Direct and Indirect Taxation

At ELA, we understand the complexities of Indian tax law and the need for every business to have an effective tax management system to ensure commercial success.

We understand that mergers and acquisitions, investments and project finance all have a tax component and associated risks that need to be addressed in a transaction and we provide assistance in relation to the same, where necessary. We understand local tax laws as well the international tax regime in relation to direct tax as well as with regard to their businesses at home and in foreign jurisdictions.

We work closely with our clients to understand their businesses in India and overseas so that we are able to build an efficient tax management model.

We serve a diverse client base, ranging from corporates and domestic conglomerates to partnership firms and high net-worth individuals. We regularly advise clients on all tax-related aspects of corporate, commercial and financial transactions and provide tax representation and tax litigation services at various fora.

We advise on Tax litigation as it is a critical risk and requires careful planning. India has a well-set assessment and appeals process which provides opportunities to present a case at multiple levels starting from assessment by tax officers up to the Supreme Court of India.

We formulate tax strategies, planning, and representation for our clients from the very outset. We help our clients in preparing appropriate documentation, maintaining accurate records and understanding the requirement of law.

How we assist clients?

We advise clients in relation to the following:

▪ Advisory at the time of transaction structuring and at later stages.

▪ Representing in assessment and other proceedings before appellate authorities.

▪ Representing clients for obtaining ‘nil’/ ‘lower’ withholding tax orders

▪ Advising with respect to appropriate strategies to be adopted at the time of litigation

▪ Engaging with Senior Counsels, when required

Our Tax services include:

Direct Tax Advisory –

  • Advice on tax efficient strategies for inbound and outbound investment with respect to entry and exit of investors.
  • Advice on tax efficient options to repatriate money out of India.
  • Advice on and mitigation of tax costs for foreign companies doing business with India or having a presence in India.
  • Advice on withholding tax implications on residents and non-residents.
  • Tax planning for real estate projects, including joint development agreements, township projects etc.

Regulatory and Compliance Support:

  • Conducting studies to ensure compliance with prevalent tax provisions.
  • Representation before the revenue authorities.
  • Assistance in appeal proceedings before appellate authorities.
  • Representation before the Settlement Commission.
  • Tax litigation support.

Litigation and representation: Direct Tax

  • Representation before the Revenue authorities.
  • Representation in appeal proceedings before Appellate authorities including Income Tax Appellate Tribunals (ITAT), High Courts and Supreme Court.
  • Representation before High Courts.
  • Representation before Settlement Commission and Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP).
Trusted Clients

ELA’s clients include business and financial enterprises, banks, financial institutions, government bodies, educational and charitable trusts, cultural institutions, high net worth individuals, and estates and trusts.

Qualified Lawyers

We seek to bring our decade long rich experience to help our clients navigate through a complex legal system by delivering prompt and bespoke solutions.

Success Rate

What sets us apart is that we consider ourselves to be business people first and lawyers second. Through creative and thoughtful strategies, we are often able to guide our clients to successful outcomes.

Estate Planning




Our Practise Areas
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation
  • Insolvency and Restructuring Practice
  • Local Government & Utility Law
  • Estate Planning And Probate
  • Direct Tax Advisory
  • Real Estate
  • Guardianship
  • Probate Administration
  • Employment Law

Our team has the expertise to identify and execute most appropriate business solutions to various legal disputes, including pursuing or defending litigation, arbitration, mediation, and regulatory matters. We work in close collaboration with external law firms to create compliance programs and perform risk assessments in order to serve the client better.


We handle a wide variety of civil disputes and proceedings, commercial arbitrations, statutory and regulatory proceedings in a corporate context and assisting in formulating litigation strategies relating to investments and corporate transactions.


ELA’s lawyers have rich experience in cross border and domestic disputes before the full range of courts and tribunals in the country. Our lawyers are trained to work efficiently within the firm to provide accurate legal representation to our clients in regulatory matters, corporates, and commercial disputes. Our insistence is to align our litigation strategy with the commercial interests of our clients.

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