Partners: Atul Dua, Sudipta Bhattacharjee & Shailendra Singh
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 65
Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese
Advaita Legal (AL) was formed in 2013 and, in a short span, became one of the leading names in the direct, indirect tax and projects and infrastructure practice in India. In 2017, Seth Dua & Associates, formed in 1998 & led by Atul Dua, joined Advaita and supplemented its growth with a unique combination of legal, corporate, tax, intellectual property, regulatory and dispute resolution competencies. Today, Advaita is a full service law firm with 65 lawyers in Delhi and Mumbai with leading publications across the globe as well as market peers/industry recognising Advaita as a leading law firm across its various practice areas.
Main Areas of Practice:
Anti-Trust & Competition Law
Aviation (including Aerospace & Defence)
Banking & Finance
Contractual / Commercial
Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Corporate & M&A
Employment & Labour Laws
International Trade / WTO
Pharma & Life Sciences
Projects & Energy
Real Estate & Construction
Regulatory & Compliance Management
Restructuring & Insolvency
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Anti-Trust & Competition Law:
The firm advises on issues and concerns emerging out of anti-trust issues ranging from anti-trust investigations to cartels, merger control matters, commercial arrangements (exclusive dealership arrangements, supply and distribution agreements, sales promotion campaigns, licensing, retail pricing, joint buying, ‘dominant-firm’ status and price discounts etc) apart from representation before various forums including the Competition Commission of India, NCLAT, the High Court (for writs) and the Supreme Court.
Aviation (including Aerospace & Defence):
AL has developed a significant practice area in the aviation practice. In aerospace, AL has advised infrastructure airport developers to ground handling/cargo entities besides advising airlines on issues ranging from aircraft financing to MRO etc. AL has also been advising many international defence companies on prestigious projects on various legal issues ranging from defence procurement to the DPP, offset, FDI policy and technology licensing etc.
Corporate, Contractual & Commercial:
AL has been advising many Fortune 500 companies on various corporate commercial transactions including company law, contract law and commercial laws.
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Litigation:
AL represents clients in arbitration (domestic and international) extending to execution and enforcement of arbitral awards. The litigation experience spans the original, appellate, revisional and writ jurisdiction of various judicial fora.
Infrastructure, Energy & Projects:
AL has established itself in the league of top law firms in the infrastructure, energy and projects space. The expertise transcends and includes power (gas, coal, hydro, wind, solar), water, roads, airports, mining, ports etc. The team specialises in PPP projects, drafting of project contracts and in regulatory representation.
International Trade & WTO:
The team in Advaita are pioneers in the field of international trade and WTO laws having represented clients before various adjudicating authorities and advising clients on various issues arising out of protectionist levies, customs duty, foreign trade policy matters, free trade agreements, comprehensive economic cooperation agreements and other international trade facilitation matters.
M&A, Joint Ventures, Private Equity & Foreign Investments:
AL provides investment advisory services including due diligence, transaction structuring and legal documentation services in relation to M&A, JV and other in-bound investments.
Real Estate & Construction:
The firm has advised its clients on various aspects including agreements pertaining to lease, sale and purchase, development agreements for land, builder buyer agreements and transactions pertaining to flats and apartments. The services offered range from identification and investigation of property’s clear marketable title, preparing relevant documentation for securing non encumbrance certificate(s) and advice on stamp duty issues.
Advaita is one of the few tax teams in India who (through its extensive litigation experience) can marry cutting-edge tax advice with actual courtroom experience in handling very high-stake tax litigations to create transformational value for the clients. The team has been able to create a niche for itself amongst its peers and the industry alike as the ‘go to’ firm so far as any issues arising out of tax related aspects; be it for transfer pricing or corporate tax or across the spectrum of the indirect tax issues ranging from GST, service tax to customs to CST/VAT or excise.
Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment & Technology:
AL has strong capabilities and experience in the TMT sector and has advised and assisted the TMT conglomerates in setting up their operations in India including advising them on regulations, legal and business structuring, grant of licenses and approvals.
■ Atul Dua
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■ Sudipta Bhattacharjee
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■ Shailendra Singh
Email: [email protected]