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India

Sudipta Bhattacharjee

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Partner, Tax Controversy Management and Contract Documentation

Advaita Legal

New Delhi

+91 11 3323 2752

Languages: English, Hindi

Bar admissions: Bar Council of Delhi

Biography

Sudipta has more than 13 years of experience. He focusses on indirect taxes & allied commercial issues with respect to Oil and Gas, E-Commerce, mining, power and other infrastructure sectors. He has recently authored a book titled "GST: Works contracts and other construction contracts" by Taxmann Publications and has received rave reviews.

Recent matter highlights

  • GCC – Advised a Kuwaiti conglomerate, Alghanim Industries, with respect to the impact of the implementation of VAT regime in GCC countries.

  • Petronet – Sudipta was instrumental in structuring the contracts for importing the LNG into India, thereby, mitigating the tax costs.

  • Telangana – The Government sought to levy tax on license fees paid for the grant of right to trade in alcohol. Sudipta formulated a strategy, thereby, assailing the levy of tax as being against the Constitutional framework.

Practice areas

Arbitration, Controversy management, VAT, GST, Customs

Sector specialisations

Aviation, Construction and materials, Consumer goods and services, Energy, Oil and gas

Association memberships

Progress Harmony and Development Chamber of Commerce (PHDCC)

ASSOCHAM

Indian National Bar Association (INBA)

All India Federation Of Tax Practitioner (AIFTP)

Academic qualifications

BA.LLB (Hons.)

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Santosh Dalvi

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Partner and Deputy Head, Indirect Tax and National Head for the Indirect Tax Compliance Services practice

KPMG in India

Mumbai

+91 2230902685

sdalvi@kpmg.com

Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi

Biography

Santosh has over 32 years of experience in Indirect Tax, Finance and Commercial functions. He has been associated with the GST initiatives of Central and various State governments. He has also advised MNC's as well as local corporates in understanding GST impact on their businesses and providing them support, he has authored a book on GST as well.

Recent matter highlights

  • Santosh has assisted all major industry participants in the chemical sector during transition to GST which enabled them to generate synergies and share best practices.

  • Santosh has been at the forefront while representing before the government on critical issues faced by pharma industry. He regularly interacts with OPPI to create awareness around industry issues and ideate probable solutions.

  • Santosh has provided end to end assistance to India's largest engineering company in their transition to GST.

Practice areas

Tax consulting, VAT, GST, Customs, Supply chains

Sector specialisations

Consumer goods and services, Healthcare, Industrials, Natural resources, Pharma and life sciences

Association memberships

Member of CII, FICCI, OPPI, IDMA and IOAA

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

AICWA

Bachelor of Law (LLB)

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Sujit Ghosh

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Partner and National Head

Advaita Legal

New Delhi

+91 11 3323 2716

Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali

Bar admissions: Bar Council of India, Bar Council of Delhi, Supreme Court Bar Association.

Biography

A partner and National Head of Advaita Legal, Sujit founded Advaita in 2013. With around 23 years of experience, Sujit is considered a pioneer in indirect tax laws in India and has received numerous local and international accolades. An "arguing counsel" in the field of taxation, Sujit has represented multinationals before different judical fora.

Recent matter highlights

  • Represented CGPL before CESTAT, Mumbai. He formulated a strategy whereby, he applied certain Constitutional law principles, while challenging some of the more egregious actions of the Department. The Tribunal passed a favorable order.

  • Represented Vedanta Limited in challenging the constitutionality of the Department's circular, which denied the assessee the benefit of levying tax at a reduced rate.

  • Represented KPMG in a matter involving the recovery of significant tax benefits under the FTP.

Practice areas

Litigation, Controversy management, VAT, GST, Customs

Sector specialisations

Aviation, Construction and materials, Energy, Oil and gas, Transport

Association memberships

Progress Harmony and Development Chamber of Commerce (PHDCC)

ASSOCHAM

Indian National Bar Association (INBA)

All India Federation Of Tax Practitioner (AIFTP)

Academic qualifications

BA.LLB (Hons.)

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Pratik Jain

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Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited

Gurgaon

+91 124 330 6507

pratik.p.jain@pwc.com

Languages: English

Biography

Pratik Jain is a Partner and the National Leader for Indirect Tax in PwC India's Tax and Regulatory Services, and leads the firm's GST practice. Before joining PwC, he had a 10-year tenure with KPMG and an earlier stint of 6 years with EY/Arthur Andersen. He has significant experience in the consumer market, retail and services segments, and supported by his large team of widely experienced professionals across India.

Over the years, Pratik has been working closely with several Indian and multinational corporations, and advises them on tax planning, management, dispute resolution and policy-related issues. He actively supports clients in putting in place effective strategies and is consulted by industry and industry associations. He is also engaged in tax advocacy and frequently interacts with Tax Regulators in India.

