HSA Advocates has added Apoorva Misra as partner, and Shreshth Sharma and Nitish Gupta as associate partners, in the regulatory and policy and disputes practice. While the three partners will be based out of the firm’s New Delhi office, their responsibilities will not be restricted by geography. Misra brings with him over 17 years of experience in regulatory and policy, with a focus on regulatory disputes in the power sector, oil and gas projects, mining and environment. He has significant experience in handling disputes across the entire spectrum of regulatory and environmental laws, as well as handling transaction and contractual issues on the regulated infrastructure sectors. He has also advised on regulatory compliances required on various Infrastructure projects in India. He joins from Sterlite Power Grid Ventures. Prior to that, he has worked with J Sagar Associates and Trilegal. Sharma has over 15 years of experience in handling disputes, with a focus on civil and regulatory litigation. He has significant experience in advising on and handling a diverse range of policy, regulatory and contractual disputes. He has advised on and has managed disputes and matters before diverse forums. He joins from Jindal Steel & Power, prior to which he has worked with Interglobe Enterprises and J Sagar Associates. Gupta has over nine years of experience in regulatory litigation, as well as dispute resolution, service laws and public law remedies. He has undertaken litigation concerning a wide range of subjects, including electricity, commercial arbitration, issues pertaining to interpretation of commercial contracts, intellectual property rights, contract and service laws. He regularly appears before diverse Electricity Regulatory Commissions, APTEL, High Courts and the Supreme Court. He joins from DSK Legal.
Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has strengthened its shipping and offshore finance practice with the addition of Martin Brown as partner. Brown joins from Ince & Co, where he was head of finance in Singapore. He specialises in cross-border ship finance and offshore maritime transactional matters. These include debt financings, leasing, international joint ventures and both conventional and Islamic private equity investments. He has extensive experience advising a range of clients involved in capital raising, debt restructuring and rescheduling, and distressed creditor and debtor advisory work. He has particular expertise in advising companies on their project investment activities in the marine and energy sectors, including structuring, acquisition and asset employment and chartering, and brings intrinsic understanding of the day-to-day operational challenges a maritime company faces.