Dhirendra Negi

Dhirendra is the co-chair of the Disputes Resolution practice of the firm.

He has more than twenty years of experience in litigation & arbitration.

A versatile litigator, Dhirendra has handled key Corporate Commercial, Mining and Engineering & Construction disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals.

Dhirendra’s expertise is in the Construction & Engineering sector. He has been extensively advising both Indian and multinational clients on various issues arising in relation to Projects. He has represented clients in the construction industry in various arbitrations concerning –

– Hydroelectric projects
– Coal and gas based power plants
– Metros
– Highways
– Refineries
– High altitude railway tunnels
– Pipelines

Kumar Kislay

Kumar Kislay specializes in Dispute Resolution.

He has gathered invaluable experience & expertise, inter alia, in handling various types of Litigations – Corporate & Commercial, Arbitrations, Writs under the Constitution of India.

He has represented various major corporates, banks and financial institutions in Litigations before various High Courts of the Country and the Supreme Court.

He has been involved in handling of Inolvency Proceedings, Winding UP and Mergers before NCLT and NCLAT. Kumar advises and represents clients in proceedings before quasi judicial bodies, tribunals and in trial matters as well.

Before joining JSA, he has worked with reputed firms of India and in chamber of Advocates at Supreme Court.

Shailesh Shukla

Shailesh specializes in Dispute Resolution which includes Litigation & Arbitration, in diverse areas of Corporate & Commercial disputes, Mining, Oil & Gas, Transportation – Ports and related disputes.

He has been primarily practicing in the High Court(s), Company Law Board and various Arbitral Tribunals. Shailesh has also appeared before several other courts of India viz. Debt Recovery Tribunal, Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal, Civil Judge Senior Division, District Courts, City Civil Courts, Magistrate Courts, Sessions Courts including before the Provident Fund Commissioner, Labour Commissioner, Inspector General of Registration, Land Revenue Authorities, Ministers, Central Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal.

Shailesh has also advised clients in scheme/ mergers matters under the Companies Act and has appeared in such scheme matters before the High Court. He has also advised clients on issues with regard to payment of stamp duty in Maharashtra and argued the matters before Superintendent of Stamps.

He has represented multinational companies before several courts, and has extensive experience in handling disputes in the High Court. He also has extensive experience in white collar criminal matters like cheating, criminal breach of trust, departmental prosecutions and has acted for clients by advising them with the help of external criminal counsels. He has worked with Senior Criminal Counsels, and has appeared along with them in quashing petitions before the High Court.

With regard to Real Estate, he has drafted documents for sale or purchase of immovable property, power of attorneys, lease of immovable property, conveyances, agreements for sale, memorandums of understanding, deed of transfer, tenancy agreements, leave and license agreements. He has advised the clients on various areas of law such as property, land, and provident funds. Shailesh has appeared before the Inspector General of Registration with regard to the issue of payment of stamp duty on the documents. He has acted and advised clients in family disputes with regard to the properties and has drafted settlement agreements in this regard.

He has been practicing law since 1995. Before joining JSA, he was with AZB & Partners, one of India’s premier law firms.

Nishta Paul

Nishta specializes in Regulatory & Policy, with a focus on Electricity, Renewable Energy and Public Private Partnership. In addition, she also advises on other Infrastructure Projects such as Roads and Ports.

With regard to Energy Projects, she has reviewed and drafted model power purchase agreement for State Governments, and power purchase agreements for leading power companies in India. She was also involved in conducting a due diligence on a power generating company which included power purchase agreements, fuel supply agreements and EPC contracts.

Nishta has advised the Government of India on preparation of strategies in respect of preparation, procurement and management of PPPs in India.

Prior to working with JSA, Nishta was an Associate at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co., where she conducted due diligences and advised on corporate debt restructuring for a leading real estate company.

Pallavi Banerjee

Pallavi specialises in Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance and General Corporate Commercial matters.

In the areas of Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions, she advises investors in their investments in and acquisitions of Indian companies.

She is also involved in negotiating and reviewing a variety of commercial and financing contracts.

Among other things, she has experience in Security creation, Corporate Commercial and Finance related transactions including Private Equity.