Practice areas

Tax consulting, GST, Customs, Supply chains

Sector specialisations

Consumer goods and services, Government and public policy, Real estate

Academic qualifications

Chartered Accountants – The Institute of Chartered Accounts of India

Law Graduate – Delhi University

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V. Lakshmikumaran

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Manging Partner

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys

New Delhi

+91 9810073131

lakshmi.kumaran@lakshmisri.com

www.lakshmisri.com

Languages: Hindi, English, Tamil

Bar admissions: Delhi Bar Association 1985

Biography

Mr V Lakshmikumaran has over three decades of experience as a leading litigating lawyer in India. Before entering legal practice in 1985, he worked with Indian Revenue Services. Today, he represents clients across sectors before various adjudicating authorities, tribunals, high courts and the Supreme Court of India. He has also represented clients

Recent matter highlights

  • Handled complicated custom valuation matter for an international alcoholic beverage company.

  • Handled an international arbitration for a Singapore client in oil and gas sector.

  • Handled private investment in e-commerce sector.

Practice areas

IP management, Dispute resolution, Litigation, Tax consulting, GST

Sector specialisations

Automotive, Banking, Food and beverage, Oil and gas, Tech and telecoms

Association memberships

The Chamber of Tax Consultants, International Chamber of Commerce, International Fiscal Association

Academic qualifications

He holds a bachelors degree in Law and Masters degree in Mathematics from Madras University.

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N Mathivanan

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Principal Partner

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

New Delhi

+91 41299866

mathivanan.n@lakshmisri.com

www.lakshmisri.com

Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil

Bar admissions: Delhi Bar Council

Biography

Advocate providing legal advice in indirect tax areas to various domestic and multinational clients of multiple sectors. Good understanding of business, technology, law and the working of government. In the last 15 years rendered advice for more than 7,000 indirect tax matters. Advised about 300 clients for Goods and Service Tax implementation.

Recent matter highlights

  • ISGEC – Legal Adviser – Advised on the structuring of a business transaction (EPC Contract) considering the GST law – helped immensely for a smooth transition. Hughes Communication – Telecommunication Sector – Considering the nature of service advised for GST implementation for smooth transition.

  • Sumitomo Corporation India – Trading and Service Sector – multi location – Advised for smooth transition to GST

  • Emaar India – Legal Adviser – Real Estate – Anti-profiteering and Smooth GST transition.

Practice areas

Restructuring, Tax consulting, VAT, GST, Customs

Sector specialisations

Construction and materials, Consumer goods and services, Financial services, Oil and gas, Real estate, Tech and telecoms

Association memberships

Delhi Bar Council

Delhi CESTAT Bar association

Indirect tax committee member of ASSOCHAM, Delhi

Academic qualifications

M.Sc(Ag. Economics)-AC&RI, Madurai,1985

LLB, Delhi University, 2005

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Sachin Menon

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Partner and National Head, Indirect Tax

KPMG In India

Mumbai

+91 98202 89197

sachinmenon@kpmg.com

Languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam

Biography

Sachin has over 36 years of experience in handling Indirect taxes including spearheading Indian VAT and GST initiatives. He spent 16 years in Industry and 20 years in consulting with MNCs and Big4 firms in India. He has played an active role in the formulation of the GST policy in India. He is closely associated with various government and industry bodies and is one of the most sought after Indirect tax advisors in India.

He has been recognized among the top ten indirect tax advisors in Asia-Pacific.

Recent matter highlights

  • He has conceptualized and conducted first ever tax payer's experience survey in association with FICCI on behalf of Ministry of Finance for last 2 years which helped government in policy review.

  • Resolution of the issue faced by IT industry relating to performance based place of supply rule adopted by tax authorities resulted in denial of export claim

  • Identification and representation for Container Shipping Line Association which helped the shipping industry to resolve most of the tax issues faced by them

Practice areas

Tax consulting and compliance in VAT, GST, Customs, Foreign Trade Policy, TESCM

Sector specialisations

E-commerce, FMCG, Oil & Gas, Financial services, Industrial manufacturing, Oil and gas, Transport & Logistics, IT

Association memberships

Co-chairman of the GST task force for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Member of the Indirect Tax committee of CII Maharashtra state council.

Trustee of "Foundation for International Taxation", Mumbai.

Ex- Chairman of indirect tax committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce &Industry

Chairman of GST Committee of US India Business Council

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Law (LLB), Mumbai University

Post Graduate in Business Management

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L. Badri Narayanan

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Partner

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys

New Delhi

+91 9920457336

badri.n@lakshmisri.com

www.lakshmisri.com

Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil

Bar admissions: 2006 Delhi Bar Association, 2007 New York Bar Association

Biography

Badri Narayanan is a litigator practicing tax, intellectual property & regulatory laws. For over 10 years, he has been advising clients across various subjects & courts.

He has experience in Goods & Service Tax & has been involved in counselling companies on key issues concerning supply chain. He practiced IP Law in US, before joining L&S.

