SHAILESH BHUTA

Mr. Shailesh Bhuta, a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, is the Founder, Managing Partner & Guiding Force of the firm with over 38 years of experience. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, a member of Indian Institute of Insolvency Professionals of ICAI, an Insolvency Professional under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Shailesh Bhuta is rated as one of the acknowledged experts in the field of Search and Seizure and Survey proceedings under Income Tax Act. He is also well-versed in Direct Tax, Consultancy & representation before Income Tax Department in assessment proceedings and appellate proceedings, be it before CIT(A) or ITAT. His areas of expertise include the following: - Search & Seizure & Survey proceeding - Tax and regulatory advisory and compliance services - Transfer pricing - Direct taxes

HARSH BHUTA

Harsh Bhuta, as a Partner at BSC, leads the Corporate Finance Practice of the Firm in addition to his active involvement in BSC’s other service lines. Harsh is a CFA, USA Charter Holder and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, All India rank holder. He is a Registered Valuer under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. He started his career in audit with Price Waterhouse Coopers and then moved to investment banking working with a boutique of investment banks. Harsh, until recently, was an integral part of the Transaction Advisory practice at Ernst & Young for 3 years in India where he was at the forefront to many epoch-making deal closures. With over 10 years of experience, Harsh has advised a number of private equity investors, multinational companies, banking groups, and other financial services intermediaries in establishing operations in India. Mergers and acquisitions, valuation, due diligence besides providing taxation and business advisory services. His areas of expertise include the following: - Tax and regulatory advisory and compliance services. - Valuation, due diligence, Corporate Advisory. - IPO Roll Out,Treasury & Investment Management. - Litigation before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. - Structuring for Merger & Acquisition in Corporate Landscape.

ATUL GALA

Atul Gala is a Partner at BSC and an integral part of the Auditing & Assurance Team. He cleared Chartered Accountancy in 1994 and developed career in audit field. Also, an Insolvency Professional under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Prior to this, he was working with Haribhakti & Co. LLP wherein he joined as an Assistant Manager in 2001 and became a Partner in August, 2012. He worked there for over 25 years, where he attained experience in audits across various fields. With a work experience of more than 23 years, Atul specializes in providing audit and assurance services to listed and private limited companies of considerable size and C&AG Audits. His areas of expertise include the following: Statutory audits, Tax audits & Limited Reviews. IPO Work Corporate Governance Have worked on major audit assignments entrusted by Comptroller and Auditor General of India(C&AG) and Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) working under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG). Apart from these, also developed expertise in audits of manufacturing industry. Limited review and corporate governance under SEBI regulation and tax audit under Income Tax Act are the other areas of assurance practice wherein he has been an expert and serving various clients. Off late, developed expertise in IPO work and IndAS as well.

KARTHIK NATARAJAN

Karthik Natarajan is a Partner at BSC and a key member of the BSC team. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India focussing mainly on the Direct Taxation and Regulatory practice.Adept at helping his clients relate their business strategies to the tax & regulatory environment, Karthik puts to use his work experience of more than 19 years, towards tax planning & transaction structuring, both inbound & outbound.He has wide-ranging corporate work experience, having served in senior positions in Societe Generale, Sulzer India & Elpro International.Karthik specializes in taxation and risk advisory and inter-alia focuses on the following key areas of expertise like Tax and regulatory advisory and representation, International Taxation, Transfer pricing, FEMA matters, Risk consulting, Corporate finance & Transaction advisory & structuring.

AH RATHOD

Mr. A.H. Rathod is Master of Commerce, (M. Com) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) He is Ex-Additional Commissioner of State tax, Mumbai, Maharashtra in Sept. 2017. Prior to joining Bhuta Shah & Co LLP, he was working with Sales Tax Dept. [Govt of Maharashtra]. He has joined Sales Tax Department in 1988 as Assistant Commissioner of sales tax through Maharashtra public service commission. He has worked for 29 years and gained the experience in various Acts. His areas of expertise includes knowledge of the following: GST, MVAT ACT, BST ACT, CST ACT Works Contract Act, Profession Tax Act, Luxury Tax Act, Entry Tax Act. Sugarcane Purchase Tax Act, Chit Fund.

