Overview

The Firm’s highly experienced corporate team provides a broad range of transactional and advisory services to institutions, entrepreneurs as well as public and private companies, and is experienced in dealing with all types of corporate transactions for clients in a wide range of sectors. The Firm prides itself on building personal relationships with its clients and providing a responsive, tailored service that will meet the specific needs of each of its clients.

The Firm represents its clients before various regulatory authorities such as the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Company Law Board (CLB), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Registrar of Companies (ROC), Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and other regulatory bodies.

Services

Areas of practice within Corporate Law Services include:

The Firm provides commercial contract support for in-house legal teams and also handles major projects and business critical contracts for companies across various sectors. The team has dedicated commercial lawyers who have expertise in drafting, negotiating and enforcing contracts involving a wide range of commercial and intellectual property arrangements.

The Firm’s advice covers all kinds of commercial contracts, such as investments, shareholders, joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances, agency, purchase and supply, distribution and franchise arrangements. The Firm’s experience also includes commercial contracts for services, licensing, development, distribution, marketing, manufacturing, outsourcing, maintenance and support and on-line terms and conditions. The commercial contracts team works with its clients to structure and document relationships be it with their joint venture partners, suppliers, customers or strategic partners and drafts the range of documents necessary to create and preserve these relationships, protect its clients’ rights and enhance the value of their businesses.

The Firm is committed to finding practical and commercial legal solutions. The Firm’s commercial contract team has extensive experience in reviewing existing and proposed contractual arrangements, successfully anticipating and pin-pointing legal and commercial risks and preparing clear and workable contracts.

The Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions team has experience and expertise in acting on complex, high-value, cross-border work as well as a range of smaller transactions. The Firm advises on the full range of deal structures from public takeovers/ offers through to divestments, private transactions and demergers. We advise on structuring of investments, formation of Indian entities, joint ventures, asset purchases, acquisitions and divestments, due diligence and related regulatory approvals. We have a wide-ranging client base in this domain that varies from multinational corporate and investment houses to start ups. The team is recognized for delivering excellent legal strategies and commercially viable advice within prescribed timelines.

The Firm also provides a wide range of services to its private equity clients, with the practice focused on the representation of buyers and sellers in a variety of transactions, including transfers of shares or assets and domestic and cross border transactions. The Firm is involved in structuring and negotiating investments made by its private equity clients including structuring clear exit strategies, whether by private sale, initial public offering, merger or acquisition.

India is an attractive investment destination. In the last few years, India has witnessed tremendous growth in certain sectors. Global proliferation and commerce have given joint ventures a new dimension. We are geared to advise clients on all facets of joint ventures (JVs) – investment strategies, corporate structures, investment documentation, compliances, IP licensing and strategy, franchising and exits including acquisitions and third party sales. Our team provides legal advisory service across a diverse range of industries and has extensive experience of advising on joint ventures and strategic alliances.

The service includes:

    • Structuring of the transaction;
    • Assistance in obtaining approvals, permission, if any (for the joint venture);
    • Assistance in setting up of the legal entity;
    • Conducting legal due diligence on the entity (if required) and identifying the risk(s) involved;
    • Based on the risk matrix, advising client on the steps to be taken for mitigating it;
    • Drafting of the transaction documents;
    • Assistance in closing the transaction;
    • Assisting the legal entity in obtaining approvals, licenses, registrations, etc.

The Firm provides advice to its clients in relation to general corporate and company law issues that arise in the normal course of business and frequently advise corporate clients on the legal issues that most regularly impact their businesses. The Firm provides a comprehensive range of advisory, liaison and compliance services necessary for the establishment and smooth operation of business in India by Indian and/or foreign entities. All businesses and commercial establishments operating in India are required to adhere to applicable legislations under the Companies Act, 2013 or the Limited Liability Partnership Act and various other legislations depending on the nature of activity and number of employees etc. We enable our clients to meet their regulatory, procedural and business compliance requirements in time. The Firm also advises on all elements of company law, from the writing of board and shareholder minutes to the establishment of new corporate entities.

Employment policy and practices are central to an increasingly global marketplace and employment related issues are among the most common legal matters that arise in the corporate world. We advise both domestic and international clients on the complex regulatory and legal aspects of employment and labour law in order to enable full compliance with all the applicable laws and provisions. The Firm also works in partnership with clients to develop individual and creative solutions to the modern workplace issues: from working conditions, employee relations, HR policies and privacy, to restructuring, relationship breakdowns and dispute resolution.

We have a core team that specializes in employment and labour law. Our experienced team provides advice on all major legal and regulatory aspects that pertain to employment and the employer-employee relationship, including:

  • Employment contracts
  • Non-compete & non-solicitation arrangements
  • Company policies
  • ESOPs
  • Disciplinary action
  • Retrenchment/Termination of services
  • Compliance check and Employment Law audit
  • Employment law advisory
  • Prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace

The Firm provides a comprehensive range of services to owners, investors and developers involved in the real estate marketing areas including acquisitions and disposals, construction, financing, development, and leasing. The Firm’s clients benefit from the Firm’s significant experience in orchestrating complex, long-term projects that involve drafting documentation, facilitating negotiations, navigating legal and regulatory issues. We undertake title verifications, drafting conveyancing and lease/license agreements, and other related documents.

Our areas of practice within Real Estate include:

Investments, Sales and Acquisitions

Indian property laws are complex due to the applicability of various state, central and local legislations. Property dealings in India can be complicated due to small and fragmented holdings, diverse communities and religions, and lack of appropriate documentation. The Firm provides co-ordinated advice on the buying and selling of investment properties, the establishment of investment vehicles (such as joint ventures and partnerships), asset management and property management arrangements and cross-border investment advice and structuring.

Leasing

The Firm has a wealth of experience in acting for tenants and other occupiers of real estate. The Firm ensures that it has a real understanding of its client’s reasons for wanting the relevant property and the use the client intends to make of it.

The Firm offers a comprehensive range of services for landlords and tenants, both corporate and private, which include commercial leases in the retail, industrial and office sectors, assignments and surrenders of leases and licenses to assign and sublet.

Construction and Development

The Firm provides a wide range of services including the drafting and negotiation of building contracts, sub-contracting arrangements, appointment of professional consultants etc., as well as in acquisitions and disposals of land for commercial and residential development.