Abhinav is experienced in the areas of licensing and trusts. He has independently led due-diligence teams at target companies and negotiated relevant contractual documentation including share purchase, business transfer and asset transfer agreements. He has sound understanding of tax laws to assist in the efficient structuring of particular transactions.
Abhinav is an integral part of the regulatory and licensing team of the firm including on issues relating to FEMA, SEBI, Legal Metrology, Drugs and Cosmetics Laws, Telecom and Defence.
Abhinav holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He is admitted as a member of the Bar Council of India and is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
CCS University (Meerut), 2004
Agnes provides advisory services, conducts title due diligence and also renders documentation services in the course of acquisition and/or development of real estate. She has rendered services not only to individual clients and developers but also corporates like logistic companies, chain retail stores etc. which acquire real estate for their expansion.
As part of Trademark and Copyrights practice, Agnes does advisory work with regard to protection of rights and due diligence of liability of the client including documentation for registration assignment and licensing of work generally to various industries including media and entertainment, handling trademark portfolios. Further, for general contracts, she advises clients on structuring transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial contracts. She has significant experience in commercial documentation and drafting transactional and other agreements and has also rendered services in matters related to personal law like drafting of Wills, Family Arrangement, obtaining of Probate etc
Akash’s experience includes advising corporates from different sectors on foreign investment, employment and labour laws and legal and regulatory compliance. He has carried out legal compliance audits for both domestic and multinational clients engaged in businesses as diverse as pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, software development and transport of gas. Akash advises several diplomatic missions and foreign governments on their legal affairs in India. Further, he also advises several public sector and government entities on oil and gas related statutes and regulations.
Prior to joining Dua Associates, Akash was actively involved in litigation and arbitration including engagements on behalf of major public sector undertakings. He also has experience in managing a large international commercial arbitration in India.
Akash attended The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. He has been teaching a course in Indian law at one of the oldest universities in Germany since 2007.
Akash was successful in the Civil Service Exam as well as the Indian Forest Service Exam in 1990.
University of Delhi, 1991
Akshita represents and assists clients in varied civil and commercial disputes. She also represents international clients and advises them on enforcement and other disputes having cross border implications.
Though Akshita primarily practices in the area of Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation, she also advises clients on general corporate matters which includes contract laws, employment laws, labour laws, legal due diligence, and regulatory matters. She has also advised clients on arbitration laws, intestacy laws and Hindu undivided family related matters.
She has written a number of articles on various legal aspects and trends. These include :-
“Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards”, which was presented at NLSIU’s International Seminar on Enforcement Trends of Arbitral Awards, 2018 ;
“Emerging Rights of Women”, which was presented at the National Seminar of NLU Jodhpur, 2018 ;
“Arbitration laws in India”, which was presented at Arbitration Weekend organized by Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement at DSNLU, Visakhapatnam, 2017 and “Paradigmatic Shifts in Law and Justice in 21st Century”.
Akshita is a Member of Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Alok heads the Japan Practice at Dua Associates and specializes in assisting Japanese companies in their investments and operations in India. Having lived and worked in Japan for close to a decade, he is fluent in the Japanese language, and familiar with Japanese social customs and business practices. In Japan, Alok served as an in-house lawyer for Chiyoda Corporation, Tokyo, and developed special expertise in international construction contracts.
In India, he has advised several leading Japanese companies on corporate, commercial and business laws with special emphasis on foreign and domestic investment, joint-venture formations, incorporation, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Alok has also assisted Japanese companies in contractual negotiations, dispute management, business strategizing as well as in gaining an understanding of the Indian business environment, customs and practices.
Alok holds a Bachelor’s in History (honors) from St. Stephen’s College. He also received a two year fellowship to study Japanese Business Management & Practices at the Hiroike Institute, Kashiwa, Japan.
University of Delhi, 1984
Aman is a litigating lawyer and has extensive experience in different fields of law including constitution, criminal law, contracts & agreements, securitization law, alternative disputes resolution mechanisms, rent laws, land acquisition, taxation (both direct & indirect), negotiable instruments, labour, human rights, service law, consumer protection, transfer of property, revenue, land laws and corporate law. He frequently appears before different courts/commissions/tribunals including DRT & NCLT and other statutory authorities in both civil and criminal matters.
Aman was also on the panel of Official Liquidator attached to the Punjab & Haryana High Court wherein he represented the Official Liquidator in various Winding up proceedings and collateral issues related thereto. Aman served as Additional Advocate General Punjab from November 2012 to March 2016 and defended the State Government in Land Acquisition, Revenue, Service, Education / Admission, Constitution, Tender, Labour and other matters. Aman has been on the High Court panel for HUDA, HSIIDC, Panjab University and Chandigarh Administration. Aman has been regularly appearing before the National Company Law Tribunal Chandigarh Bench which was established in June 2016.
He worked as a Partner from April 2016 to March 2020 and resigned thereafter to take up his current assignment as Additional Advocate General, Haryana. Aman is a ‘Of Counsel’ of the Firm.
Punjab University, 2000
Amit is the former Financial Advisor (Acquisition) & Additional Secretary and Member Defence Procurement Board, Ministry of Defence. During his career with the Indian Defence Accounts Service, spanning thirty five years, he worked in various capacities in the Defence Accounts Department and on deputation to the Central Vigilance Commission as Commissioner for Departmental Inquiries.
During his tenure with the Ministry of Defence he was associated with all financial and contractual matters related to procurement of goods and services for the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Special Forces Command and the Army Ordnance. He also handled defense plans and budgets . As Financial Advisor (Acquisition), he handled all financial matters related to capital procurements for the services and the Coast Guard. Amit was closely associated with the formulation of the Defence Offset Guidelines of 2012. He was co-chair of the forum set up to review the progress of all procurement cases under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme of the US Government. He was also a member of the Indo-Russian working group on procurement related issues.
He writes for various defense journals and websites on issues related to offsets, life-cycle costing, defense industrialization, procurement procedures, defense planning and budgeting. He is on the editorial board of the defense journal ‘India Strategic’ and the advisory board of another defense journal ‘DefProAc’. He has attended National Security & Strategic Studies course at the National Defence College and the Advanced Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, both at New Delhi.
Amit holds MA and M Phil degrees in Political Science from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and an LL B degree from Delhi University. He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi.
University of Delhi, 1994
Amit’s experience spans various industry sectors and his clients include both public and private sector companies. He has a particular interest and experience in the laws of commercial arbitration and mediation and is actively involved in domestic and International Commercial Arbitrations including proceedings related to construction of oil & gas drilling and production platforms, civil construction and engineering contracts and commercial disputes arising out of service contracts and joint ventures.
Amit has significant experience in handling large and complex cases in various jurisdictions. He presently leads the firm’s practice before the Supreme Court of India and also appears before the various High Courts and District Courts, as well as numerous special interest courts and tribunals.
He was admitted as Advocate-on-Record with the Supreme Court of India in 2001 . Amit holds an honors degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi.
Kanpur University, 1994
Amitabha is an extremely experienced employee with a track record of over 32 years having been with Dua Associates since the inception of the firm. As a department head, he has a key role in nurturing talent and has been widely recognized by his colleagues for his sound financial advice, leadership skills and quick problem-solving abilities.
Angad is a dispute resolution lawyer based at our Gurgaon office. He is regarded by his clients for his ability to find constructive and innovative solutions to complex legal issues. He actively advises government enterprises, international and domestic corporations, and individual clients on a variety of legal matters.
He has vast experience in civil, commercial and corporate litigation pertaining to contracts, company law, constitutional law, consumer law, debt recovery law, dishonor of cheques, environmental law, foreign exchange law, labour and employment law, land acquisition law, intellectual property law and real estate / property law. Angad regularly appears before the Supreme Court, various High Courts, District Courts and Tribunals. He also has valuable experience in commercial arbitrations.
Symbiosis Law College, Pune, 2007
Aniketh’s core expertise areas are Commercial and Contract Law, Debt Recovery and Banking Law, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and Constitutional Law. He also practices in the area of Civil and Criminal Law, and Labour and Employment Law. Aniketh has experience in appearing before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, District Civil Courts, Magistrate and Sessions Courts, Debt Recovery Tribunals, Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals, National Company Law Tribunals, Industrial Tribunal, Labour Courts, and Consumer Forums.
School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, 2011
Anil advises on project finances, investments and diverse banking and finance related issues. As part of the corporate and commercial practice, he advises clients on structuring of transactions, regulatory approvals, security enforcement remedies, mergers and acquisitions, setting up of companies, joint venture companies and other transactional advice. As part of real estate and infrastructure practice, Anil advises on transfer of immovable properties and documentation on infrastructure projects.
He has been involved with several matters involving formulating, negotiating and implementing structures for foreign investments and acquisitions and has conducted legal due diligence exercises for clients for diverse purposes. He has considerable experience in commercial documentation and drafting of transactional and other agreements. Additionally, Anil has handled various arbitration and litigation matters involving general commercial disputes to constitutional matters.
Anil qualified as a solicitor from the Bombay Incorporated Law Society in 1998.He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from Bombay University.
Bombay University, 1995
Anirudh has been with Dua Associates since 2011. With his practice areas being Dispute Resolution and General Corporate Advisory, Anirudh has represented the firm’s clients before Courts and Tribunals across the country, and specifically before the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi and Bombay High Courts, and various benches of the National Company Law Tribunal. His focus areas include banking law and general commercial transactional laws, advising clients on various transactions and representing them in arbitration and litigation arising therefrom. Anirudh is also part of litigation in several civil suits and trials invoking original jurisdiction of trial courts and some High Courts.
Anirudh is an alumnus of Gujarat National Law University.
Gujarat National Law University, 2011
Anish has been involved in several matters advising on formulating, negotiating and implementing structures for foreign investments and acquisitions. He has advised on mergers and acquisitions, setting up of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint venture companies, software companies, special purpose vehicles, takeover code and stock exchange related matters and transactional advice. This has included recommendations on tax-efficient structures for establishing business presence in India consistent with the prevailing tax regime and the provisions of applicable double taxation agreements, conduct of business operations in India, statutory compliances required under companies act, labour laws, environmental laws, food safety and standards.
He has conducted several legal due diligence exercises in connection with matters involving acquisitions of assets, business and shares of (listed and unlisted) companies. He has worked on domestic IPO and rights issue matters and private equity transactions.
Anish has extensive experience in commercial documentation and drafting of transactional and other agreements including joint venture agreements, know how & technical collaboration / licensing agreements, shareholders agreements, share purchase agreements, business transfer agreements, non-compete agreements, escrow agreements, franchisee and distributorship agreements, agency agreements, framework agreements, channel partner agreements, end user license agreements, software development agreements, leases, leave & license agreements, agreements for built-to- suit facilities, development agreements, building & construction agreements.
On intellectual property matters, Anish has advised on licensing and assignment of intellectual property, protection of confidential information, software and data protection, and drafting of necessary agreements. In labour law matters, he has advised on employee benefit trusts, employment and service contracts, stock option schemes, voluntary retirement schemes, provident funds, gratuity and related employee benefits, and in the drafting of required documentation. In real estate matters, he has advised on title investigations and reports, purchase, leasing, sale and lease-back arrangements of commercial property and on the applicable stamp duties and registration procedures. He has taken part in matters in advising the Union Government in certain important projects on privatization of public sector undertakings.
St. Xavier’s College, University of Kolkata (1987); LLB, University of Mumbai (1990)
As a corporate lawyer Ankit advises clients on matters of foreign and domestic investment, joint venture formation, corporate restructuring, and general corporate laws. He also additionally focuses on labour and employment matters.
Prior to joining Dua Associates, Ankit has worked with a few reputed law firms in Delhi and Mumbai and handled M&A and corporate commercial matters.
Ankit supports initiatives associated with providing free education to economically challenged students.
He is enrolled with Bar Council of Delhi since 2016-17.
Apoorva practices primarily in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices of the firm and is based out of our Chennai office. She joined the Chennai office in 2018. Her primary areas of practice include civil, corporate, commercial, writ litigation, arbitration and intellectual property. She appears before the Hon’ble Madras High Court, City Civil Courts, NCLT, NCLAT, DRT, DRAT, NGT, RERA, TMR, Consumer Courts and various arbitral tribunals. Apoorva also advises clients on disputes relating to contracts, trademarks, labour issues, among others.
She holds a B.A. LL.B (Hons) degree from the Tamil Nadu National Law University and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Tamil Nadu National Law School, 2018
Arsheya practises primarily in the area of real estate, litigation (labour, civil, commercial, and recovery matters) and insolvency laws. She has been working with Dua Associates since 2017 and was one of the Members of editorial team of the Firm’s quarterly Newsletter “The Briefcase”. She regularly appears in Courts and Tribunals including Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, Debts Recovery Tribunal, Delhi, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, New Delhi, National Company Law Tribunal, Delhi, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, various District Courts in New Delhi and Gurgaon and Consumer Forums.
She advises and represents clients in real estate transactions including undertaking title due diligence and drafting and negotiation of transaction documents. She also advises clients on various labour law compliances and disputes. She has worked on secondment for over a year with legal team of a U.S based IT company to support its pan-India real estate and business transactions.
She holds a degree of B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from Amity Law School, IP University, Delhi
Amity Law School, Delhi (IP University), 2017
Ashish is a corporate lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of company law, securities, regulatory law and policy, foreign direct investment and foreign exchange laws. Ashish has undertaken various assignments involving setting up of companies in India, legal due diligences, drafting/reviewing various commercial contracts including joint ventures, share and asset purchases, etc. He also has the experience of advising clients in divesting their mining business in India.
