Desai & Diwanji
Desai & Diwanji is an Indian law firm with offices in Delhi, Gurgaon and Mumbai. The firm is known for its specailisation in Mergers & Acquisitions by the sheer number of deals. <ref> |M&A H1 2011 league table: AZB with most but fewer chunky deals, Desai & Diwanji rules volume, TTA-Links strong duo </ref>
The firms roll call of clients has included Société Générale, Union Bank of India, Royal Bank of Scotland and BNP Paribas.
- Desai & Diwanji has advised Wadia group-owned budget airline GoAir on the company’s acquisition of 72 Airbus 320 NEO Aircraft for $7.2bn. <ref> |Desai & Diwanji drafts $7.2bn docs to buy 72 new Airbus for Go </ref>
- Desai & Diwanji advised the Ashok Piramal Group in its Rs. 1250 crore to Rs. 1500 crore ($250m to $300m) three-way joint venture (JV) with Canadian engineering group SNC-Lavalin. <ref> [ http://www.legallyindia.com/201203152639/Corporate-/-MA/desai-a-d-elp-khaitanco-pave-300m-piramal-idfc-canada-road-building-jv%7C Desai & D, ELP, KhaitanCo pave $300m Piramal-IDFC-Canada road building JV] </ref>
- Desai & Diwanji Gurgaon advised Franklin Templeton on its purchase of 20 per cent of Mumbai designer clothes retailer Kimaya Fashions.<ref>  </ref>
The Starting Salary at Desai & Diwanji varies from 6 - 8.4 lakh. <ref> [Salary Table] </ref>
Delhi 401-405 Naurang House, 21 K.G. Marg New Delhi, India 110001 Telephone: +91 11 6535 1133 / 34 / 35
Mumbai Lentin Chambers, Dalal Street 400001 Mumbai (Bombay), India Telephone: +91-22-22651682
RSG India writes about the firm: "A highly respected and full service law firm which manages to combine its history with a young dynamic culture. Although it is not as widely known as some of its peers, in testament to the firm's credibility, it topped Mergermarket's Indian deals tables for 2009. While the younger generation of Desai's and Diwanji's were recommended to RSG, this is not a traditional family firm."
According to the RSG India rankings for 2011 the firm is the eight best firm in the country. <ref> |RSG India rankings </ref>
Legal 500 comments about the firm: "Desai & Diwanji has a ‘first-rate reputation’ for aviation matters. The team advised Singapore Air Transport (SATS) and Air India on establishing ground-handling and baggage-handling facilities at Hyderabad and Delhi airports. Vihang Virker heads the team."
Legal 500 rankings:
- Aviation: Tier 1
- Corporate/ M & A: Tier 2
- Projects & energy: Tier 1
Chambers & Partners
Chambers & Partners places Vihang Virkar & Apurva Diwanji in Band 1.