Introduction

Founded in the year 2015, Gravitas Legal is a leading independent law firm and a key player in the Indian legal market. We have been known to provide high quality, comprehensible and practical legal advice and representation to domestic and international financial institutions and banks, domestic and international corporates, fund houses and individuals. While we do not project the Firm as a full service law firm, we offer a full suite of services across a broad range of areas including ¬banking and finance, projects, litigation and dispute resolution, investments and acquisitions and real estate.

Our name literally translates to ‘seriousness' and we go about our business with the utmost solemnity, thus being able to provide our clients with innovative, bespoke, time-bound and cost-effective legal solutions around the clock. Our name represents our ethos, and we strive to continuously excel in our pursuit to provide a wide array of legal consultation services to our clients based on their desired outcomes with a single-minded focus on tangible results. Our approach is systemic, collaborative, and action-oriented and we aim to be perceived as a technically sound and innovative law firm that prioritizes efficiency and quality in client service.

Our Logo has been uniquely constructed to represent the letters 'G' & 'L' in Braille, a tactile writing system used by blind and visually impaired people. Padmashree recipient, Dr. Vipin Buckshey, who we consider lucky to have on-board as one of our mentors, relayed to us the various challenges faced by blind people in their everyday lives, particularly blind children. Our logo acts as a tribute to the various achievements of visually impaired who have overcome numerous challenges and, against all odds, succeeded in all fields including sports and athletics.

Our Approach

At Gravitas Legal, we’re committed to providing the best client experience possible and therefore make it easy for you to avail our legal services. If you’re looking for someone who will listen, our bunch of legal experts will point you in the right direction by providing a superior level of service for all your legal needs which matches your needs and requirements.

Moreover, we treat you as a person rather than a commodity and are here to help, every step of the way.

Every strategy we present to you is the outcome of a collaborative process between you and our legal experts after a series of thorough discussions and exchange of thoughts and ideas. Most importantly, we listen to what you have to say, understand your concerns and undertake a repeated evaluation of probabilities within the agreed timeframe. We always operate in accordance with our business principles of quality, unity, and integrity whilst providing a high level of legal and technical excellence

Owing to our vast industry experience coupled with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues, our team of experts follow the guileless principle and provide an experienced standpoint that lends clarity to even the most complex situations. We are known for our holistic perspective towards legal services and provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses. By adopting a top-down, well-structured and comprehensive approach, we seek to generate measurable results.


Our Beneficence and Initiatives

As part of a global movement for change, we’re always on the lookout for cases of Crony Capitalism, Environment Destructive Practices etc. Our continual commitment is to develop transformative measures that can meet the challenges and hopes of our times while leaving our communities and the world in a better position than we found them.

We align our goals with national and global initiatives and our work has been recognized by leading government and non-profit organizations across the globe. We foster collaborative innovation across the sector by partnering with select organizations, research and technical institutions that share our enthusiasm and unparalleled excitement. Gravitas Legal is deeply committed to protecting and saving the environment and has taken several vital steps to help conserve the environment and make the world a better and sustainable place to live in. We are involved in a wide spectrum of activities such as the installation of devices which consume relatively less electricity (such as LED electrification), e-storage of documents, re-cycling water for internal use amongst several other environmental conservation measures.

At Gravitas Legal, we strive hard to make a positive impact in the world through our various CSR initiatives. Although we are not subject to any regulations or legal framework, our vision and outlook are oriented towards positive participation which allows us to contribute in whatever manner we best can for inclusive development.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our entire team and board of advisors, we have managed to ensure perpetual succession and continuity even during turbulent economic phases. The unparalleled experience of our selfless business leaders enables us to deliver effective and reliable scalable solutions for ensuring steady yet sustainable growth. Further, we are backed by our leader’s endless guidance and encouragement who offer insightful strategic thinking while providing clarity to form an intricate understanding and insight on the matter in hand. This helps in strategizing our goals and objectives and steering our firm through challenging situations. In the end, it’s not what we do, who we are or how we do it; what eventually matters to us is how we can make the world a better place.

