1, LALANI AURA, 34TH ROAD,
BEHIND NATIONAL COLLEGE,
BANDRA (WEST), MUMBAI 400 052,
Tel: +91 22 6123 7800
The Sanskrit word ‘advaya’ means ‘unique’ or ‘without a second’. The name of the firm reflects its out-of-the-box and solution-oriented approach to complex legal issues. This broader objective and approach of the firm has helped optimise client satisfaction, when combined with factors such as easy accessibility, sensitivity to timelines and visibility on costs.
The other unique aspect of the firm is the profile of its attorneys. Advaya has taken particular care to build a team that has a good mix of private practice and in-house experience. This has helped the firm look at legal issues through the commercial lens, and has received a lot of appreciation from clients for its solution oriented approach.
Ramesh K Vaidyanathan is the managing partner of the firm and has extensive experience on legal issues relating to setting up business in India including structuring of foreign investments, setting up of subsidiaries and joint ventures and M&A. He also had the opportunity to advise on employee related issues and franchising matters. Prior to founding Advaya in 2010, he was the resident partner of the Mumbai office of a large law firm. When India’s busiest airports in Delhi and Mumbai were privatised in 2006, Ramesh moved in-house as the general counsel of the Mumbai International Airport development and modernisation project, rated by many as one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in the world and set up the entire legal function of the company from scratch. In addition to this role, he was also the GVK Group counsel, advising on power, oil and gas, mining, port, road and other infrastructure projects.
Meenakshi Iyer, partner of the firm, specialises in dispute resolution and has vast experience in handling a wide variety of complex litigation, alternative dispute resolution and real estate matters. She advises clients on effective strategies for dispute resolution, including enforcement of foreign decrees or arbitral awards. She appears before various fora including the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, National Company Law Tribunal, Arbitral Tribunals, Consumer Courts and the Charity Commissioner’s office. Meenakshi also advises clients regularly on structuring of real estate transactions including conveyancing, leasing, licensing and redevelopment of properties.
Sharanya G Ranga, partner of the firm, started in private practice, moved in-house and thereafter moved back to private practice to head the Mumbai office of a mid-size full service law firm. She is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in foreign direct investment into India, M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, technology licensing and outsourcing. She also counsels companies on labour and employment issues, specifically focusing on gender discrimination and anti-harassment law including advice on the complaint redressal/investigation process.
Areas of practice
The Indian business environment, with its unique challenges of people, politics and culture, often demands innovative solutions backed by local expertise. The firm’s team members have effectively leveraged their vast experience to help several international companies set up and grow their business in India. In a relatively short span of time, the firm has made a lasting impression with its clients, thanks to its high quality legal advice, practical approach, accessibility and professionalism. Advaya has represented clients before India’s most important regulatory and investment bodies such as the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Competition Commission of India and the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA). The firm is also a member of trade and professional bodies such as the Indian Merchant’s Chamber, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, British Business Group and the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF).