• Corporate & Commercial

We advise domestic and foreign companies from the starting up, registration, going public, to raising capital, selling, merging, acquiring and combining businesses, to looking at the overall framework of operations, compliances and advising the board of directors on special transactions.We have significant experience in advising senior management of companies of all sizes on corporate governance procedures, conduct of AGMs, investor protection committee guidelines, disclosure and transparency rules.

We offer a full range of professional services for client’s antitrust needs. The firm has experience in this area with Monopolistic and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Commission and now Competition Commission of India (CCI) and Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT). We advise clients on competition compliance strategies, merger control regulations and litigation related to anti-competitive practices, abuse of dominant position, cartel issues and issues related to adverse effect on competition. We have successfully represented clients in defending and opposing appreciable adverse effect on competition before CCI, COMPAT and Supreme Court of India.

We handle all aspects of Mergers & Acquisition transactions including cross border & domestic M&A, joint ventures, schemes of arrangements, restructuring & re-organization (for listed & unlisted entities), buy-back of securities & reduction of capital. We structure the transaction based on commercial objectives of the parties, preparing and negotiating the transaction documentation from the term sheet level to final closing of the definitive agreements for arrangement of shares, asset/employees transfer, non-compete agreements and earn out models for the management.

We have wealth of experience in investment routing and tie-ups,we assist in

  1. Foreign investments via approval and automatic routes
  2. External commercial borrowings and conversion of debt into equity.
  3. Foreign exchange remittances/repatriations of funds.
  4. Advice to foreign clients on private placement of shares and debt instruments.
  5. Compounding of defaults.
  6. Establishment of branch office/ Project Office/ Liaison Office by foreign companies in India.

We provide legal counsel in real estate acquisition and in development of large land parcels, ownership and development of land by local and overseas purchasers. We conduct title verification, and draft loan, lease and license agreements. We have experience with leading developers in construction contracts including bidding documents, agreements with sub- contractors, leasing & renting of equipment. Other related activities that we undertake are-

  1. Collaboration and redevelopment agreements.
  2. Drafting lease deeds, leave and license agreements.
  3. Conveyance, re-conveyance, mortgage and other modes of creating security.
  4. Guiding clients through the regulations governing the acquisition and sale of property in various states and remittance of sale proceeds out of India.
  5. Real estate litigation.

We provide specialist legal advice to both the borrowers and the lenders in domestic and international financing of transactions, pre-investment due diligence reviews, drafting of agreements andnegotiation support as well as ongoing assistance with regulatory compliance and governance.

We provide adviseon borrowing from banks, financial institutions including due diligence, drafting of final agreements, inter-creditor issues and security creation. Clients include domestic and overseas banks, financial institutions and private equity organizations.

We have had an opportunity to represent both investors and target companies across various sectors, for funding at all levels, whether seed, mezzanine or matured funding, allowing our lawyers to, in turn, mature up and understand the pulse of each transaction as a whole. We have, as counsel to investors or to target companies, over time handled a wide gamut of transactions, each having their own set of distinctive characteristics. This has helped our Private Equity Team to draw on its experiences and assess each and every transaction in its entirety and at its every stratum.

Our services in this area of practice includes conceptualising and structuring the investment, conducting legal due diligence of the Company and sometimes (when representing the Company) conducting a housekeeping diligence for the Company, participating in negotiations from the term sheet stage till closing, preparing, reviewing, negotiating and finalising various transaction documents like Share Subscription Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements, Shareholders Agreement and other documents required by the parties including ancillary commercial documentation advising clients on regulatory aspects and compliances both pre and post investment.

We have extensive experience withprestigious Indian and overseas companies renowned for their HR practices across sectors for drafting of employment contracts/compliances, and national collective agreements. We advise on entire gamut of labour law issues, structuring of stock option plans, employment of expatriates and termination of employment contracts and severances.

We represent companies and their management in social security legislations related disputes with employeesbesides in transfer of employees and restrictive covenants in employment arrangements.

Recently, we have developed a niche practice in advising on laws on sexual harassment of women at workplace, constitution and management of Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) and assistance in conducting inquiries and proceedings.

We help clients in thoroughly evaluating their plan, driving competitive advantage and increasing shareholder returns.