CCS Meerut, 2008
Ashish’s practice focuses on corporate commercial litigation and arbitration with special focus on intellectual property litigation, white-collar crimes, environmental protection and International trade law. He services clients from the world of technology, digital media, fashion, luxury goods, logistics, media and the chemical industry in a variety of matters both, in the nature of civil and criminal litigation.
Ashish has extensive experience in defending civil and criminal litigation in anti-corruption actions and has represented various companies faced with allegations of improper payments as well as those under investigation. In intellectual property matters he has represented clients in trademark, copyright and patent litigation before various High Courts as well as the Supreme Court of India apart from appearing before other specialized tribunals.
Ashish is also actively involved with the practice of international trade law advising a range of exporters, chambers of associations, importers and user associations in several trade remedy investigations carried out by the Government of India. Ashish has been ranked as the ‘Next Generation Partner’ in the field of WTO and International Trade Law.
National Law School of India University, Bangalore, 2007
Chandirasekaran enrolled with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in October 2002 and specializes in the practice of Real Estate. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (B.L.) from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai, 2002
Kishore joined the litigation team of Dua Associates, Chennai, in 2010. He handles advisory and dispute resolution relating to civil, writ, company, commercial, debt recovery and IPR. He also handles commercial arbitration disputes including disputes relating to infrastructure contracts, including contracts relating to design and construction of metro rail stations and tunneling works, power plants and other such public utility projects.
Kishore holds a B.S.L. L.L.B degree from the University of Pune, ILS Law College at Pune. He also has a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Law from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.
University of Pune , 2010
Sriram enrolled as Advocate in 2000 and joined joined Dua Associates three years later. He has handled clients independently and has vast experience in conducting exclusive title due diligence for all kinds of Real Estate projects, appearing in N.C.L.T., Revenue Tribunals, Civil Courts and High Court as well as general, commercial and corporate litigation.
Padala Ram Reddy Law College Osmania University, 2000
A litigation practice area specialist, Gaurav has extensive experience in representing clients before the High Court of Karnataka and the Trial Courts in civil, commercial, criminal and property disputes. He also represents clients before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Consumer Forums and State Commission, Family Courts and the Karnataka Medical Council.
Karnataka State Law University, Hubli (J.S.S Law College, Mysore), 2015
Bhuvana is currently enrolled with the Karnataka State Bar Council and her main areas of practice are Real Estate Advisory and Litigation. She has in-depth knowledge and proficiency in local laws relating to real estate and has conducted title due diligence of various residential and commercial properties. She also has experience in legal drafting which includes pleadings and conveyance documents. Additionally, she has experience in drafting and vetting of commercial contracts and documentation.
Having obtained her graduate law degree, she went on to do her post graduation specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from Karnataka State Open University, Mysore.
Bangalore University, Bangalore (Seshadripuram Law College), 2011
Abhilash is a part of the Japan focused practice group within the firm. His practice area includes drafting of commercial agreements, corporate and commercial laws, industrial laws, FEMA and consumers laws. He is well-versed with listing compliances and coordinating with various statutory bodies such as SEBI, RBI etc. Prior to joining Dua Associates, he has worked with various listed and joint venture companies and Private Equity Funds, handling inbound and outbound investments, due diligence and deal making.
Abhilash holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Commerce and Bachelors’ Degree in law. He is also an Associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
Yogi Vemana University, 2017
Chandra’s practice areas include project finance, real estate, corporate & commercial laws, contract negotiation and negotiated settlement of disputes. He has acted as lenders’ legal counsel to consortiums of banks and financial institutions in project finance transactions for power projects. Chandra has advised foreign investors on their investments in the real estate sector and has rich experience in advising clients on land use, and development control norms. He has led teams conducting comprehensive due diligence of land across India to identify the title risks and suitability of the land. He has advised clients in settlement of complex disputes through negotiations. Chandra also advises the not-for-profit sector on the formation of trust, society and Section 8 Company. He is part of the pro-bono initiative of the firm
Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, 2003
Chethan joined Dua Associates, Chennai in 2008 and is involved in all matters relating to litigation, corporate work and alternate dispute resolution. His specialization areas include debt recovery, banking, and commercial and civil disputes.
Chethan holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai and enrolled at the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 2008.
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai, 2007
Chirag has been practicing law since 2010 and primarily advises in the area of civil and commercial litigation. He regularly appears in all Courts and Tribunals including Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Debts Recovery Tribunal, Delhi, Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal, Delhi, Arbitral Tribunals, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, New Delhi, National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, various District Courts in New Delhi and Gurgaon and Consumer Forums.
Besides advising in the field of litigation, Chirag also advises and represents clients in Real Estate transactions which includes drafting transaction documents and undertaking due diligence exercises. He also advises clients on various labour law compliances and disputes.
Indraprastha University, 2010
Chitranshul is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India with experience in civil and commercial litigation. He practices Insolvency & Bankruptcy Law, Arbitration, Banking & Commercial Litigation, and general Civil Litigation. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi and various other State High Courts, various National Company Law Tribunals, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, arbitral tribunals and other fora.
Insolvency & Bankruptcy litigation being his primary area of practice, he represents Banks, Financial Institutions, Asset Reconstruction Companies, Creditors and Resolution Professionals before the National Company Law Tribunals and Appellate Tribunal. He also advises Creditors and Resolution Professionals during Corporate Insolvency Resolution processes and represents them in Committee of Creditors meetings.
Chitranshul is the author of ‘The Great Repression – Story of Sedition in India’ published by Penguin India in 2019. He is a member of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association, Delhi High Court Bar Association and Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 2009
Having founded Dua Associates over thirty-five years ago, Mr. Dua is currently the Chairman of the Firm, which has full services offices across eight metropolitan cities of India. His responsibilities include providing guidance to the over 250 professionals of the firm for its further growth and development, including providing long term vision. He engages with the 75+ partners and is ensuring that the management of the firm vests in the executive committee and sub-committees which are empowered to take decisions in their respective domains, so the Firm continues to retain its recognized leadership position.
The Firm led by Mr Dua has been representing overseas businesses and negotiating and structuring their inbound investments. His experience and expertise encompass corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, securities law, infrastructure, public policy and administration, governance and ethics, foreign investments and collaborations, disinvestments and privatization of public sector undertakings, mergers and acquisitions and exchange control regulations.
A key task for Mr Dua as the Chairman of Dua Associates and Dua Consulting, a standalone business and public affairs practice group, is sustaining the growth momentum while strengthening the firm’s domestic and international network of alliances with professionally recognized bodies in keeping with well-established practices in the fields of law, policy formulation and public affairs.
Mr Dua has advised major US corporations’ foray into India like General Electric, General Motors, AT&T, McDonald’s, Timex and 3M Corporation, The Boeing Company, Rolls Royce Plc., Rio Tinto, Linde AG, Estee Lauder, Gilead, Whirlpool, Becton Dickinson, Gillette, Dow Chemical Corporation and DuPont amongst others. He also represented the influx of major companies from Japan including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toshiba and Mitsui & Co.
In 2019 Mr. Dua was recognized as being “The Most-Influential & Significant Lawyer” by The Legal 500. Chambers & Partners, a global ranking body has ranked Mr Dua in their APAC 2021 Guide for his individual noteworthy contributions in the General Corporate & M&A practice area. In 2020 and 2021, he was recognized as a legal icon and included in India Business Law Journal’s A-List of top Indian lawyers. He has also been recognized by Forbes India in its Legal Powerlist of Top Managing Partners in 2020 and 2021.
Early 2020, Mr Dua received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution and Excellence in the field of Law. In September 2021, Mr Dua was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award – Law Firms 2021, by an eminent panel of jury members, led by Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India, for his hard work, sincerity and dedication towards the profession.
Mr Dua was awarded the Samman Patra by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance and The National Council of Jurists Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of Corporate Laws in India. In 2018, Mr Dua was conferred the Award “Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy” for his contribution to the promotion of bilateral business ties between Italy and India.
He is the Chairman of the Board of Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Limited and an Independent Director on the same board. A founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in India, he is an invitee to its national Executive Board. Mr Dua is also a member of the National Committee on Legal Services of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and one of the Senior Vice Presidents of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and among the Chairpersons of the Legal Reforms Committee.
Mr Dua actively championed diversity, inclusion and equality which are now integral to all aspects of the Firm’s practice. The Chairman has been the moving spirit behind the Firm’s continued support to Him Jyoti Vocational Institute for education of under-privileged girl children, an initiative which is now institutionalized and sustained by the Firm’s professionals.
An avid tennis player Mr Dua’s sporting interests are pursued as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Lawn Tennis Club of India and a Senior Vice President of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association.
An Honours graduate of St Stephen’s College, Mr Dua also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He lives in New Delhi with his wife Amrita and daughter Shreya who is currently pursuing her academic interests in ancient history as an MPhil student at Oxford University.
Murali’s areas of expertise include corporate affairs, mergers & acquisitions, foreign investments, exchange control regulations, real estate and intellectual property. He has substantial experience in legal due diligence reviews, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, venture capital investments and related documentation.
Murali also has significant experience in civil, criminal and constitutional litigation before the Madras High Court and is a member of the Madras Bar Association and the Madras High Court Advocates Association.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Madras Christian College.
National Law School of India University, 1996
Dharmesh has been practising for more than 10 years. He has worked on various kinds of matters relating to Insolvency & Bankruptcy , Arbitration arising out of commercial contracts, consumer matters, commercial suits, writ petitions, testamentary matters, summary suit before Bombay High Court, District Courts in Bombay and National Company Law Tribunal (Bombay), Arbitral Tribunals, and various other forums.
Jitendra Chauhan College of Law, Mumbai, 2008
Dhiraj is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India. His practice areas include handling civil commercial disputes, insolvency and arbitration matters before various forums, including the National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court. He has also handled several matters pertaining to OCI cardholders before the Delhi High Court.
Campus Law Centre, Delhi University,2011
Dhiraj is a second-generation Army officer. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and was commissioned in the year 1991. After a full colour service of 20 years in the Army, he took premature retirement in 2012 and has since been with the Firm in the capacity of Vice President Administration. He is a qualified HR professional having done a Post Graduate Certification in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur. Dhiraj has also pursued a course in Business Management from MDI Gurgaon and is a certified Trainer from Dale Carnegie.
Dhiraj is directly responsible for Administration and he and his team ensure implementation of all policies and smooth functioning of all the offices. In addition to his role as VP Admin, Dhiraj is a qualified Food Safety Auditor too and is credited with carrying out a minimum of 100 Risk Assessment and Food Safety Audits of Star Hotels of the erstwhile Starwood Group of Hotels in India and South East Asia.
Divya’s practice spread over a decade focuses on litigation, arbitration, anti-bribery, white collar crimes, company law, and constitutional law. She regularly appears and handles a wide range of litigation before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts and Tribunals in the Country.
She is experienced in handling litigation pertaining to corporate transactions relating to amalgamations and demergers, company law, intellectual property rights, contracts, specific relief, insolvency and bankruptcy laws, general civil and criminal laws, anti-corruption laws, international trade laws, etc. She has assisted clients across a variety of industries including chemicals, automobiles, education and print media.
On the corporate front, Divya has drafted schemes involving commercial and corporate transactions and has vast experience of appearing before Statutory Authorities in getting clearances for corporate transactions. She has a remarkable record in getting schemes (involving mergers and demergers) approved by the National Company Law Tribunals within a period of four months, by ensuring strict adherence to all timelines set under law and getting time bound results for the clients.
She is part of a team that has conducted internal investigations for clients in identifying lacunas in internal company policies and has further advised clients in ensuring strict compliance of the FCPA regulations.
She is an Advocate-on-Record with the Supreme Court of India and is a member of the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Association and the Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Febin is a disputes lawyer with around nine years of experience in litigation. He is an Advocate on Record with the Supreme Court of India.
Febin has represented clients in matters related to Constitution, mining, securities, competition, shareholder disputes, banking & finance, immigration and consumer law. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court, High Court of Delhi, National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and various tribunals. He has appeared for the Competition Commission of India and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India before the NCLAT and Delhi High Court.
University of Delhi, 2011
Gaeti is practicing in the dispute resolution team at Dua Associates. She advises clients on civil, commercial litigation and arbitration (both domestic and international). She represents clients in various fora, including the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, District Courts of Delhi, National Company Law Tribunal and National Company Appellate Law Tribunal NCLAT. Her primary practice areas include Civil, Corporate and Commercial litigation with special focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution laws. Gaeti holds a degree in Bachelor of Laws from Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida. She enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi, India in 2018.
Amity University, 2018
Ganapati has extensively represented and advised multinational corporations, financial institutions and major public sector undertakings in various matters. He also practices in the areas of real estate, consumer protection, intellectual property and constitutional law and regularly appears on behalf of clients before the various High Courts as well as Commission and Tribunal level forums.
Karnataka University Law college, Dharwad, 1989
Ganesh works out of both Chennai & Delhi offices of Dua Associates. His practice encompasses advising and representing parties in international arbitration matters (under Rules of SIAC, ICC, LCIA, SCMA, UNCITRAL as well as ad hoc) and in arbitration matters seated in India that are conducted pursuant to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. He also advises and represents parties in litigation matters before the courts. He has handled cases arising from transactions relating to Oil & Gas; Infrastructure, Projects & Construction; Power / Energy; Telecom & IT; Banking & Finance; Joint Ventures and General Commercial matters.
Prior to relocating to India Ganesh spent over 16 years in Singapore during which time he worked with some of the top international law firms and Singapore law firms. Between 2002 and 2007, Ganesh was the Counsel & Assistant Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
Ganesh has been listed as one of the “Future Leaders” by ‘Who’s Who Legal’ and the ‘Global Arbitration Review (GAR)’, London in the 2017 and 2018 editions of ‘Arbitration: Future Leaders’. In recognition of his dedication and contribution to Arbitration & Alternate Dispute Resolution, he was conferred Capital Foundation’s Arun Jaitley Award for 2020.
