our practice areas

ARBITRATION

The firm regularly represents clients in ad-hoc as well as institutional Arbitrations, both domestic and international. The Firm’s expertise in this area broadly covers the following:

  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses.
  • Filing Request for Arbitration.
  • Filing Application before Court for Appointment of Arbitral Tribunal.
  • Drafting Statements of Claim, Reply and Set-off/ Counter Claim, Rejoinders.
  • Drafting Applications for interim reliefs to be filed before Courts/ Arbitral Tribunal as the case may be.
  • Filing/ Responding to Requests to Produce documents.
  • Preparing Evidence.
  • Conducting cross-examination.
  • Briefing Arguing Counsels and Conducting Hearings.
  • Filing Application for Setting Aside of Award.
  • Filing Application for Execution of Award.

BANKING AND FINANCE

In the banking and finance sector, the firm has provided services with respect to financial products including debt finance, asset-backed finance and have advised clients on asset sales and debt trading, private banking, corporate financing and refinancing and public sector financing. The firm provides wide range of services in this sector including but not limited to:

  • Representing clients in financing transactions (origination, negotiation, documentation and closing of the said transactions).
  • Advising and assisting in providing title opinions, creation and enforceability of Mortgages, Non-performing assets.
  • Advising and assisting in recovery matters.
  • Advising and assisting in project financing, syndicated loans and other forms of project funding.
  • Advising and assisting in housing Finance, infrastructure finance and other estate financing.
  • Representing clients in various matters before the Debt Recovery Tribunal.

CONSUMER PROTECTION AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICE

The Consumer protection law in India covers wide range of concerns that are crucial to be taken into account by individuals and also by any corporate for the protection of its consumers and avoid any dispute at a later stage, such as - product liability, privacy rights, unfair business practices, fraud, misrepresentation, and other consumer / business interactions. Our service in this field ranges from:

  • Providing complete assistance to the consumers as well as the manufacturers for safeguarding their interest on such various aspects revolving around consumer protection measures and unfair trade practice.
  • Advising and providing services to clients in all fields for the protection of rights of the consumers and product liabilities to consumers.
  • Advising clients on various rules and regulations in regard to consumer protection, unfair trade practice, etc.
  • Representing clients before National / State / District Consumer Redressal Forums.

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

The members of the firm have a vast experience and extensive knowledge in the field arbitration / alternative dispute resolution matters and extends its services in both – domestic and international arbitrations. The firm represents variety of clients, including corporates, associations, public sector undertaking, societies, and individuals. The firm provides wide range of services in this sector including but not limited to:

  • Advising on various legal and regulatory perspective for doing business in India.
  • Assisting in setting up operations / companies in India and obtaining requisite registrations, licenses, etc.
  • Advising corporates setting up their business in Special Economic Zone, Software Technology Parks of India and subsequent compliances and registrations.
  • Conducting legal due diligence for various transactions.
  • Advising and assisting in obtaining requisite regulatory approvals, clearances and registrations from various departments such as - Foreign Investment Promotion Board, Reserve Bank of India, Department of Economic Affairs, Securities Exchange Board of India, other Local authorities, etc.
  • Drafting and negotiating letters of intent, memorandum of understandings, commercial contracts, government contracts, undertakings, resolutions and related documents.

EMPLOYMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES

The members of the firm have advised both domestic and international clients on various regulatory and legal aspects of employment law, labour law and human resources and offer to provide its clients wide range of services involving services such as:

  • Advising and drafting of employment agreements, consultancy agreements, service bond agreements, deputation agreements, secondment agreements, non-compete agreements, etc.
  • Advising and drafting of employee handbook / code of conduct procedure handbook.
  • Advising on day-to-day legal issues pertaining to operations, compliance, governance.
  • Advising and drafting of policies to prevent sexual harassment, leave policies, rules & regulations, etc.
  • Assisting in obtaining requisite permissions from the regulatory authorities, statutory filings, maintenance of records and registers, etc.
  • Conducting human resource audits, focusing on issues pertaining to compliances in terms of the requisite employment, and labour laws and prescribed policies.

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

The firm offers wide range of assistance to its clients in this sector in

  • obtaining various approvals and clearances such as - regulatory and environmental clearances.
  • conducting legal due diligence.
  • drafting and negotiation of the documentation involved.
  • fuel supply contracts, production sharing contracts, sale and purchase agreements (Oil and Gas).

