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” Kaanoonan ” has considerable experience in a

Banking and finance is one of ” Kaanoonan “’s core and highly recognised areas of expertise.law firm logo

The firm advises a multiplicity of clients; banks and financial institutions (Indian and foreign), multilateral and international financial institutions, export credit agencies, non- banking financial companies, concessionaires, foreign portfolio investors (investing under the corporate debt route), mutual funds, private equity funds, alternative investment funds, and government bodies.

Our full suite of services range from project finance, trade and export finance, working capital, acquisition finance, corporate finance, syndicated lending, structured finance, debt capital markets, securitisation, regulatory advice, and product documentation and standardisation.

dvising clients on anti-corruption laws in India and on providing assistance with regards to the operation of foreign anti-graft laws having extra-territorial implications, including advising and providing assistance on legal issues and corrupt practices investigations by both internal and/or external agency.

We advise various multi-national corporations on anti-corruption related matters, ethics policies and good governance including drafting internal ethics policies and codes of conduct for clients.

We also assist several clients with internal investigations on fraud and non-compliance.

From time to time, the lawyers in the firm have assisted and participated in internal training sessions and workshops organised by its corporate clients on the subject.

” Kaanoonan ” has considerable experience in advising clients on anti-corruption laws in India and on providing assistance with regards to the operation of foreign anti-graft laws having extra-territorial implications, including advising and providing assistance on legal issues and corrupt practices investigations by both internal and/or external agency.

We advise various multi-national corporations on anti-corruption related matters, ethics policies and good governance including drafting internal ethics policies and codes of conduct for clients.

We also assist several clients with internal investigations on fraud and non-compliance.

From time to time, the lawyers in the firm have assisted and participated in internal training sessions and workshops organised by its corporate clients on the subject.

” Kaanoonan ” advises clients on an array of competition law issues including in connection with domestic and cross border joint ventures, collaborations, distribution and supply arrangements and other commercial transactions.

The Firm’s expertise ranges from providing stand-alone competition law advice, assistance in filings and obtaining required approvals to represent clients before the Competition Commission of India and in courts on competition law issues.

The lawyers of the Firm have been closely associated with and have witnessed the evolution of competition law in India, from the erstwhile Monopolies & the Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1959 (MRTP) to the enactment and evolvement of Competition Act, 2002. This historical knowledge and experience allows the lawyers of the Firm to deal with complex competition law issues in a more pragmatic manner.

We also engage and regularly interact with the Competition Commission of India and other stakeholders on the development of policy and regulatory frameworks around competition issues.

One of ” Kaanoonan “‘s key practice areas is corporate and commercial, which extends to various sectors of the economy and wide array of business and transactional matters. The Firm’s experience and expertise in providing advice on corporate and commercial contracts and joint ventures, inbound and outbound investment, regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, operational and structuring matters across a broad range of sectors is well recognised. These sectors include manufacturing, infrastructure (including power, oil and gas, telecommunications, roads, mining and ports), information technology, media and entertainment, advertising, consumer products, automotive, pharmaceutical and healthcare, food and beverage, financial services and other service sectors.

Our client’s include reputable Indian and international companies and we take pride in having represented our clients in various domestic as well as cross-border investments.

One of the reasons for the strength of our practice is that the partners of the Firm have: (a) witnessed the impact of and have helped client’s transition through the changes in the regulatory environment in India including relating to foreign investment; and (b) extensive experience in dealing with a broad spectrum of regulators and a variety of regulatory issues. Legal advice is provided with a view to arriving at an investment model that provides the client with the most beneficial tax structure and addresses regulatory requirements. In addition, the quasi-federal nature of the Indian legal system throws up numerous location specific issues that a client needs to navigate through and the Firm’s lawyers have considerable experience in structuring transactions across the country.

” Kaanoonan ” advises its clients on corporate restructuring and business reorganization in distressed and other situations. The firm provides practical and legal solutions and options on structuring their presence or operations for business efficiency or for avoiding or mitigating the adverse effects in troubled circumstances.

We have a team of experienced lawyers advising on demergers, hiving offs, amalgamations, etc. preparing schemes of arrangement with creditors and shareholders and where required by law, obtaining approvals of the concerned high courts of various states across the country.

We advise insolvency professionals and other stakeholders including financial and operational creditors and corporate debtors in relation to proceedings under the Insolvency and bankruptcy Code, 2016.

We also advise on voluntary liquidation and dissolution of companies and defend client’s interests where winding up or similar proceedings are initiated against them.

Our lawyers have the experience of acting in various jurisdictions in India and can seamlessly advise and assist clients on all elements involved in critical restructurings and bankruptcy matters.

” Kaanoonan ” works virtually in every area of dispute resolution. Our dispute resolution team regularly advise clients on a variety of contentious matters involving commercial contracts, civil disputes, shareholders’ disputes, enforcement of security, recovery of debts, corporate and securities law, competition law, labour and employment matters, real estate issues and economic offences. With much of our work involving disputes that cutting across multiple practice areas, to develop compliance initiatives and other techniques to help our clients reduce litigation risk.

The Firm handles various corporate, civil and white collar matters before the courts, quasi-judicial authorities, and tribunals including:

1.The Supreme Court of India;
2.High Courts of various States;
3.Lower Courts;
4.Tribunals such as NCLT, NCLAT, CCI, COMPAT, NGT, APTEL, PNGRB, etc.


