Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Robust project finance practice with a track record of advising on significant energy transactions. Also commended for handling project acquisitions and headline infrastructure and renewable power mandates. Acknowledged for its long-standing reputation and consistent prominence in the field.

Strengths Client commentary depicts a well-organised practice, with one saying: "We're very happy with them. They do very complicated work, with a lot of co-ordination and knock-on changes to documentation - they are very on top of this."

Another client adds: "They did very intensive work because we had a timeline target, and they supported us all the way."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of 11 Indian banks on an approximately INR134 billion financing for HPCL-Mittal Energy's petrochemical plant project.

Assisted Deutsche Bank with an INR8 billion financing for GVK Power's 540 MW thermal power plant in Punjab.

Notable practitioners

Delhi-based partner Ajay Sawhney has an established practice advising on acquisitions and financing relating to infrastructure and power. He acted for Chhatwal Group Trust in the acquisition of a stake in 24 subsidiaries of Dilip Buildcon which are implementing a number of road projects.

Described by peers as "a stalwart, very good," L Viswanathan is an eminent project financing expert with considerable high-level experience. He also has a solid reputation for advising on development and power agreements.

Santosh Janakiram is sought after for his impressive expertise in project financing and refinancing. One commentator remarks: "I was quite impressed with him: he is very creative, responsive and smart and was able to handle an extremely complicated deal. I routinely recommend him."