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We believe in focusing our efforts on the areas where we are at our strongest and where our clients tell us they are in most need of assistance to reach their full potential. The following practice areas best represent these strengths:

We believe in focusing our efforts on the areas where we are at our strongest and where our clients tell us they are in most need of assistance to reach their full potential. The following practice areas best represent these strengths:

BANKING FINANCE

We represent lenders and borrowers in a range of financing transactions including vanilla financing, mezzanine financing, external commercial borrowing, structured debt products, project financing, securitization and debt assignment transactions. Our clients include some of the world’s largest commercial banks, investment banks, non-banking financial companies, private investment funds, mutual funds and other institutional lenders and investors and borrowers and issuers of securities.

Corporate Finance: The Firm regularly advises banks and NBFCs in providing general corporate financing facilities. These financing transactions, apart from general working capital arrangements, include export credit financing transactions, asset financing and other such funding arrangements. The general corporate finance practice of the Firm also advises lenders and corporates on external commercial borrowing and trade credit facilities.

Listed & Structured Debt: The Firm has a strong structured debt practice both on the listed and unlisted space. Amongst other debt placements, the Firm has advised L&T Finance on the first preference share listing in India. The Firm advises on all aspects of securitization regulations and transactions for certain NBFCs, trustees and originators of securitized assets.

Infrastructure & Project Finance: The Firm advises lenders in financing of conventional and renewable energy and road projects.

Aviation Financing: The Firm provides in-depth advice on cross-border financing transactions. We represent airlines, air carriage operators, financial institutions, lesson and support providers (such as MROs) on a broad spectrum of acquisition, financing, lease and related regulatory matters. Our experience includes the financing of purchase and lease of aircrafts by leading airline operators, corporates and leasing and financial institutions.

Restructuring & Insolvency: With the advent of the Insolvency Code in India 2016, the Firm’s Banking and Finance team is increasingly advising lenders and corporates on their debt restructuring arrangements and insolvency resolution processes.

CORPORATE

Merger & Acquisitions: Acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures have always been an important strategic option for corporations, financial institutions and private equity investors. We help our clients understand and assess these options and execute their transactions.
Our in-depth experience supports our clients in both their domestic deals and multi-jurisdictional transactions.
The Firm advises both acquirers and sellers at every step of the transaction – from preparation of offers to negotiations, documentation and closing the deal. We also advise corporates, investors and entrepreneurs on structuring, drafting and negotiating their joint venture agreements. When structuring and planning acquisitions and investments, we are also able to call on our experience in allied areas such as regulatory, tax, employment, commercial, dispute resolution, real estate and intellectual property law.

Private Equity & Venture Capital: The Firm advise private equity investors and target companies at all stages of their investment cycle and businesses. The Firm advises on executing acquisitions, financings and exit transactions; and providing corporate, securities, financing and litigation advice to portfolio companies. Clients like working with us because we understand the dynamics of the private equity marketplace and along with bringing our legal skills to the table, we also have a sophisticated commercial approach, an in-depth understanding of the regulatory framework and top-quality project management skills.

INVESTMENT FUNDS

The Firm regularly advises sponsors in the formation, structuring and negotiation of a wide variety of private investment vehicles and sponsors, as well as on the full spectrum of securities, tax and regulatory issues typically associated with such transactions. As part of the Firm’s representation of fund sponsors, we advise clients on maintaining compliance with the complex regulatory regimes that apply to unregistered and registered investment funds and financial services firms in multiple jurisdictions.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

In today’s legal and regulatory environment, litigation can threaten the very existence of businesses. Our Firm’s disputes practice is geared to handle our clients’ most critical litigation issues. The Firm’s disputes practice, led by Murtaza Somjee is a ranked firm by the Chambers & Partners Global and Asia Pacific Guides for the year 2018.
Our disputes lawyers aim at providing a niche set of clients with end-to-end advice including pre-litigation advice, negotiation and effective use of court and arbitral processes. The disputes practice adopts a result oriented strategy intended to ensure that the client achieves its commercial goals in the challenging Indian litigation and arbitration scenario. Our practice covers a wide area of commercial matters including mergers & acquisitions, joint venture disputes, lender disputes, security enforcement, debt recovery, employment and human resources, contractual disputes, company matters, insolvency and information technology and privacy related disputes, amongst others.

REGULATORY & ADVISORY

We are often asked to advise both corporates and financial institutions on an array of regulatory matters and compliance issues. We advise on structuring of investment transactions, general placement programmes, portfolio and wealth management and provide advice on the introduction of new products and business lines. We also advise our clients on industry specific regulations (including aviation, hospitality, web-based businesses, technology media and telecommunications, retail trading, pharmaceuticals), plus economic & financial regulations such as foreign exchange laws, FDI policy, securities laws and antitrust laws.

TECHNOLOGY

Our technology practice advises on traditional outsourcing structures and increasingly in the ever-growing entertainment and fin-tech space. Our full-service outsourcing practice, covers a range of areas, including employment, privacy and information management, intellectual property and regulatory issues. Our extensive experience in outsourcing arrangements brings to our clients a unique perspective that comes from having represented both users and providers of outsourced services across a wide range of industries.
We advise clients on dealing with the legal and compliance issues in the financial services industry, such as mobile payments, money transfers and asset raising companies, whether captive or outsourced.
Our technology lawyers also advise on payment systems, data analytics, new forms of AI and blockchain technology, developing and publishing content, negotiating and drafting industry-specific contracts and implementing strategies to protect intellectual property.

REAL ESTATE

Our senior partner, Kalpana Merchant, has decades of experience in managing large real estate practices and has an unparalleled coverage of executing real estate transactions in one of the world’s fastest growing property markets. We work with real estate developers and investors in executing complex, high-value portfolio transactions and apply our local market knowledge and legal expertise to help clients plan, negotiate and execute real estate acquisitions and sales, including investment transactions involving real property assets. We work on deals involving commercial, hospitality and industrial properties, collaborating with the Corporate Practice to provide integrated advice on all aspects of these transactions.