Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

India

Analysis

Overview

Best known in the market for its leading tax and IP practices, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan also provides in-depth advisory and representation in competition, corporate, real estate, and restructuring and insolvency matters. It has 13 offices across 11 cities and opened a new office in Kochi two years agoFor IP, the firm is famed for its contentious patent know-how, where the subject matter requires deep and detailed knowledge. The firm is a market leader in plant genomics and plant variety protection. The firm’s robust and historical tax practice specialises in GST, income tax, customs and litigation. The firm’s key contacts are IP practice head Malathi Lakshmikumaran, who is a specialist in the biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals sectors. Managing partner V Lakshmikumaran is a go-to name for tax matters. Notable clients in the arbitration arena occupy the steel, power, consumer goods, hospitality and tourism, and infrastructure sectors. Its competition team was boosted with the addition of joint partner Neelambera Sandeepan from Cyril Amarchand MangaldasThe corporate and private equity team welcomed partners Amritha Salian from Themis Associates and Gaurav Dayal, who was the associate general counsel at Oyo Hotels Group.  

Client feedback 

Gaurav Gupta 

Professional and they know what is required by the client with regard to IP.” 

Tax

Work highlights 

Acting for the Gas Authority of India on issues pertaining to the classification of Naptha Gas. This is unique as a public sector undertaking fighting a tax battle against the government.  

Representing Sony, Nikon and Canon in a Supreme Court case that relates to the international commercial laws of the WTO that India must keep while abiding with local import tax laws.   

Key clients 

Bharti Infratel, Jyothy Laboratories, Nestle, SC Johnson India, Unilever Group 

Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Filed a writ petition before the Delhi High Court on behalf of the Merck Sharp & Dohm challenging the Patent Controller’s order rejecting client’s patent application 

Assisted ERBE Elektromedizin on its design application for a display unit for a high frequency generator, claiming novelty in the shape, pattern and ornamentation. 

Representing Brainbees Solutions in a design infringement case in the Delhi High Court. 

Key clients 

H Lundbeck, Onyx Therapeutics, Sahajanand Technologies 

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised Intellicar Telematics on its sale to TVS Motors.  

Acted for Penguin Random House Indian on its merger with Hind Pocket Books.  

Engaged by the Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers in seeking a direction to investigate the anti-competitive conduct of kraft paper manufacturers and their associations in an information filed 

Key clients 

Predible Health, Prism Cement, Supply Chain Labs 

Competition/antitrust

Work highlights 

Helped Plasser India receive an appeal admitted before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal contesting the order passed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) dismissing the information filed by the client against bid-rigging practices in tenders of the Indian railways. 

Successfully defended the Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers' Association before the CCI and received a favourable order dismissing an information filed by the Gujarat Paper Mills Association with respect to allegations of anti-competitive agreements amongst the corrugated box manufacturers and their associations. 

Engaged by the Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers in seeking a direction to investigate the anti-competitive conduct of kraft paper manufacturers and their associations in an information filed 

Key clients 

Glencore Agriculture India, Honda Siel Cars