About

 Share your ALB moments on social media
#albawards

Home Page Collage INLA

 

Welcome to the ALB India Law Awards 2021!

 

ALB'S VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Date:  20 August 2021
Time: 8pm IST

Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 3rd annual ALB India Law Awards. Held online from start to finish, this virtual awards promises to a memorable celebration of the outstanding work done by private practitioners and in-house teams across India and the region.

We invite you to join an exceptional online awards experience all from the comfort of your homes. Stay tuned for more updates!

FINALISTS ARE ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to all the In-House teams and Law Firms shortlisted.

Contact Lokesh Bogati at +91-22-68414325 or lokesh.bogati@tr.com to know how you can make your submission to the awards.

Contact Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258 for sponsorship opportunities.

CATEGORIES

Please note that submissions for ALB India Law Awards 2021 are closed. 

The categories for ALB India Law Awards 2021 are as follows:

Deal Categories

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)
2. Debt Market Deal of the Year (Premium) 
3. Equity Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)
4. Equity Market Deal of the Year (Premium) 
5. M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)
6. M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

Individual Categories

1. Dealmaker of the Year
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
3. In-House Lawyer of the Year 
4. Managing Partner of the Year
5. Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
6. Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
7. Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
8. Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

In-House Categories

1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
2. Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
3. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
4. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
5. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
6. Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year
7. Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-house team of the Year
8. India In-House Team of the Year

Law Firm Categories

1. Anti-Trust and Competition Law Firm of The Year (NEW!)
2. Arbitration Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
3. Aviation Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
4. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
5. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
6. Data Protection Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
7. Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year
8. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
9. India Deal Firm of the Year
10. India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year
11. Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
12. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
13. International Law Firm of the Year
14. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
15. Litigation Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
16. Maritime Law Firm of the Year
17. Medical and Healthcare Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
18. Real Estate and Construction Law Firm of the Year
19. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
20. Rising Law Firm of the Year
21. Tax Law Firm of the Year
22. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
23. White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year
24. India Law Firm of the Year

           SUBMISSION FORMS          

Submissions are closed

           IMPORTANT DATES          

Opening of submissions – March 12, Friday
Deadline for submissions – April 30, Friday
Announcement of finalists – July 5, Monday
Awards night – August 20, Friday

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

India Law Firms and In-house teams
Lokesh Bogati
Events Researcher 
Phone: +91 22 6841 4325
Email: lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com

International Law Firms
Harmony Tam
Events Researcher
Phone: +852 28415783
Email: harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com

JUDGING PANEL

Here are some of the few names in our Judging Panel for ALB India Law Awards 2021. Our full list of judges will be revealed at the awards night.

Dr. Akhil


Dr. Akhil Prasad
Director, Country Counsel India and Company Secretary, Boeing India

Dr. Akhil Prasad is Director, Country Counsel India and Company Secretary with Boeing India and is based at New Delhi. In past, he has held offices as Head of Legal and Company Secretary with Fidelity Worldwide Investment (2007 to 2013); Director India Legal Affairs & Company Secretary of The Walt Disney Company India (2005 to 2007); as Senior Attorney & Company Secretary of General Motors India (2003 to 2005); and as Assistant General Manager Legal with Electrolux Kelvinator (2000 to 2002). Prior to these assignments, he has also worked with the legal teams in Modicorp Group (including Modi Xerox and Graphtech India from 1995 to 2000). Akhil has about over 25 years’ experience as an In-house Counsel and has worked with legal teams spread across different countries.

Akhil is currently a member of the board of directors of entities in Boeing group (Boeing India Defense Private Limited and Boeing India Private Limited) and in the past has been on the board of directors of entities within the Fidelity group (Devonshire India Real Estate Holding, Eight Roads Investment Advisors, and FIL Research India). Akhil has worked across various industries in the area of legal, risk and compliance, taxation, regulatory and corporate affairs. Akhil has been nominated among the Included among Top General Counsels in India by Forbes India and Top 100 India In-house Counsel by Business World for 2020, Team Power List 2019 India by Legal 500; GC Power List 2018 India, Team Power List 2017 India by Legal 500, GC Power List 2016 India by Legal 500; 100 Legal Luminaries of India by Lexis Nexis; and among the Finest India In-house Counsels by Indian Corporate Counsel Association. 

Anand

Commander Anand Kumar
Deputy Director, National Maritime Foundation

Commander Anand Kumar is an alumnus of Naval Academy, Goa, and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 98. He specialises in Anti-Submarine Warfare. He is presently appointed as Deputy Director, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi.

The officer holds four Master’s Degree: -
(i) Underwater Acoustics and Weapon Systems.
(ii) Defence and Strategic Studies.
(iii) MBA (HR).
(iv) MSc. Psychology.

In addition, he holds a Diploma in International Maritime Law from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). He has undergone ‘Operation Analysis and Operations Research (OA & OR) course from the prestigious institute, IIT, Delhi. The Officer was selected to undergo a one-month course in International Law of Military Operations and Maritime Law (I-LOMO) at Defence Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), USA. He is currently a Doctoral scholar (PhD) at GNLU.

The Officer has presented papers at various international and national forums on: -
• International Maritime Public Law & related topics
• Historical development of the ‘Law of the Sea’
• Maritime Ocean governance issues
• Laws of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
• Geneva Convention and International Human Rights Law (IHRL)
• IUU fishing
• Operational Art & Operational Planning Process (OPP)
• Leadership and its core attributes
• Anger management
• Workshops on Family Relationship and its dynamic nature

Anupam Sharan
Vice President, Legal and Compliance at Connesso

He is a senior attorney managing strategic legal, contractual and commercial programs globally for over $4 Billion spend per annum. He has extensive legal and contractual experience in drafting, negotiation, corporate, commercial including International law, M&A, government affairs, risk, governance, change, compliance and privacy matters. He seeks to channelize business and operational insights to provide thought leadership within the industry and contribute to shape laws, regulations and public policies. He brings experience across multiple industries such as consulting, banking and financial services, telecom, outsourcing, IT, ITES, steel, power and construction. He has good experience in working closely with Operations / stakeholder functions and helping build appreciation to the contractual obligations and commitments.

He is a regular speaker at various conferences, with many articles and white paper published to his name. He has dual qualification of Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) and Bachelor’s in Legislative Law (LL.B.) with Master’s in Business and IPR Law (LL.M) added with various certifications. He also serves as the India Council Board member at IACCM (International Association for Contract and commercial Management), USA. He is also a certified Director from IOD (institute of Directors).

Ashish

Ashish Chandra
Associate General Counsel, WhatsApp

Ashish is the Associate General Counsel of WhatsApp and leads the legal, regulatory and litigation affairs of its communication and payments business in India. He also advises Facebook & Instagram to build their e-commerce and e-payments business in India. Ashish is handling various litigations before the Supreme Court and various High Courts on UPI Payments, privacy, encryption & traceability, OTT regulations, content blocking etc. In the past, he has worked with various large Indian and US companies like Netflix, eBay, Reliance Jio & Snapdeal. 

