Firm Overview: AZB & Partners was formed in 2004 and has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Pune.
Main Areas of Practice:
Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures & General Corporate:
Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate transactions are at the core of the firm’s practice. The firm advises on a broad spectrum of matters, ranging from general corporate advice, corporate governance, contract law matters and exchange control regulations to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and unconventional strategic partnerships, takeovers and outbound investments.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Ashwath Rau, Darshika Kothari, Gautam Saha, Anil Kasturi
The firm represents the world’s largest private equity firms in establishing their India presence, and continues to work on a number of marquee deals ranging from minority investments, control deals and buy-outs to distressed asset and special situations investments, including complex cross-border, highly structured deals in regulated sectors.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Anil Kasturi, Ashwath Rau, Chetan Nagendra, Darshika Kothari, Gautam Saha, Sai Krishna Bharathan, Srinath Dasari, Vaidhyanadhan Iyer, Vinati Kastia
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises its clients in relation to a gamut of financial products and services offered in India by domestic as well as multinational financial institutions, financial services, regulatory issues, new banking products and services, risk management and capital management.
Contacts: Bahram N Vakil, Ashwin Ramanathan, Gautam Saha, Prashanth Sabeshan, Shameek Chaudhuri, Yashwant Mathur
Insolvency & Bankruptcy: The firm is at the forefront of the emerging insolvency and bankruptcy practice in India and regularly manages multiple complex refinancing, restructurings and insolvencies. The firm advises domestic and international banks, funds, acquirers, distressed companies and industry professionals on the implications of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. It continues to advise on some of the largest and most complicated restructuring and insolvency matters under the code.
Contacts: Bahram N. Vakil, Ashwin Ramanathan, Nilang Desai, Piyush Mishra, Shameek Chaudhuri
Infrastructure & Project Finance:
The firm provides extensive advice on projects in the power, oil and natural gas, mining, roads, major and minor ports, shipping, airports, urban infrastructure, railways and telecommunications sectors and in setting up of Special Economic Zones and LNG projects.
Contacts: Bahram N. Vakil, Gautam Saha, Prashanth Sabeshan, Yashwant Mathur
The firm regularly assists investors, real estate developers, institutional lenders, private equity funds and other investors in all phases and aspects of real estate development and financing/investments in real estate sector in the purchase, leasing, licensing, mortgage, sale/lease-back, jointdevelopment/collaboration arrangements and structuring of real estate transactions.
Contacts: Hardeep Sachdeva, Nohid Nooreyezdan, Sai Krishna Bharathan
The firm is extensively involved in drafting and reviewing employment contracts, advising on the enforceability of negative covenants and advising with respect to termination of employees. The firm carries out training sessions for senior management of MNCs in relation to various employment regulations.
Contacts: Nohid Nooreyezdan, Rachit Bahl, Sunila Awasthi
The firm advises the world’s largest global insurance and reinsurance companies on structuring joint venture transactions, within the complex regulatory parameters and on issues including bancassurance, distribution, corporate agency and brokerage agreements.
Contacts: Anil Kasturi, Arvind Ramesh, Ashwath Rau, Rajendra Barot
The firm advises a number of MNCs and domestic conglomerates across various industries on all matters pertaining to competition/antitrust enforcement in India including merger filings and clearances, cartels and other behavioural investigations by the CCI and litigation before the appellate tribunal and various other courts. The firm has been associated with the development and practice of Competition Law in the country and interacts closely with the Competition Commission of India (the ‘CCI’).
Contacts: Zia Mody, Rahul Rai, Samir Gandhi
The firm extensively engages in the resolution of civil, criminal (economic offences) commercial and constitutional law disputes through litigation in the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts and several other courts and tribunals. The firm also advises clients in arbitrations, mediations and negotiations within and outside India and across every industry.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Aditya Vikram Bhat, Rajendra Barot, Vijayendra Pratap Singh
The firm has a specialised tax team of senior professionals with significant experience of tax litigation and issues related to corporate and transaction structuring, inbound and outbound investment, formulation of India entry strategies for international clients across several industry segments etc. The team’s expertise extends to all tax laws, direct and indirect, including, income tax, wealth tax, customs duty, excise duty, Goods and Service Tax (‘GST’) and transactional taxes.
Contacts: Ajay Bahl, Deepak Chopra, Shreya Rao, Sunil Agarwal, Ravi Prakash, Suresh Varanasi
The firm’s capital markets practice provides legal advice in relation to large and complex equity and debt transactions including IPOs and QIP, representing issuers and underwriters in cross-border matters. The firm has been involved in advising first of a kind, frontier market and other innovative transactions.
Contacts: Madhurima Mukherjee, Varoon Chandra, Lionel D’Almeida, Srinath Dasari
Technology, Media, Telecom, E-Commerce:
The firm represents the world’s largest conglomerates in their key acquisitions and joint ventures in e-commerce, Direct-to-Home platforms, TV entertainment, news and other channels, radio, film production etc. The firm’s focus also includes advising telecom operators and infrastructure providers on various commercial contracts and on various regulatory issues in the telecom.
Contacts: Ajay Bahl, Alka Nalavadi, Chetan Nagendra, Gautam Saha, Hardeep Sachdeva, Rachit Bahl, Sunila Awasthi, Vinati Kastia
The firm assists its clients and their directors, officers in matters that relate to any economic crime, be it investigations, bail or anticipatory bail matters, litigation strategy, defense strategy, compliance and reporting obligations.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Aditya Vikram Bhat, Anind Thomas, Ashwath Rau, Nohid Nooreyezdan, Rajendra Barot, Ravi Prakash, Soumit Nikhra, Vijayendra Pratap Singh
The firm serves as a one stop shop for all intellectual property matters advising on how to create, protect, safeguard, enforce and monetise valuable intellectual property assets ranging from trademarks, domain names, patents, copyrights and designs to confidential information.
Contacts: Akhilesh Kumar Rai, Nandan Pendsey
Private Client Practice:
The firm routinely advises high net worth individuals, promoters of listed entities, professional executives, family offices and more on all key legal, regulatory and tax considerations of private client practice.
Contacts: Zia Mody, Ajay Bahl, Anand Shah, Anil Kasturi, Shreya Rao
The firm has versatile and deep experience in various matters, ranging from structuring and the setting up of funds, and providing counsel on the regulatory approval process, launching of new schemes and products and sale of fund businesses.
Contacts: Ashwath Rau, Sai Krishna Bharathan, Pallabi Ghosal
■ Merger of six banks with India’s largest bank, the State Bank of India (SBI)
■ Bharti Airtel’s Acquisition of Indus Towers
■ ONGC’s Purchase of a majority stake in HPCL
■ OPIC’s Loan to Grameen Impact Investments
■ DP World and NIIF’s acquisition of Hindustan Infralog’s shares
■ Schneider and Temasek’s Acquisition of L&T’s Electrical and Automation business.
■ ATC’s Acquisition of Vodafone and Idea’s Passive Infrastructure Business
■ Competition law aspects of Walt Disney’s a) Acquisition of 21st Century Fox, b) Syngenta-Chinochem and c) Melrose – GKN Deals
■ Tata Steel Limited’s Acquisition of Bhushan Steel Limited
■ Counsel to TCS in its Share Buyback
■ Merger of Capital First Limited with IDFC Bank Limited
■ Acquisition by multiple acquirers of Star Health Allied Insurance Company Limited