DATE
Thursday, 27 February 2020
TIME
9.00am to 5.45pm 

VENUE

Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Grand Ballroom III

Bandra Kurla Complex Vicinity, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai 400055, India

 

 

Please note that complimentary registration for in-house legal counsels, compliance professionals, “C” level management executives and business executives at this event is at the sole discretion of Asian Legal Business and all confirmed participants will be notified by email.

 
 

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour

The Rule of Law and Justice

Justice A S Aguiar, Former Judge, Bombay High Court and Executive Chairman of the Goa State Legal Services Authority

 

Justice Aloysius Stanislaus Aguiar, B.A., LL.B., Was born on October 8, 1943. He was enrolled as an Advocate on August 14, 1969 by the Bar Council of Maharashtra. Thereafter, he signed Articles of Clerkship with a firm of Solicitors. He passed Solicitors' Articleds Clerk's Examination in 1976 and, thereafter, functioned as Advocate/Solicitor's Assistant for short periods. He started independent practice in 1984. He was appointed as Judge, Bombay City Civil Court and Additional Sessions Judge, Greater Bombay with effect from September 11,1987. He also functioned as Special Judge for Greater Bombay under the Prevention of Corruption Act from 1993 to 1996. Thereafter, he has functioned as Additional Principal Judge and Principal Judge, City Civil Court & Sessions Judge. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on March 28, 2001 and further extension up to March 28, 2005. Retired on October 8, 2005.

 
 

  

Event Overview

Returning to Mumbai for the 3rd run, Asian Legal Business invites you to save the date for our India flagship event of the year, the 3rd ALB India In-House Legal Summit 2020 taking place on 27 February 2020 in Mumbai. This annual summit will discuss recent regulatory developments, hot pressing legal & compliance issues and showcase best practice solutions in India and the region. 

 

Why You Should Attend
 
  • FREE* passes to in-house counsel, “C” level management executives and business leaders with access to full-day sessions
  • Insight into the latest legal issues from India 
  • Unique networking opportunities with leading legal experts and peers
  • In-depth panel discussion sessions with some of the most distinguished corporate counsel in the region
  • VIP networking luncheon and refreshments
  • Detailed speaker notes and presentation materials


Target Audience

Chief Legal Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, CEO, Company Secretaries, Country/ General / Corporate / In House / Legal Counsels / Heads and Senior Professionals in charge of:

  • Legal Affairs
  • Company/ Contract Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Legal Risk Management
  • Compliance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Commercial and Enforcement Counsel


*Please note that free passes are ONLY applicable for in-house legal counsels and compliance professionals, “C” level management executives and business executives l
imited to five per company on a first-come-first-serve basis

Representatives from law firms and legal service providers are welcome to contact our sponsorship team, Amantha (amantha.chia@thomsonreuters.com) for further information on how to participate in the event.


Stay tune for more updates on the agenda. 

For further information, please contact  Willy Leonardi at willy.leonardi@thomsonreuters.com or call +65 6870 3102. 

To view the 2019 summit agenda, please visit - https://bit.ly/2PWujZV

To view the 2018 summit agenda, please visit - https://bit.ly/2qrJ3Wa

 


  

Interested to speak on any of the above topics? Contact  Willy Leonardi at willy.leonardi@thomsonreuters.com or call +65 6870 3102.


  *Summit agenda is not final and subject to further revisions

 

Timing

AGENDA

8.30am

Registration and Morning Refreshments

9.00am

Welcoming Remarks by the Summit Chairperson

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

9.05am

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour

The Rule of Law and Justice

Justice A S Aguiar, Former Judge, Bombay High Court and Executive Chairman of the Goa State Legal Services Authority

9.25am

Panel: Keeping Up to Date with India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

  • Recent IBC code amendments and developments in the restructuring space in key India jurisdictions
  • Insolvency & liquidation in group companies: Executing successful financing & restructuring
  • Roles of judiciary in regulating cross-border insolvency cases 
  • Overcoming challenges in reaching a common resolution plan
  • Distressed and insolvent assets e.g. non-banking financial companies (NBFC) as potential M&A opportunities ?  
  • Third party litigation & dispute resolution in insolvency

Speakers

  • Veena Sivaramakrishnan, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • Anoop Rawat, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. 
  • Shri S Salee, Chief General Manager, SARG, CC.
  • Mrinal Chandran - General Counsel, India Resurgence Asset Management Business Pvt. Ltd
  • Nirav Pujara, Partner, Deloitte India

 

Partnered With

10.10am 

Panel: Multi-Facets of General Counsels Today - Driving Good Corporate Compliance and Governance Practices with Boards of Directors

  • India Companies & MSME Act, SEBI LODR: Recent amendments, impacts on businesses and cases of common breaches 
  • Compliance and the Board: Understanding directors’ duties and creating compliance culture & awareness within the organisation  
  • How to involve your board in matters relating to regulatory compliance and governance?
  • Top 3 challenges faced by legal teams? 
  • What CEOs expect from a general counsel or legal head? 
  • How the legal & compliance teams handle pressure situations? 
  • The evolving role lawyer as a strategic advisor & business enabler

Moderator

Vinayak Burman, Managing Partner, Vertices Partners

Speakers

  • Rajendra Misra, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Indian Hotels Company Limited
  • Parveen Mahtani, Head Legal and Compliance, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd and Tata Housing Development Co Ltd
  • Monika K Salwan, Associate Vice President – Legal (Branch Banking and Corporate Affairs) Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd
  • Tanya Chakravarty, General Counsel, SAMHI Hotels Limited
  • Sachin Kalra, Deputy General Counsel, HT Media Limited (Group)

Partnered With

  

10.55am

Refreshment Break (20mins)


11.15am

Panel: State of India’s M&A Market - Opportunities and Challenges in the Year Ahead

  • Recent M&A deals
  • Hot and upcoming sectors to lookout
  • Regulatory updates 
  • Roles of private equities in India’s M&A market
  • Merger control regime and anti-trust in India
  • Tips to closing cross-border M&A deals successfully

Moderator

Cyril S. Shroff, Managing Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Speakers

  • Gaurav Gupta, CEO, Adani Finserve
  • Ravi Kapoor, Head of Global Banking, Citi India
  • Rupen Jhaveri, Managing Director, KKR
  • Nivedita Rao, Partner (Deputy Head – Corporate Practice), Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas


Partnered With

12.00pm

Presentation: Deciphering India’s Latest E-Commerce Regulations and Impacts on Businesses

  • Latest FDI policy changes in India’s e-commerce sector and their objectives
  • Mitigating the immediate to long term impacts on businesses
  • Data collection, localization and storage
  • Reactions from both local and foreign e-commerce players to date
  • Tips to navigate, restructure and comply with the new guidelines 

Speaker

L Badri Narayanan, Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan


Partnered With




12.45pm

Panel: Cross-Border Dispute Resolution and Arbitrations in India 

  • Planning your dispute resolution strategy early - key considerations, practical tips and pitfalls to avoid 
  • Roles of in-house counsels and arbitration centers in ADR 
  • Should ADRs be conducted in-house or outsourced to external counsels? 
  • Third party commercial arbitration and litigation funding for ADR proceedings  
  • Factors to consider when deciding of how and where to conduct arbitration proceedings? 
  • Enforcing arbitration awards in India - How to best overcome challenges faced  

Speakers

  • Vineet Vij, General Counsel, Tech Mahindra
  • Quentin Pak, Director, Burford Capital (Singapore)
  • Raj Panchmatia, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Khaitan & Co.
  • Paul Hughes- Partner, Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration, Addleshaw Goddard LLP (Dubai)

 


Partnered With
 

 


1.30pm

Networking Luncheon (50mins)


2.20pm

Panel: Navigating Through India’s Employment Laws, POSH Act and Labor Reformation 

  • Historical background of POSH Act
  • POSH Act- not being gender neutral
  • Challenges faced while implementing POSH Act
  • How equipped are Internal Committees?
  • Dealing with anonymous complaints
  • Common workplaces shared by different employers and challenges related to them
  • Challenges of Internal Committee while conducting the hearing- lack of evidence, investigation in-conclusive, immunity to members
  • Complaints against employer
  • Annual reporting- a mere compliance?
  • Confidentiality issues especially in the light of social media impact
  • What are the initiatives and/or support from the Govt/police?


Moderator

Junia Sebastian, Partner, ALMT Legal

Speakers

  • Veena Gowda, Advocate
  • Pavithra Anand Chugh, Head - Corporate Legal, Decathlon Sports India 
  • Antony Alex, Founder and CEO, Rainmaker
  • Jagriti Bhattacharyya, Chief Counsel, South Asia, Refinitiv India


Partnered With

 


3.05pm

Panel: Handling Crisis Management and Safeguarding Corporate Reputation during Regulatory Investigations                 

  • Scandals and crisis: can your company afford to ignore risks of misconduct?
  • Business case for managing a proper corporate ethical culture
  • Practical tips for improving company ethics and corporate culture
  • How can in-house legal teams prepare themselves in advance for unpredictable scenario when crisis strikes?
  • How thorough and intrusive should your internal investigation be? How do you treat company employees during the investigation process ?

Moderator

Vasu B. Muthyala, Partner, Kobre & Kim

Speakers

  • Amit Thukral, VP - Legal and Compliance, APAC, Lupin
  • Neha Mahyavanshi, Director, Field Compliance Officer, Office of Legal & Compliance, SAP
  • Jasmeet Wadehra, Vice President, Head of Legal, India and South Asia, Visa


Partnered With

 

3.50pm

Refreshment Break (20mins)

4.10pm

Panel: Frauds and Dishonest Conduct: Investigation, Adjudication and Quantification of Loss 

Speakers

  • Prateek Bagaria, Partner, Singularity Legal 
  • Mrinal Jain, Managing Director, Economic Consulting, FTI Consulting 
  • Prasad Shetty, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Partnered With 


4.55pm

Panel: Future Practice of Law – Staying Relevant in the Age of Digital Transformation & Regulatory Reformation 

  • How can technology & innovations transform and evolve the legal sector? Is there such thing as being too late for lawyers to adapt and catch up?
  • Driving innovations within in-house legal team to keep up with digital transformation 
  • How to get businesses to view legal and compliance functions as relevant long-term strategic business partners?
  • Addressing common challenges & pitfalls faced by GCs when implementing new ideas, methodologies and approaches 
  • Is your department ready to meet the challenges of implementing reg & legal tech - are you ready for significant disruption?
  • Legal-tech disruptions and transformation – Are they a threat to lawyers’ profession

Moderator

Ajay D’Cruz, Head of Legal and Secretarial, ISS India


Speakers

  • Rachita Maker – Vice President, Chief of Staff and Head of Legal Operations, Tata Communications Limited
  • Amber Gupta, Head - Legal & Company Secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited
  • Sanjay Shah, Managing Director, Asia, iManage

Partnered With 

5.40pm

Closing Remarks from Summit Chairperson

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

5.45pm

End of ALB India In-House Legal Summit 2020

6.30pm

 

Start of ALB India Law Awards 2020

 

 

 

 


 

Details of participating speakers will be updated shortly. 

For speaking details, please contact Willy at willy.leonardi@thomsonreuters.com


 

Summit Chairperson


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 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.

 

Speakers / Panelists 

Cyril S. Shroff, Managing Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mr. Shroff has over 38 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate and securities law, disputes, banking, infrastructure, private client, financial regulatory and others. He has been recognized as a “legendary figure in the Indian legal community” and regarded as the “M&A King of India”.

Mr. Shroff was a member of SEBI constituted Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance and SEBI Committee on Insider Trading. He is member of first apex advisory committee of the IMC International ADR Centre; task force member of Society of Insolvency Practitioners of India. He is a member of the governing council of Krea University; member of the Apex Advisory Board of Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management; a member of Advisory Board of the Centre for Legal Profession Study established by the Harvard Law School and Advisory Board of the National Institute of Securities Markets.

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019 has recognised him as a Star Individual for Corporate/M&A, while Asian Legal Business has awarded him with ‘Managing Partner of the Year 2019’. He has also been recognized as ‘Thought Leader for M&A and Governance’ by Who’s Who Legal at its Annual Awards in 2019.

 

Rajendra Misra, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Indian Hotels Company Limited

Mr. Rajendra Misra is the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (“IHCL”) and a Director on the Board of TajGVK Hotels & Resorts Ltd. He is a member of IHCL’s Executive Committee. The Legal function and the Asset Management function at IHCL report to him. His role at IHCL embraces advising senior management on strategic legal issues, driving organic growth, as well as inorganic growth through acquisitions, better asset management, disposal of non-core assets for redeployment of resources to boost growth etc.  He has pioneered registration of image mark of Taj Mahal Hotel & Towers, Mumbai, the first building in India to get its image registered as a trademark. 