Over last 20 years, Ashish has contributed to the growth of Internet business, related regulations, and jurisprudence in India. He has structured approx. US$8 billion in VC / PE funding (including the recent investment of $5.7 billion by Facebook in Jio), acquired about 20 businesses, and forged techno-commercial tie-ups valuing billions in tech and internet space. Ashish has represented large corporations and industry bodies before various regulators and parliamentarians for shaping up laws and policies on eCommerce, digital payments, telecom, and data privacy. 

Ashwin

Capt Ashwani K. Jhingan
Advocate: Mumbai High Court

Advocate (Capt) Ashwani K. Jhingan is a Master Mariner, Extra Master (the highest marine professional qualification), Law graduate (L.L.B.) from 'A' grade K.C. Law College, University of Mumbai, Masters Degree in Financial Management from one of the top 10 prestigious Business Management Institutes of India, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, University of Mumbai. He possesses over 30 years' experience in a wide gamut of functional areas, with significant expertise in the areas of Start up Ventures. He has over 15 years of sea sailing experience with command on various types of vessels as the Captain.

Chief highlights of his career have been a long nearly 13 years tenure with the Tata Group Company, in various ascending capacities to the level of Vice President, which included start up operations for the agency of one of the top 10 International Shipping and Logistics players in the World. He headed the commercial organization on "All India Basis" capturing significant market shares through concerted efforts in Marketing and Strategy. He was a Director in one of the subsidiary companies, as well. Awarded "Glory of India Award", 2020-21 by Indian Achievers Forum (www.iafindia.com) in recognition of outstanding professional achievement & contribution in Nation Building.

Admitted as a "Maritime Expert" in a prestigious "All India" organisation "Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA)" based in New Delhi and conferred the permanent status of "Fellow of ICA" on 20 Feb 2017.

Badrinath Durvasula
Managing Director, ESSAR Capital Advisory, Mumbai, India

Mr. Badrinath Durvasula is currently the Managing Director, ESSAR Capital Advisory. He was previously the Vice President & General Counsel at Hindustan Construction Company. He was also a Senior Vice President & Head Legal for Adani Group a $16 Billion conglomerate, with world-wide interests in Mining, Power generation and transmission, Private Ports, Trading in global commodities. His current role involves M&A, International Contracting & Contract Management, Litigation& Arbitration in multiple geographies. Prior to joining Adani, he is a known face as the Legal Head of L&T, which is into Infrastructure management, Oil & Gas Projects, Defense Production, Power and Mining. He also had the experience of working with United Phosphorous, Reliance Industries, Asian Paints, Dr Reddy’s Labs and General Insurance Corporation of India. He carries with him over 29 years of rich experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, International Contracting, Contract Management, Strategy, Compliance, Arbitration and Litigation. 

He travelled extensively in Europe and SE Asia due to the M&A activity he is involved in, all over the world on Legal & Financial due diligence, firming up transaction documents, long term supply agreements and ancillary agreements. He also attended in a number of legal matters in Australia, USA, GCC Nations and the Supreme Court of India. His niche areas are: International Contracting, joint venture formation, production sharing contracts & Intellectual Property.Justice Dr. Bharat Bhushan Parsoon, is a Former Judge of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh and now designated Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India.  With four doctorates in his fold (Law, Management, Computer Science, Mass Communication), he has served as a judge, over 35 years. He has to his credit innumerable research papers and book reviews. 

Bharat

Justice Dr. Bharat Bhushan Parsoon
Former Judge of Punjab & Haryana High Court

In his illustrious career, he has adjudicated on nearly every area of the law and is considered a master of corporate & private; company & public, commercial and personal, constitutional and taxation laws alike. He is a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Law, New Delhi, Life Member of Indian Institute of Criminology, Chennai, Fellow of Indian Council of Arbitration, New Delhi, Resource person for National Judicial Academy, Bhopal as also for Delhi Judicial Academy and Chandigarh Judicial Academy, to name a few. 

A luminary, adjudicator, lawyer, strategic planner, tactical manager, academician, mentor, visionary; he has also scripted DNA of change, development and progress reaching zenith in whichsoever field he traversed. He is often referred to as a human encyclopedia. As on date he is legal consultant to many enterprises, companies and joint ventures. Hospitality, Pharmaceutical, Reality, Power & Engineering sectors etc. are on his consultancy catalogue.

Divya Kumat
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary, Datamatics

Divya Kumat is the EVP-Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary at Datamatics for more than 15 years. She leads all legal and secretarial initiatives for more than 30  group companies in India and overseas and is a key player in all in-organic initiatives of the group like joint venture collaborations, mergers, acquisitions, and amalgamation in India and overseas. She is credited with formulating and enforcing several legally binding policies and frameworks including the Contract Management Policy, Insider Trading Policy, Whistle-Blower policy, and Investor Grievance policy, to name a few. The legal team has successfully secured various copyrights, trademarks and service mark registrations thereby enhancing the company’s IPR wealth.

Divya brings with her over 23 years of rich and diverse experience, having held prominent legal and secretarial positions for leading corporations. Prior to joining Datamatics, she was the Legal Head at Computer Sciences Corporation (India).

Divya holds a dual Bachelor's Degree in Commerce (Honors) and Law (LLB). As a Gold Medalist in LLM, her final thesis presentation was on the subject of International Arbitration. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (FCS) and a merit holder in ICSA, London. Recently, she has completed certification course on Corporate Governance.

Lalit

Dr. Lalit Bhasin
President, Society of Indian Law Firms
Immediate Past President, The Bar Association of India 
Chairman Chartered Institute of Arbitration (CIArb)- India
Chairman CII National Task Force on Legal Services

Dr. Lalit Bhasin started his law practice in 1962 and has developed Bhasin & Co. as one of the largest law Firms in North India. His areas of specialisation include Employment & Labour Laws, Corporate Law (Formation of Joint Venture Companies, Foreign Collaborations, Amalgamations, Mergers, Acquisitions, Disinvestment); Laws relating to Information Technology; Contract and Conveyancing; Constitutional Law; Banking and Finance; Consumer Protection Laws; Disputes relating to Foreign Investment e.g. Shareholders Agreements, Collaboration Agreements, Agency and Distribution Agreements, Technology Transfer Agreements and Dispute Resolution Practice.
He was awarded Honorary Membership of the IBA in Melbourne in 1994 for outstanding service to the legal profession. He was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law. In 2007, the President of India presented the National Law Day Award to Lalit Bhasin for "Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Legal Profession in India and for his deep involvement and engagement in the maintenance of the highest standards at the Bar".
Recently he has been conferred the Degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) Honoris Causa by University of Rajasthan.
 