Siddharth Sinha

Siddharth specializes in Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial Laws and Intellectual Property Laws.

He has gathered invaluable experience & expertise, inter alia, in handling various types of Litigations involving Corporate & Commercial Laws, Civil Laws, Intellectual Property Laws, and has also assisted in a few Arbitrations.

Before joining JSA, he was with Singhi & Co., Ahmedabad.

Sunanda G.

Sunanda specializes in Real Estate transactions, including conducting Due Diligences and drafting of all related documents. She regularly provides advice on property related matters to various multinational companies.

She also has extensive experience in Banking & Finance related transactions including Real Estate Financing and Security Creation. Sunanda has drafted letters of intent, agreements and deeds for the sale, lease, and license of immovable property and project management services agreements and advised on the registration of documents, special economic zone compliance, development and co-development projects.
She also advises on various labour legislations and has been involved in drafting and reviewing various employment contracts. She has been involved in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts relating to Retail & Franchising.
Sunanda has experience in conducting cases and in this regard has appeared before the courts, tribunal and the consumer forum. She has been involved in drafting of various petitions.
She has been practicing law for over six years and before joining JSA, she tenured with AZB & Partners, Bangalore for a period of 2 years and then joined M&C Partners, Bangalore.

Rajul Bohra

Rajul specializes in Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, business transfers & takeovers, domestic & cross border investments and Corporate Restructuring.

She has an extensive transactional experience in investments by onshore & offshore funds in sectors such as – Infrastructure, Media, Construction, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Services.

Rajul has advised multi-national companies in cross-border transactions; Joint Ventures; Companies Act; Foreign Exchange Management Act (including the FDI Policy and SEBI Act); setting up of business operations in India; and outbound investments from India.

Her scope of work has included conducting legal due
diligences, drafting, vetting and negotiating complex structuring issues and rendering strategic advice.

Before joining JSA, she was associated with Amarchand & Mangaldas, Mumbai with the general corporate team.

Aditi V Deshpande

Aditi specializes in Civil & Commercial Dispute Resolution.

She has advised domestic and international clients in Civil & Commercial Dispute Resolution matters; and has represented several clients in arbitrations and matters relating to shareholders disputes and supply & sale contracts. She has also advised clients on General Corporate Commercial laws, Family and Trust laws.

She has gathered invaluable experience & expertise, inter alia, in handling various types of Litigations – Corporate & Commercial, Arbitrations, Writs under the Constitution of India, transaction business – Mergers, Acquisitions & take-overs, Joint Ventures, PE Investments, legal audits & due diligence exercises and drafting of commercial agreements.

Aditi has represented various major corporates, banks and financial institutions in Litigations before various High Courts of the Country and the Supreme Court.

Before joining JSA, she was with Khaitan & Co., Mumbai

Vidhyadhare S

Vidhyadhare specializes in Real Estate transactions, including conducting due diligences, verification for title of immovable property and drafting of all related documents.

She has advised & drafted documentation for some of the largest investments for the Real Estate sector in India. She regularly provides advice on property related matters to various multinational companies.

Vidhyadhare has extensive experience in Banking & Finance related transactions including Real Estate financing and security creation.

She has drafted letters of intent, agreements and deeds for the sale, lease, and license of immovable property and project management services agreements, construction agreements and advised on the registration of documents, special economic zone compliance, development and co-development projects.

Vidhyadhare has also advised on various labour legislations and has been involved in drafting various employment contracts, and Retail & Franchising. She regularly appears before various courts, tribunal and the consumer forum; and has been involved in drafting of various petitions.

Prior to joining the Firm, she worked with M&C Partners, Bangalore; and Shriram Properties Private Limited.

Jeevith Belliappa

Jeevith practices in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and General Corporate Commercial.

He has advised clients on an array of M&A transactions (predominantly on the seller side). He also has advised domestic and international clients in Private Equity related transactions including Venture Capital funding (both foreign and domestic), Joint Ventures and Fund Formations. He also regularly advises clients on exchange control laws and general Corporate Commercial laws.

Before joining JSA, he was with Amarchand & Mangaldas, and prior to which he was at IndusLaw.

