Hitesh Soni and Associates® is a APAC Notable Law Firm
ranked by the Benchmark Litigation, a definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers. The firm is a global award winning top law firm in India, having conferred with the Rashtriya Gaurav Award 2022; Global Excellence Award 2022, Global Lex-Falcon Awards Dubai 2022 & the coveted Indian Achievers' Awards 2021. The firm have been recognized as "Top Business Law Firm 2022" & one of "Most Reliable Law Firm 2021"
The firm is known for its courtroom glimmer, which is based around powerful clients-centric moral framework, mutual ethic, and a strategic and panacea mind set. The law firm is proud of its potential, including in-house and international businesses, financial entities, private equity funds, venture equity funds, start-ups and government and regulation agencies, to provide its broad and diverse client base.
It is dedicated to producing high-quality results on a consistent basis. This entails offering prompt, creative, standardized, specific, and way to solve legal guidance that is also cost-effective. The firm’s attorneys work hard to consider the clients’ interests and situations, to think differently, and to act with transparency, justice, dignity, and diligence with everything they do. Hitesh Soni & Associates also represent health care providers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and health insurers in matters involving fraud, false claims, and other business-related wrongdoing.
Offering a Variety of Excellent Services
Hitesh Soni & Associates currently advises clients on litigation risks stemming from business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many immigrants facing immigration issues worldwide, and issues related to medical and healthcare negligence.
The firm has rendered its valuable services on varieties of legal aspects. Whether it is a small vendor or a big corporate house, it has always been there for them in the hour of their need. Amongst others, Hitesh Soni & Associates has represented and served some of its top clients which include big corporate houses having worth more than 1000 crores, associations, civil servants, pilots, and immigrants, and many more.
Because of its experience in providing impactful service, the firm frequently collaborates with teams in litigations, intellectual property, and general litigation cases on trial themes, presentation, and strategy. Hitesh Soni & Associates had a ground-breaking start with the successful resolution of one of the most complex litigations, affecting various clients.
Innovation in designing concrete legal strategies is one of the many reasons the clients turn to the firm for their legal needs. Hitesh Soni & Associates is capable of delivering detailed and unique solutions to its clients across a wide range of legal fields due to its ability, expertise, and resources.
Amongst others, Hitesh Soni & Associates have active practice in the fields of corporate & commercial; insolvency & bankruptcy; healthcare & hospitality; litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution; international trade & customs practice; project infrastructure & energy; real estate; immigrations and white-collar crimes; service and labor laws; taxation and indirect taxations; and much more.
Hitesh Soni & Associates has strong ties throughout different industries. However, the law firm’s primary emphasis is on the future – it wants to transform into a leading expert in legal matters and to deliver excellent services to its clients around the world.
The Erudite Visionary
The person responsible for the success of Hitesh Soni & Associates is none other than Mr. Hitesh C. Soni. He is an independent counsel is the Founder & Managing Director of the firm. He was born into a business family in Mount Abu and is well-known for his transparency, efficiency, versatility, and ethical legal practice, as well as his excellent leadership skills. He holds a B.A. LL. B (Honors) degree from Jodhpur National University and International Law IBM Berlin Germany. Within a year of obtaining his law degree, he founded his own full-service law firm in Mumbai.Mr. Soni possesses considerable litigation expertise and has represented clients in company, criminal, statutory and civil litigation, maritime and utility disputes, income-tax, power and energy, customs, intellectual property rights, excise, and other indirect taxation.
Overcoming Tremendous Difficulties Mr. Soni states that he is a fortunate fellow who had dreamt of becoming a lawyer at the age of 15. By the time he was in his first year of law, being completely unknown to all the sufferings and difficulties he would eventually face, he only wished to establish his own law firm in Mumbai.While pursuing his law studies, Mr. Soni also took up a permanent part-time internship, attending courts for the entire 5 years. Subsequently he shifted to Mumbai and established his own law firm. “It was a dream come to true for me”, says Mr. Soni.Mr. Soni believes that one can start a business with money but cannot succeed in the legal profession through financial support. He adds, “In the legal profession, whether you’re a second-generation lawyer or first generation, you have to prove your presence, which is only possible if you have legal mind, honesty, and consistency”.He says that things are even difficult if a person starts practicing in the India’s financial capital. However, Mr. Soni’s secret to overcoming postgraduate challenges was the idea that worked for him. He believed in the idea of attaining maximum practical knowledge during law school, which was only possible with having vast and cogent knowledge.
