India Lawyers and Law Firms

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP

Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP is a full service Intellectual Property and Technology law firm focused on rendering business friendly legal advice. The firm was formed in 1992 and merged with a law practice set up in 1956. Ever since, the firm has been navigating complex intellectual property and techno-legal issues for its diverse client base. To keep pace with the growth of its business and be ever present for its clients, the firm has 150 people spread across offices in the major economic centers of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.

The firm represents clients from all major industries and sectors. The firm’s team includes specialists with niche expertise and industry experience, which is leveraged to provide clients maximum value from legal counseling. Additionally, most of the firm’s professionals have formative degrees in natural sciences, engineering, arts or business, prior to qualifying as lawyers, which is useful while navigating complex intellectual property and techno-legal issues.

Over the years, the firm has been ranked among the top tier Indian intellectual property and technology law firms consistently by leading domestic and international publications.

Areas of practice:

Patents
Trademarks & Geographical Indications
Designs
Copyrights
Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Transfers, Licensing, Franchising, Joint Ventures
Litigation and Arbitration
Plant Varieties
Biodiversity
Competition laws
International trade laws
Regulatory issues
Food, Drug & Medical Device laws
Media, Advertising, Broadcasting & Entertainment laws
Trade Secrets, Data protection and Information Technology laws
Anti-counterfeiting
Customs and Border enforcement

Contact details:

OFFICE
CONTACT NUMBER
ADDRESS

Mumbai (Head Office)
(+91 22) 2200 6322
New Excelsior Building, 7th Floor, Wallace Street, A.K. Nayak Marg, Fort, Mumbai – 400001

Bengaluru
(+91 22) 2200 6322
Office: S-2, No. 26, Red Cross Bhawan, Esteem Arcade, Race Course Road, Bengaluru – 560 001

Delhi
(+91 124) 4114208
Office:407, Global Foyer, 4th Floor, Golf Course Road, Sector 43, NCR – 122 002

Pune
(+91 20) 65004296
#1, Madhu-Asha, 1st Floor, Plot No. 3,Ambika Co-Op Hsg. Soc., S. No. 160/A/2A, Senapati Bapat Road, Near Chaturshrungi temple, Axis Bank lane, Pune- 411016

Ahmedabad
(+91 79) 2658 3244
907, Shivalik High Street, Near Mansi Circle, Premchandnagar Road, Near I.I.M. Satellite,
Ahmedabad – 380 015

info@krishnaandsaurastri.com
Ashok Dhingra – Founder & Managing Partner, Ashok Dhingra Associates
C-103, Pioneer Urban Square
Golf Course Extension Road
Sector 62, Gurgaon – 122011
(Haryana), India

Practice Group Leader:  White Collar Crimes, Investigations and Regulatory Group

Ashok is Attorney having more than 42 years of experience. He has unique advantage of working on both sides of table. Ashok has worked for more than 22 ½ years with Indian Customs including Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI); and over 18 years with Big4 Consulting firms like Arthur Andersen which merged with Ernst & Young in India, KPMG and law firms Khaitan & Co. and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) before setting up Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA) in 2014.

Ashok has assisted clients in conducting audits and investigations under FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Prevention of Corruption Act, investigations of wrong doing or fraud or ethical violations by management or employees of Multinational Companies. He also assisted clients in options to deal with non-compliances and making self-disclosure to the authorities.

He advises clients in relation to data security, privacy, retention, encryption and movement across jurisdictions.

Ashok has assisted clients in investigation and adjudication under Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act. He also regularly advises clients in raid or investigations by Tax, Trade and Regulatory authorities, undertakes briefing and debriefing of employees and assistance in taking position on key issues of investigations by authorities to close cases.

Ashok also advises clients on key issues of exchange controls under Foreign Exchange Management Act and assists in compounding of offences by making an application to Reserve Bank of India and arguing at the time of hearing.

He assists clients in Customs and Trade laws; Goods and Service Tax (GST) & erstwhile Indirect Tax Laws including investigation by Special Valuation Branch (SVB) of Customs to determine arms’ length price in case of transactions with Associated Enterprises; classification and rate of Duty under the Customs Tariff and GST; valuation of local supply of goods and services; availability of input tax credit; applicability of exemption notifications; export of services; etc.