That apart, the firm also represents clients in disputes (OIL & GAS PSUs) relating to awarding of works contracts, employment issues and issues involving compliance of statutory provisions.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

With the emergence of infrastructure, manufacturing and real estate as the primary sectors of growth and development for India, the environmental agenda has undergone a remarkable change and resultantly, Environmental Law too has become a field of grave importance. The firm has a wide range of services to offer in this sector ranging from:

  • Conducting environmental due diligence.
  • Assessing environmental risks and liabilities and advising on managing such risks and liabilities.
  • Securing essential regulatory environmental clearances and approvals for various projects.
  • Assisting the clients in environmental audits to ensure environmental compliances, reporting and certifications.
  • Representing the clients against enforcement actions - civil and criminal, preferred before any court or tribunal.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

The Food and Beverages industry has witnessed immense growth in the Indian market. With the domestic as well as international brands catering in such a wide range, the relevant regulatory authorities have been making efforts to regulate the Food and Beverages industry in their best capacity by stipulating regulations in terms of Food Safety and Standards Act and Rules, Legal Metrology Act and Packaged Commodities Rules, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, etc.

The firm offers wide range of services to its clients in this sector, ranging from:

  • Advising on various applicable laws, rules and regulations and the parameters permissible.
  • Assisting in obtaining requisite clearances, approvals, no-objections from appropriate authorities.
  • Advising on the mandatory labeling laws to be adhered to as per the applicable rules and standards.

The firm also represents its clients in the food and beverage sector before courts in resisting enforcement actions on allegation of noncompliance of provisions under Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, etc.

HOSPITALITY

India's rich history and its cultural and geographical diversity has since a long time resulted in appealing international tourism and as such resulting in boosting more and more hotels in varied segments across India. The firm has assisted various clients in this sector and provides its clients wide range of services such as:

  • Setting-up hotel and resorts in various parts of India.
  • Advising and obtaining various requisite registrations / licenses / approvals / clearances and no-objections.
  • Conducting legal due diligence and advising and assisting in land acquisition issues.
  • Advising and assisting in taking over the management of existing hotels and in this regard drafting and vetting of Hotel Operating Agreements, License Agreements, and other related documents, etc.
  • Advising and assisting in acquiring existing hotel businesses and in this regard conducting legal due diligence, drafting and negotiating requisite agreements, and other related documents, etc.

INFRASTRUCTURE

India being a growing economy needs supporting infrastructure at all levels, such as Transport – Roads & Highways, Bridges, Ports, Railways, Airports, Municipal Infrastructure – Water Resource and Sanitation, Telecommunications, etc. Our team of lawyers offer to provide a wide range of legal assistance in this sector, such as:

  • Drafting and Vetting of Tenders, Letters of Intent.
  • Conducting due diligence.
  • Advising on requisite regulatory consents and approvals.
  • Assisting in structuring the projects and liaisoning with government authorities.
  • Drafting and negotiation of project related documentation, such as Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC), construction contracts, public-private partnership project contracts, project loan / finance agreements, concession agreements, mortgagee and hypothecations agreements, Operation and Maintenance (O & M) Contracts, etc.

INSURANCE

The Indian insurance sector operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Finance is regulated by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority plays a critical role in India’s economic development in various insurance sectors such as (i) Life Insurance & (ii) Non-life Insurance. Members of the firm offer to provide its services to the clients in this sector ranging from:

  • Foreign Exchange Regulations and Reserve Bank of India’s perspective on Insurance and holding of Insurance policies from an insurer outside India.
  • Foreign Exchange Regulations on Foreign Direct Investment in insurance sector in India.
  • Handling litigation pertaining to Insurance claims and claims under Motor Accident Claims Tribunal.
  • Drafting of Insurance, Re-Insurance policies and other related documents.
  • Arranging survey reports and final claims of the corporate houses.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

The contribution of Intellectual Property laws has been boon for many corporates in India and as such has contributed to the industrial and economic development of the country. The magnitude of our services/assistance pertaining to Copyright, Design, Patent and Trade Marks extends to:

  • Advising and Assisting on matters relating to transfer of technology, licensing, trade secrets.
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements for protection of trademarks, brand names, domain names, copyright and designs.
  • Management of portfolios – registrations & assignments and enforcement mechanisms, and in this regard, representing before the appropriate Registry offices and Courts.
  • Advising and Assisting in Infringement & Passing off matters.
  • Instituting Suits for injunction and for damages.

