Vinod Kumar

Vinod’s practice focuses on Dispute Resolution.

He has an extensive experience of handling general civil and commercial Litigation, Arbitration and public law remedies. He has represented clients before different fora in matters relating to Energy, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Banking, Intellectual Property Rights and Environment law.

Vinod regularly appears and conducts matters as counsel before various Courts and Tribunals, including Electricity Regulatory Commissions, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, National Green Tribunal, Debt Recovery Tribunal, Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Consumer Forums, District Courts and High Courts.

He has represented a Bank, before the Madras High Court in one of the first instances in India of challenge to options contracts executed under ISDA Master Agreement.

Vinod represents clients in Arbitration disputes arising out of diverse contracts including Franchise Agreements, Infrastructure projects related to Ports & Road Constructions, Gas Supply Contracts, Power Purchase Agreements and EPC Contracts.

He advises clients in the Power sector on aspects relating to setting up and operating power plants, as also on diverse aspects of the Electricity Act including compliances under the regulatory framework.

Vinod regularly advises on environmental compliances and allied Environmental law issues. As part of his practice covering public law remedies, he has represented clients in matters arising under Administrative law and Constitutional law.

He also has a vast experience in handling transactions involving Real Estate and Infrastructure development. He is also adept at negotiating and enforcing commercial contracts.

Vinod has been practicing law since 1998. He had co-founded Vichar Partners in September 2010 which has now merged with J. Sagar Associates.

Srabonee Roy

Srabonee specialises in Mergers & Cross Border Investments & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures (financial and strategic), Business / Asset Transfers, Financial & Technical Collaboration and Corporate Advisory.

She has extensive experience in matters relating to Foreign Direct Investments & Exchange Controls Regulations.

In addition, she has been working on Corporate Commercial related transactions including Foreign Investments (inbound & outbound), Joint Ventures and Acquisitions across industry sectors.

Soumya Patnaik

Soumya focuses on diverse areas of Corporate Commercial. Some of the areas that she has extensively advised in are: Employment laws & related issues, foreign direct investment into India, regulatory issues relating to the Telecom sector such as licensing & structural requirements, Media & Entertainment laws applicable to social and other forms of media, and data protection & privacy laws.

She has been involved in numerous major transactions involving share acquisition and business & asset transfer. She has assisted in conducting due diligences, drafting and negotiating transactional documents, including share purchase & share subscription agreements, shareholders agreements, asset transfer agreements, business transfer agreements, and related secondary agreements. She has also assisted in closing and post-closing activities related to such transactions.

Soumya has been advising clients extensively on all aspects of Employment laws, including employee termination, conduct of disciplinary proceedings, employee transfer, employee benefits, confidentiality and non-compete obligations, and employment policies. She has drafted numerous employment contracts, employee handbooks and policy documents. She has also advised and assisted clients in dealing with disciplinary proceedings, including sexual harassment complaints in India.

Apart from the above, Soumya has also been dealing with many companies in the IT & ITES sectors, and advising them on a regular basis, on compliances in relation to data protection and privacy laws.

Dhairal Shah

Dhairal specializes in private equity and mergers and acquisitions

In addition, he has extensive experience in Corporate Commercial transactions including Foreign Direct Investment and Joint Ventures

He has been practicing law since 2005. Before joining JSA, he was with Economic Laws Practise, Tatva Legal and Wadia Ghandy & Co.

Rohit Venkat V

Rohit’s practice covers Regulatory & Policy with a focus on Regulatory Litigation in the Power sector, Oil & Gas Projects, Mining and Environment.

He also specializes in Corporate Commercial, Banking & Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Securities law. His practice includes Private Equity Investments, Foreign investments, Debt Transactions and Investment Funds.

Rohit has been involved in the setting up of AIF (Alternate Investment Funds) in India. He has also acted for domestic and foreign funds making Private Equity investments in various sectors in listed & unlisted Companies in India and abroad. He also has experience in M&A including transactions under the Takeover Code.

M D Srinivasan

Srinivasan specializes in Dispute Resolution, Corporate Laws and Mergers & Acquisitions.

