Suhail Nathani

Managing Partner

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Suhail Nathani is the Managing Partner of ELP. He earned his Master's Degree at Cambridge University, England and has also received an LL.M. from Duke University, USA. Apart from India, he is also admitted to the State Bar of New York.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

Suhail Nathani has a wide range of expertise spanning private equity, as well as M&A and international trade work. Interviewees report he is "extremely responsive" and his "knowledge is encyclopaedic."

With over 24 years of experience, Suhail is considered a leading expert in a diverse range of practice areas such as Corporate & Commercial; Private Equity & Venture Capital; Competition Law & Policy; Securities Laws & Capital Markets; and International Trade & Customs. He has advised clients on clients on transactional and advisory aspects of private equity Investments, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate restructuring across multiple sectors. He regularly advises Indian and multi-national companies on cross-border transactions, foreign direct investments, and commercial contracts. He has advised listed as well as unlisted companies, and intermediaries on various aspects relating to Indian securities laws. Suhail has been part of the "Law Firm Working Group" f ormed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to give a final shape to the merger regulations of the country and has worked very closely with the Department for International Development to re-write the competition and consumer laws in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He was also the lead counsel to the government of India at the World Trade Organisation Panel and Appellate Body in Geneva; and has handled the first safeguard case in India. Suhail has been widely published and is a frequent speaker at various conferences. He co-authored a chapter in "WTO at 10", a compilation of articles on the first 10 years of the WTO, published by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies.

RSG India Report 2015

Described as "an exceptional lawyer and adviser" who is "responsive, smart, and always has excellent junior partners and associates available to assist." "He has a broad understanding of Indian business and the challenges faced by [foreign companies] investing in the country." "He provides excellent guidance to firms looking to ensure the safety of their investments and needing to navigate the complex regulatory and legal environment that India presents."

Some of Suhail's recent transactions include advising Johnson Controls in relation to its global air conditioning business joint venture with Hitachi Appliances, Inc (Japan) and Hitachi Limited (Japan). The joint venture is said to be world's largest commercial air conditioning provider. This deal has been recognised one of the Deals of the Year by Inhouse Community's Asian Mena Counsel in its Deals of the Year 2015 award. He was also involved in advising New Vernon Private Equity Limited and Hilson Estates Limited in the sale of their entire shareholding held in Carwel Estates Limited and Faery Estates Limited respectively to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Shapoorji Pallonji Group's joint venture company SPREP Pte. Ltd. for the acquisition of SP Infocity IT Park in Chennai. This deal has been recognised as the Real Estate Deal of the Year by India Business Law Journal in the Deal of the Year Awards 2015.

Suhail has been recognised amongst the top 30 International Trade practitioners in the world by the Best of the Best Expert Guides 2016. He has been ranked by the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012 to 2016 for his expertise in for his expertise in Competition/Antitrust, Corporate M&A and International Trade and has been recommended as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal500 Asia-Pacific for the past 7 years. He has been recognised for his expertise in the Who's Who Legal 2013 to 2015; and has also been identified as a Leading Lawyer by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2014 & 2015. He has also featured a Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2015 & 2016. He has recently been on the jury for BW Businessworld-PwC I-bank 2016 Awards.

Suhail has recently been appointed as a member of IBA's India Contact Group and is also a part of the Host Committee which is organising the 5th Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference for the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum. He is an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Jindal Global Law School in India; and also serves as an independent director on three listed companies in India, including a scheduled bank. He also sits on the board of a privately held "strategically important" NBFC.

Prior to ELP, he was the General Counsel in a start-up FCC licensed telecommunications carrier in Washington, DC that went public.

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