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Nikhil Narayanan

, New Delhi

Partner | Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Restructuring and Insolvency


  • MBA, London Business School (Bank of America Merrill Lynch Scholar)
  • BCL, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (Radhakrishnan Scholar)
  • B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School of India University (1998)

Nikhil Narayanan is an M&A partner at Khaitan & Co with a broad corporate practice and extensive cross-border experience in both in London and in India. He advises corporate clients, private equity funds and investment banks in relation to often high value and market-leading public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, IPOs and rights issues. He has also advised listed clients in relation to public company matters, governance issues and shareholder activism. In addition to his corporate work, he also regularly advises a number of international funds and global investment banks on complex distressed investments and restructurings in India.

Prior to joining the Firm, Nikhil spent fifteen years in the UK, where he worked in a magic circle law firm and a leading US law firm in London. Nikhil also has an MBA and experience as an investment banker in a bulge bracket investment bank in London.

Nikhil has received the RSG “Emerging Leader” award in 2019. He is also ranked as a leading lawyer in Asia by both Legal 500 and Asialaw. Legal 500 says that he is “very commercial” and “offers immediate solutions".

Professional Affiliations

  • Karnataka State Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales, U.K.

Recognition and Accomplishment

Nikhil has been acknowledged for his experience and expertise by: 

  • RSG as the emerging leader in the Indian legal market
  • Legal 500 as a leading individual
  • Asialaw as a leading lawyer

Representative Matters

Nikhil Narayanan has represented and advised the following clients

City Football Group

Advised City Football Group in relation to its announced acquisition of Mumbai franchise of the Indian Super League.

Leading International Insurers

Advised various leading international insurers in relation to various potential acquisitions and complex joint ventures in India.


Advised  TAQA on the sale of Himachal Sorang Power, a portfolio company, to Greenko (as part of a complex restructuring, involving a structure acceptable to the lenders).

Luxoft International

Advised Luxoft International, a US listed company in relation to its acquisition of DerivIT, an Indian headquartered target with operations in Asia, Australia and Europe.

ASK Chemicals GMBH

Advised ASK Chemicals GMBH (a portfolio company owned by Rhone Capital) in relation to the acquisition of the Indian industrial resins business of SI Group Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Infrastructure

Advised Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Infrastructure in relation to various proposed public and private M&A transactions in India.

Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation

Advised Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation (New York based real estate fund), as Indian counsel, in relation to its $585 acquisition of the Grosvenor House hotel from the Sahara Group.

Distressed Funds

Advised Silver Point Capital, Cantor Fitzgerald and various other distressed funds on various Indian distressed investments.


Advised Prudential in relation to ICICI Prudential’s USD 910 million initial public offer.

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