Practice Areas

ADMINISTRATIVE & REGULATORY LAW

SLA has been widely involved in advising on the collective knowledge of “how government works” derived from the skill and experience of the attorneys and policy advisors.

Lawyers at SLA, representing a diversity of practice groups and client interests, regularly appear before courts and Government agencies, representing the interests of domestic and international corporations, trade associations,nonprofit organizations, and individuals, among others.

The understanding of the attorneys at the Firm of the complexities of regulatory agencies, rulemaking processes, and regulatory frameworks is due to its vast experience in the field. The practice of the Firm is augmented by the knowledge of the specific industry sectors those agencies regulate, enabling the Firm to provide expert advice on the impact of proposed or pending policy changes, potential impact of those changes and how best to plan for pending regulatory changes well in advance of their realization.

ARBITRATION

SLA has a dedicated team of lawyers who handle arbitration matters. We have experience in advising and representing our clients throughout the arbitration process in relation to a broad spectrum of disputes, industries, cultures, languages and legal systems.

We offer client assistance, representation and advice at all stages of the arbitration process. This includes pre-arbitral negotiations, the conduct of arbitral proceedings and the challenge and enforcement of arbitral awards. We also appear before various Courts and Tribunals to prosecute or defend petitions/ applications for interim measures in support of arbitration.

Our dispute resolution practice area covers a wide and challenging spectrum of commercial matters including media and entertainment, consumer disputes, debt recovery, employment and human resources, unfair and restrictive trade practices, contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes amongst others.

LITIGATION

Recognized for our in-depth expertise, the Firm represents leading business groups, domestic and multinational companies, Public Sector Undertakings, Banks & Financial Institutions, government departments in complex multi-jurisdictional litigations. The Firm has successfully handled a wide spectrum of disputes across District Courts, various High Courts, the Supreme Court of India, including Appellate Tribunals and quasi-judicial foras including NGT, SAT, ITAT, NLCT, NCLAT, DRT, DRAT, NCDRC among others.

With intent to resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively, the Firm believes in thorough assessment of the situation, prefer following a pragmatic approach, and emphasize on effective communication right from devising the litigation strategy to its execution while extending support to clients at every stage of the litigation.

COMPETITION

SLA advises clients on a full spectrum of competition law issues including reviewing potentially anti-competitive agreements, dominance and practices, competition audit of business practices and arrangements, formulating and conducting compliance & training programs etc.. in all courts. We have also advised market players in the carved-out sectors of glass, textile, automotive components, information technology (IT), liquor, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, transport, infrastructure, media etc. on both regulatory and compliance issues.

CORPORATE & TRANSACTIONAL DOCUMENTATION

SLA has advised clients in various specific transactions, including teaming agreements, subcontracts and joint venture agreements in all courts. SLA also advises on entity structuring.

The Firm has very vast and long experience and specialized skills and niche in negotiating, vetting and drafting various International and domestic transactional and commercial agreements/contracts. Some of them are:

  • Joint Venture or Shareholders’ Agreements.
  • Share Subscription Agreements.
  • Stock Holders Agreements.
  • Acquisition Agreements.
  • Agency/Franchisee and Distributorship Agreements.
  • Business Conducting Agreements.
  • Transfer Technology Agreements.
  • Stock-Purchase Agreements.
  • Concession Agreements.
  • Employment Agreements.
  • Supply Agreements; and other ancillary agreements.

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

SLA has been advising clients on the growth of India’s power sectors. With an experienced team in assisting governments, regulators, multinational corporations and financial institutions in a continually evolving legal and regulatory regime, our services have been sought at every level including - bidding, project development, financing, M&A, restructuring and on an ongoing basis where we have been involved at all stages, including conducting due diligence and drafting and negotiation of various types of documentation, to name a few, power purchase agreements, EPC contracts, O&M contracts, state support agreements, fuel supply contracts, production sharing contracts, gas sale and purchase agreements and financing and security documentation.

