Manjula Chawla

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Manjula Chawla

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Manjula Chawla specializes in the areas of foreign direct investments (FDI),mergers and acquisitions, demergers, joint ventures, corporate finance and restructuring, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial matters.

Since the early years of economic liberalisation, Manjula has successfully assisted many MNCs (include Fortune 500 companies) in establishing their presence in India; structuring, negotiating and drafting a wide range of business transactions for foreign investors and multinational corporations in a variety of fields including but not limited to automobiles, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharma, information technology & outsourcing, oil & gas, telecommunications.

Apart from advising clients on a wide range of issues involving FDI policy and key corporate issues, Manjula is now squarely focussed on critical issues like bribery & corruption laws, competition law, data privacy and protection and assists several clients with internal investigations on fraud and non-compliance.

Manjula represents numerous international clients in high profile litigation and arbitration matters arising out of commercial contracts and on apro bono basis represents a number of foreign and international non-profit organizations operating in India.

Manjula holds senior positions on various legal, business and social committees. She is currently a member of the Corporate Affairs Committee of the PHD Chamber of Commerce, Member - North India Council at the Indo- American Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of SILF ( the Society of Indian Law Firms a collective of India’s Top Corporate Law Firms and their only representative body in India).

« Visteon Corporation, a US global automotive parts supply company, on a number complex deals including advising on the India leg of the transfer of its global automotive interiors business to Reydel Automotive Holdings BV, owned by the New York private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management LP.
« Ford Motor Credit Company, USA in re-entering India and establishing a non-banking financial services company for financing Ford vehicles in India.
« Kokuyo Co., Ltd., Japan's largest stationery maker on its acquisition of Riddhi Enterprises, a Mumbai-based paper and notebooks manufacturer.
« Trafigura Beheer BV, one of world’s largest crude oil trader, on a strategic equity investment in Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited's oil refinery in Cuddalore, TN. The deal was nominated as theM&A Deal of the Year for IFLR Asia Awards 2013 and reported as one of the notable deals in Southeast Asia in May 2012 by Australian Legal Business.
« Monster Energy Corporation, USA in setting up a subsidiary in India for manufacturing, importing and selling its energy drinks in India.

Manjula has been credited with nearly over 20 years of experience in the field of foreign investments earning her numerous awards and citations:

« National Law Day Award - 2000 by the Union Law Minister for"Excellence in Corporate Law and for unique contribution in bringing foreign exchange into India".
« ‘Women Lawyer of the Year’ - Recognition of Legal Finesse & Accomplishments - India’s Legal Era Awards’ 2015
« Ranked Market-Leading Lawyer by AsiaLaw Leading Lawyer survey 2017 in Corporate/M&A
« Leading lawyer Corporate/ M&A, Chambers Asia Pacific Asia's Leading Lawyers for Corporate/M&A in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
« Leading Lawyer 100 in the category of Cross Border Law and Corporate & Mergers & Acquisitions – Lawyer Monthly global list 2011 & 2012
« "Woman of the Year India 2011-12", International Who's Who Executives & Professionals

Saket Shukla

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Saket Shukla

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Saket Shukla’s practice specialises in M&A, JVs, private equity and complex corporate and commercial transactions across a range of sectors.

Saket has more than 15 years of experience, and focuses on intricate transactional and projects work; representing investors, targets and various project participants. His expertise lies in working around complexities, be it in an acquisition of a strategic stake, restructuring interests or friendly or hostile exits.  Saket’s expertise has consistently been recognised in heavily regulated sectors like insurance. He led an initiative with the insurance regulator, resulting in the issuing of guidelines for mergers of general insurers.

Apart from participation in policy building measures, Saket also has a keen interest in the social sector. He has advised a US Task Force on CSR related issues and a project in eastern India on connecting silk weaving communities with designers and artists-in-residence to match their craft with current fashion.

