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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.
Phoenix Legal provides a syndicated lending practice regularly sought out by domestic and foreign financial institutions for a breadth of transactions, including syndicated loans, secured financing and inter-bank financings. Co-heads Sawant Singh and Abhishek Saxena take the lead on corporate and project financing deals for lenders and borrowers alike. With co-head Aditya Bhargava, the team houses an experienced structured finance expert active across the gamut of sectors and instructed by multinational lenders, sponsors and arrangers. The addition of Harsh Arora who joined from HSA Advocates enhanced the firm’s banking, structured finance and project finance capacity.
The team at Phoenix Legal assists with the full breadth of transactional, project development and contractual (including PPPs and consortium agreements) matters across the infrastructure and energy industries. Abhishek Saxena, Vasanth Rajasekaran and Pranav Srivastava advise on all stages of the project lifecycle, while Sawant Singh acts for lenders and borrowers in project financing negotiations. Gautam Bhatikar and a string of associates joined from LEGASIS PARTNERS ADVOCATES & SOLICITORS, expanding the team’s commercial litigation and arbitration offering specific to maritime, oil and gas and construction. The team also welcomed project finance specialist Harsh Arora who joined from HSA Advocates in October 2021.
Phoenix Legal‘s labour and employment practice benefits from ‘a number of reliable lawyers’ who handle the HR side of M&A, business transfer and reorganisation transactions, along with advice on compliance, terminations and retrenchments. Team co-heads Manjula Chawla, Abhishek Saxena, Sawant Singh and Vasanth Rajasekaran also handle collective bargaining and trade union-related negotiations, while clients identify Saket Shukla as ‘absolutely excellent’ – particularly for Indian market inceptions or exits. The firm has a niche in representing factory workers as well as companies from the service sector.