Sujjain Talwar is a co-founding Partner of ELP and heads the Hospitality and Infrastructure practices of the firm. He is also co-heads the Corporate & Commercial and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices of the firm. With over 20 years of experience, he is a qualified Solicitor in India as well as England and Wales, and has ranked first in the Solicitor’s Examinations, with special awards for Company Law and Direct Taxation.
Sujjain has worked extensively on private sector participation initiatives in various infrastructure projects in India and abroad, including real estate and hospitality. He has acted in over 65 hotel transactions involving almost every international hotel operator in India. He has international experience in managing public-private participation across various infrastructure sectors including water, roads, ports and airports. He was recently on the panel of judges for ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2016 to advise the publication in deciding the winners for the Indian Energy & Infrastructure categories; and also on the Jury for the Hotel Investment Forum of India’s 2015 awards.
Sujjain has been instrumental in developing ELP’s infrastructure practice. He brings to the table an in-depth understanding of the local laws, coupled with international experience in formulating and implementing mergers and acquisitions. With his extensive experience in project finance and structured finance transactions, Sujjain has also been instrumental in building the banking and finance practice at ELP.
Sujjain’s wealth of experience also includes advising several multinational and domestic companies on various aspects of corporate laws including entry, acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements. He has also been involved in advising private equity funds on their investments. Sujjain has also recently been appointed as the liquidator for Veco India Limited; and Veco Engineering Limited. Some of his recent transactions include advising New Silk Route Advisors in relation to the sale of its stake in Destimoney Enterprises Limited to Carlyle which also resulted in an indirect acquisition of 49% stake in Punjab National Bank Housing Finance Limited. The deal also involved hiving off six subsidiaries of Destimoney. This is said to be Carlyle’s first major buyout in India. This deal has been recognised as the Private Equity & Venture Capital Deal of the Year by India Business Law Journal in the Deal of the Year Awards 2015. He also advised Jet Airways as co-counsel on the acquisition of twenty four percent (24%) stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways India Limited. This deal was awarded the M&A and Joint Venture Deal of the Year Award by India Business Law Journal in its Deal of the Year Awards 2013. It has also been awarded as the Deal of the Year in Inhouse Community’s ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL Deal of the Year 2013 Awards. Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) is acquiring 9X Media from private equity firm Rivendell PE LLC, earlier known as New Silk Route, and other shareholders. Sujjain and his team acted for 9X Media and Rivendell PE LLC.
Sujjain has been ranked as a Band 1 lawyer for his expertise in Projects, Infrastructure & Energy in India by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013 to 2018.He is also recognised as a Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure 2014 to 2018 and IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2017. He has been identified as a Leading Lawyer for Projects and Energy in India by The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 consecutively for the past 9 years. He has also been recognised for his expertise in Construction by Who’s Who Legal 2013 to 2018. He is also featured as a Leading Lawyer for Construction & Real Estate in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2014 to 2017. He has featured in the India Business Law Journal’s A List as India’s Top 100 Lawyers.
Prior to ELP, Sujjain has worked with Crawford Bayley & Co., Mumbai, as well as with Pinsent Masons, U.K
Talwar "possess a good amount of knowledge & experience," is considered to be both "innovative and proactive" and his "commercial understanding is fantastic." Sujjain is described by clients as 'approachable', 'timely' and 'knowledgeable'. He offers clients a high 'quality of professional advice' and builds 'consensus' enabling clients to 'close deals'.
Sources describe him as a "wonderful lawyer," and particularly praise his approachability and strong negotiation skills
He is appreciated by clients for being able to "look at it from a standpoint and give you extremely good-quality advice based on how we work as well as the legal market in India."
"He has a very clear thought process and the ability to think on his feet and provide solutions."