He is a seasoned business legal professional with more than 29 years’ experience in the legal field. He has served as in-house legal counsel of some leading business corporations like Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and ITC Limited (ITC) before moving to IHCL.  His experience spans diverse industrial sectors, including Hospitality, Personal Care, Home Care, Tobacco, Foods, Lifestyle retailing businesses etc.

Mr. Misra has undertaken the Leadership in Corporate Counsel program 2019 at the Harvard Law School EE, Cambridge, USA. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the University of Calcutta, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law (PGDPL) from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University (NALSAR). He was felicitated in 2019 in London amongst 25 leading Inhouse Counsel of India by the Law Society of England & Wales and the Indian Corporate Counsel Association during the Indo-UK Summit. He is featured in GC Powerlist: India 2019, 2018 and 2016 amongst leading General Counsel by The Legal 500, London.  He has been honoured with General Counsel of the Year – Male award in 2019 and General Counsel of the Year – Hospitality award in 2018 by the Indian National Bar Association (INBA). He has also been honoured with the ICCA Excellence Award (Hospitality) in 2019 by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association. 

 

 

Nivedita Rao, Partner (Deputy Head – Corporate), Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Nivedita is highly experienced in a range of corporate areas, and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and corporate restructuring, both domestic as well as cross border. She also has extensive experience in private equity investments, joint ventures as well as a range of corporate advisory matters.

Nivedita has been recognised as one of the “40 Under 45” leading lawyers in India in 2013 by Indian Lawyer 250, the official research partner of the International Bar Association, ABA Section of International Law.

 

Vinayak Burman, Managing Partner, Vertices Partners

Vinayak is the Founder and Managing Partner of VERTICES PARTNERS, a boutique law firm. He specializes in venture capital, private equity and M&A practice and strategic acquisitions across multiple sectors. He has been regularly representing several Venture Capital & Private Equity funds, promoters & founders in relation to investments, and several companies for various rounds of capital raise at all stages. He possesses a holistic as well as an incisive understanding of the corporate legal framework.

Vinayak has been ranked by the Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific 2015 & 2016 as the up and coming lawyer in the corporate and M&A and Private Equity Practice and by RSG Rankings 2015 & 2016 as a highly recommended lawyer for private equity and by Legal 500 2015 as the go-to-lawyer. Recently, Vinayak got featured as India Rising Star by Asian Legal Business. In 2016, he was awarded 40 under 40 Rising Star by Legal Era. He has also been awarded the prestigious 40 under 40 by Thomson Reuters Asia Law Business for the year 2018 – 2019 as one of the top lawyers under the age of 40 in Asia Pacific region. 

Vinayak has been profiled in Yahoo India as one of the top lawyers in India under the age of 40. He has been consistently ranked in top 50 lawyers in the country in the Private Equity Practice area by several forums. Under his astute leadership, Vertices Partners has carved a niche in the legal domain.

Prior to founding VERTICES PARTNERS, Vinayak was a Partner in Economic Laws Practice, looking after the PE vertical. He worked for more than 7 years with Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co, Mumbai. Vinayak started his career in the Supreme Court with litigation and then with Rajinder Narain & Co, New Delhi. He is a start-up enthusiast. He regularly moderates and speaks at various forums and, being an entrepreneur, also mentors several young entrepreneurs. He is an occasional angel investor as well.

 

Junia Sebastian, Partner, ALMT Legal

Junia is part of ALMT’s corporate-commercial, employment laws and securities markets team. She was admitted to the Bar in 2001 after receiving BA and BL degree from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College in Chennai. She had completed her Masters’ in International Law and Constitutional Law from University of Madras in 2003. 

Junia has extensively advised clients in employment law matters, including those arising as a consequence of business transfers, integration of acquired businesses and internal compliance audits, drafting and advice on employment related documentation including ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), Employee Policies and Code of Conduct, Employee Contracts for senior managers and service agreements, advice on various labour legislations prevalent in India, and extensive advisory work and significant committee positions as external expert under the POSH Act. 

Junia also regularly advises client in establishing their presence in India and overseas jurisdictions through incorporations of companies. She has also advised a number of Indian and overseas companies in matters relating to issue of securities including Initial Public Offerings, Rights Issues, Qualified Institutional Placements. 

Junia has substantial experience in the area of commercial law and contracts, which includes reviewing and drafting broad range of commercial contracts including IT contracts, joint venture agreements, teaming agreements, service agreements, technology and trade mark agreements, supply and distribution contracts and marketing contracts. 

 

Parveen Mahtani, Head Legal and Compliance, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd and Tata Housing Development Co Ltd

Parveen graduated with an LLB where she won the MC Chagla Gold Medal from the Mumbai University for securing the highest marks across law colleges in Mumbai. Parveen is presently General Counsel for Tata Housing Development Co Ltd and Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd. 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)

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.  She was also featured in the Economic Times in their feature “Young Leaders –Women who go above and beyond to distinguish themselves professionally deserve accolades”.  She has written extensively on various aspects of commercial law.

 

Monika K Salwan, Associate Vice President– Legal (Branch Banking and Corporate Affairs) Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

Monika is a law graduate of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and having 16 plus years of experience in active litigation and as a Corporate Lawyer in Banking and Insurance sector. Monika has practised before various Courts of Delhi from 2003-2009 and started her Corporate career with Aviva Life Insurance, Gurgaon in 2009 as their legal advisor. Monika joined Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. in 2011 and presently working as Associate Vice President –legal (Retail Liabilities and Corporate Affairs) under which she is giving legal support to 900 plus bank branches, Advising Risk Dept and in addition to this she is taking care of Corporate Affairs and Litigation for the Western and Central Regions of India. She has an expertise in business collaborations and negotiating commercial agreements.

Monika has been felicitated and awarded as “Rising In-house Counsel of the Year 2018” by Indian National Bar Association at Delhi, jury was comprising of Late Sh. Ram Jethmalani, & Hon’ble Judges of Supreme Court of India. She has also been honored by Legal Fundda as “Legal Counsel of the year 2019” at Pune and participated as panelist speaker. She has also been awarded by Mission Knowledge as “Prominent In- House Counsel of the year 2019 (BANKING & BFSI). Monika has also been awarded by UBS Forums for “Legal Professional of the Year 2019” (Banking) in their “2nd Edition Future of Legal Summit and Awards 2019” held at Mumbai.

