Kavitha Vijay

Kavitha Vijay has been associated with the Chennai office ever since the commencement of its operations in July 2006.

She works primarily on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. She has also been a key player in starting the micro-finance practice in the Firm and has been actively engaged in advising many non-banking financial companies and micro finance companies with regulatory compliances, structuring of loan documentations, besides assisting them raise capital. Her other practice areas involve infrastructure and media & entertainment, besides general corporate law and advisory services. Her portfolio of clients include Saksoft Limited, , Emerging Markets Investment Fund 1A, The Midland Rubber and Produce Company Limited, CR Caterers India Private Limited, Eucare Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, MM Forgings Limited, Amrish Oncology Private Limited, Muthu Pharma Private Limited, , Bioserve Clinical Research Private Limited amongst others.

She is an independent woman director on the Board of a listed company, besides directorships in other public and private limited companies. She is also a trustee in an NGO Foundation “The Interface” which is involved with implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility related activities for corporate organizations. She has been involved with The Indus Entrepreneurs, Chennai Chapter, the Round Table of India and the Rotary Club for many years.

She holds a graduate degree in science from Madras University and a graduate degree in law from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) being synonymous with efficient and effective growth strategy to various corporations, we have gained significant expertise in this field by successfully leveraging our experience and specialization in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. We combine our rich experience and expertise with laws / regulations and research capabilities to devise innovative structures for M&A and have developed a successful domestic and international M&A practice.

Our Joint Ventures (“JV”) practice is an innovative and unique blend of expertise arising from a thorough understanding of domestic and international laws. We are geared to advise clients on all facets of joint ventures be it investment strategies, corporate and tax structures, investment documentation, compliances, IP licensing and strategy, franchising and exits including any third party sales. We represent clients that seek to utilize advantages of competitive operating costs in India in order to leverage their technologies and to take advantage of the burgeoning Indian domestic market and have been engaged as counsel across industries. Our structures for investment and operations from both regulatory and tax perspectives, including the extraction of technology payments are some of the most innovative ones in the JV space.

Our domain and sector focused teams across the country and our complementary practice areas enable us to deal with and advice on complex legal, regulatory and strategic issues involved in any M&A and JV transactions efficiently and cost effectively.

We assist our clients with:

  • Efficient structuring of M&A and JV transactions from a legal, regulatory and tax perspective and resolving complex legal and exchange control considerations through innovative structures.
  • Seeking regulatory approvals and liaising with the regulators as may be mandated by the transaction structure.
  • Leveraged buy-outs, sale and purchase of distressed assets, restructurings, including capital and debt restructuring, buy-back of securities and reduction of capital.
  • Undertaking legal and corporate due diligence with an industry specific focus across various sectors and industries and inter alia advising from a strategic perspective.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of transaction documents such as term-sheet, scheme of arrangement to be filed with National Company Law Tribunal, various forms of agreements in relation to any given transaction, including but not limited to, share purchase agreements, share subscription agreements, stock swap agreement, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, asset transfer agreements, business transfer agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, escrow agreements, intellectual property agreements, employment agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Preparation of disclosure schedule/letter.
  • Closing and post-closing assistance including but not limited to filing of requisite forms with regulatory authorities.


Sakate Khaitan

Sakate is the senior partner at Khaitan Legal Associates. Sakate divides his time between London and Mumbai.

Sakate heads the corporate M&A, funds, restructuring and insurance practice at Khaitan Legal Associates. Sakate advises clients on inward investments into India and on an array of India-focused cross border transactions. Having started his career in litigation, Sakate has over 11 years of litigation experience advising various clients in their disputes that included high profile joint venture disputes, tax disputes and disputes with regulators. Sakate also serves on the boards of several companies as a non-executive director, lending his legal and business acumen to businesses around the globe. Sakate assists clients with pragmatic and commercially sound advice on dealing with Indian rules and regulations. His clients include multinationals, private equity funds, financial institutions, fund managers, and HNIs.

In his experience that spans over two decades Sakate demonstrates a deep commercial understanding of several industry sectors and significant transactional insights that offer immense value to the client.

