Our Expertise

HKLO has been incorporated to primarily focus on the following interlinked practice areas namely: Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking & Finance, Real Estate and Projects & Infrastructure. The firm also has alliances with many seasoned law professionals having expertise in Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate, Tax Advisory and Dispute Resolution practice Areas, to cater to the requirements of our clients under a unified structure, and to compliment the services being offered by the firm.

Restructuring & Insolvency

Our Restructuring & Insolvency practice revolves around the stakeholders involved in this space such as banks, financial institutions, insolvency professionals, financial creditors, operational creditors, home buyers, process advisors, resolution applicants and investors. Our Restructuring & Insolvency practice broadly covers the following:

  • Litigation support and advisory to Financial Creditors, Operational Creditors and Corporate Debtors.
  • Litigation support and process advisory to the Resolution Professional.
  • Assistance to various classes of creditors in drafting and filing of the claim form.
  • Litigation support and advisory to the Committee of Creditors.
  • Litigation support and assistance to the Resolution Applicants in preparing the expression of interest, conducting due diligence, finalising the acquisition structure and bid documents.
  • Drafting of Resolution Plan.
  • Negotiations with committee of creditors.
  • Restructuring including arrangement with creditors and members.
  • Process advisory to the Liquidator.
  • Litigation support and advisory on distress/restructuring cases including corporate debt restructuring on behalf of lenders and borrowers.
  • Representation of Stakeholders before NCLT, NCLAT, Supreme Court and IBBI etc.
  • Regulatory advisory to stakeholders in relation to RBI’s restructuring circulars and master directions.

Banking & Finance

We at HKLO seek to help banks & financial institutions and corporate houses (borrowers) in structuring the financing transactions, drafting and reviewing the financing and security documents and providing the legal opinion, by offering an innovative, solutions-based, business-oriented approach, combined with an eye for detail. Our Banking & Finance practice broadly covers the following:

  • Project Finance (term loan and working capital funding).
  • Syndicated loans.
  • Structured Finance & Securitization.
  • Debt Restructuring and Re-Financing.
  • Assignment / Down-selling of Debt.
  • Inter-corporate lending.
  • Mortgage and asset-based lending.
  • Lease Rental Discounting Loans.
  • Real Estate Financing.
  • Debt Capital Markets (listed and unlisted).
  • FPI Investment in Debt Instruments.
  • External Commercial Borrowing.
  • Advisory to borrowers in reviewing the financing and security documents, creation and perfection of security etc.
  • Assistance to the lenders and borrowers in relation to the enforcement of security interest including by way of process under SARFAESI.
  • Representation of Stakeholders before RBI, DRT and DRAT etc.
  • Regulatory advisory in relation to RBI’s circular and master directions.
  • Assisting the lenders and the borrowers in one time settlement process.

Projects & Infrastructure

Our Projects & Infrastructure practice generally covers legal services for highways & roads, railways & metro trains, sea-ports, airports, power & electricity, mining & metals and oil & gas. Our Projects & Infrastructure practice broadly covers the following:

  • Drafting and vetting of bid documents, RFP, RFQ etc.
  • Bid Process Management (Legal).
  • Advising and assisting developers in the bidding process.
  • Conducting vendor due diligence and purchaser due diligence.
  • Assisting the regulator/developer in negotiations on various stages of documentation
  • Drafting, vetting and advising on Concession Agreements, Off-take Agreements, Joint Development Agreements, Power Purchase Agreement, EPC Contracts, Production Sharing Contracts etc.
  • Legal assistance in setting up of Joint Ventures in India.
  • Advising on diverse laws governing infrastructure facilities in India including issues related to land acquisition.

Real Estate

Our real estate practice focuses on all aspects of property and real estate laws. The traditional form as well as modern commercial form of real estate transactions such as conducting title due diligence for buying, selling, leasing and development of the immovable property and investment in real estate sector through private equity investments, foreign investments, debt funding, REIT etc. Our Real Estate practice broadly covers the following:

  • Real Estate Projects like townships, SEZ, Technology Parks, Hotels & Tourism Projects.
  • Regulatory laws including those relating to licenses and approvals.
  • Structuring of transaction stamp duty.
  • Change of land use.
  • Regulations governing acquisitions and sale of property.
  • Property tax and other taxes on real estate.
  • Construction Contract, Joint Development Contract, Project Management Consultancy Agreement, etc
  • Grant/ Assignment of leasing / licensing of commercial and residential properties.
  • Due diligence and preparation of Title Search Reports.
  • Documentation pertaining to leasing, sale, mutation of property etc.