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Advaita Legal

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Partners: Sudipta Bhattacharjee & Shailendra Singh
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi

Firm Overview:
Taking a cue from the Sanskrit word ‘Advaita’ (meaning singular, unique), Advaita Legal was set up with a vision to provide workable legal solutions attuned to the requirements of its clientele. Established in 2013, the firm has practices ranging from projects and energy, tax, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, dispute resolution, employment/ labour to international trade, TMT, competition. The teams in Advaita combine their substantive legal expertise in a diverse array of disciplines, issues and industries with an in-depth understanding of administrative, regulatory and legislative processes to provide the clients with a 360° experience. As a growing young firm, the lawyers at Advaita are staunch believers of going beyond the call of duty. The firm consists of young, passionate and driven team of lawyers mentored by well-established leaders in their domain practice areas.

Main Areas of Practice:
Tax,
Corporate
Projects & Energy
Technology
Media & Telecommunication (TMT)
International Trade/WTO Contractual/Commercial Dispute Resolution (including Arbitration/Mediation)
Competition/Antitrust
Regulatory
Employment & Labour Laws
Banking & Finance
Aviation (including Aerospace & Defence)
Real Estate & Construction

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.

Dispute Resolution & 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.

Employment & Labour Laws:
AL represents clients in advisory on employment and labour laws, review/ audit of HR processes, preparation of compliance manuals, drafting & review of HR policies & employment agreements, litigation support/ adjudication/ mediation of disputes under various legislations like Sexual Harassment laws, Industrial Disputes Laws etc., drafting HR policies, whistle blower agreements and sexual harassment policies.

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 and other international trade facilitation matters.

M&A & Joint Ventures:
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.

Tax Services:
Advaita is one of the few tax teams in India who (by dint of its litigation experience) can marry cuttingedge tax advice with actual court- room 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 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.

Key Contacts:
Sudipta Bhattacharjee
Email: [email protected]
Shailendra Singh
Email: [email protected]