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Naik Naik & Co

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Managing Partner: Ameet Naik
Number of partners:
Number of lawyers: 40
English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi

Firm Overview: Naik Naik & Co. is a leading full-service law firm based at Mumbai, India. Established in 2004, the firm today houses about fifty highly skilled legal professionals, focused on providing strategic, innovative and holistic legal solutions to its clients. Primary areas of the firm’s practice include litigation and arbitration, intellectual property rights, corporate and commercial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and banking and finance. The firm is constantly venturing into emerging laws in the fields of bankruptcy, real estate, corporate law and digital platforms. The firm’s expertise in these areas is complemented by their entrenched industry sector knowledge, giving the firm the edge to advise its clients in true context of their respective industry.

Main Areas of Practice:

Technology, Media & Telecommunication:
Legal assistance to various production houses, television channels/ broadcasters, studios (including Hollywood studios), digital media companies and content aggregators for and in relation to acquisition, production, distribution and exploitation of various films, television shows including all audio-video content
■ Assisted in acquiring format licenses viz., 24, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Big Brother, Fear Factor and The Apprentice
■ Advising talent management agencies and leading bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, etc.
■ Legal assistance provided in preparing agreement for certain recent films
■ Represented Cricket Association of Bihar against BCCI in alleged spot fixing and betting in IPL6
■ Represented Indian Broadcasting Federation in challenging Copyright Amendment Act, 2012
■ Represented Phantom Films and Balaji Ltd. in their dispute against the Central Board of Film Certification with respect to the film Udta Punjab Represented AAAI, IBF and others in challenging levy of stamp duty on advertising agreements
■ Represented Viacom 18 in matter before TDSAT; against Ministry of I&B for prohibiting transmission of Comedy Central
■ Assisted in obtaining John Doe orders and acted for several clients in copyright litigations including in respect of several Bollywood films
■ Assisted producers before Competition Commission of India (CCI) in obtaining order against the cartel of film distributors; and handling matter against the federation of film workers before CCI
Key Clients: Warner Bros., BBCW Channels, Viacom 18, Star India, Benett Coleman, Amazon, Reliance, Endemol, Nadiadwala Grandsons, Plan C, Phantom Films, Sunshine Pictures, Indian Broadcasting Federation, Producers’ Guild, Prime Focus, Saavn LLC, etc.

■ Advised Adlabs in setting up its USD 250M theme park Adlabs Imagica
■ Assisted Prime Focus in USD 70M investment by Standard Chartered
■ Advised Abundantia Entertainment for USD 6 million investment by the Ambit Group
Key Clients: Cinema Capital Venture Fund, Adlabs Entertainment, Vistaar Religare, JM Financial, SRS Orion

Corporate Commercial Transactions:
■ The firm has been advising and successfully representing the retail market leader, Future Group, in various proceedings, before different forums, for over a decade. Assisted Laxmi Organics in joint venture with Hindalco
■ Advised Kwan Entertainment in joint venture with CAIC, LLC and subsequent exit
■ Advised Kwan Entertainment on several collaborations in the talent management and celebrity management space Assisted Twisted Entertainment and Universal Music in respect of their joint venture
■ The firm was instrumental in advising one of the major telecom group, namely Reliance Communications Ltd. and Reliance Telecom Ltd., in relation to the composite scheme of arrangement inter alia with Aircel Limited
■ The firm is also instrumental in advising and representing Reliance Infratel Ltd. in the ongoing process of transfer of its Tower Business to Canadian company namely Brookfield Infrastructure Group Company
■ Assisted an asset reconstruction company on acquisition of a non-performing asset
Key Clients: Future Group, Kwan Group, Centrum, Casby Group, Prime Focus, Adlabs, Laxmi Organics, Reliance Telecom Ltd, Reliance Infratel Ltd.

Dispute Resolution:
■ The firm has successfully handled landmark cases such as MCX-SX, MCX and NSEL (USD 1 billion), Vedanta Group and Adarsh Society scam
■ High profile matrimonial dispute and connected civil and criminal proceedings
■ Succeeded in setting aside unreasonable demands levied by Statutory Authorities
■ Assisted one of the largest NBFC’s in India on strategy and recovery proceedings
Key Clients: MCX-SX, MCX, NSEL, Vedanta Group, Future Group, Endemol, Percept, Prakash Jha Productions, Cinema Capital Venture Fund, Prime Focus, Producers Guild, IFTPC

International Commercial Arbitration:
Successfully represented Hardy Exploration & Production India Inc, against the Union of India, in an International Commercial Arbitration at Kuala Lumpur and proceedings arising therefrom before the Delhi High Court
■ Advised and successfully represented one of the major private equity investment fund, in an international commercial arbitration, against one of the real estate companies based majorly in the Eastern India
Key Clients: Future Group, Walkwater Media, Viacom 18 Media, Indian Broadcasting Federation, Warner Bros., Reliance, Percept, Hardy Oils, Aitreya Limited

Banking & Finance:
Providing non-litigation, litigation and pre-litigation advisory services to one of the key non-banking financial institutions in India
Key Clients: Capital First Ltd.

Real Estate & Retail:
■Assisted Maker Builders for retail mall Maker Maxity
■Assisted Prime Focus and Mittal Builders in obtaining various premises Pan India
■Assist Indian and International cinema exhibitor chain Cine Grand
Key Clients: Nirav Modi, Hilton Developers, Maker Builders, Mittal Builders, Talati and Panthaky, Cine Grand, Rohit Shetty

Contact: Ameet Naik
Tel: +9820296457
Email: [email protected]