ESTABLISHED IN 2015
Total number of professionals: 786 (160 partners)
Principal office: New Delhi
Other offices: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Kolkata and Mumbai
Key practice areas
General corporate, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, banking & finance, insolvency & bankruptcy, competition law, dispute resolution, projects & project finance, capital markets, tax, intellectual property and venture capital.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, founded on a century of legal achievement, is one of India’s leading full-service law firms. Our mission is to enable businesses by providing solutions as trusted advisers through excellence, responsiveness, innovation and collaboration.
General corporate: Our work in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, JVs, private equity and business restructuring is well documented in the annals of Indian corporate history. Our competition law, intellectual property and regulatory teams work very closely with the corporate teams for facilitating deal closures.
Private equity: Our private equity practice is highly sought after by clients. We have delivered innovative, focused and efficient strategies to culminate in some of the most complex, structured and massive private equity deals across various industries.
Banking & finance: Our offerings range from traditional banking documentation to securitisation, factoring, setting up payment banks, syndicated loans, structured finance, acquisition finance and mortgage-backed securities, guarantee structures, equipment financing, non-convertible debentures and working capital loans.
Insolvency & bankruptcy: We have a highly skilled bankruptcy and restructuring practice that covers an entire range of scenarios, starting from early signs of distress to corporates and restructuring towards revival to processes involving liquidation and winding down of businesses.
Competition Law: With a strong and recognised competition practice in India, the 50-member strong competition team has a proven track record of successfully steering clients through their largest transactions, complex investigations and high-stakes litigations.
Dispute resolution: We are a go-to firm for domestic & international arbitrations, commercial & corporate and regulatory disputes in various courts, tribunals, forums, administrative authorities and regulators.
Projects and project finance: We advise developers, EPC contractors, investors and lenders on various infrastructure projects in sectors such as power, oil & gas, nuclear energy, ports, roads and mining. We also advise on regulatory aspects, contractual issues and government tendering aspects typically associated with such large-scale projects.
Capital markets: Our offerings include legal and regulatory advice on IPOs, FPOs, rights issues, QIPs, ADRs, GDRs, IDRs, AIM listings, on the equity side. On the debt side, our offerings include issuance and restructuring of FCCBs, non-convertible bonds, unlisted infrastructure bonds, and medium term note programmes.
Tax: We offer a broad range of direct and indirect tax services (including customs duty, central excise, service tax, value-added tax, central sales tax, state excise duty etc.) ranging from tax planning, advisory, implementation, documentation, representation and litigation support.
Intellectual property: We offer a full range of services that cover patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs and other allied laws, from conceptualisation to enforcement and from negotiations to creation of innovative corporate structures based on intellectual property.
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.
Jagannadha Rao, group head of legal, contracts and secretarial at Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy, describes SAM & Co as “a reputed firm with highly knowledgeable and experienced partners and teams”. Rao appreciates the firm’s “excellent knowledge and experience in M&A” and its “ability to turn around complex transactions under quick timelines without compromising on the quality of services”.
Tom Platts, a partner at Stephenson & Harwood says SAM is the “most responsive and knowledgeable firm we deal with”, while being “commercially-minded and effective at what they do”.
Vidyut Gulati, general counsel and director of legal at Bharti Airtel says the firm provides “quality advice”.
Rajiv Choubey, the chief legal officer at ACC, says the firm is to be applauded for its “ability to handle high-stakes issues”.
Shahana Chatterji, a partner in the firm’s policy group, whom Nitza Agrait Vilá, senior attorney, commercial legal lead for Microsoft India, describes as “exceptional”.
“The firm has invested in the training of fantastic young lawyers and it’s working hard to keep them … I also think it’s great that SAM gives opportunities to female talent,” says Agrait Vilá, who adds that Chatterji is her trusted advisor on these matters and there is potential for her and the team to become “bigger and better”. “SAM is my go-to law firm for industry regulatory issues and policy matters, such as financial services, health, and public sector,” says Agrait Vilá.
“I rank [SAM] very highly in terms of their quality of service and responsiveness,” says Vidyut Gulati, director of legal at Bharti Enterprises
“SAM provides relevant, customized advice that is practical and legally sound,” says Vidyut Gulati, director, legal, at Bharti Enterprises. She adds that the firm’s M&A, policy and competition law teams “are particularly top class and render on-time, on-point, viable commercial solutions” that ensure value for money. Gulati commends in particular competition partner Naval Chopra for his “market expertise, global leadership and commercial soundness,” and partner Shahana Chatterji “for her policy-related, cutting-edge work and practical legal advice”.
Manish Nayyar, AGM legal and company secretary at Mitsui & Co India, commends senior associate Sourav Nath in the real estate team for being “very good and proactive in listening to the needs of clients and trying his best to get the same done within agreed timelines”. For corporate commercial work, which he says is “exceptionally good” at SAM, he is all praise for partner Amit Kumar, who he says “is very helpful in understanding the requirements for a Japanese client perspective”.
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