He has been appointed by the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration as a Member of the ‘SIAC Users Council’, and by the President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration as a member of the ‘ICC India Arbitration Group’. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the SIAC, the Asian International Arbitration Centre, the Indian Council of Arbitration, the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre and is on the list of arbitrators of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration.
Admitted to practice in India, England & Wales and Singapore, Ganesh is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is an active member of the International Bar Association ( IBA) and is on the IBA India Working Group.
University of Madras, 1994, National University of Singapore 2001, College of Law UK 2004, Board of Legal Education, Singapore 2007
Gaurav is a corporate lawyer with 12 years plus post qualification experience in M&A, PE investments, Real Estate and Corporate Commercial transactions. He has been involved in advising and representing clients in various domestic & cross-border transactions, on foreign direct investments, outbound investments, joint ventures and commercial contractual issues. His work experience includes advising Indian and foreign clients on various issues arising out of the Companies Act, FEMA, FCRA, RERA, Labour Laws, Legal Metrology, Competition Act and other sector-specific laws.
Gaurav holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Kurukshetra University; PGDBA (HRM) from Symbiosis, Pune; PGDM (PM & HRD) from Balaji Institute of Management Studies, Pune; Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Meerut University and Bachelor of Commerce (B.COM) degree from Delhi University. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Meerut University, 2008
Gautam specializes in Competition Law and Policy. He has been working in this field since enforcement of the substantive provisions of Competition Act, 2002 in May, 2009 and has extensive experience in formulating legal strategies and representing clients before Competition Commission of India, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He has also created and administered competition compliance programs for various corporate houses.
Gautam also advises on M&A transactions with respect to compliance with competition law. He has been involved in M&A filings and seeking approval from Competition Commission of India. He has also created and administered competition compliance programs for various corporate houses, which included drafting compliance manuals and training of senior management.
Apart from competition law, Gautam has also been involved in policy work and has given opinions/advisories to various ministries/ departments of the Government of India, corporate houses and trade associations on issues related to e-commerce, international trade, subsidies, WTO and International bilateral and multilateral agreements. He has represented various corporate houses/ trade associations before relevant government authorities on issues related to draft policies and proposed legislations.
Gautam has co-authored a book on Indian competition law which has been published by Taxmann Publication. He has also drafted study material on competition law for Competition Commission of India and conducts modules on competition law at NALSAR University, Hyderabad.
Gautam did his graduation from Army Institute of Law, Mohali in 2008.
Army Institute of Law, Mohali
George heads the disputes resolution / litigation practice in Dua Associates, Bengaluru. He specializes in civil litigation and arbitration, intellectual property rights, real estate, criminal law, especially white-collar crimes and consumer disputes. George has advised major banks, construction companies, real estate companies, public sector undertakings, manufacturing and software companies for the past 30 years and represents these clients in disputes before the High Court of Karnataka, Commercial Courts, Civil Courts, Magistrate Courts, Consumer Forums / Commissions, Debt Recovery Tribunals, Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Electricity Regulatory Commissions etc.
George led the firm’s litigation team in its representation of a consortium of Indian banks against Kingfisher Airlines in numerous cases across the country, in what was at that time the largest bank related litigation in India.
Harinder is an expert in IT Infrastructure, IT Security & Compliance and management of IT systems. He joined Dua Associates 15 years ago as an IT consultant to procure and upgrade the IT hardware, software licenses, and streamline vendor management as per SLA and build a robust IT help-desk on a pan-India basis across all offices. Harinder introduced and successfully implemented legal MIS – the complete cycle from client introduction to invoice generation. He recently supervised the upgradation of the IT infrastructure and backup solution to hybrid model.
Hetal has been practicing in Civil, Appellate and Original Jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court and doing both litigation and non-litigation matters.
His experience encompasses General Litigation – disputes related to property matters, commercial disputes including arbitration; Intellectual Property matters, (Copyright and Trademarks matters, both litigation and non-litigation), including IPR related documents; Mergers and Acquisitions, development & redevelopment documentations, legal opinions and due diligence, commercial agreements like Share Subscription and general agreements.
Hetal is a solicitor at Bombay High Court and solicitor at London and Wales (non-practicing). Prior to joining Dua Associates, he started the firm of Thakore Jariwala & Associates and was previously also associated with Kanga & Co. for five years.
Mumbai University, 1987
Himanshu is a disputes lawyer, specialising in arbitration (domestic and international) and commercial litigation.
He advises and represents parties in international arbitration matters [under Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UNCITRAL, etc. as well as ad hoc] and in arbitration matters seated in India. He also advises and represents parties in commercial litigation and in arbitration related litigation (such as setting aside and enforcement of domestic and foreign arbitral awards).
Apart from specialising in in Litigation & Dispute Resolution and a focus on International Commercial Law Himanshu has also completed a summer course on Private International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. In addition to the summer course, he got selected and participated in the Directed Studies sessions.
Himanshu was part of the team which participated and represented University College London (UCL) in the Twenty Fifth Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Vienna, Austria, and Fifteenth Vis East Moot Competition in Hong Kong. It is the largest moot in the world in its field and is considered a grand slam .
Himanshu is an Advocate, Bar Council of Delhi, India and Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association. He is also a Member (Young ICCA), of International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Member (YIAG), London Court of International Arbitration; Member (YSIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre and Member (Young MCIA), Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration
Iqbal is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial practice group of the Firm. He specialises in advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He has a wide range of industry experience including in manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, hospitality, education, financial services, real estate and IT sector.
Iqbal also specialises in matters relating to corporate and commercial litigations, arbitrations, insolvency and has represented clients before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, NCLT and quasi-judicial Authorities and Tribunals.
He has experience in matters pertaining to real estate transactions including projects of acquisition, development, investment structuring, sale, leasing, collaboration and construction contracts on a pan India basis, property due diligence /title verification on a pan India basis.
Iqbal holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Kashmir and a Master’s degree from the Bristol Law School, UK. He has also attended a leadership education programme at Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
University of Kashmir, 2003
Janini has grown with the Firm for more than a decade now, advising Indian and multinational clients in the areas of general corporate and commercial laws, while being one of the integral members of the Firm’s boutique FMCG practice. Clients seek Janini’s thorough counsel and her attention to detail, to aggressively expand their products, businesses and strategies, while remaining legally compliant.
Janini’s expertise lies in structuring and drafting intricate commercial contracts and in corporate and commercial advisory work, in the areas of company law, food and legal metrology laws, information technology laws, employment and labour laws, laws governing fast moving consumer goods and real estate related laws. Janini has, over the years, developed an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day business requirements of clients, and understands their intent to ensure that their innovative business ideas comply, at all times, with the law of the land, and clients seek her attentive advice to structure their businesses in a compliant manner. Further, Janini also assists companies in strategising their approach towards non-compliance risks and potential litigation. The variety of advice that Janini is involved in providing, gives her an in depth understanding of any specific situation and this enables her to provide the client with well-rounded and wholesome advice in relation to any matter.
Janini is also actively involved in ensuring that entities are compliant with their responsibilities in terms of the laws relating to the prevention of sexual harassment and serves as the External Member on the Internal Complaints Committees of multiple entities.
Janini contributes articles on the laws governing fast moving consumer goods, some of which have been published on platforms, such as Mondaq. She is also an integral part of the team at the Firm involved in creating a knowledge bank and in publishing newsletters, which provide regular updates of the legal and regulatory changes in the country.
She also participates, as a speaker, at knowledge sharing sessions organised by bodies such as the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC).
Janini enrolled as an Advocate with the Karnataka State Bar Council in 2008.
Jaspreet is a diligent legal professional who stays updated on all matters particularly relating to her focus areas of civil litigation including arbitration with her updated knowledge of law and keenness to resolve matters in time. She is particularly experienced in handling and resolving disputes including advising on strategic measures and representing clients in matters relating to recovery, insolvency law, arbitration, labour laws, consumer law and real estate.
She appears before the Supreme Court of India, the High Courts and other courts at Delhi and Chandigarh and before various other Courts and Tribunals such as NCLT, consumer fora, etc. and travels to Courts pan India as required. Her vast experience in labour law pertains to advising on various aspects of this law in the dynamically changing Indian labour law environment including policy making, strategy formulation in employee- employer matters so as to minimize and resolve disputes and in representing both employers and employees, before labour fora pan India.
Jay practices primarily in the areas of Corporate & Commercial laws and Legal & Regulatory Compliance. He has vast experience of preparation and validation of check-lists of applicable central and state laws for clients including MNCs, PSUs and companies in manufacturing as well as service sectors. Jay has also undertaken various client assignments pertaining to general corporate practice including advice on matters under the takeover code, setting up of non-profit organizations, and corporate restructuring such as mergers, demergers, buy-outs and strategic investments.
He has also actively worked on various financing projects and is experienced in drafting / reviewing documentation for joint ventures, share and asset purchases and loan agreements.
University of Delhi, 2002
Juhi’s main areas of practice are civil, complex corporate and commercial litigation, dispute resolution and international trade. She has represented several leading corporates in disputes pertaining to corporate commercial transactions, intellectual property rights, insolvency, environmental issues, compensation claims, constitutional law, government contracts and policies, telecom operations, real estate transactions, regulatory compliances, criminal proceedings, etc. Juhi represents clients in the Supreme Court, High Courts, Arbitral Tribunals, NCLT, NCLAT, NCDRC, CESTAT and NGT. Her strength in litigation rests in her ability to formulate and execute legally sound and tactical strategies. She is a part of the International Trade Practice Group and regularly represents and advises clients in trade investigations. Juhi also has extensive experience in appellate and writ proceedings that arise from such engagements. She provides tactical and advisory support in commercial contracts as well.
Amity Law School, Delhi (affiliated to IP University), 2012
Jyoti has been practicing in Civil, Appellate and Original Jurisdictions of the Bombay High Court. She also practices in Bombay City Civil Court, Debt Recovery Tribunals, Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Small Causes Court, Consumer Court, etc.
Jyoti has significant experience in suits relating to property matters, intellectual property matters, commercial disputes, arbitration, testamentary litigation, Section 138 matters, bank suits, rent act matters, consumer court matters and revenue matters, legal opinion and due diligence.
Jyoti is a solicitor from Bombay Incorporated Law Society.
Mumbai University, 1999
Jyoti has represented International Finance Corporation in its debt and / or equity investments in Indian companies. She has also represented International Finance Corporation (acting as trustee of IFC-Netherlands Carbon Facility) in multiple clean development mechanism projects in India. In addition, she has represented Power Finance Corporation (acting as lead financial institution for a consortium of lenders) in its debt investments in Indian companies.
Jyoti has worked in law firms in Washington D.C. primarily in the areas of international trade, finance, intellectual property, telecommunications, and U.S. securities laws.
She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2001. She also holds an LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington, D.C.
University of Delhi, 1994
Kapil advises clients on corporate laws, compliance management, fundraising in primary markets, the listing of securities, and compliances related to primary and secondary markets. He has extensive experience in transactional advisory and advises clients on private equity transactions, venture capital investments, and mergers and acquisitions. He has led teams conducting due diligence of target companies and negotiates transaction documents on behalf of the clients. He also advises clients on corporate restructuring with special emphasis on types of investment vehicles and investment options. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance matters.
Kapil has been advising several Japanese multinational companies since 2012 and has handheld them in establishing their business ventures in India. He has also assisted several companies with the closure of their operations in India in accordance with Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Foreign Exchange Management Act, and related regulations and the Companies Act.
Kapil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Bachelor’s degree in laws. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Meerut University, 2011
Kapil has been working with Dua Associates since 2007 and has been practicing primarily in the areas of real estate, corporate & banking transactions . He started his practice as a litigator in the Supreme Court, High Court and NCDRC at Delhi where his practice focused primarily on commercial & corporate litigation, consumer complaints for resumption and allotment of property/land, acquisition of land and other kinds of real estate matters.
Kapil advises clients with respect to townships, solar and power projects, technology parks and other residential, commercial, and industrial real estate projects in India. He regularly assists clients in complicated joint development arrangements involving issues relating to sharing of FSI, sharing of revenue, joint development, change of land use permissions, regulatory laws, stamp duty and acquisition of land. He has expertise in handling large scale real estate transactions including those involving FDI and conducting due diligence on property acquisition, investigating title of properties across all States of India.
Kapil holds a Master’s degree in Geography from Jamia University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He has also done his Master’s in Law (Contracts including Mercantile Law) from Annamalai University. He is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi and is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
University of Delhi, 2006
Kunal is a part of the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team at Dua Associates and has been practising for more than 8 years. He is also a qualified Solicitor registered with the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. Kunal has worked on various matters involving Intellectual Property Rights, Commercial Suits, Writ Petitions and Testamentary Matters in the Bombay High Court. Moreover, he has handled arbitrations arising out of commercial contracts and also arbitrations before the National Stock Exchange, Bombay Stock Exchange & Multi Commodity Exchange. He has experience in managing matters before Consumer Forums, District Courts in Bombay, National Company Law Tribunal, Real Estate Regulatory Authority and various other forums. Additionally, Kunal has advised clients on corporate laws, copyright laws, information technology, data privacy, etc and has drafted and reviewed various commercial contracts as also real estate related documents.
