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Senior Associate

Mumbai, MH, India
March 29, 2018

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Legal Associate – Gagrats Advocates & Solicitors, Mumbai.

B -603, Olympia Towers, Byculla West, Mumbai – 21 ** Ph: +91-961*******

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Practicing Legal Professional with 4+ years of experience working in a tier I aviation law firm, holding master’s degree in Air and Space Law from McGill University, Canada. Pertinent skills include impeccable written and verbal communication and excellent interpersonal abilities.


1.Senior Associate – Gagrats Advocates & Solicitors, Mumbai (December 2013 – present)

Worked on projects involving:


-Foreign Direct Investment: Investment by Etihad Airways PJSC in Jet Airways (India) Limited.

-Aircraft Financing: Acted for Jet Airways (India) Limited in various financial leasing, operational leasing and sale and lease back transactions (including sub-leasing, assignment) involving lessors such as GE Capital Aviation Services, AWAS Aviation Capital Limited, SMBC Aviation Capital Limited, MC Aviation Partners.

-Slot Trading: Worked on transactions involving sale and lease back of slots of Jet Airways (India) Limited in London Heathrow Airport and sale of slots in JFK Airport.

-Sale / Purchase of Aircraft: Represented Neptunus Global Trading FZE in its purchase and further sale of ATR aircraft from N.D.R. Warehousing Private Limited.

-Regulatory Compliance: Advised Jet Airways (India) Limited on various regulatory matters, including filings with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Foreign Investment Promotion Board, Securities and Exchange Board of India and Competition Commission of India .

-Issued advisories to international clientele regarding Indian aviation market and regulatory requirements.


-Worked on projects involving financing of Aircraft.

-Represented Larsen & Tourbo Infra Investment Partner Advisory Private Limited in its proposed financing of Flight Simulation Technique Center Private Limited.

-Represented Jet Airways (India) Limited in availing financing for working capital requirements from various banks, including from a consortium of banks with State Bank of India being the lead lender and Yes Bank.

-Represented Jet Airways (India) Limited in availing external commercial borrowings from foreign banks such as Mashreq Bank and HSBC.

-Worked on matter involving hypothecation of aircraft by Jet Airways (India) Limited.

Mergers and Acquisition / Private Equity

-Involved in the merger between Jet Airways (India) Limited and Jet Lite (India)Limited.

-Represented Drylock Technologies N.V. in its proposed investment in Indian Company.

- Advised Godavari Bio Refineries Limited in the matter of investment by Mandala Capital.

-Involved in the split of a Joint Venture Company, Spirax Marshall Private Limited.

- Involved in establishment of a company performing ground handling and MRO services..


-Dealt with retired judge of Supreme Court of India on behalf of India Cements Limited regarding one of its subsidiaries.

- Represented Godavari Biorefineries Limited in its proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

-Involved in drafting of collaboration agreement for a leading restaurant in Mumbai, India,

-Involved in drafting of constitutional documents of companies


1.Master of Laws – Air and Space - McGill University - 2013.

2.B.Com LLB - First Class Honors - Gujarat National Law University - 2012.

3.Qualified to practice in Indian Courts


1.A Framework to address burgeoning Commercial Complexities in Space Mining, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht, Vol 66, Issue 1, 2017.

2.Pioneering for Rights of the Differently Abled: Scope under the Montreal Convention, Air & Space Law, Vol 41, Issue 3, 2016, Kluwer Law International.

3.Impact of Regional Trade Agreements on the Economy of Developing Nations: An Analysis of the ‘Noodle Bowl’ Effect from the Asian Perspective, Vol 2, Issue 2, GNLU Journal of Law, Development and Politics.


1.Presentation / participation at various international and national conferences – Most recently, presentation of research titled “Will Empires Strike Back – National Legislation Fuel Space Wars” at the 4th Manfred Lachs Conference, Montreal, Canada (2016).

2.Surana and Surana National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition (2011).

3.Leiden – Sarin International Air Law Moot Law Competition (2010).


4.Masao Sekiguchi Fellowship


1.Languages Known - English, Hindi, Tamil – Fluent; French - Basic.

2.Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

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