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Tax — India


Economic Laws Practice - Tax Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded tax group providing expert assistance with both litigation and advisory matters. Particularly noted for its strength on indirect tax advice, including service and excise duty, as well as direct tax matters. Regularly acts for an impressive list of global clients and frequently litigates on high-profile matters including transfer pricing and customs issues. Increasingly active in advising companies on the transition from the indirect taxes system to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

Strengths A client appreciates the team's studious approach, reporting: "They do their homework and are sound in putting their points across." This interviewee adds that "they find ways to take a matter forward."

Other clients praise the firm's speedy service, noting that "the quality of their advice, lawyers and turnaround time are all excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Google India on customs issues relating to cross-border transactions.

Represented WS Retail Services in its High Court challenge to assessments which had ruled the client was liable to VAT rather than Central Sales Tax.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of department Rohit Jain maintains a good market reputation, with a focus on direct and indirect tax and transfer pricing, as well as customs, state VAT laws and foreign trade policy. In one work highlight, he advised Juniper Networks India on indirect tax and customs issues concerning its operations in India, in relation to the transition to GST. Peers endorse him as "excellent" and "very well regarded in the tax space."

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ELP's market leading Tax practice offers comprehensive qualitative services across both indirect and direct taxes (including transfer pricing) covering the entire spectrum of transactional, advisory and litigation work. Our integrated expertise in advisory and litigation matters allows us to seamlessly address any disputes that arise and enables us to offer redressal. We have assisted some of the world's largest corporations on matters ranging from legal advisory to strategic decisions relating to their domestic as well as cross-border business and transactions. Our team comprises of a diverse set of professionals including advocates, solicitors and chartered accountants who hold multi-jurisdictional qualifications.

Our indirect tax expertise covers the entire gamut of taxes including Excise, Customs, Service Tax, Sales Tax / Value Added Tax ("VAT") and Entry Tax. Our direct tax expertise covers all aspects of international and domestic tax matters including transfer pricing. Our transfer pricing services offer solutions across industries and geographies.Our team routinely renders litigation services to clients.

With years of unparalleled expertise in the field of Indirect Tax Advisory and Litigation, ELP brings to the table a dedicated and experienced team of professionals comprising of advocates, chartered accountants and economists to provide high quality support, advice and assistance towards a smooth transition into the new Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) regime. 

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Khaitan & Co - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout practice with a respected bench of practitioners advising on a range of tax matters. Equally adept on indirect and direct tax issues, especially the tax aspects of investments, M&A and joint ventures. Also handles customs, excise and service tax mandates. Acts for a notable list of leading domestic and international clients and offers solid expertise in a transactional, advisory or litigation capacity.

Strengths The firm's cross-border network is viewed as a key attribute, with clients reporting: "As a strength, the first thing that comes to mind is their reach in other jurisdictions. They have fantastic connections," and noting that the team has "exceptional turnaround times."

The department's considerable resource base attracts praise, with clients affirming that "they have a huge knowledge bank." Additional commentators appreciate the lawyers' "commercial advice."

Work highlights Represented Mahindra-BT Investment Company in a dispute before the Authority for Advance Rulings, in relation to the applicability of capital gains tax under the India-Mauritius Tax Treaty.

Advised Audax Group on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Mobileum.

Notable practitioners

Daksha Baxi possesses over 25 years of experience in international and domestic tax issues relating to strategic investments and restructuring. Sources report that she "provides wise counsel on tax matters" and is "clearly very experienced, with valued insights." She was involved in advising Gujarat Fluorochemicals on the tax structuring of its sale of all the wind farms of the Inox Group.

Bijal Ajinkya is well versed in a broad range of matters, including tax litigation, structuring, fund formation and asset protection. According to clients, she is "one of the sharpest lawyers we have had the opportunity to instruct and is very well informed and up to date on the legal positions, not only in India, but in relation to foreign jurisdictions." She assisted Temasek Holdings with the tax elements of its acquisition of a 3.9% stake in SBI Life Insurance.

Nihal Kothari comes endorsed by market sources for his expertise in indirect tax litigation, as well as advising on tax issues relating to corporate restructuring and transactions. A client extols his ability to "explain all of the issues and the best way to address or solve them." He represented an Indian bank in a dispute over whether its underwriting services for the issuance of American depositary receipts were taxable in India, under the category of Banking and Other Financial Services.

Sanjay Sanghvi is well respected by peers and clients, regularly handling domestic and cross-border taxation matters. He assists clients with transactional issues and litigation, appearing before tax authorities and the Supreme Court. He acted for Clairvest on its USD73.7 million acquisition of 86% interest in Head InfoTech India.

