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Welcome to the 2nd edition of ALB India Law Awards 2020!

 
Date:           Thursday, 27 February 2020
Time:          6:30 pm, registration and cocktails
Venue:        Grand Hyatt Mumbai - Grand Ballroom
                    Bandra Kurla Complex Vicinity, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, 400 055

 
After success of our inaugural edition, Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 2nd edition of ALB India Law Awards in February, 2020 at Mumbai, India. This prestigious event will recognise the excellence and outstanding achievements of Indian's leading law firms, in-house legal teams, top deals and dealmakers. 
 
The months-long research process culminates in an awards night and black-tie gala dinner that will be graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms, in-house departments, and the legal academe in the region.
 
With unparalleled networking opportunities, live entertainment and a gourmet dinner, the ALB India Law Awards is indeed an event that should not to be missed!

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GUEST OF HONOR

 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.

 

 

CATEGORIES

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
6. Young Lawyer of the Year

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES
1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
2. Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
3. Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
4. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
5. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
6. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
7. Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
8. Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
9. India In-House Team of the Year

DEAL CATEGORIES
1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year
3. M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize / Premium)

FIRM CATEGORIES
1. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
2. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
3. Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year
4. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
5. India Deal Firm of the Year
6. India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year
7. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
8. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
9. Maritime Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
10. Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
11. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
12. Tax Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
13. White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
14. International Law Firm of the Year
15. India Law Firm of the Year

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          IMPORTANT DATES          

Opening of submissions | November 2019
Deadline of submissions  | December 4, 2019
Online announcement of finalists | January 2020
Awards ceremony | February 27, 2020

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JUDGING PANEL

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. Dr Prasad has also headed legal functions in India of Fidelity, The Walt Disney Company, General Motors, Electrolux and Xerox and has about over 25 years’ experience as an In-house Counsel.

Akhil holds a Doctorate in Law, Doctorate in Commerce; LL.M – India; Fellow Member of the ICSI (FCS) and the ICSA, UK (FCIS); non-practicing Solicitor of England & Wales; LL.M from the Northwestern University, Chicago and Certificate in Business Administration from IE University, Madrid, Spain (IE); and Wharton Advanced Management Program.

Akhil is a visiting faculty with some of the National Law Universities; Delhi School of Economics; ISB Mohali; IIT Delhi and Kharagpur; MDI Gurugram and Murshidabad; OP Jindal Global University; IIMs; IIFT; TAPMI Manipal; Jamia Millia; FMS and IILM University, Gurugram. Akhil has also judged international moot competitions at NLU Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, Army Institute of Law, Mohali and participated as a panelist at the i5-Summit on Start-ups organized by IIM Indore and IIT Indore. 

Anupam Sharan
Vice President, Legal, Genpact India Pvt. Ltd.

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).

Anupriya Garg
Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Transrail Lighting Limited

Anupriya Garg is Masters in Laws, MBA and Company Secretary with experience in corporate laws for more than 16 years. Currently she is working as the Head of Legal and Company Secretary in Transrail Lighting Limited an Indian MNC into tower manufacturing and Power and Transmission business. The Company is having its footprints in more than 39 countries.

Prior to this she has worked in Indian Government as Head Legal in Noida Metro Rail Corporation a JV of State government and Central Government with more than INR 10,000 crores project of 29.7 kms metro line and city bus service right from its inception and taking care of all their legal and corporate affairs matters and dealing with top bureaucrats . The city bus service was awarded “the best project India Recognition award" at Montreal, Canada at UITP global summit of Urban Public Transport in May 2017. It was further conferred with a special award under the category “Best City Bus Service Project” for best practice projects in urban transport. The award has been given by the Government of India,Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

She started her career with PANASONIC India Limited and has worked with many Corporates like Amtek Auto Limited and Federal Mogul Goetze India Limited and advised on the corporate laws, fund raising, localisation of global policies and restructuring.

