He heads the firm’s ship finance, shipping transport, oil and gas practice groups and co-heads the banking practice group. He advises multinational and Indian companies across industries such as banking, shipping, steel, subsea engineering and marine services, offshore construction, infrastructure (LNG ports, oil and gas), marine insurance, transport, trade and logistics. He advises on ship and structured finance regulatory issues – flagging, cabotage, tonnage tax – while investing in shipping ventures, LNG/FSRU/FPSO projects. In commercial practice, he handles contracts of sale and purchase of goods and services, long-term take or pay contracts, supply chain contracts, etc.
He has extensive ship finance practice, having completed 400 ship finance deals in the past 12 years of new buildings, second-hand vessels, ocean-going vessels and oil rigs, LNG carriers, FSRUs, FPSOs, operating in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Member of Executive Committee of Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration, Maritime Users’ Council.
Lloyd’s List ranked him in its ‘Top 10 Lawyers’, saying: ‘Highly regarded for his work in the LNG sector, particularly for interesting and highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports and ships’. He has been ranked by Chambers in Band 1 for several year in shipping and maritime practice, as also banking. Also ranked for several years in Who’s Who Legal in Banking, Finance and Shipping. He is the India correspondent for Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and vice president of the Indian Maritime Law Association, affiliated to the CMI.