PEOPLE

Sidharttha Sharma

Founder& Managing Partner

With a practice of more than 21 years as an Advocate on Record in the Original Side and Appellate Side of the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta and also at National Company Tribunal, Kolkata Bench. Mr Sidhartha Sharma is the Founder Partner of M/s. Sharma & Sharma a firm which has acquired immense recognition in legal fraternity. He Started his practice mainly in the field of Labour Law and Industrial Relations and related fields of master-servant relationship and had appeared and / appearing in different court, tribunals like Provident Fund Appellate Tribunal,

and other forum created to adjudicate the dispute related to master- servant and also handled various matters pertaining to labour law like PF, ESI, Gratuity, banking law matters etc. He has been the Chamber Junior of one of the foremost practitioners of Hon’ble High Court, Calcutta who was awarded as the BEST EMERGING LAWYER OF HON’BLE CALCUTTA HIGH COURT, Late Hon’ble Mr. Justice Protik Prakash Banerjee, Judge of Hon’ble Calcutta High Court.
In the span of these 21 years, he has handled cases related to sick industrial company, labour law related matters and has successfully handled various notable cases independently and has appeared in all the forums created under the SICA Act, 1985 like BIFR and AAIFR at Delhi. He has been independently involved in several high-stake Company matters related to the Companies Act, 1956, Companies Act, 2013 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and have several reported judgments, he is regularly appearing before various Benches of the National Company Law Tribunal throughout India and also before the Hon’ble National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India particularly in relation to the matter of I & B Code, 2016.
In addition to above, he has also handled cases related to petroleum dealership, company matters particularly section 397 & 398, 434 of companies Act,) and civil matters including Arbitration matter, KMC maters, Right to Information Act 2005, etc. He has also acted as Legal Advisor to the public issue and right issue of Impex Ferro Tech Ltd and Rohit Ferro Tech Ltd. He has during the tenure of his practice worked with most of the Eminent Barrister’s/Senior Advocate of the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court and the Hon’ble Supreme Court, New Delhi.
Before he started practicing as an Advocate on Record, was mainly associated with Advocates and Solicitors firms who are in this field for more than 10 decades and also with few big corporate houses and industrial concerns as a Counsel but from last 13 years, he has been running his own firm namely Sharma &Sharma (Advocates & Legal Consultant) with the able support of several partners and associates.
His father, Sri Satya Narayan Sharma is a renowned practitioner in the eastern region and has written several books on Labour Law and Industrial Law and is a well-known name in the field of Labour laws.

Priyanka Sharma Tibrewal

Managing Partner

With an expansive 15 years’ career in Public Interest Litigation and raising concerns of dire need in the society, Mrs. Priyanka Sharma Tibrewal, is a versatile professional with strong focus on delivering integrated solutions backed by an analytical mind. Her strong analytical skills, coupled with formal tutelage, makes her adept at understanding complex commercial and legal aspects of diverse horizons. Mrs. Priyanka Sharma Tibrewal moderated the Seminar on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code organized by the Alliance for Corporate Counsel and Company Secretaries and Golden Antlers.

Mrs. Tibrewal has also been awarded in International Business Relations from the Vienna University, Europe.Priyanka Sharma Tibrewal has been regularly dealing with constitutional matters, Public Interest litigations, Company matters, matters relating to Direct and Indirect Tax, Criminal matters, Land and property disputes, Intellectual Property cases, cases in connection with Environmental Law and Cyber law. Mrs. Tibrewal is further well versed in drafting of Commercial Contracts / O&M / Mergers / Real Estate Agreements /Insolvency & Bankruptcy Act / Corporate Guarantees / Vendor Agreements / Franchisee Agreements / Logistic Services Agreement, Legal Documentation, MOUs etc. She also has ample experience in appearing as arguing counsel and also as briefing counsel to Senior Counsels in numerous Civil, Criminal, Company and Constitutional matters before Hon’ble Supreme Court, Calcutta High Court, National Company Law Tribunal, Debt Recovery Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and various District Courts. Mrs. Tibrewal has been pioneer in handling matters of child and human trafficking, raising issues of riots and violence such as the Raniganj riot case before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, Purolia Murder case of BhartiyaJanta Party workers and Manish Shukla Murder case before the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta, and the 2021 post poll violence case in West Bengal.

Anand Sharma

Senior Partner

Anand Sharma leads the Corporate and Commercial laws practice at Sharma & Sharma, having a sprawling experience of 25 years and has been a part of the Core Management team at different Corporates and have gained & possessed incisive legal acumen coupled with strong organizational and management abilities with a sense of judgement to strategize and evolve processes. Prior to this, he was leading the Group Corporate Legal and Company Secretary function at K K Birla Group. He started his career with Export Corporations - Uniworth International Limited, and then worked with a Non-Banking Finance

Institution – SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, Engineering & Tyre Co’s – Dunlop India Limited, Metal & Mining Co. – Adhunik Group, and lastly with Sugar, Tea, Textiles, Fertilizers etc. conglomerates – K K Birla Group,

His body of work includes both advisory and litigation. His experience traverse vide array of corporate law assignments such as negotiating joint ventures, structuring private equity deals, negotiating shareholders agreements acquisition of new units/disposal of units, split of business units, mergers & acquisitions, de-mergers & reverse mergers, creation of companies including formulation and finalization of their legal framework for SPV’s, , arbitrations, IPR related matters, legal due diligence, etc.

