AASHISH VATS is the founding partner of the Firm and has over 12 years’ experience in advising various multinational corporations, private equity funds, project developers, start-ups, investors, advisors, consultants, banks and financial institutions on their numerous corporate and commercial transactions relating to foreign investments, joint ventures, real estate, projects and project finance, consortium banking, private equity investments and other in-bound and outbound commercial transactions. His advice includes undertaking legal and regulatory evaluation of projects (including conducting legal due diligence exercises for evaluating legal and regulatory feasibility); structuring the entire transaction from a legal and commercial standpoint; and finalizing transaction documents and advising on closing and post-closing compliances.
During his decade long career span, Aashish has expertly handled several transactions in the real estate sector, e-commerce, retail, manufacturing and the renewable energy sector. His strong client commitment and consistent delivery of high-quality services have been recognised by his clients and they have continued to work with him for legal support on a wide range of laws involving advice on investments, structuring transactions, acquisitions, corporate governance, infrastructure and project financing.
Prior to setting up the Firm, Aashish was the Head of Legal in India for China Fortune Land Development Co. Ltd. (CFLD), an international new industrial city developer headquartered in Singapore, focusing on construction and development of new industrial cities. Aashish advised CFLD on their investment strategy, documentation and negotiations with Haryana Government, Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation and other stakeholders. Before that, he was a Senior Consultant with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, where he advised a wide array of clients, both Indian and foreign, on transactions involving renewable energy, infrastructure, projects and project finance. He has also worked with AZB & Partners as a Senior Associate for more than 5 years and with MNK Law Offices, Delhi offices a Corporate Lawyer where he advised clients on transactions relating to foreign investments, joint ventures, real estate, consortium lending, private equity investments and general corporate advisory. Aashish, during his career with 2 of the top tiered law firms in India and a boutique law firm, has gained the unique experience of having led corporate transactions from both sides of the bench; from the investors and the promoter side.
Aashish graduated from Symbiosis Law School Pune, Symbiosis International University, India with a B.B.A. LLB (Honours) degree in 2008 and is licensed to practice in the Republic of India. Advocate is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi; is a member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association and the Indian National Bar Association.
KkL Partners (Firm) is a full-service law firm in India, having its principal office in Delhi and offering an extensive range of transactional, regulatory and advisory services pan India. The Firm advises a diverse clientele including domestic and foreign commercial enterprises, multinational corporations, financial institutions, real estate developers, start-ups, proprietorship firms, high net-worth individuals etc.
One of the key practice areas of the Firm is general corporate and commercial laws which extends to various sectors of the economy. The Firm’s lawyers are strongly committed and have the experience and expertise in providing advice on a day-to-day basis on corporate, regulatory, governance, operational and structuring matters across a broad range of sectors.
The partners of the Firm have witnessed the impact of the change in regulatory environment relating to foreign investments and have advised on regulations governing foreign investments in a variety of sectors. The Firm regularly advises non-resident and resident clients looking to create business synergies through international tie-ups either through equity investments or technology tie-ups. The Firm also regularly assist clients in setting up their presence in India and in the course of which interacts closely with regulators. The Firm’s experience includes advising on choice of entity and suitability to the business in question, drafting applications and obtaining approvals from government and regulatory bodies, advising and undertaking company incorporation formalities or setting up other forms of presence (branch office, liaison office, project office).
The Firm frequently advise clients on both in-bound and out-bound transactions and acquisitions, which keeps the lawyers at the Firm, a step ahead from their peers. This has given the Firm wide exposure to International laws and first-hand experience on best international legal and business practices, all of which adds substantial value to the advice they render to their clients. The quasi-federal nature of the Indian legal system throws up numerous location specific issues that a client needs to navigate through and the Firm’s lawyers have considerable experience in structuring transactions such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions across the country keeping in mind such location specific compliances and issues.
Our approach is solution oriented and emphasizes on a practical understanding of our clients’ business problems with the view to find a legal solution to address them.
The Firm currently has a dedicated team of more than 10 lawyers working out from its head office in New Delhi, India and has best friends’ affiliation with more than 200 prominent lawyers and law firms across various cities in India.