He has considerable experience in Real Estate and company related transactions. He has advised on the financing of Real Estate, incorporation of companies, Corporate Commercial contracts, Litigations, purchase & supply agreement, Capital Markets and Joint Ventures.

Before joining JSA, he was working in Rane Holdings Limited, one of India’s premier and oldest automobile components manufacturing company, where he was in charge of in-house Legal and Secretarial Compliances.

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.

Krupa Brahmbhatt

Krupa practices in the area of Capital Market offerings and Securities.

She has handled capital market offerings in the nature of initial public offering, issuance of shares on a rights basis and qualified institutions placement.

Her scope of work in these transactions included conducting due diligence, drafting & reviewing offer documents, participating in drafting sessions, negotiating transaction agreements and other offering related documents

Akshatha S Mattamari

Akshatha specializes in Real Estate transactions, including conducting Due Diligences.

She regularly provides advice on property related matters to various multinational companies. She has advised domestic and international clients in Banking & Finance related transactions including Syndicated Lending (secured & unsecured), domestic & external Commercial Borrowings, Project Financing, Acquisition Financing and Debt Restructuring.

Before joining JSA, she/he was with Poovayya & Co, Bangalore for two years.

CV Srikant

Srikant’s practice areas include Corporate Commercial, Corporate Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions and private equity.

He has represented clients in sectors such as energy, hospitality, pharmaceutical medical devices, financial services, retail & franchising. He has advised multi-national companies in cross border investments, foreign direct investments, outbound investments, joint ventures and commercial contract issues.

Before joining JSA, he was with Desai & Diwanji, Advocates and Solicitors, in its Gurgaon office.

Siddharth Suresh

Siddharth’s practice focuses on Projects and Regulatory & Policy matters while covering diverse areas of Project Finance, Corporate Commercial law including Foreign Investment and Private Equity.

He has assisted in various transaction documents especially in matters relating to Corporate Laws and Foreign Direct Investment.

Some of the key assignments in these areas handled and being handled by Siddharth, amongst others, cover the following: –

  • Assisted in preparation of documents in relation to investment by Halcyon of the mines owned by Fomento Resources.
  • Assisted in preparation of various documents relating to real estate like leave and license agreement.
  • Assisted in preparing documents in relation to the proposed Western Freeway Sea Link Project from Worli to Haji Ali.
Puja Priyadarshini

Puja Priyadarshini specializes in Regulatory Litigation (Energy).

She has gathered invaluable experience & expertise, inter alia, in handling various types of Regulatory Litigations (Energy sector) and has extensively advised, strategized matters and drafted pleadings for various matters.

Puja has represented various major players in the power sector, including various generating companies and distribution licensees in Litigations before various forums, including, Electricity Regulatory Commissions, APTEL and the Supreme Court.

Before joining JSA, she was with HSA Advocates, New Delhi. She has also previously worked with DSK Legal, Paras Kuhad & Associates and in the chambers of Mr. Sunil Kumar, Sr. Adv.

K. Z Kuriyan

Kuriyan’s practice is focused primarily on Corporate Commercial matters in relation to Mergers & Acquisitions, Share Purchase and Asset Purchase Agreements and Due Diligence exercises on Target Companies.

He has been involved in, inter alia, conducting legal due diligences on the target companies, drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and transaction documents such as share purchase and subscription agreements, shareholders agreements, construction and real estate related agreements.

Currently, he is assisting clients in the Real Estate and Construction & Engineering sectors to make investments in India and to conclude transactions with their Indian counterparts.

Some of the key assignments in these areas handled and being handled by Kuriyan amongst others, cover the following: –

  • Drafting, negotiating and finalizing the transaction documents and due diligence exercises on target companies.
  • Assisting clients in the Construction and Real Estate sectors to make investments in India and to conclude transactions with their Indian counterparts.
Aditya Rathi

Aditya’s practice covers diverse areas of corporate and commercial law including foreign investment, joint ventures, private equity and matters involving asset purchase/ business transfer. He has advised a number of Indian and foreign companies in structuring the acquisition or investment and rendered advice on corporate restructuring

He has advised several business families on succession planning and implementation of the same.

