Senior Managing Partner, JSA Advocates & Solicitors
Amit Kapur is a Partner with JSA since 2000. He has anchored the Firm’s Infrastructure practice since 1997 with focus on infrastructure sectors. Having served as Senior Partner of JSA since 01.04.2017, on 01.01.2019, Amit assumed office as the Joint Managing Partner of the Firm.
His practice focusses on dispute resolution, public procurement, PPP and transactions in Energy (Power, Hydrocarbons, Natural Resources); Climate Change & Sustainable Development; Transport (Rail, Highways and Civil Aviation); Communications; Municipal Infrastructure and Social / Developmental projects.
He is regularly consulted on Infrastructure, Regulatory and PPP issues by several ministries / bodies of Central and State Governments; Developmental Financial Institutions (the World Bank, PPIAF, WSP-SA, ADB); Competition & Sector regulators and leading Indian and foreign Corporates (like the Tata Group, Adani Group, GVK Group, GMR Group, Vedanta Group, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance ADA Group, Torrent). In recent past, he actively assisted the Kelkar Committee on Rejuvenation of Infrastructure Development (2015). He served as member of Ministry of Law appointed committee to review the Specific Relief Act, 1963 which led to amendment to the law in October 2018.
Amit has been associated with several precedent setting Infrastructure and PPP projects including incubating climate change technologies and innovation as pilots; convergence of renewable energy with conventional energy; Delhi electricity privatization; Metro Rail projects in Mumbai & Delhi; the first 3 ultra-mega power projects (each involving over US$ 3.5 billion); pilot projects for social / developmental Infrastructure et al. Such assignments have involved: -
- Advising on constitutional, legal, policy and regulatory issues; drafting laws, delegated legislation, policies.
- Evolving facilitative frameworks which integrate technology, finance, climate change with law in regulatory instruments and reform / restructuring strategies.
- Transactions: Mergers & Acquisitions, investments, commercial arrangements and financing.
- Evolving market mechanism and frameworks, regulatory regime & policies to facilitate Public-Private-Partnerships and functioning of regulated utilities.
- Anchoring as counsel complex, precedent-setting commercial and regulatory matters before the Supreme Court, High Courts, Appellate Tribunals, Regulators (in Competition, Power, Hydrocarbons, Airports) and Arbitral Tribunals (particularly construction and project implementation disputes).
He has structured and conducted capacity building programs for Competition Commission of India; Ministry of Finance (for PPP); South Asia Regulators in SAFIR; visiting faculty for Executive Education programs for National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad, National Law School of India University (Bangalore), IIM - Bangalore.
Over past 15 years he has been a member of the National Infrastructure Council and Energy Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry and currently serve as a member of the CII National Council on Public Policy since 2019. Amit serves as a member of the FICCI Power Committee and chairs the Distribution Financial Viability sub-committee. He serves on the Management Governing Council of CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC).
Amit is a regular speaker / faculty at International & National workshops and Programs on issues of Policy, Law, Regulation, Project Finance, reforms and private participation in Infrastructure and has published position papers and articles in established international and domestic journals.
Supreme Court Bar Association
Delhi High Court Bar Association
International Bar Association
American Bar Association
Bar Council of Delhi
India’s energy transition and power system - published by EPC World in January 2022 (Link)
A Mixed Year – Hits and misses of 2021 - published by Powerline in December 2021 (Link)
Reforming Commercial Litigation in India Through Technology – published by BW Legal World in April 2020 (Link)
Covid-19: Securing a safe passage for power sector through turbulence – published by ET Energy World on 26th April 2020 (Link)
Preserving the core of the economy – published by Financial Express on 7th April 2020 (Link)
Adapting to and Mitigating Climate Change through Legal-Regulatory Frameworks – published by American Bar Association’s Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee in March 2020 (Link)
Role of legal, regulatory framework in transition to clean energy economy – published by ET EnergyWorld in November 2019
India’s infrastructure conundrum: Why structural reform is the only answer – published by CNBC in September 2019
Indian Infrastructure – Opportunities and Risks - published in August 2019 issue (IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2020).
Chapter titled “Infrastructure” in book titled “Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance” in Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law - published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in 2019.
Infrastructure Finance & Emerging Jurisprudence – published in IDFC Law Reporter (9th Edition - 2017).
Choice between the devil and the deep sea: Sanctity of contract or regulatory independence - published in ET Energy World on November 07, 2017.
Economic Governance and the Wheels of Justice - published in annual magazine of the Indian Advocate, 2015.