Jay Gandhi is a Partner with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co based out of Mumbai office. Jay’s practice encompasses Mergers & Acquisition, Private Equity, Joint Ventures and Investment Funds and he has extensive experience across these areas both on cross-border and domestic deals.
For more than a decade and a half, Jay has been advising several large international and domestic private equity funds, banks and financial institutions, multi-national corporations and Indian business houses on various types of complex M&A deals, private equity and venture capital investments and leveraged buy-outs. Jay has led large multi-disciplinary teams with the firm on complex acquisition transactions requiring simultaneous management of transactional issues alongside nuances arising from sectoral challenges and regulatory constraints.
Jay also regularly represents international and domestic fund managers in relation to structuring, formation and regulation of all kinds of alternative investment funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Infrastructure Investment Trusts, mutual funds, domestic funds and India focused international funds. He has been involved in strategic joint ventures for setting up several funds and negotiates fund documents on behalf of the GP as well as the LPs. Jay frequently advises on the nuances of a dynamic regulatory regime and evolving trends around pooling vehicles and financial intermediaries in India.
Jay is a qualified lawyer and a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa and in addition, is also a qualified chartered accountant. The dual qualification gives him an edge as a corporate lawyer who needs to understand and advise on transactions that are primarily driven by business related factors. He holds a double graduation, a graduation in commerce followed by a graduation in law from the Mumbai University and also holds a Solicitor’s degree from the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. He qualified as a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and was a practising chartered accountant before pursuing a career in law. Prior to joining the Firm, Jay was a partner at the Mumbai office of another large tier 1 law firm.
He has been involved in some of the largest foreign direct investment transactions that India has witnessed, in the real estate, infrastructure and media sectors. Jay has been recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” by IFLR 1000 in 2019-21 in Investment Funds, Private Equity, M&A and by Asialaw 2021 for Investment Funds. Jay has been recommended in the RSG Consulting Report for 2017-18 for corporate law. Clients commented that Jay is able to use his legal knowledge “to quickly understand all the commercial aspects of a deal” and offer “expert advice” with “efficient situation based solutions”, and that he has a “knack for anticipating issues and this helps him prepare us for the various situations that may arise”.