Jayadeep Balakrishnan
Assistant Vice President - Legal, Brookprop Management Services Pvt Ltd.

Has over 20 years of work experience handling corporate legal and compliance functions of various reputed and leading national and multinational companies. He is currently working as Assistant Vice President - Legal with Brookprop Management Services Pvt Ltd. Prior to joining Brookprop, he had worked as Group Head – Legal and Secretarial and Director of Travel Food Services Pvt Ltd and also with Landmark Group, METRO Cash & Carry, Future Group, Café Coffee day etc. He has completed LLM in International Law and MBA in Personnel & Marketing.

 

Garima Nahar
General Counsel and Chief Compliance, ESG and Anti- Corruption Officer, J.C. Flowers Asset Reconstruction and Eight Capital

Garima is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance, ESG and Anti- Corruption Officer at J.C. Flowers Asset Reconstruction Private Limited and Eight Capital. Garima is a legal professional having over seventeen years of diverse experience in various banking and financial transactions. Prior to joining Eight Capital, she worked as the General Counsel at IIFL Finance. She was instrumental in setting up the legal team at IIFL focusing on NBFC business and strategy.

Garima was a Member on the ESG Committee of the Board of IIFL Finance and acted as Chief ESG Coordinator and Chief Anti-Corruption Officer. She was instrumental to create Environmental, Social and Governance framework and policies at IIFL and played a key role in delivering additional value from E&S improvements perspective across different portfolio at IIFL.

Garima also worked with ICICI Bank at Corporate Legal Advisory as Senior Group Head and with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP at New York. She has extensively worked and focused on capital markets, corporate lending and restructuring, treasury, derivatives, structured financial products, wholesale and retail products and on regulatory practice. She is a gold medalist, holding B.A.LL.B (Hons.) degree from National Law Institute University, Bhopal.
 

Manjaree

Manjaree Chowdhary
Executive Director and General Counsel, Maruti Suzuki India

Manjaree Chowdhary is Executive Director and General Counsel of Maruti Suzuki India, a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan and the leading car manufacturer in India employing over 34,000 people. Leading a team of 30+ professionals, Manjaree works closely with the Board, the CEO and the Leadership team to provide legal and compliance support in a dynamic regulatory and risk environment.

A master’s in law from the University of London, Manjaree made a mid-career shift from academics to law. She began her legal career at a leading Indian law firm, moving in-house to General Electric before joining Maruti Suzuki. A successful professional with over two decades of experience, she has performed different roles in General Electric with increasing responsibility and complexity. Her body of work is well rounded, spanning across diverse businesses, domestic and international regimes, covering a rich spectrum of legal, regulatory and compliance practice. She has successfully leveraged her functional and business understanding to lead industry initiatives and support Government relations work, notable among them being the formulation of a “Voluntary Code of Ethics” adopted by NATHEALTH, the National Healthcare Federation of India.

Manjaree has been recognized by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association in its first edition of “Trailblazers – India’s Finest In-house Counsels” in 2016, has featured in the India “Top 100 Powerful Women in Law” in 2017, awarded the “Outstanding Woman Leadership Achievement Award” at the CXO and General Counsels Leadership Summit and Excellence Awards in February, 2018, recognized as one of the twenty-five General Counsels for their contribution to the Indian corporate legal sector and felicitated at the Indo-UK Law Society Summit at the House of Lords in London in November 2018, felicitated by Legal Era as a Top woman in Law in 2019 and as the General Counsel of the Year (Female) in 2020. Most recently in 2021, she was honored as the BW Legal World’s Top 100 General Counsel Club of Achievers for excellence in law.
 

Neera

Neera Sharma
Director, Chief Executive officer and General Counsel, Sistema India 

Neera Sharma  is a whole time Director, Chief Executive officer and General Counsel for Sistema India Entities and is based at Gurgaon, India. She has over 23 years of experience as a General Counsel and  has worked in Leading Business Houses. She  has been recognized as top General Counsel by Forbes india 2020 and has been awarded as a Most Promising Women Leader 2021 by Economic times powered by Famina. She is  UCLA Alumni, Law Graduate from Panjab University. She has completed her  MBA Finance from Amity Business School Noida and One Year Course  in Cyber Laws and internet related laws from Indian Institute of Law. She is a Diploma holder  in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and Masters in Psychology. Neera is founder of Sukh setu foundation – a step to spread awareness about Autism and  work towards the acceptance of differently abled kids & adults with respect, advocating their rights &  inclusion in schools and corporates. 

Nitin Mittal
General Counsel – India Sub/Pacific Region, Region Systems & Services and Company Secretary
Signify Innovations India 

Nitin presently is part of the Signify Legal Function (Growth Markets Team) as General Counsel – India Sub/Pacific Region, Region Systems & Services and Company Secretary.
Nitin has over the last 20 years handled functions covering Legal, Compliance, Governance, Insurance and Real Estate, while leading teams on mergers/ demergers/Corporate restructuring, acquisitions and integration of acquired companies, civil and criminal litigations and high-stake arbitrations. He has set up new plants, restructuring of company operations, established contract management processes, implemented global mandated compliance programs and managed complex projects with regional and global implications. 
• He has been recognized as a leading General counsel by ICCA, CCAI.
• He was listed in the GC Powerlist 2018 for India by Legal 500( top 100 GC's in India).
• Named by ICCA with forewords from the Ministry of Law & Justice, India as amongst " India's finest in-house Counsels" at a function on 6th Oct, 2017.
• On 10th Nov, 17- Philips Lighting in-house legal team has been selected for “The Legal 500 GC Powerlist India: Teams” which is an international recognition.

Parveen

Parveen Mahtani
Chief Legal Officer, Mahindra Lifespace Developers

Parveen Mahtani is a gold medallist in law. 

Parveen is presently Chief Legal Officer of Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. 

She has been honoured as "Woman Leader in a Male Dominated Industry 2019". She was featured by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association in their book titled “India’s Finest  In-House Counsels” published in 2016. She has also been acknowledged as one of “Asia’s Top 25 In-House Counsels” by the Asian Legal Business.  She has also been featured as top in-house legal teams by Legal 500 UK: GC Powerlist: India (2017 and 2019)

She has also been honoured as “Top 25 General Counsels in India” in 2018 by the ICCA in London. She has been featured in the featured in the book “Legal Luminaries” published by the ICCA and the book “ Constellations” The Shining stars in the Legal Fraternity” in 2019.

