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Seth Dua & Associates

New Delhi

Seth Dua & Associates - New Delhi
  • 601, 6th Floor, DLF South Court
  • Saket
  • New Delhi
  • Delhi
  • India
  • 110017
  • Senior Partners: Sunil Seth, Atul Dua
  • Number of partners worldwide: 12
  • Number of lawyers: 32
  • Offices: The firm also has offices in Mumbai & Bangalore  

Firm Overview:
Seth Dua & Associates (“SDA”) is a leading full service Indian law firm headquartered in New Delhi. The professional strength of the firm is derived from a unique combination of legal, tax and dispute resolution services that can be offered to clients.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Aerospace & Defence:
SDA has considerable experience in the field of aerospace and defence and has been advising International clients on BUY and MAKE programmes of the Government of India, including DPP and offset issues, JV’s. Technology transfer, supply and manufacturing defence equipments.
Contact: Sunil Seth Tel: +91 11 41644700
Email: sunil.seth@sethdua.com

SDA has extensive experience in advising clients on varied issues concerning the newly legislated competition law, opining on issues and concerns emerging out of mergers and acquisitions, dominant position, significant market power, collusive bidding, predatory pricing, exclusive dealership arrangements and agreements such as supply and distribution, licensing, etc.
Key Clients: Nissan India; Builders Association of India; Excel Crop Care; Liberty Shoes
Contact: Atul Dua Tel: +91 11 41644100
Email: atul.dua@sethdua.com

SDA provides investment advisory services due diligence, transaction structuring, documentation in relation to foreign investments, M&A’s, joint ventures etc. SDA provides expert solutions based advice on corporate, commercial laws and regulatory compliances, banking, finance and securities; exchange control; tax; trade and applicable central, state and local laws etc.
Key Clients: SAAB AB, VEOLIA; NSDC, Genting Energy, Malaysia; Malt Co; GDF Suez; Chinar & Mansarovar Trust; Dalkia.
Contact: Sunil Seth Tel: +91 11 41644700
Email: sunil.seth@sethdua.com
Contact: Atul Dua Tel: +91 11 41644100
Email: atul.dua@sethdua.com

Dispute Resolution:
SDA represents clients in arbitration (domestic and international) extending to execution and enforcement of arbitral awards (foreign and domestic), particularly in the infrastructure sector. The litigation experience spans the original, appellate, revisional and writ jurisdiction of various judicial and quasi-judicial fora.
Key Clients: Foster’s Group, Cushman & Wakefield; JCDecaux; PWC; City Select Developers
Contact: Atul Dua Tel: +91 11 41644100
Email: atul.dua@sethdua.com
Contact: Vasanth Rajasekaran
Email: vasanth.rajasekaran@sethdua.com

Intellectual Property:
SDA has developed a strong skill base in managing, preserving, protecting and prosecuting intellectual property including grant and sealing of patents registration and opposition of trademarks, copyrights, designs.
Key Clients:
Chinar Trust; Raffles International School; Trio Sportswear; IBEF; SantaBanta.com
Contact: Salman Waris
Email: salman.waris@sethdua.com

International Trade & WTO:
SDA has successfully developed and established its position in international trade and WTO. SDA has handles matters relating to anti-dumping, protectionists levies, trade regulations and entry barriers, free trade and bilateral trade policies, transfer pricing regulations, customs valuations, etc.
Key Clients: Renault Nissan; Bryan Cave; Amazon; Thermal Engineering
Contact: Atul Dua
Email: atul.dua@sethdua.com

Projects, Infrastructure, Energy, Real Estate & Construction:
SDA has established a leading national position for itself in this sector. Notable projects include some of the largest transactions in energy, power generation (gas, coal, hydro, wind, biomass, solar, nuclear), water infrastructure, mining, roads, defence and aerospace, telecom, real estate, construction, hospitality, healthcare and PPP projects.
Key Clients: VEOLIA; Genting Energy, - Dalkia Energy, Ministry of Housing-Govt. of India, Emaar MGF, GDF Suez
Contact: Sunil Seth Tel: +91 1141644700
Email: sunil.seth@sethdua.com
Contact: Amit Mehta Tel: +91 11 41506661
Email: amit.mehta@sethdua.com
Contact: Vasanth Rajasekaran
Email: Vasanth.rajasekaran@sethdua.com

Tax Services:
SDA is a leading law firm providing fullfledged tax services. SDA’s services include planning, consulting, litigation (including Advance Rulings) related to International Tax, domestic tax, expatriate tax, indirect tax, anti-dumping and protectionist levies and stamp duties.
Key Clients: Foster’s; Cortefiel; JCDecaux; Fiserv
Contact: Atul Dua Tel: +91 11 41644100
Email: atul.dua@sethdua.com
Contact: Gautam Chopra
Email: Gautam.chopra@sethdua.com

Telecommunications, Media & Technology:
SDA has strong capabilities and experience in regulatory issues relating to these sectors. SDA has advised and assisted the technology, media and telecom conglomerates in setting up their operations in India, legal and business structuring, grant of licenses and approvals,privacy and data protection.
Key Clients: Orange France Telecom; Verizon Business; Vodafone, Nokia Siemens Networks; Wipro; Fiserv; Seacom; JCDecaux
Contact: Atul Dua Tel: +91 11 41644100
Email: atul.dua@sethdua.com


Competition/Antitrust - India

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 associate

What the team is known for Particular strength in advising and defending clients in relation to behavioural aspects of competition law. Its notable client list includes large international and domestic companies.

What's new? Dr Vijay Aggarwal has joined the firm as a full-time competition partner.

Work highlights Filed a reference with the CCI on behalf of the Builders' Association of India in relation to alleged cartel practices of cement manufacturers.