Recent matter highlights

  • Handling the investigation of large FMCG companies on anti-profiteering laws under GST.

  • Advised global payment company on international tax issues arising out of India business transactions.

  • Advised an Indian multi national on tax implications of slump sale of their business to another global company under income tax and GST laws.

Practice areas

IP management, Restructuring, Competition/anti-trust cases, GST, Customs

Sector specialisations

Banking, Real estate, Tech and telecoms, Logistics, Manufacturing

Association memberships

International Bar Association

The Chamber of Tax Consultants

Academic qualifications

B.SC Hons (Physics)

L.L.B Laws (London)

L.L.M Laws (Cornell university, USA)

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Raghavan Ramabadran

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Partner

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys

Chennai

+91 (44) 43961611

raghavan.r@lakshmisri.com

www.lakshmisri.com

Languages: English

Bar admissions: Bar Council of Tamilnadu & Puducherry

Biography

Mr. Raghavan is a Chartered Accountant turned-lawyer with over 14 years of experience. His expertise lies in handling consulting and litigation particularly in GST, Service Tax, VAT, Central Excise and SEZ/FTP matters. He has helped clients in both manufacturing and service sectors in structuring their transactions to optimise tax incidence.

Recent matter highlights

  • Advised an auto major in successfully negotiating with a State Government for setting up a new state of the art facility.

  • Successfully handled a customs litigation on import of metro coaches involving a duty amount of INR 90 million.

Association memberships

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Academic qualifications

Chartered Accountant, ICAI, 2004

LLB, Delhi University, 2008

Practice areas

Business model optimisation, Corporate taxes, Litigation, Tax consulting, GST

Sector specialisations

Accounting, Automotive, Banking, Construction and materials, Consumer goods and services, Insurance

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T. Viswanathan

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Advocate and Principal Partner

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys

Mumbai

+ 91 (22) 30567800

viswanathan.t@lakshmisri.com

www.lakshmisri.com

Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil

Bar admissions: 10 January 1995, Bar Council of Delhi

Biography

Viswanathan is the Country Head for Cutoms , and is responsible for advisory and litigation. He has handled many cases before the Supreme Court, High Courts, Tribunal and departmental officers. He regularly speaks before various industry forums.

His areas of practice include, Customs, Central Excise and FEMA.

Recent matter highlights

  • Successfully handled customs tax dispute on classification of electrical steel, imported for an agricultutural project

  • Successfully handled customs tax dispute on classification of capital goods, imported for an agricultutural project.

  • Successfuly handled valuation dispute on related party transactions for a leading MNC

Academic qualifications

Law Graduate

Commerce Graduate

Practice areas

Business model optimisation, Litigation, Tax consulting, GST, Customs

Sector specialisations

Automotive, Aviation, Consumer goods and services, Industrials, Oil and gas

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Rohan Shah

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Counsel

Chambers of Rohan Shah

Mumbai

+91 (0)22 2287 0101

rohan@shahchambers.in

Languages: English

Bar admissions: Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Law Society of UK

Biography

Rohan Shah is a practicing counsel in the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court. He received his law degree from the Government Law College of Bombay University. Rohan worked with Crawford Bayley and Co. from 1988 to 1989 and founded Economic Laws Practice in 2001, where he was the Managing Partner. In 2016, he moved on to practice independently.

Practice areas

Corporate taxes, Litigation, Tax consulting, GST, Customs

Sector specialisations

Automotive, Banking, Oil and gas, Real estate, Shipping

Academic qualifications

LLB, Government Law College of Bombay University (now the University of Mumbai), 1987

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Arvind Baheti

Khaitan & Co

K R Baskar

Deloitte India

Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Advaita Legal

Udayan Choksi

VoxLaw

Anjlika Chopra

Deloitte India

Santosh Dalvi

KPMG in India

Prashant Deshpande

Deloitte India

Rajeev Dimri

Deloitte India

Sujit Ghosh

Advaita Legal

Atul Gupta

Deloitte India

Pratik Jain

PwC

Rohit Jain

Economic Laws Practice

Mahesh Jaising

Deloitte India

Samir Kapadia

VoxLaw

Nihal Kothari

Khaitan & Co

V Lakshmikumaran

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Ranjeet Mahtani

Economic Laws Practice

M S Mani

Deloitte India

N Mathivanan

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Tejal Mehta

VoxLaw

Sachin Menon

KPMG in India

Vivek Mishra

PwC

L Badri Narayanan

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Satya Poddar

EY

Raghavan Ramabadran

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Muralidharan Ramaratnam

Deloitte India

Abhishek Rastogi

Khaitan & Co

Saloni Roy

Deloitte India

Bipin Sapra

EY India

Harsh Shah

Economic Laws Practice

Nishant Shah

Economic Laws Practice

Rohan Shah

Sole practitioner

Harishanker Subramaniam

EY

Heetesh Veera

EY

Kumar Visalaksh

Economic Laws Practice

T Viswanathan

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan


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