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Banking and Finance

Conventional banking and finance practice has been around for years, but is the same old approach really enough to make a difference today? At Gravitas Legal, proven results and several successful projects, implementations, settlements have led to many clients hiring us to lead initiatives when they are on the lookout for discipline and success in the field of banking and finance practice.

We have established ourselves as one of the leading players in the country in the Banking and Finance practice area. With the help of our deep and functional expertise within this domain, our team operates at the industry’s forefront, working with innovative finance products across the world. We can guide you through all the latest updates and advancements covering banking law and we can ensure removal of any illegal or onerous terms imposed on you. From project finance (particularly renewable and non-renewable power projects), structured finance and bank lending transactions to heavily structured syndicated transactions, we offer premier, tailored advice to clients around the globe.

With the ever-changing and dynamic financial markets around the world, we help our clients face an array of other challenges around evolving market norms and help them understand and act according to the complicated global legal landscape. Further, we help our clients navigate complexity in an increasingly international market and help them unravel the most complicated and convoluted assignments of banks and financial institutions. Whether it is assisting government bodies for taking over hostile entities vide financial instruments or streamlining the documentation process across multiple branches of a bank, our lawyers assist by providing the skilled legal counsel required that can make the difference when it comes to getting a deal done.

We are well-known for handling the most complex, multijurisdictional transactions and our clients have benefited from our intricate understanding of the global industry whether their transactions are local, national, or international. Our lawyers have advised banks in relation to the implementation of the 5:25 flexible structuring scheme and other far-reaching regulatory developments. Both lenders and borrowers have turned to us for counsel on a wide gamut of loan-related transactions, from restructuring of debts, term loan facility agreements, acquisition finance to recapitalizations, overseas borrowing agreements and other finance-related contractual arrangements, work-out financings to asset-based lending facilities, overseas borrowing agreements, and all manner of finance related contractual and other lending arrangements.

Our lawyers extensive, deep sector-specific experience also ensures you’re working with a team that’s fluent in your language and understands the nuances of the local market and Indian Law. Our clients include the top public & private sector banks, financial institutions, multinationals and non-banking financial companies. Our work has earned us worldwide recognition and our lawyers have won several accolades. Built on the extensive industry experience of our senior lawyers, our clients choose us when quality and value are their highest priorities.

Our lawyers have advised on the regulatory regime for entry of foreign banks, compliance norms, aligning the international banking practices with the Indian law, payment and settlement mechanism, regularizing internal monetary systems of corporates and warning systems for corporates operating on the borderline of financial services sector. Additionally, our lawyers routinely advise on high-profile deals while assisting our clients in choosing the best financial products. These include raising funds for convertible financial instruments, devising best means to raise bridge finance, bank regulation, and compliance, advice on roll-over of guarantees and letters of credit thus playing major roles in many of the most groundbreaking leveraged finance transactions.

Projects

We are widely recognized as a leading Indian law firm in the field of project finance and are our lawyers are known for their intricate understanding of international practices and standards laid down by organizations such as FIDIC, ICC, EIC, AACE. This has enabled us to handle some of the largest and toughest developments and financings by providing the right blend of such standards/norms with Indian law in the contract formation process. Moreover, we have advised both the owners and developers, who demand the highest level of technical and industry knowledge, in the conceptualization of contractual framework, risk allocation, and regulatory issues.

At Gravitas Legal, we tend to see things that others often miss, offering you several creative solutions that combine our deep geographic experience coupled with our intimate sector knowledge enables us to handle transactions from inception to completion, giving our clients a one-stop, turnkey service. Our lawyers are not only knowledgeable about the principles and application of project finance but have also drafted and reviewed power purchase agreements, concession agreements, EPC contracts, O&M contracts, off-take agreements, interface agreements, direct agreements and sponsor support agreements.

