Lawyer Profile

Gaurav Wahie - Partner - Clasis Law

Tel: +91 11 4213 0000
Email: gaurav.wahie@clasislaw.com
Website: http://www.clasislaw.com
Address: 14th Floor, Dr. Gopal Das Bhawan
28, Barakhamba Road
New Delhi 110 001

Clasis Law

India, Corporate/M&A, FDI, Insurance & Reinsurance

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Gaurav has significant experience in acquisitions and joint ventures (cross border and domestic), foreign direct investment, securities law, insurance and general corporate commercial transactions. He is also dual qualified lawyer, enrolled as an Advocate in India and as a non-practicing solicitor in England & Wales. 

 

Broad experience: 

 

  • Advising a UAE based diversified group in relation to its agreement with the Government of Ghana to establish, manage and operate educational centers and vocational training institutes (on going) 
  • Advising a UAE based diversified group in relation to its agreement with the Government of Niger to construct (on build, operate, lease and transfer basis) a commercial center for the Ministry of Finance (on going) 
  • Advising an investment company of a Middle East based private equity fund in its exit from a Mauritian portfolio company (on going) 
  • Advising an Irish company in relation to its investment in an Indian company engaged in the business of manufacturing insulated panels (on going) 
  • Advising a UAE based free zone company engaged in the business of manufacturing and distribution of FMCG products in relation to an equity investment in it by a Mauritius based private equity fund (on going) 
  • Advising a New Zealand based insurance and reinsurance company specializing in credit and financial risk insurance and guarantee in relation to its joint venture with an Indian company, part of a diversified infrastructure and finance group, to undertake the business of credit risk guarantee and credit enhancement (on going) 
  • Advising a Singapore based multinational banking and financial services company in relation to the India specific bancassurance agreement, part of a global bancassurance agreement, with a Switzerland based global insurance and reinsurance company 
  • Advising a Malta based global aviation company in relation to its charter services and aircraft leasing arrangement with an Indian non-scheduled airlines operator 
  • Advising the Indian subsidiary of a leading global supplier and distributor of grains and oilseeds in relation to its commercial agreements (such as supply chain management agreement, warehousing agreement and high seas sale agreement) (on going) 
  • Advised a Dutch company in relation to a private equity investment in an Indian company, engaged in providing healthcare at home services, of which the Dutch company is a co-promoter and shareholder 
  • Advising a UAE based company engaged in the business of providing logistics services and in the business of manufacturing and distribution of products in relation to its commercial agreements (such as warehousing agreement and logistics services agreement) (on going) 
  • Advised a Mauritius based fund in relation to its pre series A funding in an online food delivery services company. 
  • Advised a Chinese company in relation to the India aspects of its bid for acquisition of the global business of a US based engineering company 
  • Advising a UAE based healthcare company in its acquisition of a hospital in UAE 
  • Advised a UAE based private equity fund in its joint venture with an Indian company engaged in the business of recycling and refurbishment of mobile phones and electric equipment 
  • Today Merchandise Private Limited (TMPL) and Today Retail Network Private Limited (TRNPL) – Advised TMPL and TRNPL, part of India Today Group, in relation to investment in them and their phased acquisition by a Zee Media group company. 
  • Living Media India Limited (LMI) – Advised LMI, a India Today group company, in relation to the acquisition of shares held by Axel Springer Asia GmbH in the joint venture company ITAS Media Private Limited 
  • Advised a leading global health insurance provider in relation to its proposed arrangement with an Indian telecom operator for selling medical insurances to the customers of the Indian telecom operator 
  • Advised the Australian subsidiary of a leading global health insurance provider in relation to its proposed arrangement wth an Indian insurance company for marketing and sale of its overseas health insurance products directly in India 
  • Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) – Advised Toshiba in its initial investment in UEM India Private Limited (a Indian company engaged in the business of water and waste water treatment) and subsequent acquisition of majority shareholding 
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) – Advised JBIC in relation to its investment in Takshasila Hospitals Operating Private Limited 
  • WorldPay (UK) Limited (WorldPay) – Advised WorldPay in relation to its acquisition of the Indian subsidiary of YesPay International Limited as part of a global acquisition 
  • New Silk Route (NSR) – Advised NSR in relation to its investment in Café Coffee Day group and the subsequent initial public offering by the company 
  • Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento SA (Banco) – Advised Banco in relation to restructuring of its joint venture with a Burman group company 
  • Partners Group AG – Advised Partners Group in relation to its joint venture with EuroKids International Ltd 
  • LMI – Advised LMI in relation to its joint venture with Coöperatief International Publications Holding (IPH) U.A. (a Hearst group company) 
  • CG Health International B.V (CGHI) – Advised CGHI in relation to its joint venture with a Burman group company 
  • Cambridge Solutions (Indian listed subsidiary of Xchanging plc) – Advised Cambrige Solutions (a listed company) in relation to restructuring of its global operations and corporate restructuring in India 
  • BlueScope Steel Ltd – Advised BlueScope Steel Ltd in relation to restructuring of its joint venture in India 
  • Advised a General Electric group company in relation to its investment in a Bangladesh based company engaged in power generation 
  • Advised an Irish company in relation to its acquisition of a software development company in India as part of a global acquisition 
  • Advised a Kuwait based petrochemical company in relation to its proposed investments in two Indian companies engaged in the petrochemical sector 