Sakate is the alumnus of London Business School (“LBS”) and is also the co-founder of the India Business Forum (“IBF”) at LBS. The IBF is a platform that was created to build awareness and facilitate discussions on and encourage cross border investments to/from India.

Sakate is dual qualified and is a member of the Bar Council of India and is also admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. However, he exclusively practices Indian law.

Khaitan Legal Associates:

Khaitan Legal Associates is a full service independent Indian law firm with offices in London and Mumbai and correspondent offices across different cities in India.

As India asserts itself with a renewed vigour on a global stage we realised a strong need-gap to offer solution-driven legal services that can help address the Indian law requirements of international clients and can assist Indian clients as they flex their presence across national frontiers. The answer to this hiatus lay in a new age law Indian law firm that would straddle across not only geographies, but also cultures, environments and aspirations; so as to comprehend the requirements of the clients and respond accordingly.

Founder and managing partner Sakate Khaitan along with other members of the team represent a diverse and rich experience in the legal services industry. Individually and collectively as a team many members of the firm have won many awards and accolades and are very well regarded for their expertise in their respective specialism by clients and peers.

Equipped with international vision, reach, scope and capability, Khaitan Legal Associates is committed to the highest principles of integrity, legal expertise, excellence, client focus and care. We pride ourselves in providing solution driven legal services to our clients by addressing their varied Indian law requirements.
With Sakate Khaitan recognised as leading expert in his field and acknowledged by industry peers for his in-depth expertise and know-how, together with highly trained teams, the firm is able to provide clients with bespoke solutions and exceptional service.

Our aim is to provide clients, both in India and globally, access to high quality legal advice and our endeavour is to effectively manage the legal risks of our clients in the manner that is practical, workable, cost-effective and enables the client to extract optimum value from a business initiative.


Charin Satchayan

Areas of Practices and Expertise

Charin’s practices focus mainly on capital markets, Public Private Partnerships, project and project finance, financial regulations, mergers and acquisitions and real estate, both in Thailand and the regions (including Laos and Myanmar).

He also has expertise in the infrastructure sector (in particular, airport and power project), financial and insurance sector, airport and aviation and also property sector.

Experiences in Selected Transactions

He has represented clients in establishment of several property funds for public offering or so called Real Estate Investment Trusts that raised funds from local and international investors to invest in real estate projects in various categories, which include shopping malls, factories, office buildings, residential buildings and hotels.


He has also represented clients in establishment of infrastructure fund to invest in infrastructure assets, including the power plants and airport.

Projects and Project Finance

He has represented client in several projects and project finance both in Thailand and Laos, which include project finance for power plants, a refinancing of oil refinery, a project finance of ethanol plant.


He has represented major commercial banks in Thailand in raising funds from domestic and international capital markets. He has also represented commercial banks in establishing asset management companies and the sales of non-performing loans.

Public Private Partnerships and Privatization

Charin has been retained as a National Consultant in Thailand by Asian Development Bank to work with other international consultants to advise the Thai Government on the Public Private Partnerships for the Government projects (including motorways nationwide). He has also represented clients in several BOT and BTO projects.

Airport and Aviation

He has represented the fund manager and the sponsor in setting up the Samui Airport Property Fund, the first property fund in Thailand that invested in the airport, and has offered investment units to international and domestic investors.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, 1998

LL.M., Cornell University (under patronage of Fulbright Scholarship), 1993

Post Graduate Diploma in Business Law, Thammasart University, 1989

LL.B. (Honours), Ramkhamhaeng University, 1988

Lawyer License from Law Society of Thailand


Mr Alexis Coffi AQUEREBURU

Managing-Partner of AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS, Mr Alexis Coffi AQUEREBURU has been a member of the TOGO Bar association since 1985 and has served as Secretary and twice as Chairman of the Bar Association of TOGO from 2006 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2010.