 

Tanya Chakravarty, General Counsel, SAMHI Hotels Limited

Tanya has over 12 years of experience working both with leading law firms and as an in-house counsel. Along with handling complex corporate transactions, Tanya has also been involved in commercial dispute resolution practice. Prior to her current role at SAMHI, she was associated with, amongst others, Phoenix Legal, Vaish Associates Advocates and Unitech Limited.

 

Ajay D’Cruz, Head of Legal and Secretarial, ISS India

Ajay has a rich and diverse experience having held prominent legal and secretarial positions in the field of legal, compliance, regulatory and secretarial functions encompassing Corporate laws, JVs, IT laws, Litigation, Contract Management, Board, Shareholders and Governance matters. He is currently Head- Legal & Secretarial in ISS Facility Services India Private Limited. He has been instrumental in revamping the working and structure of legal & secretarial departments by stream-lining key processes, driving team efficiency and developing best practices in core functions. He plays a business partner role in which he plays an important role of advising the C-suite about key legal risks, trends and strategy. Apart from his legal expertise, he is known to possess strong IT skills in web development and when combined with his past experience of driving technology transformation initiatives in the legal domain, this has resulted in an essential recipe to getting “IT” right the first time. 

Prior to joining ISS India, he has been associated with Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants India Private Limited (JLL India) and GKB Carl- Zeiss India in prominent legal and secretarial positions. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Magna Carta award for Legal Excellence during his 7.5 year tenure in JLL India. 

Since the last 22 years, Ajay is an open-source enthusiast and has since as a hobby been assembling computers, building routers and administering the frontend/backend of several websites.  Besides HTML, CSS, Apache, MySQL, PHP, his favourite open source projects are DD-WRT, LineageOS, LibreOffice and all variants of Linux. 

He has a Masters degree in Law (LLM) and Masters degree in Commerce (MCom) and is a Fellow member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). Apart from his many accomplishments and accords for legal excellence, he has been recognized by Asian Legal Business magazine ( September 2019) as a Rising Star (in-house), Recognized by Legal 500 UK and has been listed in the GC Powerlist 2018 – India as one of the top 100 General Counsels in India.

 


Rachita Maker – Vice President, Chief of Staff and Head of Legal Operations, Tata Communications Limited

Rachita heads Legal Operations at Tata Communications and is responsible for leading the legal department’s transformational journey to be more technology and data driven.  She is responsible for multiple technology implementations, continuous improvement, and automation projects.  She brings more than 17 years of legal industry experience, and prior to joining Tata Communications, she was Vice President – Legal Services at Integreon where she was heading the India Legal Services team of over 1000 legal and non-legal professionals.  As her last assignment at Integreon, Rachita spent about six months in Integreon’s London office in a business development role.  Prior to Integreon, Rachita was a Director for Ernst & Young’s contract lifecycle management solutions team, where she oversaw the development of new solutions, improvements to workflow and quality control processes, the application of Six Sigma methodologies to ALSP engagements, the selection of enabling contract management automation tools and other technologies, and the management of complex client engagements. Prior to Ernst & Young, she consulted with a Dubai-based private equity firm to set up Sri Lanka’s first ALSP.

Previously, from 2005 through 2013, Rachita served as a member of the founding management team at Pangea3, where she worked closely with the company’s co-CEOs to set up and manage their ALSP operations, processes and systems on an organization wide basis. In this role, her projects and initiatives contributed significantly to the success of the business and included responsibility for the company’s corporate abstraction and due diligence division, where she managed a team of over 100 lawyers and oversaw delivery of engagements relating to contract lifecycle management, M & A due diligence and contract data analysis, abstraction and migration.

 

Sachin Kalra, Deputy General Counsel, HT Media Limited (Group)

Sachin, having pursued his master degree from the esteemed Bharati Vidyapeeth , Pune holds specialization in Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Rights Law. Post graduating, Sachin joined as a faculty of law with the same University. Subsequently he decided to pursue career in the litigation & Corporate world in pursuit of which he joined the legal team at Vodafone and thereafter Samsung and Bharti Retail.

Sachin in his prior assignments headed & represented  legal function of Bharti AXA , BHARTI RETAIL, SAMSUNG (South-West Asia) , Vodafone India and  has a rich experience of Seventeen years not only in the Legal fold but also in the Compliance fold , he  has a wide experience of handling a diverse range of legal matters in different industries like  Insurance, Telecom, FMCG , Retail , Real Estate, Electronics, Consumer Durables,  education ,  Radio  & Media .

Always open to challenges and learning, Sachin has never been coy of taking up new tasks in any environment. His career he says is and will always be a means of learning and exploring the unconventional. Demonstratively, he is today heading the legal team at HT Media Ltd (Group) having four listed entities and have been mandated to lead legal function of following business of the Group namely Radio, Shine.com, HT Studio and part of Print / Digital business including factory compliances. 

In his current role he is responsible for legal matters governing the working of the Organization/businesses  which include Corporate, IPR , Civil , Criminal , Revenue and Consumer litigation including employee litigation related matters, transactions documentation , Strategic alliances, Contract Management, Compliances and Other aspects of non-litigation activities. However with a penchant for research and love for academics, he continues to hold a keen interest in interacting with and tutoring law students on a wide array of subjects beyond the rote learning of textbooks. He has been recently awarded as ‘Rising Star” in legal fraternity by Legal ERA and Popular GC of the year 2019 and General Counsel Insurance business in the year 2018 by INBA. 

 

Amit Thukral, VP Legal and Compliance, Lupin

Amit is a specialist IP, Regulatory and corporate commercial lawyer with over 20 years of work experience in assisting large Indian and Multinational organisations, operating in the Life Sciences, Technology and Broadcasting sectors, navigate issues that operate on the intersection of law and policy and impact business certainty and continuity.  Amit holds a LLM degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and is admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors of England & Wales and as an Advocate of Bar Council of India. 

Amit currently leads the India and APAC legal function at Lupin which is a publicly listed transnational pharmaceuticals business with ~ USD 3 billion+ in revenues. Amit leads a team of legal and compliance professionals that supports Lupin’s India and APAC business on all legal issues ranging from M&A, IP, regulatory, compliance, policy, corporate commercial and disputes. 

