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Aliff Fazelbhoy

ALMT Legal

Tel: +91 22 4001 0000
Email: afazelbhoy@almtlegal.com

India A-list 2020 top Indian lawyers

Key practice areas

Corporate & commercial; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; taxation


A senior partner with ALMT Legal with more than three decades in the profession, Aliff Fazelbhoy has an all- round practice including M&A, private equity, tax and employment law.

Clients across the globe appreciate Aliff not only for his knowledge and understanding of the law, its interpretation and nuances but also for his practical and solution-oriented approach to all matters, whether a tricky negotiation or the resolution of a commercial dispute.

Aliff’s M&A and private equity practice is focused on end-to-end transactional work for international and domestic private equity funds and multinational companies. Known to be a strong, and at the same time, a fair negotiator, he has won the confidence of both clients and the opposite party and helped conclude many difficult deals both in investments and exits. Recently, within a few weeks of being instructed, Aliff helped resolve a decade-long shareholder dispute, which involved dividing a dozen businesses and entities, drafting the exit agreements and settlement terms before the courts.

Aliff’s tax practice complements his M&A and employment practice and includes advising on cross-border tax structuring, issues on creation of permanent establishment, withholding tax obligations, transfer pricing, characterization of software payments, trust and estate planning in a tax efficient manner and taxation of stock options.

Aliff also helped develop a thriving employment law practice for the firm and advises on a range of matters including drafting contracts, employee handbooks and company policies, implementing workforce reductions, dealing with misconduct cases and disciplinary inquiries, sexual harassment, social security schemes, enforceability of post termination obligations including employment bonds, non-compete and non-solicit, employer- employee disputes, etc. Aliff also conducts training sessions on topics such as non- discrimination and sexual harassment, anti- bribery, ethics and compliance.

Leading publications like Asia Law, Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asian Legal Business and others have consistently recognized Aliff as one of India’s top private practice lawyers.

A gold medallist at the Mumbai University in his LLB degree examination, Aliff also secured the first rank at the solicitors examination conducted by the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and then won a full scholarship to study for his Masters at Cambridge University in 1990.

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