Cyril Shroff
Managing Partner

Mr. Shroff has over 36 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, infrastructure, private client, financial regulatory and others. He has been recognized as a “legendary figure in the Indian legal community” and regarded as the “M&A King of India”.

Mr. Shroff is a member of the first apex advisory committee of the IMC International ADR Centre; a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Study of the Legal Profession established by the Harvard Law School, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) and on Board of IIM, Trichy.

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017 has ranked him in Band 1, while Asian Legal Business has featured him in its December 2016 issue as a ‘Dealmaker of the Year 2016’. He has also been mentioned in the A list (which identifies India’s top 100 lawyers) by India Business Law Journal. Mr. Shroff is recognized by IFLR1000, 2016 as ‘Leading Lawyer’ in various practices.


Vandana Shroff

Mrs. Shroff has over 28 years of wide-ranging experience in general corporate matters and specific expertise in private equity and funds related areas. She has extensive experience in corporate law and has been advising both domestic and international clients on all aspects of its activities, including mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, foreign investment and commercial agreements. She has acted for several foreign and domestic private equity funds and venture capitalists, both in public and private investments and has handled all aspects, including due diligence, regulatory filings, open offers and other compliance issues.

Her clientele includes blue-chip private equity funds across a range of geographies.


L Viswanathan
Partner (Chair – Finance & Projects)

Viswanathan advises India’s leading corporate and financial institutions on infrastructure projects and banking and finance deals, and has deep expertise relating to regulatory aspects of major energy projects.

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017 has ranked him in Band 1 and as Notable Practitioner and IFLR 1000, 2016 mentioned him as ‘Leading Lawyer’ for Banking, Disputes, Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development, Project Finance.

M: +91 9820285013

Reeba Chacko
Partner (Head – Corporate)

Reeba specializes in private equity & venture capital investments, mergers & acquisitions, takeover and joint ventures. Her work experience ranges across various sectors including real estate and infrastructure, technology, retail and ecommerce, pharmaceuticals & healthcare, defence and education.

Chambers Asia Pacific, has ranked her as Notable Practitioner for Corporate M&A and Private Equity for 2017 & 2016.

M: +91 9945704563

Nivedita Rao
Partner (Deputy Head – Corporate)

Nivedita is highly experienced in a range of corporate areas, and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and corporate restructuring, both domestic as well as cross border. She also has extensive experience in private equity investments, joint ventures as well as a range of corporate advisory matters.

Nivedita has been recognised as one of the “40 Under 45” leading lawyers in India in 2013 by Indian Lawyer 250, the official research partner of the International Bar Association, ABA Section of International Law.

M: +91 9845188200

Akila Agrawal
Partner (Head – Mergers and Acquisitions)

Akila has over 19 years of experience in matters pertaining to mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, general corporate and employment law. She has extensively handled acquisitions, disposals, takeover offers, delisting offers, commercial contracts and SEBI related matters. Akila has considerable national and international experience having served several significant clients across a broad range of industries and sectors.

Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, has consistently ranked her for Corporate and M&A practice for several years. IFLR and AsiaLaw leading lawyers features Akila amongst the top rated lawyers in India for Corporate M&A. She has also been recognized in Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal; and recommended by RSG Consulting for excellence in M&A.

M: +91 8448694571

Yash J. Ashar
Partner (Head – Capital Markets)

Yash specialises in capital markets transactions including initial public offerings, follow on offerings, QIPs, rights offerings, ADRs, GDRs and FCCBs. He has advised on several pioneering capital markets transactions involving India’s leading corporate.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 has ranked Yash in Band 1 and as Notable Practitioner for Capital Markets and has been mentioned as Leading Lawyer by FLR1000, 2016. Yash has also been featured in the inaugural issue of Asian Legal Business for the category Asia’s 40 under 40 in its September 2015 issue.

M: +91 9820315652

Santosh Jankiram
Partner (Head – Projects)

Santosh has rich experience in banking, projects, project financing, structured financing, acquisition financing and private equity and represents developers, sponsors, lenders and contractors in infrastructure and project finance transactions. He has led the Firm’s development of the Renewable Energy practice in the last few years.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 has ranked Santosh as Notable Practitioner for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy and he has been rated as Leading Lawyer for Banking, Energy & Infrastructure, Project development and Project Finance by IFLR1000, 2016.