Tackling the Pandemic Efficiently Hitesh Soni & Associates initially started with preparing a blueprint for tech-driven practice while ensuring the safety of their resources, but gradually, these activities became a practice for them. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the firm has served justice through virtual platforms. “It is true that everyone in our lives is affected for one or other reason. In such uncertain times, it is often difficult for clients to decide whether to proceed with legal recourse or to wait while risking their operations”, opines Mr. Soni. The firm has assisted its clients by providing strategic support while ensuring their maximum safety.Its operation was hampered at the start of the lockdown, but it was eventually restored; the office staff visited the office only when their physical presence was unavoidable. “Prior to the second wave, our high court was only functioning physically in such situations; people at the firm were required to attend office and court hearings. But we have been ensuring no-contact, such as for senior citizen clients and those who are at risk, and their signature and notarization of documents require physical attendance of clients, we have provided them homely service, many times segregated from the public”, states Mr. Soni.Words of Inspiration for the Leaders of TomorrowWhile advising the gen next, Mr. Soni states, “If you’re into this profession only part time or for money, the legal profession is not for you”. He says that the legal profession tests patience and if individuals do not have one, this profession is not for them. Mr. Soni advises them to remain persistent in order to achieve their goals and to stay consistent to maintain their supremacy. He feels that the lawyers of the first generation now weigh a lot on their shoulders. Anyone who does not feel the pride and anticipation of the family members when they begin this long journey to become a lawyer should ask themselves if they can do it and make others proud.Mr. Soni further adds that the lawyers of the first generation have independence. They have the freedom to ignite their way. No one else in the family has led the way, but nobody else has expected how they practice with whom, what kind of law, or when. This provides the lawyers with the freedom to practice according to their interests, their performance concept, and the style of practice they choose to follow. It is difficult to be a lawyer of the first generation. However, there is wonderful freedom to discover and evolve. Top Law Firm Legal Services legal counsel
Announcement: 8th Day of May, 2023
We are delighted to announce that Hitesh Soni & Associates continues to be ranked as a Notable Law Firm for Commercial and Transactions, in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023. Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to the region’s leading dispute resolution firms and lawyers. Benchmark Litigation, which recognizes the country’s most distinguished litigators and law firms for their exemplary work over the past 12 months!.
Benchmark Litigation Editor Review about our firm.
The dispute resolution practice at Hitesh Soni & Associates is well-rounded. It covers corporate disputes, commercial disputes, regulatory disputes, tax disputes, domestic and international arbitration and white-collar crimes. Firm founder Hitesh Soni is an advocate as well, so the firm is able to handle cases in a dual capacity, as solicitor and counsel. The firm has experience in contentious matters across various fora, from the lower courts to the Supreme Court. The firm and disputes offering is led by Hitesh Soni, whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and contentious matters related to employment, private clients and customs.
Announcement: 11th Day of May, 2023
We are proud to announce that our Founder Hitesh C Soni has been awarded with the International Achievers Award 2023 in Dubai at 36th International Summit & Award ceremony held at, Marriott Al Jaddaf, Dubai with the hands of Chief Guest Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Former Minister of Environment and Water, UAE."In Recognition of Contribution and Dedication to worthy causes and Your Achievements in keeping the flag of India high”
More than 250 people attended the 36th International Achievers Summer & Awards, which was hosted at the Marriott Al Jaddaf in Dubai on April 29, 2023. The event was conducted by the Government of India-accredited body, the Indian Achievers' Forum, and supported by ZeeBusiness. This summit also placed an emphasis, from the standpoint of global business opportunities, on the partnership between India and the UAE. The Chief Guest, Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, who had previously served as the Minister of Environment and Water for the United Arab Emirates, was greeted as the event got underway. He discussed the significance of expanding the amount of commerce that takes place between the two countries and emphasised how crucial it is. The event's guest of honour was Mohammed Alabdooli, Director of IT Audit for the United Arab Emirates. Also in attendance was Maj. Gen. Ahmad Al-Mansoori, who extended his congratulations to all of the honorees and winners for the incredible amount of effort that they had put into making their country proud on a global level. Additionally, dignitaries representing ten different countries were present at the ceremony. After congratulating the winners of the awards, there were interesting presentations given by companies and speeches given by individuals. Kalpana Iyer, a veteran Indian Bollywood actress, was one of the keynote speakers at the event. Other keynote speakers were Rohit Kapur, a public policy analyst; Paras Shahdadpuri, chairman of the Nikai Group of Companies; and others.
The Global Law Experts featured & included Hitesh Soni & Associates in the The Global Law Experts Handbook 2023. The Handbook is the Annual Guide to the World's Top Lawyers covers The Americas, Europe, Asia & Oceania, and Africa & the Middle East. Featuring attorneys in over 100 countries and experts in 35 different practice areas. The firm is exclusive featured as the International Trade representative in India.
