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Clarus Law Associates

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Managing Partner: Piyush Joshi
Number of partners: 3 Number of lawyers: 16
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Clarus Law Associates was established in 2007 as a full-service law firm that provides high quality services. The firm is dedicated to professional excellence, personal and high-quality support and effective solution oriented legal services.

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s main practice areas are:
■ Energy   ■ Telecommunications
■ Transportation   ■ Complex Project Disputes
■ Urban Infrastructure   ■ Investment and Trade Law
■ Project Investment Structuring & Financing  ■ International Dispute Resolution

The firm is headed by three partners: Piyush Joshi, R.V. Anuradha and Sumiti Yadava, who are supported by a vibrant and enthusiastic team. Mr. Piyush Joshi and Ms. R.V. Anuradha are the founding partners, who, prior to establishing the Firm, were Partners at Amarchand Mangaldas- one of India’s largest law firms. Both Piyush and Anuradha graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, India, in 1995. Sumiti graduated from NALSAR, Hyderabad in 2007 and holds a dual masters degree from the National University of Singapore and the New York University School of Law. She joined Clarus Law in 2009 and has been a Partner since 2018.

Piyush Joshi has extensive multi-sectoral experience in both project development and project financing transactions, as well as in disputes that frequently arise in implementation of infrastructure projects in India. He has advised on the development, financing, operations and maintenance of projects in the energy sector (power, renewable energy, natural gas sectors), urban infrastructure sector (urban planning, township development, urban transport, metro railway networks, tramways, BRTS, regional railways networks, urban mobility), and environment infrastructure sector (municipal solid waste projects, landfill development, landfill capping and landfill reclamation projects). He has also advised project developers in acquisition and restructuring of distressed infrastructure projects. Piyush also specializes in providing strategy and approach for addressing complex project disputes. He has also authored the book “Law Relating to Infrastructure Projects” (LexisNexis- Butterworths), which is the only book on this subject in India. He has been recognized by the International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers as a leading practitioner in his field.

Anuradha has extensive all-round experience in International Trade and Investment Regulation, Environmental law and policy, Corporate and Competition Laws. Anuradha has been recognized by the International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers and Chambers Law and Partners as a leading practitioner in her field. She is a member of the Asia WTO Research Network- a network of academics and practitioners working on WTO law and policy in the Asian region. She is also a Member of the Trade Policy Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Anuradha regularly advices the Government of India and the private sector on various matters arising under the WTO, Free Trade Agreements, and Bilateral Investment Protection Agreements including disputes arising under such agreements. She has also undertaken studies on trade law and policy for the Commonwealth Secretariat, Indian Council for International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the Centre for WTO Studies- IIFT, The World Bank, UNCTAD and export promotion associations in India.

Sumiti’s focus areas are project development and project financing transactions, general corporate law, and environmental law and policy.
Sumiti has extensive experience in the natural gas sector, urban infrastructure sector (urban planning, urban transport, metro railway networks, BRTS, regional railways networks, urban mobility) and environment infrastructure sector (municipal solid waste projects, landfill development, landfill capping and landfill reclamation projects). Sumiti also advices on employment law and policy issues affecting corporate clients.

The firm advises on all aspects of development, financing and implementation of Indian infrastructure projects, including risk mitigation, land acquisition, structuring of private investment, banking and financial regulation, state and local laws, as well as disputes arising in relation to the implementation of such projects. The firm represents clients before judicial forums including High Courts and Supreme Court of India as well domestic and international arbitration. Apart from infrastructure projects in India, the firm is also active in providing services relating to evaluation of project documentation for infrastructure projects based in the Indian sub-continent, particularly in Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The firm’s clients include developers, lenders (both domestic and multilateral lenders) and investors in a wide range of infrastructure projects with focus on the Energy Sector, Natural Gas Sector (covering the entire LNG, E&P, Gas Pipelines, City Gas Distribution and Gas Sales), Transportation Sector (covering National Highways, State Highways, Private Roads, Ports, Airports, and Railways) and Urban Infrastructure Projects (covering Township Development, Water & Sanitation, Municipal Solid Waste, City Bus Services, Metro Railways, Parking, Urban Mobility Projects and City Green Space Rejuvenation Projects).
The firm’s in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas and natural gas sector, has enabled it to provide support to clients through innovative strategies for addressing specific issues. The firm has provided advice and strategy to address disputes relating to competition, tariff, and environmental concerns, and represent clients in proceedings before arbitration forums, regulatory authorities and judicial forums. The firm also provides advisory and representational services on disputes arising under the WTO Agreements, Free Trade Agreements, and Bilateral Investment Protection Agreements.