Kaushal Kumar Sharma

Kaushal Kumar Sharma, the Architect of Indian Merger Review Format, is our exclusively recommended Merger Control Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact KK Sharma Law Offices (‘Firm’), a strategic consulting group, founded by Kaushal Kumar Sharma, directly using the contact details listed above.

Mr. Sharma, better known as ‘The Father of Indian Competition Law’ is the very first Director General & Head of Antitrust & Combination Divisions, Competition Commission of India and a Commissioner of Income Tax, Government of India. This Firm specialises in Competition Law, Economic Laws, Environmental Laws, International Affairs, Regulatory Risk Management and Public Policy Advisory, worldwide, and is run through a network of international partners and affiliates.

The group brings together eminent names to create a multi-lateral consulting platform on Competition Law, Tax, Environment, Public Affairs and Policy.

Firm Overview:

The Firm believes that legal services essentially have to be in conjunction with socio-economic and political realities of nations. With this belief, it offers a team with a global vision specialising in Economic Laws, Tax, Environment, Enforcement & Investigations and Government Regulations & Public Policy while local in approach factoring ground realities. The strength of the Firm lies in its understanding of these realities in both developed and emerging economies.

Though handling wide spectrum of legal issues, the understanding of competition law and its evolution across different jurisdictions, gives the Firm an insight which is unparalleled. The solutions of the Firm are based on rigorous economic analysis, socio-political research and global regulatory best practices, making the competition law advisory of the Firm well rounded. The Firm sees itself as partner in its clients’ growth. The outcome driven custom solutions for the partner companies provide a competitive advantage.

The Firm offers the Client companies a one-stop solution to all their legal dilemmas with a well-informed, practical and effective guidance with complete litigation support and more so in all issues on Competition Law. The clientele of the Firm covers the top public and private sector enterprises including the Fortune 500 Companies.

In a brief period of time, the Firm has emerged as the ‘Antitrust Law Firm of the Last Resort in India’.

Rohan Bagai

Rohan Bagai is our exclusively recommended FinTech Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rohan directly using the contact details listed above.

Rohan, Partner in the Delhi office is part of the AZB’s Corporate & FinTech practice.

Rohan has a wide range of technology and financial services experience with special focus on Payments, E-commerce, Privacy & Data Protection. He regularly advises clients on legal, regulatory & compliance issues relating to launch of digital, e-commerce and payments businesses including for operation of payment systems and introduction of new age electronic payment methods.

He regularly speaks on emerging topics relating to FinTech & Data Privacy at international & regional conferences organised by ITechLaw, Corporate Counsel Association of India and Payments & Cards Summit.

Rohan Bagai has also authored articles and India chapters for various esteemed publications (including Lexology Getting the Deal Through, Mondaq, Legal 500 etc.) on a host of subjects including blockchain, cybersecurity, regulations governing payment aggregators and data privacy.

Firm Overview:

AZB & Partners was founded in 2004 with a clear purpose to provide reliable, practical and full-service advice to clients, across all sectors. The Firm brought together the practices of AZB & Partners in Mumbai and Bangalore and Ajay Bahl & Company in Delhi. Having Grown Steadily since its inception, AZB & Partners now has offices across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.

We have an accomplished and driven team of 400+ lawyers committed to delivering bring best-in-class legal solutions to help clients achieve there objectives.

Our greatest strength is an in-depth understanding of legal, regulatory and commercial environments in India and elsewhere. This strength enables us to provide bespoke counsel to help our diverse clients negotiate and dynamic or volatile business environment. At AZB & Partners, collaboration is an everyday reality – we combine individual and mutual strengths to achieve collective growth.

Pradeep Arora

Pradeep Arora is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Pradeep directly using the contact details listed above.

Pradeep, a corporate lawyer and negotiator, co-founded R&P Legal in 2010 and is responsible for firms’ futuristic vision, networking and strategic tie-ups apart from managing firms’ practice of general corporate advisory ranging from advice on funding and due diligence, joint venture and collaborations, merger, spin off, amalgamations, FDI/FEMA aspects. He has successfully represented companies both domestic and international in connection with various types of transactions including issues relating to contracts, exchange control regulations, private international law, corporate laws, and other allied laws before various governmental and regulatory authorities. He has been giving regular legal and business advice to its varied kind of corporate clientele engaged in ecommerce, logistics, general manufacturing, oil field equipment’s manufacturer, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, real estate, constructions, consultancy business, hotel industry, travel industry.