“India is the only country in Asia capable of attracting foreign corporate investment, and it is not only the most cost-effective but also the most dependable in comparison to its neighbours“. Hitesh C Soni
We advise clients on the entire spectrum of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, scheme of arrangement, business and asset transfers, demergers, joint-ventures & strategic alliances, buyouts, reduction of capital, buy-back of shares, stock swap arrangements and corporate reorganisation. Our services are not just restricted to conducting due diligence exercises, drafting and negotiating documents, providing regulatory, corporate compliance solutions, structuring advice, or entry- exit mechanism; we strive, at all points of time, to provide end-to-end results to our clients. Our expertise in FDI regulations, SEBI regulations, stamping provisions and DTAAs allows us deliver solutions quickly, which is crucial to corporate transactions.
We have advised clients across sectors including automobile, aviation, consumer products, healthcare, hospitality, food & related products, financial services, information technology, infrastructure, media, real estate, shipping & maritime, steel and telecommunications. We understand the regulatory environment and the intricacies involved in these sectors in India and are able to help our clients achieve their business objectives. Our client base comprises of large multinational conglomerates, listed companies, financial institutions and strategic investors.
The hospitality sector is one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India. There is little doubt of the sheer potential this industry holds going forward…. Yet heavy is the head that wears the crown. Faced with stringent government regulations and constantly changing policy related issues, coupled with red tapism and increasing infrastructure costs, the path to profitability is a tough one. Lack of proper trained talent and an increasingly demanding customer further compound these issues. Needless to say the brick and mortar hospitality sector is facing its toughest competition ever from the virtual world of AirBnB’s. The tough balancing act between the Owner and Manager and a stark increase in insolvency and bankruptcy cases are further headwinds the market has to contend with.
Drawing upon our experience of over 16 years within the hospitality sector, Hitesh Soni & Associates hospitality sector practice aims to provide a one stop shop for addressing legal and regulatory issues within the hospitality sector
Hitesh Soni & Associates has been consistently recognised as one of the leading Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution firms in the country. The areas covered by the practice extend across all domains including corporate disputes, commercial disputes, regulatory disputes, tax disputes, domestic & international arbitration and white collar crimes. Our Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice is built on the strength of a team that is not only at the cutting edge of legal knowledge and research skills, but equally has mastered the art of advocacy. The team prides itself on its diversity and depth of experience and each team member is acknowledged to consistently deliver results. We represent clients across fora and practice areas ranging from the inquiry & investigation stages right up to the Supreme Court of India, playing a dual role of Solicitor and Counsel, thus setting us apart from other practices in Indi
Hitesh Soni & Associates International Trade and Customs practice assists companies with international rules governing their businesses.
We have been at the forefront of international trade law and policy in India With offices in Mumbai, the commercial capital; and deep roots in New Delhi, the administrative headquarters of the central government; we have access to both industry and regulators.
HITESH SONI & ASSOCIATES has carved a niche for itself in the Energy and Infrastructure (including mining) market in India. We also have the distinction of being one of the few Indian law firms to provide advice to multi-national clients as foreign counsel in other jurisdictions.
We provide integrated legal solutions covering all issues from the inception of a project to financial close continuing through design, construction, equipment supply, operations and management. Through our commercial understanding, ability to assist clients in managing risk, strong understanding of regulatory issues and by bringing to the table our expertise in undertaking due diligence exercises, drafting and negotiating concessions, design consultancy, construction, civil engineering, equipment supply and O&M contracts, we help sponsors and lenders allocate and minimise risks of delivery and performance. We also advise project companies, sponsors, strategic investors and funds on equity dilution, investments in equity and debt securities and public offerings.
HITESH SONI & ASSOCIATES offers a diverse range of services in the real estate arena including residential, commercial, industrial, hotels, tourism, SEZs space etc. We have conducted due diligences, advised upon, structured and negotiated on land acquisitions, joint development arrangements, leasing and financing for various types of properties including in the case of redevelopments, slum rehabilitation projects, affordable housing projects, government leases, mega food parks, logistic parks, solar projects, integrated townships etc. across states in India.
Additionally, HITESH SONI & ASSOCIATES has also advised on an entire spectrum of issues affecting foreign and domestic investment into the real estate space in the country.
The team also advises various developers, investors and financing institutions in relation to compliances under RERA, across different states in India. This includes handholding our clients and working very closely with them for registration of various projects, including discussions with the technical and accounting teams of the developers, wherever required. HITESH SONI & ASSOCIATES team has a good understanding and grip on the local real estate laws affecting projects and real estate transactions across states in the country and our endeavour is to bridge the gap between addressing legal requirements regulating investments in this sector and tying them to commercially viable solutions.
Hitesh Soni & Associates also specialize in CUSTOM / FEMA / PMLA / SFIO / CBI etc.
We are core professional in US Immigration Laws, deals in all legal issues regarding US Immigration and Nationality Act, USCIS
H SONI, having an active serive and labour law practice deals in recruitment/selection/public service commission/ appointment / probationer / Temporary Appointment / Regularisation / Absorption / Remuneration Pay and pension / Transfer /Seniority / Confidential Reports / Promotion Deputation/ Disciplinary proceedings / Suspension / etc
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