« RSA plc on its exit from Royal Sundaram Alliance General Insurance Company.
« A major oil utility company on the acquisition of an LNG terminal, including conducting due diligence on the proposed target companies and providing advice on the transaction structure.
« A large contractor, subsidiary of an Australian company, on several EPC arrangements including disputes and settlements.
« A major equipment supplier, subsidiary of a European conglomerate, on various supply contracts and enforcement issues.
« An LSE listed insurance on its joint venture interests in India.
« National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on its fuel procurement programme through two international tenders, including drafting LNG sale and purchase, terminalling and regasified LNG supply and pipeline gas sale and purchase agreements.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 reports that "Saket Shukla has an understanding business side of the transaction so that a workable and balanced agreement is negotiated, is willing to advice and doesn't sit on the fence and gives excellent, sound, balanced advice on insurance, JVs and corporate matters".

His other citations include:

« Insurance Reinsurance 2016: Analysis reports "Saket is an esteemed name in word in India, and is deliberate by his clients to be invaluable"
« Insurance Expert - The International Who's Who of Insurance & Lawyers
« M&A and general corporate -One of the most highly recommended Asia- Pacific-focused lawyers - Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey
« Projects, Infrastructure and Energy category for India - Chambers
« Market-Leading Lawyer, Corporate/M&A: AsiaLaw Leading Lawyer survey 2017

Abhishek Saxena

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Abhishek Saxena

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Abhishek Saxena’s practice includes corporate transactional work including joint ventures and M&A, projects (including project financing), private equity, structuring and tax advisory, foreign investment and regulation, bankruptcy.

Abhishek has nearly two decades of experience, advising on a variety of cross border deals and continues to be associated with a number of complex and prestigious projects in diverse sectors such as financial services, IT, industrial, oil and gas, power, automotive, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and aviation.

He represents large and reputed Indian companies, foreign investors and multinational corporations (including Fortune 100 companies) in various sectors. He has participated on panels at various forums and is a regular contributor of articles on contemporary legal issues.

« Dufry AG, a large duty-free operator and travel retailer, on an approximately USD 1.7 billion global acquisition of Nuance Group.
« Accor and InterGlobe as the transaction counsel on a USD 325 million hotel fund with Pacifica Partners, a joint venture between Host, a US REIT and GIC.
« Petronet LNG Ltd, a listed company, on the bidding process for appointment of contractors for design, engineering, procurement and construction of LNG storage tanks and regasification facility for expansion of its LNG regasification terminal at Dahej.
« Petronet LNG Ltd on a global tender for chartering of fourth LNG tanker for transportation of LNG to its LNG regasification facilities in Kochi, Kerala.
« GSPC LNG Ltd on the bidding process for appointment of contractors for design, engineering, procurement and construction of LNG storage tanks and regasification facility for its LNG regasification terminal at Mundra port.
« Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India on implementation of a project involving Provision for Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) scheme on a PPP basis.
Legal 500 has recognised Abhishek's expertise and quoted a client saying "Abhishek Saxena provides outstanding services". Chambers and Partners also cited feedback on Abhishek recognising him as someone who"always goes into depth to understand the technical issues, which makes working with him a great learning experience."

His other citations include:

« Ranked Market – Leading Lawyer by AsiaLaw Leading Lawyer survey 2017 in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity.
« Consistently recommended as Leading Lawyer by Chambers and Partners (Global and Asia) since 2010.
« "ALB'S Hot 100" listing the best legal minds in Asia - Asian Legal Business.
« Leading Asia Pacific lawyer by IFLR 1000.
« His name finds mention in ’The A-List : India’s top 100 lawyers’, published by IBLJ in Oct 2016

Sawant Singh

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Sawant Singh

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Sawant Singh focuses on Phoenix Legal’s banking and finance practice.

Over nearly two decades, Sawant has built areas of expertise around private equity, project finance, securitisation, asset reconstruction, consortium banking, domestic and external commercial borrowings and debt restructuring. He also advises clients on a host of corporate and commercial, labour/employment and real estate issues.

According to Chambers and Partners, Sawant Singh "is one of India's most in demand banking practitioners". Clients praise his solution focused and practical approach in addition to his very calm demeanour, a huge plus in high stakes negotiations."