LITIGATION

Members of the firm take pride in handling several matters and consistently appearing before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, tribunals, forums, etc. in various jurisdictions across India in matters relating to Commercial & Contractual Dispute / Claims, Mining and Environment laws, Constitutional Law, Civil & Criminal Law, Law of Negotiable Instrument and Recovery Matters, Banking Laws, Trust and Probate, Medico-Legal Disputes, Property Laws, Family Laws etc.

The firm offers its clients varied services in this area of practice ranging from - drafting and filing all kinds of Petitions, Suits, Reply, Written Statements, Rejoinder Applications, Appeals, conducting cross examinations, briefing Senior Counsels, conducting hearings, etc., before all courts, forums, tribunals, departments, etc. in various jurisdictions across India, such as the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, Consumer Forums - District Consumer Commissions, State Consumer Commissions and the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Debt Recovery / Appellate Tribunal, Competition Commission of India, Company Law Board, Electricity Appellate Tribunal, District Courts, BIFR, AAIFR, CEGAT, Enforcement Directorate, FEMA Board, T.D.S.A.T., APTEL, etc.

CORPORATE STRUCTURING & RESTRUCTURING

The firm boasts in-depth knowledge and know-how of the legal aspects associated with both domestic and cross-border transactions with regard to joint ventures, amalgamation and scheme of arrangement, etc.

The firm also offers to facilitate its client’s engaging in the said activities in:

  • Conducting complete legal due-diligence.
  • Drafting of letters of intent, memorandum of understanding.
  • Drafting of transactional agreements (such as share purchase agreement, shareholder’s agreement, joint venture agreements).
  • Advising on relevant laws and assisting in negotiations.
  • Advising on and assisting in obtaining requisite approvals / permissions / clearances from the requisite authorities.
  • Obtaining court sanctions with regard to amalgamations, etc.

REAL ESTATE

Members of the firm have catered to wide range of clients in this sector, being the investors, the developers, property and facility managers, banks, occupiers, borrowers, owners, real estate advisers, real estate funds, banks, hotel owners and operators, etc., in various kinds of transactions ranging from Development and Construction Projects of Townships, Hotels & Resorts, Corporate Centers, Shopping Malls, Acquisition by private as well as public bodies, etc. The firm offers to provide its services in this sectors ranging from:

  • Conducting comprehensive legal due diligence and title investigation.
  • Advising and Assisting Obtaining requisite licenses and certificates (such as - change of land use, construction license, occupation license, completion certificates, etc.
  • Advising, assisting and liaisoning with relevant authorities for the purposes of Land Acquisition.
  • Drafting and reviewing of title documents.
  • Advising and assisting in land acquisition process.
  • Drafting and Vetting of Sale and lease documents.
  • Advising and assisting on requirements of various compliances such as stamp duty, registration fee and other property taxes, etc.
  • Advising, assisting and representing before various courts, forums etc. in relation to possession claims, obtaining injunctions, etc.

SECRETARIAL AND CORPORATE COMPLIANCE

Members of the firm have been assisting corporate clients on various aspects of secretarial corporate compliance in light of various legal, regulatory aspects and offer to provide its assistance pertaining to:

  • Formulating entry strategy in India including setting up Liaison Office, Branch Office, Project office, Wholly Owned Subsidiary / JV Company, etc.
  • Advising and assisting in incorporation of a company in India (Indian Company / WOS / JV Company) – and in this regard assisting in obtaining name approval, drafting of charter documents, requisite filings with the Registrar of Companies, obtaining Directors Identification Number / Digital Signature Certificate for directors, etc.
  • Advising and assisting in undertaking annual corporate compliances by a corporate.
  • Advising and assisting in drafting and vetting of board resolutions,shareholder’s resolutions, etc.
  • Advising and assisting corporates on an on-going basis on the legal and regulatory issues of day-to-day general nature, including issues relating to the quorum, location, composition, agenda and resolutions for meetings of the board of directors and shareholders.