Ashok advises clients on Export/ Import Policy and Sanctions under Foreign Trade Policy. He has extensive experience and regularly advises clients on Export/ Import Controls of restricted goods and technologies, dual use items and Sanctions. He also advises clients on supply chain for sourcing and distribution of goods in a Tax efficient and compliant manner. Ashok advises clients on safety and compliance requirements for movement of hazardous and notified goods.

He assists clients in taking approval for setting up and exit of units under 100% Export Oriented Scheme, Special Economic Zones and Free Trade Warehousing Zones Scheme.

He regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities; Appellate Tribunals; High Courts and Supreme Court in Tax and Trade matters as arguing council.

Ashok assists clients before Director General of Trade Remedies during investigation, mid-term review and sun-set review for levy of Anti-Dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Countervailing Duty. In case of an adverse order he assists clients in filing appeal before Appellate Tribunal at first stage and before Supreme Court at second stage.

He has written several articles on key issues under Tax, Foreign Trade Policy, GST, Ease of Doing Business and regulatory environment in India, which have been well appreciated. Ashok is also a regular speaker in national and international conferences in practice areas of ADA

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Ashok Dhingra Associates
C-103, Pioneer Urban Square
Golf Course Extension Road
Sector 62, Gurgaon – 122011
(Haryana), India

The Firm

Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA) is a professional services firm offering wide range of services under Goods and Service Tax (GST); erstwhile Indirect Taxes; Customs and Trade including Export Controls and Sanctions; and Regulatory Laws. ADA also provides advisory, training and investigation services under Anti-Corruption Laws and White-Collar Crimes to corporates.

ADA’s objective is to enhance value for clients by focusing on solutions that are innovative, yet practical that can be implemented. ADA aims to deliver services through highly qualified and trained professionals who blend their expertise with needs of clients and maintain uncompromising focus on highest quality and ethical practices. ADA follows no relative policy to attract best talent.

ADA has been founded by Ashok Dhingra, who is ranked among the best GST; erstwhile Indirect Taxes; and Customs and Trade Laws including Export Controls and Sanctions Attorneys in India. Ashok is also considered an authority on Supply Chain; Prevention of Money Laundering; Anti-Corruption Laws and White-Collar Crimes. Ashok also assists clients during and after raid or investigations by Customs, GST and Regulatory authorities like Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI); Directorate General Goods and Service Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI); Enforcement Directorate (ED), Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), etc. to take a view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case. He regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities; Appellate Tribunals, High Court and Supreme Court in Tax and Trade matters. Ashok has an overall experience of more than 42 years covering a stint in Indian Customs for 22½ years and over 19 years with Big4 Consulting firms like Arthur Andersen which merged with Ernst & Young in India, KPMG and law firms Khaitan & Co. and J. Sagar Associates (JSA). He is one of the few professionals in the Country who carry with them experience of having worked on both sides of table and with both accounting and law firms. Hence, ADA has unique advantage of providing business solutions to clients keeping in mind possible response of authorities on contentious issues. Ashok has undergone training on GST in Canada, which has been introduced in India on July 1, 2017.

Key Professionals

Sonia Gupta is Chartered Accountant and Attorney. Before setting up ADA with Ashok, Sonia has worked with JSA for more than 5 years and with accounting firm and Banks for 7 years. She has deep knowledge of working of financial institutions and Banks. Sonia focuses primarily on Customs and Trade Laws; Foreign Trade Policy; Export/ Import Controls and Sanctions, providing both advisory and litigation support services to clients. She regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities; Appellate Tribunals; High Courts and Supreme Court in Tax and Trade matters. She regularly assists clients in trade remedies i.e. investigation, mid-term review and sun-set review for levy of Anti-Dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Countervailing Duty before Director General of Trade Remedies and during appeal proceedings before higher appellate foras.  Sonia also assists clients during and after raid or investigations by Customs and Regulatory authorities like DRI, DGGSTI, Directorate of Inspection, ED, SFIO, etc. to take a view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case. Sonia has undergone training on GST in Canada to understand implementation and practical problems faced by industry in compliance thereto, which has been introduced in India on July 1, 2017.