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Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice with an acclaimed indirect tax offering and additional experience in direct tax matters. Especially strong on excise and service duty, as well as customs, VAT, GST and income tax. Also skilled in anti-dumping mandates. Handles substantial litigation cases and frequently acts for leading international and domestic clients.

Strengths Clients applaud the firm's straighforward approach, noting that "their advice is direct, which we like."

Work highlights Represented Makemytrip in a dispute over the arrest of one of its officials by tax authorities, which related to the tax categorisation of its online hotel booking operations.

Acted for Sumitomo Corporation India in a dispute with tax authorities, which concerned whether the client's trading activities in India were liable to service tax.

Notable practitioners

Founder and managing partner V Lakshmikumaran wins plaudits from commentators for his "gravitas and experience." He handles a broad range of litigation and advisory mandates, offering expertise in excise, customs and service tax, as well as transfer pricing. He advised Sun Pharma on all aspects of its transition to the new GST regime.

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Nishith Desai Associates - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with significant strength in the tax aspects of corporate transactions, acting for leading international clients. Especially well placed to provide innovative tax advice and in corporate restructuring. Broad industry expertise in sectors such as investment funds and technology, and handles high-value mandates on multi-jurisdictional tax disputes.

Notable practitioners

Nishith Desai is described by market sources as a "very well-respected professional," offering expertise across a full range of tax advisory matters. Well versed in international tax matters, he brings additional knowledge of private equity and venture capital.

Rajesh Simhan is recognised among sources for his international tax expertise. He handles advisory and litigation work, with commentators noting his experience of investment funds. Interviewees report that he is an "excellent" lawyer who is "very commercial and good at understanding clients' requirements."

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BMR Legal - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice acting for an impressive roster of international clients. Highly effective on litigation, particularly regarding issues such as income and service tax, as well as transfer pricing and marketing intangibles. Its multinational client base features leading companies in several sectors, including the automotive and technology spheres.

Strengths Interviewees commend the department's attentiveness, describing its lawyers as "client-oriented and helpful."

Further sources concur, attesting that "the firm gives good-quality advice and support."

Work highlights Acted for IBM on a USD21.81 million dispute at the Supreme Court, concerning whether the client's income was categorised as a deduction or an exemption under Section 10A of the Indian Income Tax Act.

Successfully represented Rolls-Royce in a dispute at the Appellate Tribunal, relating to a refund claim in connection with the export of services undertaken in India.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Mukesh Butani maintains a stellar reputation in the market, centring his practice on international tax and transfer pricing, as well as cross-border tax structuring and regulatory policy. He assisted General Motors India with various transfer pricing issues, including in relation to its documentation, as well as several cases before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. One client enthuses: "He is one of the most excellent lawyers I have come across. Words cannot express how good he is."

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Luthra & Luthra Law Offices - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive handling of the tax aspects of corporate transactions, alongside direct and indirect tax disputes. Frequently instructed on M&A and investment-related tax issues, as well as transfer pricing, VAT, excise and service tax. Provides considerable international tax services, representing domestic and international corporates across sectors such as pharmaceuticals, insurance, media and telecommunications. Also acts for private equity funds and not-for-profit organisations.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the team's efficient advice, reporting: "They are straight to the point and offer clear, well-argued conclusions. They are responsive to follow-up questions."

Work highlights Assisted NTT Data with tax issues relating to its USD3 billion acquisition of Dell's IT services and consulting business.

Acted for Tridevi Capital Partners on tax structuring and due diligence linked to its USD20 million investment in Prabha Energy.

Notable practitioners

Vikas Srivastava heads the firm's direct tax practice and acts on a range of international tax and transfer pricing mandates, as well as the structuring of corporate transactions. In one work highlight, he advised Baxter International on the tax aspects of its US625 million acquisition of Claris Injectibles from Claris Lifesciences. Clients value his responsiveness, stating: "Whenever we need his attention, he gives us his time."

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Vaish Associates - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with expertise in advising on direct tax issues and particularly active in relation to transfer pricing matters. Also advises on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border restructurings, as well as tax holiday cases. Adept at handling all stages of tax litigation, representing many leading international clients, especially in the technology sector.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's trustworthy advice, reporting that it is "highly reliable, effective and very results-oriented."

Work highlights Advised ITC on a dispute at the Supreme Court regarding the taxability of tips received by employees of the client's hotels.

Represented Ranbaxy Laboratories in corporate tax litigation before the tax tribunal, concerning the necessity of maintaining separate books of accounts for claiming tax holiday.

