AT A GLANCE

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.


HSA Advocates has been a trusted legal counsel to its clients and has worked seamlessly with them over the past many years. This has been acknowledged by our clients and legal publications alike. Many of these listings and rankings are based on complexity of mandates handled, innovative practices applied as well as the confidence that clients have in the law firm’s ability. Some of the acknowledgements that we have received from key publications of global repute are listed below:


Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research) Published in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2018


Corporate/MA Department
What the team is known for – Solid corporate group well known for its strong track record in the projects and infrastructure sectors. Advises international and domestic corporations and private equity firms on MA, venture capitals, equity investments, divestments, joint ventures and regulatory approvals. Additional expertise in transactions involving the oil and gas, manufacturing and energy industries.


Notable practitioners
Aparajit Bhattacharya draws praise for “his full grasp on M&A issues, complete understanding of business implications” and “strong negotiating skills.” His areas of expertise include corporate and commercial issues, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He also works on foreign direct investments and joint ventures.


Projects, Infrastructure Energy Department
What the team is known for – Respected firm noted for advising corporate and public-sector clients on the development of major infrastructure projects. Particularly active in transport and urban schemes, where it frequently advises on bid, concession and project documents. Often represents lenders on project financings in the power and energy sectors. The firm’s impressive regulatory and policy practice
enhances their ability to advise on project risk, particularly on mandates relating to the infrastructure sector.


Notable practitioners
Hemant Sahai is an influential figure in the market with a strong reputation for handling development and construction projects. He led the team acting for Solenergi Power Private assisting with the development, operation and maintenance of part of a solar power project in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.


Amitabh Sharma is highly prized by clients, who value his expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. One client notes: “The great thing about him is that he can produce it on the spot; he could look at the document and show you the issues straight away.” He represented JSW Infrastructure in the expansion of the Port of Fujairah, UAE, on a PPP basis.


Anjan Dasgupta
is considered a financing expert and assists clients with PPPs and acquisitions. He is particularly adept at providing project advice in relation to clean technology and sustainable
development.


Commentary as per Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2018


Corporate Practice:
The ‘flexible’ team at HSA Advocates ‘provides excellent value for money’ and ‘fully understands the client’s requirements’. The firm acts for major Indian corporates, multinational companies and private
equity funds, advising on the full gamut of domestic and cross-border transactions. Highlights included advising Ostro Energy on its $80m acquisition of four project companies owned by Suzlon Energy and acting for ReNew Power Ventures on its acquisition of four companies owned by Vikram Solar, a transaction valued at $44m. Abeezar Faizullabhoy and Aparajit Bhattacharya are the names to note.


Projects and Energy Practice
HSA Advocates provides ‘great value for money’, advising on all facets of project development including regulatory issues, financing, policy and dispute resolution. The firm is notably strong in the energy and
renewables sectors and is also active in the project finance and public private partnership (PPP) market in India, advising lenders, borrowers, issuers and other intermediaries on domestic and cross-border
financing transactions. The team is currently advising Solenergi Power on the development, operation and maintenance of a 250MW solar power unit, and is also acting for the government of Goa on a greenfield airport PPP project. Founding partner Hemant Sahai is the main practitioner.


AWARDS

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
Leading law firm – Projects, Infrastructure &
Energy: India, Banking and Finance,
Corporate/M&A and TMT. Noted for Dispute
Resolution.

Chambers Global 2018
Leading law firm – Projects, Infrastructure &
Energy: India, Corporate/M&A. Noted for Dispute Resolution.

Legal 500 – Asia Pacific 2018
Consistently ranked as a Tier 1 law firm – Projects
& Energy and Dispute Resolution and as a leading
law firm – Banking & Finance, Corporate M&A, Tax,
TMT and Labour & Employment.

 

ACQ Global Awards 2018
India – Full Service Law Firm of the Year and
Projects Infrastructure and Energy Law Firm of the
Year.

IBLJ 2017-18 Indian Law Firm Awards
Best Energy, Infrastructure and Projects Law
Firm of the  Year and  Corporate Commercial
Law Firm of the Year.

Asialaw Profiles 2018
Highly Recommended Law Firm – Energy & Natural
Resources, Capital Markets, IT, Telco & Media,
Corporate M&A and Project Finance.

 

IFLR 1000 2018
Ranked for Energy and Infrastructure, Banking &
Finance and Corporate M&A.

 

Client Speak

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“They are a professional team and I must say meticulousness stands out among other qualities. They are very flexible to the customers’ requirements and very responsive.” “I am quite happy with the quality of advice and the service levels relating to the matters that we are working on with HSA Advocates.” “One of the key strengths is that there is partner involvement throughout the course of the assignments, which ensures the quality of the advice and ensures that the deadlines are being met.” “The projects team of HSA Advocates is one of the go-to teams in the country for the renewable sector.
Their biggest strength is their ability to work at all aspects of the renewable sector, be it at the development stage or at the operation stage.” “Their effectiveness in terms of handling of governmental issues, regulatory issues and EPC contracts is commendable.”