Sawant built a considerable portfolio around cutting edge work in the banking and finance domain.

« Standard Chartered Bank and IDFC, on the financing of the Jammu-Udhampur section of National Highway 1A by a Shapoorji Pallonji. Foreign currency loan of USD 350 million and rupee loan of INR 5.5 billion
« Citibank, devising and successfully implementing India's first revolving securitisation for working capital loans.
« IFMR Capital, structured the world's first multi-originator securitisation issuance with the underlying pool being micro-loans
« Navis Capital, a private equity firm on investment in Edutech, one of the biggest deals in India's education sector.
« India InfradebtLimited (the country's first Infrastructure Debt Fund created under the Non-Banking Financial Company structure) on their first deal -financial assistance provided to Himalayan Expressway Limited in relation to the refinancing of a road project. This deal was a winner in the category "ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL’s Deals of the Year 2014.
« Sojitz, on a USD 40 million joint venture (including equity infusion, credit support, exclusive supply arrangement and technical services) with the Archean Group to set up and operate a marine chemicals plant.
Sawant Singh’s services have been widely recognized, according to Asia law Profiles, he "is highly respected by peers and much acclaimed by clients". Chambers and Partners, says Sawant "has great clarity of thought and varied exposure, and handles very big transactions with ease".

His other citations include:

« Project Finance -One of the most highly recommended Asia-Pacific focused lawyers, Asia law Leading Lawyers Survey
« Legal’s Finest 200 Awards, 2015 - Client Choice –Banking & Finance Law Award in India
« Banking and Labour and Employment -One of the most highly recommended Asia-Pacific focused lawyers, Asia law Leading Lawyers Survey
« Highly recommended as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance and Projects, Infrastructure & Energy, Chambers Asia-Pacific
« His name finds mention in ’The A-List : India’s top 100 lawyers’, published by IBLJ in Oct 2016
« Ranked as Market-Leading Lawyer by AsiaLaw Leading Lawyer survey 2017 in Banking and Finance, Projects and Infrastructure

Jyoti Singh

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Jyoti Singh

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Jyoti is Insolvency and Disputes Partner with Phoenix Legal. Jyoti focuses on Firm's Litigation and Arbitration practice. Her areas of expertise include insolvency and bankruptcy, corporate commercial disputes including shareholders disputes, recovery of debts and enforcement of security, corporate fraud and white-collar crimes.

For over a decade, Jyoti has acted for some of the largest banks and financial institutions and for borrowers alike, before various courts including Supreme Court of India and Tribunals. She is presently advising and representing Lloyds bank, Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Limited, SCB and ICICI and is advising insolvency professionals, corporate debtors and operational creditors on various insolvency related issues.

Jyoti also has vast experience in handling white-collar crimes and corporate fraud, and focuses on helping her clients mitigate the risk of legal proceedings. She also regularly advises and represents multi- national and Indian corporations across various sectors in commercial litigation, labour/ employment related issues and real estate disputes.

« Advising and representing Lloyds Bank Plc, the confirming bank of Standby Letters of Credit ("SBLC") before the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court in a matter concerning anti-suit injunction granted by the Bombay High Court.
« Advising and representing various financial creditors and corporate debtors in proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 before various National Company Law Tribunals across the country and the Appellate Tribunal at New Delhi.
« Advising Insolvency Professional(s) in relation to their duties as an Interim Resolution Professional and Resolution Professional.
« Providing corporate compliance and whistleblowing support to a global logistics company.
« Advising and representing one of India’s largest Foreign Trade Warehousing Zones (FTWZ) in insolvency proceedings and commercial disputes.

Jyoti has co-authored a book on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 "Concepts and Procedure" published by Bloomsbury publication.

Jyoti has been ranked by Chambers and Partners for ‘Dispute Resolution: Insolvency’ and ' Dispute Resolution- Mumbai based' for three consecutive years since 2015.