ENVIRONMENT LAW

SLA is known for helping clients to resolve enforcement actions concerning air, water, and site cleanup and chemical regulation issues. Other than defending various corporates, the Firm also helps its clients obtain Central and State approvals of various projects.

The Environment Law practice group advises clients on environmental law and regulation, at Central and state levels, on matters involving water, air, hazardous waste, site remediation, and natural resources. The environmental law practice at SLA is distinguished by the breadth of experience of the attorneys, who have individually handled a wide array of matters. As a result, the client solutions encompass legislative, regulatory and litigation options, often combined, in order to achieve practical, economic and timely results for clients. Similarly, the attorneys at SLA often follow different and less costly paths to resolving client environmental issues.

SLA takes pride in its excellent practice before the National Green Tribunal wherein the Firm has been able to secure landmark judgments for its wide variety of clients ranging from builders to power projects.

INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES & LABOUR LAWS

The Firm’s team is adept in understanding the highly complex labour issues and other employment related matters at all levels and it acts as local employment regulators for its several clients. The Firm provides its advisory services on:
Drafting of Human Resource and Work Policy/ Strategy.
Compliance of Labour Laws.
Drafting of Strategies for Workmen Safety, Insurance and Compensation.
Advising on the Implication of Labour Laws in case of Merger, Acquisition & Take-over, Closures, Lock-outs-Retrenchment etc.
Litigations on all kinds of matters at all Labour Courts/Other Forums.

INSOLVENCY & RESTRUCTURING

The Firm has significant experience in advising clients on issues related to distressed assets /debts, litigation and recoveries from underperforming or distressed companies.

Catering to a diverse clientele comprising of debtors, creditors, shareholders, asset buyers, lenders, shareholders, employees/ senior executives, investors, banks, among others; the Firm advises clients on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency including on contentious issues arising out of such restructurings and insolvencies.

Our pool of experts (particularly from the other legal fields i.e. of tax, corporate, and litigation as well as industry specialists) allows us to deliver comprehensive, sustainable, and pragmatic solutions.

 

 


INFRASTRUCTURE

SLA has advised in the most prestigious and pioneering deals in the infrastructure space, assisting government authorities and regulatory bodies, multinational corporations and multilateral institutions in projects across various sectors including airports, ports, freight corridors, highways, railways, refineries, pipelines, inland waterways and urban transportation in connection with a wide range of matters, from evolution of legal and regulatory frameworks, bidding and award of projects and in connection with development and financing of projects.

Our team is actively involved in various infrastructure projects like development of Trade-Parks/Special Economic Zones (SEZ), power projects, roads & highways, tele-communications, housing and development, defence, etc. in all courts. It acts on international & regional matters providing support and advice on all aspects of a project including:

  • Initial Structuring at Tendering Stage.
  • Preliminary Negotiations.
  • Preparation and Drafting of all Documents/Agreements.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues and Approvals.
  • Final Contractual & Financing Documentations.

INSURANCE

SLA possesses vast experience in the insurance sector, having handled the entire gamut of insurance law issues. As part of its insurance experience, the Firm has advised and is advising companies in connection with strategy into the insurance sector in India, including investment structuring, the insurance regulatory framework and obtaining the requisite approvals. It also assists foreign insurance majors in choosing their joint venture partners and in conducting the requisite legal due diligence; negotiating joint ventures; drafting of various transaction documents, etc.

Our team has also extensively interacted with the insurance regulator i.e. Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (“IRDA”), on various policy and regulatory issues.

