Areas of Practice

ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

ALS believes in a creative, proactive alternate dispute resolution process with the objective of encouraging negotiated resolutions. Our attorneys have significant experience in both international and domestic arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our attorneys have acted as counsels and arbitrators in high stake arbitrations and are well recognized as experts in all areas of general and special practice, including finance, commerce, contractual, building, construction, domain name disputes as well as industry and employment related disputes. Our ADR practice is headed by one of our Managing Partner Shri Sudipta Basu

Given a rich pool of human resources, the firm has the ability to readily assemble dedicated teams of professionals with the industry specific expertise to meet the client’s requirements and handle complex arbitration matters both in India and abroad.

AVIATION

The partners of firm have extensive experience in the aviation sector. They have been actively involved in several aviation matters and have closely seen the liberalization of the aviation sector and the various issues and contentions that it brought along. The firm interlia provides the following services in this field of law:

Drafting of loan agreements, operating lease agreement, security assignment agreement, etc.
Negotiations/Compliance with Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Airports Authority of India (AAI)
Advising on various Conventions relating to Aviation, including the Chicago Convention

BANKING AND FINANCE

With the advent of globalisation, liberalisation and diversification of the Indian economy, the banking and financial sector has become complex. This sector in the India economy has seen rapid and wide ranging reforms which have thrown challenges at every step of the way. We at ALS have invested in understanding the legal framework and regulatory compliances to provide a comprehensive solution to our clients, both domestic and international. In this sector our practice can be covered under the following main sub-heads:

Corporate Finance
Structured Finance
International Banking
Securitization
Debt Restructuring
Project Finance

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

Our corporate and commercial practice includes the following:

Incorporation of Companies-In India
Establishment of Branch, Liaison & Representative Offices
Due Diligence
FEMA Exchange Control & Regulatory Matters
Distribution, Agency & Franchise Agreements
Foreign Collaboration, Joint Ventures
Mergers and Acquisitions
Foreign Direct Investment
Warehousing, Special Economic Zones
Securities Laws & Regulations
Insider Trading
Drafting of Joint Venture Agreements, Consortium Agreements, Shareholders’ Agreements, EPC Agreements
Distribution, Agency and Franchise Agreements
Regulatory Services and Approvals
Model Production Sharing Contracts (MPSC), Mining Lease, Transfer, Renewal, Subcontracting, Drilling contracts
Corporate & Shareholders’ Disputes
Manufacturing and Supply Agreements
Corporate Restructuring & Reconstruction
Misfeasance Actions
Oppression Actions
Recovery of Investment by International Fund Managers
Schemes of Arrangements
Debt Restructuring
Winding-up, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Proceedings
Liquidation Proceedings
Corporate Governance

CRIMINAL, WHITE COLLAR CRIMES AND SERIOUS FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS

Our criminal law practice involves the following:

Drafting, Advising and Representations in White Collar Crimes, primarily offences under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, before the Economic Offences Wing, etc.
Drafting, Filing and Representation in bail matters
Advising on law related to Serious Fraud Investigations
Representation before the District Courts, High Courts and Supreme Court in offences under the IPC

ENVIROMENTAL LAWS

With the progress in industrial sector and consequent pressure on environment, environmental laws have developed as a major area of law. The Partners of the firm have been advising its clients on environmental laws for a considerable time. The firm interalia provides the following services in this field:

Filing and Representation before the National Green Tribunal
Advising on laws related to environmental hazards formulated targeting commercial industries, including but not limited to plastic manufacturers, stone quarries, coal mines, cement manufacturers.

