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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co > The Legal 500 Rankings
Antitrust and competition Tier 1
Owing to Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co being involved with the Indian leg of some of the most significant recent global deals (for the likes of Walmart and Monsanto), the firm’s competition lawyers handled some of the most complex and strategically important Phase I and Phase II merger filings before the CCI. Go-to names in this field include Shweta Shroff Chopra and Aparna Mehra. Alongside stand-out merger control work, professionals such as Harman Singh Sandhu and Naval Chopra regularly handle high-profile litigation involving abuse of dominance, anti-competitiveness and cartelisation (and the related leniency applications). Managing partner Pallavi Shroff regularly contributes to the development of national competition policy.
Banking and finance Tier 1
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co 's vast banking and finance practice specialises in acquisition financing, leveraged finance, debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings under the IBC and demonstrates a strong commitment to all types of real estate financing. Practice head Sapan Gupta, whose expertise includes public and private issuances of bonds and FCCB transactions, frequently acts for the State Bank of India, a key client of the firm, with recent mandates ranging from advising them on availing a major USD bond issuance to representing them as lender's counsel in one of the first resolution proceedings pursuant to the RBI Circular on Stressed Assets issued on February 12, 2018. With over 38 years' experience, Shardul Shroff has broad expertise in this field which includes advising clients facing insolvency and restructuring. He is also very involved in policy developments: recently, he was appointed to the committee responsible for reviewing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code prior to its enactment. The Mumbai office was boosted by the arrival of Zubin Mehta from Veritas Legal.
Capital markets Tier 1
With a sustained focus on debt and equity offerings and a prestigious client range including investment banks and private equity funds, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co handles IPOs on behalf of issuers and lead managers, advises InvITs in India on private placements and acts for clients in QIPs and buy-backs. Prashant Gupta stands out for his instruction in high-value transactions, including the largest Indian IPO (Coal India) and the largest bond offering by an Indian group (Vedanta Resources), in which he is regularly assisted by Manjari Tyagi. Recently Gupta advised Chalet Hotels and the company’s selling shareholders in its IPO valued at approximately $232.8m, representing one of the largest IPOs in the hospitality sector.
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
Known for handling leading high value and even novel transactions in the corporate and m&a field, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co's 'very professional and dedicated' practice is particularly notable for its strength in multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, major private equity investments and turnarounds, and its deep connections with marquee funds investing in India. Gunjan Shah stands out for her instruction by the consortium AION Investments and JSW Steel, who were appointed as resolution applications by the NCLT, to obtain the necessary approvals from the Competition Commission of India and make representations to the NCLT in order to acquire control of distressed company Monnet Ispat Energy, in the first cross-border private equity acquisition of a distressed company embroiled in the corporate insolvency resolution process in India. The team has made several new partner hires in 2018/19, including Harsh Kumar and Nivedita Tiwari from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, and Mumbai-based Jamshed Bhumgara from J Sagar Associates. Varun Sehgal has joined Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co's litigation practice handles cases in all courts across India in a wide variety of sectors, including energy, banking, oil and gas, and infrastructure. The group has been particularly active recently in disputes relating to the enforcement of arbitration awards in the construction and other sectors; matters before the NCLT relating to internal company disputes and insolvency proceedings under the IBC; and major mandates involving complex areas of law, including fraud, competition law, unfair trade practices and intermediary liability, where the team acts for petitioners and respondents. Highly experienced practice head Pallavi Shroff is particularly well-known for his strength representing major corporations in competition law disputes, such acting for Nestle in its defence of a class action alleging unfair trade practices. Ritu Bhalla, whose expertise lies in commercial and regulatory litigation, stands out for her recent advice to Navayuga Engineering Company in proceedings challenging the NCLT’s decision to disqualify the client from acting as the resolution applicant of Athena Demwe Power, raising novel questions of law in relation to the procedure for blacklisting a resolution applicant. Nitesh Jain is another standout practitioner, with a track record of representing clients throughout India's courts and in the National Company Law Tribunal in class actions, shareholder disputes and various other complex cases.
Insurance Tier 1
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co acts for insurance companies (life and non-life) and private equity investors on their joint venture operations in the Indian market, including significant market-entry mandates for multinational names. Leading partner Shailaja Lall, with solid support from principle associate Ashish Teni, is often approached by the range of players in the Insurance sector (including brokers, web aggregators and intermediaries) to provide regulatory advice pertaining to the provision of insurance products and cross-border reinsurance agreements. The firm’s corporate partners also conduct extensive due diligence on M&A transactions in the insurance sector.