Mr Alexis Coffi AQUEREBURU is a Business Law Counsel with a vast experience that goes beyond the traditional borders of the lawyer’s functions. Throughout his career, he has been a main actor in the privatization of several state banking institutions, in the transformation of companies and in significant transfers of shares between various economic operators. His expertise in mergers and acquisitions is also heavily sought internationally. He is a member of the OHADA National Commission of TOGO and enjoys a high reputation among all its actors and in the profession.

He has also been involved in the drafting of several legislative acts relating to governance rules for public enterprises, public procurement rules and the energy sector.

A pioneer in the fight against counterfeiting of products and trademarks in Togo, an intellectual property specialist and a professional representative at OAPI, he is very active in the field of law promotion in Togo and in the subregion.

He is also at the forefront of environmental issues in obtaining a postgraduate degree in this field.

AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS, is a legal and tax Law Firm located at 777, Avenue Kleber DADJO (Building ALICE). Located in the heart of the commercial area, it is a multidisciplinary Firm endowed with a rich and solid base through the professional experience of its team. AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS is created from the Firm of the Barrister AQUEREBURU Coffi Alexis, founded since 1985. AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS has been registered at the Bar Association of Togo since April 4th, 2007 and comprises seven (07) Lawyers, one (01) senior tax expert, four (04) jurists, one (01) jurist and translator and some twenty collaborators. It avails its know-how to its clients both in the subregion and in Europe by benefiting from the support of a network of correspondents and confirmed consultants, when necessary.

In order to better achieve our purpose, which consists of total satisfaction of our clients, the Firm has been committed since 12 August 2005 to the ISO certification process which ended on 18 May 2010 with its ISO 9001 version of 2008 renewed on April 30, 2015.

AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS is also the winner of the TOGO and UEMOA Quality Excellence Awards in 2010. Its commitment to the Quality approach made it earn the prestigious “WORD QUALITY COMMITMENT” Gold Award in Paris in October 2016 from the International Business Initiative Directions (BID).

The activities of its various departments cover a broad range of law: tax and business law, commercial law, maritime and transport law, corporate law, banking law, insurance law, Community law, intellectual and industrial property law.


Jalilova Ummi

  • Ummi Jalilova received her LL.B and Master of Civil and Commercial law degrees from Baku State University.
  • She graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with LL.M. degree in December 2011.
  • Labour Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Law
  • Administrative Law
  • International Law
Practice Focus:
  • Ummi has extensive experience in matters of labour law, corporate law, commercial law, contract law, administrative law and international law. Ummi has a significant experience in establishing international cooperation as well as analyzing and reporting on the implementation of international human rights standards.
  • American Bar Association


  • Azeri
  • Russian
  • English
  • Turkish

Jimmy Haoula

Jimmy is the Managing Partner of the firm and is based in Dubai. He specialises in corporate, commercial and real estate transactions and has over a decade of experience in the region. Jimmy’s specific expertise lies in local, regional and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, local IPOs, and real estate projects and developments.

After five years with Clifford Chance Dubai, Jimmy joined BSA as Managing Partner, focusing on developing BSA’s practice areas with an emphasis on corporate, commercial and real estate.

Jimmy was one of the legal pioneers who led the development in the regulatory framework of the real estate sector in Dubai. He has advised and assisted on many projects and developments; including the first long-term lease real estate project, two developments in Dubailand and many projects within Emaar Real Estate Developments. In addition, Jimmy contributed to the development and improvement of the Strata regulations in Dubai and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).


Our M&A specialists regularly represent purchasers as well as sellers in both domestic and regional M&A transactions, utilising the experience of our specialists in government contracts, intellectual property, environmental law, real estate, and labour/employment to provide a full array of services for clients involved in either the purchase or the sale of a company or business unit.

We assist our clients with all aspects relating to an M&A transaction, from structure and strategy to negotiation and documentation, providing cost-effective due diligence investigations in diversified industries. Our M&A experience includes representation of parties on either side, in the following types of transactions:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Stock and asset purchases and sales
  • Management buy-outs and disposals
  • Corporate recapitalisations, reorganisations and restructurings
  • Strategic alliances


Leslie M. Apple

Les Apple has been a partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna since joining the Firm in 1995 and is co-chair of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group. Mr. Apple primarily concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, investment advisor and broker-dealer compliance, and banking and finance, including de novo bank formation. He also regularly engages as strategy counsel to financial institutions and as lead counsel on project financings. Mr. Apple’s clients include and have included public and private companies, registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, banks and investment funds.