Chambers and Partners rates her as "very focused, and someone who understands the financial sector", and that her "clients enthuse about her thorough case preparation and high levels of client service". Chambers and Partners say that her clients highlight her "effective client service, sound knowledge and quick response times".

According to Chambers Global guide Jyoti Singh of Phoenix Legal is "well known in the legal arena".

She has been awarded “Young Achievers Award of the year in the Law Firm category (42 years & below)” for the year 2016-17 by Legal Era.

Jyoti has also been recommended by Legal 500 in “Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Restructuring”.

Jyoti frequently participates at many conferences and seminars organised by Legal Era, INSOL India International Bar Association, Asia-Pacific Regional Forum etc., conducts workshops on niche issues of corporate compliance and writes for a number of national and international legal journals and publications.


Siddharth Hariani

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Siddharth Hariani

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Siddharth Hariani focuses on the firm’s corporate and real estate practice and concentrates on corporate and commercial transactions, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital fund transactions.

Siddharth has vast experience in representing and advising various participants in the real estate sector; investee companies and investors, property developers, buyers, lessors, lessees and funds. He also advises them on a host of matters including advice on foreign direct investment in the real estate sector, structuring investments, acquisition and development, due diligence on property and negotiating leases.

« IL&FS Power and NCC on sale of stake in regards to a hydro power plant to a Abu Dhabi based power company.
« Godrej Properties Limited on conducting diligence and entering into a development management agreements and development agreements in connection with development of residential projects in Mumbai.
« Runwal Developers, on a private equity investment by Kotak RE Fund in regards to a project being developed in Mumbai and also on proposed acquisition of 80 acres of land in Mumbai, conducting due diligence and negotiation of bid documents.
« DBOI Global Services Private Limited (Deutsche Bank) on acquiring lease of an area in excess of 200,000 square feet in a corporate park in Pune, Maharashtra.
« IL&FS Real Estate Fund on a private equity investment into City Corporation Ltd (Amanora) in Pune, Maharashtra, for a development of a residential project.
« Posco Engineering and Construction on drafting of a FIDIC construction contract in regards to providing construction services to a real estate development project.

Chambers & Partners (2013) states that clients consider Siddharth to be "very responsive, meet the deadlines and absolutely fair value for money". It adds that "His greatest strength is his ability to understand the spirit of the deal. He's commercially minded and keeps the interests of the investors in mind"

His other citations:

« Leading Lawyer (Mergers and Acquisitions) - <>i>AsiaLaw Profiles (2015)

Mrinal Ojha

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Mrinal Ojha

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Mrinal Ojha specialises in commercial dispute resolution (litigation/arbitration/ADR). His areas of focus are construction and engineering, cross-border contractual disputes, energy, insurance and reinsurance and sports law.

Mrinal regularly appears before the various High Courts and Supreme Court of India, besides other regulatory bodies and tribunals. He handles ad hoc and institutional domestic and international commercial arbitrations and mediations involving disputes in several jurisdictions. He represents both Indian and foreign clients in a variety of high-value, complex and fact-intensive disputes.

Mrinal has also acted as a coverage or monitoring counsel for Indian and overseas insurers on a whole host of intricate liability issues. Where there is no coverage issue or conflict, he also acts as defence counsel for insured at the behest of insurers/reinsurers controlling the claim.

Mrinal regularly conducts workshops on legal issues for fora such as the Bombay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Indian Merchant Chambers and the National Insurance Academy, India.

« Representing a client in handling claims arising from defective oil exploration equipment and consequent failure of 2 offshore drilling projects in USA and Canada;
« Representing a client in handling claims arising from allegedly defective pharmaceutical products with FDA, US implications;
« Representing a client in an arbitration arising from claims for variation, prolongation, and preliminaries in a substantial construction contract.

« "Mrinal Ojha is praised for his excellent work and is a strong presence in court." - Insurance Reinsurance 2016: Analysis
« Mrinal has previously been recognised by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific as an “exemplary and focused” lawyer and cited in the 2015 edition of the Who's Who Legal.