Projects and energy Tier 1
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is at the forefront of project finance and PPP projects. The firm's broad service offering covers power purchase and concession agreements, EPC contracts, security arrangements, and other related legal advisory work in the areas of oil and gas, power, airports, roads, ports and railways. The practice particularly excels in LNG sale and purchase agreements, and also advises on debt reconstruction and restructuring. Practice head Jatin Aneja has extensive experience in infrastructure, project finance and investment across a range of sectors including energy (conventional and renewable). Power projects, namely those relating to power transmission, is an area of special interest for V. R. Neelakantan; while Prashant Sirohi focuses on project finance and Deepto Roy regularly advises on dispute resolution and regulatory issues.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co covers the full spectrum of real estate matters, including commercial leasing, asset sales, acquisitions, private equity investments and real estate finance. Offering a pan-India service, the firm is also well equipped to act as local counsel on issues pertaining to land and property. Litigation is another core area of work for the department, which is experienced in settling claims arising from contract, construction and title disputes, as well as loan services and foreclosure issues. Managing partner Akshay Chudasama and Mrinal Kumar, whose areas of expertise include land acquisition and foreign direct investment, lead the practice, which also advises on the establishment of real estate funds managed by both domestic and international institutions.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1
Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co covers the full range of matters, from restructuring under formal and informal procedures to the actual liquidation and winding up of businesses. The practice has strength in advising creditors, distressed corporates and acquirers on the takeover of insolvent companies, and is also regularly instructed to act in recovery litigation and asset reconstruction. Other areas of activity include advising on Indian laws in relation to the cross-border aspects of insolvencies, formal restructurings and out-of-court settlements. Shardul Shroff is a leading authority in bankruptcy and insolvency law and heads up the department. Other names to note include Sapan Gupta and Veena Sivaramakrishnan, who often leads advice to foreign banks and distressed funds on their investments in Indian entities. In a recent highlight, the team represented the committee of creditors of Bhushan Steel in what was the first case under the IBC to be resolved successfully.
TMT Tier 1
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is frequently instructed on regulatory and transactional projects across the TMT sector; clients include household names in the fields of e-commerce, media, entertainment, telecoms, publishing and radio. The firm’s deep corporate expertise helps to navigate clients through the complex regulatory regimes necessary for global transactions; recent niche instructions involved Phase-III migrations in the radio sector, complex consolidations in the telecoms space and market-entry exercises in the publishing sector. Tejas Karia in the go-to name for contentious TMT issues with recent instructions involving Supreme Court disputes for the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp concerning the provision of online content and services.
White-collar crime Tier 1
Nishant Joshi of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co’s white-collar crime practice is a leading name when it comes to criminal trials concerning banking fraud (having acted on the high-profile case for Punjab National Bank), misappropriation of funds, defamation and bribery. Under the leadership of Anuj Berry, the firm handles all manner of investigations including cross-border actions by federal anti-corruption and anti-money laundering authorities (including the CBI). Malak Bhatt is a noteworthy principle associate who assists with internal investigations resulting from whistleblower complaints. Other recent instructions for the firm involved court proceedings concerning data theft, allegations of fraudulent transactions and breach of trust cases.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co acts for clients in international and domestic commercial arbitration stemming from disputes over shareholder arrangements, contracts, joint venture agreements, construction matters and foreign investments in real estate. The group has additional expertise in managing investment treaty arbitrations in various different forums, including UNCITRAL and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitrations. Practice head Tejas Karia recently acted for Brahma Centre Development in a high-value claim against a real estate developer, seeking compensation for financial loss caused by a major project delay.
Investment funds Tier 2
Jay Gandhi heads Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co’ investment funds, regularly handling private equity and venture capital transactions for domestic and international clients, including development fund anchor investors. The firm recently assisted with the establishment of an infrastructure fund.
Labour and employment Tier 2
The labour and employment team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co works closely with the firm’s tax professionals to assist multinational clients with their employment structures, M&A transactions, and employee benefits. Other advisory instructions sees team head Pooja Ramchandani assisting with regulatory compliance (pertaining to the likes of minimum wage, age of retirement and working age restrictions), internal investigations, retrenchment and employee transfers. Additional to the advisory support, the practice also recently provided defence strategy for allegations of wrongful termination.
Tax Tier 2
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co’ top-tier corporate offering is supported by a robust tax vertical which provides direct and indirect tax advice on M&A transactions, business restructuring exercises and joint ventures. Recent matters saw the team advising on state-specific excise duty, GST compliance, foreign trade policy and customs duty. The firm often represents clients in investigations by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the Directorate of Income Tax and other agencies.
