Firm Profile > Advaita Legal > New Delhi, India

Advaita Legal
2nd Floor, F-Block, International Trade Tower
Nehru Place

Tax Tier 2

In a successful year for Advaita Legal’s indirect tax offering, a host of domestic and international banks engaged the team on GST litigation with wide-ranging consequences for the banking sector. The engagements concern complex issues surrounding the taxability of free services. A R Madhav Rao, Kanupriya Bhargava and Shashank Shekhar handle indirect tax litigation, including recent disputes concerning GST levies on ocean freight services, while state excise tax advice for global alcoholic beverages clients is another strong point for the team. Further sectors of expertise include oil and gas and solar energy. Since publication, Sudipta Bhattacharjee left for Khaitan & Co. in February 2021.

Key clients

Indian Bank Association

India Coke and Power Limited

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

PDR Solution FZC

Den Networks Limited

WSP Consultants

Uber India

Agilent Technologies (International)


Petronet LNG

WTO/international trade Tier 2

Apart from offering legal support to clients in safeguard duty impositions and anti-dumping investigations, the international trade team at Advaita Legal further brings a wealth of experience in matters pertaining to transfer pricing, customs, and foreign trade policy. The practice has carved out a niche acting for clients operating in the solar power sector. Sudipta Bhattacharjee is a counsel of choice for indirect tax issues.

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Aviation (including aerospace and defence) Tier 3

Industry regulators and privately owned airports retain Advaita Legal’s aviation practice for regulatory and transactional support. Practice head Monali Dutta is currently advising on concession agreements for greenfield airports, the implementation of passenger processing services, redevelopment projects and negotiations with ground handling agencies and in-flight catering services.

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Airports Authority of India

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Advaita Legal predominantly represents clients in arbitration proceedings involving commercial and contractual disputes, including EPC contracts. Monali Dutta specialises in disputes involving clients in the infrastructure, construction, energy and transport sectors. Kanupriya Bhargava often represents clients in the infrastructure, oil and gas and hospitality sectors in cases before various judicial fora.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Advaita Legal represents clients in various types of disputes, including data protection, white-collar crime and competition litigation. In addition, the firm has standout expertise in technical disputes involving power and electricity companies before industry regulators. Shailendra Singh specialises in litigation in the energy and projects space, in which she represents Indian and multinational corporates in courts across India.

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Projects and energy Tier 3

Advaita Legal brings together regulatory experts and transactional lawyers to offer wide-ranging legal solutions in the fields of contracts, infrastructure and projects. Bid process management, regulatory advice and contentious claims are focus areas for the department whose track record includes advising on project documentation pertaining to various sectors, such as airports, mining, railways, energy, and social infrastructure. Shailendra Singh, who is experienced in project development and litigation, oversees the department with Monali Dutta, who has been involved in several PPP projects in India.

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Key clients

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)

GMR Power Corporation Private Limited

Essar Power Transmission Company Limited

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited

Sterlite Power Grid Ventures Limited

Inland Waterways Authority of India

Bureau of Energy Efficiency

Expert Petroleum Solutions SRL

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL)

Nashik Municipal Corporation

TMT Tier 3

Advaita Legal's practice advises clients across the TMT sector on employment law, IP, data protection, commercial agreements and various other facets of their operations. Monali Dutta predominantly assists clients with corporate transactions and commercial arrangements, including licensing and product development. Shailendra Singh is another key member of the team, having regularly worked alongside Dutta in important mandates.

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Key clients

Airports Authority of India

Uber India

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The corporate team at Advaita Legal focuses on strategic M&A and joint ventures, providing advice spanning regulatory issues, contract documentation and tax efficiency. Corporate restructuring, exit strategies and cross-border commercial agreements are all areas of specialist interest for Monali Dutta, who leads the department.

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Real estate and construction Tier 4

Showcasing extensive experience in the construction sector, Advaita Legal brings together regulatory and legal experts to advise private and public sector clients on a variety of real estate matters. Shailendra Singh, who routinely advises on construction contracts and lease of industrial land, heads up the group. Mandates pertaining to due diligence on land parcels, development agreements, joint ventures and conveyance deeds are key areas of strength for the department.

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Ranchi Smart City Corporation Limited

Nashik Municipal Corporation

Gwalior Smart City Development Corporation Limited

Infrastructure Development Authority, Bihar

Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)

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
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 Partner, Tax Controversy Management and Contract Documentation
 A.R. MADHAV RAO  photo A.R. MADHAV RAO Senior Attorney
Number of lawyers : 40
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