Smita Singh is Attorney and has worked with Khaitan & Co. and JSA for more than 8 years’ prior to setting up ADA with Ashok. Smita mainly focuses on GST and erstwhile Indirect Taxes. Smita has advised Indian & Multinational Companies on migration to GST and re-work their supply chain to operate in Tax efficient and compliant manner. She also provides litigation support to clients under GST and erstwhile Indirect Taxes. She regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities; Appellate Tribunals; High Court and Supreme Court as an arguing counsel in erstwhile Indirect Taxes and GST matters. Smita assists clients during and after raid or investigations by Tax authorities like DGGSTI to take view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case.

Services offered

India has a federal structure and levies multiplicity of Taxes. The Constitution of India provides clear allocation of areas under which only Federal Government and State Governments can levy Taxes and areas under which both can levy Taxes concurrently.

Federal Government presently levies the following key Taxes:

Income Tax – on income of corporate and individuals.
Customs Duty (including Integrated GST) – on import or export of goods.
Anti-Dumping/ Safeguard/ Countervailing Duty – on import of notified goods.
GST on supply of goods and service.

State Governments interalia levy GST on supply of goods and services within the State under specific GST Laws.

ADA provides full spectrum of advisory, compliance and litigation support services under Customs, Trade, Export Controls and Sanctions, GST, erstwhile Indirect Taxes, Regulatory, Anti-Corruption Laws and White-Collar Crimes, which are divided into the following practice groups.

Customs and Trade Group

ADA interalia provides the following services under Customs, Foreign Trade Policy, Export Controls and Sanctions, and Trade laws:

Advisory services

Classification and rate of Duty payable under Customs Tariff.
Applicability of exemption or concessional rate of Duty notification.
Assistance during investigations by Special Valuation Branch of Customs (SVB) to determine arm’s length price in case of transactions with Associated Enterprises.
Setting up and exit of units under 100% Export Oriented Scheme (EOU), Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Free Trade Warehousing Zone units, etc.
Labeling and country of origin requirements for import/ export of goods.
Export/ Import Controls over Sanctioned goods or entities or countries.
Export/ import of restricted goods or services and items notified under SCOMET List (Dual-use items).
Audit of Multinational Companies to understand level and gaps on compliance with Export/ Import Controls and Sanctions and assist in implementing robust internal compliance programme.
Advice on compliances under various regulatory laws like Environment (Protection) Act; Telegraph Act; Legal Metrology Act; Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act; Information Technology Act; Bureau of Indian Standards; Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules; etc., in relation to export/ import of goods and services.
Availability of Duty Drawback on export of goods or services.
Availing of various export incentives like Advance Authorisation, EPCG Authorisation, Merchandise Exports From India Scheme, Service Exports From India Scheme, and various other schemes notified under Foreign Trade Policy.
Assistance upon Initiation of Investigation; mid-term review and sun-set review to levy Anti-Dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Countervailing Duty by Director General of Trade Remedies.

Litigation support

Assistance in replying to show cause notices issued by Customs, Trade and Regulatory authorities and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Appeal before Appellate Committee in cases under Foreign Trade Policy and Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act and arguing at the time of hearing.
Appeal before departmental appellate authorities and Appellate Tribunals and arguing at the time of hearing.
Filing of appeal or writ or SLP before High Courts and or Supreme Court and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Filing of cases before Settlement Commission for settlement and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Filing of application for ruling by Authority for Advance Ruling and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Specialised Services

Diagnostic review of operations under Customs Laws and Foreign Trade Policy, Export/ Import Controls and Sanctions to operate in efficient and compliant manner.
Representations before the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (Board), Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and various other Regulatory authorities seeking intervention and clarifications on key issues.
Assistance during and after raid or investigations by Customs and Regulatory authorities like DRI, ED, Narcotics Control Bureau to take a view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case.
Review of tenders and bids to assist in bidding process and negotiations thereafter to arrive at fair price, budget Tax costs and aligning supply chain in terms of Bill of Material for supply.
Training of local management and employees on Export/ Import Controls and Sanctions to ensure compliance with Export Control regime of India.

