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Rajiv Khaitan

Rajiv Khaitan

, Bengaluru

Partner | Corporate and Commercial, Real Estate


  • B.Com., LL.B., Calcutta University (1984)

Rajiv Khaitan is a Senior Partner in the Firm. With a career spanning over 35 years, he heads the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group in the Bengaluru office and advises clients in the defence, hospitality, technology and real estate sectors. 

Rajiv specialises in business laws and regulations, corporate governance, financing and structuring, mergers and acquisitions both in India and overseas, strategic alliances, acquisition of distressed assets, technology protection, licensing and transfer, retailing and franchising.  In the real estate sector, he advises his clients on acquisition and development of large parcels of lands, setting up industrial and commercial parks, including all kids of lease, leave and license arrangements. 

Some of his marque clients, include important promoters and HNIs who reach out to him for advice on planning investment holding structures, succession planning, estate planning, trust deeds, wills, family constitution, family arrangements and partitions.  Rajiv has also handled multiple disputes and appeared before various courts, tribunals and arbitration forums.

Rajiv serves as an Independent Director on the board of listed company - Himatsingka Seide Limited and on a few unlisted Companies including EFD Induction Private Limited, Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd and Himatsingka Holdings NA Inc, USA. He is also a Trustee of the Akshara Foundation which is dedicated to ensuring quality pre-school and primary education for every child.

Professional Affiliations

  • Karnataka State Bar Council
  • The Incorporated Law Society, Calcutta
  • The Advocates Association, Bangalore

Representative Matters

Rajiv Khaitan has represented and advised the following clients

DBS Bank Limited

Represented in a suit filed by Opto Circuits India Limited and others seeking injunction against Client restraining Clients from enforcing and recovery of outstanding loan.

Qualcomm India Private Limited

Represented in challenging a categorization of buildings for charging property / municipal taxes by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike

Cognizant Technology Solutions India Private Limited

Represented in clients disputes with (i) the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited on demanding higher electricity tariff; and (ii) with Lake Development Authority on claiming encroachment of lake land.

Werner Finley Private Limited

Advised on disputes relating to breach and termination of contract by GE Power Conversion India Private Limited to enable Client to effectively resolve the disputes without resorting to litigation

Hardcastle Restaurants Private Limited

Represented in clients disputes with the State of Karnataka and others challenging the constitutional validity of the composition scheme under Karnataka Value Added Tax Act.

Confidential Client

Advised on succession planning and settlement of a trust including tax consequences and consequences of having a non-resident trustee or beneficiary and establishment of an LLP trustee entity

Confidential Client

Advised on restructuring of family holdings and drafting of Family Settlement Agreement amongst family members.  Advised on corporate restructuring  including considering various options for demerger or business transfer to implement the family arrangement

Confidential Client

Advised on reclassification of promoters to public shareholders and separation agreement amongst family members and applicable compliance under applicable security laws

Confidential Client

Advised on FEMA related issues, setting up of multiple trusts along with incorporation of an LLP trustee entity

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