Mary Julie John

Mary specializes in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Commercial Contracts and Corporate Real Estate having experience in Corporate Commercial and Finance related transactions including Private Equity, Foreign Investment, Joint Ventures and Acquisitions in the Real Estate, Information Technology and general Engineering sectors.

She has been involved in negotiating and drafting Joint Venture Agreements, Shareholder Agreements, Share Subscription and Investment Agreements; and has advised on areas of Corporate Commercial laws, Foreign Investment and Divestment, Collaborations, Regulatory approvals for such investments and compliances, Foreign Trade and Exchange Control laws and on the setting up of subsidiaries and Joint Ventures in India.

Mary has advised in relation to foreign technical collaboration agreements, technology and trademark license agreements, manufacture and supply contracts, marketing contracts, licence agreements, name use agreements, escrow agreements and other related documents. She also drafted loan documents and advised on external commercial borrowings and housing finance companies.

She has also advised in connection with securities regulations pertaining to matters such as investment, divestment, acquisition of shares in Indian listed companies, disclosures to the stock exchanges & insider trading; and employees’ stock option plans and corporate governance. Mary has advised on various issues pertaining to confidentiality, different aspects of labour legislations, employment and statutory registrations.

Mary has drafted letters of intent, agreements and deeds for the sale, lease, and license of immovable property and project management services agreements and advised on special economic zone compliance, development and co-development projects and foreign direct investment.

Soumitra Majumdar

Soumitra specializes in Banking & Finance.

He works closely with Indian & multinational banks, development financial institutions, commodity finance houses, non-banking finance companies as well as corporates.

Work profile includes structuring, due diligence, documentation and negotiations, in relation to, and execution & closing of:

  • bilateral / syndicated credit facilities to Indian borrowers, for capital expenditure, working capital, project financing and acquisition financing (on secured / unsecured / limited recourse basis);
  • guaranteed credit facilities to overseas subsidiaries of Indian entities, inter alia, for the purpose of overseas acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs;
  • cross border / domestic structured finance and trade finance transactions;
  • advisory on banking products;
  • creation and perfection of security interest on Indian assets;
  • debt and quasi-debt transactions compliant with Indian exchange control and banking regulations;
  • issuance of non-convertible bonds (on private placement basis);
  • strategies on enforcement of security interest;
  • corporate debt restructuring (statutory as well as contractual).

Before joining JSA, he worked as an in house counsel in the corporate legal group of ICICI Bank Limited, Mumbai.

Meenakshy K. Natesan

Meenakshy specializes in Dispute Resolution.

She has gathered considerable experience & expertise, inter alia, in handling various types of Litigations – Corporate & Commercial, Intellectual Property Rights, Arbitrations, and Writs under the Constitution of India.

Meenakshy has represented various major corporates, banks and institutions in Litigations before various Courts and Tribunals.

Before joining JSA, she was with Sreevatsa Associates.

Poonam Verma
Poonam has been actively involved in the Infrastructure & Regulatory Practice which covers Electricity, Airports, Railways and Highways.

She has been involved in formulating strategies, drafting Petitions, Appeals, Replies, Statement of Claim etc., representing clients (Corporate Houses involved in Generation, Distribution and Transmission of Electricity, Airlines and Private Container Train Operator) before various State Electricity Regulatory Commissions, Appellate Tribunals for Electricity, Airports and Competition, Competition Commission of India, High Court of Delhi, Supreme Court and Consumer Fora and briefing counsel.

She has advised on risk analysis and the mitigation strategy involved in various projects and rendered legal opinions on regulatory issues pertaining to tariff fixation, licensing, reforms and restructuring to electricity distribution companies and the trading companies in India. She has analyzed the critical issues arising out of the policies issued by the Statutory Authorities and the Government on Power, Rail, Civil Aviation and Highways. Poonam has participated in Consultation meetings conducted by the Airport Regulator to represent Airlines, analyzed / challenged / supported the study carried out by the Airport Regulator before the Appellate Forum of Airports. She also assisted in preparation of agreements for transmission, applications and other related documents for grant of transmission license. She has advised and drafted agreements and documents for the power trading company on diverse regulatory and competition issues.

