Our Fund Investments Practice Expertise

The Fund Investment team works seamlessly with other teams including the Tax teams to provide viable structures for fund investment with focus on repatriation of profits and exits. Our industry focus helps us provide clients with structures and documentation that keeps in perspective current industry specifics.

Our focus has been on large and complex deals where we can add maximum value in the form of identification of legal risks, providing legal advice, undertaking documentations and negotiation. We have won many accolades in the Funds Investment sector. Some of them are:

  • Nishith Desai Associates has been declared as the Most Innovative Indian Law Firm (2014/2015) at the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards by the Financial Times - RSG Consulting
  • Nishith Desai Associates has been declared as the Second Most Innovative Asia - Pacific Law Firm (2014) at the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards by the Financial Times - RSG Consulting
  • Indian Business Law Journal listed our Private Equity & Venture Capital practices in the India Law Firm Awards in (2014 & 2009).
  • Legal 500 (Asia-Pacific) has ranked us #1 in the Private Equity and Venture Capital practices for (2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014 and 2015).
  • IFLR1000 has ranked Nishith Desai Associates in Tier 1 for Private Equity (2014).
  • Ranked No. 1 by Asia Pacific Legal 500 in Investment Funds (2011 / 12 / 13).
  • Chambers & Partners has ranked Nishith Desai Associates as # 1 for Private Equity (2011/12/ 13).
  • Received honorable mentions in Asian MENA Counsel Magazine for Alternative Investment Funds 2012)
  • Ranked highest on ‘Quality’ in a recent Financial Times-RSG Consulting survey of Indian law firms (2011).
  • Asian-Counsel Firm of the Year 2009 for Private Equity practice area in India.

Scope of Services

The key services offered by our Fund Investments practice group include:

  1. Private Equity Investments- Our expertise enables us to handle complex private equity transactions in which we are able to provide strategic advice to our clients. We are involved from the time of concretizing the term sheet and advising on suitable structure and on legal, regulatory and tax implications to conducting legal due diligence and identifying legal risks for the investor, drafting, negotiating and reviewing documentation related to the investment (including share subscription agreement, share purchase agreement, shareholders agreement, indemnity agreement etc.), closing of the transaction and compliance issues thereafter.
  2. Venture Capital Investments- Our in depth knowledge of the functioning of startups coupled with understanding of the information technology and e-commerce sector, enables us to provide industry focused advice to venture capital funds. We are involved right from signing of term sheet, to conducting legal due diligence and identifying legal risks for the investor, advising on suitable structure and on legal, regulatory and tax implications, drafting, negotiating and reviewing documentation related to the investment (including share subscription agreement, share purchase agreement, shareholders agreement, indemnity agreement etc.) upto closing of the transaction
  3. Exits by private equity and venture capital investors- Our industry expertise coupled with involvement in the investment stage of a transaction helps us advice clients on suitable exit strategies. Our services include assisting clients with structuring, documentation, negotiation and closing.
  4. Private investment in public equities (PIPE)

Representative Clients

Our firm has acted as legal counsel for some of the most complex and interesting deals in the field of private equity and venture capital investments. We represented, among others, the following private equity and venture capital investors.

Investor Target
General Atlantic Partners IBS Software Services Private Limited, Infotech Enterprises Limited, Patni Computer Systems, Daksh e-Services
General Atlantic Partners and other Investors GECIS
General Atlantic Partners (GA) and Oak Hill Capital Partners Genpact Limited
Providence Idea Cellular, Aditya Birla telecom Ltd, UFO Moviez
Blackstone SKR BPO Exit
Aditya Birla Alphion
Zephyr Peacock Trimax IT Infrastructure & Services Ltd.
Bessemer Venture Partners NetLogistics Pvt Ltd, Applied Solar Technologies Private Limited
New Enterprise Associates Air Works India (Engineering) Private Limited
Norwest Venture Partners Yatra
SEAF India Agribusiness Fund Abhay Cotex Private Limited
SEAF India Agribusiness International Fund (together, SEAF) -
Epiphany Ventures Brattle Foods
Mayfield Fund Tejas Networks
BRLP Mauritius Holdings II and BROMLP Mauritius Holdings II Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited
Clearstone Venture Mauritius, along with SVB Financial Group Games2win
Nirvana Venture Advisors Yournextleap.com,Games2win India Private Limited
Forum Synergies (India) PE Fund Managers Pvt Ltd Captronic Systems Pvt Ltd
India Venture Trust – Fund I Tulsi Castings and Machining Limited, Vardhman Chemtech Limited
Goldman Sachs Sigma Electric, Renew Power, Nova Medical Centers Private Limited
IndiaREIT Omkar Realtors and Developers Ltd, Ambience Group
Everest Capital (M) Limited Birla Surya Limited
Canaan Happiest Minds
Navis Capital Partners Classic Stripes Pvt Ltd
Venture East and Zephyr Peacock E2E Transportation Infrastructure Private Limited
GTI Capital Webklipper Technologies Private Limited, Brattle Foods Pvt Ltd
India Venture Trust – Fund I Genesis Colours Pvt Ltd, Geodesic techniques Pvt. Ltd. Minglebox Communications Pvt Ltd.
Sequoia Capital Shaadi.com, TravelGuru, Times Internet Limited, Mauj.com, GVK Biosciences
Sandstone Capital SKS Microfinance Pvt.Ltd, Guruji.com, Tejas Networks
Intel Capital, Jafco and Cargil Ventures, Trident Capital Microland
Mellon HBV Master Global Event Driven Fund Reva Electric Car Co. (Pvt.) Ltd
UTI Ventures Ambika Cotton Mills Limited
Pequot Ventures IMI Mobile
JM Financial Ventures Limited Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited
ComVentures Independent News Service Private Limited
Sequoia Capital Gold Square (Fashion & You)

We have represented, among others, the following companies in their capital raising transactions:

Investor Target
Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited Valiant Partners
Spandana Sphoorty Financial Limited JM Financial, Lok Capital
Lifetree Convergence Limited IFC
Credila Financial Services Pvt. Ltd. DSP Merrill Lynch Capital Ltd.
Four Interactive Lightspeed Venture Partners VII LLP, Matrix Partners India I LLC and SVB India Capital
Goldsquare Sales India Private Limited and Obsidian Square Investments Limited Sequoia
Gangavaram Port Ltd. Warburg Pincus Group
Reva Electric Car Company Pvt. Ltd. DFJ Mauritius, Inc., Clean Tech Holdings MU (GEF), Fursa Fund LP.
EuroKids International Private Limited Educomp Services
Orbit Highcity Private Limited Rodere Holdings Limited


Mission and Vision


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Webinars

Bilateral Investment Claims against India: The Antrix Devas Saga decoded
October 25, 2016

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Seminar

Lifecycle of India Focused Funds
June 08, 2017

Round Table

Effective dispute resolution and fraud risk management: Bridging the gap between vision and reality
April 12, 2017

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