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.

Garima Sahney

Garima Sahney leads the patent prosecution and analytics practice of the firm and plays a pivotal role in patent litigation matters. She obtained a post-graduation degree in Biotechnology in 2005 and is a registered Indian patent agent and a patent attorney in India. With over a decade of experience in the patent industry, Garima has dealt extensively with patent drafting, filing, prosecution, prior art searches, landscapes, claim mappings, due diligence, validity assessments and is actively engaged in conducting in-house training sessions.

Firm Overview:

Saikrishna & Associates is a Tier-1 full-service Firm having focused Intellectual Property, Telecommunication Media & Technology, Corporate Law & Competition Law verticals backing up the Firm’s other practice areas. Founded in 2001, the Firm’s 19 Partners & Associate Partners as well as 100+ lawyers deliver top-notch, & dedicated services to a diverse array of Indian and International clients.

The Firm’s Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Prosecution, and Enforcement teams join with the Commercial, IP, TMT, Corporate & Competition law teams to provide innovative solutions catering to client’s business and IP objectives.

The Firm is highly ranked for its industry and domain-specific expertise basis its industry teams/practice groups which span the Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications & Electronics, Pharma & Life Sciences, Software & Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, FMCG & Retail, Print-Publishing, Real Estate, and Energy Sectors.

Bahram Vakil

Bahram N. Vakil, Co–Founder and Senior Partner, is renowned for his restructuring, bankruptcy and infrastructure / project finance experience. He has served on various high–level government committees on financial reform, foreign direct investment and securities market reform. Amongst these, Bahram was appointed as a key member of the Dr. T K Viswanathan Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee, constituted by the Indian Ministry of Finance, to draft the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Bahram is also a member of the (i) Insolvency Law Amendment Committee, constituted by the MCA to recommend amendments to the IBC; and (ii) International Insolvency Institute (“III”), a non–profit, limited membership organization set up to promote international cooperation / coordination in the insolvency field. Bahram is the first lawyer to be invited to the III.

Bahram also serves on the following committees: (i) Member of the Task Force on the Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans set up by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) (2019); (ii) the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Committee – SEBI Advisory Group (2011); and (iii) the U.K. Sinha Committee – Working Group on Foreign Investment in India (2010).

The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business mentions that Bahram is a gregarious and hard headed lawyer, whose clients value his “smart, reliable and practical advice.” His finesse in negotiations is especially singled out. “He adds value in negotiations, ensuring both parties see the other’s point of view,” states Chambers Global.

Bahram has been recognized by most international publications, including being recognized as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’ (2018 – 2020) for Banking & Finance by Chambers Asia–Pacific and Chambers Global. Bahram is also recognized as an ‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services and Infrastructure by Asialaw Profiles (2020). Additionally, Bahram is named a ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015 – 2019). He is ‘Highly Regarded’ for Energy, Infrastructure, Banking and Project and Finance by IFLR1000 (2016 – 2020) and ‘Recommended’ for M&A / Governance, Government Contracts, Corporate and Banking & Finance by International Who’s Who Legal (2018 – 2019). Bahram has also consistently featured in the ‘Top 100 Indian Lawyers’ list published by India Business Law Journal (2015 – 2019) and was awarded ‘Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year – India’ at the Corporate LiveWire Global Awards (2019).

He has an LL.M. from Columbia University and is dually qualified to practice law in India and New York, being a member of the New York State Bar.

Ranjit Prakash

Ranjit Prakash founded Archeus Law (“Archeus”) in October 2016. Prior to launching Archeus, Ranjit headed the Dispute Resolution, Project Advisory and Corporate Law Divisions and was a Senior Partner with other leading law firms in India. He has been practicing law since 1991 and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi.

Ranjit’s practice areas include Infrastructure & Projects, Mining and Dispute Resolution. He has been involved with the infrastructure sector, in particular the energy, highways and mining sectors. He also has substantial experience in several international and domestic commercial arbitrations involving large infrastructure and manufacturing companies.

He has advised clients on several high profile matters like representing SEPCO in the cases relating to the industrial accident which arose after the collapse of a chimney at the BALCO site, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) on a very high stake arbitration proceeding in the wind energy sector in India, Moser` Baer Electric Power Limited in an arbitration proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with respect to a dispute arising out of an agreement entered for development of a 63 MW Hydro Power Project, Visa Steel Limited in defending arbitration proceedings before London Court of International Arbitration, London.

Ranjit has also been advising several of the firm’s clients on domestic and international arbitration related matters, including international arbitrations before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) etc.

Firm Overview:

Archeus Law is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of Project Advisory, Contract Management and International Dispute practices in various areas of businesses including Infrastructure, Real estate and Mining. Launched in October 2016, the firm has commenced operations with a strong portfolio of clients including some of the leading Indian and Foreign Multinational Companies and part of the Fortune 500 list of companies. Archeus Law consists of a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals who possess extensive knowledge and understanding of the Indian legal and regulatory framework.

The firm has been launched by Ranjit Prakash, Chief Executive Partner, a legal professional having more than 25 years of experience. Ranjit is a former Senior Partner and one of the founding partners of HSA Advocates. He moved on with his entire highly specialized project management and dispute team to set up his new firm Archeus Law. The team at Archeus Law has substantial experience in advising on an array of issues related to Infrastructure and Energy sector, which includes project advisory, transactional support, contract management and dispute resolution. The team is currently handling a portfolio of infrastructure projects which includes large Power Projects both conventional and renewable energy, highway projects, metro rail projects and mining projects.

