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Bharucha & Partners

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Key contacts: MP Bharucha – Senior Partner, Alka Bharucha – Senior Partner, DP Singh – Senior Partner, Justin Bharucha – Senior Partner, Vandana Pai – Senior Partner.
Number of partners: 12
Number of lawyers: 70
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi

Client Feedback:
■ M P Bharucha is lauded by market sources as "one of the leading lawyers in the country," who "has been on the top of his game for a long time." Active on a range of commercial disputes, he maintains a particularly high reputation as a litigator in the Mumbai market
■ Alka Bharucha boasts a stellar reputation in corporate transactions. Described by clients as "very knowledgeable, articulate, composed and balanced in approach," She is respected for her advice on cross-border M&A transactions as well as her proficiency in providing advice on general corporate issues, in particular within the power, telecommunications and banking sectors.
■ D P Singh heads the stand-alone white-collar crime team at Bharucha & Partners which is regularly involved in the market-leading cases, such as the ‘2G spectrum scam’ and 'coal block allocation scam’ cases.
■ Founding partner Justin Bharucha specialises in foreign direct investments in highly regulated sectors. He is regularly active on complex cross-border transactions, utilising his deep knowledge of inbound and outbound M&A.
■ Vandana Pai commands a strong reputation among market commentators, who praise her excellence in providing assistance with private equity transactions. Her clients are effusive with praise, with one reporting: "She foresees business and legal issues and is very proactive in addressing potential concerns."

Firm Overview:
Bharucha & Partners was founded on enduring principles of professional ethics and excellence. The Firm now has offices in 3 cities with 12 partners and over 70 associates who offer a mix of rich experience, creativity, and the energy of youth. Each partner has a wealth of experience handling complex commercial transactions or disputes and associates are selected as sharing the qualities and vision of the partners. An expertise in corporate and commercial practice along with M&A, banking and finance, litigation, arbitration, governance, ethics, and anti-corruption, IP, capital markets and financial regulation is well recognised. The Firm counts leading international and Indian corporate houses, banks, financial institutions and funds as clients. The Firm advises clients on domestic and cross-border issues across sectors including financial services, infrastructure, TMT, IT and ITES, construction and development, specialty chemicals, commodities, and wholesale and retail trade.

Main Areas of Practice:


Banking & Finance:

■ Advised DCB Bank with the INR 480.24 crores acquisition of certain assets of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC (ADCB) consisting of loans, cash credits, bank guarantees and liabilities such as fixed deposits, current and savings accounts.
■ Advised Profectus Capital Private Limited on its supply chain finance product.
■ Advised Safeway Concessions (a part of the Macquarie group and comprising of 9 Indian concessionaires) on raising approx. INR 50,000 million financing from Yes Bank for funding the concession fee for the 1st Toll Operate Transfer concession package in India. 
■ Advised a syndicate of banks led by Axis Bank in connection with the INR 3,810 million financing of Columbia Asia Global, a global healthcare. company.
■ Advising Jyoti Structures Ltd. on the restructuring of its debt through the JLF, SDR and Outside SDR stages.
Key Clients: HSBC, Federal Bank Limited, Profectus Capital
Contacts: Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha, Rohit Sharma
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
■ Advised General Motors on its asset sale to Tata Consultancy Services Limited.
■ Advised Shopsense Retail Technologies Private Limited on its acquisition by Reliance Industrial Investment and Holdings Limited.
■ Advised Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited on its acquisition of a majority stake in Linjemontage i Grastrop AB, marking its entry in the Swedish market. 
■  Advised Vodafone Idea Limited on the divestment of its passive infrastructure assets through the sale of its wholly owned tower subsidiary to the ATC Group for INR 40,000 million and its exit from Indus Towers as part of the proposed merger of Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel.
■ Advised Grover Zampa Vineyards on several acquisitions as a consequence of which India’s oldest wine maker is now India’s second largest wine maker by capacity and sales.
Key Clients: The Aditya Birla Group, General Motors, Twitter, Inc.
Contacts: Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha 
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■ Represented ITC Limited on its dispute with Hotel Leelaventure Limited before various fora.
■ Represented Gautam Thapar on their dispute with CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited before various fora.
■ Represented Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi in proceedings to enforce an LCIA award before the High Court Mumbai.
■ Representing Godrej Group of Companies in diverse disputes relating to realty development, consumer matters, EPF claims, and employee disputes.
■ Representing Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd. in domestic corporate litigation and arbitrations including against ONGC.
Key Clients: ITC Limited, Diageo Plc, Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd,
Contacts: MP Bharucha, Sneha Jaisingh
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Private Equity:
■ Advised General Atlantic on multiple investments including in Rubicon Research Private Limited, Absolute Barbeque Private Limited, Capital Foods India Private Limited, IIFL Wealth Limited, Indiaideas.com and Nobroker Technologies.
■ Advised Macquarie Advising Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets on multiple investments, including its successful bid for the 1st Toll Operate Transfer Bundle of 9 road projects.
■ Advised Global Innovation Fund (a social innovation investor) on its investment in EM3 AgriServices Limited.
■ Advised Vedantu Innovations Private Limited on the investment by Tiger Global, Accel, Omidyar, TAL Education Group, WestBridge and others.
■ Advised Girnar Software Private Limited on several series of fund raising, including from Sequoia Hillhouse, Google and HDFC Bank.
Key Clients: General Atlantic, Apollo Global, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Contacts: Vandana Pai
Emails: [email protected]

