Name: Aliff Fazelbhoy
Firm Name: ALMT Legal Partners
Country: India
Expertise: Labour & Employment Law

Telephone: +91 22 4001 0000
Fax: +91 22 4001 0001
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

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.

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