M: +91 9820315647

Shagoofa Rashid Khan
Partner (Head – Funds, Investment & Advisory)

Shagoofa has 20 years of post qualification experience across structuring funds, managed accounts, fund documentation, acquisitions / exits / restructuring / joint ventures and strategic initiatives, international taxation and planning, corporate and commercial laws, business advisory, compliance and ethics advisory, audit and finance. She is also experienced in corporate law & transactional advisory. She has also been named as a leading lawyer in the Corporate and M&A and Investment funds practice by Asia Law in their 2019 Rankings.

She has extensively worked as an in-house counsel of leading players in the Indian financial services industry.

M: +91 8879632943

Kunal Gupta
Head – Investigations

Kunal has significant global experience in handling complex investigations involving corporate fraud and regulatory issues pertaining to US FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Indian Prevention of Corruption Act, among other legislations.

He has worked with several global regulators such as the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, among others in conducting large global investigations. Kunal has advised a number of private equity firms and investors in conducting forensic due diligence on target companies and their promoters. He has led numerous forensic engagements in banking sector and has led investigations involving multi-billion dollar lending projects in South Asia Region for various clients.

M: +91 9599280454

S. R. Patnaik
Partner (Head – Taxation)

Patnaik specialises in various aspects of direct tax, such as international tax, transfer pricing, corporate tax etc. He has serviced clients across sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Banking, Defence, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Insurance, ITES, Media & Entertainment, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Private Equity, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer Goods, Roads & Highways, Telecommunications, etc.

He has been recognised as Notable Practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017.

M: +91 9599684712

Daksha Baxi

Daksha Baxi
Head – International Taxation

Daksha has vast experience in International Taxation of over 30 years. She has advised clients on all aspects of taxation, including structuring of cross border mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganisations as well as spin off of businesses to unlock valuation.  She has also successfully advised clients in tax controversies before various forums and tax authorities on issues ranging from availing the tax treaty benefits to contesting invocation of anti-avoidance rules and characterisation of income. She offers innovative solutions for employee benefits and equity based compensation across jurisdictions and industries and advises on the regulatory aspects of such compensations. She has advised many prominent families and high net worth individuals on their estate and succession planning and family arrangements which typically include family members and assets situated in different jurisdictions. She has great deal of experience in advising domestic and foreign educational institutions for their requirements in India.

Daksha is recognized as a leading Tax professional in India by various league tables and ranking forums including but not limited to International Tax Review Leading Women in Tax, Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asia Leading Lawyers, Whos’s Who Legal, et al.

M: +91 8879756063

Ranjan Negi
Partner (Head – Intellectual Property)

Ranjan has extensive experience in representing international and domestic clients from diverse industries on issues relating to brand adoption, prosecution and registration of trademarks; adversarial opposition and cancellation matters before the Intellectual Property Offices and litigation in Courts of India. His expertise also includes handling commercial transactions driven by exploitation of intellectual property, licensing arrangements and other alliances involving trademarks, copyright and information technology. Ranjan also handles a variety of unconventional and emerging IP issues such as online IP infringement, ISP liability, keyword advertising, privacy and data protection.

Chambers Asia Pacific has mentioned him as Notable Practitioner for Intellectual Property for the years 2017 & 2016 and he has been selected by World IP Review for the WIPR Leader.

M: +91 9599487147

Arjun Lall
Partner (Head – South)

Arjun specializes in mergers and acquisitions (inbound as well as outbound acquisitions), foreign investment and corporate restructuring, both domestic as well as cross border. Arjun has vast experience in advising international private equity funds in relation to their investments in India. He is also an experienced practitioner in Indian securities law and has been associated with landmark capital markets transactions.

Chambers Asia Pacific has mentioned him as Notable Practitioner for Capital Markets for the years 2017 & 2016

M: +91 9731558540

Gauri Rasgotra
Partner (Deputy Head – Delhi)

Gauri has advisory and litigation experience of 22 years in both academic and corporate settings. She managed the litigation of some landmark cases such as the right of citizens to fly the national flag and reviving Satyam under new management after the largest ever corporate scam in India.

Gauri has held the position of Director of the India Studies Centre of George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. Also she is an independent director on the Boards of three prominent public listed companies in India.

M: +91 9599487100