Notable practitioners

Head of international tax Rupesh Jain is recognised by market sources as a "very diligent" and "articulate" lawyer. He acts on tax issues in connection with cross-border M&A, restructuring and double tax avoidance, as well as handling tax appeals.

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Advaita Legal - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised in the market for its extensive experience of indirect tax litigation, as well as handling direct tax matters. Well versed in handling disputes relating to service tax, VAT and income tax, with additional expertise on transfer pricing. Also provides advisory services to a range of domestic and international clients, including in relation to GST. Makes debut in the rankings backed by solid market endorsements and recent addition of a group of tax specialists headed by Atul Dua.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's in-depth handling of tax matters, suggesting that "they have a fresh approach to issues and are very confident in their research and understanding." This source also adds that "they give practical advice" and are "very responsive, involved and completely abreast of matters."

Work highlights Acted for Dish TV on a dispute over its tax status as a direct-to-home television operator, concerning whether its profit margins and collected security deposits are liable to service tax.

Represented IHG IT Services in a transfer pricing case, which ruled that companies that have undergone a merger or amalgamation cannot be considered as functionally comparable.

Notable practitioners

Sujit Ghosh focuses his practice on indirect tax mandates, including customs, excise, service tax and VAT. Interviewees report that he is "very persuasive," as well as being "extremely transparent and collaborative with clients" and "business-minded." He represented Coastal Gujarat in a dispute relating to its service tax liability, concerning processing charges incurred when securing loans.

Atul Dua acts on a variety of transactional tax mandates, as well as litigation, transfer pricing and tax planning. In one work highlight, he advised Orange Group on tax issues linked to its business reorganisation.

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AZB & Partners - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice providing a wide variety of direct and indirect tax assistance to prominent international clients. Well versed in handling an array of issues such as income, VAT, customs, service and excise tax, as well as advising corporate clients on tax planning. Also able to act on transfer pricing disputes. Maintains an impressive roster of clients from various sectors, including TMT and life sciences.

Strengths The team's tax expertise is recognised by clients, who attest: "They are extremely efficient and knowledgeable in this area."

Work highlights Represented PepsiCo India in a dispute at the Delhi High Court relating to the taxation of advertising, marketing and promotional activities.

Acted for 21st Century Fox on a variety of transfer pricing, international tax and withholding tax issues.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and head of the firm's taxation team Ajay Bahl is well respected among market sources, with experience in direct tax litigation and advice. Active for both domestic and international clients, he assisted InterGlobe Aviation with the tax aspects of cross-border corporate transactions.

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable practice that advises leading domestic and international clients on a range of corporate tax matters. Regularly assists clients with advisory matters relating to transactions, business restructuring and investment fund structures. Has further expertise on transfer pricing and withholding tax. Also well versed in advising on investigations by the Revenue Intelligence authorities.

Strengths Clients enjoy the department's efficient approach, indicating: "We have found it to be a well-structured legal firm with deep sectorial expertise. They form interdisciplinary groups to resolve our challenges in the best possible manner."

Work highlights Advised Essar Group Mauritius on tax indemnities, liabilities and savings in relation to its USD12.9 billion sale of 98% share capital in Essar Oil to Petrol Complex and Kesani Enterprises Company.

Assisted Standard Life with the tax aspects of its proposed merger with Max Life to create Max Financial Services, including advice on dividend distribution tax and capital gains tax.

Notable practitioners

S R Patnaik is head of the firm's national tax practice and is recognised for his long-standing experience, acting on a range of direct tax, international tax and transfer pricing matters. In one highlight, he advised NTPC on issues relating to the 1961 Income Tax Act for potential investors in a green bond issuance made by the client.

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Majmudar & Partners - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team known for taking on a range of advisory, transactional and contentious work. Especially active on the tax elements of corporate transactions, tax planning and assistance with regulations. Acts for a broad range of clients in multi-jurisdictional matters. Also well versed in filings before the Authority of Advanced Rulings.

Strengths Clients admire the team's business acumen. Interviewees enthuse: "They are responsive and provide relevant and commercial advice."

Sources also commend the lawyers' efficiency, attesting that "they offer sound judgement and are able to move at a fast pace."

Work highlights Advised Bose Corporation on the risks of overseas profits being taxed in India following a multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring.

Assisted United Retirement Plan Consultants with transfer pricing arrangements in relation to its establishment of an LLP in India.