Representative Accomplishments

  • Lead counsel on the sale of a 1,100-employee company to a private equity fund.
  • Lead counsel on a $60 million management buyout of a 175-employee division of a multinational company.
  • Lead counsel to a North American manufacturer in connection with a series of acquisitions totaling $200 million and involving more than 1200 employees.
  • Lead counsel on de novo bank formations.
  • Lead counsel to an U.S. – Austrian joint venture in the sale of the constituent companies.
  • Lead counsel on going-private transactions.
  • Special counsel on bank merger and acquisition transactions.
  • Strategy counsel on hostile takeovers and takeover defense.
  • General corporate counsel to a number of privately owned businesses on banking and business strategy matters.
  • Special counsel to Boards of Directors on governance matters.
  • Lead counsel on an $100 million bank and partnership fraud investigation and litigation proceedings


Mr. Apple is a member of the American Bar Association’s Business, Banking and Taxation Sections. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law and Taxation Sections and a member of the Albany County Bar Association. Mr. Apple was named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Corporate Law and selected to Super Lawyers® Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney.


Ms. Nilobon Tangprasit

Nilobon Tangprasit is one of the founding partners of SCL Law Group (formerly known as Chavalit Law Group). Prior to the group’s establishment, she was a partner and member of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group of International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd. (ILCT) (Russin & Vecchi). Her previous professional experience includes a three year period as an in-house lawyer with B. Grimm & Co., on top of successful stints with Siam Yamaha Co., Ltd. and Coopers & Lybrand Associates Ltd.

Nilobon is a well-renowned corporate attorney within the Thai legal industry and has headed the Corporate Practice Group of SCL Group since its inception. In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, she has gained extensive expertise in advising and assisting international and Thai corporations, both in the private and public sectors, in the areas of business organisation and structure, foreign business law, investment law, joint ventures, dissolution and liquidation, corporate recovery, M&A, taxes, exchange control laws, share sales and purchases, public offerings and listing and delisting from the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). In addition, Nilobon Tangprasit also has vast litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience involving general commercial and corporate matters.

Career & Education

  • 1998: LLM, Temple University, School of Law, Philadelphia, USA
  • 1997: Certificate, Attorney Assistance Training Program (Litigation/Corporation) UCLA Extension, School of Law, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1983: Barrister-at-Law, Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association
  • 1981: LLB (Honours), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Professional Memberships

  • Thai Bar Association
  • Lawyers Council of Thailand
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Institute of Legal Education (Ordinary member)


Chavalit Uttasart

Chavalit Uttasart is Managing and Founding Partner of SCL Law Group. Before establishing the Group in 2005, he was a partner at International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd. (ILCT) (Russin&Vecchi). As head of SCL, Chavalit Uttasart actively oversees all practices and service areas, as well as events and activities for SCL.

A longtime legal practitioner who is recognised by Chambers Asia 2011 Edition as being “highly talented and respected in the IP community, managing partner Chavalit Uttasart has a distinguished profile in the field. His expertise includes M&A, e-commerce, telecommunications and corporate law”. He is also a recommended dispute resolution lawyer in the PLC Cross-border Dispute Resolution Handbook (Which Lawyer?), is “highly recommended for contentious work” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and is considered a leading individual in the Thai intellectual property industry.

With over thirty years’ experience, his areas of specialisation include intellectual property, information technology, e-commerce, telecommunications and corporate law; as well as cases involving trade competition, corporate recovery and business reorganisation, foreign investment and mergers & acquisitions.