Pawan

Pawan Singhal
Cheif Legal Officer and General Counsel, Ather Energy

Pawan Singhal is presently associated with Ather Energy, an intelligent EV mobility company, as ‘Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel’. Pawan is a 
•    Commerce Graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, India
•    Associate Member of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India (AICMA)
•    Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (FCS)
•    Law Graduate (LLB) from University of Delhi, India

He has rich and versatile experience of more than two decades with MNCs, International Joint Ventures and Indian corporate houses and listed entities. He has been associated with corporates like 3M, AstraZeneca, Max Bupa, Intel, MMTC and others in a wide spectrum of industries including Insurance, Pharma, Healthcare, IT, Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Global Trading etc. as well as areas such as Legal, Finance, Regulatory, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Risk Management etc. He has been in the leadership and General Counsel role for more than 15 years. His last stint was with 3M as ‘Executive Director and General Counsel’ for India region.
In addition, he has practiced on the corporate side as Associate Partner with a leading law firm - Dua Associates in New Delhi for more than 5 years, driving matters related to foreign investments, brown and green field projects, corporate restructuring, mergers, strategic alliances, corporate laws, IP, anti-trust, HR, and regulatory aspects. 
Pawan has the privilege of being named in (a) ‘GC Power List’ – India (2016) released by ‘Legal 500’ and (b) ‘India’s Finest In-House Counsels’ at ‘ICCA Annual International Summit’ in 2016. 


Rajiv Choubey
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, ACC Limited

Rajiv Choubey is the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary and Executive Committee member of ACC Limited, part of the Swiss major, LafargeHolcim. He is an alumnus of Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Indian Law Institute and Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi and the Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSI). 

Rajiv has more than two decades of experience in manufacturing as well as IT Company. Prior to joining ACC, he was the General Counsel of HCL Infosystems Ltd., Vice President - Legal & CS of Vedanta Limited and had a brief stint at Maruti Suzuki, Hindustan Tin etc. Rajiv heads the legal function and advised management on entire gamut of business activities – from Mining, Environment, Competition law, Commercial & Industrial laws, M&A, as well as on GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance)  In past he has also handled listing in US /NYSE during his stint at Sterlite/Vedanta. Rajiv and his team have been recognized by various forums/ bodies, including ICCA, CCAI, Indian National Bar Association, Legal 500, IDEX, IOD as one of the leading in-house counsels/ teams which he has lead. 

Rohit

Rohit Kumar
Global General Counsel, UPL Limited

Rohit is the Global General Counsel of UPL Limited, one of the largest crop protection products company in the world with revenues in excess of US$5 billion. He is based out of UPL’s corporate head office in Mumbai. Rohit leads a team of more than 40 in-house lawyers with more than 50% of his team being based in U.S.A., Europe and LATAM. Rohit overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group.
Rohit is a law graduate (2002 batch) from Symbiosis Law College, Pune, India and has also completed leadership courses from Harvard Law School and University of Melbourne. 
Prior to joining UPL, Rohit worked at the Melbourne office of Herbert Smith Freehills, a large global law firm. He was part of HSF’s corporate team and advised on several international M&A. Before that, Rohit spent close to 4 years working with the New Delhi office of J. Sagar Associate, a leading Indian law firm.
 

Shardul

Shardul Thacker
Senior Partner, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe

Mr. Shardul Thacker, Senior Partner of M/s. Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe offers clients over 40 years of experience. His clients include MNCs and Indian companies across industries: Banking, Insurance, Shipping, Steel, Subsea Engineering & Marine services, Offshore Construction, Infrastructure (LNG Ports, Oil & Gas), Transport, Trade and Logistics.
Shardul’s clients include acquirers, sellers and targets in M&A cross-border transactions to whom he advises on competition and tax issues as well as red-flag issues such as pollution, product liability, non-insurable risks and the like.

In commercial practice he handles contracts of sale and purchase of goods and services, long term take or pay, supply chain contracts and advises on industry regulatory issues.
Throughout his 40 years of practice Shardul regularly advises on various aspects of insurance laws in India including marine, LOP, material damage. He advices EPC contractors relating to offshore construction and subsea projects. He handles litigation and arbitration. Shardul has an in-depth commercial understanding which equips him to negotiate and seamlessly support his corporate, insurance, offshore construction and banking practice offering solution-based and well-rounded advice. His acumen in strategizing and managing litigation risks for clients has facilitated resolving disputes with the least possible adverse effect to clients business.

Lloyd’s List ranked him “Top 10 Lawyers”-“HIGHLY regarded for his work in the LNG sector, particularly for interesting & highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports & ships". Shardul has received AsiaLaw leading lawyers award for dispute resolution between 2003-2016. Recognised by Global Arbitration Review as a prominent lawyer in arbitration in India. Feedback received from clients by Chambers describes Shardul being regarded as a "reliable" and "very commercially-minded lawyer," and "very well experienced, thorough, listens and is dedicated." One source describes him as "smart, reliable, professional and always a gentleman. Ranked-Band 1-Chambers: Shipping & Maritime 2011-2021. Also ranked in Banking & Finance 2011- 2021.Ranked-Who’s Who Legal-Banking, Finance, Shipping 2017-2021.

Contributed India Sections:
• International Arbitration Review 2021.
• Transport Finance Law Review 2021
• Maritime Law-Kluwer 2021
• Chambers Guide- Shipping & Insurance
• International Arbitration Review
• Cross border Security, Norton Rose & Butterworth

Shujath Bin Ali
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited

Shujath Bin Ali is currently working as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer and leading the Global Legal & Compliance function of Global Private Equity firm KKR backed Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited.

Shujath Bin Ali served as  as Senior Director- Legal, Risk Management & Company Secretary and India Compliance Officer PAREXEL International –India. He was responsible for providing strategic corporate legal advice and operational legal support  for India Operations and was a member of PAREXEL India Leadership Team.
Before PAREXEL Shujath served as Senior Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretary for International Paper-India and was providing leadership oversight on Legal, Compliance & Corporate Governance matters. 

Prior to International Paper-India, Shujath served for 9 years as Associate Vice President-Legal & Corporate Secretary for Deloitte US-India offices and was heading the Legal & Corporate affairs function. He has overall 16 years’ experience in the areas of Governance, Compliance, Risk Management, Corporate & Commercial Laws, Employment laws & Litigation.

He worked in diverse industries like Pharma, Information Technology, and Professional Services & Manufacturing with an experience of 20 years and exposure to multi cultured work environment.