In the past, Amit has worked with Monsanto and Tata Sky in various senior in-house legal roles. Amit was practicing attorney for the first 7 years of his professional career and has worked with a leading Intellectual Property law firm managing numerous IP litigation matters involving Trademarks and Copyright issues.   

 

L Badri Narayanan, Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Badri routinely advises our corporate clients, financial institutions and Corporations across a broad range of contentious situations, in both a representative and advisory capacity, from internal or regulatory investigations, through to formal court or arbitral proceedings.

Badri has particular interest and experience in cross-border investment and tax laws. He has been advising several companies on a variety of issues such as consortiums and joint ventures, valuation, secondment, royalties and license fee arrangements, contract manufacturing scenarios, software as a service offering, and outsourcing.

He has worked with clients from a wide range of industries including several technology and services companies. In the area of E-commerce and software, Badri has handled several issues including protection of software and business methods in India, shrink-wrap and click-wrap contracts, new business models for distribution of software and services, open source software, transfer pricing and custom valuation studies.

 

Vasu B. Muthyala, Partner, Kobre & Kim

Vasu Muthyala is a U.S. trained lawyer based in Hong Kong and focuses on international government investigations, and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on anti-corruption/FCPA, U.S. Sanctions, and securities fraud. Mr. Muthyala’ s work and international experience with matters relating to cross-border government investigations have garnered awards from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Global Investigations Review and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and other print media.  

Before working with clients in Asia, Mr. Muthyala spent over a decade with the U.S. Government at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a senior prosecutor in the Fraud and Public Corruption section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Mr. Muthyala was also a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, focusing on financial crimes relating to the financial crises and economic recovery efforts. As an enforcement attorney at the SEC, Mr. Muthyala investigated and litigated cases arising under U.S. securities laws. While at the SEC, Mr. Muthyala provided training in Mumbai to members of the Securities Exchange Board of India, National Stock Exchange of India, and the Mumbai Stock Exchange through a U.S. sponsored Capital Markets Training Program.

 

Pavithra Anand Chugh, Head - Corporate Legal, Decathlon Sports India Pvt. Ltd. 

Pavithra joined Decathlon Sports India as a legal advisor after two years of law firm experience in Bangalore. In her eight years at Decathlon, she has been a part of the India journey from 1 B2B Store in 2011 to 76 retail Stores across India and e-commerce in 2020. She currently leads a team of lawyers, labour compliance officers and Payroll managers in India. She represents Decathlon India at the European Business Group and Chair the Retail Sector Committee of the European Business Group. She also manages the Corporate Affairs profile for Decathlon India.

In her role as Legal Counsel for South West Asia, she has had the opportunity to support Decathlon Sri Lanka to open their first retail Store in Colombo. She also supports the production process of Decathlon Bangladesh and Decathlon Sri Lanka. Pavithra is an alumnus of London School of Economics and Political Science where she did her LLM in Corporate and Commercial Laws.

 

Antony Alex, Founder and CEO, Rainmaker

Antony founded Rainmaker in 2016 and is its Chief Executive Officer. A serial entrepreneur and an alumnus of N.L.S.I.U., Bangalore, Antony started his career with ICICI Bank in 1998.   He moved in 2001 to set up Kochhar & Co’s Mumbai office. After 5 years of rapid growth and establishing Kochhar & Co, Mumbai as a premier firm, in 2006 he took up the challenge of being part of the core founding team at Pangea3, the world’s largest and most successful LPO.  Antony was instrumental in growing and scaling Pangea3 – employing over 1000 professionals and delivering high quality services to Fortune 500 companies and top tier global law firms.

Antony has always been passionate about training, particularly with respect to ethical conduct.  He has conducted numerous workshops on topics ranging from prevention of sexual harassment, anti-corruption practices, corporate governance, code of conduct etc.  He has advised and assisted corporates in setting up grievance redressal mechanisms, including under the prevention of sexual harassment law and code 

 

Amber Gupta, Head - Legal & Company Secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited 

Amber is presently working as Head - Legal & Company Secretary – Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited (ABSLI) and has been associated with Aditya Birla Capital since 2008.  Amber has a rich experience of 18 years in the field of legal, compliance, regulatory and secretarial functions encompassing Corporate laws, Securities & Capital markets, Insurance, Banking & NBFC regulations, IPR & IT Laws and Litigation & Contract management specialising in financial services. In his present role, Amber is managing litigation management, contract management, IPR matters, Corporate and Company law matters, statutory and regulatory issues, Board, shareholders and Governance matters.  

Amber has been instrumental in revamping the working and structure of legal department in ABSLI both in the area of litigation, contract management, IPR, digitization, process enhancements and embracing technology as tool, implementing best practices resulting in legal risk mitigation. Amber also provides critical legal support at the Group level working extensively with Group CRO in various projects and initiatives concerning Governance, Brand & IPR, and Technology. 

Amber was recently awarded as General Counsel of the Year – Insurance Sector 2018 by Indian National Bar Association (INBA).  Amber was also adjudged General Counsel of the Year – Runner up at IDEX Legal Awads, 2018. Amber’s contribution and work at Group Level was also rewarded as he won the Power of One Champion Award at Aditya Birla Capital Inspiration Awards 2018.  Under his leadership, the ABSLI legal team has received many accolades and recognitions in the industry forums - Winner Best in-house legal team 2018 (change management) at the prestigious Asia-Mena In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards 2018, Hong Kong, Winner Best Project & Process Excellence for Agreement and Contract Execution Aditya Birla Capital Inspiration Awards 2018,  Best Insurance In- House Legal Team at the 6th Annual Indian Legal Awards 2017,  Winner Functional Excellence Team – at Aditya Birla Financial Services Inspiration Awards 2016,  Winner – “Litigation Analytics” – Excellence in Industry Application - Financial Services at Big Data & Analytics Award 2016, Runner Up - Legal Department of the Year - Small at IDEX Legal Awards 2016.  

 

Gaurav Gupta, CEO, Adani Finserve

Gaurav Gupta joined the Adani Group in October 2016 to set up the financial services business. Gaurav has over 20 years of Investment Banking / Corporate Finance and Advisory experience having advised Indian and International clients on domestic and cross border M&A and Capital Market transactions.

Prior to joining Adani Group, he was Managing Director and India Head of Macquarie Capital where he was instrumental in building a market leading infrastructure advisory franchise. Gaurav is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in multinational firms such as Nomura, Lehman, Rothschild and Arthur Andersen.