Compliance services

Assistance in obtaining Import Export Code number and Authorisations under various Export Promotion Schemes from DGFT for availing export incentives or Licenses for export/ import of restricted goods or technologies including items on the SCOMET List.
Approvals from Development Commissioner of SEZ or Director Software Technology Parks of India for change of implementation agency in case of merger, acquisition or takeover of an existing SEZ or EOU.
Review of various returns and performance reports to be filed before Tax and Regulatory authorities.

Sonia Gupta heads this practice group. (+91 9910501834/ sonia@adalegal.com)

Goods and Service Tax Group

ADA interalia provides the following services under GST and erstwhile Indirect Tax Laws.

Advisory services

Classification and rate of Duty/ Tax payable on goods and services.
Applicability of exemption or concessional rate of Duty/ Tax notification.
Valuation of supply of goods and services to determine Duty/ Tax payable.
Review of transactions to advise on liability to discharge Tax under reverse charge mechanism.
Taxability of export and import of services.
Review of agreements to advise on Tax implications.
Availability of input tax credit (ITC) on inputs, capital goods and input services to be set-off against Tax payable on supply of goods or services.
Issues on manufacture/ processing of goods under Job Work.
Exemptions from Tax or getting refund of Tax paid on export of goods and services.
Issues pertaining to anti-profiteering measures.

Litigation support

Assistance in replying to show cause notices issued by GST and erstwhile Indirect Taxes authorities and arguing at the time of hearing.
Appeal before departmental appellate authorities and Appellate Tribunal and arguing at the time of hearing.
Filing of appeal or writ or SLP before High Courts and or Supreme Court and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Filing of cases before Settlement Commission for settlement and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Filing of application for ruling by Authority for Advance Ruling and appeals before Appellate Authority Advance Ruling and arguing case at the time of hearing.
Assistance during investigations by departmental authorities on complaints of anti-profiteering and proceedings before National Anti-Profiteering Authority.

Specialised Services

Diagnostic review of operations under GST to operate in Tax efficient and compliant manner.
Representations before GST Council, Board and State GST authorities seeking intervention and clarifications on key issues.
Assistance during and after raid or investigations by DGGSTI or jurisdictional Tax authorities to take a view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case.
Review of tenders and bids to assist in bidding process and negotiations thereafter to arrive at fair price, budget Tax costs and aligning supply chain in terms of Bill of Material for supply.

Compliance services

Assistance in obtaining and surrender of registrations.
Review of data provided by client and filing of monthly/ annual/ periodical returns under GST laws.

Smita Singh head this practice group. (+91 9650100564/ smita@adalegal.com)

White Collar Crimes, Investigations and Regulatory Group

Ensuring compliance with FCPA, UK Bribery Act, Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), etc. is a big issue with Multinational Companies operating in high risk countries. A small mistake by an employee or local management can have serious consequences in home country of parent company. Hence, it is imperative that Multinational Companies have strong compliance mechanism and in case of any non-compliance take immediate steps to avoid wider ramifications. Regular training of employees and local management is key to ensuring compliance with FCPA and other Anti-Corruption Laws.

Compliances under local laws in relation to data security, data privacy, data encryption, data migration, etc. are also big cause of concerns for Multinational Companies. Additionally, leakage of commercially sensitive information, may have serious implications for companies. Hence, companies are taking steps to ensure data security, privacy, encryption and movement of data across jurisdictions in compliance with Governing Legislations.

In this regard ADA interalia provides the following services.

White Collar Crimes and Investigations

Assistance in assessing effectiveness of internal controls, procedures and policies.
Conducting compliance audit of subsidiaries and third-party vendors of Multinational Companies under FCPA, UK Bribery Act and PCA.
Conducting investigations of fraud committed or any wrong doing or ethical violations by management or employees.
Periodic training of senior management, employees, third-party vendors of clients in order to create and enhance awareness regarding compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and ethical behaviour.
Assistance in developing and operating whistle blower policies and hotline.

