Firm Profile > Advaita Legal > New Delhi, India

Advaita Legal
2nd Floor, F-Block, International Trade Tower
Nehru Place
NEW DELHI
110019
India

WTO/international trade Tier 1

With particular strength in the solar power sector, Advaita Legal handles indirect tax, customs, international trade, transfer pricing and related litigation. The practice also represents clients in anti-dumping investigations and safeguard duty impositions. The department is jointly led by litigator A R Madhav Rao and Sudipta Bhattacharjee, whose areas of expertise encompass foreign trade policy, customs and excise. International trade and tax expert Atul Dua left the firm in 2019 to set up an independent practice.

Testimonials

‘Sudipta has a very strong grip on the subject matter. He is on top of all the developments in the industry and provides opinions with great conviction and clarity.’

‘The key strength of the team is its knowledge of international trade.’

Key clients

Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Adyah Solar Energy Private Limited

Renew Power Ventures

Aquafil SPA

Cellular Operator Association of India

India Coke and Power Private Limited

Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited

Antitrust and competition Tier 3

Advaita Legal advises clients on issues such as pre-merger notifications, anti-competitive agreements and exclusive supply and distribution agreements. Prior contentious instructions involved cartelisation, price fixing, abuse of dominance and bid rigging.

Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 3

The aviation practice at Advaita Legal enjoys niche instructions from airport operators, namely assisting with ground handling contracts, real estate development projects and O&M agreements. Monali Dutta is also providing transactional advice to a number of aviation regulatory bodies concerning the ‘NextGen Airports for Bharat Nirman’ initiative.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Advaita Legal frequently represents clients in the energy and power sectors in regulatory disputes. The firm has further expertise in advising clients from a range of industries on contractual and tax-related disputes, often involving complex points of law. Shailendra Singh advises clients in courts and tribunals across India, most often in relation to breach of contract claims arising from infrastructure projects in the roads, ports, airports and power sectors.

Key clients

Essar Group

MPERC

Shapoorji Pallonji

GMR Power

MPERC

MPPMPL

NSDC

L&T

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Advaita Legal predominantly handles arbitration matters in the construction sector arising from contractual disputes, particularly in relation to EPC contracts. The firm also has expertise in managing competition, tax, economic crime and breach of confidence disputes through arbitration proceedings and litigation, and regularly reviews contracts for clients with a view to mitigating the risk of arbitration or litigation. The practice is co-headed by Kanupriya Bhargava and Monali Dutta, the latter focuses on mediation and arbitration in relation to commercial issues arising in the infrastructure, energy, construction, energy and transportation sectors.

Projects and energy Tier 3

The contracts, infrastructure and projects practice at Advaita Legal provides comprehensive advice on PPP projects, bid documentation, contracts as well as concession agreements and financing structures, among others. The firm fields a team of regulatory experts who have long-term experience of a gamut of legal issues in various sub-sectors, including airports, mining, railway, energy, social and urban infrastructure (smart cities, MRTS projects and healthcare). Shailendra Singh has extensively advised on renewable and conventional power projects, while Monali Dutta focuses on transportation, PPP projects, renewables and EPC contracts.

Key clients

Airport Authority of India

Andhra Pradesh Drinking Water Supply Corporation

Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation

Madhya Pradesh Directorate of Health and Family Services

Indian Ports Rail Corporation Limited

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited

Andhra Pradesh Airports Development Corporation Limited

Nashik Smart City Corporation

Renew Solar Power Private Limited

Essar Power Corporation of India Limited

GMR Power Corporation of India

Kudgi Transmission Limited

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Advaita Legal fields a team of regulatory experts who have longstanding experience of drafting and negotiating lease agreements and sale deeds. The practice is well versed in all types of real estate projects, namely residential, commercial and industrial, offering advice on related foreign direct investments and the structuring of real estate transactions such as joint developments and conveyancing. Shailendra Singh, who regularly advises on issues arising out of the legislative changes introduced by the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) leads the department.

Key clients

Ranchi Smart City Corporation Limited

Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited

Infrastructure Development Authority, Bihar

Tax Tier 3

Advaita Legal focuses on direct and indirect tax litigation for mostly domestic clients operating in sectors such as energy, natural resources, FMCG, financial services and tech. Recent mandates involved appearances before the upper courts in matters concerning GST backdating, RPT applicability, customs duty, liquor license fees and income tax. The firm also provides tax relief strategy and other advisory services such as contract structuring, legal due diligence and tax-efficient corporate restructuring assistance.

Key clients

Bharat Petroleum Corporation

Indian Oil Corporation

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation

India Coke & Power

Kesoram Industries

Soft Bank

Jammu Pigments

Hindustan Construction Company

Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturer’s Association

International Seaport Dredging

Summit Online Trade Solutions

Vedanta

United Spirits

SGS India

Petronet LNG

Shapoorji & Pallonji Group (Various divisions)

Disney Broadcasting India

Oracle (OFSS) BPO Services

Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Co.

