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Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Advaita Legal

The competition team at Advaita Legal successfully represented Bharti Airtel before the High Court of Bombay in challenging the jurisdiction of the CCI to investigate cartelization and abuse of dominance in the telecoms sector. In another work highlight, the group is acting for Builders’ Association of India against Cement Manufacturers Association and 11 cement manufacturers, alleging cartilisation.

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Aviation (including aerospace and defence)
Aviation (including aerospace and defence) - ranked: tier 2

Advaita Legal

The aviation practice at Advaita Legal is advising Bangalore International Airport on ground handling services at the Kempegowda International Airport. In another work highlight, Monali Dutta is leading a team assisting Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation in relation to development of a Greenfield Airport in Singrauli District.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Advaita Legal

Key clients at Advaita Legal include Asiya Capital Investments and Bibby Group, a UK-based financial services company. Atul Dua heads the practice.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Advaita Legal

Advaita Legal has seen an increase in joint venture and acquisition instructions across a wide range of sectors; recent highlights include assisting Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, based in Israel, with setting up a joint venture with Kalyani Strategic Systems, a transaction valued at $20m. The team also advised Inabensa Bharat on the $726m sale of the business to a third party enquirer. Atul Dua and  Amit Mehta are key names.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Advaita Legal

Atul Dua is the key individual at Advaita Legal, which has notable experience in commercial, insolvency, employment, and technology disputes.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Advaita Legal

Advaita Legal is involved in projects across the social infrastructure, mining and solar power industries and reports an uptick in instructions from the water and healthcare sectors. PPP projects are another core area of expertise for the group. Recent highlights include advising the Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Development Corporation on the bidding procedure for a water PPP project; assisting Azure Power with structuring contracts for a solar power generating system; and acting for ACCESS Health International on developing primary and community healthcare centres in Uttar Pradesh. Shailendra Singh and principal Monali Dutta jointly head the practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Advaita Legal

The real estate and construction practice at Advaita Legal frequently assists clients with residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The team also has particular experience advising on RERA implications. In a recent work highlight, the team was instructed by Hindustan Zinc on contractual elements relating to power projects. Infrastructure Development Authority, Bihar and Hindustan Cleanenergy are also clients.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Advaita Legal

The TMT department at Advaita Legal is led by Atul Dua and has experience advising clients on a range of  regulatory and technology considerations for the telecoms industry. The group is instructed by Aon Consulting on issues relating to the setting up of a data recovery centre. It is also assisting Wipro with licences issues by the Department of Telecoms for providing services at Delhi airport.

Leading individuals

Atul Dua - Advaita Legal

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Advaita Legal

Advaita Legal's tax group is representing Summit Online Trade Solutions in challenging the notified two rates of tax on the sale of lottery tickets dependent on the area of sale. In another work highlight, Atul Dua alongside principle Gaurav Gupta, assisted JCDecaux Advertising with tax structuring its India-based operations, classification of imports and utilisation of tax credits. The department is headed up by Sujit Ghosh, who specialises predominantly in indirect taxation matters.

Leading individuals

Atul Dua - Advaita Legal

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WTO/international trade
WTO/international trade - ranked: tier 1

Advaita Legal

Advaita Legal's team has particular strength in advising clients on foreign trade, customs, transfer pricing and trade agreement policies. The firm has seen an uptick in solar power matters: for example, the group assisted infrastructure company SP Infra with a challenge to the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR)' recommendation of imposing a 70% safeguard duty on imports of solar cells and modules into India. In another matter, the team represented ReNew Power in an anti-dumping investigation before the DGTR concerning solar modules imported from Malaysia, Taiwan and China. Sujit Ghosh and Atul Dua are the key names.

Leading individuals

Atul Dua - Advaita Legal

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