Ranked in Band 4, Chambers & Partners, Corporate / M&A (Asia-Pacific), 2016

Anuj Bhatia

Partner

New Delhi | +91 11 4260 3045 | anuj.bhatia@touchstonepartners.com

Anuj is a dual-qualified lawyer, qualified to practice both in England and India. After completing his LL.M. from the University of Nottingham in 1994, Anuj spent a year with Hogan & Hartson in Washington D.C. followed by six years with Lovells in London. He returned to India to work with Karam in 2004. Over the past few years, Anuj has worked on diverse transactions that range from road projects (acting for Cintra) to hotel management contracts (acting for Hyatt). Anuj has also advised leading organisations, such as Naval Group, State Street and the WPP Group on corporate legal matters and regularly advises a number of international clients on data-related matters.

Select Corporate / M&A Experience:

  • Advised Huntsman on the sale of its India Based DIY Consumer Adhesives Business to Pidilite Industries for USD 285 million.
  • Advised the SITAC Group on its joint venture with EDF Énergies Nouvelles for developing wind energy projects in India.
  • Advised WPP on its acquisition of majority stakes in various Indian companies engaged in the advertising and communications sector.
  • Advised Pearson on a number of investments into and exits from various Indian companies primarily active in the education sector.
  • Advised Japan Tobacco International on the sale of its 50% stake in a cigarette manufacturing joint venture in India.
  • Advised Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. on the bidding process for various BOT road projects and also on the related joint bidding arrangements with Shapoorji Pallonji.
  • Advised Tencent in relation to its investments into Practo and Byju’s.
  • Advised the Triveni Group in relation to its steam turbine joint venture with GE.
  • Advised Hyatt Corporation on hotel management contracts for a number of hotel sites across India.
  • Advised a leading US headquartered bank in connection with its aborted joint venture in a custodian business in India.

Other Select Experience:

  • Advised several leading global corporations on data related matters (including employment and health related data matters, data norms to be followed in white collar investigations and drafting customised data policies).
  • Advised a number of international corporations in dealing with the Indian aspects of data breaches.
  • Advised a major international oil company on data sharing arrangements for a loyalty programme with an Indian joint venture partner.

Education

  • Stephen’s College, Delhi University, B.A., 1991
  • Delhi University (Bachelor of Laws), 1994
  • University of Nottingham, (Masters in International Commercial Law), 1995

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi, 1994
  • Solicitor, England and Wales, 2001

Publications

‘TikTok – Time for a new IT Framework’ (Lexology, 9 July 2020)

Earn-out, locked box and retention Q&A: India’ (2020) | Practical Law
(https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/W-007-8952)

Put and call option Q&A: India’ (2020) | Practical Law
(https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/W-007-2873)

Signing, closing and opinions Q&A: India’ (2020) | Practical Law
(https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/2-620-6310)

Share acquisition documents Q&A: India’ (2020) | Practical Law
(https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/1-621-7998)

Recognitions

  • Ranked in Band 4, Chambers & Partners, Corporate / M&A (Asia-Pacific), 2016
    “Anuj Bhatia is well regarded in the market and is great to work with. His recent slate of work includes acting for WPP Group in the acquisition of stakes in various Indian companies in the media, communications and IT sectors.”