Has vast MNC Experience working with Global leaders with multi-culture background and thus having expertise in working in diverse culture and cross functional departments successfully meeting the ultimate organisational goals and creating legal awareness Ensuring high level of ethic and integrity management by imparting trainings, internal policies and contractual management on various legal issues including Anti Trust Laws and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

 

Bhumesh Verma
Managing Partner, Corp Comm Legal

Bhumesh is the Managing Partner of Corp Comm Legal, an independent Indian law firm headquartered in New Delhi.

Having started his career at Ajay Bahl & Co. (now part of AZB & Partners), Bhumesh went on to work with some of the best law firms in India. He received the coveted Chevening Scholarship by the UK Government in 2000 whereunder he studied in College of Law, York and was a visiting lawyer with Ashursts’ London office. Later in his career, he became partner at some of the leading Indian law firms including Khaitan & Co., Paras Kuhad & Associates and Link Legal. 

His primary expertise areas are advising domestic and foreign clients on inbound and outbound Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Foreign Investments, Joint Ventures, Technology Transfers, External Commercial Borrowings, Corporate Structuring, Strategic Advice, Entry Strategy for foreign investors, Regulatory Approvals, Corporate Advisory, Due Diligence, Negotiation, Documentation for transactions (from MOU/LOI to Definitive Agreements and post-closing) and related legal fields. He shares excellent personal connections with partners of many big, mid-size and small law firms and other advisory firms worldwide and is constantly engaged in inbound and outbound M&A transactions.

Despite his hectic schedule, Bhumesh is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with the fraternity. An avid reader, much sought-after speaker and prolific writer, he started with contributing to in-house journals of many international law firms on Indian laws.

Bhumesh has more than 400 published articles to his credit including those on LinkedIn, IBLJ, Business World, scconline.com and many more legal and business websites. These articles are very keenly followed and appreciated by professionals, students and academia alike. Bhumesh is regularly invited as a guest faculty by several law and management institutes in and outside of India, online legal education portals and for judging moot courts. He also conducts workshops and training sessions (on invite) for students and professionals on contracts drafting, negotiation and corporate laws skills.

Bhumesh has authored 2 books on Commercial Contracts Drafting and edited one on Mergers & Acquisitions (published by Bloomsbury) so far and aspires to write a book every year on a different corporate law subject.

Bhumesh is known and appreciated for his business acumen and solution centric approach by clients and even opposing counsel.

Dinesh Shetty
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Titan

Dinesh is the General Counsel & Company Secretary of the Company. He heads the Legal & Secretarial functions of the Company. He holds a Master Degree in Commerce and LLB from Mumbai University, and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Corporate & Securities Laws, Litigation, Arbitration, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance.
In his previous assignment with Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd., the Leisure & Hospitality Sector of the Mahindra Group, he has worked as General Counsel & Company Secretary for over six years. Prior to Mahindra Group, he has worked with Schenectady Herdillia Limited (SI Group), Marsh India Insurance Brokers Private Limited (Marsh & McLennan Companies,) and Parle AgroPrivate Limited.

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).

A proud recipient of several notable awards and recognitions viz. Leading Woman Company Secretary 2011; Leading Woman-Owned Innovative Project Award 2013;  Best Use of Technology & Innovation in Legal 2013; General Counsel of the Year 2014 (Female); Best IT Legal Business Leader 2017 - India by AI 2017 [UK] and Star Echelon – In-house Category during The Leadership Summit & Excellence Awards, 2017,  Top 100 General Counsels of India in 2017 by Legal500 and as Star Women in Law of the Year 2019. She has been featured as India’s Finest In-House Counsels in the 2017 Edition of “Trailblazers” published by the Ministry of Law & Justice and the Government of India. Recently, she was also featured in “Diversity & the Bar” in Summer 2018 edition, a reputed US publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) for her views about gender relations and changing workplace environment.

Within Datamatics also, Divya has been awarded with various awards viz. “Leadership in Business Excellence, 2018”; “Excellence in Execution 2016”; “Leadership in Business Excellence, 2014”; “Outstanding Achievement Award 2014”; “Leadership in Business Excellence, 2012”; “Leadership in Execution, 2012”; “Leadership in Execution, 2009”; “Leadership in Execution, 2008”; “Quality Award, 2008”; and “Excellence Award 2005” for her performance in various organic and in-organic matters of Datamatics Group companies.

