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Under editorial review.

Due to the recent division of the firm into two separate firms under the stewardship of Cyril and Shardul Shroff respectively, we will be reviewing each independent firm over the course of this year. A clear and settled editorial posting shall be made in due course. 
AZB Highly reputed practice led by founder Bahram Vakil.

Founding partner Bahram Vakil, a stalwart of the legal industry in their own right, leads the firm in its Banking & Finance practice. He is backed by a strong team of attorneys, including notable names like Gautam Saha and Ashwin Ramanathan. It is one of the firm’s leading practice areas, with a number of high profile banks and corporations as its clients, both international and domestic. Some of the bigger names include: International Financial Corporation, HSBC, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Tata Steel.
DSK Legal Strong focus on project financing and relationships with financing institutions.

Anand Desai, the Managing Partner of the firm, has a strong set of skills as well as great connections in the banking industry. Both he and Niraj Kumar steer the practice, and work on all aspects of the area, including insurance, asset finance, project finance as well as mutual funds. Their notable clients include Educomp solutions, Bank of Baroda and Power Finance Corporation of India.
HSA Combining a domestic know-how with Global expertize.

HSA Advocates' banking and finance team includes Partner Anjan Dasgupta, who was formerly with Herbert Smith. They have an exhaustive domestic and cross-border practice, covering areas like project and commercial finance, asset and loan finance, securitization and banking regulations. They are highly regarded by their clients, which include IDBI, Standard Chartered Bank, Tata Power, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and GE.
JSA Highly dependable practice led by Dina Wadia.

The firm boasts of an impressive list of clientele from both the borrower side and lenders side. Former Managing Partner Berjis Desai also continues to put his weight behind the practice to provide astute commercially viable advice to the firm's clientele, which includes the State Banks as well as many leading global powerhouses such as RBS and Citigroup.
Link Legal Firm focus on building a leading Banking and Finance practice.

The firm has showcased its determination to excel in this sector and its merger with India Law Services, is one of the key indicators of this bent. AG Kharkanis was formerly an Executive Director with the Reserve Bank of India. KA Najmi was formerly the legal head of the Industrial Finance Corporation of India. While Ajay Sawhney has recently moved to K Law (and thereafter to Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas), the firm continues to focus on building on its strengths by hiring Siddharth Srivastava from Luthra & Luthra.
Luthra & Luthra Unique ability to lead multi party transactions.

The firm is highly sought after to lead consortium led transactions. It is often called upon for handling complex debt restructuring and is noted for its ability to come up with equitable solutions apart from impeccable paperwork. While Vijaya Rao is a key name, the practice also benefits from keen involvement from Founding Partner Rajiv Luthra and the head of the Mumbai office Mohit Saraf.
P&A Law Offices A specialist cross-border firm which acts as a one-stop-shop for international transactions.

The firm relies heavily on Anand Pathak's tremendous international experience and ability to understand global financial systems. Accordingly the firm provides its global client base finance related advice in India, while being extremely adept at advising Indian clientele on the nuances of cross border financing. In spite of his personal focus on Competition related matters recently, Anand still remains as one of the foremost attorneys for coordinating cross border financing transactions.
TALWAR THAKORE & ASSOCIATES Major inroads into International Banks investing in India.

The firm's practice head Sonali Mahapatra is known for the quality of her delivery. The Firm's strong ties with Linklaters as well as the ensuing work ethic, quality control and professionalism gives tremendous confidence to its foreign client base. The firm however also advices Indian banks such as the ICICI Bank for refinancing and restructuring matters.
Trilegal Excellent reputation and a sizeable team that can handle complex transactions mostly for the financer.

Trilegal's Banking and Finance team is led by Founding Partner, Karan Singh and ably assisted by Ameya Khandge in Mumbai and Saurabh Bhasin in Delhi. The firm is often called upon by clients such as IFC, SBI, Standard Chartered Bank, RBS etc. to handle high value financing transactions.


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