TEJAS LALIWALA

Tejas is a Partner at BSC and an integral part of the Auditing, Assurance, Risk Management Team. Prior to this, he was a part of Suresh Surana & Associates & Deloitte’s audit team. Tejas is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Mumbai University. He has completed Diploma in IFR from ACCA. With a work experience of 13 years, Tejas specializes in providing auditing services under Ind-AS, accounting advisory including onshore and offshore outsourced services, to leading Indian Companies. His areas of expertise include the following: Statutory audits including Limited Reviews of financial statements under Indian GAAP; and Ind-AS, IFRS; Tax Audit / VAT Audit Risk Management and Internal Audit.

SNEHA PADHIAR

Sneha is a Partner at BSC and is associated with the firm since 2007. She is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and is a commerce graduate from Mumbai University. Sneha is an integral part of the Tax Team of BSC. With rich experience in the field of direct taxation she has successfully represented and assisted in client representation before various income tax authorities for assessment, re-assessment, search and seizure proceedings and CIT(A) proceeding. She also briefs and assists the counsels for various matters before ITSC, ITAT and High Court. Her areas of expertise includes the following:- Tax regulatory advisory and compliance services, search & seizure and survey proceedings, Transaction advisory and tax planning for individuals, HUF's firms and corporates, Litigation before CIT(A), ITAT and ITSC, Tax audit for various companies and firms.

DHRUV BHUTA

Dhruv Bhuta is a Director at BSC leading the Legal Practice of the Firm. Dhruv is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa having completed his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Legal Sciences from Government Law College, Mumbai University. He started his career at Kanga & Co. and Dhaval Vussonji & Associates. He then moved to AZB & Partners where he worked for close to 3 years on over 40 legal assignments in the mergers & acquisitions, private equity and restructuring practice areas. With over 5 years of experience, Dhruv has advised several large corporates, private equity funds, and banks in the context of acquisitions, divestments, cross-border investments, joint ventures, restructuring and financing transactions across multiple sectors including insurance, steel, textiles and consumer durables. Dhruv’s areas of expertise include corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, insolvency, legal due diligence, structuring and regulatory compliance.

MEHAK BHUTA

Mehak is a Partner at BSC and an integral part of the Tax and Regulatory services practice. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Mumbai University. She continued her education in Taxation at the Leiden University in the Netherlands. Mehak placed amongst the top 3 in her class, for the Advanced Transfer Pricing course at the International Tax Centre. Before joining BSC, Mehak worked in the renewable energy sector in Mumbai. Prior to this, she was a part of EY India’s International Taxation team and was associated with EY for over 3 years. Mehak has experience in advising and assisting companies in various sectors including Pharmaceuticals companies, private equity clients, manufacturing, trading, software development, consultancy services, etc. Mehak’s areas of expertise include Tax regulatory, advisory & compliance services, Transfer pricing and FEMA.

JAYESH KOTHARI

Jayesh Kothari is a Director at BSC & he is associated with the firm since 2018. Jayesh is the fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai University. He has worked at senior positions in esteemed organizations like Syngenta India Ltd, ICICI Bank Ltd, Cybertech Systems & Software Ltd, Inox Leisure Ltd. He has strong & enriching experience in handling tax matters & headed the tax function in these world-renowned organizations. Jayesh has about 22 years of extensive corporate experience in Direct Taxes- Domestic & International and Indirect Taxes-Service Tax, VAT & GST. He made a representation before various Income-tax authorities, VAT authorities, Service tax authorities, GST authorities & other tax authorities. Possess sound experience of fundraising through IPO including due diligence, CMA data preparation for bank loans etc.