Not limited to just Thailand, with Myanmar opening its doors to foreign investors, Chavalit Uttasart has been involved in negotiating, structuring, documenting and managing large and important projects in Myanmar. These projects have often been sensitive and complex to say the least. Thus, he has substantial hands on experience in Myanmar.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Telecommunications, Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Corporate Recovery,

Professional Memberships

Thai Bar Association, Lawyers Council of Thailand, The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT), International Trademark Association (INTA), ASEAN Law Association, The Law Association for Asia and the Western Pacific (LAWASIA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle (AIPPI), The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn


Dang Duong Anh

Dang Duong Anh (Mr.) has been a Partner at VILAF since 2004 and become Managing Partner of VILAF Hanoi since January 2015. To many clients and peers, Dang Duong Anh is one of the most reliable and result-oriented Vietnamese lawyers. Dang Duong Anh’s broad experience covers foreign direct investment, corporate and M&A, infrastructure & energy projects, project finance, tax, real estate and property, mining, automobile and telecommunications.

His highlighted M&A transactions include advising Siam Cement Group in acquiring group of cement production companies valued at US$440 mil and in acquiring Prime Group valued at about US$240 mil; advising Showa Aluminum Can Corporation in acquiring 90% share capital in Hanacans, valued at about US$110 mil; advising J-Power in acquiring in and divesting later from Nhon Trach 2 Power Plant; advising Bao Minh Company and SCIC in selling entire equity capital in Bao Minh-CMG to Daiichi Life Insurance, acquisition of a large automobile manufacturer in Hanoi, and other large-scale M&A transactions. His highlighted transactions in infrastructure and project finances include Vinh Tan 1 BOT project which won “Project Finance Deal for Asia 2016” awarded by IFLR and ALB, Phu My 3 BOT power project, Kien Luong 1 BOO power project, Ban Phuc nickel mining financing, Thu Duc BOT water project, Oxbow and Enron’s power plants and a large telecommunications project in Hanoi.

Chambers and Partners commented him: “Clients rate him for his “substantial knowledge and experience of complex transactions,” which stems from his international background.” IFLR 1000 of the year 2012 comments: “Dang Duong Anh is held in high regard by peers and clients alike: “Partner Dang Duong Anh has knowledge and expertise in relation to the international practice in infrastructure projects,” says a client who “highly recommends” Dang Duong Anh.” Market sources described Dang Duong Anh as “very skilled and responsive,” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Recently, Dang Duong Anh is awarded by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Financial and Corporate in 2016 and 2017, Energy & Infrastructure in two successive years of 2014 and 2015 and a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A by AsiaLaw in four successive years from 2014 to 2017.

Bar admission

  • Vietnam


  • Fordham University (US), LL.M., 2005
  • Hanoi Law University, LL.B., 1995
  • General training course at Freshfields, Hong Kong


  • Corporate/M&A, Real estate, Infrastructure & Energy Projects, Project Finance, Commercial


  • Award of Fulbright Scholarship
  • Award of Best Law Students from Ministry of Education and Training in 1993
  • 7-year experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining VILAF in 2003


VILAF was formed during the dawn of Vietnam’s foreign investment laws and has ever since worked alongside with the development of Vietnam’s system of business and investment laws, with the growth of the Government’s experience in handling business legal matters and most importantly with the growth of our clients’ Vietnam business.

With 24 years of experience, VILAF continues to be one of the preeminent business law firms in Vietnam.  VILAF is a full-serviced law firm, dedicating to many clients who have been working with us for many years, among Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, Shell, BNP Paribas, Citibank, SMBC, SCB, ANZ, Mizuho, BTMU, SCG, Marubeni, etc.

With a team of senior lawyers who have worked with the Government in the development of Vietnamese business and investment laws for years, VILAF has the insights to the interpretation of the laws and policies.  We also have lawyers qualified to practice laws in other countries, including UK, US, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s political culture and legal development have put our lawyers in the best position to advise clients on the laws and the practice of Vietnam and to help them assessing risks and developing solutions. Our approach is client-focus and solution-oriented.  We cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers.

We have been consistently ranked as a first tier law firm by reputable legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500, ALB and Asia Law in all key legal practices including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Real Property, and Dispute Resolution.