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Widely admired firm with an excellent market reputation, frequently active on the most high-profile transactions. Notable strength advising leading buyers, sellers and investors acting in areas such as telecommunications, asset management and energy. Handles a broad range of corporate issues including high-profile M&A, joint ventures and outbound investments. Also has a proven track record in distressed M&A. Strong record assisting with the formation and restructuring of companies, exchange control regulations, contract law and Takeover Code issues.
A source praises the swift and pragmatic manner in which the firm works, stating: "They are very clear and quick, and the practical and businesslike nature of their advice is a strength."
Similar sentiments are expressed by another client, who also values the group's capacity to "seamlessly advise on various corporate matters."
Represented Larsen & Toubro in its successful USD1.4 billion hostile takeover of Mindtree.
Ajay Bahl is a co-founder and managing partner of the firm. He has vast experience within the corporate arena and is held by sources in the "highest esteem."
Anil Kasturi has a strong reputation and includes leading private equity companies among his clients. Sources commend his ability to structure complex deals and refer to his involvement in some "tremendously good work."
Ashwath Rau oversees a large body of work that covers M&A and investments. He is a well-known figure in the market and earns plaudits for his commercial and easily accessible advice.
Darshika Kothari has a robust and burgeoning reputation. In addition to handling large-scale joint ventures and business transfers, she garners praise as a skilled and "hands-on" counsel.
Gautam Saha elicits widespread praise from market observers, who praise his knowledge in this space and recognise his handling of an impressive portfolio. His expertise encompasses the whole gamut of corporate work.
Nilanjana Singh is thought by a source to be "well equipped to assist international clients," though her workload also includes several representations of prominent domestic companies. She has experience in both the corporate and private equity sectors.
Zia Mody continues to stand out as one of the sector's pre-eminent practitioners. She leads high-end work and is specifically cited by interviewees as someone they will seek out when "top-level strategic advice" is required.