 

Ravi Kapoor, Head of Global Banking, Citi India

Ravi Kapoor assumed the role of the Head of Global Banking, Citi India in April 2010. In his new role, Ravi will be responsible for the coverage of the firm's largest institutional clients via a full suite of world-class corporate banking, lending, capital markets and advisory products. Prior to this, Ravi was the Head of South Asia Capital Markets Origination and was responsible for taking the business to its current market-leading position.

Ravi has more than 22 years of banking and capital markets experience and has led several marquee deals for leading public and private corporations across Debt & Equity Capital Market products in onshore & offshore markets. He spearheaded some of the most prominent and innovative capital markets transactions led by Citi in India and has helped corporates like Tata Group companies raise close to US$ 2 billion from equity capital markets since 2009. He has also been instrumental in completing the first QIP and CB combo for L&T. 

Prior to joining Citi in 2005, he was with ICICI and DSP Merrill Lynch where he held senior positions in Investment Banking, Corporate Banking / Lending, and Equity Capital Markets. Ravi is a Chartered Accountant of 1987 batch and has 22 years of working experience in the financial sector.

 

Rupen Jhaveri, Managing Director, KKR

Rupen Jhaveri (Mumbai) joined KKR in 2009 and has been a member of the India investing team since its founding. At KKR, he has led investments in Ramky Enviro, Alliance Tires, Magma Fincorp, Dalmia Cement, Max Financial Services, Emerald Media, SBI Life Insurance, Bharti Infratel and HDFC. Prior to joining KKR, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its principal investment area and Warburg Pincus in Mumbai where he was involved in a number of investments including Mahindra & Mahindra, NDTV, Amtek Auto, Sigma Electric, Sintex, and Dainik Bhaskar. Mr. Jhaveri is a member of the Executive Committee of Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (IVCA). He holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University.

 

Neha Mahyavanshi, Director, Field Compliance Officer, Office of Legal & Compliance, SAP  

 

Neha Mahyavanshi is a graduate from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. Corporate lawyer at heart and currently serving as the field compliance officer for SAP based in Bangalore, India. She spent a good ten years of her professional career negotiating the most complex technology contracts. In her current role she focusses on corporate ethics and compliance practices. In the last two years as compliance officer, has become a due diligence expert and developed an eye for reviewing government contracting structures. She is the recipient of the 40 under 40 legal rising stars award and has authored a paper titled “The Future of Business Laws” which was published in the International In-House Counsels Journal. She is also speaker at many industry events on emerging technologies, ethics and IP laws and has a keen interest in politics, history, climate change and sustainability.

 

Sanjay Shah, Managing Director, Asia, iManage

Sanjay brings more than 30 years of experience running software companies, with his main focus being on operations, sales and business development. In his current role he is responsible for developing the iManage business throughout Asia, leveraging and working closely with the current Partner community, expanding the Partner ecosystem, and managing customer/prospect relationships across all iManage solutions and product sets. Sanjay has a B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT, Mumbai and an M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He currently resides in Bangalore, India.

 

Prateek Bagaria, Partner, Singularity Legal

Prateek is a partner at Singularity Legal, an Asia and Africa focused international dispute resolution firm.

Prateek holds an LL.M in International Disputes Settlement from MIDS, a course jointly organised by University of Geneva and Graduate Institute. He specialises in advising energy & resources, construction & infrastructure, shipping & trade companies and institutional investors in shareholder and joint venture disputes, operational disputes and sovereign dispute. He also represents athletes and sports federations in anti-doping and other sports disputes.  

His range of experience includes advising clients in international arbitrations under various rules like ICC, SIAC, LCIA, ICDR, FCC, LMAA, CAS and UNCITRAL; international mediations under the rules of SIMC and SMC; in cross-border disputes before courts in India, Indonesia, Israel, Singapore, Turkey, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States; and in investment and tax treaty disputes.

He also acts as a strategic counsel in cross-border investments, joint venture and trade deals. He has a passion for advising on law of radical technologies and businesses.

 

Jasmeet Wadehra, Vice President, Head of Legal, India and South Asia, Visa

Jasmeet Wadehra is Head of Legal of Visa’s business in India and South Asia region. Mr. Wadehra is also a member of CII’s National Committee on Regulatory Affairs and ASSOCHAM’s National Council on Competition Law. He serves on the board of several private and non-government organisations and is also involved with various educational institutions as visiting faculty. Prior to Visa, Mr. Wadehra worked in various leadership roles in Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs with Vedanta group, International Paper, FedEx and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Wadehra has been honoured as among top 100 General Counsels in India in GC Powerlist of Legal500 and by Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) and Corporate Counsel Association of India (CCAI). Mr. Wadehra is an alumni of Harvard Business School and Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional from Compliance Certification Board, USA.

 

 

Devdas Baliga, Executive Vice President Legal, Indian Sub Continent, GSK

Devdas is Executive Vice President Legal – India Sub-Continent with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited. He is an alumnus of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and Company Secretary with over 24 years of experience. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in EU Competition Law from King’s College London and has worked across manufacturing, financial services, media, FMCG and consumer healthcare industries. Devdas was previously General Counsel, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia having worked earlier in positions of increasing responsibility at Gillette / P&G India, Times of India group, the National Stock Exchange of India and the SRF group.

He has extensive experience in contract and commercial law, litigation, M&A/corporate restructuring, competition law, regulatory and advocacy, intellectual property enforcement/protection besides driving the anti-bribery, ethics and compliance governance privacy and digital innovation agenda for the firms he has worked. 

 

Raj Panchmatia, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Khaitan & Co.

Raj Panchmatia is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group in our Mumbai office. Raj has rich experience in the field of dispute resolution and commercial litigation, both at the domestic and international fora. He has advised clients on a wide variety of claims under the Indian arbitration laws, SIAC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and HKIAC, and has extensive experience in dealing with disputes under all forms of contracts and agreements. Raj is appointed on the SIAC Panel of Arbitrators.  Raj also advises clients on litigation before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts of the country, the Securities Appellate Tribunal, the National Company Law Tribunal etc.

Raj’s key practice areas are infrastructure, private equity, M&A, securities, defence, shipping, property, automobile, power and hospitality sectors. Raj also represents and advises the Government of India on various matters.

Raj is one of the select members of the SIAC India Users Counsel and the ICC India Arbitration Group. He was instrumental in drafting of the Mumbai Centre of International Arbitration (MCIA) Rules and is a co-convener of Indian Arbitration Forum Western Region. Raj is also a Fellow of Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.

