Aerospace & Defence
Our Aerospace & Defence practice is handled by highly experienced lawyers, who have been advising on this sector since 2006. The Aerospace & Defence team has been at the forefront of policy making and is proficient in advising both international & domestic clients on market entry, regulatory hurdles, licensing, procurement processes, offsets, integrity obligations as well as day-to-day business operations in this sector.
To provide additional value and holistic and innovative solutions, we bring together members of Corporate, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Taxation, Employment and Antitrust practices to effectively service all client needs.
Energy is a fast-paced sector, with relentless changes and complexities. Given the ever-burgeoning population and demographic changes, energy remains a quintessential need for most developing countries. Our experience spans across the energy sector, including conventional sources such as oil & gas, thermal, and renewable as well as non-conventional energy such as wind, solar (including off-grid and rooftop solar projects), hybrid power, nuclear power, hydro power, bio-mass, waste-to-energy and the areas of both generation and transmission. This sets us up as the experts, advising all technological and product disruptions in the sector including energy storage, electric vehicles, offshore wind and purchase of power through financial settlement.
Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge and experience in the energy sector and are fully conversant with the needs of clients, both global and domestic. Owing to our constant interaction with regulators in India, coupled with our legal expertise, we are well poised to support our clients and help them navigate through the country’s complex regulatory regime. By staying ahead of the curve in terms of sectoral knowledge, perception of business considerations, understanding the thought process of the regulators and having a strong pulse on the regulatory framework, we are able to structure transactions which meet the objectives of our clients including several large, marquee, innovative and first-of-its-kind transactions.
Our FinTech Group is led by highly experienced core technology and regulatory lawyers across our integrated offices who bring in their unique depth and breadth of legal expertise, while leveraging our bench of senior ex-regulators to provide a regulator’s perspective to our critical client advice.
Our FinTech practice is deeply integrated with our class leading Financial Regulatory and Markets Practices. This integrated approach with inputs from contentious and non-contentious matters, allows us to not only offer our clients well-rounded advice around innovative products and services, but also anticipate and mitigate their regulatory concerns and risks, and provide our continued support, where necessary, to represent them and advocate on their behalf in regulatory and judicial proceedings.
This gives us an unmatched scale of national execution capability and an all-inclusive approach which benefits our clients in many ways including in cases of convergence of Fintech products and services requiring legal expertise cutting across multiple sectors like financial services, capital markets, insurance and data privacy.
Our strength is in structuring transactions. A product that requires years of experience and an unparallel understanding of both the letter and spirit of the law as well as the mind of the regulator.
We have been at the forefront of mergers and acquisitions in the insurance sector pursuant to its liberalisation that allowed foreign investment. Right from the formation of joint ventures for a vast number of our banking clients, we have advised insurance companies and its stakeholders in nearly every insurance joint venture. Our in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework, coupled with our years of experience in dealing with the regulator, makes us one of the most preferred law firms for any deal in the insurance space.
Pursuant to the amendments of the Insurance Act as well as the Foreign Investment Policy relating to the insurance sector in 2015, we have been advising multiple domestic and foreign investors as well as insurance companies in relation to increase of ownership in the sector and compliance with the conditions relating to ‘Indian ownership and control’. Our exposure in the insurance sector facilitates an in-depth understanding which is key to our clients. Our experience enables us to manoeuvre through any potential regulatory hurdles and challenges that may need to be factored in for nearly every transaction. We render top quality commercially relevant advice which is driven by our vast and diverse experience in handling several complex transactions in the insurance sector.
Media & Entertainment
We specialise in advising and providing end-to-end solutions across the value chain starting from Talent Management, Public Relations, Cinematic as well as Music Production, IP acquisition & syndication, marketing, promotions and distributions, etc. Our extensive experience with businesses in the new media, telecommunications and convergence sectors sets us apart. We also share a long-standing trust relationship with our clients. In addition, we provide the critical link between entertainment companies that are into gaming & electronics and financial services industries. We offer expert guidance to such companies that may have developed valuable content and applications, and are keen on expanding their markets by infusion of fresh capital.
Our advisory extends to the domestic and international clients including traditional media houses for the acquisition of IP, cinematic and production related documentation as well as evolving technologies on a range of matters such as digital distribution of media (OTT Platforms).
Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare & Life Sciences
With the dual objective of caring for its 1.3 billion (and counting) people, and providing the world with a continuous supply of essential drugs, Indian laws have placed special focus on drug price control, regulatory approvals, safety and efficacy issues, approval of biosimilars, import-export of drugs and ingredients, drug marketing, clinical trials and hospital operations.
Be it setting up or acquiring a drug manufacturing facility, importing specialised ingredients to manufacture health and beauty products, conducting clinical / bioequivalence / bioavailability trials or simply marketing nutraceuticals, supplements or health foods – there are multiple legal and business considerations unique to India. Our practice specialists are here to guide our clients through every nuance of the law and compliances thereunder.
Our commercially savvy, business oriented and legally sound approach is also balanced, as evidenced by our involvement in some of the biggest and most complex matters in this sector. Our practice is further supported by the multidisciplinary practices of the firm such as M&A, intellectual property, technology & data privacy, dispute resolution, taxation and employment to name a few. This, coupled with our global standing and reach enables us to provide clients with specialist advisory services across multiple geographic and legal landscapes seamlessly under one roof.
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
We are a class leading practice with multi-disciplinary and cross-practice capabilities. We have demonstrated thought leadership and innovation with a sharp focus on quality and practical advice. We operate through an integrated delivery model whereby our practice team, comprising seasoned industry specialists, deep sector experts and young talent with multidisciplinary experience, works in lockstep with the firm’s diverse practice areas to provide specialised “end-to-end” advice, ranging from entry strategy to compliance, product development, regulatory interface, protection of intellectual property, inorganic growth and strategic investments.
We are deeply involved in various regulatory initiatives, providing expert advice and inputs to various relevant regulatory bodies, which helps us to guide our clients through the regulatory thought process for future proof solutions. Our knowledge and expertise are demonstrated by our ability to provide targeted advice across sector verticals. As our clients seek a adopt more agile, technology-centric model, we help them in their digital transition and innovations journey.
We pride ourselves on our advice in the data privacy space, which has always been ahead of the curve, aligning around core privacy principles, absent a tangible legal or regulatory requirement. This has helped our clients earn the trust of their customers and stakeholders.