Amongst others, she is currently involved in devising strategy on the critical issues in the Electricity industry such as hike in tariff, impact of change in policies on imported fuel, applicability of the Transmission Regulations issued by Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and the impact of changes made in the Multi Year Tariff Regulations.

Poonam has also worked on legal opinions on the issues relating to acquisition of land for the Jaipur Ring Road Development Corridor Project initiated by an Infrastructure Company. She was also involved in extensive legal due diligence exercises conducted on the target companies for identifying key issues relevant to their acquisition.

Before joining the Firm, she was actively involved in extensive research work in fields of Civil Litigation including Suits and Arbitration cases on the original side, Company cases, contractual and tender cases, and Public Interest Litigations. She was also involved in drafting of notifications for government bodies and discussions on the same.

Murali Ananthasivan

Murali has an extensive experience of over 30 years as a corporate lawyer. He has a rich and varied experience in Mergers & Acquisitions with emphasis on Corporate Restructuring, and also has a steady standing before the National Company Law Tribunals and High Court.

Murali has acted and advised in significant corporate acquisitions, schemes of amalgamation, corporate restructuring, commercial contracts, real estate acquisition and leasing, exchange control related advise, regulatory compliances, and tender and bidding documents for reputed builders and corporates.

Murali has conducted corporate litigation in respect of oppression and mismanagement, liquidation, arbitration arising out of commercial and contractual issues etc., prosecuting and defending before various judicial fora

Varghese Thomas

Varghese has extensive experience in commercial Dispute Resolution matters, having advised and represented several clients in arbitrations and court cases relating to shareholder disputes, supply and sale contracts and engineering contracts.

He regularly advises clients on Indian law issues concerning General Corporate laws, Exchange Control Regulations, and Family and Trust laws.

In addition, he has extensive experience in the Port Sector having advised several multinational port operators in setting up operations, including negotiating license agreements.

Venkatesh Raman Prasad

Venkatesh practices Corporate and Civil laws with a focus on Infrastructure and Foreign investment. His current work profile includes advising on Domestic and Cross Border Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Entry strategies, Transaction structuring, Financing, Joint Venture, Technology transfer and Private Equity funding. Venkatesh’s role in these transactions has included negotiations, drafting, complex structuring, rendering strategic advice and interacting with foreign law firms & investment banks.

He has worked extensively in the Oil & Gas and Surface Transport sector, and has an experience of handling government contracts & projects implemented on BOT (Build, Operate & Transfer) and BOOT (Build, Own, Operate & Transfer) basis. He has advised large Indian & International Oil & Gas companies with regard to their domestic and international investment. He advises on upstream Production Sharing Contracts, Joint Operation Agreements and general field development issues. Venkatesh also advises on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Sale & Purchase Agreements, Gas Sale Agreements, Gas Transportation Agreements and Off take Agreements.As part of his advisory, Venkatesh advises on the entire gamut of the project value chain risk analysis and providing mitigation strategies. He has extensively worked in the Project Finance in the Upstream and Midstream Oil & Gas projects.

Venkatesh is a regular speaker at international and national conferences and workshops on issue of policy, law regulation, project finance, and reform in the Oil & Gas sector.
He has held the position of Hony. Secretary of Indian Society of Arbitrators, New Delhi and is a Member of the AIPN (The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators).

Afsheen Irani

Afsheen is a member of the firm’s Corporate Commercial practice. Her areas of practice include Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Securities Laws.

She is part of a team that advises domestic and international clients on commercial transactions on matters of securities, company and exchange control laws and has assisted in the preparation of transaction documentation and due diligence reports for strategic investments and private equity acquisitions.

Amitabh Kumar

Amitabh, a retired Indian Revenue Service Officer, has handled diverse assignments in the sphere of Regulation, Public Finance and Policy in an illustrious career of 31 years. He has served as the first Director General of the Competition Commission of India from 2004 to 2009. He was involved in the Policy and Regulatory Framework set up in the initial years of the Competition Authority. He further assisted the Government in drafting the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007.

Amitabh was also responsible for drafting nine implementing regulations, besides making a significant contribution to the Competition Advocacy initiative of the authority.