Divya has addressed various forums in India and overseas as a guest speaker or key note speaker or panel member or moderator on various topics. Her articles on Indian Litigations (October 2017), and on Restrictive Covenants in Employment Laws (January 2019) were published in the International Legal Magazine by Cambridge University Press.

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 coure on Corporate Governance.

Debolina Partap
General Counsel and Vice President Legal, Wockhardt

Debolina is a Gold Medalist in masters of law and has 25 years of experience in banking, finance, pharma and healthcare. She is responsible for M&As, transactions management, IP and Litigation Management, legal compliance, all corporate legal work, properties and real estate management, amongst others. She advises top management on legal risks to the organization. Her main achievements come in handling complex M&A deals on the buy as well as sell side, high stake real estate arbitrations, international regulatory and commercial litigations and settling complicated insolvency petitions filed against Wockhardt Limited as also, settling intricate derivatives suits filed against Wockhardt group globally. She is also handling legal issues pertaining to complex and composite global regulatory matters concerning Wockhardt Group. She is one of the few general counsels globally who handle forensics and data analytics. She and her team have won over 75 awards from Internationally and Nationally recognized legal organizations.

Garima Nahar
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Eight Capital

Garima is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Eight Capital. Garima is a legal professional having over fifteen 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.

Jayadeep Balakrishnan
Group Legal Head, Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretarial, TFS Group of Companies

Has nearly 20 years of work experience in handling legal and compliance functions with various reputed and leading national and multinational companies. Currently working as Vice President Legal & Corporate Secretarial-Group Legal Head for TFS Group of Companies. He is also a Director on board of many companies.
Prior to joining TFS, he had worked with Landmark Group, METRO Cash & Carry, Future Group, Café Coffee day etc.
He has completed LLM in International Law and MBA in Personnel & Marketing.

 

Justice Mohinder Mohan Singh Bedi
Former Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court

Between the period of 1980 - 1995 he practiced as an Advocate in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Supreme Court of India and District Courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in various fields i.e. Civil, Criminal, Constitutional and Local Laws. 
He also Practiced on the Original Side before the Civil Courts, Criminal Courts, District Courts and Administrative Tribunals and various Vigilance and Departmental Inquiries.

  • Selected as Additional District and Sessions Judge on 01.08.1995 and remained posted in different Districts in the State of Punjab, i.e. District Sangrur (from 1995 to 1998), District Moga (from 1998 to March 2001).
  • Designated as Special Judge under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act,1985
  • Promoted as District & Sessions Judge and posted in District Ferozepur (from April 2001 to 2004; and U.T. Chandigarh (from March 5, 2005 till April 2006). Exercised powers under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996
  • Deputed to the post of Registrar Judicial of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 2004 till March 2005 and entrusted with the Administrative working of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
  • Elevated as Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh on 01.04.2006. (INDIA)
  • Administrative Judge of Districts Bhiwani, Karnal, Faridabad in Haryana and Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar in Punjab.
  • Remained Company Judge from January 2017 to June 2017 in the High Court.
  • As Judge of High Court for the State of Punjab and Haryana, decided 7 cases of Full Bench, 4934 cases in Division Bench, 16 cases as a member of a Special Bench, 37,242 as Single Bench, totaling 42,199 till September 8, 2018.

ADDITIONAL EXPEREINCE

  • Member, Administrative Committee, consisting of seven senior most Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • Remained as President of Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Sector 43, Chandigarh.
  • Remained Resource person in delivering lectures to the Judicial Officers on various subjects.
  • Organized various study programs and conferences of Chandigarh Judicial Academy.
  • On the basis of above experience, capable of handling any legal proposition concerning Indian or International Arbitration, Civil, Criminal, Company or Constitutional Law.