Praveen Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai, 2012
Lisha has experience in handling end-to-end litigation in general and corporate matters, labour related and service matters, consumer claims, etc. She has executed various corporate assignments including issue of report upon review of the corporate filings of the company before the Registrar of Companies, conducted legal audit of entities to verify compliance with applicable registrations, licences, approvals, registers etc . She also undertakes documentation work including drafting of chartered documents and transactional documents pertaining to corporate, real estate and individual transactions.
Lisha has provided consulting services for a few projects, which involved processing necessary applications on behalf of clients and facilitating procurement of permissions, licences and approvals necessary for commissioning client projects.
Government Law College, Calicut University, Kerala, 2001
Bhushan has handled litigation pertaining to banking transactions, consumer disputes (including matters relating to professional negligence and sale of consumer goods), and intellectual property rights. He has also represented clients in areas such as property and real estate (including title and tenancy disputes, municipal services and land acquisitions), tortuous and accident liabilities, licensing matters (including action and claims for radio and telecom licenses), and labour & industrial laws.
He has defended Public Interest Litigation pertaining to energy supply, environmental law and education and has also conducted criminal trials relating to economic offences, documentary and commercial frauds, and liabilities arising out of director and fiduciary relationships.
He has been a senior counsel to the Central Government of India, standing counsel for the New Delhi Municipal Council, and has advised various other government bodies at the Centre and State levels.
University of Delhi, 1978
Manjunath is an experienced lawyer, who practices primarily in the areas of Litigation and Real Estate. He has in-depth knowledge and expertise in procedural laws for handling litigation matters and, knowledge of the local land laws for conducting Real Estate due diligence. He is well versed in handling a wide range of litigation matters, such as criminal, civil, marital, labour law, etc. He is an enrolled member in the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC).
Manjunath is a law graduation from JSS Law College, Mysore University, Mysore.
University of Mysore. (J.S.S Law College, Mysore), 2006
Manoj specializes in corporate and commercial laws with emphasis on private equity, debt, foreign investment and joint ventures. He has extensive experience in private equity, debt financing, investment structuring, foreign investment and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented both foreign as well as domestic private equity and venture capital funds in relation to their investments in India and also advises clients on debt financing, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
He has advised leading funds in respect of their investments in the infrastructure, conventional and renewable power, technology and services sectors including legal due diligence of target companies. Manoj has also been active on the sell side, representing companies in respect of investments made into them. Manoj has advised clients in joint venture arrangements in various sectors including real estate, manufacturing, construction and service sectors. He is well versed with laws relating to foreign direct investment into India.
Manoj has represented clients in the banking and financial services sector including drafting, reviewing and negotiating loan and security documentation and investments in secured debt instruments. His experience in the real estate sector includes title due diligences, joint developments, as well as investments.
National Law School of India University, 1996
Marsha Joslyn Goveas is a dispute resolution professional experienced in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. Marsha regularly appears before the High Court of Karnataka, District Civil Courts, Commercial Courts and various Tribunals and Quasi-Judicial Authorities. She has worked on various matters involving intellectual property rights, commercial suits, writ petitions and arbitrations arising out of commercial contracts and is also engaged in advisory work for dispute resolution strategy.
Marsha holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Christ University and is enrolled as an Advocate with the Karnataka State Bar Council.
Christ University, Bangalore, 2018
Mayank Singhal focuses on international trade and investment transactions, corporate disputes and regulatory investigations. He has been actively associated with the practice of international trade law, advising a range of exporters, chambers of associations, importers and user associations in various trade remedy investigations carried out by the Indian Ministry of Commerce, the US Department of Commerce and various WTO member countries.
In more than 10 years of professional legal experience, Mayank has served several leading international corporations in highly contentious trade remedial disputes under the framework of World Trade Organisation, litigation pertaining to anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duty, white-collar crime, intellectual property rights, constitutional and administrative law.
Mayank has been recognized as “Recommended Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution- Litigation & WTO/International Trade by Legal500 2020 rankings. He has also been cited as one of the ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ in the field of WTO/International Trade by Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 rankings.
As a notable expert in WTO and International Trade Regime, Mayank offers guidance and insight to legal aspirants on these subjects. He has gained wide acceptance as advisor among industry, government institutions and trade associations who have often relied on his insights, which have enabled the stakeholders to take well informed and reasoned decisions on ever evolving and complex trade and commerce matters.
Mayank regularly contributes to the India Chapter of the International Trade Law Review, a journal that provides in-depth analysis of global legal issues and their commercial implications, written by thought leaders at the world’s top law firms.s.
He is enrolled at Bar Counsel of India .
Megha is an Advocate and Corporate Lawyer based out of Chandigarh, India. She believes that the legal profession though tough at times, the satisfaction that comes from delivering a positive outcome makes it worthwhile.
She has experience in handling general corporate and commercial law matters relating to Real Estate, Infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions and civil litigation before Punjab and Haryana High Court. Megha has also handled matters before the Consumer Commissions, Debts Recovery Tribunal, National Company Law Tribunal and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Megha was the recipient of the Dean Award for Outstanding All-Round Performance in LLM (Jindal Global University, Sonepat) and a silver medallist in LLM. She also won the Dean Award for Leadership in LLM. She has published a paper on SSRN, an online database of early scholarly research from Elsevier.
Megha has been involved in pro bono work, particularly in initiatives by a charitable institution called Sood Dharamshala. She also extends legal assistance to the economically disadvantaged.
Megha is enrolled with the High Court of Punjab and Haryana and also registered on the Roll of Advocates (P/3342/2015) introduced recently by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
Iqbal practices in the area of Corporate & Commercial, with specific focus on mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments. In the mergers and acquisition practice, he concentrates on corporate due-diligence and drafting / negotiating of definitive agreements while in case of foreign direct investments the emphasis is on the regulatory aspects of foreign investment under applicable government policy and foreign exchange laws. He has also been advising clients on real estate including sale / purchase / leasing of properties.
In addition to the above transactional work, Iqbal also advises clients on compliances with the statutes, rules, codes and regulations that govern commercial relationships, and provide a legal framework within which business may be conducted and managed. He has been involved in providing such legal framework to clients in the pharmaceutical, oil & natural gas, engineering, and food industries.
University of Delhi, 1993
Mohit has experience in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly advises multinational corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of contentious disputes including investigations, litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings in India. Mohit also has expertise in white-collar trials. He is actively involved in litigation in the High Court of Delhi, the Trial Courts, the National Company Law Tribunal, the Debt Recovery Tribunal, the State and National Consumer Forums and the Supreme Court of India.
Mohit has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies with specialization in Finance from University of Delhi. Having graduated from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi in 2014, Mohit joined Dua Associates in September 2015.
University of Delhi, 2014
With over 15 years’ experience, Monica has been involved in providing advice to numerous corporates and MNCs, both listed and unlisted, on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions. She has represented clients in a large number of complex M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions.
She also widely advises clients on the matters of foreign investments, exchange control regulations, securities laws, corporate governance, setting up of business in India including subsidiaries of foreign companies. Prior to joining Dua Associates, Monica has worked with number of reputed law firms and corporates in Delhi and Gurgaon, and handled M&A, corporate commercial and labour and employment matters.
Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, 2006
Munawwar is a natural resources lawyer with experience in mining, environment and petroleum and natural gas laws. He also practices criminal law and has considerable experience in litigation involving commercial, property, consumer and matrimonial disputes.
His body of work also includes advising clients in the IT and ITES sector and companies and individuals on administrative law and employment issues and appearing as counsel in alternative dispute resolution proceedings – arbitration & mediation. Spanning various industry sectors his clients are individuals, companies, regulators, multi national companies and civil societies. He has significant experience of handling large and complex cases in various jurisdictions and presently plays a prominent role in handling the Supreme Court practice of the firm.
Munawwar has presided over disciplinary committees to inquire into the misconduct of charge-sheeted employees. He is a member of Institutional Ethics Committee (Human Research) and member of Internal Complaints Committee of MNCs. He is also a member of the governing body of an NGO in the field of mental health and is a trained counselor.
Delhi University, 2003
Munish’s legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, in-bound and out-bound investments, public-private partnership concessions, infrastructure projects, project finance, capital markets, corporate finance, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, business restructuring and corporate and commercial transactions.
His clients include investment banks, private equity firms, government and private companies, financial institutions in India, Asia, Europe, and North America. Munish has been involved in infrastructure projects (including EPC, concessions, and operations and maintenance) in energy, oil, gas, power, airports, and roads and in other sectors such as insurance, telecommunications, consumer goods, public relations, advertising, and business process outsourcing.
He has over twenty years of experience in all aspects of foreign direct investments in India, directly or through friendly tax jurisdictions, structuring business presence in India, protection of intellectual property, regulatory approvals and policy compliance and establishment of project, liaison, or branch offices. Munish has advised on general corporate matters including business law implications, company formation, legal due diligence reviews, arbitration, and litigation.
He has extensively advised multinational companies in relation to their investments and operations in India and also some of the Indian business groups on their investments in and outside of India as well as their commercial operations. Munish also has considerable expertise in negotiating complex corporate transactions.
Munish has advised and represented Delhi International Airport Limited for modernization of Delhi Airport with a project cost of over USD 1.6 billion. He has also advised GMR Infrastructure Limited in the development of a green field airport at Hyderabad with a total project cost of app. USD 600 million and in the development of a new international terminal at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul with a total project cost of app. Euro 500 million.
He has advised and acted on behalf of several clients in the renewable energy space including Radiance Renewables’ acquisition of solar power companies in India, Mytrah Energy’s debenture issue and wind energy project development and risk analysis for Orange Renewable Power Private Limited. Additionally, Munish represents Power Finance Corporation and REC in power sector financing. He has represented Goldman Sachs, Warburg Pincus and other PE firms. In the oil and gas sector he has amongst others represented British Gas, Gas Authority of India, IOCL, Gaz de France, Oiltanking and Skytanking.
Munish has authored several articles over the years. He has contributed to the India chapter of Global Legal Insights Energy – 2nd edition. His articles “Financing Strategies in M&A” and “Projects in Emerging Markets” were published in India Business Law Journal and Global Reference Guide issued by Financier World Wide.
He has assisted setting up a number of trusts and charitable institutions that have engaged in charitable work in India such as setting up a manufacturing and skill development center in Dharamshala, or providing Tsunami relief, or preservation of Dutch heritage sites.
Munish is a Member of Delhi Bar Council, Member International Bar Association, and a Member of the American Bar Association.
Nandini’s core expertise areas cover constitutional law including Writs, Writ appeals and public interest litigations; property laws – recovery, declaration, specific performance, due diligence, transfer, succession; criminal law – private complaints, trial stage, criminal appeals, bail, anticipatory bail, quash of criminal complaint; family law – custody, divorce, restitution, adoption; and real estate – ensuring delivery of flats from builders as per the contractual requirement, return of payment from the builder for purchase of a flat, RERA appeals.
She also has experience in the areas of entertainment law, commercial laws, banking laws, corporate retainership consultancy and labour and employment laws.
Nandini has appeared before the Hon’ble High Court of Madras and the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka and the following courts in Chennai as well as Bangalore – District Civil Courts, Magistrate and Sessions Courts, Real Estate Regulatory Authorities, Debt Recovery Tribunals, Industrial Tribunal, Labour Courts.
Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore, 2018
Nashia has been in Real Estate, Media and Entertainment (IPR) and General Commercial law practice since 2015. As part of Real Estate practice, she has done advisory and due diligence of title of immovable properties and drafting of transactional documents for acquisition thereof and also advised various financial institutions for creation of security.
Under the Media and Entertainment (IPR) practice, she has done advisory work and documentation work involving drafting of contracts, registration of Trademarks and Copyright and has expertise in negotiation and closing end-to-end contracts. She has also undertaken advisory and drafting of Wills, Trust Deeds, etc. as part of Personal law practice. Over the years she has also acquired experience in commercial and real estate and media related litigation for which she has drafted notices and legal proceedings.
G. J. Advani Law College, Mumbai, 2015
Natasha Karanjia is an attorney in India. Natasha graduated law from Government Law College and went on to completing her Solicitors. She did a rigorous internship with Mulla & Mulla Craigie Blunt & Caroe for her Solicitors examination. Natasha has been a qualified Solicitor since 2011. Natasha’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate and Commercial laws, primarily focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity transactions.
During the course of her career, Natasha has worked with several large foreign and Indian banks and multinational corporations. Natasha has advised several private equity funds as well as strategic investors in their investments and operations in India. She has also advised several Indian companies and their promoters in relation to investments proposed to be made by investors in such companies.
Natasha has wide range of experience in drafting transactional agreements including shareholders agreements, share purchase agreements, business transfer agreements, joint venture agreements, franchisee agreements, licensing agreements, conveyances, leases, leave & license agreements.
Natasha is a member of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.
Neeraj is experienced in the areas of corporate and commercial law and has advised on a broad spectrum of matters, ranging from general corporate advice, corporate governance, company formations, contract law, foreign exchange laws and regulations to acquisitions and takeover code issues. He has advised a diverse range of clients in evaluating business options, restructuring companies, establishing joint ventures and negotiating other commercial arrangements including business transfer and asset transfer agreements.
Neeraj has been actively involved in advising clients on mining laws, defense and telecommunications laws and has assisted some of the world leaders in these sectors. He also has wide experience in handling legal and regulatory matters pertaining to implementing foreign investment projects and acquisition of companies both listed and non-listed. He sits on the Boards of Indian subsidiary companies of some of the major multinational corporations.
Having obtained a scholarship from the British Government for his studies at the Cambridge University, Neeraj gained international experience in the UK early in his career with Clifford Chance and The Erskine Chambers, the Chambers of Richards Skyes, QC in London pursuant to Pegasus scholarship administered by the Pegasus Scholarship Trust, U.K.