Data Management

ADA provides advisory services in relation to data security, privacy, retention, encryption and movement.

Regulatory Laws

Advice on key issues of exchange controls under Foreign Exchange Management Act and assistance in compounding of offences by making an application to Reserve Bank of India.
Assistance during and after raid or investigations by Directorate of Inspection under the Income Tax Act or Black Money Act or Prevention of Money Laundering Act; ED; Central Bureau of Investigations, etc. to take a view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case.
Assistance in proceedings under Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Black Money Act and in case of adverse order appeal before Appellate Tribunal.
Advisory services under Insurance Act.Ashok Dhingra head this practice group. (+91 9810710303 & 9650100561/ ashok@adalegal.com)

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Smita Singh – Partner, Ashok Dhingra Associates
C-103, Pioneer Urban Square
Golf Course Extension Road
Sector 62, Gurgaon – 122011
(Haryana), India

Practice Group Leader: Goods and Service Tax Group

Smita is Attorney primarily focuses on Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduced in India w.e.f. July 1, 2017 and erstwhile Indirect Taxes. She provides advisory, litigation and compliance services under entire spectrum of GST.

She has assisted many clients in impact analysis, migration to GST and re-working supply chain to operate in an efficient and compliant manner.  Smita is advising large number of Multinational clients under GST on issues like transition; nature of supply; classification and rate of Tax; applicability of exemptions notification; availability of input tax credit, manufacture of goods under Job Work; liability to pay Tax on import of goods and services or under reverse charge on various activities, valuation of goods and services on supply, etc. Smita has assisted clients in making various representation to Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs and GST Council addressing key issues on anomaly in law, Tax rate inconsistency, business issues, etc. seeking intervention and clarification on various issues.

She assists large number of clients in drafting reply to show cause notices/ appeals before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities. Smita also assists clients in filing appeals/ writ petitions and argues at the time of hearing before Appellate Tribunal, High Courts and Supreme Court. She also assists clients in seeking advance ruling before Authority for Advance Ruling or filing appeal before Appellate Authority Advance Rulings and arguing at the time of hearings.

Smita assists clients during investigations conducted by Director General of Trade Remedies during investigations, mid-term review and sun-set review for levy of Anti-Dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Countervailing Duty.

She also advises Indian & Multinational Companies on Customs, Foreign Trade Policy and Regulatory laws like Telegraph Act, Telecom Policy, Environment (Protection) Act, etc. in relation to export or import of goods and services.

Smita assists clients in taking approval for setting up and exit from 100% Export Oriented Units (EOU) Scheme, Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Free Trade Warehousing Zones Scheme. She also assists clients in seeking approval from the authorities for change of implementation agency in case of merger, acquisition, takeover, etc. of EOU or SEZ. She also assists clients in integrating local entity of acquired company with Indian entity of foreign principal.

She assists clients during and after raid or investigations by Directorate General Goods and Service Tax Intelligence and Regulatory authorities to take view on key Tax & Regulatory positions and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close case. She also assists clients in investigation, drafting submissions and adjudication proceedings under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

She has assisted clients in investigation and advisory services with respect to FCPA and Prevention of Corruption Act compliances, employee fraud, Anti-Corruption Laws violations, whistle blower, etc. She has also drafted compliance manuals for clients putting together FCPA compliant policy at work place.

Smita has written many articles on key Indirect Tax and GST issues which have been well appreciated.

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Sourish Mohan Mitra – Director, Legal Affairs at Gartner

Sourish is recognized at #7 in the exclusive group of ’30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2018′, by Asia Law Portal, a leading Asian website on legal, affairs (https://asialawportal.com/2017/12/26/30-people-to-watch-in-the-business-of-law-in-asia-in-2018/)

Sourish has hands on experience in leading teams and managing in-house, consulting and law firm matters. His is a Director on the Board of Directors of Gartner India and CEB India Private Limited, a Gartner company.