SLA acts for leading insurance companies, agents and brokers, underwriters, commercial & investment banks. It advises clients on the issues which include the following:

  • The Insurance Act; 1938.
  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Act and Allied Laws .
  • Motor Vehicles Act .
  • Clearances from the Regulatory Authorities .
  • Structuring of Investment in India .
  • Drafting of the Agreements .
  • Policy Documentations .
  • Coverage Issues .
  • Brokers’ Liability, Claims and Recovery .
  • Subrogation and Contribution .
  • Investigations and Protective Measures .
  • Consumer Protection Act.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

The Intellectual Property [IP] law Practice at SLA offers practice from among general practice firms in India. The
Intellectual Property department of the Firm handles and caters in the following in all courts:

  • Filings and Registrations of Patent, Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights.
  • Issues relating to the Intellectual Property Rights Protection and the Counterfeiting Measures.
  • Drafting license, assignment, registered user, technology transfer, name-license and confidentiality agreements.
  • Nature and Extent of Enforcement of Licenses and the available Rights and Remedies under Licenses and Agreements.
  • Intellectual Property Rights related Litigations at various levels.
  • Advising on Protection and Retention of Copyrights.
  • Advising on Prevention of Piracy and Infringement.
  • Conducting Legal Due-Diligence.
  • Preparation and Drafting of all Documents/Agreements.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues and approvals.
  • Representations for clients before various Courts.

REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY & CONVEYANCING

We assist clients on all aspects of real estate transactions including acquisition of land, through private purchase or a statutory land acquisition process, title searches and drafting of conveyances, development agreements for residential and commercial developments, leases and related documents, securitization arrangements including filing of charges. The firm assists in securing permissions and approvals from local and statutory authorities and local bodies in respect of real estate projects and transactions.

Our team advises a suitable structure for real estate funds from an Indian legal, tax and regulatory perspective and in undertaking related documentation and also advises clients on implementation of SEZ projects throughout India.

Some of the areas in which it provides support are:

  • FDI in Real Estate in India or Abroad.
  • Acquisitions, Disposals and Sales Transactions for Indian and International Clients.
  • Evaluation of Risk and Return at Country, Market or Deal Level.
  • Drafting and Conveyancing.
  • Conducting Property Due Diligences.
  • Structuring Real Estate Acquisition.
  • Development of Engineering and Infrastructure Projects.
  • Property Title Searches and Due Diligence Exercises.
  • Commercial and Personal Leases & Licenses.
  • Business Conducting Arrangements.

MINING

SLA has a strong practice in the field of Mining and extensive contacts with lawyers and law firms in other parts of the country, the Firm handles cases of all nature in Supreme Court of India, High Courts, Various Tribunals/ Commissions/ Quasi-judicial authorities, Company Law Board and All District Courts which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Advising on the issues under The Mines Act, 1952; The Mines Rules, 1955;
  • The Mines and Minerals (Regulation & Development) Act,1957.
  • Initial Structuring at Tendering Stage.
  • Preliminary Negotiations.
  • Conducting Legal Due-Diligence.
  • Structuring Joint Venture Transactions for Mining and Processing Activities.
  • Preparation and Drafting of all Documents/Agreements.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues and approvals.
  • Representations for clients before various Courts.

TAX

Our clients include domestic and international corporations including those operating in Export Oriented Units, Software Technology Parks, Free Trade Zones and Special Economic Zones. We have also advised a number of corporate firms on structuring of their operations to achieve tax efficiency and compliance. The Firm advises on various key issues like:

  • Classification of goods under Excise & Customs Tariffs.
  • Eligibility for various exemptions & concessions.
  • Determining arm’s length price in case import transactions are between related group entities.
  • Levy of anti-dumping and safeguards duties both for & against.
  • Availing of various export incentives under the Foreign Trade Policy.
  • Liability for Service Tax under agreements entered with group or other service providers.
  • VAT implications on the supply chains.

INHERITANCE & SUCCESSION

Inheritance Laws are complex and require not only knowledge & experience but also adept skills and legal understanding. Through a well qualified team of lawyers, the Firm advises clients on disputes pertaining to Inheritance and succession. We have successfully represented both executors and beneficiaries in claim settlement disputes across jurisdictions.

The team has significant experience in estate planning including preparation of wills & trusts, tax planning, and advising on legal implications on cross border probate and wills.