The past year has seen a series of high-profile (not tomention high-value) engagements for HSA Advocates, and sources around the world have recognised the firm’s “excellent” work. Since changing its name from Hemant Sahai Associates in 2011, the firm has become an “instantly recognisable full-service brand” and has “some great lawyers coming up through the ranks” according to one source: in April 2013 there were eight promotions across the firm.
Founder Hemant Sahai still acts as managing partner and figurehead of the firm, boasting more than 20 years of “highly varied” expertise, encompassing infrastructure, banking, regulatory, foreign investment and environmental law. The much-decorated Aparajit Bhattacharya heads the corporate, commercial and M&A group as well as the environment and CDM practice, and is “a true expert” according to peers. Abhishek Dutta is also well regarded in his role as head of the firm’s tax team, which was formed when he and Nand Kishore joined from fellow Indian Lawyer 250 firm BMR Legal in 2011.
Last year saw Harvinder Singh promoted to partnership, having previously worked at Fox Mandal and as senior legal manager of an Indian infrastructure company. In addition to a continuing focus in this area, his practice encompasses M&A, transactional, advisory and real estate work. the world’s largest infrastructure and urbanisation project.
Clients from outside India have included Equis Funds Group of Singapore, which the HSA represented in deals with DANS Energy Consulting; Sweden’s ABB, which the firm advised on a $3 billion transmission project in India; and China National Coal Group Corporation in a 24.5 billion-rupee arbitration in India.