Managing Partner: Suhail Nathani
Number of partners and associate partners: 33
Number of lawyers: 150
Number of professionals: 180
Languages: English, Hindi and majority of the Indian regional languages
Economic Laws Practice (“ELP”) is a leading full-service Indian law firm established in the year 2001 by eminent lawyers from diverse fields. ELP brings to the table a unique combination of professionals which constitutes of lawyers, chartered accountants, cost accountants, economists and company secretaries; enabling the firm to offer services with a seamless cross-practice experience and top-of-the-line expertise to its clients.
Main Areas of Practice:
ELP has a unique positioning amongst law firms in India from the perspective of offering comprehensive services across the entire spectrum of transactional, advisory, litigation, regulatory, and tax matters. The firm’s areas of expertise include banking and finance; competition law and policy; corporate and commercial; hospitality; infrastructure; international trade and customs; litigation and dispute resolution; private equity and venture capital; securities laws and capital markets; tax; and telecommunication, media and technology (“TMT”).
Banking & Finance:
The firm has extensive experience in the areas of rupee financing, external commercial borrowings, overseas direct investment, acquisition financing, project financing, ancillary security documentation, securitization/ assets reconstruction transactions and has represented some of the pioneering assest reconstruction companies in India.
Key Clients: DBS Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Tata Cleantech, Aditya Birla Finance, Westpac Banking Corporation, State Bank of India, IDFC Bank Ltd., NABARD, IndusInd Bank Ltd., YES Bank Ltd., ICICI Bank Ltd., Piramal Pvt.Ltd., Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, HDFC Ltd., Bandhan Bank Ltd., Hiranandani Group, Hotels Pvt.Ltd., Mannapuram Group.
Competition Law & Policy:
ELP has one of the leading competition, regulatory and anti-trust practices in India, advising on a full range of competition matters, including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, merger control, competition advisory, competition audit and compliance, representing national and multi-national clients in diverse sectors. ELP has successfully represented the Competition Commission of India in various courts and has played a vital role in developing competition jurisprudence that currently governs competition law in India.
Key Clients: Google Inc., Ericsson, Johnson Controls Inc., Worldline India Pvt. Ltd., E.I. DuPont, Premier, APM Terminals, Eris Lifesciences Ltd., Novartis India Ltd., Pidilite Industries Ltd., PVR Ltd, Everest Industries, Polycab Wires Pvt. Ltd.
Corporate & Commercial:
ELP has a full-fledged and well-developed corporate and commercial practice, especially in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, and other corporate restructuring. The firm has advised clients in various sectors including power, real estate, retail, e-commerce, telecom, hospital, infrastructure, automobile and hospitality.
Key Clients: Johnson Controls Inc., Otis Elevators, JSW, Wadhwa Group, Tata Chemicals Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., Tata Telservices Ltd., The Indian Hotels Company Ltd., APM Terminals, Ballasore Alloys, Dubai Port World., SAMHI Hotels Pvt.Ltd., BLA Group, Sunteck Group, SSIPL Retail Ltd.
ELP advises clients in several transactions in the hospitality space, from management contracts to investments in the sector. The firm has acted for almost every foreign operator in India and has been involved in more than 65 transactions. ELP has the advantage of appearing for both owners and operators and therefore brings a more balanced approach to the table.
Key Clients: SAMHI, Accor Hotels, Premier Inn, Palladium Hotels, Meininger Hotels
ELP advises clients from both public and private sectors, including sponsors/project vehicles; governments and regional authorities; third party equity investors; construction contractors; and building and facilities management.
Key Clients: Turner Project Management, SNC Lavalin, ABIL Group, BLA Power Pvt.Ltd., SAMHI Hotels Pvt. Ltd., L&T Construction, Adani Power, Dubai Ports World, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
International Trade & Customs:
ELP represents various companies in relation to antidumping, safeguard and counterveiling duty actions initiated in India or against India including representations on such matters. The firm assists its clients in seeking market access opportunities under various FTAs and in matters on export control regulations in India.
Key Clients: Mitsui & Co., Nippon Steel, Adani Group, Government of India, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Vedanta Ltd., ATC Tyres Pvt. Ltd., JFE Steel Corporation, Honda Trading Corporation, Sumitomo Chemicals Co. Ltd., Aluminium Bahrain, Kobe Steel Ltd. Kobe, Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
ELP’s litigation and dispute resolution offering encompasses the entire spectrum from dispute management to representation before various forums, with the distinction of offering in-house advocacy as well. ELP has a dedicated international arbitration practice group representing clients globally before international institutions under diverse governing laws. ELP has special recognition in supporting clients in regulatory disputes, commencing assistance from the investigation stage.
Key Clients: Google Inc., SNC Lavalin Inc., Otis Elevators, Welspun Group, BG Exploration, Nestle India, Trafigura India, Federation of Indian Pharmaceutical, Indian Drug Manufacturers Association, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Adani Group of Companies, Heligo Charters Pvt.Ltd., BIOCON Ltd., DSM India Pvt.Ltd., Premier Inn
Private Equity & Venture Capital:
ELP’s private equity team specialises in advising on the entire spectrum of investment funds advice, from fund formation to complete deal execution. The firm advises several private equity funds, investment managers, sponsors, seed investors, lead investors, venture capital funds, co-investors, investee companies at multiple stages of transactions.
Key Clients: New Silk Route, New Vernon, Google Capital, Ambit Pragma Fund, Samara Capital, Oman India Joint Investment Fund, Stellar Value Chain Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Edelweiss, Mayfield, Piramal Enterprises Ltd., Somerset Indus Capital Partners.
Securities & Capital Markets:
ELP’s services cover the entire spectrum of Indian capital markets for listed companies, their promoters and persons associated with the securities markets including Initial Public Offers, Rights Issues, Delisting from Stock Exchanges. The firm advises issuers and market intermediaries on regulatory issues and transaction structuring. The securities law practice group also acts as an advisor to complex corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions and takeovers of listed companies. Apart from a robust capital markets practice the firm also has an active securities litigation practice.
ELP is the only law firm in India which offers an integrated tax offering covering transactional, advisory, and litigation across direct taxes, Transfer Pricing, and all indirect taxes. The firm’s integrated expertise in advisory and litigation matters allows it to seamlessly address any disputes that arise and enables ELP to offer redressal.
Key Clients: Warner Bros., Schneider Electric, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Cairn India, Juniper Networks, Fiat, Bank of America, Google, BMW, Flipkart Internet (P) Ltd., JSW, Reliance ADAG Group, Glaxo Smithkline, Parker Hannafin Indian Pvt.Ltd., Bharat Petroleum Company Ltd., Jet Airways India Ltd., BP Exploration (Alpha) Ltd.
ELP’s TMT practice has firsthand experience in providing practical and cutting edge solutions to its diverse list of clients in the Telecom, Media and Technology space. The team has advised and represented clients on a whole range of matters including regulatory issues, commercial contracts and agreements, transactions and disputes.
Google Inc., Tata Teleservices, IBM, Micromax Informatics, Ericsson India, HCL.