Our project finance lawyers are called upon for their technical excellence and commercial understanding across a range of industries. They also address current challenges and future goals by focusing on our client’s most critical issues and opportunities thus helping them understand their objectives and their approach to the project. Our strong local presence coupled with our range of unparalleled expertise and experience gives us access to key local contacts, sponsors, and decision-makers. This allows us to view your project's financing from every angle and provide advice that is tailored to the particular characteristics of each jurisdiction.

Our experience spans regional, national and cross-border financings throughout the world, and represent all key players in the project finance industry—from developers and institutional investors to underwriters and unregulated utility subsidiaries. This has empowered us and made us widely popular among our clients owing to our in-depth experience across key industry sectors including financial institutions, energy, offshore production facilities, public infrastructure, mining, transport, technology and innovation amongst others. We have a well thought out structure in place for you to reach and deal with the various intricacies of the Indian market which have helped us shepherd several one of a kind projects, mitigating and managing risk for borrowers and lenders even under the toughest market and political conditions.

Our highly qualified and experienced lawyers explore a broad range of legal issues and acts as the missing link between a company’s strategy and ultimate execution that leads to the ultimate path to success. Our multidisciplinary approach coupled with our substantial experience in the development and financing has helped in providing insightful advice on, tax, regulatory, real estate, capital markets, and purchase and sale of transmission related assets. Our nationwide real estate group represents clients in acquisitions, dispositions, development, issues in relation to rehabilitation and resettlement, leasing and financing and land development projects. The Firm prides itself on managing deals to power producers (both renewable and non-renewable) including in relation to captive power projects, distribution licensees, and transmission licensees.

The Firm has a well-earned reputation for skill and innovation and advises on a plethora of peripheral issues such as loss of profit, force majeure, product liability & product recall, consequential losses, indemnity, management of insurance requirements and claims relating to distinct liabilities. We have represented our clients before various regulatory forum while advising government companies and have helped bring several confounding and difficult projects to a successful financial close in novel and unprecedented circumstances.

General Corporate Advisory

At Gravitas Legal, we realize how integral good corporate governance is in determining the success of organizations in overseeing business activities and attracting investments from the institutional investor community. If you’re looking for advice on structuring of corporate vehicles, company incorporation, investments, acquisitions, and transfers but want to forgo the hassles of a lengthy, error-prone, expensive and drawn out procedure of figuring how to zero in on the right people and resources, we at Gravitas Legal present the ideal solution to your problem. We ensure complete transparency, exemplary quality, supported with a smooth workflow and legal setup which will help manage your day-to-day legal issues, corporate transactional matters, commercial contracts, and documentation.
Our experience in assisting, Indian and Foreign companies, on all aspects of legal, regulatory and tax compliance runs long and deep. Our expert legal team has worked closely with a number of iconic organizations, corporations, institutions and government bodies by providing sound advice and top-notch support relatable to each business including corporate law, securities law, foreign exchange laws/regulations and employment laws. Our passion is relentless and we have assisted many organizations in dealing with complex legal issues pertaining to ownership, acquisitions, tax-related matters, legal and secretarial compliance etc.

We help you familiarize with and understand the entire spectrum of civil laws, including corporate and commercial laws. We advise on matters of corporate governance and best practices, reporting, and disclosure requirements applicable to different types of organizations. At Gravitas Legal, our expansive transactional experience coupled with our familiarity with tax laws enables us to provide bespoke solutions for the entire spectrum of corporate legal issues. Our services also include conducting legal due diligence, drafting and negotiating contracts as well as post transactional compliance and monitoring. Our practitioners have also assisted clients with court administered mergers, incubations, corporate arrangements, frameworks, and charters, as well as drafting documents such as the Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association etc.

We can assist you in a wide range of legal services specially tailored to maximising the value of your corporation and competitive advantage, whilst ensuring adequate protection through appropriate legal compliance. Further, we have also assisted general counsels in conducting legal audit including on secretarial matters while also helping cosmetic manufacturers export their products to India while assisting them in their registration and compliance. We have also acted on behalf of food manufacturers in relation to their tie-ups with other manufacturers and distributors across India.