Trinath Tadakamalla

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Trinath Tadakamalla

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Trinath Tadakamalla focusses on the firm’s disputes practice, specifically in the areas of company disputes, energy, engineering, insurance and reinsurance, and recoveries.

Trinath has acted for Indian and overseas clients on cross border issues and also advises on force majeure issues arising out of Indian companies acting in conflict zones such as Syria and Yemen. He represents a majority of the Indian city gas distribution entities in their disputes with the regulator and against the government, and also advises them on several strategic and regulatory matters. He acts for several public sector engineering companies in their disputes in India and overseas.

For insurers Trinath is an expert on policy coverage, claims handling, strategy, and representing them in litigation and arbitration on claims. He also advises insurers on structuring of some of their key products.

He also acts for overseas clients in shareholder disputes, and in the enforcement of arbitral awards and judgments of foreign courts in India, and has worked with large teams of international lawyers on large commercial disputes.

« Representing a group of Indian insurers in structuring the nuclear pool insurance and the wording of the policies to be issued under that pool.
« Representing an Indian insurer in a large loss of profits insurance claim on whether the output method of calculation of loss of profits is to be applied.
« Representing an Indian company and an Ivory Coast company in their arbitration in Singapore (SIAC) against a large Hong Kong based trading company.
« Representing a European company in their execution of 2 arbitral awards for USD 120 million against assets in India.
« Representing a private equity firm in its disputes with its Indian partner arising out of that partner’s oppressive conduct in the conduct of the affairs of the JV Company.

Sriram Ramachandran

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Sriram Ramachandran

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Sriram Ramachandran is a partner based in the Mumbai office of Phoenix Legal and focuses on the corporate practice of the firm.

Sriram has significant experience in a wide range of domestic and cross border M&A transactions, joint ventures, asset acquisitions and dispositions, private placements, private equity and venture capital investments and restructuring transactions. He also advises clients on a host of corporate and commercial, employment and real estate issues.

IFLR1000: Energy & Infrastructure reports that Sriram is a trusted advisor and partner for the business in various sectors such as oil and gas, infrastructure and mining and construction.

Debarshi Dutta

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Debarshi Dutta

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Debarshi is a partner based in New Delhi office of the firm and focusses on litigation, arbitration and contentious advisory work.

He specialises in complex high-value disputes, and undertakes a range of contentious work on behalf of domestic and foreign corporations. He regularly advises and represents a diverse clientele including government owned and private insurance companies; engineering & construction firms; companies operating in energy, oil and gas & shipping sector; banks and financial institutions and public sector undertakings, both in India and overseas. He is also adept at handling a variety of commercial disputes for high net-worth individuals, particularly in the areas of mining, pharmaceuticals, intellectual property and financial services.

He also advises directors and officers in relation to civil and criminal liability exposure arising in course of fulfilling their corporate responsibilities. Besides dispute resolution, he has substantial experience in corporate advisory work with a special focus on insolvency issues and shareholder's disputes.

Debarshi regularly appears in various courts and tribunals, including regulatory bodies, across India. His ability to act for clients as a solicitor and plead in court as a counsel has helped him carve out a niche practice, and his clients seek him out for complex and high-value disputes that require a tailored and out-of-the-box approach.

Debarshi has assisted Mr Mrinal Ojha and Mr Trinath Tadakamalla in writing a chapter on enforcement of foreign awards for Lexis Nexis.

Pranav Srivastava

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Pranav Srivastava

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Pranav is a partner based in the New Delhi office of the Firm and focusses his practice on infrastructure, power, oil and gas, EPC/ construction and technology (including IT) sectors.

In these sectors his practice comprises advising clients on transactional work as well as representing them on high-value commercial arbitrations.

His transactional experience includes advising clients on cross-border (both inbound and outbound) investments, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, appointment of contractors (including by conducting bidding processes) and general contracting work.

On the commercial arbitration side he regularly represents clients on domestic arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations seated outside India including institution administered arbitrations.

Pranav has authored several publications and frequently speaks on a variety of topics in international fora. He is also an Officer at the International Bar Association.

