Nimi has wide-ranging experience of UK and cross-border M&A in many sectors, joint ventures, securities, capital markets and other corporate finance work. Nimi also has experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors; establishment of funds; commercial disputes and EU anti subsidy investigations.

    Nimi has more than 30 years' experience in assisting numerous Indian corporates, public sector undertakings and financial institutions on variety of major transactions in and outside India. She has senior Board level experience with a wide range of leading blue-chip Indian corporates, advising on strategic, regulatory and other business issues.

    Nimi was responsible for the establishment and management of the India practice of a major global law firm, which grew over the 20 years of her tenure to become a recognized market leader.

    In the last 21 years, Nimi has assisted a number of Indian corporates, public sector undertakings and financial institutions in a variety of transactions.

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    • Advising Tata Steel on the £6.2 billion contested takeover of Corus Group, including debt and acquisition financing.
    • Advising Essar on its US$13 billion bid for Hutchison Whampoa's interest in Hutchison Essar and its subsequent joint venture arrangements with Vodafone including the financing.
    • Advising Tata Motors on the US$2.3 billion acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover plc from Ford Motor Company, involving the design and development arrangements, IPR transfers, long-term engine and component supply agreements, platform-sharing agreements, the separate acquisition of assets and companies undertaking international sales and marketing operations in over 20 jurisdictions, and acquisition financing and subsequent refinancing.
    • Advising United Spirits Limited on its £430 million disposal by auction sale of Whyte & Mackay to Emperador.
    • Advising Tata Consultancy Services on a 12-year BPO contract worth £486 million with UK based life insurer Pearl Group.
    • Advising Tata Teleservices Limited on the sale of a strategic interest to NTT DoCoMo Inc. for more than US$2 billion.
    • Advising Tata Tea on its £280 million acquisition of the Tetley Group including debt and acquisition financing.
    • Advising Tata Communications on its US$130 million acquisition of Tyco's Global Network one of the world's most extensive submarine cable systems.
    • Advising Tata Communications on the acquisition of Teleglobal International Holdings an international telecommunications provider listed on Nasdaq for US$230 million and its financing facilities to the value of US$470 million.
    • Advising Tata Global Beverages on its joint venture with Starbucks, providing English law input on the JV to launch Starbucks into India.
    • Advising Jaguar Land Rover on the creation of its Chinese JV with Chery, JLR’s first tie-up with a Chinese partner.
    • Advising Raheja Group on its takeover of an AIM-listed real estate company and take-private proposals.
    • Advising Tata Global Beverages on the restructuring of its UK and US group’s assets and brands.
    • Advising Tata Communications on its global compliance program and creation of a compliance manual.
    • Advising Indian corporates on reorganisations and structuring issues including reduction of capital, share issues, buybacks, conversions from unincorporated to incorporated status, unwinding group structures and dissolving redundant vehicles and general constitutional and governance issues.
    • Advising Tata Industries on the sale of its shareholding in Idea Cellular Limited.
    • Advising Tata Chemicals on its acquisition of Brunner Mond Limited.
    • Advising Tata Limited on its investment in Piaggio Aero along with Mubadala.
    • Advising Tata Communications on its international reorganization.
    • Advising Tata Communications on its transfer pricing strategy.
    • Advising Tata Petrodyne Limited on acquisition from Shell (including acquisition financing) of a package of minority stakes in three oil and gas blocks in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
    • Advising Tata Chemicals on its US$285 million financing for the acquisition of General Chemicals Industrial Products (US).
    • Advising Tata Realty and Infrastructure on the launch of Tata Realty Initiatives Fund 1, a fund investing in Indian real estate and infrastructure assets.
    • Advising Tata Power Company on the US$200 million issue of foreign currency convertible bonds listed on the Singapore Exchange.
    • Advising The Tata Power Company Limited on its US$300 million offering of 1.75% convertible bonds due 2014 listed on the Singapore Exchange.
    • Advising Tata Asset Management on its joint venture with Shinko Bank regarding availability of Tata Indian Opportunities Fund to Japanese Investors.
    • Advising Bhagat Power and the International partners on 4 proposed power stations in Rajasthan, India.
    • Advising ONGC Videsh on its bid for an interest in an oil and gas block in the Middle East.
    • Advising Tata Group on a proposed steel plant, fertiliser plant, two power projects, a coal mine, gas supply and associated rail and infrastructure in Bangladesh.
    • Advising an international developer on risk allocation in power purchase agreement, fuel supply agreement, implementation agreement in connection with the new Bangladesh IPP programme.
    • Advising Asian Development Bank on the financing of the Torrent Power Project in India.
    • Advising ICICI Limited (as Lead Arranger) on the financing and security documentation and a due diligence review of and negotiation of amendments to project documents for the 520 MW coal-fired Ramagundam power project in Andhra Pradesh.
    • Advising ICICI Consulting in its capacity as advisor to the five state electricity board off takers for the 3,960 MW coal-fired Hirma Power Project in Orissa.
    • Advising Karnataka Electricity Board and the Government of Karnataka on the Chamundi 297 MW hydroelectric power project.
    • Advising Karnataka Electricity Board and the Government of Karnataka on the 1,000 MW coal-fired Coentvix power project.
    • Advising PSEG on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Tri-Sekhi Energy Private Limited developing the 525 MW coal-fired North Madras power project.
    • Advising Sujana Power Gangikondan Limited and Sujana Power Tuticorin Limited on the development and financing of two 100 MW CCGT projects.
    • Advising Tractebel on the development and financing of a 250 MW thermal power project to supply electricity to an integrated steel plant in Karnataka.
    • Advising Universal Group, a Canadian Developer on a proposed 120 MW barge-mounted power plant in Karnataka.
    • Advising an Indian developer on its proposals to develop four diesel-powered projects in Rajasthan.
    • Advising a confidential client on proposals for two barge-mounted power projects in two states in India.
    • Advising Union of India in a dispute in the Marui Suzuki joint venture.
    • Advising Union of India in relation to an anti-subsidy investigation into the imports of PET Film into the EU.
    • Advising Tata Group in relation to arbitration proceedings in London and Delhi concerning an Indian Telecommunications joint venture.
    • Advising Larsen and Toubro on a dispute under an EPC off the Coast of East Africa.
    • Advising Union of India in relation to a dispute under a production sharing contract.
    • Advising a group of ten Indian steel producers on the injury aspects of a European Commission's anti-subsidies investigation.
    • Advising a Group of Indian Pharmaceuticals Company on the injury aspect of European Commissions anti-subsidies investigation.
    • Advising Indian Hotels Company Limited on a dispute regarding the development of hotels in Seychelles.
    • Advising Reliance Industries in relation to disputes arising with the shareholders in connection with Panna, Mukta and Tapti oil fields.
    • Advising Indian corporates in relation to disputes in the mobile telephone, submarine cable and chemicals sectors.
    • Advising a group of NRIs on major litigation involving an investment in a private company in India.

    Work listed was undertaken while at other firms


    • England and Wales
    • “The ‘admirable’ Nimi Patel is strongly recommended.” – The Legal 500 UK 2009
    • “Nimi Patel is ‘an efficient leader who is able to identify issues and resolve them quickly’” – Chambers Asia 2009

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