He was the Departmental Representative for the Income Tax Department at the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal for six years, where he handled complex Tax cases.

He also has consulting experience with the African Development Bank, The World Bank, UNDP and Department for International Development (UK) in strategic policy areas. He has also served on the Board of several public sector undertakings.

Recently, he was member of a committee appointed by the government to recommend a National Competition Policy document and necessary amendments to the Competition Act, 2002.

During the last few years, working with JSA, he has handled complex cases of abuse & cartels besides merger filings and organizing competition compliance programmes.


Anupam Varma

Anupam specializes in Commercial, Regulatory, Policy and Constitutional Dispute Resolution in diverse fora including the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various states, District Courts, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, State Electricity Regulatory Commissions, Company Law Board, Debt Recovery Tribunal, Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal, Arbitral Tribunals, conciliation boards and other ADR mechanisms.

He handles various aspects of Dispute Resolution including evaluation of contractual arrangements / regulatory and legal framework to facilitate compliance and advising clients on processes to avoid / mitigate risks in conduct of business; providing strategic advice & opinions; drafting pleadings, briefing counsel; and appearing / conducting matters – both in original & appellate stages.

Anupam has acquired special insights in handling regulatory and commercial matters related to the Electricity sector; Mergers & Amalgamation petitions; Arbitration & ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) relating to pipeline contracts & hydroelectric projects; Disputes arising from Joint Venture Agreements, Real Estate transactions, Criminal proceedings and infringement of Trade / Property marks.

He has also advised private utilities in the Electricity sector on diverse legal & regulatory issues and more particularly on diverse aspects of Electricity reform and restructuring.

He has also advised Clients in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation space and dealt with policy and regulatory issues in the Standards and Labeling Programme and Fuel Economy norms and related issues.

Ela Bali

Ela focusses on Regulatory & Policy, with an emphasis on Competition Law Litigation.

She has been involved in representing clients before the Competition Commission of India and has worked on diverse Competition matters including abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and merger filings.

Ela has also assisted in creating Competition compliance programmes for corporate houses.

Prior to joining JSA, Ela has gained valuable experience in the area of Competition law through her previous internships.

Meena B.S.

Meena has close to seven years of post-qualification experience. During this period her areas of focus and specialization has been in Real Estate and Property related matters.

She has dealt in complex Real Estate transactions ranging from title diligence and documenting different structures for joint development to retail development, leasing and sale of properties.

 Meena works on a regular basis with Real Estate companies to conduct in house compliance checks, compliance with various statutory laws for operating a full fledge industrial, technology and special economic zones.


She is well versed in local land laws as applicable in the various states and reviewing revenue records thereof.


Before Joining JSA, Meena worked as an associate with Anup S Shah Law Firm, a reputed Real Estate Practitioners in Bangalore.

S P Purwar

Purwar focuses his practice on Infrastructure in general and Communications & Broadcasting in particular.

Currently, he is involved in helping develop an appropriate Regulatory environment, Corporate Restructuring and Dispute Resolution in the Telecom sector. He also handles Debt Financing, Refinancing, Mergers & Acquisitions and licensing of Telco’s.

Having worked for over three decades and grown to the top in the Department of Telecom, which was till recently the policy maker, the regulator & the operator, all rolled into one, Purwar has had exposure in all aspects of Telecom functioning. He has played a key role in the process of Telecom privatization as also in the development of the Regulatory regime. He has closely monitored the development of number portability regulations and has attended consultation processes.

As a nominee Director on the Boards of HTL (Hindustan Teleprinters Ltd.), TCIL (Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd.) and MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.) and as a Finance Director of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.), the largest landline and one of the largest fixedline telecom operator in India, Purwar also brings with him a rich experience of Public Sector Telcos engaged in fields as diverse as manufacture, consultancy & operations.

He has also represented Indian Telecom in various bilateral, regional and international fora and acted for four years as Vice-chair of ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) Tariff Group for Asia-Pacific. In 1997, he headed the team who successfully launched MTNL’s first GDR (Global Depositary Receipt) issue.

