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General Business Law — Nepal


Neupane Law Associates - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic practice offers a range of expertise in commercial disputes, corporate transactions and project finance. Regularly acts for international corporations and banks as well as major public sector entities.

Strengths Feedback highlights the firm as a popular choice for transactional work.

Work highlights Assisted Bank of China with a USD200 million financing for the Hongshi-Shivam Cement Project.

Advised Visa on new payment regulations imposed by Nepal Rastra Bank, central bank of Nepal.

Notable practitioners

Anjan Neupane focuses on cross-border M&A and projects work. This includes recent work for Sichuan Xidian New Energy in the acquisition of a 20% stake in the 138 MW Upper Marshyangdi-1 Hydro Project. One source says: "He has been very reliable and has given very high-quality advice where there is very limited legal precedent. He gives quite detailed tailored advice."

Senior advocate Balkrishna Neupane is a highly regarded commercial litigator. He has represented Ganpati Tobacco in High Court and Supreme Court trade mark ownership litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Neupane Law Associates)

Neupane Law Associates is a group of lawyers who strive for excellence in providing legal services. As a preeminent business law practice in Nepal, we offer highest international standards and extensive local expertise. We specialize in banking, project finance, dispute resolution, foreign investment, M&A, and joint ventures. We focus on complex and cross-border matters. We have experience in advising clients in many notable transactions and disputes for over 35 years, and cater to both domestic and international clients. We often work as local counsel to international law firms.

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Pioneer Law Associates - General Business Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active corporate law firm that regularly advises international and domestic clients on M&A, private equity and market exits. Experienced in acting on project development mandates, and active in cross-border financings.

Strengths Commentators affirm the team's established presence, noting: "They have a depth to their operation and good commercial experience."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Anup Raj Upreti is respected for advising on corporate governance and compliance as well as capital investment. One interviewee notes: "He's quite helpful in driving things forward and has good business sense."

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Pradhan & Associates - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established firm advising primarily on commercial law, with a particular focus on representing foreign clients on cross-border transactions. Further expertise advising on aviation finance and litigation.

Strengths Sources enjoy working with the firm, one explaining: "They are doing well, we had a good experience with them."

Work highlights Acted for mobile operator Ncell in a capital gains tax dispute with the Government of Nepal. The dispute was connected to Nepal's largest ever acquisition deal.

Assisted Nordic Aviation Capital with leasing an aircraft to Yeti Airlines.

Notable practitioners

Devendra Pradhan is a widely recognised cross-border lawyer with particular experience in the aviation sector. One commentator says: "He is head and shoulders above others, working mainly for international companies." He represented Grupo Sanjose in a dispute with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal regarding the termination of a contract for the improvement of Tribhuvan International Airport.

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Gandhi and Associates - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large commercial team well regarded for domestic and cross-border work for Nepalese and regional clients. Particularly active in joint venture formation, licensing and structuring of projects, including work in the not-for-profit sector. Recently active representing state-owned enterprises in varied commercial matters.

Strengths Clients praise the team's commitment to accuracy, with one commenting: "We feel they are up to date with all the legal formalities required, committed to quality and very loyal."

Work highlights Acted for Nepal Airlines in the USD250 million purchase of two wide-body aircraft.

Advised Nepal Oil on negotiating a petroleum supply agreement with Indian Oil Corporation.

Notable practitioners

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Shailendra Dahal has a broad practice acting on financial litigation and transactions for corporates and banks. He is also recognised for advising on major hydropower projects.

Avash Pandit is a key associate advising businesses and charities on market entry. He assisted Kids of Kathmandu with the construction of earthquake resistant classrooms. A client says: "A man of excellence; he is smart, witty, quick and an expert in his field."

Shikhar Pandit is a leading commercial associate and is described by one client as "one of the upcoming star lawyers in the country." He advised Baber Mahal Vilas on labour and building permit issues relating to a premium boutique hotel in central Kathmandu.

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Jurist & Company - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice known for ably handling contentious matters, including civil, criminal and commercial disputes. Working with an extensive list of corporate clients and popular with domestic businesses.

Notable practitioners

Sushil Pant is highly esteemed for his regular appearances in the commercial courts. "He's prominent in corporate litigation," remarks one interviewee.

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Karki Law Associates - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offering a wealth of litigation experience, this well-reputed practice acts for a broad range of clients in civil and commercial disputes. Additional strengths in acting as corporate counsel regarding Nepalese regulations.

Notable practitioners

"V ery respected for litigation, " Badri Bahadur Karki is a former Attorney General. He maintains a formidable practice representing clients in a wide range of contentious matters.

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Legal Advisors' Forum - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-resourced firm with an illustrious history. Represents corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal disputes, deploying its highly regarded expertise in defence of the clients' financial interests.

Strengths Commentary highlights the team's dispute resolution capabilities.

Notable practitioners

Shambhu Thapa is a well-established disputes specialist and a former president of the Nepal Bar Association. According to peers he is "very well recognised, a great litigator."