He is also advisor to various start up engaged in innovative business ideas including fin-tech, e-pharma, mobility solutions provider, renting start-up, media sector (newspapers, book publishing and online magazines), ecommerce, tourism and travel start-up etc. Besides being an able negotiator and business acumen, he is a master drafter of agreements and legal documents and drafted varied kind of corporate documentations like term sheets, shareholders agreements, joint ventures agreements, technical know-how sharing agreements, varied kind of policies and standard operating procedures for internal control and consistency.

Firm Overview:

Above fantastic words by Clare Short and Sun Tzu have been the basic principle of the practice of R&P Legal, a full service law firm. Since its inception R&P Legal has been striving to give innovative and best possible legal solutions in all segments of business, industry and services with great emphasis on deadlines while at the same time observing a strict code of professional ethics.

The firm takes pride in being part of some of the big ticket investment transactions and regularly advising  few of the big organisations, MNCs, VCs and Angel Funds besides regularly advising and representing conglomerates, large corporations, leading banks, NBFCs, start-ups, tourism promotional boards etc across business sectors. The efficient negotiations and bargaining done by the firm on behalf of many start-ups, ecommerce and fintech companies in various rounds of funding have resulted in more profitable and far beneficial closing of deals.

Our strength lies in our ability to utilise the subject matter expertise of our lawyers, consultants and resource pool to enable us to draw and offer legal strategies customised to the peculiar requirement of the business. The Firm adopts a numerous disciplinary approach to resolve the critical business and legal issues being faced by its clients. Given the varied background and domain expertise of our highly qualified and experienced team members, the Firm is uniquely placed to advise clients on regulatory matters and the corresponding business strategies by analysing domestic and foreign laws, sectoral regulations, norms and guidelines, international and multilateral treaties and best industry practices.

The team of professionals at R&P Legal in addition to Lawyers includes, Insolvency Professionals, Company Secretaries and other professionals with specific industry experience and domain expertise to meet the requirement of global and domestic clientele. The team comprises fine negotiators having profitably rich experience in negotiating and bargaining transactions and agreements. Our approach is multi-disciplinary where professionals from one team work in sync with professionals from other teams within the firm. R&P Legal believes that Professionals must not only understand the laws but also the specific dynamics of the client’s business. Therefore, we consistently encourage each team member to participate in external conferences with a view to develop a multi-disciplinary problem solving approach to clients’ needs. Resultantly, the lawyers and consultants at R&P Legal not only have comprehensive understanding of the Indian Legal System, its dynamics and legislative issues but also have a thorough understanding of business and economic issues thereby not just resolving legal questions that  may  arise, but also helping our clients to avoid potential pitfalls. As a natural corollary, this approach enables the Firm to advise on the most complex domestic and international business and investment transactions, and to handle a broad variety of litigation and arbitration issues.

We at R&P Legal believe in investing in building trust with each of our clients. We believe that each of the clients is extremely valuable for us and ensure that personal attention is provided to each of the clients by senior members of team on all critical issues rather than leaving the same to be handled by the middle or lower rung of leadership alone. As the relationships with clients are developed on consistent client – consultant interfaces, partners and top leadership at firm are always within an easy access of clients and their officials.

With a view to keep our esteemed clients updated, they are regularly provided briefs on latest legal and regulatory developments relevant to their respective sectors for the smooth management of business and to avoid potential pitfalls. Keeping in mind the best business practices, regulatory environments and legal framework, we visualise and anticipate clients’ needs and deliver them the pragmatic solutions and manage their work efficiently.

Ritu Bhalla

Ms Ritu Bhalla is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ritu directly using the contact details listed above.

Ms Ritu Bhalla is a senior Partner at the Firm and in the capacity of a co-chair of the practice group, oversees the Firm’s practice in corporate commercial litigation, arbitrations and regulatory litigation. She specialises in Mergers, Public & Administrative Judicial Review, Insolvency-related Disputes, Shareholder Disputes, Domestic and International Commercial Arbitrations, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Infrastructure Litigation including Building Contracts, White Collar Crimes and Extradition-related Action. She has extensively represented multinational as well as domestic shareholders in their inter se disputes in joint ventures, including Board room strategies

For over two and a half decades, Ritu has been a focal point in the firm’s litigation practice and has worked on many fiercely contested matters across jurisdictions including before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various States, and other Specialised Quasi-Judicial Tribunals. Her strength in litigation rests on her ability to formulate and execute legally sound and tactical strategies on behalf of major multinationals, domestic corporates, banks, public enterprises, commercial and financial institutions involved in complex disputes.