Notable practitioners

Ravishankar Raghavan wins plaudits from clients for being "very strategic and thinking outside the box." He handles tax advisory, fund formation and tax litigation mandates. He was involved in advising Nippon Soda on the tax implications of its proposed business platform launch in India.

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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-rounded operation providing key tax advisory services in relation to both direct and indirect tax matters. Assists an array of top corporate clients with the tax aspects of transactional mandates. Particularly well versed in advising on GST and transfer pricing. Also active in tax litigation, with strong tax policy expertise within the department.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's accurate and efficient approach, reporting that "the partners are very proactive," as well as being "crisp and precise on our requirements."

Additional interviewees report that "they are great communicators," noting that the firm's advice is "to the point, delivering as requested."

Work highlights Advised HDFC Standard Life on the tax elements of its merger with Max Life, including transaction structuring and documentation.

Assisted TPG Growth with the tax aspects of its USD34.5 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rhea Healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Pallavi Shroff is a key contact for clients.

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Trilegal - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad tax offering, providing tailored advice for key corporate clients in relation to both direct and indirect tax. Areas of strength include assisting companies with business transfers and transfer pricing, as well as advising on tax aspects of M&A. Offers further expertise in foreign trade policy. Acts for clients in sectors such as infrastructure, finance and technology and also handles tax disputes.

Strengths Clients commend the team's responsiveness, reporting: "It is our go-to firm for various issues, primarily owing to its promptness and quality of work. It is an extremely efficient law firm with the most friendly demeanour."

Clients appreciate the department's "practical approach," while other interviewees highlight its "very focused" practitioners.

Work highlights Acted for Samsung India Electronics on several transfer pricing disputes before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, including advice on choice of comparables and sales promotion expenditure.

Represented Power System Operation Corporation in a dispute before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, relating to the tax status of fines and charges levied by the client.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Himanshu Sinha focuses his practice on direct tax issues and is well versed in international tax and transfer pricing litigation. One client enthuses that he is "very intelligent, technical and precise," while others describe him as "very polite and pleasant" to deal with. His work highlights include assisting Energy Efficiency Services with its challenge to the imposition of VAT on the supply of bulbs.

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Eminent Practitioner

Nishith Desai Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nishith Desai is described by market sources as a "very well-respected professional," offering expertise across a full range of tax advisory matters. Well versed in international tax matters, he brings additional knowledge of private equity and venture capital.

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BMR Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Mukesh Butani maintains a stellar reputation in the market, centring his practice on international tax and transfer pricing, as well as cross-border tax structuring and regulatory policy. He assisted General Motors India with various transfer pricing issues, including in relation to its documentation, as well as several cases before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. One client enthuses: "He is one of the most excellent lawyers I have come across. Words cannot express how good he is."

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Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founder and managing partner V Lakshmikumaran wins plaudits from commentators for his "gravitas and experience." He handles a broad range of litigation and advisory mandates, offering expertise in excise, customs and service tax, as well as transfer pricing. He advised Sun Pharma on all aspects of its transition to the new GST regime.

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Rohan Shah - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Independent counsel Rohan Shah is considered by market commentators to be "a big name in the industry," handling both direct and indirect tax matters. He has expertise in both advisory and litigation matters.

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AZB & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner and head of the firm's taxation team Ajay Bahl is well respected among market sources, with experience in direct tax litigation and advice. Active for both domestic and international clients, he assisted InterGlobe Aviation with the tax aspects of cross-border corporate transactions.

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Khaitan & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Daksha Baxi possesses over 25 years of experience in international and domestic tax issues relating to strategic investments and restructuring. Sources report that she "provides wise counsel on tax matters" and is "clearly very experienced, with valued insights." She was involved in advising Gujarat Fluorochemicals on the tax structuring of its sale of all the wind farms of the Inox Group.

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Phoenix Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aseem Chawla of Phoenix Legal offers expertise in international tax issues, including in relation to transfer pricing, estate planning and M&A, as well as tax litigation. Sources report that he "takes a 360-degree perspective on things, while also having an eye for detail. He gives long-term advice, which is important and helps us to positions ourselves strategically." He advised Bee Gee Creations on controlled foreign corporation rules linked to its activities in India.

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Advaita Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sujit Ghosh focuses his practice on indirect tax mandates, including customs, excise, service tax and VAT. Interviewees report that he is "very persuasive," as well as being "extremely transparent and collaborative with clients" and "business-minded." He represented Coastal Gujarat in a dispute relating to its service tax liability, concerning processing charges incurred when securing loans.

