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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).

Archana Tewary

Archana specializes in Capital Markets and General Corporate Commercial. She has primarily worked on offerings of equities and securities by listed & unlisted companies. She has been advising on structuring of the transaction; drafting & negotiating offer documents, execution agreements required for the offering of securities, communications with the Securities and Exchange Board of India; participating in drafting sessions, and due diligence for the offering of securities. Before joining JSA, Archana was associated with M/s. Crawford Bayley & Co., one of India’s premier and oldest law firms.

Rohitashwa Prasad

Rohitashwa co – chairs the M&A practice of the Firm. Rohitashwa is a U.S. qualified lawyer focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, and General Corporate Commercial laws.

Rohitashwa has significant experience in matters relating to FDI in India, overseas investments by Indian companies, the Indian Takeover Regulations, Joint Ventures, Asset Sales, and Corporate Reorganizations. He has represented various strategic and financial investors, particularly Private Equity & Venture Capital firms, and investee companies in a wide variety of investments. His role in these transactions has included negotiations, drafting, complex structuring, rendering strategic advice, and interacting with major international law firms and financial services providers.

 Rohitashwa has extensively represented various underwriters and issuers in diverse industries in a wide variety of Capital Markets transactions, including IPOs, QIPs, GDRs, and FCCB offerings.

 Prior to joining the Firm, Rohitashwa was an associate in the Singapore office of White & Case, a leading U.S. law firm. At White & Case, he represented various multinational businesses, state-owned entities, Private Equity & Venture Capital investors, particularly in the Telecom, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare industries in S-E Asia.  

 Rohitashwa has practiced Civil Litigation for three years in the High Court of Patna and in the Supreme Court of India. He has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

K. Mohan Kumar

Mohan is currently part of the Real Estate and Litigation practice of the Firm & has handled several key assignments in the said areas.

He has the experience in handling Civil & Criminal cases before various courts and tribunals. Mohan has advised and assisted companies in registration and stamp duty aspects relating to their realty projects & property development matters, including documentation, title due diligence and liaisoning with all governmental and regulatory authorities.

He has a sound knowledge on regulatory laws governing the aspects of licenses and approvals in development of SEZ’s (Special Economic Zones) & Integrated Townships.

Apart from Real Estate and Litigation, Mohan has an extensive experience in preparing memos & drafting of Development and Joint Venture Agreements.

Sonakshi Das

Sonakshi focuses largely on General Corporate Commercial with specific focus on foreign direct investment, the Companies Act and labour laws.

She advices several clients on routine foreign direct investment into India, structuring of transactions and general advisory. Sonakshi also has a special interest in labour law advisory and works with clients in South India advising them on labour law compliances and provides advisory to them on specific issues from time to time.

Sonakshi has represented various corporates, banks and financial institutions in corporate compliance and related advisory.

Kartikeya Dar

Kartikeya specialises in Banking & Finance and financial services.

He has experience in debt transactions (secured, unsecured and syndicated and including secured notes), project finance, acquisition finance, structured finance, real estate financing, security creation, unlisted debt and general banking products.

Kartikeya has also previously advised Indian and international corporations on Oil & Gas upstream developments (including on production sharing contracts and joint operating agreements) and thermal Project Financing and refinancing.

Bharat Bhushan Sharma
Bharat specializes in Real Estate and Corporate Advisory related matters.

He has extensive experience in Real Estate related transactions including conducting of legal due-diligence, drafting of lease deeds, leave & license agreements, and sale deeds. He has been also engaged in reviewing of various agreements and contracts for various Real Estate / Construction based projects.

Bharat has also been involved in providing advice on offering of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds in relation to a Pharmaceutical & Chemical company.

Mansoor Ali Shoket

Mansoor heads the Communications (Telecom & Broadcasting) practice in JSA.

He specialises in Commercial, Civil, Regulatory and Constitutional Dispute Resolution in diverse fora including the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various states, District Courts, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, State Electricity Regulatory Commissions, Competition Commission of India, Competition Appellate Tribunal, Arbitral Tribunals, conciliation boards and other ADR mechanisms. He has worked with the regulatory team of an international law firm in London where his focus was on Competition & Telecommunications Law.

Mansoor handles various aspects of Dispute Resolution including evaluation of contractual arrangements / regulatory & 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; appearing & conducting matters – both on original & appellate stages. He advises and represents diverse entities in proceedings before the Company Law Board, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Commission, concerned licensing, regulatory, judicial / quasi judicial authorities.

He has acquired insights in handling Regulatory & Commercial matters related to the Communications & Broadcasting Electricity sector; Mergers & Amalgamation petitions; Arbitration and ADR relating to pipeline contracts and hydroelectric projects; disputes arising from Joint Venture agreements, Real Estate transactions, criminal proceedings and infringement of Trade / Property marks.