Our Corporate Advisory team offers experience coupled with insight and understanding of all aspects of corporate life including corporate governance, risk advisory, and compliance services. We are driven by our client’s success and thrive on client challenges. We just do what’s right for each project while providing clarity to form an intricate understanding and insight on the matter in hand. Our vast client experience gives us an insight that other legal practices simply don’t have while maintaining total confidentiality for our client’s need to deliver clear and positive results.

Mergers & Acquisition

At Gravitas Legal, we have built a robust M&A practice combined with exceptional experience and expertise on transactions across industries and borders. with a growth strategy that will surely fulfill your marketing goals. We serve a variety of clients ranging from investment banks, multinationals and large corporate groups in merger and acquisition deals. Irrespective the state the economy finds itself under, we help our clients look to us for help in every aspect of M&A transaction, including pre & post-merger activities such as financing, regulatory approval, due diligence, valuation and operational issues while offering you cost-effective, pragmatic business solutions.

M&A deals can be multifaceted and are generally regarded as the biggest and most complex deals. Our M&A lawyers are knowledgeable, detail-oriented and always extremely responsive while having years of experience of providing advice on a variety of M&A transactions including:

  • Mergers for obtaining benefits under fiscal laws
  • Joint ventures and other forms of collaboration arrangements
  • Transfer of properties under scheme to mitigate financial implications
  • Acquisitions and disposals of businesses and assets
  • Drafting transactional documents, government approvals, statutory filings etc.
  • Closely held public ltd co. merging with private co. to avail privileges available to latter
  • Merger of investment companies to consolidate portfolio
  • Merger of subsidiary companies with holding companies
  • Vertical or lateral mergers depending on the business needs
  • De-Mergers, say for, diversification of business and separation of cost and profit centers

Gravitas Legal 's team of experienced dealmakers helps clients stay in control from term sheet to closing. We provide the expertise along with a highly effective way of initiating your M&A transactions without the exorbitant costs, due diligence, and legal hassles. We guide our clients through every stage of a deal which allows them to identify and address most of the legal concerns at the outset. Our teams comprise of top caliber practitioners from financial services regulation, tax and corporate governance of law and other areas to address all aspects of a deal. Therefore, we can be trusted to provide clients with the right level of legal advice required to successfully close a deal. You can rely on us for any or all of the following:

  • Advice during the pre-term sheet stage particularly for identifying red-flag items
  • Advise on sophisticated tax planning and tax benefits available to companies after restructuring
  • Conducting due diligence for companies before going for M&A including intellectual property due diligence
  • Advise on methods of restructuring including joint ventures, M&A, demerger/spin-offs
  • Advise on transactions such as buy-back of shares, leveraged buyouts, slump sale, reduction in share capital, winding-up and repatriation of the proceeds while conforming to all regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluating the environmental risks and liabilities in mergers, acquisitions and asset sales
  • Managing Negotiations, updating, and preparation of deal documents with timeline trackers
  • Transactional advisory including on aspects of the Companies Act, the Takeover Code, Foreign Exchange Management Act etc.
  • Handling the full spectrum of real estate issues in M&A including assisting clients in buying, selling, developing and leasing property.
  • Advising boards of directors and special committees on their fiduciary duties, takeover readiness, and potential liabilities to stockholders and creditors in business combinations, including issues involved in hostile takeovers and leveraged buyouts, escrow agreement, stock swap agreements etc.
  • Assistance in making the requisite regulatory filings including liaising with the relevant governmental authorities such as Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Bureau of India along with any sector-specific compliances
  • Execution of the relevant documentation with due tracking of the conditions precedent and assist in completing their transactions.

Real Estate

The Firm has been working with several leading real estate companies for years which has helped build an intricate understanding in real estate law knowledge along with deal-making. Our solutions are aimed towards enhancing the processes, in order to provide a cost-efficient and competitive advantage for your organization.

At Gravitas Legal, we have a dedicated team of professionals in place, specializing in and exclusively working on real estate transactions. We help our clients gain a better understanding of the real estate market and its various laws and compliance issues. Our immaculate handling of real estate transactions has helped our real estate lawyers achieve a fine reputation in the industry. Our lawyers have been involved in transactions relating to development, leasing, sale-purchase to atypical matters relating to indirect investment in property including share and unit trust sales and acquisitions and joint venture arrangements and structuring of real estate transactions.

