ESTABLISHED IN 2001
Total number of professionals: 250+ (63 partners)
Principal office: Mumbai
Other offices: Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune
Key practice areas
Arbitration & ADR; aviation; banking & finance; capital markets; competition & antitrust; corporate & commercial; data protection; dispute resolution; energy (including renewable energy); healthcare & pharmaceuticals; infrastructure, projects & project finance; intellectual property; international trade; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; media & entertainment; private clients; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate; restructuring & insolvency; regulatory; telecommunications; technology (including edtech, fintech, medtech); white-collar crimes.
DSK Legal has established an excellent reputation for its integrity and proactive, pragmatic and innovative legal advice, as well as its ability to help clients effectively traverse the legal and regulatory regime in India. With offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune, DSK Legal has rapidly grown its expertise into a multidisciplinary team with more than 250 lawyers, including 63 partners and associate partners. The firm has a solution-oriented client-centric approach and strongly promotes diversity that helps to build teams with differing approaches and ideas, which can offer comprehensive solutions to clients.
Independent intelligence on this law firm
The following information is sourced directly from India Business Law Journal and/or Law.asia and is not part of the directory listing provided by the law firm.
Film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, who founded Roy Kapur Films, describes the law firm as “engaged, mature, pragmatic, wise and experienced”. Partner Chandrima Mitra “gets the business intuitively and instinctively”, he says, and the team has shown “tact and sensitivity” in the most complex matters.
“Their expertise is exemplary,” says Sunita Singh-Dalal, senior counsel at Stephenson Harwood. “Desai invests personal time and effort to handhold clients. I couldn’t ask for more.”
“They have a versatile team equally at home with corporate issues as they are with serious litigation,” says Nasser Kabir, the group general counsel at India Today. “Anand Desai is a legend, prompt and effective with his advice on strategy and difficult issues.” The firm is also recognised for its skills in aviation, litigation, media and entertainment, real estate, and infrastructure and project finance.
While commending the firm for “providing solution-oriented albeit legally protected services”, a client who did not want to be named singles out managing partner Anand Desai and partner Sajit Suvarna for “their technical skill and innate ability to offer simple solutions for various issues”.
A second client, who similarly wished to remain anonymous, singles out partner Chandrima Mitra, a media and entertainment specialist, for providing advice that “in many instances … helped avoid potential pitfalls and losses on deals, [and] avoided us being exposed to potential litigation”.
Atul Juvle, general counsel for India and South Asia at Schindler, is all praise for DSK Legal’s lawyers, who he says are accessible and provide value for money. He says the firm is “what we call a customer’s delight”.
Anand Vardhan, president of legal at Piramal Capital and Housing Finance, who used the firm’s services in that area, says: “They are adept at advising on complex transactions involving technical nuances. The team has deep domain knowledge of real estate and are well versed with local market practices.”
Joseph Banerji, head of legal, real estate investment business at ICICI Prudential Asset Management, commends Sajit Suvarna for his “in-depth knowledge on real estate and RERA [the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act]”.
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