Sonal Sharma
Head of Legal – NBS India & NGSC Hyderabad – Novartis Healthcare Private Limited

Sonal is currently the Head of Legal for NBS India and NGSC Hyderabad Site operations. She is advising on their shared function legal matters and is part of NBS leadership in India. Prior to Novartis, Sonal worked with Atos as their General Counsel for Atos and its subsidiary companies in India and Deputy General Counsel for APAC.. She was responsible for overseeing Atos’ legal, corporate & commercial, compliance and litigation matters of various companies. Sonal has expertise in commercial laws, HR laws, corporate laws and managing complex forensic investigations related to compliances in India.  Sonal has also spearheaded many M&A transactions within Atos in India and has been instrumental in devising IP strategy for their key clients.  Her diverse areas of practice include structuring strategic business contracts, intellectual property rights (IPR), global compliance design and audits, legal due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, and arbitration & litigation management. Before joining Atos, Sonal headed the commercial contract portfolio in Persistent Systems and was responsible for their US, Europe & India geographies. Sonal have spearheaded the ISO 27001 process for legal department at Persistent Systems, which became the first legal department in India to be ISO certified.  Sonal is contributing with her professional experience since 19 years in field of law and compliance.  Sonal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Statistics and Economics, (University of Mumbai) and Law from India’s prestigious Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai. Sonal is also a winner of the General Counsel of the Year – Female Category, by IDEX Legal Awards 2016.

Surabhi

Surabhi Agarwal
Founder & Senior Partner - Parikh & Parikh Agarwal and Partners 

Formerly Legal Director of the South East Asia Pacific region and member of global legal leadership team of a fortune 500 MNC, Surabhi Agarwal is the Senior Founding Partner of Parikh & Parikh, Agarwal and Partners, a full-service law firm with a niche litigation practice. The firms’ partners have expertise in handling high profile matters in the Supreme Court of India and various high courts, while Surabhi brings corporate expertise and significant international experience into the mix. She was adjudged one of the best General Counsels in South East Asia in 2019 by the Legal 500. In her previous role, as a member of the global legal leadership team, Surabhi contributed to the global vision and strategy for the legal function of the Company and spearheaded a number of global initiatives. In the region, Surabhi was at the forefront of several critical transactions and the team reached several milestones during her stint. The legal team led by her was adjudged one of the best teams in South East Asia in 2018 and then in 2020. 

Vikash jAIN

Vikash Jain
Group General Counsel, Vedanta 

Mr. Vikash Jain is a solution driven leader, who is a Lawyer, Company Secretary and Management Graduate by qualification. He has a rich and varied experience of 25+ years in the disciplines of Strategic Business Advisory, Corporate / Commercial laws, Secretarial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investor Relations, Taxation (Direct & Indirect), Foreign Collaborations & Joint Ventures, Public Issues (both Indian and Overseas), Finance, Insurance etc. Mr. Jain is currently the Group General Counsel of Vedanta Limited and is responsible for the entire legal affairs of the group encompassing over $13bn in turnover and $40bn in gross assets. His experience ranges over varied industries including oil & gas, metals and mining, auto components etc. In his prior roles, he has held leadership positions with Jubilant Bhartia Group, Hindustan Oil Exploration, Endurance, Transocean etc.   

Mr. Jain is a highly result oriented person who focuses on measurable objectives with strong ability to think strategically and link back actions to the corporate goals. He has demonstrated wisdom in making decisions based on analysis of the data and tools available with a view to achieving what is most appropriate, reasonable, timely and realistic. He believes in nurturing and developing young talent as future industry and thought leaders.

Vikrant

Vikrant Panchananda
Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Vikrant Pachnanda is an Advocate-on-Record in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India specializing in Dispute Resolution and Aviation practices at Pachnanda Law Offices with offices in New Delhi and Chandigarh. He has been practising across various forums such as the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts, Tribunals and District Courts across the country, doing both international and domestic arbitrations as well as advising clients on aviation law related issues since 2011. Additionally he has also been working as an Associate with Agarwal Law Associates, a boutique Dispute Resolution Law Firm in India since 2014. Vikrant upon completion of high school in 2006, pursued an integrated degree in law and arts from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar focusing on international investment arbitration and aviation law. He is the Founder and Managing Editor of India Law Journal (www.indialawjournal.org), which he founded as a law student in 2008, with a focus on covering legal issues currently being debated in the Indian Parliament. He was also one of the Founders and Student Managing Editors of the GNLU Journal for Law, Development and Politics. Post graduating from GNLU in 2011, Vikrant joined Luthra & Luthra Law Offices in Delhi as an Associate where he advised both Indian and international clients on a broad range of legal issues involving mergers and acquisitions, defence procurement, corporate criminal liability, anti-bribery compliance and funds. Additionally, he was also part of the Knowledge Management team of the firm. In 2012, he joined the chambers of Mr. Najmi Waziri, Chief Counsel for the Delhi Government during the subsequent year and trained under him till Mr. Waziri's elevation as an Hon'ble Judge of the Delhi High Court in April 2013. 

and many more...

FINALISTS*

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year 

Akshay Pathak, Airtel Payments Bank
Aparajit Bhattacharya, DSK Legal
Ashwath Rau, AZB & Partners
Charandeep Kaur, Trilegal
Haigreve Khaitan, Khaitan & Co
L. Vishwanathan, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Nusrat Hassan, Link Legal
Raghubir Menon, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Shashank Mittal, Bharti Airtel
Sujjain Talwar, Economic Laws Practice

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Ajay Bhargav, Khaitan & Co
Amit Mishra, P&A Law Offices
Anand Desai, DSK Legal
Arjun Krishnan, Samvad Partners
Ashish Bhan, Trilegal
Atul Sharma, Link Legal
Krishna Vijay Singh, Kochhar & Co.
Manoj K. Singh, Singh & Associates 
Naresh Thacker, Economic Law Practice
Raian Karanjawala, Karanjawala & Co.
Sameer Jain, PSL Advocates & Solicitors
Shaneen Parikh, Cyrl Amarchand Mangaldas
Sudhir Sharma, L&L Partners
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Vikram Sobti, Chandhiok & Mahajan

In-House Lawyer of the Year 

Ajay Thakkar, AllCargo Logistics
Akriti Gandotra, Azure Power India
Amit Das, Kirloskar Oil Engines
Gauri H. Gandhi, Godrej & Boyce
Giugliano Nanetti, ENGIE
Harshitha Thammaiah, Xiaomi
Hemant Kumar, Larsen & Toubro
Iqbal Tauseef, TTEC
Meghana Singh, IL&FS
Mugdha Sharma, Ambuja Cements 
Nishant Prasad, Scripbox 
Prashant NandKumar, Hershey’s
Priyanka Chaudhari, Netflix
Rajeev Kumar, HDFC Property Ventures 
Dr. Sagar Suresh Dhole, Mastercard
Samik Mukherjee, PayPal 
Shashank Jain, Vistara
Shashank Mittal, Bharti Airtel
Sheetal Talwar, Tata Chemicals
Shubham Aparijita, Vedanta Group
Tanhieya Ghosh, Medtronic
Yawar Usmani, Stellapps Technologies