He is a member of the Bar Council of India, Delhi Bar Association and Cambridge Oxford Society.
Neeraj holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi, a Masters degree from the Queens’ College, Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Neeraj topped the Faculty of Law.
University of Delhi, 1995
Nikhil’s main areas of practice are civil, corporate and commercial litigation, dispute resolution, insolvency, and corporate and commercial advisory. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, District Courts, Arbitral Tribunals, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), CESTAT and NGT. With a track record in handling disputes pertaining to corporate commercial transactions, intellectual property rights, insolvency and bankruptcy, constitutional law, environmental issues, telecom operations, regulatory compliances, procurement of licenses, criminal proceedings, etc, Nikhil has represented several clients including leading corporates.
Amity University, Noida, 2016
Nirali is a part of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She is a qualified Solicitor registered with the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. She has worked on various matters which involved Intellectual Property, Commercial, Civil and Real Estate disputes.
She has appeared before the High Court, the City Civil Court, the Court of Small Causes, the State Consumer Forum and Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority. She has also worked on arbitrations arising out of commercial contracts before various Arbitral Tribunals including the National Stock Exchange, Bombay Stock Exchange and Multi-Commodity Stock Exchange etc. She is also well versed with Media Rights Management Systems. She has also earned certifications in Copyright Law from Harvard Law School.
Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Nirali has completed her under graduation in Accounting & Finance and is a novice Financial Planner.
K. C. Law College, Mumbai, 2019
Nirvaan is a transactional lawyer with extensive experience in complex cross-border and domestic transactions involving mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures as well as inbound investments like private equity, strategic and venture capital. He has worked on numerous finance and capital market transactions including international financing, mezzanine funding, project finance, corporate finance, equity offerings, public offerings and private placements. Nirvaan has also advised on setting up of private investment vehicles and specializes in securitization transactions in India. He has extensively advised large corporations on specific projects and on setting up entire operations in India.
Nirvaan has 10 years’ experience of executing transactions throughout India, especially in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad. Nirvaan began his career with Andersen Legal, the legal arm of Arthur Andersen. He has also worked as a lead associate with Jones Day’s India office, a top tier US law firm, and has set up the debt, projects and infrastructure practice at the Mumbai office of Nishith Desai Associates.
Nirvaan received the Dean’s award and completed his LLM in US and Asian Business and Trade laws at New York University School of Law. He has also completed his LL.M. in corporate and financial services at National University of Singapore, where he was the recipient of the Faculty Graduate Scholarship. Further, Nirvaan has studied International Commercial Trusts & International Shipping Law at the East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai. He also holds an honors degree in Commerce and is a Bachelor of Laws from University of Delhi.
He is enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi, was a Registered Foreign lawyer, Singapore and is a qualified Solicitor (non-practicing), England & Wales.
University of Delhi, 2004
Nithin is passionate about real estate practice area and its potential, given the ever-increasing demand of smart infrastructure, and the growing presence of IT clusters in India’s Silicon Valley.
He has gained comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the local land laws, conducting legal due-diligence exercises in relation to the immovable properties of agricultural, residential, commercial or industrial in nature, also experienced in drafting conveyance documents, agreements and leases. Nithin also has experience in issuing special opinions on complex issues related to title of the properties and has assisted prominent real estate developers in development of housing projects and various property acquisitions in the state of Karnataka.
Nithin has assisted and was a Real Estate Team member in one of the largest-ever deals in the Indian real estate sector which involved a transaction of 12.5 million sq ft of select assets across Bangalore and Chennai .
Nithin is an enrolled member of the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC)
Nityashjit’s expertise is in Corporate, M&A and Company Secretary work including drafting of Business Transfer Agreements, Asset Purchase Agreements, Shareholders Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements, Professional Services Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Escrow Agreements, Employment Agreements and Commercial Contracts. She has experience in legal due diligences, advisory on corporate laws, foreign direct investments, SEBI Regulations, labour laws and employee related matters.
Nityashjit has completed her LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, in 2007, and LL.M. from University of Durham, UK, in 2010.
University of Delhi, 2007
Subaya has, over a period spanning close to 3 decades, represented both Indian and multinational corporations across the globe, in transactions of varied degrees of complexity, and has assisted such clients in structuring and negotiating commercial arrangements. This has seasoned him into a practical lawyer with a sound understanding of the business requirements of our clients.
Subaya has led several acquisition transactions which involve negotiating term sheets, conducting legal due diligence and negotiating and finalising the transaction documentation towards closure.
Subaya is also active in the real estate sector and has advised clients in setting up manufacturing units, industrial and warehousing parks and housing projects. His experience in the real estate sector includes title due diligences, structuring, drafting and negotiating documentation for acquisition, construction, joint development agreements and project management arrangements.
While the above are the integral areas of his practice, Subaya is equally at ease advising clients on food and beverage related laws to assist such clients, in conforming to these evolving laws which regulate the food and beverages sector in India and the implications that these laws, and the repeated amendments to such laws, may have on the industry. Subaya assists clients of the Firm in relation to the acquisition of F&B businesses, structuring and negotiating contract manufacturing/ outsourcing arrangements, agreements within the distribution network and the packaging and labelling of their products.
Given his extensive background in the FMCG space, in particular food and beverages, Subaya is a member of the ‘Agri & Food Processing Sub-Committee’ of the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Subaya was admitted to the Bar in 1995.
Jyothi enrolled in the Bar Council of the State of Andhra Pradesh in 2001. She has been working on real estate and litigation matters since 2007. In her practice area of litigation, her specialization includes arbitration and family matters. She also has experience in carrying out title due diligence and counseling parties in family matters. Jyothi is an L.L.M from Osmania University .
Padala Rama Reddy Law Collage, Hyderabad, 2001
Parul’s practice focuses on Intellectual property rights law. She handles Patent and Design matters of the IPR department of the firm. She has experience in Patent and Design applications filing, Patent prosecution and searches.
Parul has filed a number of PCT national phase applications and conducted many patentability searches. She has assisted the senior in hearings and is well versed with the Indian Patent prosecution process.
Parul has cleared the Patent Agent Examination to become a registered Indian Patent agent.
Pawan Chopra is the former Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. During his almost four-decade long distinguished career with the Indian Administrative Service, he held important portfolios in Government in a broad range of industries and ministries including the position of Additional Secretary at the Cabinet Secretariat – which assists the Prime Minister in policy coordination across Ministries. His experience includes coordination of policy initiatives in various infrastructure sectors including telecom, power, ports and highways, as well as a stint in the Health Ministry followed by work on health issues at Oxford University. He has also had extensive hands-on experience relating to economic reforms and development, particularly in the areas of trade, foreign direct investment, privatization, the design and installation of regulatory frameworks and arbitration for dispute resolution.
Pawan was instrumental in drafting and implementing export and taxation policies to foster competitive environments and mechanisms for quick dispute resolution to promote and support the expansion of India’s international trade. He also has extensive experience with multilateral international organizations including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization, and United Nations agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF, UNCTAD, UNDCP, UNDP and UNESCO. He has represented India in bilateral negotiations of sectoral trade and cooperation matters.
Pawan attended the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University and was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. He holds an MSc in physics and an LLB from Delhi University is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and a Fellow and Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration.
LLB, University of Delhi
Senior Advisor, Delhi
Practicing law since 2016, Pearl is a corporate lawyer focusing primarily in the areas of company law, securities law, regulatory law and policy, corporate law compliances, foreign direct investment and foreign exchange laws. Pearl holds an integrated law degree of B.A. LL.B from Amity Law School, Indraprastha University, and is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi .
IP University, Amity Law School, 2016
Shrikara is an advocate who regularly appears in various arbitral proceedings. He regularly appears in arbitrations on commercial disputes including infrastructural arbitrations. His areas of practice include corporate and commercial disputes resolution, writs, etc. He also appears before the High Court of Karnataka and various courts and tribunals in Bengaluru.
Shrikara has authored a commentary on the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1973. He is enrolled with the Karnataka State Bar Council and is a rank holder from the University of Mysuru.
University of Mysuru
Pramod has handled corporate / commercial work such as acquisitions, joint venture agreements, share purchase agreements, incorporation of wholly owned subsidiary companies, drafting various commercial agreements, various loan agreements, works contracts, turnkey agreements, master services agreements, etc. He has conducted due diligence and legal audit related work for various companies including those engaged in the auto, IT / ITES, chemicals, and real estate sectors.
Pramod has handled company secretarial work including conducting board meetings, general meetings and periodic regulatory compliances with stock exchanges under the listing agreements and work under FEMA Rules & Regulations. He also has experience in labour laws, including labour law compliance and audits and employment matters,
labour law policies, employees stock options etc. He has experience in environmental laws and laws relating to food safety standards.
Pramod has been practicing law since 2006. Before joining Dua Associates, Pune in 2006, he was working with ADF Foods Limited, a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. as a company secretary and compliance officer.
Indian Law Society’s Law College, Pune, 2006
Prashant has extensive experience in the domain of Alternate Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation and Insolvency Laws and has represented clients before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, National Company Law Tribunals, Appellate Tribunal, Securities Appellate Tribunal and other fora.
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, 2010
Prateek’s practice focuses on the areas of corporate and commercial laws. He has extensive experience in client transactions relating to strategic and financial investments and investment structuring, mergers & acquisitions including joint ventures and project finance.
He represents and advises clients in several industry sectors including pharma, real estate, hospitality, power, infrastructure, banking and finance, private equity, information technology and education. He has advised both Indian and multinational companies in these areas. His knowledge and experience of the legal, regulatory and commercial nuances across varied industries enables him to work seamlessly with clients across sectors, involving complex transaction structures including drafting and negotiating transactional documents.
Some of the key transactions that Prateek has been involved in include advising the world’s leading global airline catering company with its acquisition of a leading airline caterer in India ; advising a Mauritius based real estate fund, in its proposed investment in a domestic real estate entity proposing to build, develop and sell group housing/flats/plots in NCR and representing a German headquartered global technology group on its joint venture with a domestic consumer goods leader in the business of production and sale of mechanical cleaning utensils for end users and professional users in India.
He has advised several foreign companies with their India expansion as well as M&A and Joint Venture transactions. This includes
1. Representing a Finnish technology company with its acquisition of an Indian company developing IT solutions for the telecom sector
2. Advising a leading sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, in its proposed joint venture with a domestic real estate entity for developing high end villas in NCR;
3. Advising an American multinational technology company in relation to asset purchase of an Indian technology business as part of a global acquisition of assets.
4. Representing an Indian multinational outsourcing service provider in its acquisition of leading company in the business correspondent space. He has also assisted an international oil company in expansion of its footprint across India including rendered advice on matters of real estate, regulatory compliance, FEMA, company law, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions etc.
Prateek also has experience In the FMCG sector, having advised a leading American sports goods company on its India expansion including in their franchise arrangements across India besides working with a global beverages corporation in preparing internal compliance manuals and standard operating procedures for its pan India operations. His on golng work in real estate sector includes advising an Alternate Investment Fund in relation to debt financing aimed at completion of stalled housing projects in NCR and Karnataka.
Prateek occasionally contributes articles on M&A which have been published in legal and content platforms like Mondaq. He also submits case notes on landmark judgements for legal publications.
Prateek is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi. He is also actively involved with the Finland Chamber of Commerce in India and Business Finland.
Priya is an experienced advocate who regularly appears before the Trial / District Courts (i.e., Civil and Criminal Courts), High Court of Karnataka, Debt Recovery Tribunal and Arbitral Tribunals. Her areas of practice include commercial laws, banking recovery laws, company and insolvency law, labour law. She also works on developing pre-dispute strategy and general advisory work.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Christ University, Bengaluru and a Master of Laws degree from King’s College, London. She is enrolled with the Karnataka State Bar Council.
Christ University, Bangalore, 2016
Punish primarily advises on regulatory aspects of foreign investment, corporate advisory as well as corporate structuring and re-structuring with focus on tax. His experience includes advisory in matters relating to foreign direct investment, external commercial borrowings, overseas direct investment, establishment of subsidiaries and other legal presences in India, formulating entry strategies from tax perspective for setting up businesses in India, operational tax issues such as withholding taxes, service tax and value added tax issues. He is also involved in advising clients on a broad range of issues related to the due-diligence for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and getting approval from Foreign Investment Promotion Board for various companies engaged in telecom, non-banking financial services, courier services and pharmaceutical sector.
Prior to joining Dua Associates in 2008, Punish was actively involved in litigation held before various forums, Tribunals, Appellate Authorities, High Courts and Supreme Court in connection with the matters relating to Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act, 1985, Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 and Companies Act.
Meerut University, 2006
Sajive practices primarily in the real estate sector with an emphasis on structuring and documentation of real estate transactions involving foreign investment, venture capital, and joint ventures. He also practices in the area of commercial contracts, specializing in software contracts and commercial litigation.
Madras Law College, 1991
Ganesan’s practice is focused on real estate and real estate related transactions. He also has significant expertise and experience in civil law, central excise and customs, and foreign trade laws.
Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai, 2001
Raashi has more than 11 years of experience in the field of litigation. She started her career as a law clerk dealing primarily with criminal jurisdiction, before working in the chambers of a Standing Counsel for DDA and DSIIDC, working on litigation pertaining to land acquisitions, licensing by the DDA etc.
Raashi had an earlier six-year stint with Dua Associates, as Principal Associate, handling, among others, cases related to medical negligence, telecom disputes, constitutional matters, contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes as also providing advisory and incidental support to the clients. Raashi has represented Clients before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts in India, district courts, NCDRC and various tribunals, as also in Arbitrations. In addition to litigation, she has provided corporate advisory and documentation services to various clients. Raashi has also worked in the field of Securities and share transfer, with respect to NSDL and SEBI rules.