Mansoor has been advising and representing companies in the Communications sector on diverse legal, Policy, Regulatory issues and has been representing them before TDSAT, as also the Supreme Court in various disputes. Among various assignments, Mansoor led the team which advised and represented two leading Telecom Companies in the 2G spectrum matter before the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Rupinder Malik

Rupinder specializes in General Corporate Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Regulatory & Policy.

She has extensive experience in Corporate Commercial matters, Joint Ventures, and Mergers & Acquisition deals across numerous industry sectors. She has advised on foreign investment related issues and all aspects of commercial contracts, including Competition, Customs, Employment and Consumer laws. She has also advised on international trade and WTO related matters, in particular, trade agreements, GSP and trade remedies.

Before joining JSA, she worked with Baker & Mckenzie law firm for nine years and has been practicing law for more than fifteen years.

Manav Raheja

Manav concentrates his corporate law practice on Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity investment transactions and Real Estate matters.

He represents promoters, emerging companies, financial and strategic investors in an array of legal matters in the corporate law sphere. Manav also advises entrepreneurs and startup companies by hand holding them through the legal and regulatory environment of doing business in India.

Manav also works on Real Estate transactions, including conveyancing and leasing matters, property management and development agreements. He has been part of some of the largest investments in the Real Estate sector in India in the last few years.

Prior to attending law school, Manav gained valuable experience in Capital Markets at the Mumbai offices of Standard Chartered Mutual Fund (now IDFC Mutual Fund) and Merrill Lynch.

Guneet Singh Chadha

Guneet practices in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Commercial.

He has advised domestic and international clients in Mergers and Acquisitions related transactions including take-overs, Joint Ventures, PE Investments & legal due diligence exercises, and drafting of various commercial agreements. He has also advised clients on Securities Laws and general Corporate Commercial laws.

Before joining JSA, he was with AZB and Partners, Mumbai.

Arup Pereira

Arup specialises in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity.

In addition, he has extensive experience in Corporate Commercial transactions including Foreign Direct Investment, Joint Ventures, Acquisitions, Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.

He has been practicing law since 2003. Before joining JSA, he was with Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., Platinum Partners and Wadia Ghandy & Co.

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.

Ayisha Mansoor

Ayisha specializes in diverse areas of General Corporate Commercial.

She has advised both domestic & international clients on foreign direct investments into India, establishment of new business operations in India, and has provided assistance in obtaining necessary approvals. She has been involved in numerous transactions involving share acquisition. She has assisted in conducting due diligences, drafting & negotiating transactional documents, including share subscription agreements, shareholders agreements and related secondary agreements.

She has gathered invaluable experience & expertise in the Real Estate sector including due diligence exercises and drafting of commercial agreements. She has also advised multinational companies and drafted agreements relating to units set up in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Ayisha has had the opportunity of being seconded to Motorola Mobility, one of the leading smartphone makers worldwide. She has been actively involved in consumer related litigation and has also been dealing with employment laws and other related matters of the company.

She has also been advising on areas relating to corporate secretarial & compliances under various applicable corporate laws. In addition, she has been involved in drafting of various pleadings & applications before judicial forums and also has exposure to litigation matters.

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.

Pooja Murty

Pooja focuses largely on General Corporate Commercial.

She has advised domestic and international clients on areas of Corporate Commercial laws, Foreign Investment and Regulatory approvals for such investments and compliances. She has been involved in numerous transactions involving share acquisition.

Pooja has also assisted in conducting due diligences and in negotiating and drafting transactional documents including Share Purchase Agreements and Service Agreements.

Gerald Manoharan

Gerald’s practice largely focuses on Corporate Commercial transactions covering Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Direct Investment and Infrastructure Projects.

He started his career as a Litigation Lawyer and transitioned to working on Corporate Commercial Transactions.

Gerald has developed a niche practice in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Infrastructure Financing.

During his 12 years career with J Sagar Associates, Gerald has advised several domestic and cross border transactions involving Foreign Direct Investment, Joint Ventures, Acquisitions and Mergers. His varied experience has enabled him to advice clients on several complex transactions including Acquisitions, Sale of Business, Investments and Funding.

He also engages closely with Infrastructure and Real Estate companies advising them on matters relating to debt and equity investments.

Gerald advises Infrastructure Companies on matters relating to syndicated financing for road projects and similar infrastructure projects. He continues to advise large Real Estate Firms in matters relating to Foreign Investment, Development of Land and related matters.

Gerald has had the opportunity of serving as the in-house Legal Counsel, India for Sun Microsystems prior to its acquisition by Oracle. He was also seconded to work a leading UK based Law Firm Simmons and Simmons.