We advise for transaction structuring, negotiating, documenting and executing complex commercial transactions including acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances, management buy-outs, buy-ins, fundraisings, stake sale, Initial Public Offerings, Takeovers, merger, de-merger and strategic reviews. We conduct legal due diligence, review/transfer of Intellectual property, licensing agreements, regulation compliance, drafting of share purchase/ business purchase agreement, agreement to sell, and related documentation.

  • Arbitration & Litigation

We have successfully defended and opposed Government Undertakings, Central and State Government and Authorities in various matters. We provide comprehensive services in preventive compliance, regulatory enforcements and the representation of defendants and interested parties in litigation; Contesting international and domestic commercial arbitrations before institutional and ad-hoc forums; Representing various clients before National Company Law Tribunal (Erstwhile Company Law Board) in matters including petitions for Oppression & Mismanagement; Interim relief for clients before, during and after the arbitration proceedings. We have successful track record in enforcement of domestic and foreign arbitration awards with specialty in dealing with disputes in Contracts with Government Authorities, Consulting Agreements, Construction Projects, Dealership Agreements, Energy, Power and Telecommunication sector. We have successfully obtained favorable awards for clients in high stake matters.

The areas of expertise also includes

  1. Antitrust/ Competition Matters
  2. Bank Guarantees
  3. Company Matters
  4. Consumer Matters
  5. Contractual Disputes
  6. Debt Recovery
  7. Employment Contracts
  8. Franchise & Distribution
  9. Intellectual Property Litigation
  10. Joint Venture & Contracts
  11. Merger Sanctions
  12. Negotiable Instruments
  13. Oppression and Mismanagement of Funds
  14. White Collar Crime
  • Intellectual Property Rights

Our intellectual property practice spans across patents, trade mark, copyright, design, geographical indicators and domain names prosecution (opposition & infringement). We act for reputed Japanese, Western European and American companies in managing, protecting and enforcing their IP portfolio in both contentious and non-contentious matters. We undertake patent prosecution activities in India and internationally in Asia, Europe and USA. Our firm acts both for bringing and defending domain name proceedings.

Some of our recent experiences in Intellectual Property Protection & Management are-

Advising one of the world’s leading Vulnerability Management company, eEye Inc. on various Intellectual Property Matters. Advising the company on Trademark Protection in India, including opposition to an infringing trademark filed by Apple Inc.

Successfully represented a globally reputed/ an International Air Charter service providing company on various intellectual property matters, including representing the company in.IN Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (INDRP) arbitration proceeding and protection of the trademark in India including rectification of an infringing trademark filed by an Indian company with the Indian Trademark Registry.

Advising Institut National des Appellations d’ Origine (INAO), a French government organization charged with regulating French agricultural products with protected Geographical Indication, in India and Nepal. Successfully resolved several contentious IP matters /issues with the Trademark Registry related to famous Geographical Indications such as Cognac, Champagne, Martinique, Le Hermitage, Floc de Gascogne, Normandie, etc.

Advising a leading international publication house, McGraw Hill Education, on various contracts and publishing agreement with the authors and subsequent termination of some of the contracts, including advise and necessary action on copyright issues related to raid and seizure of infringing books and materials. The firm has taken enforcement actions against the infringer for sale of infringing/pirated books for the said company.

Successfully advising, maintaining and enforcing IP rights for over a decade of a world’s leading paint manufacturing company.

Have been counselling for over a decade to one of the world’s largest producer of printing inks and pigments for protecting and maintaining their patent portfolio in India.

Successfully represented world’s leading frozen food manufacturing company in domain name dispute cases involving India specific extensions with UDRP.

Have been advising to several Startups under Startup India scheme in understanding and protecting the IP of their company. Our counsels are on the panel of India’s most reputed management institute Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta’s- Innovation Park ( The Start-up Incubation Centre) to facilitate the startup and companies coming up with innovative ideas under Make in India plan.

Our counsels are also on the panel of Intellectual Property Facilitation Center which is a joint initiative of Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and PHD Chamber of Commerce (one of the oldest Industry Association in India) to facilitate MSMEs in understanding and protection of their IP.

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