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Dua Associates

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Chairman: C R Dua
Number of partners: 67
Number of other lawyers: 250+
Languages: English, Hindi, Japanese and other Indian regional languages (Marathi, Telegu, Kannada, Tamil, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali)

Firm Overview:
Established in 1986, Dua Associates is one of India’s most prominent national law firms with fully-fledged offices across eight cities in India. Starting in New Delhi, Dua Associates expanded to seven other major Indian cities – Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Pune. The firm’s diverse client base includes many Fortune 500 companies, publicly-listed and public-sector companies, privately-owned businesses as well as many multinational and multilateral organisations and readily recognisable brand names from the US, Europe, Japan and ASEAN.

For over three decades, the firm’s expertise and in-depth legal knowledge of 67 partners and counsel and over 250 professionals have enabled it to consistently provide comprehensive legal advice and strategies to domestic and international clients. With its pan-Indian presence it has the ability to assemble dedicated teams to meet client requirements and address the exigencies of complex transactions. The firm’s depth of understanding regarding local, regional, and national legislation and regulation is also well-regarded.

During its 30 year-long journey, Dua Associates recognises the support of some long standing clients such as Rio Tinto, Dow Chemical, Union Carbide, McDonalds, ITC, SBI, Lufthansa, TVS Motors, TAFE, Estee Lauder, AIG, Westinghouse, Emerson, Citibank, Timex, Alcoa, Sumitomo, Siemens, Linde, GAIL, TATA, ICICI, PFC, Gillette, Cabot, IFC, Halliburton, Jiangsu Shagang, SingTel, Hitachi, Toshiba, Deutsche Bank, McCann-Erickson, Narang Group, Mitsui, Oiltanking, Caterpillar, Cargill, S. Chand, GE Healthcare, MOFCOM China, Sinochem, S.C. Johnson, Mitsubishi, and Banca Sella.

Dua Associates has been at the forefront of assisting many major multinational companies to establish a presence in India. While keeping up to date with the changes in the legal environment, the firm has also created specialised practice groups to focus on new and emerging sectors. Consequently, the firm has invested substantially in, and created, dedicated practice groups in the key areas listed below.

Practice Areas
Mergers & Acquisitions
Banking, Finance, Insurance & Insolvency
Private Equity
Securitisation/Structured Finance
Administrative Law/Policy
Capital Markets
Corporate Restructuring
Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Real Estate
Infrastructure/Project Finance
Food & Beverages
International Trade/Anti-Dumping
Anti-Bribery/White Collar Crime
Aviation & Aerospace
Competition Law

Main Areas of Practice:

The firm continues to be active in devising innovative M&A, private equity and funds structures. Service includes due diligence, transaction assistance, documentation, negotiation strategy and regulatory filings.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
An active and robust litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration practice covering civil, commercial, tax, regulatory, criminal and constitutional matters across all locations. Arbitration and mediation advice, covering building contracts, infrastructure and commercial/shareholder disputes.

Project Finance & Infrastructure:
Vast sector-based experience in energy (including nuclear), airports, oil and gas, SEZs, ports, transportation, water treatment, among others.

Governance, Ethics & Compliance:
Offers an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to corporate governance policies and compliance, drawing upon skills from the corporate, securities and litigation practices.

Real Estate:
Advises on private equity investments (with and without foreign investment), local land issues (including zoning, land use) and the land acquisition issues, structuring real estate transactions and drafting all documentation.

A wide range of legal services on the implications of competition law in India, including the preparation and filing of pre-merger/acquisition notifications, abuse of dominance and cartel related matters.

Food & Beverages:
Advises on complex food and drug laws, including ingredient analysis, product formulation, manufacturing, licensing, registration, packaging and labeling, as well as product-specific advertisements and recalls.

Advises leading companies from Europe, the UK and the US on FDI, JVs and defence procurement guidelines, including those applicable to contractual agreements and offset policies.

Advises on entry strategy, laws/policies, security and India’s licensing regime.

Assists mining majors in establishing JVs and regularly advises on contractual mining and financing/collaboration arrangements, obtaining concessions, and litigation before various tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of India. Also advises on various aspects of mining law and state and central regulatory and licensing regimes.

Assisting OEMs and technology providers/suppliers on all aspects of nuclear, including liability issues and technology.

Advising on legal, regulatory, and procedural aspects of the aviation sector, including aircraft leasing and financial issues.