Cyril Shroff
Managing Partner

Mr. Shroff has over 38 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 was a member of SEBI constituted Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance and SEBI Committee on Insider Trading. He is member of first apex advisory committee of the IMC International ADR Centre; task force member of Society of Insolvency Practitioners of India. He is a member of the governing council of Krea University; member of the Apex Advisory Board of Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management; a member of Advisory Board of the Centre for Legal Profession Study established by the Harvard Law School and Advisory Board of the National Institute of Securities Markets.

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019 has recognised him as a Star Individual for Corporate/M&A, while Asian Legal Business has awarded him with ‘Managing Partner of the Year 2019. He has also been recognized as ‘Thought Leader for M&A and Governance’ by Who’s Who Legal at its Annual Awards in 2019.


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 & Insolvency)

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

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

Ravindra Bandhakavi
Partner (Head – Private Equity)

Ravindra’s expertise includes Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisition transactions. He is known to advise several Private Equity Funds and Financial Institutions on their investments in India across diverse industries.

With over 18-year experience, Ravindra has been recognised as a Leading Practitioner in India by Euromoney’s Asia Law. Chambers and Partners has consistently ranked him as a Leading Lawyer in Private Equity in India. He has also been regarded as a Leading Practitioner for Investment Funds by Legal 500.

M: +91 7428593191

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 Janakiram
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

Avaantika Kakkar - Competition Lawyer

Avaantika Kakkar
Partner (Head – Competition)

Avaantika is one of the most highly experienced antitrust advisors in India. She advises on complex merger filings with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and also on enforcement matters including cartel defence and abuse of dominance.

She also represents select clients on the enforcement side before the CCI and the Office of the Director General. She provides strategic support on commercial arrangements and compliance issues and was involved with filing the first few leniency applications before the CCI.

Avaantika is amongst the World’s Leading Competition Lawyers as per The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, is a ranked lawyer in Chambers & Partners, was recognised as GCR’s Top 100 women in Antitrust, 2016 and is a Leading Lawyer (Asia Law).

M: +91 8879756066

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
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

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 a rare combination of advisory and litigation experience of 26 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. She is also representing the new directors of IL&FS in the recent crisis being faced by the company. She has also advised International Finance Corporation on Indian laws with regard to an environmental lawsuit filed in the US. She is advising the Committee of Administrators appointed by the Supreme Court regarding implementation of reforms in BCCI.

She has advised various multinational companies on contractual disputes and corruption laws. She has vast experience in dealing with issues related to infrastructure projects. She has been working on privacy issues for international firms planning operations in India and has also addressed international conferences on issues of relevance to international law firms with respect to Indian legal framework. Her areas of interest cover commercial disputes, infrastructure disputes including arbitration, white collar and other emerging areas such as IBC.

Gauri also worked in the US at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. where she was selected to be the first Director of the school’s newly established India Studies Center between 2007 & 2009. In this position she was responsible for developing and managing the Center’s portfolio of India related activities. Gauri is an independent director on the Boards of two prominent public listed companies in India. She is a member of the ICC India Arbitration Group and the ICC India nominee on the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. She is also a member of SIAC Users Council – India.

M: +91 9599487100

Namrata Kolar
Partner (Co-Head – Real Estate)

With over 20 years of experience Namrata has worked extensively in general corporate law and dispute resolution which let her successfully handle multi-faceted and complex transactions. In addition to real estate transactions involving conveyancing, joint development, development of commercial and residential projects, she has also acted for clients involving financing of real estate (both private equity and debt financing), and has represented and advised clients in many disputes relating to real estate.


M: +91 9980602225

Abhishek Sharma
Partner (Co-Head – Real Estate)

Abhishek has over 16 years of experience and specializes in commercial and retail real estate transaction across India. He advises various domestic and international clients such as corporate houses, developers, real estate funds, high networth individuals, international property consultants in relation to land acquisition, special townships, special economic zones, information technology parks, retail malls, agricultural lands, residential and commercial buildings etc.

Abhishek is a qualified Solicitor. He has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” Real Estate Lawyer by Chambers & Partners in their 2017 Rankings and also as an outstanding Partner for Real Estate in its 2018 Edition of the Client Guide – Asia Pacific Leading Lawyers for Business.


M: +91 8879610136