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Ashraya Rao

Ashraya Rao

, Mumbai

Partner | Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, Restructuring & Insolvency


  • B.B.A. LL.B., Symbiosis International University (2010)
  • Solicitor of Senior Courts of England and Wales

Ashraya Rao is a Partner in the Corporate, M&A and Private Equity practice group in the Mumbai office. Ashraya is dual-qualified in India (Advocate) and England & Wales (Solicitor of Senior Courts). 

Ashraya has advised several clients on private and public M&As, cross border M&As, private equity, corporate restructurings, insolvency M&A, strategic alliances/JVs and advisory on all aspects of Indian corporate, securities and foreign investment laws.

Ashraya has also worked with Slaughter and May, London as a ‘visiting lawyer’ from September 2015 to March 2016, where he was involved in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, India
  • Law Society of England & Wales (Solicitor of Senior Courts)

Recognition and Accomplishments

Ashraya has been acknowledged for his experience and expertise by:
IFLR 1000 lawyer rankings (consistently for the 2018, 2019 and 2020) as a Notable Practitioner for M&A; and
RSG India Report 2019 as recommended lawyer for M&A.

Representative Matters

Ashraya Rao has represented and advised the following clients

Blackstone Group

Advised Blackstone group on its acquisition of controlling stake in Simplilearn Solutions Pvt Ltd

Apis Partners

Advised Apis Partners on its acquisition of minority stake in D2C Consulting Services Pvt Ltd (RenewBuy). 

Gangavaram Port Limited

Advised Gangavaram Port Limited and DVS Raju family (promoters) on their strategic divestment to Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd. 


Advised EdgeConneX, Inc and EQT on EdgeConneX’s joint venture with Adani Enterprises Limited for data centres in India. 

NUVOCO Vistas Corporation Limited

Advised NUVOCO Vistas Corporation Limited (Nirma group) on (i) its acquisition of 100% stake in Emami Cement Limited; and (ii) the debt investment by Kotak Special Situations Fund. 

IHH Healthcare Berhad

Advised IHH Healthcare Berhad and its group companies on its acquisition of controlling stake in Fortis Healthcare Limited. 

Reliance Industries Limited

Advised Reliance Industries Limited on the investment by Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in the Digital Fibre INVIT. 

Birlasoft (India) Limited

Advised Birlasoft (India) Limited and its promoters on the merger, demerger and consolidation of its IT Business with KPIT Technologies Limited. 

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