In addition, he has been advising clients on infrastructure projects especially in matters relating to concession agreements, EPC contracts and operations and maintenance contracts.

Prior to joining the Firm, Aditya has worked with a leading law firm Desai & Diwanji.

Mohit Bhatia

Mohit practices in the areas of Banking & Finance and Corporate Commercial.

He has advised domestic and international clients on diverse areas of law such as Banking & Finance, Exchange Control, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Funds formation and General Corporate & Commercial laws.

In the area of Banking & Finance, he has advised Indian and multinational banks, non-banking finance companies and financial institutions in relation to (i) domestic and cross border financing and security creation; and (ii) structuring and implementing debt, quasi-debt and equity transactions, which are compliant with Indian exchange control and banking regulations.

In the areas of Regulatory & Policy, he has extensive experience in advising financial institutions in relation to derivative products, insolvency, payment and settlement systems and issuance of banking products from offshore platforms.

In the areas of Private Equity and foreign investment, he has advised Private Equity Funds and multinational institutions in their investments in and acquisitions of Indian listed / publicly traded and unlisted companies. He has extensive experience in in bank restructuring and asset sales in the financial services sector including sale of credit card, mortgage and banking deposit portfolios. He has also advised in setting up of financial institutions, Private Equity funds, Offshore Funds and Venture Capital Funds.

Before joining JSA, he was with AZB & Partners, Mumbai and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Delhi.

Rahul Kinra

Rahul primarily focuses on Regulatory & Policy and Dispute Resolution in Electricity, Mining, Renewable Energy and PPP Projects.

He renders legal opinions on regulatory issues pertaining to tariff fixation, licensing, reforms to power generating companies, electricity transmission companies, distribution companies and energy saving companies (ESCO).

He has also acquired special insights into working and handling of Regulatory Commissions and Transmission Utilities.

Rahul holds a specialized degree in Energy law.

Vishnu Sudarsan

Vishnu’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial and Regulatory & Policy. He focuses on advising clients across different verticals viz, Energy (Power), Communications (Telecommunications & Broadcasting), Transport (Surface Transport including Railways & Metro systems), and Urban Infrastructure.

In these verticals, he advises clients on multiple issues such as Corporate transactions (M&A), Projects, Regulatory & Restructuring, and Public Private Partnerships.

Vishnu has been practicing law for more than 10 years and has extensive experience in advising Investors, Developers, Lenders, and Governmental Agencies on Equity, Debt, Procurement, Divestment, Project development and related aspects in the Infrastructure space.

He also has an extensive Litigation experience and advises clients in formulating Litigation strategies.

Vishnu served as a visiting faculty on Telecommunication laws at the Indian Law Institute and is a frequent speaker at conferences and training workshops on issues of Telecom laws.

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.

Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil’s practice areas cover Civil, Regulatory, Policy & Constitutional Dispute Resolution in various areas of Litigation in Electricity.

He appears before diverse fora including the High Court of Delhi, District Courts and various statutory authorities / Regulatory fora.

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

Prior to his current practice, Nikhil was practicing with an Advocate – on – Record in Supreme Court where he had substantial exposure in the field of Direct Taxes, Securities & Capital Markets and allied regulatory framework.

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.

Divyaanshi Chandra

Divyaanshi specializes in General Corporate Commercial; Mergers & Acquisition; Private Equity; and Corporate Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Investigation.

She has a rich transactional experience in investments by onshore & offshore entities in sectors such as – Infrastructure, Media, Real Estate, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Services.

She 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 & negotiating structuring issues, and rendering strategic advice.
Additionally, she also advises clients on compliance with relevant anti-corruption laws; drafting & implementation of anti-corruption policies and code of ethical conduct; designing and conducting training programs / workshops on corporate governance; third party due diligence; and corporate frauds.

Arka Mookerjee

Arka’s practice area covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial law which includes Capital Markets, Foreign Investments and Acquisitions.