Managing Partner of the Year 

Abhijit Joshi, Veritas Legal
Akil Hirani, Majmudar & Partners
Ameet Naik, Naik Naik & Co.
Anand Desai, DSK Legal
Anand S. Pathak, P&A Law Offices
Atul Sharma, Link Legal
Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Gagan Anand, Legacy Law Offices
Kiran Jain, Regius Legal 
Manoj Kumar, Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
Prateek Bagaria, Singularity Legal
Pravin Anand, Anand and Anand
Priti Suri, PSA 
Priya Rao, Priya Rao & Associates
Raian Karanjawala, Karanjawala & Co.
Rajesh Narian Gupta, SNG & Partners
Rajiv Luthra, L&L Partners
Sonal Kumar Singh, AKS Partners
Zia Mody, AZB & Partners
Zulfiquar Memon, MZM Legal

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House) 

Akshay Pathak, Airtel Payments Bank
Brinda Sundaramurthy, Cognizant 
Gitanjali Bhatnagar, Godrej & Boyce
Madhumita Rajan, Penguin Random House 
Monica Pirgal, Lowe's India
Priya Mehra, Interglobe Aviation
Priyam Singhvi, Schindler India
Priyanka Chaudhari, Netflix
Rachita Maker, Tata Communications
Sheetal Talwar, Tata Chemicals

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) 

Aakanksha Joshi, Economic Laws Practice
Ashima Obhan, Obhan & Associates
Chandrima Mitra, DSK Legal
Kavitha Vijay, IC Universal Legal
Mamta Jha, Inttl Advocare
Manisha Shroff, Khaitan & Co
Natasha Mahajan, Samvad Partners
Natasha Treasurywala, Desai & Diwanji
Niloufer Lam, ZBA
Nisha Kaur Uberoi, Trilegal
Pallavi Bedi, L&L Partners
Priti Suri, PSA 
Puja Sondhi, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Reeba Chacko, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Ruby Singh Ahuja, Karanjawala & Co.
Rupinder Malik, J. Sagar Associates
Shiraz Patodia, Dua Associates
Shweta Bharti, Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
Vandana Pai, Bharucha & Partners
Zia Mody, AZB & Partners

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House) 

Aastha Abhya, M2P Solutions 
Akshay Pathak, Airtel Payments Bank
Anupam Alok, Sberbank
Debapratim Ray, Xiaomi
Jay Gujral, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance
Nishant Prasad, Scripbox
Prashant NandKumar, Hershey’s
Priyanka Chaudhari, Netflix
Sandesh Pralhad Kasabe, Colgate-Palmolive
Satyajit Gupta, EXL Service
Shashank Jain, Vistara
Shashank Mittal, Bharti Airtel
Sherazad Boomla, Godrej & Boyce
Shine Joy, Frontizo Business Services
Shubham Aparijita, Vedanta Group
Sourish Mohan Mitra, Gartner
Yawar Usmani, Stellapps Technologies

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) 

Abhishek Sharma, Link Legal
Achuthan Sreekumar, Anand and Anand
Anand Shah, AZB & Partners
Angad Sandhu, PSL Advocates & Solicitors
Anu Tiwari, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Arush Khanna, Numen Law Offices
Arya Tripathy, PSA 
Ashita Bali, L&L Partners
Divyakant Lahoti, Lahoti Advocates
Karan Mitroo, L&L Partners
Kartick Maheshwari, Khaitan & Co
Manisha Chaudhary, UKCA and Partners
Natasha Mahajan, Samvad Partners
Prateek Bagaria, Singularity Legal
Ram Kumar Poornachandra, Talwar Thakore & Associates
Saloni Mody, DSK Legal
Sameena Chatrapathy, IC Universal Legal
Shwetabh Sinha, Clasis Law
Siddharth Mody, Desai & Diwanji
Sinjini Majumdar, Majmudar & Partners


IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

American Express
HDFC Bank
ICICI Bank
Religare Enterprises
Wells Fargo
Yes Bank

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year

Amplus Solar
ENGIE
Hindalco
Hindustan Zinc
HPCL
OMC Power
Starkraft 
Waree Energies

Innovative In-House Team of the Year

BIC Cello
Cognizant
Colgate-Palmolive
Flextronics Technology
Galactus FunwareTechnology
GE
Godrej & Boyce
ICICI Bank
Interglobe Aviation
Kirloskar Oil Engines
Lowe’s India
SABIC
Tata Communications
Uber
Yes Bank

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year

AllCargo Logistics
Delhivery 
Interglobe Aviation
Uber
Vistara

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year

Flipkart
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hexaware Technologies
Mindtree
Tata Communications
Uber
Urban Company
WNS Global
Xiaomi

Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year

Bayer
Cummins 
Dow Chemical
Kirloskar Oil Engines
Schindler India
Waree Group
Xiaomi 

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year

Ajanta Pharmaceuticals
Bayer
Cipla
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Medtronic
RPG Life Science

India In-House Team of the Year 

Ambuja Cement
Bayer
Cipla
Cognizant 
Flextronics Technology
Flipkart
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hindustan Zinc 
ICICI Bank 
ICICI Lombard General Insurance
InterGlobe Aviation
Larsen & Toubro
Mindtree
Reliance Industries 
Tata Communications
Tech Mahindra
Uber
WNS Global
Yes Bank

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES

Anti-Trust and Competition Law Firm of The Year 

AZB & Partners
Chandhiok and Mahajan
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Economic Laws Practice
Gaggar & Partners
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
LinkLegal
P&A Law Offices
Samvad Partners
Talwar Thakore and Associates
Trilegal

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 

AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Chandhiok & Mahajan
DSK Legal
Economic Laws Practice
IndusLaw
Kochhar & Co.
LinkLegal
P&A Law Offices
Samvad Partners
Singh & Associates

Aviation Law Firm of the Year 

AZB & Partners
DSK Legal
Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
Ikigai Law
J. Sagar Associates
LinkLegal
RGM Legal
TMT Law Practice
Trilegal

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Desai & Diwanji
DSK Legal
Economic Laws Practice
JurisCorp
Khaitan & Co
L&L Partners
Link Legal
Samvad Partners
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 

Agama Law Associates
AKS Partners
Alpha Partners
Burgeon Law
Joyce Law
Majmudar & Partners
Pioneer Legal
RGM Legal
Singularity Legal
Veritas Legal

Data Protection Law Firm of the Year 

AZB & Partners
Halder & Associates
Ikigai Law
IndusLaw
Khaitan & Co
Majmudar & Partners 
PSA 
Samvad Partners
Tag & Bench Associates
TMT Law Practice
Trilegal

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year 

Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Dua Associates
DSK Legal
Economic Laws Practice
IndusLaw
Karanjawala & Co.
Kochhar & Co.
Laware Associates
Link Legal
P&A Law Offices
Sagus Legal
Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
Trilegal

