Our Firm

Link Legal is a full service law firm with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Hyderabad and Chennai. The Firm was established in 1999.

MERGER WITH DH LAW ASSOCIATES

Link Legal and another full service law Firm DH Law Associates (established in 1997) merged their practices with effect from January 1, 2017 and the merged entity continues to be known as Link Legal India Law Services. Mr. Atul Sharma continues to be the Managing Partner of the Firm with Mr. Nusrat Hassan, the co-founder of DH Law assuming the role of Co-Managing Partner of the Firm. Mr. A.G. Karkhanis is the Chairman of the Firm.

FULL SERVICE CAPABILITY

We have full service capability to handhold the clients at various stages of business requirements.

CORPORATE 

Be it an incorporation of a company in India (or any other form of business) or seeking approvals for foreign investment into the company, if you are contemplating private equity investment into a company or undertaking a merger and acquisition deal, or seeking regular corporate advisory on any matter, we will work with you to provide the best advise and support in undertaking the required transaction within the requisite timelines.

PROJECTS, INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY

Consistently ranked as a top tier Firm in Projects, Infrastructure and Energy by Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific, we have been the trusted advisor for various developers and contractors undertaking projects in varied infrastructure sectors such as Airports (domestic & international), Ports, Railways (including Metro Rails), Roads, Aviation, Water and Waste Management, Energy (Renewable and Non Renewable), Automotives, Industrial Corridors and Smart Cities etc. We provide project advisory services, including project conceptualisation, structuring, risk analysis, contracting, bankability and related areas to our clients in different sectors.

PROJECT CLAIMS & DISPUTE MANAGEMENT

We provide support to our Clients even after the execution of the Contract, during Project implementation phase, in Contract & Claims Management wherein we advise on all project related contractual issues during construction and/ or operations, covering all major sectors including transport infrastructure (airports and aviation, ports, roads and metro rail), water and waste management, power and real estate.

PROJECT FINANCE

Be it as a Lenders Legal Counsel or Borrower’s Counsel, we regularly advise on bankability and financing of projects. We are ranked No # 2 for two consecutive years in Asia (excluding Japan) and Australasia in Project Finance League Table - Dealogic Rankings (January 1- December 31, 2016) and (January 1- December 31, 2017) by virtue of having acted on a record number of 66 deals worth over USD 5524 million during the above period. We are empanelled with most of the public sector and private banks in India and advise them regularly on various financing transactions.

DISPUTES

We help you resolve matters and protect your business interests – through mediation, arbitration and the Courts. 

PROVIDING FOCUSED AND BUSINESS DRIVEN ADVICE 

We have extensive experience of advising clients on complex matters pertaining to infrastructure, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, exchange control & foreign investments, project financing, litigation, arbitration & mediation, labour & employment, policy & regulatory, real estate and contract management in diverse sectors including airports, metro rail and urban transport, roads, ports, real estate, power, aviation, water, waste management, media, information technology, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, mining, insurance and banking. We also provide assistance in formulating and implementing entry strategies.

The Firm is involved in major headline transactions, advising clients on most complex matters and disputes in diverse practice areas and sectors.

With a pan India presence, we service a wide clientele including some of India’s leading corporate groups, public sector undertakings, public sector & private banks, and multinationals across jurisdictions of the United States of America, Europe, MENA and Asia.        

CHINA DESK

The Firm has an active China desk that is the oldest practice group of its kind in the Indian legal market. The team has advised over 100 Chinese clients on their investments in India since 2010 including some of the major landmark transactions within the India-China space. It has an experienced team of lawyers proficient both in English and Chinese languages. 

Chinese clients include several State-Owned Enterprises and listed companies from a variety of sectors including renewable energy, real estate, telecom, infrastructure, TMT, venture capital and manufacturing. 

The team also services Indian companies doing business in China through its network of relationships across China. 

Apart from advising on greenfield projects, acquisitions, joint ventures, EPC projects and other conventional assignments the Firm also provides support to clients in cross-cultural negotiations, policy advisory projects and feasibility studies. 

The Firm has been designated as the official partner by the largest Chamber of Commerce in China for provision of legal services in India. It also works closely with government agencies, universities and think tanks in both countries to conduct legal research and promote economic ties between India and China.  

OUR TEAM

With a team of partners and associate lawyers handpicked from the best institutions and organisations across the country, the Firm provides cutting edge advise by blending its legal proficiency with deep commercial insight. The Firm boasts of experts who have substantial experience in their respective practice areas.


The Firm provides partner-driven services to clients where lawyers integrate their skills to provide comprehensive legal advise and strategy on complex commercial issues that meets the clients' needs and expectations. The partners at the Firm bring hands on experience and approach on each transaction from a strategic perspective.

Ambition: To be one of the most respected Indian Firm in Asia-Pacific region

We assist clients to achieve their business objectives by providing pragmatic legal advise.

Awards & Recognition

 

Asialaw 2022 ranks highly the following practices:

Construction, Energy, Infrastructure, Aviation, Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Capital Markets, Competition/ Antitrust, Private Equity, Real Estate, and TMT.

IFLR1000 2022 ranks highly the following practices:



Banking, Project Finance, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Project Development: Infrastructure, Project Development: Energy, Project Development: Transport, Restructuring and Insolvency, M&A and Private Equity.


Recognised as 'Infrastructure & Project Finance Law Firm of the Year' by Legal Era's Indian Legal Awards 2020-21.