  • Advised a Qatar based company in relation to its proposed investment in an Indian listed company 
  • Advised Mauritius based private equity funds in relation to their exit from Indian portfolio companies engaged in the real estate sector 
  • Advised an Indian listed company in relation to sale of its shareholding in an overseas company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange 
  • Bosch Chassis Systems India Ltd – Advised Bosch Chassis Systems India Ltd in relation to sale of its foundation brakes business in India as part of a global sale 
  • Advised an Indian power and energy company in relation to sale of its shareholding in two Indian companies which have been awarded hydro power projects in the State of Himachal Pradesh 
  • Advised a US based multi-national software company in relation to restructuring its business in India 
  • Advised a Mauritius based investment company in relation to restructuring of its investment in an Indian company 
  • Advised a London based private equity firm in relation to its acquisition of a non-banking financial company (non-deposit accepting) 
  • Viraj Industries – Advised Viraj Industries in relation to aircraft leasing (on dry lease basis) 
  • Nampak Plastics – Advised Nampak Plastics in relation to its toll manufacturing agreement 
  • Shulke India Pvt Ltd – Advised Shulke India Pvt Limited in relation to standardization of its private label agreement, distributorship agreement and C&F agreement for its India operations 
  • Bilsar A.S (a Turkish textile manufacturing company) – Advised Bilsar A.S in relation to its distribution and technology know how licensing arrangement with an Indian textile manufacturing company 
  • Bupa (Asia) Limited – Advised Bupa (Asia) Limited in relation to its software licensing arrangement with MAX Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited 
  • RADA Electronic Industries Limited (an Israeli company) – Advised RADA Electronic Industries Limited in relation to its standard master service agreement to be entered into with Indian service providers 
  • Mitsui – Advised Mitsui in relation to data protections laws of India 
  • Rakuten Inc (a Japanese listed company) – Advised Rakuten Inc in rerlation to grant of stock options to employees of its Indian subsidiary 
  • Aon Global Insurance Brokers Private Limited – Advised Aon Global Insurance Brokers Private Limited in relation to offering of an wellness programme to Indian clients 
  • Advised the independent directors committee of Phoenix Lamps Limited in relation to an open offer made by Suprajit Engineering Limited for the shares of Phoenix Lamps Limited 
  • Cowen International Limited and Cowen & Company LLC – Advised in relation to offering and marketing of foreign securities to persons resident in India 
  • Advised a US based global investment bank in relation to its proposed offering of foreign securities to persons resident in India on private placement basis 
  • Advised a London based private equity fund on offering and marketing of foreign funds to Indian residents 
  • Equities First Holding – Advised Equities First Holding on the Indian regulatory framework relating to securities based lending and on the regulatory isses relating to and validity and viability of the structures proposed by Equities First Holidng to undertake securities based lending in India 
  • Private Client Bank A.G (a Switzerland based bank) – Advised Private Client Bank A.G in relation to legal and regulatory issues relating to provision of asset management and financial advisory services by it to clients in India 
  • Advised a Middle East based investment bank in relation to legal and regulatory issues relating to and validity and viability of various Islamic finance structures under Indian law 
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited – Advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited in relation to a guarantee being given by the Indian parent company in relation to a credit facility being availed by its subsidiary company in Australia 
  • BlueScope Steel Ltd – Advised BlueScope Steel Ltd in relation to a common loan agreement for a debt facility being availed by its joint venture company in India 
  • Advised an Italian company in relation to its participation as a joint venture partner for a road project in India which was being financed by a consortium of Indian banks 
  • Advised a consortium of overseas banks in relation to creation of pledge over shares of an Indian company held by a German company (borrower) as security for an acquisition financing credit facility being extended by the consortium to the borrower 
  • Advised the Indian branch of a London based multi-national bank acting as the arranger of a domestic loan facility being availed by an investment and holding company 
  • Advised the Indian subsidiary of a Turkish textile manufacturing company in relation to its domestic fixed term loan facility 
  • Advised the merchant bankers to the qualified institutional placement by CESC Limited 
  • Advised the mechant bankers to the global depository receipt offering by Larsen & Toubro Limited 
  • Advised the mechant bankers to the global depository receipt offering by JaiPrakash Associates Limited 
  • Advised ORG Infomatics Limited in relation to its global depository receipts offering
  • Advised OK Play Limited in relation to its global depository receipts offering 
  • Advised Panoramic Universal Limited in relation to its global depository receipts offering 
  • Advised Tata Power Company Limited in relation to its global offering of convertible alternative reference securities 
  • Advised Spice Communications Limited in relation to its initial public offering 
  • Advised Precision Pipes and Profiles Company Limited in relation to its initial public offering 
  • Advised Cholamandalam DBS Finance Limited in relation to its right issue 
  • ACE Limited – Advised ACE Limited in relation to offering of insurance policies in Indai by foreign insurers 
  • Swiss Reinsurance Company – Advised Swiss Reinsurance Company in relation to legal and regulatory issues relating to undertaking of insurance and reinsurance business in India 

 

Professional appointments and activities 

 

  • Member of the Bar Council of Delhi 
  • Member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association 
  • Enrolled as a non-practicing solicitor with Solicitors Regulation Authority (England & Wales) 

 

Qualifications 

 

  • BA. LL.B (Hons.) 
  • Master of Laws from University College, Londo