Ashwath Rau

Ashwath Rau
AZB House, Peninsula Corporate Park
Ganpatrao Kadam Marg
Lower Parel
400 013


Who's Who Legal Private Funds: Formation

Ashwath, who has over 19 years of experience, is a senior partner at AZB & Partners and co-heads its funds practice. He has handled complex transactions (M&A, private equity and funds) involving innovative solution-oriented structuring, interaction with regulators and a multidisciplinary approach to advice, taking into account and balancing commercial, legal, regulatory and tax considerations.

Ashwath is recognised globally by Chambers & PartnersThe Legal 500: Asia Pacific Legal and IFLR1000 as a leading corporate/M&A and private equity/funds practitioner in India. Chambers has rated him in Band 1 for both corporate/M&A and private equity.

The Economic Times in 2016 recognised Ashwath as one of India’s top 40 business leaders and hailed him as a “M&A lawyer par excellence”. He also made it into the Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) 2016 list of 40 under 40 top lawyers in Asia and India Business Law Journal’s List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers”.

Key funds he has advised on include: the Macquarie SBI infrastructure fund of US$2 billion, set up as a joint venture between SBI, Macquarie (Australia) and IFC (Washington); IDFC’s India infrastructure fund and India infrastructure fund II; the creation of UTI mutual fund through the split of India’s largest mutual fund, Unit Trust of India, involving a special legislation passed by the Indian Parliament; multiple stressed asset platforms including Edelweiss – CDPQ, Bain Piramal and Aditya Birla – Varde; and the Dolma Impact Fund I, Nepal’s first private equity fund.

WWL says: Ashwath Rau is "a big name" in India and is widely regarded as a go-to lawyer for sophisticated fund formation advice.

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