The Firm has regularly advised and assisted real estate developers, institutional lenders, property investment funds focused on investments in the real estate sector and other investors in all aspects of real estate development and financing in this space. The depth of the firm’s practice encompasses every aspect of property transactions across various states including:

  • Compulsory acquisition by regulatory authority
  • Understanding of local laws/enactments
  • Restructuring and arranging workouts of distressed properties
  • Development and Due diligence
  • Financing and Foreclosure
  • Joint ventures, Leasing, & Litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Pre and post construction negotiations and clearances
  • Land use conversion procedures
  • Land contiguity assessment based on examination of maps
  • Sale and purchase agreements

We have a skilled real estate legal team, including first-rate lawyers who have pioneered major developments across several states in India. Real estate laws are closely linked to various other laws, and we can seamlessly constitute cross-disciplinary teams if necessitated by the transaction matrix. We are known for our skills in negotiating and closing some of the country’s most complex, sophisticated and major real estate transactions on behalf of our clients. Owing to our tremendous breadth of expertise, we are routinely praised within the industry for being fully attuned to the needs of our clients.

We make use of world-class transactional strategies and technology for updating databases which help us keep pace with the changes in laws (including the rates) relating to stamping and registration of documents. Our lawyers are well versed in the specific laws and legal techniques relating to innovative business growth models such as data mining projects, leveraging of existing property such as through condo of signage units etc. When it comes to the purchase, sale, leasing or development of real estate property in India and beyond, Gravitas Legal has the required skill, expertise and experience needed to close the deal to our clients' best advantage.

Disputes Resolution and Advisory

At Gravitas Legal, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields who help you resolve matters and protect your business interests – through mediation, arbitration, and the Courts. The Firm's disputes resolution practice which was initially a product of the Banking & Finance and Project's Practice has now managed to steadily transform into a well-rounded and fully equipped disputes resolution and arbitration practice.

With disputes slowly gaining momentum and becoming more frequent against a backdrop of tighter regulatory scrutiny, higher accountability standards and intense competition, we help our clients handle contentious and non-contentious matters for many industries. We represent our clients in the ordinary courts and at courts of arbitration in order to settle disputes, including all judicial and quasi-judicial forums ranging from tribunals, commissions, district courts, high courts to the Supreme Court. Whenever a dispute arises, our team of responsive, responsible and highly professional lawyers applies skillful lateral thinking to reach the very best resolution for our clients.

Disputes are generally undesirable for both parties involved so we strive to do our best to limit the time spent on disputes as much as possible. Our track record is second to none. The Firm comprises of the top dispute resolution experts and specialists while boasting of deep and trusted relationships with external Counsels of highest pedigree and experience in the relevant field of law or the client's industry. Additionally, we possess the critical experience and know-how to take complex issues to court thus being able to successfully represent our clients.

We are familiar with every conceivable scenario involved in using the various types of dispute resolution models and are therefore able to offer highly qualified advisory services and ensure our clients the best possible basis for choosing the right solution. We are responsive and proactive and work in conjunction with foreign advisors with whom we have established long-term relationships. Our understanding of the legal and regulatory environment, culture and our client’s way of doing business enables us to extend arbitration advisory services across the globe. We have exceptional and experienced litigators with a wide range of experience who can provide expert advice at every step of the process, including litigation, international arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.

At all times, we work closely with our clients to understand their precise requirements and goals. The Firm has also assisted clients in devising strategies in connection with the views to be placed in departmental enquiries and various committees of private institutions, augmented efforts of internal cells of governmental institutions for rejecting right to information requests on permitted grounds and assisting them in connection with matters listed before state information commissions and national information commissions. Our advice is always timely, straightforward, and to the point. We ensure that we keep our clients fully informed at every stage on the issues that impact them and make sure that our clients get the best possible basis for choosing the right solution.

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