He was part of the team which drafted the Placement Document for the first ever Qualified Institutional Placement in the Country and advised the clients thereof on the transaction. He was also a part of the team for the first ever public issue for Non- Convertible Debentures.

Arka has co-authored articles titled ‘Data Protection Laws – an overview’ published in the Corporate Law Advisor (CLA) and ‘Securitisation – a right to appeal’ published in Lexsite.com.

Bir Bahadur Singh Sachar

Bir’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial law including Securities, Private Equity Investments, Business Transfer, Corporate Restructuring, Joint Venture & Takeovers and Foreign Investment.

He has advised a number of Indian and foreign companies in matters relating to issue of securities including Initial Public Offerings, Rights Issues, Issue of FCCBs (Foreign Currency Convertible Bond) and Qualified Institutional Placements.

Bir has attended several seminars and conferences including a Seminar on “Corporate Governance”; a Seminar on “Media and Law”; a Workshop on “Public Issues and Investor Protection”; and a Conference on “Emerging Trends of Corporate Law in India”.

Vedashree P Ravishankar

Vedashree’s practice focuses on Real Estate and property transactions, including conducting due diligences and drafting of all related documents.

She has drafted various Real Estate related documents including joint development agreements, lease & rent agreements and deeds for the sale of immovable property.

She has authored articles and has presented papers in national level seminars.

Before joining JSA, Vedashree has worked with ARN Law Associates where she primarily dealt with Court procedures in the field of Insurance, Motor vehicle Claims, bail and divorce, scrutiny of property documents, drafting deeds and petitions.

Uttara M. Kolhatkar

Uttara’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial law including Foreign Investment, Joint Ventures and Capital Market transactions. She has also advised clients on transactions of the nature of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity investments, as well as on Projects involved in the ‘Infrastructure’ sphere.

Uttara has been with the Firm for more than five years and specializes in Capital Market transactions including Initial Public Offerings, Rights Issues, and Global Depository Receipts Issuances; and Foreign Currency Convertible Bond Offerings by Indian companies. Uttara also specializes in the debt capital market sphere, with particular reference to issuances of off- shore/ foreign bonds by Indian corporates and banks including issuances of Medium Term Notes/ Bonds by banks. Uttara has been involved in many a marquee capital market transactions, and has represented the Firm in advising clients.

Prior to joining the Firm, Uttara has worked with one of India’s leading law firms, Crawford Bayley & Co., as a Solicitor Assistant.
Uttara is admitted as a Solicitor of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society as well as a Solicitor of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Gaurav Arora

Gaurav’s practice covers Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity investments and General Corporate Commercial matters.

He has a rich experience in aspects of Corporate Commercial including Mergers & Acquisitions and Joint Ventures. His role in these transactions has included due diligence, drafting documents and rendering strategic advice.

In addition, Gaurav has various publications to his credit in journals of both national and international repute. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and discussion sessions organized by professional bodies and educational institutions. He is also contributing extensively to academic developments around the globe by being a contributor to M&A chairs, judging moot courts & legal writing competitions.

Ruchi Mehta

Ruchi specializes in Corporate Commercial with a focus on Private Equity, Foreign Investment, Joint Ventures and Acquisitions across industry sectors.

She has advised various foreign clients on investment structures and Joint Venture transactions in India, as also multinational corporations for business transfer agreements in India.

Ruchi has rendered opinions on legal propositions pertaining to regulatory approvals for foreign investment in India.

She has written articles for various national and international journals.

Before joining JSA, she was with AZB & Partners.

Sidharrth Shankar

Sidharrth’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity investments.

He has been representing multi-national companies in cross-border transactions, advising on foreign direct investments, outbound investments, Joint Ventures, technology transfers and commercial contract issues. He has also handled some of the Capital Market related transactions such as FCCBs (Foreign Currency Convertible Bond) and GDRs (Global Depositary Receipts).

His work experience includes advising Indian and foreign parties on Private Equity investments in India and advising companies engaged in the Financial Services sector including non-banking financial services companies and brokerages.