The Firm has successfully represented clients in some very challenging litigation and dispute resolution matters involving complex issues of law. Our approach is solution-oriented and emphasizes on a practical understanding of our clients’ business problems to find a legal solution to address them.

” Kaanoonan ” has a market leading insurance/reinsurance sector practice on both the contentious and non-contentious side..law firm logo

On the non-contentious front, we provide assistance with transactional work, including entry strategies, M&A and restructuring, as well as regulatory advisory and development of policy wordings tailormade for the Indian jurisdiction.

We render regulatory assistance and engage on policy development as well. We are aware of the regulatory landscape, the pulse of the regulator and the policies framed by it. We have been instrumental in making submissions before the regulator on innovative transactions involving the merger of two non-life insurers, which led to the framing of its guidelines and policy. It would be fair to claim that our initiative and deep understanding of the industry influenced the framing of these guidelines and our submissions to the regulator had a key role to structure and give shape to the policy.

In relation to contentious work, the Firm has the ability to handle and advise on claims made in a wide range of geographical regions even outside India. We assist with claims, whether at the stage of coverage advice or in a dispute, across a wide range of insurance lines including Financial & Specialty Lines (Tech E&O; Professional Indemnity; Directors & Officers; Media Liability; Cyber-risks; Medical Malpractice; Clinical Trials; Trade Credit; Political Risks), Property & Casualty (Standard Fire & Special Perils; Industrial All Risk; Contractors All Risk; Erection All Risk; Bespoke Mega Risk; Machinery Breakdown; Delay in Start-up/BI/ALOP; Commercial General Liability; Product Liability; Product Recall; Public Liability; Environmental; Marine & Inland Transit) as well as Reinsurance claims.

Our clientele is expansive and includes insurance start-ups, joint ventures, liaison/branch offices, intermediaries and both domestic and international players in the insurance and reinsurance space.

” Kaanoonan ” represents and advises a number of prominent players on joint ventures and private equity transactions.

We have acted for clients in various cross-border acquisitions of Indian companies and have also advised purchasers, sellers, vendors, vendees, lenders, investors and financial advisors.

Legal advice is provided with a view to arriving at an investment model that provides the client with the most beneficial tax structure and addresses regulatory requirements.

We also have considerable experience in structuring joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions across states in India, navigating clients through numerous location specific issues given the legal system’s quasi-federal nature.

Our portfolio covers sectors including infrastructure (including power, oil and gas, telecommunications, roads, mining and ports), information technology, media and entertainment, advertising, manufacturing, consumer products, life sciences, financial services and other service sectors.

” Kaanoonan ” has a leading M&A practice with comprehensive experience in acting for both sellers and acquirers in private as well as public transactions.

” Kaanoonan ” has an impressive portfolio, advising clients on international and domestic mergers and demergers, share swaps, stock and asset purchases, mergers (amalgamations) through court schemes, joint ventures, restructuring and spin-offs.

We provide innovative and all-inclusive advice aimed at maximising value for our clients. Much of this is owing to our expertise in practice areas complimenting M&A transactions. We handle various corporate, litigation, employee benefits, tax, regulatory and compliance, competition, intellectual property, and other issues related to these transactions.

We support our clients through each stage of a transaction including due diligence, finalisation of structure, preparation, negotiation and finalisation of transaction documents, seeking regulatory approvals (if required) and post-acquisition integration and transition.

Our clients include multinational corporations, well known Indian business groups, major listed and unlisted companies, private equity groups, investment houses and financial institutions.

” Kaanoonan ” regularly advises its clients (international and domestic) on tax-related issues (both direct and indirect taxes).

Our tax advice is provided both on a stand-alone basis on complex issues and also as part of structuring corporate transactions.

Our full suite of services include; tax structuring of investments into India; structuring agreements between Indian subsidiaries of multinational companies with their overseas group companies in light of transfer pricing regulations; double taxation avoidance agreements between India and various countries; advising international clients on capital gains tax and withholding tax issues arising from sale of shares and assets; advising on various aspects of Indian income-tax laws, and GST advisory both on stand alone basis and as part of corporate transactions.

With growth of opportunities and investments in the real estate sector in India, the Firm’s lawyers have, over the years, advised on increasingly diverse and complex matters in the real estate sector. In the process, the Firm’s lawyers have acquired a thorough understanding of various aspects of the legal and commercial practices pertaining to the real estate sector.

 

The Firm’s lawyers have the experience of advising various participants in the real estate sector, including real estate developers, financial institution, fund, lessors, lessees and buyers.

One of the Firm’s partners has assisted the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in drafting the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill and has also been nominated as a member of core committee setup by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for preparation of subordinate legislation under the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016 (RERA).

Our Experience

Advice is provided, amongst others, in the following areas:

  1. Foreign direct investment in the construction and development sector
  2. Structuring of investments and investment documentation
  3. Options for real estate development
  4. Due diligence on property
  5. Drafting and negotiating conveyance deeds and other documentation
  6. Structuring, drafting and negotiating lease deeds and other tenancy arrangements
  7. Registration of documents
  8. Central and local laws, including applicable stamp laws
  9. Construction and engineering contracts and associated guarantees
  10. Financing real estate projects, creation of security and drafting and negotiation of associated documentation
  11. Compliances, registration and advise under RERA for developers and agents
  12. Dispute resolution