Mr Sharma has vast experience in Litigation management in a 360 degree perspective – Civil/Criminal Courts, IPR litigation, Commercial Contracts, Consumer Foras, Arbitration etc. including drafting of intricate legal documents and court pleadings, contracts management and documents dovetailing.

Mr. Sharma also has experience in handling complex matters involving QIP, Merger & Acquisition, allotment & conversion of CCD’s & Warrants, Debt instruments, listing/delisting of securities from Exchanges, Issuance of share whether Bonus, Right, ESOP’s or private placement etc. as well as redemption of Preference Shares.

Notable transactions :

  • Negotiation and finalisation of transactions, including execution of definitive agreements, pertaining to private equity investments thereby raising equity of about INR 500 crore in power sector from IDFC fund, SBI Macquarie fund etc.
  • Fund raising by way of QIP to the tune of Rs.150 crores for flagship company of Adhunik Group.
  • Negotiated & finalisation of transactions for hiving-off Cement Co. etc. for around Rs.400 crores to Dalmia Bharat
  • Negotiated & finalisation of transactions towards monetization of Forging unit for around INR 100 crore to Amtek Group.
  • Leading inhouse team in successfully carrying out legal due diligence for takeover of Dunlop India Ltd, Falcon Tyres Ltd and India Tyre and Rubber Co Ltd.
  • Negotiating and finalizing takeovers of new mining business including execution of definitive agreement.
  • Corporate restructuring  i.e. composite scheme of arrangement involving merger/ demerger of flagship company of Birla Sugar Group and reverse listing of new companies on nation-wide stock exchanges.

Moreover, he has also been instrumentalin formulation and implementation of agreements for financial products, model agreement for the Renewable Energy Division, Rental contract document for movable assets, real estate development projects, carrying out due diligence exercise on land acquisition and property acquisition deals besides taking care of the legal documentation, and setting up of Overseas Companies in the Group

Mr. Sharma is a qualified member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, member of Institute of Internal Auditors, USA, member of Bar Council of West Bengal and holds diploma in Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University and Diploma in Computer Application & Data Processing from Lakhotia Computer Centre (LCC), Howrah. He also holds certification from SWIFT India Course for Professionals from The National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), Howrah.

Arup Bannerjee

Advocate on Record (AOR)

Mr. Arup Bannerjee is an Advocate on Record (AOR) at the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India since 2006. He started practicing in the Supreme Court of India in 1998 and became member of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 2001. During his early years of practice, he has been a junior to Late Mr. P.S. Mishra, Senior Advocate, Late Mr. S.B. Sanyal, Senior Advocate, Mrs. Pinky Anand, Senior Advocate, Mr. D.P. Mukherjee and Mr. Ashok Mathur. It was under the aegis of Mr. D.P. Mukherjee that Mr. Bannerjee underwent one year training for appearing in Advocate-on-Record Examination and in 2006;

He passed the Examination and became an Advocate on Record (AOR) at the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. During his career, he has handled cases involving issues related to DNA Test, Interpretation of common intention where time is a suspect, Tax-Fees and Quid Pro Quo, Double Taxation, Conditions for exemption from personal appearance, Nucleus of Joint Family, Insurance laws, Murder Trials in Sessions Courts, Securitization and Banking laws, NRC-Assam, Cheque bouncing laws, Summary Proceedings, Tenancy Act cases, Transfer Petitions, Culpability in homicide, Interpretation of Lien, necessity of a nature of finality in the order for maintainability of a Revision petition in Criminal Cases, service matters involving principles of appointments, transfer, posting, promotion, pension, dismissal, reinstatement with consequential benefits, provident fund, Medical negligence cases, Matrimonial matters of maintenance and D.V. Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Writ Petitions at High Court as well as Supreme Court, arbitration matters, mediation in Supreme Court Mediation Centre etc.

Arjun Asthana

Associate Partner-New Delhi

Arjun Asthana leads the firm's commercial dispute resolution and Criminal litigation team at New Delhi office. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering and read law from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Having done various courses from reputed institutions like Stanford University, University of London (OSE), University of Virginia, George Washington University and WIPO Academy, Arjun was made a Member of Editorial Board in International Organization of Scientific Research and Development (IOSRD) in 2016.

His practice includes arbitration, company law matters, Insolvency & Bankruptcy matters, Mines and Minerals Laws, Constitutional Law, Environmental and Energy Laws, disputes arising out of EPC Contracts and other commercial contracts like Debenture Subscription Agreement, disputes arising out of Law of Guarantees and white-collar criminal offence matters. He has also represented and assisted Senior Counsel in matters related to Mining Leases, fly ash utilizations, MoEFs, disputes arising out of Environmental Clearances, land acquisition agreements, disputes arising out of breach of warranties.