Currently he works in a leadership role with Gartner, the world’s leading technology research and advisory company. He leads the India legal affairs on various functions. He has a perfect blend of in-house and consulting experience to deliver the requisite to internal and external clients.

Prior to this role, Sourish has acted for numerous multi-national corporations and Indian companies on various matters relating to corporate, commercial, FDI, retail, infrastructure, real estate and labour laws. In all these years of professional experience, he has handled complex mergers & acquisitions and exit transactions.

Sourish is regularly invited to contribute to leading national and international media, journals, websites etc. on diverse topics ranging from current legal issues & social concerns to personal development & leadership excellence.

Sourish looks forward to challenging assignments and has successfully delivered in critical situations. He has the ability to work in a team or deliver personally as may be required in a given matter. He can handle multiple assignments, contract negotiations & related functions in parallel across various time zones.

Apart from executing assignments, he is committed to building meaningful and long lasting relationships. He is adept at independently fostering new clients and nurturing existing client relationships.

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Phoenix Legal
First- Second- Third floor, 254, Okhla Industrial Estate,
Phase III, New Delhi- 110020

Phoenix Legal is a full service Indian law firm offering transactional, regulatory, advisory, dispute resolution and tax services. The firm advises a diverse clientele including domestic and international companies, banks and financial institutions, funds, promoter groups and public sector undertakings. Phoenix Legal was formed in 2008 and now has 15 Partners and 65 lawyers in its three offices (New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai) making it one of the fastest growing law firms of the country.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We are committed to developing strong client relationships, engaging capable and dedicated professionals and investing in technology. Enthusiasm, energy and drive for excellence influence the way we work. We invest time in understanding our client’s business which enables us to provide commercially oriented and innovative legal solutions to achieve the client’s goals.

We believe that our lawyers are our greatest resource and our philosophy is to attract and retain quality professionals. We encourage entrepreneurship to enable our people to fully realise their potential. Our belief is that our clients will benefit with the success of our people.

A few characteristics which set us apart from a conventional firm are: a high degree of partner involvement and availability; top quality commercially oriented legal advice; attention to detail; and responsiveness.

Key Accolades

In the short span of existence, the firm has firmly established itself in the Indian legal market and has received wide media recognition. Some of the key accolades include:

Highest client satisfaction rating amongst top 20 Indian law firms – 2013 Indian Law Firm Ranking and Report by RSG Consulting
Best Firm in India: Asia Women in Business Law Awards, 2016, Euromoney, Hong Kong
Client Choice, Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in India, 2017 – Global Law Experts
Highly recommended as a leading firm: Various practice areas, Chambers Asia Pacific: 2012 – 2018
“Phoenix Legal punches well above its weight in terms of size.”- RSG Consulting 2017
Phoenix Legal among top 5 law firms in India – AsiaLaw Dispute Resolution Awards 2017
IBLJ, Indian Law Firm Award 2017-18 – Banking & Finance, Energy, Projects & Infrastructure, Insurance & Reinsurance, and Restructuring, Refinancing & Insolvency
Phoenix Legal among top 8 Asian law firms in Gender Diversity – Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017

+91 11 49830000
+91 11 49830099
delhi@phoenixlegal.in
Sonia Gupta – Partner, Ashok Dhingra Associates
C-103, Pioneer Urban Square
Golf Course Extension Road
Sector 62, Gurgaon – 122011
(Haryana), India

Practice Group Leader: Custom and Trade Group

Sonia is Chartered Account and Attorney, primarily focuses on Customs and Trade Laws including Export/ Import Controls and Sanctions; Foreign Trade Policy and Regulatory Laws, providing both advisory and litigation services to clients.

She regularly assists clients under Customs issues such as classification and rate of Duty under Customs Tariff; applicability of exemption notifications; Country of Origin Rules; availability of Drawback on export or re-export of goods and services; investigation by Special Valuation Branch of Customs (SVB) to determine arms’ length price in case of transaction with Associated Enterprises; etc.