Acted for Nissan, contesting a reference made to the CCI asserting anti-competitive behaviour by car manufacturers in India.

Notable practitioners  

Atul Dua is the key client contact.

Significant clients Builders' Association of India, Nissan, Excel Crop Care, AREVA T&D, Audi.

Corporate/M&A - India

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Undertakes a range of transactions for foreign companies making investments in India, with particular expertise in the defence sector. The firm is noted for its tax expertise, which regularly sees it advise on innovative structures for the formation of joint ventures. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They are very precise, responsive and experienced, and the firm has a good reputation in India, which counts for a lot." 

Work highlights Represented Saab in its SEK250 million investment in Indian-listed Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering, with a view to developing a strategic partnership in the area of naval defence.

On behalf of government joint venture National Skill Development Corporation, the firm has recently overseen more than 60 major investment transactions, totalling over USD200 million.

Notable practitioners

Atul Dua is praised for being "thorough and punctual," with clients singling out the holistic nature of his advice. He has a particular specialism in structuring joint ventures, and has recently represented Tenova (through international counsel DLA Piper) in its proposed acquisition of three Indian companies.

Sunil Seth has advised on a number of recent transactions, including Veolia Water India's establishment of a joint venture to construct a major water treatment plant. He also assisted The Malt Company (India) on its establishment of a 50:50 joint venture with France's Soufflet Group, involving a foreign direct investment of USD40 million.

Significant clients Chinar and Mansarovar Trust, Equant Network Services India, Ninety Nine Labels, Usha Enterprises. 

Dispute Resolution - India

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

International Trade - India

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 associate

What the team is known for Customs duties, foreign trade policy and issues regarding protectionist levies are all key areas of focus. Particularly renowned for its expertise in free trade agreements and transfer pricing policy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are prompt in terms of response times. They are quick to get back to us with the final product."

Competitive fees: "They give you reasonable quotes for the time that they are going to take."

What's new? The team welcomed new partner Gautam Chopra from Vaish Law in February 2013.

Work highlights Assisted Renault Nissan Automotive with the importation of goods and advised the company on Indian customs laws.

Prepared on behalf of Bryan Cave a manual detailing various export controls on goods of considerable significance for India's strategic international trade.

Notable practitioners  

Atul Dua is a key point of contact for this practice area.

Significant clients Saab, Israel Chemicals, Thermal Engineering International, Bryan Cave, Renault Nissan.

Projects - India

What the team is known for Particularly known for its handling of high-profile project finance mandates. Has also advised the Indian government on high-value PPP projects and undertaken a number of cross-border deals in the energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Very responsive and cost-effective."

Communication: "They take you by the hand and just do the job. They never leave you in a corner; they always keep you informed." 

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Sunil Seth leads the firm's projects practice and is well regarded by peers for his experience and expertise in the infrastructure field. He recently acted in a cross-border transaction for aerospace and defence giant Saab regarding a major investment in Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering.

Real Estate - India

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A compact Delhi-based team noted for its expertise on construction and development, and on foreign direct investment. Highly sought after by clients in the hospitality sector. Also renowned for assisting the government of India with major real estate legislation.

Work highlights Assisted Indian Railway Construction and Ircon Infrastructure & Services with the lease of multipurpose commercial complexes from the Railway Land Development Authority.

Acted for Emaar MGF Land on a USD500 million transaction with Black Lead Trading and Credit Suisse concerning convertible debentures, pursuant to a credit facility obtained by Emaar MGF Land.

Advised Meridian Hospitality on a 174-guestroom hotel project in Bangladesh, valued at some USD150 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" Sunil Seth is commended as being "good at his work and able to offer very clear thoughts on all matters."

Significant clients Ministry of Housing, Wave Infratech, Graviss Hospitality, Meridian Hospitality, Mahamaya Infrastructure.

Tax - India

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 associates

What the team is known for Sound reputation for domestic tax planning, for both indirect and direct tax matters, and expertise in handling international tax matters, particularly on behalf of large corporations. Litigation is a further principal area of practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have thorough legal knowledge of the prevailing tax norms along with a good understanding of our business needs."

Responsiveness: "Their responsiveness is good. Sometimes we have very last-minute requests and they address them; they are very flexible."

What's new? The firm welcomes new partner Gautam Chopra.

Work highlights Advised Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer on the tax implications of government subsidies and grants. Also representing the company in a dispute before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.

Represented JCDecaux before the Apellate Tribunal in a dispute concerning a claim of input tax credit on mobile advertisement structures.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Atul Dua is adept across a range of domestic and international tax matters, with areas of focus including indirect tax and litigation. Commentators describe him as a "thorough professional" with an impressive knowledge of tax law, including important legal precedents.

Significant clients Foster's Group, JCDecaux, Mountain Apollo, Saab, Securiton.

TMT - India

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 associates

What the team is known for Particularly well regarded for its telecoms and technology regulatory practice. Also offers transactional and litigation expertise. TMT clients have the additional benefit of the firm's excellent tax team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They have a good knowledge of the local regulatory environment."

Commercial awareness: "A good understanding of our business needs." 

What's new? Salman Waris joined the practice in March 2013. His specialisms include TMT, IP and corporate M&A. 

New client wins include Microsoft, Mercer and Actis.

Work highlights Acting for Equant on acquiring regulatory approvals from the Department of Telecommunications for investment into the Indian telecommunications sector.

Counselled Microsoft on regulatory compliance issues concerning the use of VoIP services in India.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Atul Dua is praised as a "thorough professional who supervises the whole process to meet the client's requirements." He is highly experienced on regulatory and transactional matters in the telecoms and technology spheres. He recently advised JCDecaux on an advertising agreement relating to Bangalore airport.

Significant clients Wipro, Verizon Business, Seacom, Invesco, Vodafone.