Suhail Nathani is the Managing Partner of ELP, and co-heads the Corporate & Commercial and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices of the firm.
With over 25 years of experience, Suhail 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.
Besides being involved in transactions and trade matters; most recently Suhail has been advising a the board of trustees of a listed mutual fund on various aspects arising out of a shareholder dispute and regulator intervention. He has also been involved in advising a board of a listed company on compliances arising out of orders passed by regulators pertaining to the eligibility of a key management personnel holding office in the company. He is also advising independent directors on a holding company in connection with various proceedings brought by a minority shareholder against them.
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 2018 for his expertise in Competition/Antitrust, Corporate M&A and International Trade and has been recommended as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for the past nine years. He has been recognised for his expertise in the Who’s Who Legal 2013 to 2018; and has also been identified as a Leading Lawyer by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2014 to 2018. He has also featured a Market Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2015 to 2018. He has been on the jury for BW Businessworld-PwC I-bank 2016 Awards. He has featured in the India Business Law Journal’s A List as India’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2017 & 2018
Suhail additionally co-heads the International Trade & Customs, Competition Law & Policy and heads the Capital Markets & Securities Laws practices of the firm. He has been appointed as a member of IBA’s India Contact Group and was 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, serves as an independent director on three listed companies in India and has also been on the board of a privately held “strategically important” NBFC.
Suhail 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. Prior to ELP, he was the General Counsel in a start-up FCC licensed telecommunications carrier in Washington, DC.
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."
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.”
Managing partner and practice head Suhail Nathani is recognised as "a go-to person in the firm “who is "always available" and "walks you through some very complex and difficult parts" of matters.