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Argus Partners

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Managing Partner: Krishnava Dutt
Number of partners: 17
Number of lawyers: 70
Languages: English (primary language) and other Indian regional languages

Firm Overview:
Argus Partners is an Indian law firm with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

Innovative thought leadership and ability to build lasting relationships with all stakeholders are the key drivers of the firm. The professionals of the firm are business lawyers who understand business and financial issues that help in identifying real risks and provide practical legal solutions to drive the growth of the clients’ business.

Each of the lawyers are trained to have a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach while addressing any issue and to offer the most efficacious legal solutions to the clients’ business needs. The firm’s approach is to treat each client as the only client. The firm strives to understand their business, aspirations, concerns and constraints in order to structure transactions in a manner that enables clients to efficiently overcome business challenges and effectively achieve their goals.

The firm has built a formidable reputation for its consistent high performance. The firm, the partners and associates have a rich domestic and international experience and have been recognised and awarded by several publications. Presence across India gives the firm a distinct advantage in serving its clientele that includes industry and business leaders in all segments of the market.

Practice Areas:
■ Corporate and M&A
■ Banking & Finance
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Private Equity & Venture Capital
■ Disputes
■ Real Estate & Real Estate Financing
■ Labour & Employment
■ Competition
■ Indirect Tax
■ Technology & Data Privacy

Recent Work:
■ Advised Gruh Finance Limited in the proposed merger with Bandhan Bank Limited
■ Advised Tata Steel Limited on its acquisition of Usha Martin’s steel division
■ Advised the Resolution Professional (who was assisted by Grant Thornton) on the acquisition of Monnet Ispat by the consortium of JSW Steel and AION Capital
■ Advised Mukand Limited on its joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation, Japan for setting up of a special steel plant
■ Advised the committee of creditors of Binani Cement Limited on the acquisition of Binani Cement Limited by UltraTech Cement Limited
■ Advised HDFC Limited on its acquisition of 25.01% stake in Good Host Spaces Private Limited
■ Advised/Advising the resolution professional/liquidator of Concast Steel & Power Limited. This is one of the largest liquidation cases under IBC with a total creditor claim in excess of Rs 10,000 crore. This is also one of the first cases where the ‘sale as a going concern of a unit of a company under liquidation’ was ordered by the NCLT.
■ Representing the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority before the Supreme Court in the matter involving mandatory linking of Aadhaar in order to avail various benefits under Government Schemes
■ Advising and handling various matters for Ex. Partners of Price Waterhouse in the Satyam Scam before various fora like SEBI, SAT, High Courts, Supreme Court, ICAI, etc
■ Represented Volkswagen and Skoda before the Competition Commission of India with respect to the spare parts case. The matter is now pending before the Supreme Court


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