Sonia advises clients on Export/ Import Policy and Sanctions under Foreign Trade Policy and other regulatory laws like Environment (Protection) Act; Telegraph Act; Legal Metrology Act; Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act; Information Technology Act; Bureau of Indian Standards; etc. Sonia has done extensive pioneering work on export and import of dual use items, restricted technologies and items covered by SCOMET List of India in compliance to Multilateral Agreements and regularly assists client in relation thereto She is advising clients on issues arising out of inadvertent export of restricted goods and technologies and investigations by Regulatory authorities to close case causing least disruption to operations. Sonia also advises clients on safety and compliance requirements for movement of hazardous and notified goods.

She advises clients in relation to data security, privacy, retention, encryption and movement across jurisdictions. Sonia also advises clients on key issues of exchange controls under Foreign Exchange Management Act and assists in compounding of offences by making an application to Reserve Bank of India.

She has undergone training in Canada on Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has been introduced in India on July 1, 2017, to understand implementation issues and practical difficulties faced by the industry in compliance thereto. She advises clients under GST on issues like classification and rate of Tax; applicability of exemptions notification; availability of input tax credit; manufacture of goods under Job Work; liability to pay Tax on import/ export of services and liability to Tax under reverse charge on various activities; etc.

Sonia also assists clients in raid and investigations by Tax and Regulatory authorities like Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Enforcement Directorate, Narcotics Control Bureau and other Tax and Regulatory authorities to review Tax positions, discussions with authorities, options to close issues, briefing and debriefing of employees, etc.

Sonia assists clients in taking approval for setting up and exit of units under 100% Export Oriented Scheme; Special Economic Zones and Free Trade Warehousing Zones Scheme.

Sonia assists clients in drafting reply to show cause notices/ appeals and regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities in Tax and Trade matters. She also assists clients in filing appeal/ writ before High Courts and Supreme Court in Customs, Trade and Tax matters and argues at the time of hearing.

She also assists clients in making application before Settlement Commission for settlement of cases and arguing at the time of hearing. Sonia also assists clients in filing application and arguing at the time hearing before Authority for Advance Ruling seeking ruling on key issues.

She also assists clients during investigations, mid-term review and sun-set review for levy of Anti-Dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Countervailing Duty by Director General of Trade Remedies and in case of an adverse order before Appellate Tribunal at first stage and Supreme Court at final stage.

Sonia has handled large number of investigations for Multinational Companies and assisted clients in conducting audits under FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Prevention of Corruption Act; investigations of wrong doing or fraud or ethical violations by management or employees & whistle blower issues. She also assisted clients in options to deal with non-compliances and making self-disclosure to the authorities.

Sonia has also assisted clients in investigation, drafting submissions and adjudication proceedings under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

She has written many articles on key issues under Customs, Indirect Tax and GST, which have been well appreciated.

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Legacy Law Offices
Chandigarh Head Office:
Legacy House
333, MDC, Sector 4
Panchkula – 134114, India

Our law firm, Legacy Law Offices, is the result of culmination of the rich legacy of leading legal practitioners which has been built up since the beginning of the 20th century, with the end objective of becoming the leading professionally managed institutional legal service provider in the sphere of “developmental projects across variety of infrastructure sectors” and “family law issues” for the betterment of the society. The law firm is an initiative of seasoned Solicitors and Advocates, who hail from renowned legal families practicing law in India for the last five generations.

Clients prefer Legacy Law Offices due to :

(i) its market positioning as the largest and the top most full service law firm operating out of Chandigarh, the joint capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, which is also the gate way to the scenic hill state of Himachal Pradesh;

(ii) its well located and full fledged office in New Delhi, the capital city of India, which excels in various areas of legal practice across number of states of India;

(iii) its market positioning as the “best law firm for construction laws in India” and the law firm with the widest footprint in developmental projects across number of infrastructure sectors in over 23 states of India and abroad; and

(iv) its services as a reliable and confidence instilling institutionalised legal service provider in relation to matrimonial counselling, divorce, maintenance, child custody, domestic violence cases etc., which is unparalleled in the family law market primarily dominated by independent individual Advocates.