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Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vikas Srivastava heads the firm's direct tax practice and acts on a range of international tax and transfer pricing mandates, as well as the structuring of corporate transactions. In one work highlight, he advised Baxter International on the tax aspects of its US625 million acquisition of Claris Injectibles from Claris Lifesciences. Clients value his responsiveness, stating: "Whenever we need his attention, he gives us his time."

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Khaitan & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bijal Ajinkya is well versed in a broad range of matters, including tax litigation, structuring, fund formation and asset protection. According to clients, she is "one of the sharpest lawyers we have had the opportunity to instruct and is very well informed and up to date on the legal positions, not only in India, but in relation to foreign jurisdictions." She assisted Temasek Holdings with the tax elements of its acquisition of a 3.9% stake in SBI Life Insurance.

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Ashok Dhingra Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founding partner Ashok Dhingra of Ashok Dhingra Associates has a wealth of experience in indirect tax, customs and trade mandates. He also advises clients on raids and investigations by tax and customs authorities.

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Advaita Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Atul Dua acts on a variety of transactional tax mandates, as well as litigation, transfer pricing and tax planning. In one work highlight, he advised Orange Group on tax issues linked to its business reorganisation.

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ALMT Legal (Indian Advocates)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aliff Fazelbhoy of ALMT Legal (Indian Advocates) is head of the firm's direct tax department. He handles cross-border tax structuring mandates and is also experienced in advising on anti avoidance laws, abuse of tax treaties, withholding tax and transfer pricing. Work highlights include acting for IOP Publication on transfer pricing regulations linked to the activities of its India-based subsidiary company.

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D.M. Harish & Co.

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Anil Harish of D.M. Harish & Co handles both domestic and international taxation matters and is noted for his experience of direct tax disputes. Market commentators regard him as "a prominent name and a good litigator."

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Economic Laws Practice

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-head of department Rohit Jain maintains a good market reputation, with a focus on direct and indirect tax and transfer pricing, as well as customs, state VAT laws and foreign trade policy. In one work highlight, he advised Juniper Networks India on indirect tax and customs issues concerning its operations in India, in relation to the transition to GST. Peers endorse him as "excellent" and "very well regarded in the tax space."

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Vaish Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of international tax Rupesh Jain is recognised by market sources as a "very diligent" and "articulate" lawyer. He acts on tax issues in connection with cross-border M&A, restructuring and double tax avoidance, as well as handling tax appeals.

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Khaitan & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nihal Kothari comes endorsed by market sources for his expertise in indirect tax litigation, as well as advising on tax issues relating to corporate restructuring and transactions. A client extols his ability to "explain all of the issues and the best way to address or solve them." He represented an Indian bank in a dispute over whether its underwriting services for the issuance of American depositary receipts were taxable in India, under the category of Banking and Other Financial Services.

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

S R Patnaik is head of the firm's national tax practice and is recognised for his long-standing experience, acting on a range of direct tax, international tax and transfer pricing matters. In one highlight, he advised NTPC on issues relating to the 1961 Income Tax Act for potential investors in a green bond issuance made by the client.

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Ravishankar Raghavan

Majmudar & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ravishankar Raghavan wins plaudits from clients for being "very strategic and thinking outside the box." He handles tax advisory, fund formation and tax litigation mandates. He was involved in advising Nippon Soda on the tax implications of its proposed business platform launch in India.

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Rao Law Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founding partner Shreya Rao of Rao Law Chambers comes highly regarded for tax restructuring and private wealth planning, as well as advice to non-profit organisations. She acted for Omega Healthcare Management Services on the tax issues relating to its acquisition of assets and employees from WhiteSpace Health. Sources say: "She is incredibly smart, one of the smartest people I know. I am extremely pleased with her thoroughness, attention to detail and preparedness."

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Khaitan & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sanjay Sanghvi is well respected by peers and clients, regularly handling domestic and cross-border taxation matters. He assists clients with transactional issues and litigation, appearing before tax authorities and the Supreme Court. He acted for Clairvest on its USD73.7 million acquisition of 86% interest in Head InfoTech India.

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Band 3

Trilegal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of department Himanshu Sinha focuses his practice on direct tax issues and is well versed in international tax and transfer pricing litigation. One client enthuses that he is "very intelligent, technical and precise," while others describe him as "very polite and pleasant" to deal with. His work highlights include assisting Energy Efficiency Services with its challenge to the imposition of VAT on the supply of bulbs.

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Up and Coming

Nishith Desai Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Rajesh Simhan is recognised among sources for his international tax expertise. He handles advisory and litigation work, with commentators noting his experience of investment funds. Interviewees report that he is an "excellent" lawyer who is "very commercial and good at understanding clients' requirements."

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