Prior to rejoining the firm in 2021, Raashi worked as an independent practitioner, providing litigation and advisory services to clients including start ups, with a focus on business development.
Raashi did her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi, before completing History (Hons.) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and obtaining a Bachelors of Law degree from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
University of Delhi, 2009
Raghavendra joined the litigation team in Dua Associates, Chennai in 2013. He handles litigation matters relating to civil, writ, company, commercial, debt recovery and IPR. He is also experienced in arbitration disputes relating to infrastructure contracts (elevated and underground metro rails, public utilities) and other commercial disputes. His additional expertise areas are IPR filings, registration and appearances before the IPR examiners.
School of Excellence in Law, Chennai, 2012
Rahul’s areas of practice include general corporate advisory, mergers & acquisition, commercial laws, labour & employment and compliance. He has extensive experience in handling client transactions relating to strategic and financial investments, investment structuring, legal due diligences, advisory on corporate laws, foreign direct investments, labour laws and employment related matters.
Rahul has advised and represented a number of multinational clients pertaining to their business/investments in India. In respect of such clients, his role included advising on the structuring, applicable laws, regulatory framework & approvals, compliance’s and/or documentation pertaining to their projects/investments in India.
He has advised clients in diverse business sectors ranging from Automotive, Glass, Fabric, Cement, Sugar, Media, Food Processing, IT/ITES, Real Estate, Paper Manufacturer, Steel and Aluminium etc. and while advising clients in these sectors, he has dealt with various aspects of the relevant Indian laws dealing with corporate governance, due diligence, risk analysis, labour and employment, foreign nationals visiting India for business or employment, etc.
Rahul is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and the Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Rahul is a dispute resolution specialist, with over 13 years of experience as a litigator in disputes at all levels of the judicial pyramid. Rahul is particularly effective in arbitration in complex commercial disputes requiring significant expertise in evidentiary hearings. Rahul is equally at home being lead counsel in arbitration, as well as working to instruct Senior Counsel.
Rahul acts for Fortune 500 companies in India, as well as the Indian Government in their contractual disputes. Rahul is one of the few counsel able to point to a track record of victories for the Indian Government in arbitral disputes. Rahul is regularly instructed in high value construction disputes, shipping, oil and gas and investment/shareholder disputes, with notable cases including
Successfully acted for an Indian multinational offshore drilling services provider, at the Supreme Court and in Arbitration, in relation to claims of 85 million USD (approx).
Successfully acted for a US multinational quick service restaurant chain in shareholder disputes with an Indian joint venture partner at the National Company Law Tribunals and the Supreme Court, relating to disputes of approx 1,700 Cr INR.
Acting for GAIL (India) Ltd in disputes under Gas Supply Agreements in relation to claims amounting to 1300 Cr INR.
Successfully acted for Engineers India Ltd in arbitration and challenge proceedings concerning construction contracts in claims of 40 Crores INR (approx).
Rahul has been junior counsel in widely reported cases before the Supreme Court, most notably the cases of – Bharat Aluminium Co. v. Kaiser Aluminium, which reconsidered the law of Arbitration in India, State of Maharashtra v. Indian Hotels and Restaurants Owners Association, which decided the Constitutionality of a ban on forms of dance under the Bombay Police Act, 1951 and Novartis A.G.v. Union of India, appearing for Novartis A.G. regarding the grant of a patent to the cancer drug Glivec.
NALSAR University, Hyderabad (2006), University College, London (2007), GDL, BPP Law School, London (2008), Supreme Court AOR (2015)
Rajat has extensive experience in Corporate Commercial and finance related transactions including Private Equity & Capital Markets, Foreign Investment, Joint Ventures and acquisitions across industry sectors. He has also been handling various dispute resolution matters.
Practicing law since 2013, Rajat has also completed his Company Secretaries course from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India in 2012.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 2013
Rajat primarily handles litigation and regularly appears in Courts and Tribunals including Punjab and Haryana High Court, Debts Recovery Tribunal, National Company Law Tribunal, RERA, District Courts and State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission. He also represents Government of Punjab before various Courts.
He has varied experience in dealing with matters pertaining to RDDBFI Act, SARFESI Act, Consumer Law, Criminal law, Contract law, Litigation, Corporate Law and Arbitration and has extensively handled Corporate Litigation matters arising out of Concession Agreements and Arbitration and other legal issues throughout India.
He has been a member of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and District Bar Association of Ludhiana, Punjab for more than 11 years.
Jiwaji University, Gwalior ,2010
Rajdeep Panda’s practice is predominantly focussed on complex multijurisdictional commercial disputes with emphasis on civil fraud, asset tracing and enforcement. His experience includes strategizing, assisting and representing clients in civil and commercial disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy and arbitration matters. He regularly appears before various courts, tribunals, arbitral tribunals and other fora.
Rajdeep has also extensively advised clients on general corporate matters which includes contract laws, employment laws, labour laws, legal due diligence and regulatory matters.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 2008
Ranjana’s practice areas include advising joint ventures and contracts, including company law, FDI, foreign exchange regulations, intellectual property rights and dispute resolution, across sectors. She specializes in the international law of outer space and advises on specific issues related to the interrelation between international regulations and Indian domestic policy and regulations, including on participation of non-government entities in outer space activities and relating to commercial satellite services including telecommunications and Earth Observation.
She litigates in the High Court of Delhi, the National Company Law Tribunal and Supreme Court of India, as well as conducts arbitration and conciliation proceedings. She has served as Counsel for the Union of India at the High Court of Delhi and Counsel for the State of Maharashtra in the Supreme Court of India. Ranjana specializes in air accident claims subject to personal international air law and relevant national law.
An affiliate of the International Institute of Space Law, Paris, Ranjana was awarded the IISL 2017 Distinguished Services Award for contribution to development of national space law. She serves on the Editorial Board of Room, The Space Journal.
Prior to joining Dua Associates, she was in private practice, and regularly assisted Government in legislative drafting. Ranjana also served as Member, Delhi State Commission for Women and has been a consultant to the World Bank and the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations.
She holds an LLM from the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, Canada, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Delhi and Doctorate from the University of Poona.
University of Delhi, 1986
Ravindra practices mainly in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. He additionally has experience in real estate matters. Ravindra appears before the District Courts, Trial Courts, Consumer Courts, Debt Recovery Tribunal, Revenue Courts, Co-operative Courts, tribunals and other fora.
He has been enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa since 2008.
New Law College, Pune of Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune, 2007
Rayappa is an experienced litigation lawyer with a focus on commercial, consumer , service and labour matters with significant experience in real estate.
He regularly appears in High Court, Central Administrative Tribunal, Civil Courts, Labour Courts, Consumer Commissions and Arbitration Tribunals. Rayappa has conducted the title due diligence of immovable properties for various reputed land developers and individual clients including drafting of Joint Development Agreements, Sale Deeds, Lease Deeds and etc.
Ritu’s practice area is intellectual property rights registration and covers allied legal services like prosecution, maintenance, oppositions, rectifications, brand clearance assignments, licensing, enforcement, providing assistance and support to clients in recordal of trademarks with the Customs Authority, strategizing and building business models, marketing and commercial corporate policies.
Her domain expertise includes Trademark Customs Recordal, Brand Strategy and Domain Name Dispute Resolution. She has been regularly participating in the in-house seminars and sessions organized by clients to understand the intellectual property laws, their protection and enforcement. She regularly advises and assists the clients’ in framing their marketing strategies, extension & diversification of the IP portfolios and conducting due diligence.
She has been an invited speaker at several IP fora including the In-House Practitioners Round Table Conference of International Trademark Association (INTA) and at the Workshop organized by Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association – ATMA India. Ritu has worked on a pro bono basis with start-ups in conceiving brand identity and clearance and also advised them on the application, significance and leveraging of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Ritu is a Member of Delhi Bar Council (D-2360/99). She is also a Member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and has served in Trademark Offices Practice Committee (India).
Robin specializes in civil and commercial dispute resolution. He has worked extensively on matters related to corporate laws, mining law, anti-corruption laws, competition law as well as arbitration. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, arbitral tribunals and other forums. He also advises prominent international non-governmental organizations having offices in India.
He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Delhi High Court Bar Association, International Bar Association, Bar Association of India, Indian Society of International Law, Advocates International and Indian Law Institute.
Robin serves as a Governing Council Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration UK and a registered foreign lawyer of the Singapore International Council Court.
As a panel advocate of the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee, he provides pro bono services at the Delhi High Court. He addresses conferences and seminars on civil procedure, arbitration, anti-corruption laws, professional ethics & mentoring and human rights in India and abroad and is a frequent contributor to newspaper columns and publications on legal issues. He played a key role in drafting the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008.
Robin holds a degree in Physics from Loyola College, Madras and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Government Law College, Coimbatore.
Government Law College, Coimbatore, 1990
Rohit’s primary areas of practice are Civil and Criminal Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation in diverse fields of corporate and commercial disputes. He has advised and represented international and domestic clients in litigation in the recent past.
Rohit practices before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts and District Courts of various States. He has also represented clients in proceedings before various special tribunals and fora, including the Company Law Board, Consumer Disputes Redressal Fora, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission.
Department of Law, HP University, 2004
Rohit is a Chartered Accountant with invaluable experience of 23 years in financial reporting and accounting with expertise in financial management. He has hands-on experience in professional consultancy in taxation and auditing. Problem solving and work-related stress management skills make him a sought-after team member. Hardworking and passionate about perennial learning, Rohit manages the HR vertical of the firm, handling the various modalities of this function to improve operational excellence in line with business objectives.
Vice President-Finance & HR
Rohit commenced his law practice as an Advocate and enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi, gaining experience in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters by representing clients before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi (Appellate & Original Side), District Courts of Delhi and other forums and tribunals of Delhi. Further, he has represented clients on Criminal, Labor and Civil matters at Indore District Courts, Bhiwani District Courts, Patna District Courts, High Court of Punjab & Haryana, High Court of Uttarakhand and High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. He has also advised and represented clients before the erstwhile Company Law Board (now NCLT).
Rohit has advised clients with respect to disputes concerning breach of contracts and in cases related to CBI trials involving banking fraud and corruption charges and quashing of such charges by the Delhi High Court.
Rohit is a member of the Delhi High Court and an alumnus of New Law College, Bharati Vidyapeeth University (Pune), and holds an Honors Graduate Degree from the University of Delhi.
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, 2009
Roshni handles real estate transactions including due diligence and drafting of transaction documents. She has advised clients on corporate laws, industrial & labour laws, foreign exchange regulations, SEBI regulations and assisted in drafting various commercial contracts.
She has been practising as a dispute resolution / litigation lawyer and has worked on various matters involving questions of law relating to PMLA, SARFAESI, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, recovery suits, writ petitions, consumer matters before the Special Court, Debt Recovery Tribunal, Bombay High Court, National Company Law Tribunal, City Civil and Bombay High Court and various other forums.
K. C. Law College, Mumbai, 2010
Vasudevan currently heads the Finance and Tax functions of the Group.
Prior to joining Dua Associates in 1996, Vasu had worked with leading Accounting Firms and was also in private practice mainly in the area of audit, accounting and income-tax assessments.
A commerce graduate from Madras University, Vasu has undergone Articleship Training for Chartered Accountancy and is now a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Head of Finance
Ruchika’s areas of practice are commercial law, civil litigation in areas of commercial / corporate transactions and enforcement of intellectual property law and corporate law.
Ruchika holds a Masters of Law in International Commercial Arbitration (2012-13) and Masters of Law in European Intellectual Property Law (2011-12) from Stockholm University. Her book “The Concept of Trade Mark Series: Origin and Implication for the Scope of Protection” has been published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co.
Indian Law Society’s Law College, Pune, 2006
Rushali’s practice focuses on the areas of corporate and commercial laws. She has experience in handling transactions relating to Employment & Labor Laws, insolvency & bankruptcy, electricity laws, foreign exchange management, and corporate restructuring.
She represents and advises both Indian and multinational companies in several industry sectors including real estate, power, apparel, automobile, and education. She works with the Japanese Desk and has an experience in corporate & residential due diligence. She is also involved in transactions related to joint ventures, alternative investment funds, loan facility, compliance audits and incorporation of Indian subsidiaries.
Rushali is a State University Rank Holder for her 5 years law degree and she was awarded Certificate of Recognition whilst in school by Late Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India.
She occasionally presents Articles on various topics related to ‘Crimes related to women & children and Insolvency & bankruptcy’ in National Conferences organized by her law school.
Rushali is a member of Bar Council of Delhi.
Sahil is a corporate lawyer with 10 years plus post qualification experience in providing advise to both Indian and foreign clients on inter alia General Corporate, Corporate Commercial, Food, Foreign Exchange, Legal Metrology and Real Estate related matters.
He regularly counsels companies, specially foreign owned subsidiaries in India, in the food and beverages sector on various aspects of food laws such as ingredient analysis( as part of product formulation), label reviews for compliance with Indian laws, packaging, licensing and registration norms as well as product recalls amongst other matters.
Sahil holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Commercial Law from Kings’ College London with academic accent on Corporate Governance, International Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Pune University and is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi.
SJS Sinhgad Law College, Pune, 2010
In a relatively short span of time Sahil has acquired diversified experience in FEMA, M&A, Commercial laws and Secretarial, and various other statutory body compliances. He is well- versed with listing compliances of the corporate and dealing with various statutory bodies such SEBI, ROC, NCLT, NCLAT, RBI etc.
