reconstruction, corporate and debt restructuring. Sriram Ramachandran, whose specialisms include complex M&A and private equity deals, is another noteworthy member. Former co-head Jyoti Singh left the team to establish her own boutique law firm.
Phoenix Legal acts for lenders and borrowers in project finance transactions, and is adept at handling M&A deals involving infrastructure assets. The practice also assists with the preparation of concession agreements, PPP structures, EPC contracts, regulatory aspects of projects and dispute resolution. On the energy front, practitioners attract mandates on the legal issues of the entire supply chain, covering gas, LNG and conventional and renewable power. Sawant Singh leads matters pertaining to project finance, while Abhishek Saxena has significant experience in cross-border deals, PPP models and tender processes in relation to energy projects. Pranav Srivastava focuses on transactional work involving the energy sector and infrastructure disputes.
Phoenix Legal‘s practice undertakes syndicated lending, structured finance, acquisition finance and project finance matters for a wide range of clients, including banks and financial institutions. Sawant Singh focuses primarily on private equity, project finance, securitisation and asset reconstruction mandates. Abhishek Saxena advises clients on cross-border transactions, particularly investments in the energy sector. Aditya Bhargava specialises in structured finance, rupee term loans and ECB deals. Since publication, the team welcomed banking and finance specialist Harsh Arora who joined from HSA Advocates in October 2021.
- Banking and finance - India
- Projects and energy - India
- Labour and employment - India
- Restructuring and insolvency - India