Monali Dutta

Monali Dutta

Partner | New Delhi

Corporate & Commercial; Defence & Aerospace; Projects Energy & Infrastructure
Enrolment No. D/1603/2008


Monali is a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial and Defence & Aerospace practice groups of the firm. With over 15 years of experience, she specializes in M&A and corporate restructuring in the infrastructure and projects space. Her focus practice areas are PPP projects, aerospace and defence, social infrastructure and project development in traditional infrastructure building space such as roads, ports, railways, etc. She has advised several corporations, equity investors, government entities and other public bodies and multilateral institutions such as IFC, World Bank, ADB etc. with respect to such projects in India and in GCC countries. She has advised airlines, aircraft lessors, airport operators, ground handling/ cargo operators, duty free operators, CUPPS/ CUSS/ BRS operators etc. as well as line ministries on aspects relating to the regulatory framework. She has the distinction of having advised all Pvt airport operators currently functioning in India as well as AAI/ Ministry of Civil Aviation, India on various aspects of airport concessions (aeronautical/ non-aeronautical services).

Practice areas

  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Defence & Aerospace
  • Projects, Energy & Infrastructure


  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic advisory to Boards of various companies
  • Infrastructure projects

Representative matters

  • Airports Authority of IndiaOn the proposed transaction structures under the initiative of ‘NextGen Airports for Bharat Nirman’ (Nabh Nirman).
  • A Spanish global defence majorOn its global acquisition of defence spares business from an Italian defence major. Advised on the India leg of the transaction and assisted in the proposed acquisition and the structuring of the transaction.
  • A Swedish aerospace and defence companyOn its various multi-million dollar M&A transactions in India, including setting up a JV in India and acquisition of substantial stake in an existing company engaged in the manufacturing of precision aviation components which it supplies to the global aerospace industry (such as Airbus, Boeing, etc.).
  • Department of Industrial Policy and PromotionOn providing inputs in tailoring the best practices as per India’s regulatory structure and requirements and suggest reforms to be undertaken by each indicator, from a legal perspective. Legal assistance in devising the action plan with a focused approach on the reforms required towards improving the rank in doing business report of the World Bank, which needs to be implemented by concerned Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
  • Indian Port Rail & Ropeway Corporation LtdOn implementation of ‘BR Chord Line Project’ for implementation of prestigious Sagarmala project to provide last mile rail connectivity.
  • European Renewable Energy companiesOn their entry strategies in the southeast Asian sub-continents including assistance in setting up of operations, project related documentation (PPAs, EPC, etc.).
  • American and European IT/ITES companies, manufacturing and healthcare/ biotech listed entitiesOn setting up of operations in India including buy-outs/ acquisitions and restructuring.