 

Recognised as 'M&A Law Firm of the Year' at the IDEX Legal Awards 2021.



 


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021 ranks highly the following practices:

Commercial and Transactions, Competition/Antitrust, Construction, Government and Regulatory, Insolvency, International Arbitration, Labour and Employment.

Winner in Aviation, Energy & Natural Resources and Infrastructure & Project Finance by India Business Law Journal’s Indian Law Firm Awards 2021.


Ranked as one of the Top 15 Law Firms in India in the Venture Intelligence League Table (Q1 2021) for Private Equity.

Ranked #6 both by deal volume and number of deals as FY 2020-21 India Lead Banks' Legal Counsel in the India Loans League Table Report FY 2020-21 published by Debtwire 


Ranked as one of the Top 15 Law Firms in India in the VCCEdge League Tables for M&A and Private Equity Top Legal Advisors (Q4 2021)

The Firm has been featured among this year’s winners of "Deals of the Year 2020" under M&A and Joint Ventures by IBLJ.



 


Ranked law firm by Media Law International 2021

Recognised as 'Capital Markets Law Firm of The Year' at BW Legal World Global Legal Summit and Legal Leaders Awards 2020. 


Ranked as one of the Top 20 Law Firms in India in the Venture Intelligence League Tables (Q4 2020) for M&A and Private Equity.

Chambers & Partners Global 2021 ranks highly the following practices:



Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Projects, Infrastructure & Energy


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranks highly the following practices:

Aviation (including Aerospace and Defence), Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution; Litigation, Projects & Energy, Antitrust and Competition, Restructuring & Insolvency, TMT, Private Equity and Investment Funds.

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2021 ranks highly the following practices:



Aviation, Banking & Finance, Corporate/ M&A, Dispute Resolution, Private Equity, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy and Restructuring/Insolvency 


Ranked as one of the Largest Law Firms in India in Asian Legal Business' Asia’s Top 50 Largest Law Firms list.

Ranked as one of the Top 20 Law Firms in India in the Venture Intelligence League Tables (Q3 2020) for M&A and Private Equity.


 

Top Ranked Legal ranks highly the following practices:

Aviation, Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution.

 

IFLR1000 2021 ranks highly the following practices:



Banking, Project Finance, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Project Development: Infrastructure, Project Development: Power, Project Development: Transport, Restructuring and Insolvency and M&A.


Ranked as one of the Top 15 Law Firms in India in the VCCEdge League Tables for M&A and Private Equity Top Legal Advisors (Q3 2020)

Managing Partner, Atul Sharma  recognised as ‘IFLR Asia Best Lawyer 2020


IFLR1000 2021 ranks highly the following practices:

Banking, Project Finance, Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Project Development: Infrastructure, Project Development: Power, Project Development: Transport, Restructuring and Insolvency and M&A.


 

 

Asialaw Profiles 2021 ranks highly the following practices:



Construction, Energy, Infrastructure, Aviation, Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Capital Markets, Competition/ Antitrust, Private Equity, Real Estate and TMT.


The Firm has won "Utility Deal of the Year" award at The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2020.

Asialaw Profiles 2021 ranks highly the following practices:



Construction, Energy, Infrastructure, Aviation, Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Capital Markets, Competition/ Antitrust, Private Equity, Real Estate and TMT.



 


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020  ranks highly the following practices:

Commercial and Transactions; Competition/Antitrust; Construction; Government and regulatory; Insolvency; International Arbitration

Outstanding law firm by India Business Law Journal’s 2020 Indian Law Firm Awards in Aviation, Energy & Natural Resources and Infrastructure & Project Finance.


Recognised as 'Infrastructure & Project Finance Law Firm of the Year' by Legal Era's Indian Legal Awards 2019-20.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranks highly the following practices:



Aviation, Antitrust and competition, Banking and finance, Labour and employment, Projects and energy, Restructuring and insolvency,Corporate and M&A, Dispute resolution and TMT


 

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific ranks highly the following practices:

Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy,  Corporate/M&A, Restructuring/Insolvency

Ranked at 14th position among Top 50 Law Firms in India in RSG India Rankings 2019.


Asialaw Profiles 2020 ranks highly the following practices:

Aviation, Banking and Financial Services, Energy, Infrastructure, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Construction, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Private Equity and Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific ranks highly the following practices:



Aviation, Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy.


Law Firm of the Year Domestic by IDEX Legal Awards 2018

Outstanding law firm of 2017-18 in Aviation and Energy, Projects & Infrastructure by India Business Law Journal.


Ranked # 2 for two consecutive years in Asia (excluding Japan) and Australasia in Project Finance League Table - Dealogic Rankings (January 1- December 31, 2016) and (January 1- December 31, 2017)

Ranked at No. 17 in India’s Top 20 M&A Firms in Mergermarket’s M&A Global Report 2017


Ranked at 17th position among top 40 Indian Law Firms.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific rates highly the following practices:



Aviation, Banking & Finance,Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Projects and Energy, Antitrust and Competition, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Investment Funds, Labour and Employment.


Project Finance Law Firm of the Year 2016 in India by Global Law Experts.

Best Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year 2016 by Acquisition International Legal Awards 2016.


Best Full Service Law Firm - India and Recognized Leaders in Corporate Law - India 2016 by APAC Insider.

The Firm is recognized by Congress of Fellows.


The Firm has won International Advisory Experts Awards 2017.

The Firm has won Lawyers Worldwide Awards Super Lawyers 2017.
 
 

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