JOINT VENTURES, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

In recent years, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring activities in India reached new levels, and the counsel of the Firm have represented both domestic and foreign clients in a number of these transactions. The counsels of the Firm have vast experience in the joint venture, merger, demerger and acquisition transactions. The services rendered by the counsel in this area includes, due diligence on potential partners/ targets, negotiations of the terms and conditions of various agreements on behalf of the clients and preparation of documentation and agreements (including Joint Venture Agreement, Asset Purchase Agreement, Share Purchase Agreement, Association Agreement, Shareholders Agreement, Restructuring Agreement). Our M&A team is headed by our Partner Shri Rajesh Ridla

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND ANTI-DUMPING

With the advent of liberalisation international trade has undergone massive changes in terms of the laws governing the sector and their implementation by the governmental authorities. On one side India is emerging as a favoured destination for FDI and on the other it is also being used to dump products by developed nations. The firm advises its domestic as well as international clients dealing with diverse issues which come up in the arena of international and endeavours to provide a sound practical solution suited to the business needs of our clients. The firm interalia provides the following services in this arena:

Drafting of supply contracts, advance payment and supply contracts, OEM agreements, technical assistance agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, settlement deeds
Advising on Anti-dumping mechanism
Negotiations and representations before Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Drafting, filing and Representation before Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), High Court and Supreme Court
Anti Suit injunctions
Advising on Documentary credits

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

We at ALS handle contentious and non-contentious intellectual property related issues for domestic and international clients. The firm handles all aspects of trademarks, design, patent, copyright, domain name registration, licensing and assignment and Geographical Indication, infringement matters. The firm’s IP practice can be sub-divided under the following main heads:

Trademarks
Copyright
Patents
Unfair Competition Laws
IP Enforcement
IP Litigation
IP Transactions
Brand Management
Trade Secret, Trade Name and Trade Dress Protection

 

LITIGATION

The firm has a cutting edge practical experience in conducting both private and commercial litigation before diverse fora, including Supreme Court of India, High Courts and District Courts. The firm’s litigation practice encompasses various fields of law including Constitutional law, Commercial law, Intellectual Property & Cyber laws, Criminal laws, Employment laws, Real Estate & Land laws, and Family laws, besides other practice areas. The firm has practical experience of conducting proceedings before various tribunals including National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, Debt Recovery Tribunal and Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal. The firm is also actively representing its clients before the various consumer forum. The firm also has an established network of associates in several jurisdictions, who actively represent firm’s clients conducting litigation matters across various jurisdictions.

Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in matters across various industries/sectors including Information Technology, Education, Manufacturing, Export, Hospitality, and Healthcare. The firm also has practical experience in conducting cybercrime matters, including hacking and data theft cases and/or Intellectual Property infringements before authorities appointed under the Information Technology Act 2000.

The Partners of the firm have represented clients before the following tribunals and Courts:

Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal
Intellectual Property Appellate Board
Appellate Tribunal for Foreign Exchange
Debt Recovery Tribunal
Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal
National Company Law Tribunal
National Company Law Appellate Tribunal
District, State and National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
National Green Tribunal
Central Administrative Tribunal
TDSAT
Securities Appellate Tribunal
District Courts, High Courts and Supreme Court of India

TAXATION (DIRECT AND INDIRECT)

The firm advises clients on all tax planning matters relating to the establishment of corporate business presence in India and the subsequent conduct of business by such corporate entities.
Our team of tax experts advises clients on direct and indirect tax issues, including custom duty, excise duty, goods and services tax, income tax, gift tax, sales tax, value added tax, octroi tax and other transactional taxes and local duties.

Business reorganization
Direct & Indirect taxes
Goods and Services Tax
Establishing business presence in India
SEZ, FTZ
Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements
Mergers & Acquisitions
Transactional taxes
Works contract, sales and service tax
Value added tax
Octroi tax
Custom duties
Offshore companies
Special tax exemptions for investments

TECHNOLOGY, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND ENERGY LAWS

One of the key areas of law practice of our firm is in the field of technology, telecommunications and energy laws. The firm advises its foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of laws relating to technology and telecommunications. The firm further actively represents clients before various legal forum including Consumer forum, district courts, High Courts in India and the Supreme Court of India. The firm interlia provides the following services:

Filing and Representation before Consumer Forums, TDSAT
Advising on Telecom Equipment Manufacturing Units in India
Advising on Telecommunication Laws in India, with regard to TRAI regulations, DOPT guidelines and notifications, etc.
Representations before adjudicating authorities with regard to Power Purchase Agreements
Advising and Representing with regard to Scheduling of Electricity in India