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year

AZB & Partners
Desai & Diwanji
DSK Legal
Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
Kochhar & Co.
L&L Partners
Link Legal
Sagus Legal
Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singh & Associates 
Singularity Legal
Trilegal

India Deal Firm of the Year

Acuity Law 
Anand and Anand
AP & Partners
AZB & Partners
Burgeon Law
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
IndusLaw
Juris Corp
Mansukhlal Hiralal & Co.
Naik Naik & Co.
Regius Legal 
Stratage Law Partners
Veritas Legal

India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year

Collyer Law
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Drew & Napier
Rajah & Tann Singapore
WongPartnership

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year 

Algo Legal
Ikigai Law
IndusLaw
Majmudar & Partners
RGM Legal
Samvad Partners

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 

Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Eshwars
IndusLaw
Inttl Advocare
K Singhania & Co
L.S. Davar & Co.
Literati Juris
Remfry & Sagar
RNA Technology and IP Attorneys
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singh & Associates

International Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Baker Mckenzie
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Goodwin & Procter
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
WongPartnership

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year  

AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
IndusLaw
Khaitan & Co
Kochhar & Co.
LinkLegal
PSA 
Samvad Partners
Trilegal

Litigation Law Firm of the Year 

Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Chandhiok & Mahajan
Desai & Diwanji
DSK Legal
Economic Laws Practice
IndusLaw
Juris Corp
K Singhania & Co
Karanjawala & Co
Kochhar & Co.
Naik Naik & Co.
P&A Law Offices
Samvad Partners
SNG & Partners

Maritime Law Firm of the Year

Clasis Law
K Singhania & Co.
ZBA

Medical and Healthcare Law Firm of the Year 

Alpha Partners
Chandhiok & Mahajan
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Ikigai Law
IndusLaw
Juris Corp
Majmudar & Partners
PSA 
Samvad Partners
TMT Law Practice
Trilegal
Veritas Legal

Real Estate and Construction Law Firm of the Year 

Alpha Partners
AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DSK Legal
Dua Associates
Economic Laws Practice
Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
J. Sagar Associates
Kochhar & Co.
LinkLegal
Singularity Legal
Trilegal

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 

Acuity Law
Argus Partners
AZB & Partners
Chandhiok & Mahajan
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DSK Legal
Economic Laws Practice
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
L&L Partners
Link Legal
MZM Legal
Naik Naik & Co.
Samvad Partners
Trilegal

Rising Law Firm of the Year 

Agama Law Associates
Alpha Partners
Atlas Law Partners
Bombay Law Chambers
Burgeon Law
Gravitas Legal
GSL Chambers
Ikigai Law
Lex Consult
Literati Juris
Numen Law Offices
PSL Advocates & Solicitors
Regius Legal
Stratage Law Partners
UKCA and Partners

Tax Law Firm of the Year

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Economic Laws Practice
J.Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
Majmudar & Partners
Nitya Tax Associates
RSA Legal Solutions
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singh & Associates 
TLC Legal
Trilegal

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 

Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DSK Legal
Ikigai Law
IndusLaw
Juris Corp
Naik Naik & Co.
Obhan & Associates
Samvad Partners
TMT Law Practice
Trilegal

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year 

Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DSK Legal
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
Kochhar & Co.
MZM Legal
Trilegal
Veritas Legal

India Law Firm of the Year 

Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Economic Laws Practice
Fox Mandal & Associates
Hammurabi & Solomon Partners
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
L&L Partners
Trilegal

DEAL CATEGORIES**

Debt Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)

ArcelorMittal’s Resolution Plan for Odisha Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure 
Law firms: Equilex; L&L Partners; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Bank of Baroda’s Finance Deal with JSW Steel
Law firm: Khaitan & Co

Bank of Baroda’s QIP
Law firms: Khaitan & Co; Squire Patton Boggs; Trilegal

Disinvestment of Hindustan Aeronautics
Law firms: Herbert Smith Freehills; Trilegal

GAIL's Restructuring of Konkan LNG's Debt
Law firms: Kochhar & Co.; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Banks: Canara Bank; ICICI Bank; IDBI Bank; IFCI; Power Finance Corp; State Bank of India

Indian Railway Finance Corp’s Finance Deal with State Bank of India
Law firms: J. Sagar & Associates; Linklaters; ZBA

Export Import Bank of Korea Finance Deal with Reliance Industries 
Law firms: Juris Corp; Kim & Chang; Milbank

Larsen & Toubro’s Issuance of Non-Convertible Debentures
Law firm: AZB & Partners

LIC’s Issuance of Non-Convertible Debentures
Law firm: Khaitan & Co

Motherson Sumi System’s Issuance of Non-Convertible Debentures
Law firm: AZB & Partners

Muthoot Finance Issuance of GMTN Programme
Law firms: Allen & Overy; AZB & Partners; Khaitan & Co; Linklaters

ONGC and OVL’s Issuance of MTN Programme
Law firms: J. Sagar Associates; Linklaters; ZBA

ReNew’s Issuance of Senior Secured Notes
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Seward & Kissel. 
Banks: Barclays Bank; HSBC; J.P. Morgan Securities; Nomura International; Standard Chartered Bank

Sterlite Group’s Finance Deal with Power Finance Group
Law firm: Kochhar & Co.

Suzlon Energy’s Step-up Convertible Bonds
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Hogan Lovells; Kirkland & Ellis; L&L Partners

Debt Market Deal of the Year (Premium)

ArcelorMittal's 10-Year Term Loan Agreement
Law firms: Ashurst; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Sullivan & Cromwell

Financing of Onshore Liquified Gas Project
Law firms: L&L Partners; Latham & Watkins

II-VI's Acquisition Financing
Law firm: L&L Partners

IRFC's Issuance and Drawdown of Dual Tranche Notes
Law firms: Dorsey & Whitney; J. Sagar Associates; Linklaters; ZBA

Jio Digital's Multiple Banking Financing
Law firms: Juris Corp; Trilegal; Wadia Ghandy & Co

Larsen & Toubro’s Working Capital Facilities
Law firms: Juris Corp; ZBA

Muthoot Finance's GMTN Programme
Law firms: Allen & Overy; AZB & Partners; Khaitan & Co; Linklaters

REC's GMTN Programme
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; J. Sagar Associates; Linklaters

SBI's Loan Agreement with Japan Bank International Corp
Law firms: DLA Piper; Juris Corp; ZBA

Summit Digitel's Issuance of Non-Convertible Debentures
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Vedanta Resources' Bridge Facility
Law firms: AZB & Partners; BLC Roberts & Associates; Carey Olsen Jersey; Georgiades & Pelides; Hogan Lovells; Khaitan & Co; Latham & Watkins

Equity Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)

Brookfields REIT’s IPO
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Canara Bank’s QIP
Law firm: IndusLaw

