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India - TDH500

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    • Ajay Bahl - AZB & Partners
    • M L Bhakta - Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors
    • OP Bhardwaj - Associated Law Advisers
    • Nishith Desai - Nishith Desai Associates
    • Atul Dua - Seth Dua & Associates
    • Aliff Fazelbhoy - ALMT Legal
    • Anil Harish - D.M. Harish & Co.
    • V Lakshmikumaran - LakshmiKumaran & Sridharan
    • Rohan Shah - Economic Laws Practice
    • Ajay Vohra - Vaish Associates

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AZB & Partners’ specialist tax group assists with corporate tax planning and transaction-related matters. The firm acts for Max Group in several tax matters. Ajay Bahl is the key contact.

One of the best firms for tax matters’, BMR Legal is praised for ‘professional service’, and tax litigation skills. The workload has included acting for Carlyle India in disputes concerning transfer pricing. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, IBM and Lummus Technology are also clients. Mukesh Butani is recommended.

Economic Laws Practice’s ‘very insightful’ lawyers provide outstanding legal strategy and prompt responses, without compromising quality of work’. The team is led by the ‘very experienced and highly regardedRohan Shah. Rohit Jain is also recommended. Clients include Bank of America, BP Exploration and Citibank.

With one of the largest tax practices in the country, Khaitan & Co. impresses with its ‘outstanding level of service’, and acts for clients in direct and indirect tax matters, regulatory instructions and tax litigation. The firm was recently instructed by Temasek to handle the tax aspects connected to its investment in ETechAces Marketing & Consulting. Daksha Baxi, Nihail Kothari and Sanjay Sanghvi are recommended.

LakshmiKumaran & Sridharan is particularly well respected for indirect tax issues and tax-related litigation. Clients include TATA Steel, Toyota Kirloskar and Mahindra & Mahindra. L. Badri Narayanan and V Lakshmikumaran are noteworthy practitioners.

Under the leadership of Nisith Desai and Rajesh Simhan, the team at Nishith Desai Associates excels at complex, high-end tax mandates with cross-border elements, benefiting from the firm’s presence in the US and Singapore. The practice advised Aberdeen Global on minimum alternate tax (MAT) applicable to international corporations.

Vaish Associates handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and is particularly noted for direct tax matters and transfer pricing issues. The team successfully represented Goodyear India in tax litigation relating to its manufacturing activities. Rupesh Jain, Neeraj Jain and Rohit Jain are recommended.

At ALMT Legal, the dedicated tax team has a special emphasis on tax disputes before all tax fora and courts. On the non-contentious side, the firm advised the Royal Society of Chemistry on Indian tax implications relating to its online courses that can be accessed globally via the internet. Aliff Fazelbhoy and Statira Ranina are highly recommended.

Advaita Legal successfully combines ‘cutting-edge tax advice with courtroom experience’. The firm is currently representing Tata Sky and Dish TV India before the Indian judiciary concerning the applicability of VAT legislation to ‘Direct To Home’ (DTH) services. Sujit Ghosh is the key contact.

S. R. Patnaik’s team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas assists an array of national and international clients, which have included Morgan Stanley, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Broadcom.

Kochhar & Co. has enhanced its tax capabilities through the acquisition of Agra-based firm Brijesh Verma & Associates. Former member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes Shahid Khan leads the practice, which regularly acts for leading multinationals and large local companies in Indian tax mandates. Clients include Lubrizol Corporation, CNSI India and Patterson Energy UTI.

Luthra & Luthra Law Offices is recommended for direct and indirect tax instructions. Vikas Srivastava is recommended.

At Majmudar & Partners, the tax department is headed by Akil Hirani and Ravishankar Raghavan. The lawyers in the team ‘strive to find practical solutions to often difficult tax matters’; they provide ‘timely responses and ask the right follow-up questions to ensure that advice can be properly delivered’. The firm delivers direct and indirect tax advice to local and international clients, including Nippon Soda and H&R Block.

Seth Dua & Associates’ tax practice is led by Atul Dua and Upvan Gupta. The firm assisted global advertising corporation JCDecaux with various tax issues relating to its India business, including representing the client in tax credit disputes. Spanish fashion retailer Cortefiel is also a client.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co provides direct and indirect tax advice. The ‘experienced’ Pallavi Shroff leads the practice, which acts for Nektar Therapeutics, Carlsberg, Vodafone and DirecTv. Amit Singhania is also noted.

At Trilegal, the ‘vastly experienced’ Himanshu Sinha heads the team. The firm recently advised BG Group on the India tax implications of its acquisition by Royal Dutch Shell.

Rajesh Begur leads the tax team at ARA Law, which advises corporate clients on transaction-related matters, double tax avoidance agreements, transfer pricing and capital gains tax issues.

Tax boutique Amicus successfully acted for Siegwerk India in a transfer pricing dispute. Clients also include De Diamond India and Pyramid IT Consulting. The ‘knowledgeable’ Ashutosh Mohan Rastogi is respected for ‘his understanding of client needs’.

At DSK Legal, Anand Desai heads the group, which assists domestic and international clients with strategic tax matters, regulatory issues, and general direct and indirect tax advice.

Tax and litigation expert Nand Kishore leads the team at HSA Advocates, which is known for its advice on direct and indirect tax matters. The firm recently acted for large cement manufacturing company ACC in a dispute before the tax authorities.

J Sagar Associates handles direct and indirect tax matters, as well as customs and international trade issues. Sunil Jain is the key contact.

Under the leadership of Dimpy Mohanty, the team at LexCounsel advises on all aspects of direct and indirect tax.

MPC Legal advises on matters such as double taxation avoidance agreements, tax structuring, tax effectiveness and commercial ventures. Puma Sports, Tecpro Systems and GMH AgriHub are clients. Aseem Chawla leads the practice.

Bhasin Sethi & Associates is a boutique tax law firm with deep expertise in indirect tax matters. Ashok Kumar Bhasin and Vimal Sethi are recommended.

D.M. Harish & Co. advises clients on domestic and international tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

Dua Associates’ Sunil Kumar Malik advises foreign corporations on complex tax mandates.

Gagrats assisted RSM McGladary with tax matters applicable to non-resident corporations, and also advised longstanding client Jet Airways on income tax claims.

At Kanga & Company Advocates and Solicitors, M L Bhakta assists clients with tax planning and litigation, among other matters.

Reina Legal represented Siemens in Central Sales Tax (CST) and VAT disputes before the judiciary. Managing partner Gajendra Maheshwari is the key contact.

At Singh & Associates Founder – Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors, Daizy Chawla and Gunita Pahwa are the names to note.

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