With its principal office in New Delhi, Archeus Law is supported by a network of associate firms in other parts of the country. From its early days, Archeus Law has already built up a significant client base in a short span of time by delivering quality professional service in a timely manner, which have been appreciated by client.

Aliff Fazelbhoy

Aliff Fazelbhoy, who was a founding partner in another law firm in Mumbai, merged his practice with ALMT Legal in 2003 to enhance the Firm’s tax and M&A practice. Today, Aliff is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in his chosen fields of practice and has been ranked in 2018 among the Top 100 Private Practice Lawyers in India by India Business Law Journal. Aliff has also been, consistently recognized as one of India’s leading lawyers by other global legal publications like Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles and IFLR 1000 as well.

Aliff’s tax experience includes advising on cross border tax structuring and issues such as creation of permanent establishment, obligations in relation to withholding tax, transfer pricing, characterization of software payments etc as well as some indirect tax issues particularly GST for various international and domestic clients. Aliff is also involved in advising on tax related litigation and dispute resolution proceedings before various tax authorities, tribunals and courts.

Aliff’s M&A and corporate practice is mainly focused on transactional work for domestic and international private equity funds and multinational companies. Aliff also advises several clients in relation to certain capital markets transactions including registration of and investments by foreign institutional investors (“FII”) as well as primary and secondary investments by a range of investors in publically listed companies.

Besides his tax and M&A practice, Aliff has helped develop a thriving employment law practice for the Firm and assists several clients on a range of employment law issues including structuring contracts, implementing terminations, establishing and advising on social security schemes, enforceability of post termination obligations, etc.

Aliff has been consistently acknowledged and recommended by leading legal publications. AsiaLaw Profiles 2019 has recognized Aliff as a “Market-Leading Lawyer” for Corporate/M&A and Taxation. Aliff has been recommended for his corporate/M&A, employment, private equity and tax practice by Chambers & Partners every year. Asia Pacific Legal 500 also consistently names Aliff as a leading / recommended lawyer in areas of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate/ M&A, employment and tax. IFLR1000 recommends Mr. Aliff Fazelbhoy for Private Equity Funds and M&A. The Tax Directors Handbook 2015 and 2016 highly recommends Aliff for his tax practice.

Aliff has authored articles for international publications including for the IBFD and been a panelist at various international tax and M&A conferences and seminars.

Professional Appointments & Activities:

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, India (1988);
  • Law Society of England and Wales (1992);
  • One of India’s representative authors for the International Beaureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD);
  • Member of the Indian Chapter of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws – 1988 University of Bombay (was awarded the gold medal for securing the first rank overall)
  • Bombay Incorporated Law Society (Solicitor’s exam) – 1990 (secured the first rank and highest marks in all 5 subjects)
  • LLM – 1991 University of Cambridge, UK
  • Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test – Law society of England and Wales – 1992

Firm Overview:

ALMT Legal is a dynamic and progressive full service Indian law firm that provides high quality Indian expertise with an international capability. With approximately 70 lawyers and 20 partners across offices in strategic commercial centres like Mumbai and Bangalore, ALMT has an established reputation as one of India’s top bracket firms.

We realise that success is dependent on efficient and timely services. Easy and quick access to top quality service providers is crucial for clients and we strive to achieve this.

We pride ourselves in providing a practical and commercially sound approach to solving business issues to overcome the complex commercial, regulatory, legal and technical issues characteristic of doing business in India. We value our relationship with each client and ensure that our rigorous standards are maintained in all matters, large or small. A dedicated partner handles each matter.

Where we do not have our own offices, we rely on a responsible, dedicated and handpicked group of correspondents that enables us to service client requirements on the same basis and with the same quality assurance that ALMT Legal is proud to offer. At all times we retain the care, control and supervision of all matters referred to any correspondent offices that act under our guidance and instruction.

ALMT’s practice areas encompass all aspects of Indian law ranging from corporate, commercial to tax, employment, dispute resolution, shipping, aviation and even immigration laws.

NS Shastri

NSS is the founding and senior partner at 4i Advisory Services. A Chartered Accountant by profession and has more than two decades of experience in advising Indian and foreign multinational groups in Indian accounting, tax and regulatory matters.

NSS is active with many clients, principally with fast-growing Indian entrepreneurial organizations, start-ups and global organizations establishing/expanding their presence in India. His domain advisory include advising on Indian Corporate and Labour Laws, Establishing best practices in business finance and Controls, Statutory attest of financial statements, corporate structuring and advising companies on their long-term value creation.

In his role as a founding senior partner, in addition to be a single point of contact for many 4i Advisory clients, NSS was instrumental in establishing the firms practice in Delhi, Mumbai and Singapore.

NSS’s industry focus includes technology, e-commerce, Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate & companies in the Start up Sectors.

Firm Overview:

Our people are drawn from many different backgrounds and are united by a set of shared values. They work in an environment where they can learn and develop, and everyone is given the opportunity to be the best they can be. This approach gives our organization an invaluable depth and breadth, helping us provide clients with a broad range of perspectives, ideas and capabilities experience.

Good corporate governance is at the heart of what we stand for. We recognize we should always be accountable for our actions and must maintain our independence and objectivity. We are committed to promoting and embracing constructive reform and to helping clients follow good business practices, while increasing value for their stakeholders.

We provide Audit, Tax and Advisory services, individually or on a combined basis, delivering globally consistent multi-disciplinary skills and capabilities, based on extensive industry knowledge, to all of our clients.

We respond to our clients’ complex business challenges with a global approach to services that spans industry sectors and national boundaries. Global capability and consistency are central to the way we work.