Ritika Vaswani

Ritika’s practice focuses on Corporate Commercial and Real Estate.

She specializes in Real Estate transactions, conducting due diligences and drafting allied documents including property development agreements and construction agreements. Ritika also works in the areas of Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Commercial.

She has advised and drafted documentation for some of the largest investments in the Indian Real Estate sector over the past few years. She regularly provides advice on property related matters to various multinational companies.

Ritika has worked extensively in the Hospitality, Healthcare, Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Software and Entertainment industries, advising in relation to Real Estate transactions.

Yajas Arvind Setlur

Yajas specializes in Corporate Commercial, Venture Capital & Private Equity, and Information Technology.

He has assisted in advising clients on employment laws, including reviewing employment and policy documentation and advising them on compliances under labor statutes.

Yajas has also assisted in advising clients in the IT and ITES sectors, on data protection and privacy laws in India.

Abraham Vishal Jacob

Abraham’s primary area of practice is Dispute Resolution including Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

He has worked extensively in diverse areas of Corporate & Commercial, Engineering & Construction, and Civil disputes before Courts, Quasi-Judicial Authorities and Arbitral Tribunals.

He has considerable experience in handling matters in the High Court of Madras, Chennai City Civil Courts, Company Law Board and Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, National Green Tribunal, Consumer Redressal Fora and Arbitral Tribunals.

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

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.

Adil Ladha

Adil specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, business transfers, business takeovers, domestic & cross border investments and corporate restructuring.

He has an extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on various facets of law including General Corporate Commercial Laws and exchange control laws, as also in drafting & vetting of various commercial documents.

Adil has been actively involved in filing of applications for approvals and reporting with the Reserve Bank of India and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, and has closely dealt with these authorities.

Adil qualified as a lawyer from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2011. Prior to that he was a paralegal assistant with JSA for a period of two years.

Paras K. Parekh

Paras’s practice covers diverse areas of Litigation and Dispute Resolution besides advisory and opinion on various Corporate Commercial, Securities, and Business & Mercantile laws.

He has been involved in many high profile disputes before the Supreme Court, High Court, the Tribunals and various other Fora. He has been appearing for various FIIs (Foreign Institutional Investors), Mutual Funds, Stock Brokers and other Securities Market Intermediaries in matters related to regulatory approvals, takeover conflicts, delisting, adjudication and penalties.

Paras has advised various clients on takeover issues, FII & FVCI (Foreign Venture Capital Investment) registration, listing of securities and corporate Disputes. He has been actively involved in Arbitrations and Dispute settlements.

Prior to joining the Firm, Paras was empanelled with the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and has appeared for them in many complex cases before the Appellate Tribunal and High Courts. He has advised and assisted various clients in matters related to takeovers, overseas company incorporation, and due diligences. He has also dealt with Takeovers and Joint Ventures while working with AZB & Partners, one of the leading law firms in India.

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.

Abhishek Munot

Abhishek’s practice covers diverse aspects of Commercial, Regulatory and Civil Litigation.

He has handled varied matters in courts & tribunals relating to Commercial & General Civil Litigation involving statutory, tortuous & contractual aspects of civil laws.

Abhishek specialises in handling regulatory and commercial matters relating to the Energy Sector

In addition, he has handled various aspects of Dispute Resolution including Domestic & International Arbitrations, evaluation of contractual arrangements, regulatory & legal framework so as to facilitate compliance and advice on processes to mitigate risks in conduct of business.

Abhishek has been practicing law since 2007. Before joining JSA, he working with M. Dhruva & Co., a law firm based in Mumbai, as an Associate.

Bharati Joshi

Bharati’s practice focus is Corporate Commercial, but she has also assisted teams engaged in the Infrastructure domain. She has prepared memos on legal issues regarding general corporate compliances and Company law.

She has also been actively involved in Employment related advisory work including pre-employment screening, background checks, recruitment, terms of appointment, conditions of service, secondment / deputation of expatriates to India, employee rights and entitlements, employee benefits, principal employer’s obligations towards contract labour, disciplinary enquiry against delinquent employees, employee termination, suspension, dismissals, redundancy, lay-offs, voluntary retirement / separation and retrenchment in India.

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

Amar Gupta

Amar has extensive experience in Litigation of Civil nature. In the recent past, he advised & represented key clients and has conducted high profile Litigations before the Supreme Court of India and High Courts of various States.

He has also conducted Arbitrations and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), both on behalf of claimants and respondents. Amar has also appeared in and conducted proceedings before various special tribunals including Company Law Board, Securities Tribunal, Consumer Courts and Telecom Regulatory Authority.