 

Montek Mayal, Senior Managing Director and India Practice Leader of Economic Consulting, FTI Consulting

Montek Mayal is a Senior Managing Director and India Practice Leader of Economic Consulting and International Arbitration segment at FTI Consulting. He specializes in the assessment of quantum, financial, economic and valuation issues in contentious and non-contentious matters including breach of contract, shareholder, investment, post-acquisition, joint venture, investor-state treaty  and pricing disputes.

He has a wide range of experience in issues including valuation of businesses and shares, calculation of lost profits, spectrum auctions, bid strategy development, market and economic analysis, and research. He has developed and designed several quantitative models to value and forecast different aspects of businesses. His industry experience encompasses oil & gas and energy, mining,  real estate, travel & hospitality, TMT, financial services, consumer and branded goods, diversified and industrial materials and aviation, among others.

Montek continues to act as a sole or joint expert for separate parties in domestic and international arbitrations (institutional and ad-hoc) and in competition matters in India. Montek has testified before commercial tribunals on numerous occasions between 2017 and 2020. For this work he has been recognised as a global leading expert witness by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration. From 2016 to 2020 Montek was listed in Who’s Who Legal in the field of ‘Quantum of Damages’. The publication also recognized him as a Thought Leader in India in its inaugural list in 2019 and again in 2020.

 

 

Prasad Shetty, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Prasad Shetty is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Mumbai, India. His areas of expertise include fraud investigations, forensic audits, bribery and corruption reviews, compliance and management reviews. Prasad has multi-geographic work experience including India, Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Prasad has over 18 years of forensic and risk consulting experience. He has worked across various sectors including telecommunication, IT/ITES, infrastructure, construction and real estate, healthcare, consumer products. 

Prasad has worked on multiple engagements with international and Indian law firms, investors and corporates assisting and advising them on compliance and fraud matters. He has also published various articles and thought leaderships on the compliance environment and trends in India.

Prior to FTI Consulting, Prasad was an Associate Partner with Ernst & Young where he worked for over 6 years and lead multiple forensics investigations. He has also worked with KPMG Risk Advisory, Vodafone and AF Ferguson & Co. (now a member of Deloitte).

 

 

Jagriti Bhattacharyya, Chief Counsel, South Asia, Refinitiv

In her role as Chief Counsel for Refinitiv covering South Asia, Jagriti has legal oversight of the sales organization as well as the Indian Enterprise Technology and Operation Centers. Jagriti’s responsibilities include providing support for commercial sales, M&A transactions, compliance requirements, legal/regulatory clearances and advising on strategic and operational matters. Prior to this, Jagriti was Chief Counsel for Thomson Reuters heading the legal function for all business units and Operation Centers SVP in South Asia. In her earlier role at Citibank, South Asia she was part of the General Counsel’s office with purview of the Global Markets/Treasury, which included the Fixed Income, Derivatives, Commodities & Equities businesses, alongside having supervisory oversight of the Global Trade Services legal function. She has also advised the wholesale & private banking businesses, the e-commerce platforms & the trade finance desk of ICICI Bank in a previous role. Jagriti sits on the board of directors and provides corporate governance advice. She is a keen supporter of CSR and D&I initiatives and has chaired chapters of women's networks in her organization.

 

Vineet Vij, General Counsel, Tech Mahindra

Vineet has rich professional experience of 25 years in Legal, Secretarial, Regulatory, Risk & Compliance and Corporate & Public Affairs, in leading Information Technology, IT-enabled services, Engineering, Banking & Non-banking Financial companies. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President - Legal, Commercial, Regulatory, Compliance & Public Affairs at HCL Technologies Ltd. for over 11 years. 

Earlier, Vineet has worked in Legal, Regulatory & Secretarial roles with TATA Group- TATA Unisys/Infotech Ltd. and TATA Consultancy Services Ltd. for 10 years, besides handling Legal, Secretarial & Compliance functions in Punj Lloyd Ltd. and American Express India. He has also been a litigator & practicing advocate before Hon’ble High Courts of Delhi & Mumbai and district courts & tribunals across the country and has been a witness to of the landmark judgments passed by courts in India and across the globe. 

His expertise spans across a variety of practice areas including Commercial & Contract laws, IT, Data Protection, Privacy, Cyber, IPR laws, M&A, Telecom, Litigation & Arbitration, International Laws, Global Compliances, Employment laws, FCPA, UKBA, Real Estate, Indirect Taxation, SEZ/STPI/EOU regulations. 

Vineet has a graduation degree in B. Com (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce and L.L.B. from Delhi University and has additional qualifications in Company Law, Labour Laws, Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, IT & Cyber Laws and is Associate Member of India Management Association. 

Vineet is well respected in the industry for his efforts in policy advocacy and multilayer government engagements for effecting changes in Telecom, IPR, Labour, IT/ITES and Industrial policies for both State and Centre Govt. and has worked closely with TRAI, DOT, MOC, Patent & Trade Mark offices and Central & State Labour agencies. He is a regular invitee and is also part of key committees of NASSCOM, FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, INTA, and INBA and is an active speaker at legal seminars & conferences.

 

Quentin Pak, Director, Burford Capital (Singapore)

Quentin Pak is a Director with responsibility for leading Burford’s office in Singapore and for expanding Burford’s resources to support clients in Asia. Quentin works with corporations, law firms and insolvency practitioners in providing legal risk management and financing solutions, both in relation to Asia-based legal proceedings and for companies in the region involved in disputes in other jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Burford, Quentin was most recently the head of the Asia commodities business at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. His previous experience includes senior positions at major global financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Deutsche Bank. Before going into banking, Quentin practiced law with Allen & Overy in London and Singapore.

Quentin earned degrees in law and aeronautical engineering from the University of Bristol.

 

Veena Sivaramakrishnan, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Veena Sivaramakrishnan is an equity partner in the firm’s banking and finance and insolvency and bankruptcy practice, with over 15 years of experience. She has significant experience in banking and finance, financial services regulatory, derivatives, insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring mandates. She has spearheaded and evaluated complex structures with the interplay of multiple jurisdictions while advising clients on financing structures, restructuring and enforcement.

Ms. Veena Sivaramakrishnan is a key Partner in the Firm's Banking and Finance Practice with over 15 years of experience. She has significant experience in Banking and Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Derivatives, Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring. 

