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Devendra P.N. Pradhan

Position: Managing Partner/Senior Advocate
T: +977 1 555 1900
F: +977 1 553 3344
E: dpradhan@pradhanlaw.com

Devendra is the founder and managing partner of the Firm.  Devendra has been honored by the Supreme Court of Nepal with the designation and title of “Senior Advocate”.  Devendra has more than 27 years’ seasoned experience in commercial and international field.  In addition to Nepal, Devendra is also admitted as an attorney-at-law in New York, District of Columbia, Supreme Court of the United States and several Federal Courts in USA.  Devendra also worked with various law firms in New York and Washington, D.C.

Devendra has been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia, Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guides, Lawyers World Magazine, ACQ Magazine, InterContinental Finance Magazine, etc.  Who’s Who Legal has recognized him amongst the world’s leading lawyers in aviation, M&A, project finance and trademark field for the last several years.  Legal Media Group’s Expert Guideshas recognized him amongst the world’s pre-eminent lawyers in aviation, M&A and trademark field.  InterContinental Finance Magazine has recognized him as One of the top 500 Lawyers in the World.

Devendra primarily focuses his practice on advising foreign companies in all aspect of commercial law including aviation, banking and finance, competition, energy, hydroelectricity, infrastructure and project development, mergers & acquisitions, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, technology, intellectual property, commercial litigation and arbitration and international transactions, etc.

Devendra has worked in various innovative, high-profile and high-value projects in various areas of commercial law, specifically in mergers & acquisitions, aviation, banking and finance, hydroelectricity, infrastructure and project development, telecommunications, which are among the largest and high-profile projects in the country.  Devendra has been advising foreign governments, supranational bodies, bilateral agencies, Fortune 500 multinational companies, international organizations, financial institutions, international agencies, etc.

In the aviation sector, Devendra handles contentious as well as non-contentious work.  In the non-contentious sector, he advises primarily aircraft and engine manufacturers, foreign aircraft owners and leasing corporations, insurers and reinsurers, airlines, brokers in transactional, commercial and regulatory matters and represents them before government agencies.  In contentious sector, he handles matters relating to aircraft leasing disputes, air carriers’ liability, insurance and reinsurance claims, accident investigation, accident litigation, etc.

Devendra has been involved in numerous most significant aviation transactions in Nepal, such as, aircraft and engine purchase and sale, leasing, financing, securitization, deregistration, repossession of aircraft.  Devendra has been involved in the management of accident liability claims for several fatal aviation accidents in Nepal.

Devendra has widely published scholarly articles on various areas of Nepali aviation law as well as on key issues of international aviation law in various international law journals and prestigious international publications which include, Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Sweet & Maxwell’s Aircraft Finance: Registration, Securities and Enforcement and Aircraft Liens & Detention Rights, Law Business Research Ltd.’s Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport, etc. and other various publications.  Devendra’s publications are often cited worldwide especially by many federal courts of the United States of America in their judgments, United Nations in its publications and by law professors, legal scholars, legal practitioners, etc.

Chambers and Partners has stated about Devendra:

“[T]he best Nepalese lawyer I’ve encountered.”

“[Devendra Pradhan] is head and shoulders above others, working mainly for international companies.” 

“Devendra Pradhan continues to be involved in many of the country’s most significant aviation transaction.” 

“Devendra Pradhan is a widely recognised cross-border lawyer with particular experience in the aviation sector.” 

“Clients pay tribute to [Devendra Pradhan’s] approachability, responsiveness and ‘complete competences’.” 

“[Devendra offers a] realistic perspective that encompasses a more global outlook.”