Prior to joining Dua Associates, Sahil successfully completed his training under a reputed BSE listed company Valiant Communications Limited and was thereafter retained by the company as Assistant Company Secretary. He has also worked as Manager (Secretarial & Legal) with Urja Global Limited, responsible for taking care of all the legal and secretarial compliances of the company.
Sahil is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) 2015 batch. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University (D.U) in Human Resource Management and a Masters in M.Com (BP&CG) from IGNOU. He completed his LL.B in 2017 and enrolled as an advocate in the year 2018.
Institute of Professional Excellence and Management (IPEM), 2017
Arjun joined Dua Associates in 2008 and made Partner in 2016. Specializing in Civil Litigation, he has appeared before various forums, including the Madras High Court, NCLAT, NCLT, NGT. Arjun represents large corporations, including large Public Sector Undertakings.
In addition to his focus on corporate commercial litigation, Arjun also has significant experience in Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism. He has appeared in various matters where the stakes are large and argued matters which have been reported in various journals. The cases range from those pertaining to infrastructure, telecommunications, shipping etc.
Arjun is a Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Madras Bar Association and the Madras High Court Advocates’ Association.
Salil Gulati is a versatile lawyer who apart from his focus on Corporate & Commercial, is also an expert in Joint Ventures & M&A, besides having significant experience in Franchising / Licensing Agreements/ Distributorship Agreements/Outsourcing Arrangements. Salil also has litigation experience in the High Court.
In a career spanning 23 years, Salil has worked on several cases and transactions that reinforce his track record as a leading lawyer in his practice areas. Salil has been representing and advising clients on several critical matters including multi nationals from the FMCG sector.
Additionally, he has advised various companies on franchisee and distributorship agreements, as well as corporate and regulatory matters relating to food laws and packaging laws related matters.
Salil has advised a diverse range of clients in evaluating business options, on formulating, negotiating and implementing structures for foreign investments and acquisitions, re-structuring companies, mergers and acquisitions, establishing joint venture companies, wholly owned subsidiaries, etc.
He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating transaction documents including term sheets, memorandums of understanding, letters of intent, joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements, share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, business transfer agreements, limited liability partnership agreements, franchisee and distributorship agreements, supply agreements, high-sea sales agreements, services agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, data transfer agreements, domain name assignment agreements, escrow agreements, leases, leave & license agreements, agreements to sell, sale deeds, etc.
Salil is experienced in corporate and regulatory matters relating to foreign investments, acquisitions and joint ventures including legal and regulatory due-diligence reviews of target companies across sectors.
Some of the high-profile cases Salil has advised on that set him apart in his field of practice include his front ending of the legal transaction for an Indian company’s JV agreement with Turkish company ZyrOne Dynamics for manufacture and marketing of UAVs in India and his involvement in Fromageries Bel SA’s entry-strategy for India and its joint-venture in India with DANONE Foods and Beverages India Private Limited . He represented General Motors in the transaction relating to the acquisition of majority stake by General Motors (Hong Kong) Company Limited in SAIC General Motors Investment Limited from SAIC Motor HK Investment Limited, Hong Kong. Other clients who Salil has represented include TAFE, RJ Corp and Safran Group.
Salil has been recognized by Forbes India as among India’s Top Individual Lawyers 2021 in Corporate & Commercial practice in the above 10 years category.
He has been on the Boards of Indian subsidiary companies of some of the major multinational corporations. He currently serves as Board Member of Fromageries
Bel India Private Limited, McDonald’s India Private Limited and Wesco Aircraft
Hardware India Private Limited.
He diligently keeps abreast of new developments and fresh perspectives in the legal profession. He mentors law students and is always open to supporting people to be legally compliant and helping them know their rights by law.
Salil is a Member of the Bar Council of Delhi and the Delhi High Court Bar Association.
Samuel is a disputes lawyer. He practices in the areas of Banking & Finance, Arbitration, Insolvency, Competition law and Civil & Commercial Litigation. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, District Courts, National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and Debts Recovery Tribunal. He enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi, India in 2019.
Mewar Law University, 2019
Sanjam primarily practices in the area of Dispute Resolution. She has represented and assisted clients in civil and commercial disputes related to insolvency and bankruptcy, cross border asset recovery, and arbitration matters. She regularly appears before various courts, tribunals, and arbitral tribunals across India. Sanjam also advises clients on general corporate matters which includes contract laws, employment laws, labour laws, legal due diligence, and regulatory matters.
Sanjam holds a degree in Bachelor of Laws from Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida. She enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi in 2016.
Amity University, Noida, 2016
Sanjeev Kaul is experienced in the areas of corporate and SEBI laws and has advised extensively on general corporate matters, capital market transactions, merger and acquisition, corporate governance, company formations, foreign exchange laws and takeover code issues. Sanjeev has been involved in restructuring companies, establishing joint ventures and negotiating other commercial arrangements. He also has wide experience in handling legal and regulatory matters pertaining to implementing foreign investment projects and acquisition of companies both listed and non-listed. He has acted as nominee director on the Boards of Indian subsidiary companies of foreign companies.
Previously, Sanjeev had over ten years experience handling company secretary and legal matters for a listed Indian subsidiary of a US-based parent. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Sanjeev holds a Bachelors degree in Science from the University of Kashmir and a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.
He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi.
University of Delhi, 2002
Sanjna assists clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Her primary practice areas include Civil, Corporate and Commercial litigation with special focus on Energy and Infrastructure Laws, Alternative Dispute Resolution Laws, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Laws, and WhiteCollar Crimes. Sanjna regularly appears before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court, District Courts in Delhi, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, National Company Law Tribunal, Arbitral tribunals across India and various other courts and Tribunals. Sanjna also advises clients on disputes related to contracts, employee issues, labour matters and infrastructure disputes.
Sanjna holds a degree in Bachelor of Laws from Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida. She enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi, India in 2017.
Amity University, Noida, 2017
Seema practices primarily in the areas of corporate, commercial, compliance, regulatory, mergers & acquisitions, infrastructure, energy, mediation, litigation, and litigation strategy.She provides corporate advisory services on real estate development projects, water distribution projects, PPP projects, and assists clients in preparing and/or finalizing corporate and commercial agreements, concession and license agreements, operations and maintenance contracts, RFQs and RFPs, and tenders.
As a practicing Insolvency Professional Seema also advises on insolvency matters. She has assisted companies in foreign direct investment regulations, and dispute resolutions besides advising on regulatory and compliance matters. Her representations before the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India include representing MS Nordlake, Global Purity Asian Shipping, Air Liquide North India, ARINC Incorporated, USA, Shipping Corporation of India, Longulf Trading India Private Limited, and Standard Chartered Bank on commercial litigation matters.
Seema has represented Indian Railways in the grant of commercial publicity rights to private parties. She has represented multinational companies such as Air Liquid India, Bechtel Corporation, BNP Paribas, CH2M HILL, Walmart Group, Tahitian Noni International, Dow Corning India Private Limited, Q-Invest, Lootoo, CIBER, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, ANZ Bank, Toyota Motor Company, Exxon Mobil, Vacation Singapore DMC Private Limited, Koch Industries, Lubrizol Corporation and ADP National Account Services on corporate and commercial law issues.Seema has participated in think tank forum of the IICA, ASSOCHAM and PHD Chambers of Commerce.
She is/has been an independent director on the board of various companies and has been a member of POSH committees. She advises not-for-profits organizations in drafting their policies, as pro bono work.
Seems is a Member of Delhi Bar Council ; Delhi High Court Bar Association ; Institute of Company Secretaries of India (an Insolvency Professional Agency) as an Insolvency Professional. She is also a Member of Independent Director Databank of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and the Taskforce on Corporate Restructuring and M&A, ASSOCHAM.
Having joined Dua Associates in 2014, Shailendra has advised on cross border transactions involving spin-off / demerger of a business unit, acquisition of an Indian public company etc. He has been advising with respect to the incorporation and structuring of target companies/joint ventures , bearing in mind the laws governing foreign direct investment. He has been advising with respect to the incorporation and structure of the target company / JVC bearing in mind the laws governing foreign direct investment being made by the foreign stakeholder in India – structuring the transaction documents to provide adequate control to foreign stakeholder while also balancing the minority Indian shareholders’ rights.
Shailendra has wide experience in drafting and negotiating transaction documents including memorandums of understanding, term sheets, JV agreements, shareholders agreements, share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, business transfer agreements, limited liability partnership agreements, services agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, data transfer, data sharing and data processing agreements, domain name assignment agreements, leases, leave & license agreements, agreements to sell, sale deeds, etc.
ILS Law College, Pune, 2009
Sharan practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on private equity transactions and structured debt transactions. He has extensively advised on private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, corporate-commercial transactions, structured debt transactions, external commercial borrowings, infrastructure projects and has also been involved in legal due diligence exercises, foreign investment advisory and general corporate advisory services. His experience includes advising both corporate and funds in private equity transactions and debt transactions as well as on various legal and regulatory compliances.
National Law School, Bangalore, 2011
Shashivansh’s key practice areas are commercial contracts, third party liability, real estate, and corporate and banking transactions. He advises corporates on operational matters including contract and tortious damages, defence procurement, human resources, employment and labour, inheritance and family matters for the past 30 years.
Shashi is also experienced in the hotel industry, particularly in matters relating to franchise and operating agreements. He has a long working relationship with the Oil & Gas industry drafting pipeline and refinery-related agreements and advising on vital contractual aspects.
Prior to the Competition Act 2002, Shashi regularly advised clients on issues arising out of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 and now heads the practice group dealing with issues arising out of the Competition Act, 2002. This practice group closely monitors developments before the Competition Commission and its appellate body with a view to keeping clients abreast of the legal position under this new law. He also heads specially created cells to address clients’ concerns under the Competition Act, 2002 and the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010. These cells render advice to clients on operative issues that have potential exposure under these laws.
Shashi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and an LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi.
University of Delhi, 1974
Shikha ‘s focus areas include dispute resolution, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings and commercial contracts encompassing complex litigations in diverse areas of corporate disputes, real estate, financial services, testamentary, debt recovery law, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, etc.
Shikha has over 14 years’ experience as a legal professional. Her last assignment was with Piramal Capital & Housing Finance limited where she was Associate Vice President – Legal. Prior to her stint as an independent practitioner, Shikha also worked with several law firms in Mumbai primarily in Litigation & Arbitration practice. She regularly appears before Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, National Company Law Tribunals, Arbitral Tribunals, Consumer Courts, DRT and District Courts.
Shikha has a Bachelor of Laws degree as well as a Bachelor of Legal Science degree from Mumbai University. She is also a Company Secretary, member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and a member of the Bombay Bar Association, Bombay High Court.
Mumbai University, 2008
A Senior Solicitor at Dua Associates, Shiraz is a highly regarded Advocate, with a proven track record in her practice areas which span across Dispute Resolution-Litigation & Arbitration, International Trade, White Collar Crimes, and Intellectual Property laws. She has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held Indian and foreign companies, in a broad range of civil and criminal matters.
Shiraz is one of the leading counsels in India in the field of commercial litigation and dispute resolution having represented some of the biggest names in the industry. She also heads the Firm’s International Trade & Customs practice group and is a recognized authority on World Trade Organization agreements, Anti-Dumping and Countervailing duty Investigations. She represents multinational corporations and Governments in trade remedial investigations including the Indian Government. While being regarded for her ‘practical, business-focused advice’ Shiraz is credited with creating a specialist practice group at the firm on Anti-Corruption & White-Collar Crimes, under which she has handled multi-jurisdictional investigations involving bribery and corruption as well as litigation assignments and internal corporate investigations in different parts of India.
As a celebrated lawyer in India, Shiraz was bestowed the Women in Law Excellence Award, 2020, apart from being recognized as an Outstanding Individual by several leading global ranking guides. For the second year in row, she has also been recognized by the Benchmark Litigation’s Asia-Pacific Top 100 Women in Litigation 2022 and named a Litigation Star – Commercial Transactions and Intellectual Property.
Shiraz has been listed in Forbes India Power list 2020 and 2021 as one of the top individual lawyers in Litigation and International Trade/ Anti-Dumping practice areas. Further, she has been included in the prestigious ALB’s Super 50 Dispute Lawyers in Asia 2021 list. She also features in the 2022 Rankings by Legal Era as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution – Litigation & Arbitration and White-Collar Crime. Shiraz has been identified as among India’s top lawyers and included in India Business Law Journal’s (IBLJ) prestigious A-List for 2021-2022. Shiraz is one of the 8 Indian practitioners who have been ranked in the 2021 edition of Trade & Customs guide from Who’s Who Legal.
As a thought leader, Shiraz frequently contributes articles to various reputed journals. She recently co-authored a by invitation article on Trade Law published in The International Trade Law Review 8th Edition, a prestigious annual guide on trade law globally.
As a subject matter expert, and champion of women in the legal profession, Shiraz took the initiative along with two other ladies to launch the India Chapter of Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA).
She is also passionate about issues of diversity and upholding rights of individuals and minorities, for which she has fought several cases pro bono.
Shiraz is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India; Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association; Member of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society; Bombay Bar Association and Associate Member of Delhi High Court Bar Association.
With over 35 years of experience in the fields of commercial and corporate laws, Shishir has a wealth of experience gained from working for a broad spectrum of clients which has equipped him with a deep understanding of different business cultures.
Shishir has extensive experience in advising multinational clients inter alia, in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, information technology, banking and finance, real estate and labour, employment and industrial law related issues. He is well known for his deal structuring skills and for providing insightful strategic solutions to complex legal issues including on merger control matters.
Shishir adopts innovative strategies to achieve optimal transaction value for clients. He provides strategic advisory services that help clients navigate the complex maze of the extant regulatory and policy framework in India. He is also very actively involved with the US-India Business Council and is the Co -Chair of its legal services committee.