Legacy Law Offices
0172-2559332, 33 0172-4801333,2333
0172-2559335
anand@legacylawoffices.com
HSA Advocates

 

About HSA Advocates

 
“Committed to putting our legal acumen and solution oriented approach
to work for our clients.”
 

Since the firm’s inception in 2003, HSA Advocates (HSA) has consistently been recognised amongst one of India’s foremost and trusted full service legal advisors to corporates, financial institutions, PE and VC funds, governments and public sector enterprises. Drawing strength from the collective experience of its people, the exceptional diversity of its profiles and deep sector understanding, at HSA each and every lawyer invests in servicing clients with utmost sincerity, keeping the client’s interest paramount.

This is demonstrated by the high level of commitment and ability to find pragmatic solutions that are unique and rooted in deep insights of a client’s business. This allows the firm to not only help clients mitigate risks but also find solutions that create a pathway of success. The in-depth knowledge of policy-legal-regulatory and commercial risks and the subtle nuances that influence the underlying sectors/industries is a key differentiator that sets the firm apart.

Clients acknowledge and recognize HSA for the professionalism and commercial perspective brought to assignments; strong commercial acumen, managing transactions in an efficient and cost-effective manner and to address and resolve demanding commercial and legal issues in a practical manner has always been recognised by the clients as strong points of HSA.

Led by a growing collegium of partners who are legal experts of great repute, the firm has a well-established full service capability to serve clients across multiple industries and sectors including Automotive, Aviation, Banks and Financial Institutions, Ecommerce, Education, Energy including Renewable Energy, Environment, Health and Safety, Hospitality and Healthcare, Infrastructure-urban and rural, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, Mining and Exploration, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, PPP Projects, Real Estate, Retail and FMCG, Services Sector, Smart Cities, Transport, Telecommunication, IT and software.

With offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, HSA Advocates’ credentials are a testimony of its ability to attract the best and brightest talent and the firm’s belief in nurturing teams with the requisite skills, in particular cultivating sector-specific expertise.

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(+91) (11) 6638 7000, (+91) (22) 4340 0400, (+91) (80) 4631 7000 and (+91) (33) 4035 0000
(+91) (11) 6638 7099, (+91) (22) 4340 0444 and (+91) (33) 4035 0099
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Kanga and Co
Readymoney Mansion, 43, Veer Nariman Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001, India

Kanga and Co is one of India’s oldest law firms established in 1890 with its office in Mumbai. Kanga & Co is a full-service law firm advising on all areas of law. The firm’s expert teams are known for their sound advice and swift turnaround time, both of which have been highly appreciated and acknowledged by clients worldwide.

Partners: 14

Lawyers: 50

Contact: Mr M L Bhakta

Key areas of practice: Mergers & acquisitions, corporate & commercial advisory, private equity, capital markets, banking, joint ventures & collaborations, real estate, franchising, dispute resolution, IPR, insurance, taxation, project finance, shipping.

Recognitions: The firm has received numerous accolades over the years: ranked by Legal 500 as one of the top firms for real estate; awarded the Indian Business Law Journal, Indian law firm award in the construction and real estate categories for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015,  2016 and 2017; it received Asian Counsel’s Firm of the Year award for regulatory & compliance in India in 2010 and for maritime and shipping in 2011; it was named Global Law Experts’ Indian Franchise Law Firm of the Year in 2011; received Acquisition International M&A Awards’ Corporate Litigation Law Firm of the Year in India award in 2012; won IBLJ’s India law firm award for corporate and commercial in 2012 and the IBLJ Dealmakers Deal of the Year award in 2012 and 2014; and, received leading lawyer accolades from Asialaw in 2013.

Mr M L Bhakta and Mr Shailesh Vaidya have been recognised as leading lawyers by Chambers & Partners.

Ms Preeti Mehta has been recognised as a leading lawyer by the International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers. She was similarly recognised by Chambers & Partners for corporate and M&A, and by Who’s Who International for franchising in India.

+91 22 66230000; +91 22 66332288
+91 22 66339656; +91 22 66339657
mail@kangacompany.com