Capital Markets & Securities Law:
■ Advised the issuer and the underwriters in the initial public offering by specialty chemicals manufacturer Neogen Chemicals Limited.
■ Representing W.S. Industries (India) Limited in an appeal before the Securities Appellate Tribunal against orders passed by India’s primary stock exchanges.
■ Advised Apollo Global on the delisting of Non-Convertible Debentures.
■ Advised Inga Advisors Private Limited in its capacity as lead manager in respect of the initial public offer of equity shares by Bharat Road Network Limited for an amount aggregating INR 6,006.50 million.
■ Represented B. Ramalinga Raju and B. Rama Raju in the appeal preferred by them before the Securities Appellate Tribunal in the matter of Satyam Computer Services.
Key Clients: Inga Advisors, ICICI Securities, Jyoti Structures Limited 
Contacts: Vishnu Dutt, Ajai Achuthan 
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Governance, Ethics & Anti-Corruption:
■ Represented Shivinder Mohan Singh (erstwhile promoter of Religare Enterprises, Fortis Healthcare and Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited) for the alleged misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 2,400 crores before various fora.
■ Advised Tata Communication with respect to criminal litigation and employment contracts.
■ Represented Telenor before the Delhi High Court in an appeal against acquittal in the 2G spectrum case after successfully defending them in the trial before the CBI Special Court at New Delhi.
■ Represented Ashok Daga in multiple for a in relation to the 'coal block allocation scam’.
■ Represented clients before the Delhi High Court in an appeal against conviction with respect to coal block allocations.
Key Clients: Telenor, Ashok Daga, DHFL
Contacts: DP Singh, Sonam Gupta
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

TMT & Intellectual Property:
■ Advised and represented Vodafone Idea Ltd in matters before the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal, the Cyber Appellate Tribunal, the Bombay High Court and the before the Ld. A.O. under the IT Act in Maharashtra.
■ Advised and represented Sony Pictures Network India before various for a, including, in relation to a writ petition filed against the order of Competition Commission of India before the Bombay High Court
■ Advised Samsung India Electronics Private Limited, One97 Communication, CVC Capital, Flipkart Internet Private Limited and Sprandi International on intellectual property matters.
■ Advised India Sports Flashes Private Limited on raising USD 1 million from Sri Capital, a fund operated by Sasi P. Reddy.
■ Advised Satyacheck Technologies on setting investigations.
Key Clients: Sony Pictures Network India, Vodafone Idea Limited, Flipkart Internet Private Limited,
Contacts: Kaushik Moitra, Karthik Somasundram
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Sector Experience:
■ Banks & NBFCs
■ Defence & Aerospace
■ Education
■ Energy (Conventional & Renewable)
■  Food & Beverages (including Water)
■  Insurance
■  Media & Entertainment
■  Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Life Sciences & Healthcare
■ Ports & Logistics
■ Private Clients
■  Roads
 ■ Start-ups and Technology
■ Telecommunications
■ Trade (Wholesale & Retail)