For over twelve years in JSA now, he has been advising & assisting Telcos and Broadcasting companies in regulatory, licensing, spectrum and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) matters and other corporates in Government and FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approvals.

Kartikeya GS

Kartikeya specializes in Infrastructure, Projects & Project Finance.

He has been advising clients on diverse issues concerning contractual matters, projects, regulation and restructuring.

Kartikeya has also worked on concession agreements, shareholder agreements and power purchase agreements. Further, he has been involved in drafting operation and maintenance subcontracts, concession agreements, requests for proposals, terms sheets for shareholder agreements and term sheets for O&M arrangements.

He was also involved in advising a leading international company on making a bid for the operation & maintenance of a metro rail project, an assignment that involved reviewing the bids documents, preparing a detailed review of the applicable legal & regulatory framework, and formulating a risk-matrix.

Other assignments handled by him include the drafting, formulation and finalization of executive rules for the preparation, procurement and implementation of public private partnerships.

He has also advised leading companies on structuring captive power plants within the extant legislative framework.

A. Sanjay Kishore

Sanjay has extensive experience in handling key Corporate Commercial and civil cases before various Courts & Tribunals on matters relating to company law, civil law, arbitration law, contractual issues and consumer disputes.

He also has considerable experience in Mergers & Acquisitions and drafting of commercial agreements relating to Joint Ventures, Business Transfer, Share Purchase Agreements, Share Holder Agreements and Investment Agreements. He has also handled criminal litigation and has been associated with the conduct of matters relating to matrimonial disputes and offences under the Negotiable Instruments Act.
Sanjay’s other areas of practice also include Real Estate, property development, leases & licenses, conveyances, construction contracts, and disputes related to land & property.


Bharath specializes in Real Estate transactions. He has advised and drafted documentation for some of the reputed builders/developers in the Real Estate sector in Bangalore.
He plays an active role in conducting title due-diligences, drafting title report of the immovable property, drafting of Sale Deed, Sale Agreement, Joint Development Agreements, and Land Procurement Agreements, including commercial transactions agreements such as Memorandum of understanding, Lease, Leave and License Power of Attorney/s etc.
Bharath also has experience in handling various types of litigations matters including advisory and has assisted with matters at various courts which includes District Courts, Secession Courts, Tribunals and Consumer Forum. He has also been involved in drafting of various pleadings, petitions and applications.

Udhav Gulati

Udhav’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial and Banking & Finance, including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity investments, Foreign Direct investments in India & overseas Direct Investment by Indian companies and Joint Ventures.

His scope of work in these transactions has included conducting of legal Due Diligence, drafting and vetting of Shareholders’ / Subscription Agreements and rendering of strategic & regulatory advice on related matters.
He has varied transactional experience and has advised clients on issues under the Companies Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act (including the FDI Policy, SEBI Act and setting up of business operations in India and outbound Investments from India.

Megha Saraf

Megha’s practice is primarily in the area of Banking & Finance.
She has advised domestic and international clients in banking & finance related transactions including bilateral and syndicated lending (secured & unsecured), domestic & cross border lending, project financing, acquisition financing and debt restructuring. She has also advised clients on exchange control laws particularly those related to external commercial borrowings, credit enhancement of credit facilities extended to overseas subsidiaries of Indian entities, in-bound investments in listed Indian debt securities and trade finance. She has also advised on both creation and enforcement of security and quasi- security.
Before joining JSA, she worked with ICICI Bank Limited for a period of 5 years and advised on legal issues related to structuring of both domestic and cross border transactions. She also had a brief stint with Argus Partners, Mumbai where she advised clients on shareholders’ rights, corporate commercial contracts and various aspects of corporate finance and resource raising.

Rajesh G. Pal

Rajesh specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, formation of Joint Ventures, domestic & cross border investments, business takeovers, business transfers, corporate restructuring, reconstruction and Private Equity investments.

He has extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on various facets of law including General Corporate Commercial Laws and Exchange Control Laws.

Rajesh has been practicing law since 2000. Before joining JSA, Rajesh was a Senior Associate at ARA Law and Luthra & Luthra.

Akash Joshi

Akash practices in the area of Capital Markets Offerings & Securities and Banking & Finance.

