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Archeus Law
Suites 921-923 DLF Tower B, Jasola
110025
India

India > Projects and energy Tier 3

Through the expertise of Ranjit Prakash and practice head Arun Mani, Archeus Law provides end-to-end project and infrastructure support. The practice’s comprehensive contract management offering assists clients with bidding, project execution and closure, primarily in the power sector, though rail and oil and gas projects are also present on the deal sheet.

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Testimonials

‘The firm in general has an excellent work ethic backed by a meticulous attention to detail in addition to being highly professional, flexible and providing exemplary services.’

‘Both Mr. Ranjit Prakash and Mr. Arun Mani are very accomplished in their firm’s industry focus and are excellent both in oral and written submissions. They are timely, efficient, professional and very knowledgeable and got us through the sometimes arduous legal matters to a very successful conclusion. I have found their legal opinions to be clear and precise, yet fair while protecting our position in regards to construction contract documents, ordinances, and opinions drafted.’

Key clients

Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Corporation

SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation

SEPCO1 Electric Power Construction Corporation

Runh Power

Andritz Hydro

PowerChina Chengdu Engineering Corporation

Beijing SPC Environment Protection Tech Co.

Sinohydro Corporation

China Construction First Group Corporation

Qingdao Daneng Environmental Protection Equipment Incorporated Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Corporation and its Indian subsidiary, SUCG Infrastructure India on their metro rail projects in India including Delhi Metro, Mumbai Metro and Chennai Metro.
  • Assisted Beijing SPC Environment Protection Tech Co. with its flue gas desulphurization projects in India.
  • Advised SEPCO1 Electric Power Construction Corporation on its thermal power projects in India.

The firm: Archeus Law is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of Project Advisory, Contract Management and International Dispute practices in various areas of businesses including Infrastructure, Real estate and Mining. Launched in October 2016, the firm has commenced operations with a strong portfolio of clients including some of the leading Indian and Foreign Multinational Companies and part of the Fortune 500 list of companies. Archeus Law consists of a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals who possess extensive knowledge and understanding of the Indian legal and regulatory framework.

The firm has been launched by Ranjit Prakash, Chief Executive Partner, a legal professional having more than 25 years of experience. Ranjit is a former Senior Partner and one of the founding partners of HSA Advocates. He moved on with his entire highly specialized project management and dispute team to set up his new firm Archeus Law. The team at Archeus Law has substantial experience in advising on an array of issues related to Infrastructure and Energy sector, which includes project advisory, transactional support, contract management and dispute resolution. The team is currently handling a portfolio of infrastructure projects which includes large Power Projects both conventional and renewable energy, highway projects, metro rail projects and mining projects.

With its principal office in New Delhi, Archeus Law is supported by a network of associate firms in other parts of the country. From its early days, Archeus Law has already built up a significant client base in a short span of time by delivering quality professional service in a timely manner, which have been appreciated by client.

Areas of practice
Projects and infrastructure: Archeus is currently handling several infrastructure development projects in various sectors including power, roads, SEZs, construction projects etc. Archeus typically acts as the lead legal counsel in the assignments that it is retained for, including assignments for project development and investment overseas. Archeus is involved as legal adviser to a significant number of PPP infrastructure projects.

Archeus has a very strong contract management practice and this has given Archeus rare insight and experience into the management and implementation of the large and complex infrastructure projects. In our experience, in the infrastructure space, a deep understanding of contract management is critical for a sophisticated appreciation of sectoral risk.

Archeus has advised diverse clients in the energy sector and the portfolio of power projects being handled by the Firm exceeds, in the aggregate, 20,000 MWs including more than 3,000 MWs of greenfield power generation projects. These projects are in different stages of development and Archeus advises on all facets of project development, regulatory, policy, financing, disputes resolution and general advisory.

Archeus expertise in the infrastructure sector includes advising on legal, regulatory and policy and structuring issues, bid advisory and assistance, legal and regulatory risk evaluation, negotiating agreements and commercial arrangements, drafting transaction documents including concession agreements, EPC, O&M, Financing Contracts, bidding documents and other related transaction documents, project execution related issues including advising on requirement of diverse approvals and consents and assisting in obtaining them, environmental issues and other compliance issues.

Archeus also advises on the entire gamut of legal and regulatory issues in relation to project development, including licensing, tariff determination and other regulatory actions before the appropriate commission. Archeus is currently actively involved as legal consultant in the Road Sector Reforms to a State Government.

Legal compliances and audits: The firm offers tailor-made services to listed as well as unlisted companies across all industries on legal compliances and audits. The firm’s specialized team helps ensure the optimum level of compliance across the organization and in improving internal processes and systems for legal compliance. Our services on legal compliances and audits include Statutory Compliance Management, Statutory Compliance Implementation, Legal Due Diligence, Contractual Compliance Assessment and Personalized Legal Updates.

Litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory: Archeus handles a wide variety of matters before all Foras, for a wide range of clients in corporate/commercial litigation, contractual disputes. The firm has also been advising several of its clients on international arbitration matters, including institutional arbitrations before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Labour and employment: Archeus advises its clients, including multinational clients on labour and employment law related matters in India. The range of services includes providing advice and assistance in settlements, negotiating employment contracts, advising on labour issues in mergers and acquisitions, structuring VRS etc.

Archeus advises clients on employment, industrial, labour and other service law issues. This includes advice on terms of appointment and conditions of service, transfer, layoff, retrenchment, discharge or dismissal of employees and structuring of voluntary retirement schemes, employee stock options etc.

Mining and exploration: Archeus has extensive experience in handling mining projects, including advising clients and undertaking the entire execution, development and implementation of mining projects, including for iron-ore, gold and other minerals. The scope of projects undertaken in the recent past include acquisition of mines, including undertaking detailed legal due diligences of the targets, drafting, negotiating, finalizing relevant acquisition agreements, advising on the structure to be adopted for the acquisition / structuring of the transaction, foreign direct investments (FDI) in mining projects in India etc.

Archeus has advised a consortium of investors led by an Australian mining company in the acquisition and development of an iron ore mining project in Kerala, which project represents one of the largest ever FDI projects in India and the largest ever FDI in the state of Kerala. In addition, Archeus has been regularly advising a significant Australian conglomerate having interests in the mining sector and separately, also a Western Australian ASX listed mining company having interest in the iron ore mining sector on their mining project related initiatives in India. Archeus was retained by world’s leading hard rock mining entity, Perth based Barminco in structuring Mining Development Agreement with a leading Zinc entity in India.

The core team of the firm possess a strong background with professional qualifications and experience having gained these while serving clients at other top law firms in India.

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Project advisory
Contract management
International dispute
Infrastructure
Real estate
Mining

Archeus Law New Office Space!

Archeus Law has moved to its new, larger and more vibrant office at DLF Towers, Jasola, New Delhi. With this new office space, the firm aims at providing its attorneys a more intellectually stimulating and vibrant office environment. Further, with this move, the firm is looking at a new scope for innovative ideas, growth and identifying new paths for scaling greater heights.