General Corporate and Commercial Laws
A rapidly changing business environment requires an in-depth understanding of regulatory compliances, approvals and policy interpretation to alleviate risk and maximize opportunities. As part of Augustus Law’s general corporate and commercial law practice, it advises clients in setting up their business in India, providing strategic guidance on business and operational structuring, documentation, ensuring consequent legal compliance in accordance with the prevalent corporate governance norms, and other applicable laws of the country.
Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity
We at Augustus Law offer legal assistance to clients in matters pertaining to structuring mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture transactions and have a fairly large experience in representing acquirers, strategic investors, financial investors, targets, bidders, minority shareholders, and financial advisors in corporate deals. In doing so, the Firm primarily advises on legal and structuring issues; conducts legal due diligence; provides legal opinions; leads negotiations; drafts transaction documents and executes closing actions in relation to transactions handled by it. Needless to say, the Firm provides pragmatic advice regarding deal structures, industry trends, and market parameters to all relevant stakeholders aiding in effectively closing transactions. Its legal services are marked by hands-on partner involvement and a solution-oriented approach.
Stressed Assets, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice
Augustus Law has varied knowledge and comprehensive experience in handling intricate legal issues pertaining to distressed assets and corporate restructuring in India. Its corporate restructuring and insolvency law team has credible experience in handling demerger, spin-off, and asset sale transactions with a special focus on industries operating in information technology, software, and manufacturing sectors. With the inception of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, the Firm has been proactively advising several investors, asset reconstruction companies, and financial institutions on matters pertaining to the preparation of applications and ensuring professional appearance relating to initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process and Liquidation as financial creditor/ operational creditor/ corporate debtor, and providing guidance on the applicable statutory requirements thereof.
Banking and Finance
Augustus Law regularly advises and assists clients in all aspects of financing transactions, including preparing and finalising credit documentation, ensuring security creation compliance, providing opinions on enforcement of security and rendering assistance on compromise or settlement with creditors. In doing so, the Firm has drafted, negotiated and finalised transaction documents for several projects pertaining to financing, lease financing, multilateral & bilateral agency financing transactions, on behalf of several private clients with banks and financial institutions.
Real Estate and Property Development
Augustus Law regularly provides legal advice and assists domestic and international investors and property developers in real estate transactions. The Firm primarily assists clients in conducting due diligence and title investigation of properties, structuring of real estate investment transactions, drafting and negotiating property related documentation including registration of conveyance deeds, gift deeds, partition deeds, etc; structuring of real estate investments, and establishing investment trusts and funds in accordance with applicable laws of India. The Firm also assists several clients in liaisoning and securing necessary clearances and permits from relevant State, Municipal, Land Revenue, and other Governmental authorities for large-scale property development transactions. The advocates of the Firm also have a thorough understanding of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 and the regulations thereunder and regularly advise and assist clients vis-a-vis property and real estate disputes concerning ownership, development controls, leasing, land ceiling, etc.
Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution
For our litigation practice, our primary consideration is the business objective of the client and we accordingly assess the feasibility of entering into litigation. The Firm considers it as its utmost responsibility to explain the implication and is primarily focused on commercial dispute and recovery. The advocates of the Firm appear before the High Court and a host of tribunals including the Company Law Tribunal, Debts Recovery Tribunal, Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, etc. The Firm’s disputes practice contributes effectively not only in dealing with disputes but also in preventing potential disputes from affecting the business of our clients. Its lawyers aim to provide commercially viable and practical solutions.
The Firm provides legal advisory services to innovative start-ups and corporates in the emerging and intersecting field of technology and financial services in complexities governing their business. In doing so, the firm also advises on complex issues pertaining to regulatory compliances approvals, and policy interpretation.
At Augustus Law, the advocates of the Firm understand issues and dynamics of the gaming business coupled with issues pertaining to gambling. The Firm regularly advises its clients in understanding the legal stand and evolving legislation in this field and works on providing a feasible solutions for our clients. The Firm also advises and assists its clients in obtaining necessary licensing and representing them before relevant authorities.
The Firm firmly believes that legal services should be accessible to all irrespective of their financial ability. Following this belief, the Firm’s legal professional are duty-bound to provide legal assistance to weaker section of the society as well as non-profit organisations. The Firm has extensively worked in cases involving sexual harassment at workplace. The advocates at the Firm are compassionate and understanding to issues relating to Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The Firm also advises and assists companies in alleviating risk of workplace sexual harassment and drafting comprehensive sexual harassment policies and conducting training for both NGOs and corporate clients to build safe, secure, and conducive workplaces for women employees.