He has also rendered opinions on subjects like company law, Contract law, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Laws, Share Subscription Agreements etc. Arjun is a member of the NaniPalkhivala Arbitration Centre.

Rajesh Kumar Gupta

Advisor - Constitutional and Regulatory Laws

Rajesh Kumar Gupta is a practicing counsel in the High Court of Calcutta, having over 25 years of cross functional experience in Finance, business development, Information Systems, Operations Management and civil and Constitutional matters. His actively advising the firm on electricity matters on regularly basis. He is the back bone of the firm in handling various electricity matters. His practice covers Constitutional matters, Regulatory matters (Energy, Telecommunication and Environment);

Transportation (Railways), Essential Commodities and Dispute Resolution (Public Premises Matters, Civil Suits and Arbitration). He is consulted by consumer associations, energy utilities (like India Power), leading corporate (like Adani Group, Larsen & Toubro, Linde India Limited, Specialty Restaurants, Hindalco Industries). Mr. Gupta is also an Associate Chartered Management Accountant and has an Advanced Diploma in Systems Management.

RajibRath

Associate (Bhubaneswar)

Practicing as an Advocate at Odisha High Court at Cuttack for the last 24 years and having experience in handling matters related to constitutional, civil, arbitration and Insolvency Laws. He has successfully handled various notable cases and was chamber junior of Mr. Dipak Misra (Former Hon'ble Chief Justice of India). He is regularly consulted by SAIL, Paradwip Port Trust, IDCO, Odisha Hydro Power Corporation and NALCO.

Rahul Bhargava

Associate Partner - Chandigarh Office

Rahul has been practicing in the Hon'ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana at Chandigarh, since 2007. Graduated as Bachelors in Commerce and holding Masters Degree in Law, he has added much more to his academic and professional credence by holding certificates in various courses of Diploma in Computer Science from TAFE, Sydney, ACCA- Intern from Oxford Brookes University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from Punjab University.

Rahul has vast exposure in handling matters in various fields such as Criminal Law; Civil Law; Company Law; Administrative Law; Consumer Disputes; Arbitration; Industrial Law; Insurance Law; Intellectual Property rights; Land Acquisition; Labour Law; Property Law; etc.

He heads a team of 12 Associates and juniors and has a network expanding his office to Montreal (Canada); Melbourne, Sydney (Australia) where a team of legal expertise handling overseas matters relating to NRI, immigration services and other legal issues.

He has successfully handled various notable cases independently in the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh and has appeared in all the major forums in Chandigarh.

Preeti Sharma

Senior Consultant (MBA – XLRI)

Preeti is a result oriented professional with over 20+ years of experience in the Premium, Super Premium and Luxury retail industry, with renowned brands such as Madura Garments, Shoppers Stop, Blue & Blues, Satya Paul, Victorinox, SpiceJet, RAC by TDI group, Flyrobe. Preeti has an extensive experience in Business Planning, Retail Operations, Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Marketing, Merchandising, Ecommerce, Social Media, Brand & Business Development, Key Accounts Management, Training – (Motivator & Life Coach).

A strong professional with a PGCBM in Marketing from XLRI – Jamshedpur. She was privileged to be part of the core team that launched 1st & 2nd Shoppers Stop in Kolkata – India. Also, received various certificates & awards for exceptional performance throughout the professional career.

A solution driven professional in managing work with an aim to accomplish plans & goals successfully and creating world class experience in various sectors. Resourceful at maintaining relationships with clients to achieve quality product and service norms by resolving their service-related critical issues. An effective communicator with good relationship building and interpersonal skills. Strong analytical, problem solving and organisational abilities, possess a flexible & detail oriented attitude.

Shalini Basu

Junior Associate

Shalini is a Law Graduate from the University of Calcutta and has been associated with the Firm for the last two years. Although a new comer in the profession, she has been adept at learning court crafts and is a highly spirited professional driven to deliver to the best of her abilities.She has been assisting her seniors in matters pertaining to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in drafting applications under section 7, 9 and 60(5) of the Code, drawing up applications for submission of proof of claims and involves herself in a great deal of research.

She has also gained considerable experience in Constitutional matters before the High Court at Calcutta.Shalini has also been successfully and confidently handling matters before the trial courts including matters concerning family laws, commercial suits in district courts and cases under the Negotiable Instruments Act and is a trusted and reliable member of the firm.

Aman Kataruka

Junior Associate

A law graduate from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, School of Law, Bhubaneswar, Odisha,Aman is extensively dealing with the lower court matters related to Civil Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and also matters of Negotiable Instrument Acts, 1881. Over a short span of time, Aman has commendably picked up the firm’s practice and he has been effectively assisting in both the commercial matters and criminal matters of the firm.

Aman appears before various lower court such as Civil Court, Session Court, Special Courts, Consumer Forum etc. He is also appearing before the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta in various matters including the areas of litigation of the firm.

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