Computer Age Management Services’ IPO
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Sidley Austin
Banks: HDFC Bank; ICICI Securities; Kotak Mahindra Capital; Nomura Financial Advisory & Securities

Hindustan Aerodynamics Divestment
Law firm: Trilegal

Mahindra & Mahindra’s Rights Issue
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Khaitan & Co; Sidley Austin

Equity Market Deal of the Year (Premium) 

Additional Offering of Bharat 22 ETF
Law firm: SNG & Partners

Bandhan Bank's Sale of Shares in Block Deal
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; IndusLaw

GlaxoSmithKline's Sale of 5.7% Stake in Hindustan Unilever
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cleary Gottlieb Steel & Hamilton; Latham & Watkins; Slaughter and May; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

HDFC’s QIP
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Dentons

Reliance Industries Rights Issue
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Khaitan & Co; Latham & Watkins; Sidley Austin
Banks: Axis Capital; BNP Paribas; BofA Securities; JM Financial; Kotak Investment Banking

SBI Cards' IPO
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

STFC's Rights Issue
Law firms: J. Sagar Associates; Linklaters; Wadia Ghandy & Co

Tower Infrastructure Trust's Initial Offer
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Khaitan & Co; Latham & Watkins

Yes Bank's FPO
Law firms: AZB & Partners; IndusLaw; Linklaters

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) 

Apollo Global Management's Acquisition of SPX Flow India
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; DSK Legal; EY; Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Paul Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; PwC; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas 

Bharti Infratel’s Merger with Indus Towers
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Bharucha & Partners; Nishith Desai Associates; S&R Associates; Slaughter and May

Brookfields's Acquisition of Hotel LeelaVentures
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Khaitan & Co; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Veritas Legal

Carlyle Group's Acquisition of 20% Stake at Piramal Enterprise
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Covington & Burling; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; White & Case

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories' Acquisition of Wockhardt's Business
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Platinum Partners

Everstone’s Acquisition of OMH-HealthEdge
Law firms: Mayer Brown; Shearman & Sterling 

Joint Venture Between Adani Gas and Total
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Clifford Chance; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins

Nuvoco Vistas’ Acquisition of Emami Cement
Law firms: Khaitan & Co; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Thoma Bravo Acquisition of Majesco
Law firms: Khaitan & Co; Kirkland & Ellis; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Trilegal

Zebra Technologies' Acquisition of Reflexis System 
Law firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Kochhar & Co.

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) 

Facebook and Google's Acquisition of Stake in Jio Platforms
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cleary Gottlieb Steel & Hamilton; J. Sagar Associates; Ropes & Gray; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Indorama's Acquisition of Huntsman Corp
Law firm: Chandhiok & Mahajan

L&T's Sale of Electrical and Automation Business to Schneider Electric
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Khaitan & Co; Link Legal; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Trilegal; White & Case

MasterCard’s Acquisition of Finicity Corp
Law firms: Cooley; J. Sagar Associates; Majmudar & Partners; Sidley Austin 

Motherson’s Restructuring and Demerger
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Shearman & Sterling 
Bank: AXIS Capital 

Reliance Acquisition of Future Group's Business
Law firms: Khaitan & Co; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Trilegal

Silver Lake's Investment in Reliance Retail Ventures
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Latham & Watkins; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Total's Acquisition of 20% Stake in Adani Green Energy
Law firms: L&L Partners; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

UV Asset Reconstruction's Acquisition of Reliance Communications and Reliance Telecom
Law firm: L&L Partners

Veritas Capital Acquisition of DXC Technologies' Businesses
Law firm: J. Sagar Associates

**COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organizations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party. For queries about the shortlist, please email Lokesh at lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com

* The above list will be regularly updated until final. 

WINNERS

List of winners will be posted on 21 August 2021.

WATCH THE AWARDS ONLINE!

In view of the health and safety protocols against COVID-19, ALB has decided to host the ceremony virtually. Let us celebrate legal excellence in the comfort of our homes!

BUY YOUR ACCESS NOW!

2 virtual tickets, ALB India Law Awards Finalist/Winner badge, Quote promoted on EDM and published on ALB website
US$750

3 virtual tickets, ALB India Law Awards Finalist/Winner badge, Quote promoted on EDM and published on ALB website 
US$1,100

5 virtual tickets, ALB India Law Awards Finalist/Winner badge, Quote promoted on EDM and published on ALB website 
US$1,850

Winner's Video Clip US$800

Video Advertisement
30-second video advertisement shown during the awards ceremony, content to be provided by the company 
US$1,500

Trophy and badges (awards attendee) US$850
Trophy and badges (awards non-attendee) US$1,050
 

One-page advertisement on digital programme guide US$1,500
Double-Page Advertisement on digital programme guide US$2,500

BOOK NOW


To redeem the above packages, or inquiries for SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES, please contact:
krupa.dalal@thomsonreuters.com or +91 87796 77503

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

ELIGIBILITY 

How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the awards ceremony on 20 August 2021.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB India Law Awards? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?

As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in ALB awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?

Any information you submit will only be reviewed by the ALB team and independent judging panel, whose names will be published. The material submitted will only be disclosed to the above; if there is any information that is strictly confidential, please mark clearly on the nomination form. Though we do our best to maintain the security of the information you provide, any information you transmit to us is done at your own risk and Thomson Reuters is not responsible for any unauthorized transmission of information.  

SPONSORSHIP, PARTICIPATION AND OTHER 

I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258 for further details regarding sponsorship. 

I am interested in being an official partner of the ALB Law Awards, as a media/legal association.

Please contact mary.aquino@tr.com or call +632 9825 938. 

My practice area or specialty is not listed, but I would like to participate in the Awards.

Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at mary.aquino@tr.com or call +632 9825 938.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market.

Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

How can I receive communications related to the ALB SE Asia Law Awards?

Please email mary.aquino@tr.com to subscribe to the ALB mailing list. 

 

Asian Legal Business – Who are We?

 Asian Legal Business (ALB) is owned by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals. With its portfolio of leading titles, law awards, in-house legal summits and online services, ALB provides authoritative and unbiased insights and unmatched networking and business development opportunities to legal professionals throughout the Asia-Pacific.

 ALB combines news and analysis from its team of professional legal journalists and the expert opinions of senior industry professionals with Reuters news and insights that power businesses across the globe.

 Please visit legalbusinessonline.com for further information.

 Asian Legal Business – Law Awards

 The ALB Law Awards are the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia-Pacific, held annually in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, the Philippines and China. The Awards are comprised of months of intensive research and culminate in a black-tie Awarding Ceremony in each of the markets. We cordially invite you to take part in these prestigious awards – and celebrate legal excellence with us.

OFFICIAL RECRUITMENT WEBSITE

 

PROUDLY PRESENTED BY

ALB           TR