Tushar Nagar

Tushar’s practice covers diverse aspects of Regulatory and Civil Litigation

He has handled varied matters in courts & tribunals relating to Commercial & General Civil Litigation; involving statutory, tortuous and contractual aspects of civil laws. Tushar specializes in handling regulatory and commercial matters relating to the Energy sector.

He has been involved in advising & representing various corporate entities involved in Generation, Trading and Transmission of Electricity before various State Electricity Regulatory Commissions, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India.

Before joining JSA, Tushar was working with Praxis Counsel, Advocates & Solicitors, a law firm based in Delhi, as an Associate.

Adhiraj Gupta

Adhiraj practices in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions and General Corporate Commercial.

He has advised domestic and international clients in cross borders M&A transactions, advising on foreign direct investments and joint ventures. He has also advised clients on exchange control laws, and general Corporate Commercial laws. In addition to the above, he has also assisted multi-national corporations in relation to Anti-Corruption & Investigation matters in India.

Before joining JSA, he was with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi.

Bharath Sridhar

Bharath focusses on Dispute Resolution and General Corporate Commercial.

He has been actively involved in the resolution of disputes in various Courts, Quasi-Judicial Authorities and Regulatory Bodies.

Bharath has also acted as counsel in the drafting and vetting of commercial contracts in sectors of Healthcare, Real Estate and Banking, amongst others.

Previously, Bharath worked with Vichar Partners which has now merged with J. Sagar Associates.

Vandana Anand

Vandana specializes in Dispute Resolution and focuses on environment laws. In addition, she also advises on Alternate Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation matters.
She advises on diverse projects for the process of environmentally viable clearances along with the important legal compliances required thereof.

Vandana has advised multiple manufacturers, steel plants, large Indian viscose-fiber, coal and steel generating corporations, with regard to their domestic as well as international investments for their environmental budgets.
Vandana has considerable experience in handling matters in the National Green Tribunal, Supreme Court, High Court(s) and District Courts.

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

Ritunjay Gupta

Ritunjay’s core area of practice is Corporate & Commercial Litigation and Arbitration.

His domain of competence involves drafting of pleadings, giving legal opinions and appearing before various judicial authorities including the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, District Courts among other Tribunals.

He has extensive experience of handling litigation and arbitration for companies involved in sectors such as Hospitality and Leisure, Food Products including FMCGs, Automobiles, Construction and Engineering, Securities, Retail, Information Technology, Insurance, Banking and Finance.

He primarily advises on disputes/issues relating to interpretation and application of Constitutional Law, Company Laws, Contractual Laws, Securities Laws and Arbitration Law.

He has donned various hats in the past, having assisted clients in aspects of Competition Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity Investments, Joint Ventures, FDIs in India and Overseas Direct Investment by Indian companies, amongst others.

Bhavana Elizabeth Alexander

Bhavana specializes in General Corporate Commercial.

She has advised overseas companies in setting up business operations in India, including advising them on Indian law issues concerning foreign exchange regulations and general corporate laws.

Bhavana has acted as counsel for several Private Equity transactions and Acquisitions. She specializes in the area of Microfinance and the priority sector, and has acted as counsel in equity transactions in this area. She has worked on the documentation of microfinance products; regulatory compliance; non-banking financial companies; and foreign direct investment in this sector.
In addition, she has provided legal assistance across the sectors of carbon trading, hospitality, media law, agriculture, medical and pharma, e-commerce & retail, IT & ITES, and MSMEs.

Pratish Kumar

Pratish specializes in Banking & Finance. He focuses on debt transactions including syndicated lending (secured & unsecured), domestic & external commercial borrowings, security creation and general banking products. In addition, he also advises on lease rent discounting and inventory funding.

He has advised on different issues relating to regulations and policies applicable to non-banking financial companies, banks and primary dealers; and on issues relating to payment instruments in India, cash pooling arrangements, electronic trading platforms and outsourcing financial activities.

Pratish has advised multiple banks, non-banking financial institutions and other entities on securitisation and factoring transactions. He has also advised a foreign financial institution on forfeiting transactions.

Prior to joining JSA, Pratish was associated with Juris Corp for a period of four years.

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