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Reliance Law Firm - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected bench of lawyers that advises on commercial and constitutional disputes in the Supreme Court. Well reputed for expertise handling banking and finance mandates for major international and domestic clients.

Notable practitioners

Senior advocate Purna Man Shakya is renowned for his banking and corporate litigation expertise. He also works with major international organisations on development projects.

Prakrit Shrestha impresses with his assured handling of corporate transactions and arbitrations. He frequently advises clients on negotiating and drafting contracts.

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Sinha-Verma Law Concern - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established commercial practice recognised for advising on large-scale hydropower projects. Regularly advises corporate and financial clients on tax disputes and structuring.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's reliable client service, one source explaining: "They provide professional, satisfactory and effective service delivery."

Feedback emphasises the firm's specialist expertise, with one source saying: "They're very experienced in tax matters."

Notable practitioners

Mahesh Thapa is a key contact for clients.

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Advocates & Associates - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Predominantly associated with contentious work, the firm has a focus on handling banking litigation for domestic banks and financial institutions. Respected for its loan recovery and financial fraud capabilities.

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Dhruba Bar Singh Thapa & Associates - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Accomplished IP practice, noted for capabilities across the full gamut of filing, enforcement and prosecution work. Works with international clientele on trade matters. Additionally handles a range of banking and finance litigation.

Strengths Sources praise the team's commercial disputes capabilities.

Notable practitioners

Megha Raj Pokheral is regarded as an increasingly notable litigator, described by one commentator as "good on banking and financial crimes." He also has IP experience in filing and enforcement.

Described by peers as "a good lawyer for IP,"Sajjan Thapa is familiar with complex IP disputes. He also advises multinational clients on project development and trade matters.

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Kusum Law Firm - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm that has an excellent track record assisting clients with complex commercial transactions. Maintains a good mix of corporate and banking capabilities.

Notable practitioners

Sudheer Shrestha remains well known for his cross-border corporate practice. He has a good reputation for advising a variety of financial services clients on bank loans and foreign investment.

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Band 1

Badri Bahadur Karki

Karki Law Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

"Very respected for litigation," Badri Bahadur Karki is a former Attorney General. He maintains a formidable practice representing clients in a wide range of contentious matters.

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Band 1

Jurist & Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sushil Pant is highly esteemed for his regular appearances in the commercial courts. "He's prominent in corporate litigation," remarks one interviewee.

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Band 1

Pradhan & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Devendra Pradhan is a widely recognised cross-border lawyer with particular experience in the aviation sector. One commentator says: "He is head and shoulders above others, working mainly for international companies." He represented Grupo Sanjose in a dispute with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal regarding the termination of a contract for the improvement of Tribhuvan International Airport.

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Band 1

Reliance Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Senior advocate Purna Man Shakya is renowned for his banking and corporate litigation expertise. He also works with major international organisations on development projects.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Legal Advisors' Forum

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Shambhu Thapa is a well-established disputes specialist and a former president of the Nepal Bar Association. According to peers he is "very well recognised, a great litigator."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Gandhi and Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Shailendra Dahal has a broad practice acting on financial litigation and transactions for corporates and banks. He is also recognised for advising on major hydropower projects.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Neupane Law Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Anjan Neupane focuses on cross-border M&A and projects work. This includes recent work for Sichuan Xidian New Energy in the acquisition of a 20% stake in the 138 MW Upper Marshyangdi-1 Hydro Project. One source says: "He has been very reliable and has given very high-quality advice where there is very limited legal precedent. He gives quite detailed tailored advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pioneer Law Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Anup Raj Upreti is respected for advising on corporate governance and compliance as well as capital investment. One interviewee notes: "He's quite helpful in driving things forward and has good business sense."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Balkrishna Neupane

Neupane Law Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Senior advocate Balkrishna Neupane is a highly regarded commercial litigator. He has represented Ganpati Tobacco in High Court and Supreme Court trade mark ownership litigation.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Megha Raj Pokharel

Dhruba Bar Singh Thapa & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Megha Raj Pokheral is regarded as an increasingly notable litigator, described by one commentator as "good on banking and financial crimes." He also has IP experience in filing and enforcement.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Kusum Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sudheer Shrestha remains well known for his cross-border corporate practice. He has a good reputation for advising a variety of financial services clients on bank loans and foreign investment.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Dhruba Bar Singh Thapa & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Described by peers as "a good lawyer for IP,"Sajjan Thapa is familiar with complex IP disputes. He also advises multinational clients on project development and trade matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Reliance Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Prakrit Shrestha impresses with his assured handling of corporate transactions and arbitrations. He frequently advises clients on negotiating and drafting contracts.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Gandhi and Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Avash Pandit is a key associate advising businesses and charities on market entry. He assisted Kids of Kathmandu with the construction of earthquake resistant classrooms. A client says: "A man of excellence; he is smart, witty, quick and an expert in his field."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Gandhi and Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Shikhar Pandit is a leading commercial associate and is described by one client as "one of the upcoming star lawyers in the country." He advised Baber Mahal Vilas on labour and building permit issues relating to a premium boutique hotel in central Kathmandu.

^ See whole ranking table