Babu Sivaprakasam (Babu) is a Partner at ELP and heads the Banking & Finance practice of the firm. He holds a law degree from Madras University and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu.

Babu brings with him over 25 years of diverse and rich experience as a legal professional in the Banking & Finance sector. His expertise lies in all forms of Banking & Finance matters including transactional, advisory, governance and compliance. These extend to property and stamp laws; securitization, transfer & management of stressed assets, trade and documentary credit transactions; derivatives, structured & syndicated finance, collateralized debt obligations; commercial real estate, commodities, aircraft and ship finance transactions and advice on banking product development, standardisation of documents and legal risk management. He has extensively advised and worked closely with major public-sector banks, many foreign and private banks, non-banking finance companies and top realty firms in India.

Babu started his career in 1991 as a Lawyer practicing in Chennai High Court. His experience as an in-house counsel took-off in 1996 when he joined Bank of Baroda and then moved on to Standard Chartered Bank in 2001 where he worked till 2004. He was also associated with Axis Bank from 2004 to early 2005. Post this stint, he has been a co-founding Partner at SNG Partners, Mumbai nurturing and shepherding their Banking & Finance and Real Estate practice till July, 2014.

Babu is regarded by the clients as a valuable & reliable resource in real estate and banking & finance transactions. As his clients put it “With real business experience as an in-house counsel for various banks and as a seasoned and matured professional, Babu brings with him a desired blend of proficiency and expertise to better understand and appreciate the legal & regulatory risks and other business aspects of financing and a poised and solution-oriented demeanour”.

Babu has featured as a Leading Lawyer for Banking & Finance and Real Estate in IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide 2016 to 2018 and as a Highly Recommended Individual for Banking & Finance in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 to 2018.


Legal 500
  • “Babu Sivaprakasam, gave our case/matters all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. He was/is a calming and confident in the matters. We are treated as a valuable client by ELP. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received through ELP”.
  • Recommended for Real Estate and Construction; Banking and Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency
Chambers Asia Pacific
  • “seasoned banking professional” with substantive regulatory knowledge.

IFLR 1000, 2020
  • “Highly experienced and credible in his work and leads from the front.”
Asialaw Profiles
  • Babu Sivaprakasam, is “approachable and easily accessible”
  • Babu Sivaprakasam, a construction and real estate market-leading lawyer has “legal knowledge [and] ability to handle complicated issues” according to a client.
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