Ashok Dhingra Associates
Total number of professionals: 3
Principal offices: Gurugram
Key practice areas: Customs and trade, goods and service tax; and white collar crimes, investigations and regulatory laws.
Our services: Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA) is boutique professional services firm offering a wide range of services in relation to Goods and Service Tax (GST), customs and trade, erstwhile indirect tax laws and specified regulatory laws in relation to FEMA, insurance, data privacy, data retention and data encryption. ADA also provides advisory, training and investigation services under anti-corruption laws including FCPA and white-collar crimes.
ADA’s objective is to enhance value for clients by focusing on solutions that are innovative, yet practical, and that can be implemented. ADA aims to deliver services through highly qualified and trained professionals who blend their expertise with needs of clients and maintain an uncompromising focus on the highest quality and most ethical practices.
ADA was founded by Ashok Dhingra along with two other founder partners. Ashok is ranked among the best GST, erstwhile indirect taxes and customs and trade law attorneys in India. Ashok is also considered an authority on supply chains, the prevention of money laundering, anti-corruption laws and white-collar crimes. Ashok also assists clients during and after raids or investigations by customs and regulatory authorities such as Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI); Directorate General Goods and Service Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI); Enforcement Directorate, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), etc., to take a view on key issues and options to deal with high risk positions, briefing and debriefing of employees and discussions with authorities to close cases. He regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities; appellate tribunals, high courts and the Supreme Court in tax and trade matters. Ashok has an overall experience of more than 42 years, covering a stint in Indian Customs for 22½ years and over 19 years with “Big 4” consulting firms including Arthur Andersen (which merged with Ernst & Young in India) and KPMG, and law firms Khaitan & Co and J Sagar Associates (JSA). Ashok has undergone training on GST in Canada. GST was introduced in India on 1 July 2017.
Sonia Gupta is dual qualified as a chartered accountant and an attorney. Before setting up ADA with Ashok, she worked with JSA for more than five years, and with an accounting firm and bank for seven years. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of financial institutions and banks. Sonia focuses primarily on customs and trade laws, including trade remedies like anti-dumping and safeguard duty, foreign trade policy, export/import controls and sanctions, providing both advisory and litigation support services to clients. She regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities, appellate tribunals and high courts. She assists clients in trade remedies and during appeal proceedings before a range of appellate foras. Sonia also assists clients during and after raids or investigations by customs and regulatory authorities. She has also undergone training in GST in Canada.
Smita Singh is an attorney who worked with Khaitan & Co and JSA for more than eight years’ prior to setting up ADA with Ashok. Smita mainly focuses on GST and erstwhile indirect taxes. She has advised Indian and multinational companies on migration to GST and the re-working of their supply chains to operate in a tax efficient and compliant manner. She also provides litigation support to clients under GST and erstwhile indirect taxes. She regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities, appellate tribunals, high courts and the Supreme Court as an arguing counsel in tax matters. Smita also assists clients during and after raids or investigations by tax authorities like DGGSTI.