Jodhpur University, 1988
Shivam has been practicing in the dispute resolution team at Dua Associates. He advises on commercial litigation and arbitration in various fora, including the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, District Courts of Delhi, National Company Law Tribunal and National Company Appellate Law Tribunal NCLAT. He has also advised on domestic and international commercial arbitrations including under the aegis of The London Court of International Arbitration, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris and the Indian Council of Arbitration.
Shivam completed his LL.B and LL.M from Durham University, United Kingdom and University College London.
University of Durham, 2012
Shreema has been practicing for the past 17 years focusing on strategizing business and marketing model related to IP protection, IP enforcement and IP agreements. Her domain expertise and practice areas of focus cover Intellectual Property Rights, Domain Name Dispute Resolution, Customs and Brand Strategist. She also has experience in conducting due diligence for the growth and sustainability of the Intellectual Property of diverse industries, backed by global insight and a commercially well-informed approach.
She has been instrumental in the Firm’s Trademarks Exports Practice and works with a large network of foreign associates in 100 plus countries for IP enforcement including Customs recordal for diverse clients. Shreema has been regularly taking part in the in-house workshops and sessions organized by clients to create awareness on leveraging Intellectual Property Rights. She has assisted start-ups in brand conception and clearance and advised them on the application, significance and leveraging of Intellectual Property Rights.
As a member of the committees of International Trademark Association (INTA), Shreema has served in the Internet Committee of INTA, INTA New gTLD Subsequent Rounds Subcommittee and in the Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee. She has been a member of the working Group of -Gnso-newgtld towards the formulation of the policy making of the Gnso-newgtld.
She has also attended the Asian Multilateral Training Session in Singapore. Shreema has delivered talks on plagiarism at the National Institute of Fashion Technology and has been a speaker at the Workshop organised by the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association-ATMA India.
Siddharth has more than 8 years of experience in arbitration, civil and commercial litigation. He focuses primarily on arbitration work. Siddharth is also an Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India and regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court and Tribunals.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, 2011
Siddharth started his practice as a litigator in the High Court and District Courts at Delhi where his practice focused primarily on commercial litigation and dispute resolution in Real Estate matters. He joined Dua Associates in 2011 and assists and advises clients in structuring and documenting real estate transactions. He also conducts due diligence and title investigation on property acquisition on a pan India basis. He advises clients in construction and development projects involving foreign investment in Real Estate in India.
University of Delhi, 1999
Siddhartha’s areas of expertise include cross border Mergers and Acquisitions, Business and Corporate laws, Property and Real Estate laws. He has been involved in international and domestic transactions, collaborations, mergers, takeover, dispute resolution in commercial transactions and foreign direct Investments. Siddhartha regularly advises on corporate compliances and regulatory approvals.
He has been advising large and midsized corporates both domestic and international on structuring, HR & Management policies, strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, legal compliance, procedures and due diligence etc. He has handled clients in various sectors ranging from Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Infrastructure, Telecom, FMCG, Retail, Real Estate, Hospitality, Sport and Entertainment. Siddhartha is also advisor to PE funds for their PE and investment services.
Backed by extensive experience in the real estate sector, he has been appointed Chairman of the Legal Committee for Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) . Siddhartha is also President for CREDAI Himachal Pradesh.
St. Stephens College, New Delhi, 1991
Simran has extensive experience of over fifteen years in the legal field, of which six years were in litigation and nine in corporate law. Her areas of expertise include Corporate Laws, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property Rights and Real Estate laws. She has advised numerous clients on corporate transactions, strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, compliances & regulatory approvals, due diligence, and dispute resolution and handled clients ranging from Hospitality, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Healthcare, IT sector, Entertainment and start ups.
Faculty of Law, Delhi University, 2004
Sita has been involved in providing advice on a wide range of issues from company formation, corporate governance and regulatory compliance to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, foreign investments, exchange control regulations and securities laws.
She has acted as India legal advisor to major players in the civil aviation sector including international commercial airlines, MRO organizations and ground handing operators in respect of their operations in India.
Sita’s transactional experience has included work in a variety of business sectors such as aviation, publishing, retail, e commerce, ITES, manufacturing, heavy machinery, telecom, real estate, financial services, food and beverages, and oil and gas, where she has acted both for the buy side as well as the sell side. She has acted for international private equity funds as well as strategic investors in relation to their investments in India, and has also advised investee companies on a spectrum of issues including transaction structuring, exchange control laws, and a variety of sector specific laws. She has also advised banks and NBFCs in relation to their operations including acquisition of debt portfolios.
Sita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Stephen’s College
University of Delhi, 1992
Tejas is an experienced disputes resolution lawyer with a focus on corporate and commercial disputes resolution. He is also actively involved in developing pre-dispute strategy and dispute resolution strategy advisory work.
He regularly appears before the High Court of Karnataka, National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, Debts Recovery Tribunal, Commercial Courts and Arbitral Tribunals.
Tejas was a core member of the team advising a consortium of Indian Banks in their cross-border recovery proceedings arising out of the then largest banking Non-Performing Asset since 2013. The said work has resulted in the evolution of various banking and commercial laws in India including those pertaining to wilful defaulters and fugitive economic offenders.
Tejas has been a regular speaker at various fora. His engagements include speaking on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the Banking Sector at a National Workshop organized by the School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru ; speaking at Bharat Heavy Electronics Limited, Bengaluru on contractual provisions on Risk and Cost clauses in contracts; and chairing a panel discussion on the role of ADR in corporate practice organized by SVKM’s NMIMS School of Law, Mumbai.
He has represented and continues to represent numerous civic minded and public spirited citizens and organizations in their public interest litigations before the High Court of Karnataka with respect to various civic issues and has obtained relief to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Bengaluru.
Tejas is registered with the Karnataka State Bar Council.
With more than 11 years of experience in litigation, Sradhananda’s areas of expertise are Civil, Commercial (Corporate Litigation), Cyber crimes as well Criminal Litigation. He has also handled litigations pertaining to IPR.
Sradhananda started his practice with Senior Advocate Mukul Talwar in the Delhi High Court. Subsequently, he gained extensive experience in practising before various tribunals and forums viz. NCLT, NGT, NCDRC, APTEL. He was appointed Additional Standing Counsel for the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) in 2014-15 and successfully handled matters for the university before Hon’ble Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and various consumer forums in Delhi.
ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University, Dehradun, 2009
Sunil is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in the regulatory aspects of foreign investment, corporate advisory as well as corporate structuring and re-structuring with focus on tax. His experience in tax matters is in the area of structuring, restructuring, acquisitions and mergers of businesses, formulating entry strategies from tax perspective for setting up businesses in India fully or partly foreign owned, operational tax issues such as withholding taxes, transfer pricing issues, service tax and value added tax issues, joint venture and business arrangements.
Sunil is also experienced in the field of foreign investment including both investments into India and outward investments by Indian corporates. He also advises clients on a broad range of issues related to the domestic capital markets and due-diligence for mergers, acquisitions, private equity financial investments and joint ventures. He has formulated effective entry strategies in the power, telecom, information technology and non-banking financial services sectors. Under the aegis of the World Bank, Sunil has advised on the privatization of the power sector in India and was directly involved in one of the first divestments by the Government of India in the domestic sector.
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, 1981
Syed has more than 12 years of experience in civil, corporate & commercial practice. He has sound knowledge of NCLT proceedings under various provisions of Companies Act and IBC Code. He has handled various commercial arbitration and civil and consumer related litigation matters including MSME proceedings and Court / NCLT approved mergers, Render Contracts, Rent Legislation etc. He has also been closely involved in M&A transactions including due diligence of IPR contracts.
Syed has also advised clients on Land Laws, Corporate laws, Arbitration Law, SEBI regulations, Society laws and has drafted and reviewed various commercial contracts. His special areas of Practice are Companies Act, IBC code 2016, MSME, Arbitration, SEBI, MOFA, and Rent Act, RERA and consumer laws.
Government Law College, Mumbai, 2008
Having enrolled at the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh in the year 2002, Sridevi’s core practice areas are Real Estate and Civil Litigation. She has handled property due diligence in both States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and is well versed in Revenue Laws of both these States. She also has experience in drafting opinion on given subject, structuring litigation pertaining to properties and other civil matters and structuring commercial understanding between parties.
Sridevi is a post graduate in Commerce and a graduate in Law from Osmania University.
Shadan Law College, Osmania University, 2002
Tavishi practices in the areas of Corporate & Commercial including mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments. Her experience in mergers and acquisition practice includes corporate due diligence and drafting/negotiating of definitive agreements whereas in foreign direct investments her focus is on the regulatory aspects of foreign investment under applicable government policy and foreign exchange laws.
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, 2011
As part of the dispute resolution team, Toyesh’s practice involves advising large corporate entities and government organisations on commercial issues they face arising from their complex business transactions. Toyesh is well versed with the finer details that often accompany such commercial disputes and their consequent impact and hence he is able to provide holistic and customised solutions to clients’ diverse issues. He has a keen interest in the fields of insolvency, arbitration and commercial civil litigation. He also handles litigations and disputes for individual clients on a vast array of legal issues.
Government Law College, Mumbai, 2014
Tusi advises and conducts due diligence on property acquisition, investigation of titles of properties pan-India, structuring of transactions and drafting of documents. He is also involved in various transactions related to construction and development projects involving foreign investment and rendering advice on matters pertaining to the regulations governing foreign direct investment in real estate, in India. Kumar is additionally well versed with the legal aspects of the cash and carry business and has advised PSUs on investment in thermal and solar power projects . He also has experience in advising foreign funds on investment in integrated township projects
LLB, University of Delhi, 2007
Varun is a corporate lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of company law, securities law, regulatory law and policy, corporate law compliances, foreign direct investment and foreign exchange laws.
Varun holds an integrated law degree of B.A. L.L.B(H) from Amity Law School, Noida, LLM from O.P. Jindal Global University (Jindal Global Law School) and is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi. He has been in practice since 2018.
Amity University, Noida, 2018
Dev Gulwani is one of the leading registered patent attorneys in the country. Having been formally admitted to patent practice in the year 2000, his areas of specialization are patent and design matters. In the field of patenting, he has successfully obtained grant of patents in wide range of technological fields which include chemical; bio-medical; electronic devices; engineering equipment like mechanical feeders, bulk material handling systems; petroleum related technologies; system and technologies relating to energy industry ranging from exploration, drilling and optimizing oil/gas production; medical devices such as UV pathogen disinfection system, device for malaria treatment; reed valve for flow control systems; systems for labelling industry such as apparatus for manufacture and application of two-sided labels to different industry products; music search and play system; systems based on machine learning etc.
Dev has also successfully obtained patents in USA, after preparing and filing responses to office actions issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In design matters, he has successfully obtained several design registrations for Indian and foreign applicants, for multiple articles in diverse fields. He also assists foreign inventors residing in India, in obtaining expeditiously, foreign filing licenses/permits for filing/causing to file patent applications in foreign countries, without first applying in India.
Prior to joining the law firm. Dev was a senior scientist in the Government of India’s Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO).
Vikram has extensive experience in litigating for multi-national corporations, financial institutions and major public sector companies in matters including banking, intellectual property, real estate, commercial contracts, and competition.
He practices before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi and various District Courts and has specialized expertise in amalgamations/mergers involving the process of courts.
University of Delhi, 1989
Vimla is an experienced legal practitioner who began her career as a litigator in the courts in New Delhi, in 1988. She subsequently relocated to Bangalore and did stints with Dua Associates and J. Sagar and Associates, before consolidating her practice to found VMP Law Chambers, a law firm providing legal advice and litigation support to clients on issues across the board. Having merged her practice with her former firm, Vimla has since rejoined Dua Associates.
Vimla’s practice involves servicing clients by providing general legal advisory ranging from drafting and negotiating of corporate agreements to dealing with employment issues. Her niche lies in her substantive practice in real estate and property laws and wherein she has advised several developers, multinationals and investors on their investments in property as well as exit strategies for their real estate portfolios.
She has also rendered advisory services to several insurance companies. Vimla is on the ethics committee of an Indian multinational company and advises the company on its protocols for testing of personal care products. Based on her experience in working with media professionals on contracts and IP enforcement, she is currently expanding her practice in the entertainment and media segment.
University of Delhi, 1988
Vinuth is a well-seasoned advocate in real estate laws with over 12 years of experience. He has worked extensively with eminent corporate firms, developers, investors, and various domestic and international clients. His area of practise includes conducting title due diligence over properties, evaluation of title exceptions and risks, mitigation of risks, advice on structuring and drafting real estate transaction documents, statutory compliances relating to real estate projects, drafting and negotiating commercial lease agreements, joint development agreements and general contracts.
He represents several companies in the matters relating to acquisition and joint development of properties for residential, commercial tech parks, SEZ, warehousing and various renewable energy projects. In addition, he regularly assists several banks and financial institutions for the project loans and other financial facilities.
He is enrolled with the Karnataka Bar Council. Enrollment No. KAR/770/10
Virender has experience in the areas of financial, legal and statutory compliance, and human resources and is responsible for the effective management of the firm’s eight offices and more than 300 professionals and staff.
Prior to joining Dua Associates, he had over 15 years experience in corporate management including senior positions with several multinational companies.
LLB Agra University, 1974
Sivakumar practices in the areas of indirect taxation, corporate and commercial law, and real estate. He is also working in the newly-emerging field of Securitization in India.
He is a regular speaker on indirect tax issues at seminars organized by the Hindustan Chamber of Commerce, the Indirect Taxes Bar Association, the Revenue Bar Association and other organizations.
University of Madras, 1991
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