She has been consistently recognized by prestigious Indian and international publications individually and within her areas of practice. These include:

  • Leading Lawyer for Banking & Finance by Asia Law Profiles for the years 2015 - 2019.
  • Band 2 Partner for Banking & Finance by Chamber and Partners for the years 2014 - 2019. 

Reportedly, clients praise her for her ‘firm grasp of banking as well as applicable regulations’ with her vast experience in derivatives highly valued. She has the ability to ‘provide commercial inputs over and above the legal advice’ and to ‘offer alternative solutions’. Clients describe her as ‘proactive, approachable, responsive and timely, good technical skills, very professional, very sharp and relationship driven.’ 

Veena has worked at Juris Corp for over a decade across varied areas of practice impacting banks and financial institutions and at ICICI Bank mainly for its offshore operations. While at ICICI, she was based in Canada and worked in setting up the wealth management subsidiary, and worked with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York on secondment primarily to set up the New York branch of ICICI. 

Across the years, she has been advising banks and financial institutions in their financing strategy to Indian clients and on host of issues they encounter while operating in India and / or dealing with Indian entities and their subsidiaries / offshore operations. She has evaluated complex structures with interplay of multiple jurisdictions and legal systems while advising clients on financing structures, restructuring and enforcement. She has also assisted banks and financial institutions in choosing the right entity for their presence in India, based on the activities sought to be undertaken and on Bank – NBFC mergers.

 

Paul Hughes- Partner, Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration, Addleshaw Goddard LLP (Dubai)

Paul specialises in joint venture and shareholder disputes as well as commercial fraud and regulatory work. He is also regularly instructed on DIFC enforcement actions and has recently been instructed on two leading DIFC Court cases creating new law in the process. Paul's practice is split between international arbitration and the DIFC Courts which he combines with in-depth knowledge of local UAE law. He has also acted on a number of regulatory investigations and inquiries (both public and private).

 

Anoop Rawat, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. 

Mr. Anoop Rawat is a Partner with the Firm with over 15 years of experience and who specialises in Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Projects, Banking and Finance. 

Specifically in the area of Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Anoop boasts of having representing Clients across various capacities, including Resolution Professionals, the Committee of Creditors and the Resolution Applicants. He has also represented various resolution applicants, foreign portfolio investors, Indian and foreign private equity players and other strategic investors in evaluating investment through debt, equity and / or other synthetic instruments in Indian opportunities and strategizing the investments inter alia for such investors, through Asset Reconstruction Companies and other partners.

Anoop was instrumental in the successful insolvency resolution of Bhushan Steel Limited which resulted in the taking over of Bhushan Steel Limited by Tata Steel at an aggregate consideration of Rs. 35,200 crores (approximately). He is currently advising the resolution professional of Lavasa Corporation Limited on the corporate insolvency resolution process including regular advice on complex issues relating to homebuyers

 

Shri S Salee, Chief General Manager, SARG, CC.

Mr.  S. Salee, a post graduate in Applied Electronics, started his banking career in the year 1987 when he joined India’s largest Public sector Bank, State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer. 

In a career span of more than 33 years, Shri Salee has handled various assignments, mostly in the Corporate A/c Group, handling large Corporates including the disparate groups of Reliance (Mukesh Group) and Essar Group. He also had assignments in the International Banking group of SBI, including two stints abroad in New York, USA and later heading the Australian Operations based at Sydney. He has also had a retail stint managing the branches of Rajasthan & Western Uttar Pradesh for the bank and was involved in the merging of State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur with SBI. 

Presently he is the Chief General Manager-Non-Infra in Stressed Assets Resolution Group located at the Bank’s Corporate Centre in Mumbai.

 

Mrinal Chandran - General Counsel, India Resurgence Asset Management Business Pvt. Ltd

He is currently Senior Director & General Counsel at India Resurgence Fund – a joint venture between Bain Capital Credit and Piramal Enterprises, which invests in the distressed assets space

Over 15 years experience in deal analysis, structuring, deal execution, restructurings and workouts, asset management and fund raising.

He was part of the founding team and a Managing Director at high yield credit lender and prior to that was at Clearwater Capital Partners.

Mrinal holds a B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from the National Law School and LL.M. in Banking and Financial Laws from Boston University School of Law and is an alumni of the Harvard Business School.

 

Mrinal Jain, Managing Director, Economic Consulting, FTI Consulting

Mrinal Jain is a Managing Director in the Economic & Financial Consulting segment at FTI Consulting and is based in Mumbai, India. Mrinal’s primary area of focus is in the assessment of quantum, financial, economic and valuation issues in contentious and non-contentious matters. He is recognised as one of the leading expert witnesses in international arbitration (Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2019: Expert Witnesses).

Mrinal Jain is "a very bright and responsive expert" who is recognised as an "economist with a fine understanding of the concepts related to the valuation and quantification of damages". One source says, "The work he did was, without exception, always excellent."

Mrinal commenced his professional career with a "Big Four" accounting firm in New York in 2007 and brings with him more than 12 years of experience in corporate finance, valuation and quantification of damages, claims or losses and preparation of independent expert reports and rebuttal reports in dispute cases. Specifically, he has worked on more than 20 matters involving domestic and international arbitrations, bilateral investment treaty (BIT) cases and litigations.

Mrinal’s experience includes valuation of businesses and equity shares; valuation of IPRs including intangibles; market and economic analysis; research and study for various purposes including Dispute Resolution; Litigation and Arbitration support; Family Settlement; Shareholder Negotiation; Joint Venture (entry or exit); Merger and De-merger; Acquisition; Restructuring; Strategic Sale & Investments; Private Equity portfolio evaluation as per IPEVC guidelines; and Financial Reporting purposes. Mrinal has calculated damages or losses under various heads of claims such as wasted costs, consequential costs, loss of future profits and loss of overall business opportunity. 

 

Nirav Pujara, Partner, Deloitte India

Nirav, is a Partner in the Corporate Finance – Restructuring Services team in Mumbai, having over 17 years + experience in delivering business consulting, restructuring services and operational turnaround advisory services

Nirav is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and qualified Resolution Professional. He also has substantial overseas experience including stint with Deloitte UK firm of ~ 2 years

 

Area of expertise includes Insolvency / Bankruptcy services, M&A Advisory services, Restructuring advisory services (Pre IBC), Operational turnaround and Cash & Working Capital management services

 


 

 

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