He is hailed for being "very strong technically and at the same time very pragmatic" and for "his attention to detail, promptness in advice and documentation.
Sawant's areas of expertise include 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 including inbound and outbound foreign investment, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
Sawant’s services have been widely recognized and he is known for having a "great reputation" in the market. According to Asialaw Profiles, Sawant "is highly respected by peers and much acclaimed by clients" and according to Chambers and Partners, Sawant "has great clarity of thought and varied exposure, and handles very big transactions with ease". He also has been referred to, by Chambers & Partners, as one of India's most in-demand banking practitioners and has been listed in the 'A-List: India's Top 100 Lawyers' by the Indian Business Law Journal.
Clients praise him for his "solution-focused and practical approach" in addition to his "very calm demeanor, which is a huge plus in high stakes negotiations". They admire him for being "accessible, smart and quick in his responses" and for being "able to see the commercial aspects of the matter". Chambers and Partners has also certified Sawant as "Highly recommended as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance" in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021,2022 and 2023. According to them Sawant is described as being "a very well-regarded lawyer on the banking side," and a "project finance veteran".