Ritu successfully represented the majority shareholders of a Japanese Company in a one of its kind case of oppression by minority shareholders, before National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai. She represents the investment arm of the Russian Federation in an ongoing International Commercial Arbitration and has successfully obtained an Interim Award of INR 135 crores (approx.) in favour of her client. She has been a part of several marquee cases representing TATA, Getit Info Services Pvt. Ltd., Biological E Ltd., ETA Group of Dubai, IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited, Navyuga Engineering Company Limited, Indian Oil Corporation and Indian Paints Association et al and was part of the team advising the Government appointed Board of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (SCSL) following the confession of its promoter and was actively involved in the proceedings involving SCSL before the Company Law Board.

Ritu’s deep involvement with commercial litigation and arbitration goes beyond courts and tribunals and extends to formulating valued litigation strategy. Ritu has been associated with conferences and seminars on contemporary legal issues and is an active member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Delhi High Court Bar Association.


Ritu has been ranked in Band 2 for Dispute Resolution by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017-20, which states, “Ritu Bhalla advises domestic and international clients on a wide spectrum of contentious matters, including private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes. She is also adept at handling arbitration proceedings.” Chambers and Partners 2018 quotes, “Ritu Bhalla has a stellar reputation in the arbitration and litigation circle and regularly acts on private equity, restructuring, joint venture and shareholder disputes for both domestic and international clients.”

She was also been Recognised as the ‘Best in Commercial Arbitration’ at Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law awards 2019,  and ranked as a Distinguished Practitioner by Asialaw Profiles, 2019 and 2020.

Rohan Janardhanan

Rohan Janardhanan is our exclusively recommended Shipping & Maritime Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rohan directly using the contact details listed above.

Rohan, managing partner at Rex Legalis, has practiced law in Dubai and India. He has multi- jurisdiction legal experience and has specialised in Maritime (both wet and dry work) and the white collar criminal matters, investigating the forensic aspects of criminal law importantly with the maritime dimension. He has more than 15 years of wide-ranging legal practice in law firms that handle cross-border transactions between organisations in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the Asian subcontinent. He has a master’s degree from Cardiff University, UK, with specialisation in marine and commercial laws.

Rohan has been working closely with a number of Shipping Companies advising them on all aspects of laws in the UAE and India. Rohan has spent more than 10 years as a Legal Consultants with a top tier law firm in Dubai. He has also advised a number of Ship Owners and P & I Clubs on matters relating to cargo claims, sale and purchase of vessels, matters involving collision, stowaways to name a few. He has been representing and defending ship owners, international carriers and liner operators in criminal cases at the economic offences department, Serious Fraud Investigation Authority and Central Bureau of Investigation, filed by local traders on a pan India Basis. One of his recent instructions were to represent the local owner and crew manager, in a matter involving the death of 4 crew members. He has been actively receiving instructions from international clients with respect to the winding up local companies in the National Company Law Tribunal (‘NCLT’) and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (‘NCLAT’).

Dhritiman Bhattacharyya

Dhritiman Bhattacharyya (DB) started his career with a leading law firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2001. Currently he is the Senior Partner in Unity Legal. With more than 23 years’ experience, DB specializes in Corporate and Commercial laws, Mergers and Acquisitions.

He advises various multinationals clients on various corporate and commercial matters. Additionally he has been regularly advising his clients on restructuring of their companies which includes mergers and demergers and appearing before the Courts and Tribunals for implementation of the same. He has attended and presented several papers at various international conferences at Durban, Cancun, Singapore, Malaysia, London, etc. He is a member of various bar associations in India including Delhi High Court Bar Association and Supreme Court Bar Association. He is also a guest faculty of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Fore School of Management.

Firm Overview:

Unity Legal (UL) provides a broad range of legal services to companies, both domestic and international, advising corporations during all stages of their corporate existence, from the incorporation of the company through all aspects of its development and operation. UL provides assistance and guidance to foreign investors/technology providers, and Indian companies seeking to source capital/technologies from abroad.

UL has structured and implemented mergers & acquisitions, amalgamations and takeovers across several industries and sectors in India. In this respect, UL conducts due diligences, prepare and negotiate transaction documents and implement schemes of merger, de-merger and amalgamation, etc., which includes working with merchant bankers to ensure stock exchange compliances in cases of listed companies in India.

UL provides advice to minimize the incidence of disputes, and dispute resolution services by way of negotiation, arbitration (domestic & international) and court proceedings. UL handles cases in all forums including the Supreme Court of India and State High Courts, District Courts, Consumer Forum, National Company Law Tribunal etc.