Diageo India

Hinduja Ventures

GKN Group

Swarovski India

Benetton India

Agilent Technologies (International)

Humboldt Wedag India

NIIT Limited and NIIT Technologies

Jabil Circuit India

Celetronix India

Advertising Agencies Association of India

Ceva Freight India

Booking.com

Bharat Aluminium

B9 Beverages

Cray

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

With a primary focus on sectors such as renewable energy, education and infrastructure, beyond traditional domestic and cross-border acquisitions Advaita Legal is regularly instructed by clients to advise on specific agreements underpinning corporate deals, such as share pledge and concession agreements. Practice head Monali Dutta is known for managing international transactions, advising investors on equity strategies, including exits, and representing clients across a range of industries seeking regulatory approvals. Atul Dua, Subodh Sadana  and Amit Mehta left the firm in 2019.

Taking a cue from the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’ (meaning singular, unique), Advaita Legal was set up with a vision to provide workable legal solutions attuned to the requirements of its clientele. While originally set up predominantly as a ‘Tax’ firm, over the last years the Firm has expanded its practices ranging from projects and energy, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment/labour to international trade and TMT.

Even though the Firm was set up only in 2013, the leadership of the Firm have decades of work experience in the tax and legal practice (both litigation and advisory) across jurisdictions.

The teams in Advaita combine their substantive legal expertise in a diverse array of disciplines, issues and industries with an in-depth understanding of administrative, regulatory and legislative processes to provide the clients with a 360° experience. As a growing firm, the lawyers at Advaita are staunch believers of going beyond the call of duty. The Firm consists of young, passionate and driven team of lawyers mentored by well-established leaders in their domain practice areas.

Aviation (including Aerospace and Defence): AL has developed a significant practice area in the Aviation practice. In aerospace, AL has advised infrastructure airport developers to ground handling/cargo entities besides advising airlines on issues ranging from aircraft financing to MRO etc. AL has also been advising many international defence companies on prestigious projects on various legal issues ranging from defence procurement to the DPP, offset, FDI policy and technology licensing etc.

Corporate, Contractual and Commercial: AL has been advising many Fortune 500 companies on various corporate commercial transactions including company law, contract law and commercial laws.

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Litigation: AL represents clients in arbitration (domestic and international) extending to execution and enforcement of arbitral awards. The litigation experience spans the original, appellate, revisional and writ jurisdiction of various judicial fora.

Infrastructure, Energy & Projects: AL has established itself in the league of top law firms in the Infrastructure, Energy and Projects space. The expertise transcends and includes power (gas, coal, hydro, wind, solar), water, roads, airports, mining, ports etc. The team specializes in PPP projects, drafting of project contracts and in regulatory representation.

International Trade and WTO: The team in Advaita are pioneers in the field of international trade and WTO laws having represented clients before various adjudicating authorities and advising clients on various issues arising out of protectionist levies, customs duty, foreign trade policy matters, free trade agreements, comprehensive economic cooperation agreements and other international trade facilitation matters.

M&A, Joint Ventures, Private Equity & Foreign Investments: AL provides investment advisory services including due diligence, transaction structuring and legal documentation services in relation to M&A, JV and other in-bound investments.

Real Estate & Construction: The Firm has advised its clients on various aspects including agreements pertaining to lease, sale and purchase, development agreements for land, builder buyer agreements and transactions pertaining to flats and apartments. The services offered range from identification and investigation of property’s clear marketable title, preparing relevant documentation for securing non encumbrance certificate(s) and advice on stamp duty issues.

Tax Services: Advaita is one of the few tax teams in India who (by dint of its litigation experience) can marry cutting-edge tax advice with actual court- room experience in handling very high-stake tax litigations to create transformational value for the clients. The team has been able to create a niche for itself amongst its peers and the industry alike as the “Go to” Firm so far as any issues arising out of tax related aspects; be it for transfer pricing or corporate tax or across the spectrum of the indirect tax issues ranging from GST, service tax to customs to CST/VAT or excise.

Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and Technology: AL has strong capabilities and experience in the TMT sector and has advised and assisted the TMT conglomerates in setting up their operations in India including advising them on regulations, legal & business structuring, grant of licenses and approvals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation (including Aerospace and Defence) Monali Dutta
Banking and Finance Monali Dutta
Corporate and M&A Monali Dutta
Employment and Labour laws Monali Dutta
Projects and Energy Shailendra Kumar Singh
Projects and Energy Monali Dutta
Real Estate and Construction Sudipta Bhattacharjee
Real Estate and Construction Shailendra Kumar Singh
Direct Tax Litigation Kamal Sawhney
Indirect Tax Advisory Sudipta Bhattacharjee
Indirect Tax Advisory Kanupriya Bhargava
Indirect Tax Litigation A R Madhav Rao
Indirect Tax Litigation Kanupriya Bhargava
WTO / International Trade Sudipta Bhattacharjee
Photo Name Position Profile
 SUDIPTA BHATTACHARJEE  photo SUDIPTA BHATTACHARJEE
 A.R. MADHAV RAO  photo A.R. MADHAV RAO
 KAMAL SAWHNEY  photo KAMAL SAWHNEY
 SHAILENDRA SINGH  photo SHAILENDRA SINGH
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