Ritika Ganju

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Ritika Ganju

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Ritika is a partner based in the New Delhi Office of the Firm and focuses her practice on Corporate and M&A, Competition and Compliance matters.

Ritika has over 10 years of experience in primarily advising, assisting and representing well renowned multi-national companies in a wide range of merger and acquisitions, commercial transactions including joint ventures, investment into India, corporate restructuring and regulatory matters across various business sectors such as automotive, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, food and beverage and information technology.

She regularly advises clients on wide array of general corporate advisory matters ranging from advice on company law, employment related issues, contract law, competition law, foreign exchange regulations, anti-bribery laws, and sector specific regulations. She has assisted some of the well-established foreign companies to enter India and lends day to day support to the subsidiaries of the said foreign companies in India on corporate and legal matters.

Ritika regularly contributes articles on corporate and competition issues which are featured in several journals. She has been contributing for several years to the World Banks Doing Business in India project.

Aditya Bhargava

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Aditya is a partner based in the Mumbai Office of the Firm and is primarily involved in the banking and finance, and the debt capital markets and structure finance practices of the firm.

He regularly advises banks and financial institutions (including foreign portfolio investors) on a wide range of financing matters including providing cross border financings, structured finance, plain vanilla and syndicated rupee term loans, ECB facilities, ODI facilities, APSAs, project finance, acquisition financing, trade finance, acquisition of distressed assets, payments and cash management, subscription to debentures (secured, unsecured, and subordinated), and the issuance of regulatory capital (in the form of subordinated debt and BASEL III compliant bonds). On transactional matters, he also assists in cross-border M&A, insurance, foreign exchange, infrastructure, and general corporate matters. He was also seconded as legal counsel to ANZ in Mumbai for 1 year to assist the branch set-up team enabling the re-entry of ANZ into India after receipt of in-principle approval from the RBI.

Shadaan Mohammed Saipillai

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Shadaan Mohammed Saipillai

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Shadaan Saipillai is a partner based in the Chennai office of Phoenix Legal and specialises in the areas of general corporate and commercial, real estate, labour and employment matters

Shadaan has nearly 15 years of experience and focusses on complex corporate and commercial transactions including domestic and cross border M&A, joint ventures, asset acquisitions and dispositions, private placements, angel and private equity investments. He also advises on a host of labour and employment and dispute resolution matters for multinational corporations in a variety of fields including information technology and outsourcing, automobiles, healthcare and pharma, telecommunications.

Shadaan has vast experience in representing and advising various participants in the real estate sector; investee companies and investors, property developers, buyers, lessors, lessees and funds. He also advises them on a host of matters including advice on foreign direct investment in the real estate sector, structuring investments, acquisition and development, due diligence on property and negotiating leases.

Vasanth Rajasekaran

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Vasanth Rajasekaran

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Vasanth's practice areas include Dispute Resolution (Litigation & Arbitration), Aerospace Defence and Aviation, Infrastructure and Urban Development Projects, Energy and Natural Resources, Railways, Real Estate and Competition Law.

Vasanth has been successfully representing many Fortune 100 companies and domestic clients in several high-stake arbitration proceedings under ICA, LCIA, ICC and SIAC rules of Arbitration and also represented them in enforcement and execution proceedings before the High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He has also gained significant experience in corporate commercial litigation, white collar crimes, tender litigation, anti-trust litigation before various courts and tribunals in India.

Vasanth has been regularly advising many foreign OEM's in the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence sector on legal issues arising out of Defence Procurement Procedure, Offset Policy, Supply contracts, Technology Transfers, License Agreements, Offset Contracts, Arms Act, Strategic Partnership/Make In India projects etc.

Apart from the above, in the Projects space, Vasanth has been assisting many multinational companies in many prestigious Energy and Natural Resources projects, Infrastructure and Urban Development Projects.

Vasanth has acted for Ministry of Housing in drafting the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Bill, 2012 and also been the nominated as a member of core committee of sub-ordinate legislation under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 set-up by the Ministry of Housing.