He has handled capital market offerings in the nature of initial public offerings and qualified institutions placement. In the area of Banking & Finance, he has worked on 144A/Reg S offerings on overseas bonds by Indian issuers. He has also advised, inter-alia, real estate companies on lease and leave & license related queries.

Prior to joining JSA, he completed a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Reshma Oak

Reshma practices in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, business transfers, private equity including foreign investment, joint ventures and general corporate advisory.

She has been involved in conducting due diligence and has assisted in drafting of contracts and schemes including vetting of various commercial contracts.

She has further assisted in the preparation of transaction documentation for strategic investments and private equity acquisitions and handles corporate secretarial compliances.

She has also been part of the team advising clients on commercial transactions on matters of corporate restructuring.

Farhad Sorabjee

Farhad acts and appears in diverse complex multi-jurisdictional national and international commercial arbitrations, and disputes involving tortious and contractual aspects of civil law. He acts and advises investors in Investor-State bilateral treaty arbitrations, and was the lead advisor in simultaneous litigation & arbitration proceedings in Sri Lanka and the U.K. for a global port operator, for which the Firm was awarded the ‘Asian Counsel-Deal of the Year’, for Dispute Resolution.

Farhad has advised & acted in numerous proceedings involving administrative law and constitutional challenges relating, amongst others, to excise duties and tariffs, service taxes and import & export laws. He has appeared in several landmark decisions of the Supreme Court of India on issues such as the liability to pay customs duty on the import of intellectual property and the applicability of excise duty provisions to immovable property. He co-chairs the firm’s dispute resolution practice.

Farhad has advised & appeared in numerous multi-pronged international trade defence investigations and proceedings involving anti-dumping and safeguard duties.

He has advised international and Indian companies on India’s erstwhile monopolistic, restrictive & unfair trade practices law and heads the firm’s Competition Law practice in Mumbai. Farhad acted in India’s first cartel activity investigation before the new Competition Commission of India and also the first substantive abuse of dominance proceeding before the commission. He advises extensively on merger control issues and filings in both global and Indian acquisitions and mergers, as well as on internal Competition Law corporate compliance.

Farhad has advised and assisted State Governments in the formulation and drafting of legislation pertaining to infrastructure development funding and fiscal accountability.

Gayatri Bhandari

Gayatri practices in the areas of Banking & Finance, Foreign Direct Investment and Company law.

She has advised Domestic & International clients on diverse areas of law such as Banking & Structured products, Project Finance, Exchange Control, Securities Laws and general Corporate Commercial laws.

Gayatri has been involved in several transactions focused on Structured Finance, both Domestic & Cross Border. She has advised a number of Domestic & Multi-national Banks and Financial Institutions in various Syndicated Finance, Acquisition Finance, Project Finance, External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) and Structured Finance deals.

She has also advised Private Equity funds in their investments in Indian listed / publicly traded and unlisted companies.


Manini practices in the areas of General Corporate and Commercial.

She has gathered expertise in Wine and Spirit Industry, food laws, drugs laws and has advised domestic clients in the related fields.

Before joining JSA, she/he was an in-house counsel with a well-known Spirit Company. Where she has gather valuable experience on the industry specific laws with a special focus on Food Safety and Standards Act and Rules, Legal Metrology Act and Excise Laws amongst others.

Prior to that she has gathered vital experience & expertise, inter alia, in handling various types of Litigations – Corporate & Commercial, Arbitrations, and drafting of commercial agreements.

Abhishek Kumar Singh

Abhishek is a member of the Corporate Commercial practice and his practice areas includes Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Joint Ventures, foreign direct investments in India and overseas direct investment by Indian companies. He advises clients on diverse issues in relation to company law, structured investments, legal due diligence, exchange control regulations, and is regularly engaged in drafting & negotiation of transactional documents & commercial contracts. Before joining JSA, Abhishek was working with Aditya Birla Group and handled cross border Mergers & Acquisition, corporate restructuring corporate litigations and wide variety of commercial agreements in relation to industries such as Chemicals, Carbon Black, Fertilizers and Pulp & Fiber.

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