Clifford Chance LLP

Editorial analysis

    Clifford Chance has advised Indian and foreign companies and lenders on a wide range of corporate, securities, banking, dispute resolution and other matters involving India for over 50 years, as well as acting for Indian clients on M&A and other key transactions outside of India. Members of the group are drawn primarily from the London, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai offices, while the Singapore office has, since 2008, been home to a dedicated team of lawyers focusing on international aspects of capital markets transactions in the Indian market.

    Rahul Guptan is a member of this Singapore team and specialises in takeovers, joint ventures, private equity and general corporate law. He led the firm’s team in advising Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Credit Suisse as lead arrangers on Azim Premji Trust’s sell down of shares in Wipro for $140 million. Another key member of the group is London-based banking, asset finance, project finance and leasing specialist Ranbir Hunjan, who represented Eredene Capital in the Ennore Port financing, in which Eredene and others were putting in equity; John Deere India in its first ECB financing in the country; Investec Bank in the sale and leaseback to Jet Airways of four 737 aircraft currently financed by US Exim; and Standard Chartered in a wind farm financing for CLP India as well as a bilateral $ facility for the purposes of refinancing the outstanding rupee loans. Singapore’s Geraint Hughes, meanwhile, has in-depth experience of the commercial, corporate and financing aspects of infrastructure projects, oil and gas projects, power projects, mining, water and transportation.

    The group’s past engagements include advising Grupo Manou San Miguel on entering into a 50:50 joint venture in India; acting for Auchan Hyper (the hypermarket division of Auchan Group) in relation to its entry into India, through a franchise relationship with Max Hypermarkets for the development of the hypermarket business in the country; acting for Nagarjuna Oil Corporation on the investment of up to $130 million by Trafigura into Nagarjuna’s oil refinery in Cuddalore; and acting for Bayer on the disposal of assets to Piramal.