One of the more newly established firms in this edition, Clasis Law is nevertheless a highly successful and recognisable brand in the Indian legal market. Clasis was formed by a breakaway group of partners from ALMT Legal that took with it the latter firm’s formal association with Clyde & Co, which along with Clasis’s London office gives the firm a strong international presence. Lauded for its work in its core areas of focus – international trade, infrastructure, insurance, transportation and natural resources – Clasis recently announced the addition of an indirect tax practice following laterals and promotions.
Vineet Aneja heads Clasis’s Delhi office and has extensive experience working with both Indian
and foreign companies, as well as with government authorities, on corporate advisory issues. He is praised for his transactional expertise, which extends to a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, media, medical devices, fashion, technology, telecommunications, infrastructure, hospitality, retail and financial services. Sakate Khaitan meanwhile leads the firm’s Mumbai and London offices. He is known for his funds and insurance work and sits on the board of listed companies and retail funds.
Corporate and regulatory specialist Mohit Sharma advises clients on joint ventures, private equity investments and transaction structuring, as well as general corporate matters, and is described as a “first rate lawyer” by peers. Harsh Pratap joined the firm in 2012 and specialises in shipping and international trade law including working with various foreign law firms and P&I Clubs on marine insurance cases, claims and liens.
New addition Manoj Kumar Mishra heads the indirect tax practice and is lauded for his transaction analysis and structuring, as well as the representation of clients before government authorities.
Each of the firm’s practice groups can boast an impressive list of client names both among Indian and foreign entities. In the past year the firm has provided corporate, commercial, regulatory and restructuring assistance to Ascott Group, Marriott Group, Living Media India, Inditex, Alcatel Lucent India, Stemcor, Oerlikon AG, Global Gases, and Promod SAS among
others, while financial services clients have included Bank Of America Merrill Lynch, State Bank Of India, ICICI and Corsair Investment.
In disputes matters Clasis has recently been retained by Gates India, Cement Corporation of India, Wizcraft International, Porsche AG and Porsche Middle East,Jaiprakash Hydro-Power, Thomson Press, and Living Media India.