Over the past decade, Alaya Legal has developed a strong reputation among clients for its corporate and disputes work, particularly in relation to the oil and gas sector. “We are very impressed with the firm’s approach and the quality of advice it provides” say sources. Founded by Divjyot Singh and Suniti Kaur as DSA Partners in 2003, today the firm is staffed by a total of 15 lawyers across its two offices.
Divjyot Singh is known primarily for his corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration work, which has seen him argue matters before the Indian High Courts, the Competition Commission of India and its appellate tribunal, the Debt Recovery Tribunal and various regulatory boards. He is also recommended for his domestic and international arbitration work under the UNCITRAL model, particularly in relation to oil and gas disputes. Sources praise his “pragmatic approach and solutions-driven advice”.
Suniti Kaur is hailed for her transactional practice, encompassing joint venture, foreign direct investment, M&A, corporate and capital restructuring and advisory work. She focuses on the oil and gas sector, in which the firm has extensive experience of drafting, negotiating and finalising production-sharing and joint operating agreements, service contracts, farm-in and farm-out
agreements, supply agreements and technology licences.
Partner Nandita Kapoor specialises in IT and IP law. Alaya assists software companies in pursuing development contracts and licensing agreements, as well as offering advice to clients on web hosting and site usage documentation, security, data protection and privacy policies.
The firm is also recognised for its work on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, as well as its expertise in franchising and trademark licensing, particularly for clients in the hospitality sector.
Alaya recently handled the acquisition of an economic interest in an oil block in Nigeria by an Indian resident, for which it structured the investment, assessed the legal risk and prepared the deal documentation.
The firm also handled the 4 billion rupee acquisition of various pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities in India on behalf of an international investor, conducting extensive legal due diligence and structuring the allied documentation and manufacturing agreement.
Elsewhere, Alaya assisted in the restructuring of the ownership and operations of an aviation fuel farm facility for a major Indian airport, structuring the transaction and preparing the licence, asset transfer, share and purchase and shareholders’ agreements.
Clients have commented, in particular, on the firm’s “reasonable fee levels, which are justified by the quality of the work it delivers”, and noted that “Alaya’s partners devote significant amounts of time on the matters they handle and provide conclusive advice”.