GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

MVKini’s growth as a law firm is rooted in its work with a wide-range of public sector undertakings, government-owned banks and financial institutions, government agencies and ministries.

MVKini’s extensive public-sector experience gives it a unique understanding of the how government functions. The firm can swiftly deploy a highly experienced team that can effectively mediate industry concerns to the relevant government body to arrive at constructive outcomes.

Ravi Kini heads up the government affairs team. He has 15 years experience dealing in the full gamut of public-sector matters.


Key transactions
The firm has undertaken many complex and far-reaching public-sector assignments, dealing simultaneously with industry and the government. This includes drafting new legislation; litigation and arbitration matters; financial matters; tender procedure; complex contracts and tax free bonds.

Some key public-sector clients include Air India; the National Highways Authority of India; the Shipping Corporation; the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (Railway) and the Rural Electrification Corporation.


Key People
Ravi Kini and Vidisha Krishnan.





ASHISH SUMAN
Partner

Ashish obtained his LL.B. (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He holds an LL.M in Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham, UK and is also qualified to practice Law in England and Wales.

He provides legal advice and services to banks, public sector and commercial clients, both domestic and international. He advises on a wide range of practice areas including Arbitration, General Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Foreign Direct Investment, Joint Ventures and Infrastructure Projects. He has led several significant transactions, providing both ongoing and transaction specific legal advice.

Ashish has extensive experience in the infrastructure Sector. He has worked in projects relating to domestic and international road, building & construction, rail and power. Ashish has advised Public Sector Undertakings, State Governments as well as Private Entities on issues relating to DBFOT, BOT (Toll/Annuity), BOOT Projects carried out on a PPP basis. He drafts model Toll and Engineering & Procurement Contracts.

Ashish supervises the firm’s Capital Markets Practice and has led the Debt Issue of various Public Sector Undertakings and Statutory Bodies.

Practice Areas
Capital Markets
Corporate & Commercial
Government Affairs


Contact details
New Delhi office
ashish@mvkini.com
+91 11 2437 1038


Ravi Kini
Managing attorney

Ravi is MVKini’s managing attorney. Ravi holds an LL.M in International Financial Laws from the University of Georgia, USA where he specialised in Derivatives Risk Framework.

Ravi is one of India’s leading practitioners of law relating to national and state highways projects. He is also renowned for his work in the aviation, government affairs, and banking sectors.

Ravi advises the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and state authorities on highways and related projects. He advises on international competitive bidding in Public Private Partnerships (PPP); He has a wealth of experience advising the Indian government on bid processes, and drafts and vets tender documents and contracts. He is skilled in incorporating Special Purpose Vehicles and executing concession agreements and contracts for selected bidders.

His expert knowledge comes from advising on a wide range of projects executed/funded in this way. They include the development of a free trade and warehousing zone, the creation of industrial training and skills development centres, the building of rail-related manufacturing facilities as well as ports terminals, IT parks and other urban transport projects.

Ravi’s public-sector experience gives him a unique understanding of how government functions. Ravi leads a team that effectively mediates industry concerns to the relevant government body to swiftly arrive at constructive outcomes.

His significant experience in the aviation sector has led him to advise on ground-handling issues a cross a number of airports. Ravi’s experience extends to advising bodies, such as IATA, on Competition Law issues. His extensive experience includes advising India’s national carrier. He negotiated and drafted the contracts for Air India’s purchase of 68 commercial aircrafts from Boeing, in a US$7 billion deal. He also assisted in the formation of its low-cost subsidiary, Air India Express. He regularly drafts and vet aircraft leasing agreements.

Ravi leads a team that supports Indian companies seeking access to foreign capital through external commercial borrowings (ECB). They regularly interpret RBI circulars and are able get swift clarification from the regulator as required. He and his team act as the lender’s legal counsel, participating in negotiations with borrowers ensuring compliance banking law and practise. Keeping the lender’s interests at the fore, they assist with securities’ creation and perfection of charge documentation. Ravi was named a leading lawyer in the aviation sector in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ (Aviation, 2010) and listed in the ‘Leading LAWYER 100’ 2011 Annual Guide, which recognizes members of the legal community who have stood out from their peers by demonstrating professional achievement and excellence in their area of practice. He was also recognised as a key commercial lawyer in the International Who’s Who Legal (Commercial Litigation, 2009).

Practice Areas
Corporate & Commercial
Banking & Finance
Project Finance in Infrastructure


Contact details
Mumbai office
ravikini@mvkini.com
+91 22 2261 2527


Vidisha Krishan
Partner

Vidisha obtained her LL.B. degree from the Faculty of Laws at Delhi University. She also holds a degree in Journalism Honours from Delhi University. She has an LL.M. in banking and finance law from the University College London.

Having worked with India’s capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, she has extensive experience working in law firms as well as in the government. At the Board she was involved in policy formulation and regulation drafting and helped provide informal guidance on various delisting, buyback and takeover issues to listed companies.

Vidisha focuses on capital markets issues as well as cross-border investments into India. She advises on matters relating to RBI/FEMA aspects of cross-border transactions as well as domestic listed and unlisted company issues.

Her capital markets practice covers all aspects of RBI and SEBI laws including takeovers, public issues, private placements, alternate investment funds, eligible investor categories (FIIs, QFIs, NRIs) etc. Her expertise also extends to private equity deals, joint ventures in the corporate and commercial sector.

Vidisha has advised on various aspects of foreign investments in India by institutional and non-institutional investors on debt instruments of the Indian public sector undertakings. She has also advised on various debt issues of public sector undertakings and statutory bodies.

Contact details
Mumbai office
vidisha@mvkini.com
+91 22 2261 2527