“Over the past 20 years, Anup S Shah Law Firm has established an enviable reputation among clients in the real estate industry”, according to one source, who praises the Bangalore-founded firm’s “knowledge, dedication and solution-oriented approach” to property transactions.
Focusing predominantly on domestic matters, the firm complements its real estate work with well-regarded corporate, disputes, IP and projects practices, and enjoys referral relationships with several firms in Delhi and Mumbai in addition to its two offices in the south of the country.
PEOPLE & PRACTICES
Founder and head of the firm’s real estate practice, Anup Shah is described as “a lawyer of high competence and even higher integrity”. After spending the first 10 years of his career as a counsel in Mumbai, Shah came to Bangalore in the early 1990s, during which time he argued several matters before the High Court of Karnataka and in the City Civil Court. Since founding his own firm in 1993, he has advised developers, builders and foreign and domestic investors in structuring real estate transactions, leases, development agreements and joint ventures. Shah also leads the firm’s corporate and projects teams, assisting clients with company and partnership formations, societies and trusts, as well as representing construction companies and contractors in relation to project development.
The firm’s IP team handles all aspects of trademark and copyright work, from registration to protection and enforcement, as well as licensing and franchise matters. The equally reputed disputes group advises on banking, company law, government contracts and debt recovery proceedings among other areas. Suraj Govindaraj heads both practice groups and is highly respected by his peers, having appeared before the Supreme Court, several of the country’s district and high courts, and various arbitral tribunals since joining the firm in 1997.
CLIENTS AND RECENT CASES
In the past year, the firm has been advising Ghodawat Industries in its challenges of central excise taxes, obtaining favourable orders from the Dharwad circuit bench of the Karnataka High Court.
The firm also represented EIH Ltd, a private participant in a PPP deal, in a matter arising out of the lease of lakes in Bangalore, which was challenged by way of public interest litigation. The firm successfully defended the challenge and the High Court of Karnataka upheld the leases.
Elsewhere, the firm has been advising several tobacco product manufacturers regarding the proposed ban of their products under the Food Safety and Standards Act.