Intellectual property Tier 3
Dev Robinson heads the IP practice at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, with a strong-arm in patent enforcement and litigation for big-ticket Indian and multinational corporates. The firm regularly pursues trade mark infringement, passing off and declaration of IP ownership matters before the upper courts and tribunals. Advisory work encompasses IP portfolio acquisitions, filing, prosecution and patent application drafting.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded on a century of legal achievements, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM & Co) was born anew in May 2015. The Executive Chairman, Mr Shardul S Shroff and the Managing Partner, Ms Pallavi Shroff were instrumental in setting up this new firm and carried forward the legacy that the Firm has inherited.
With a well-calibrated growth strategy, SAM & Co is one of India’s leading full service law firms with seven offices across India and a team strength of over 500 lawyers including over 100 Partners. The Firm’s mission is to enable business by providing solutions as trusted advisors through excellence, responsiveness, innovation and collaboration. SAM & Co is known globally for its exceptional practices in mergers & acquisitions, private equity, competition law, insolvency & bankruptcy, dispute resolution, capital markets, banking & finance and projects & infrastructure. The Firm has been at the helm of major headline transactions and litigation in all segments of industry, besides advising major multinational corporates on their entry into the Indian market and their business strategy.
Areas of practice: General corporate: Our work in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, JVs, private equity, insurance, real estate, employment and business restructuring is well documented in the annals of Indian corporate history. Our corporate teams are well complemented by our other practices for facilitating deal closures.
Banking & finance: Our offerings range from traditional banking documentation to securitisation, factoring, payment banks, syndicated loans, structured acquisition equipment finance, mortgage backed securities, guarantee structures, NCDs, ECBs, and working capital loans.
Competition law: With a strong and the most recognised competition practice in India, the competition team has a proven track record of successfully steering clients through their largest transactions, complex investigations and high-stakes litigations.
Insolvency & bankruptcy: Our experience covers an entire range of scenarios relating to Bankruptcy and Insolvency, starting from early signs of distress to corporates and restructuring towards revival to processes involving liquidation and winding down of businesses. We provide a comprehensive solution in terms of financial restructuring and recovery, insolvency, corporate reorganization and restructuring, creditors’ rights, and contingent preparedness against any peripheral litigation.
Dispute resolution: We are a go-to firm across industries for domestic and international arbitrations, commercial and corporate and regulatory disputes in various courts, tribunals, forums, administrative authorities & regulators in India, and also have white collar crime, and insolvency and restructuring teams.
Projects & project finance: We advise developers, EPC contractors, investors and lenders on various infrastructure projects, regulatory aspects, government tenders, and contractual issues in sectors such as power, oil & gas, nuclear energy, ports, roads and mining.
Capital markets: Our offerings include legal and regulatory advice on IPOs, FPOs, rights issues, QIPs, ADRs, GDRs, IDRs, and AIM listings on the equity side; issuance and restructuring of FCCBs, nonconvertible bonds, unlisted infrastructure bonds, and medium term note programs (MTN Programs) on the debt side.
Tax: We offer a broad range of advisory and litigation services in the areas of direct as well as indirect taxes (including customs duty, goods and service tax and state excise / alcohol duty).
Intellectual property rights: We offer a full range of services that cover patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs and other allied laws, from conceptualisation to enforcement and from negotiations to creation of innovative corporate structures based on intellectual property
Venture capital: We represent premier domestic and international clients on the investor as well as investee company side for early and growth stage financings. Our VC lawyers have sizeable deal experience (including having worked at prominent VC funds) and bring a deep understanding of the nuances of early stage investing.
|General corporate||Amit Khansaheb|
|General corporate||Akila Agrawal|
|Private Equity||Puja Sondhi|
|Private Equity||Natashaa Shroff|
|Private Equity||Ekta Gupta|
|Dispute Resolution||Pallavi Shroff|
|Dispute Resolution||Tejas Karia|
|Dispute Resolution||Ritu Bhalla|
|Competition||Shweta Shroff Chopra|
|Competition||Naval Satarawala Chopra|
|Competition||Harman Singh Sandhu|
|Insolvency & Bankruptcy||Shardul Shroff|
|Insolvency & Bankruptcy||Anoop Rawat|
|Insolvency & Bankruptcy||Misha|
|Projects and Project Finance||Jatin Aneja|
|Projects and Project Finance||V.R. Neelakantan|
|Capital Markets||Prashant Gupta|
|Capital Markets||Sayantan Dutta|
|Capital Markets||Manjari Tyagi|
|Real Estate||Mrinal Kumar|
|White Collar Crime||Nishant Joshi|
|White Collar Crime||Anuj Berry|
|Policy & Regulation||Shahana Chatterji|
|Policy & Regulation||Sandip Beri|
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Antitrust and competition
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Labour and employment
- Projects and energy
- Real estate and construction
- Restructuring and insolvency
- White-collar crime