Amar has undertaken significant Corporate Commercial Litigations, Arbitrations and ADR in diverse areas, including Disputes arising from Joint Venture Agreement & Franchise Agreement – both International and Domestic; Infrastructure projects related to Telecom, Oil & Gas, Power; Disputes arising from Shareholders’ Agreement, Share Purchase Agreements; Corporate laws including Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions, take-over’s & Joint Ventures; trade related issues including monopolies & restrictive trade practices and franchise; Banking & Finance transactions; Commercial transactions, letter of credit & bank guarantees; issues relating to Indirect Taxes against revenue authorities; Tort actions; Intellectual Property rights; Criminal proceedings arising from Commercial transactions.

Several of the matters conducted by Amar have resulted in milestone court rulings reported in reputed law journals and are often cited as authoritative precedents.

Namita Bahri

Namita’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial.

She has advised clients on various issues under Company Law and FEMA (including Foreign Direct Investment Policy).

Namita’s scope of work includes conducting legal Due Diligence and drafting and vetting of various commercial agreements including guarantee agreements, services agreements, confidentiality and non disclosure agreements, collaboration agreements, lease deeds and transaction documents such as joint venture agreements and share purchase agreements.

She has worked on establishment of offshore and onshore funds that propose to invest across all sectors In India. Namita has worked on Share Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and has advised a Mauritian based Private Equity Fund in its investment in Real Estate in India.

She has advised international entities in setting up their presence in India and has also assisted in rendering tax advice for structuring of inbound and outbound investment.

Namita has advised various corporations on the applicability of various employment laws. She has also been involved in advising on employment agreements for senior and mid level personnel of corporations.

Prior to joining JSA, Namita was working with Khaitan & Co.

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.
Ravichandra S. Hegde

Ravichandra’s practice covers diverse areas of Litigation and Dispute Resolution besides advisory and opinion on various Corporate Commercial, Securities, and Business & Mercantile laws.

He has been involved in many high profile Disputes before the Supreme Court, High Court, the Tribunals and various other Fora. He has been appearing for various FIIs (Foreign Institutional Investors), Stock Brokers and Securities Market Intermediaries in matters related to regulatory approvals, takeover conflicts, delisting, adjudication and penalties.

Ravichandra has been involved in advising various clients on takeover issues, FII & FVCI (Foreign Venture Capital Investment) registration, listing of securities and corporate Disputes. He has been actively involved in Arbitrations and Dispute settlement.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ravichandra was empanelled with the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and has appeared for them in many complex cases before the Appellate Tribunal and High Courts including the IPO (Initial Public Offer) scam matter. He has advised and assisted various clients in matters related to takeovers, overseas company incorporation, and Due Diligence. He has also dealt with Takeovers and Joint Ventures while working with AZB & Partners, one of the leading law firms in India.

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.

Sidharth Sethi

Sidharth’s practice covers diverse areas of Corporate Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Sidharth has considerable experience in Arbitrations relating to Engineering & Construction contracts. Sidharth also has significant exposure to International Arbitrations (ICC & LCIA) involving Disputes arising from Joint Venture Agreements, Shareholder’s Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements and various other commercial contracts.

Prior to joining the Firm, Sidharth worked as the Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant with a judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Sahil Shah

Sahil specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, business transfers, business takeovers, domestic & cross border investments, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.

He has extensive experience in Banking & Finance related transactions including Debt Transactions (secured and unsecured), Real Estate Financing, Security creation, Listed and Unlisted Debt.

Sahil also advises on the establishment of funds and investment by onshore & offshore funds and investment vehicles including general or sector specific Private Equity vehicles, Venture Capital funds and other pooled investment vehicles.

He advises clients across industry sectors including Financial Services, Healthcare and Real Estate.

Sahil has an extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on various facets of law including General Corporate Commercial Laws and exchange control laws. Sahil has been actively involved in filing of applications for approvals and reporting with the Reserve Bank of India and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, and has closely dealt with these authorities.

He has been practicing law since 2004. Before joining JSA, he was for a little over 7 years with Nishith Desai Associates, one of India’s premier law firms and he was a Senior Associate there.

Abhijit Atur

Abhijit specializes in Corporate Commercial & Dispute Resolution. He focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions, and also attends to matters before various Courts & Tribunals including the High Court, the District Courts, the Debt Recovery Tribunal, and the Consumer Fora.

He was with M&C Partners, Bangalore for one year before joining JSA in July 2009.

Ronak Thakkar

Ronak’s practice at the Firm spans across areas such as Banking & Finance, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and General Corporate Commercial matters.

He has advised clients on debt transactions including syndicated lending (secured & unsecured), domestic and external commercial borrowings, and security creation.

In the areas of Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions, he advises funds and investors on corporate law issues, acquisitions (private/public companies, inbound/outbound transactions) and foreign investment in India.

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

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