Justice Mohinder Mohan Singh Bedi has held a Solo Exhibition of more than 100 paintings last year which was inaugurated by a very well know Indian politician, television personality and former cricketer Mr. Navjot Sidhu. Amongst the extra-curricular activities he is also fond of Golf, Music, Painting and Dancing. Infact, he was adjudged as best dancer in all India youth festival in 1979-1980.

Justice Mohinder Mohan Singh Bedi strongly believes in the line “all work and no play ..makes jack a Dull Boy” and likes to engage into extra-curricular activities in his free time.

 

Karma Bhutia
Legal Head – Director – Group Services, ANAROCK Property Consultants

KARMA BHUTIA is the Legal Head – Director – Group Services – Anarock Property Consultants Private Limited. Mr. Bhutia graduated, from University of Calcutta and admitted to the New Delhi Bar Counsel. He is also a Master in Business Law from National Law School of India University. Mr. Bhutia’s areas of interest are Intellectual Property Rights, Arbitration & Conciliations, Anti-Dumping, Industrial Relations, Real Estate and Commercial Contracts. Mr. Bhutia is a regular speaker in other seminars and conferences.  

Nitin Mittal
Market Head of Legal, Compliance and Company Secretary- India Sub-Continent, Australia & New Zealand
Signify Innovations India Ltd ( formerly Philips Lighting India Ltd)

Nitin presently is part of the Signify Legal Function(Growth Markets Team) as Market Head of Legal & Compliance, India Sub-Continent, Australia & New Zealand.

Nitin has over the last 17 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. His motto is- “Bringing Passion, Purpose, proficiency and technology in the legal function. Changing mindset to bring opportunities and proactiveness and being a key enabler to business change and success by driving business strategy through understanding business and effective collaboration to deliver results.” Nitin is an avid writer and contributing to articles for various legal journals.

• 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.

He graduated with a B. Com (H) degree from Delhi University, a qualified Company Secretary from ICSI, Delhi, Law Graduate, PGDM (Finance) from AIMA, Delhi. He has a Masters Degree in Business Law from NLSIU, Bangalore. Recently completed an Execution education course with Signify collaborating with Harvard Business School. As part of continuous learning endeavour, is pursuing LLM(Prof) in criminology and criminal justice from NLU, Delhi.

Pathik Arora
Director Legal & General Counsel, Senvion Wind Technology

Pathik is a law graduate from University of Delhi and is also a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is an ardent legal professional with over 20 years of strong in house and law firm experience, of advising and servicing the market leaders in varied spaces – EPC in chemical and petrochemicals, Information Technology, real estate & construction, hotels & hospitality, renewable energy, infrastructure, health care, private equity investors, etc.

Pathik is currently working with Senvion Wind Technology, a German conglomerate, one of the global leaders in design, manufacturing, installation and operations of wind turbines as Director Legal & General Counsel (head of Legal, Secretarial & Compliance) for Senvion in India. Previously, he also has served as Head of Legal, Secretarial & Compliance with InterGlobe Hotels and Azure Power.

He brings strong expertise and execution skills to provide sustainable result-oriented approach in challenging environments, without compromising on the ethos of integrity, compliance and governance.

He has rich experience of working in house (including at leadership roles) as well as in law firms, that spans across jurisdictions and covers a broad spectrum of legal, secretarial, estate management, compliance & governance practice including strategic & business advisory, structuring complex commercial transactions incl. cross border M&A, real estate acquisitions & PE investments, financing, risk assessment, setting up robust compliance programs encompassing FCPA, UKBA, POSH, litigation management, etc.

He is an experienced advisor to the boards with ability to manage shareholders & JV partners relations. He has also lead CSR initiatives of the organisation(s) he has worked for, and has driven certain CSR projects to great success.

Parul Kashyap
Founder Partner, SunLegal

Parul Kashyap is the Founder Partner of SunLegal, a boutique law firm based in New Delhi. Her practice primarily focusses on infrastructure projects, energy, public private partnerships (PPP), public procurement, project finance,  government contracts, corporate advisory and dispute resolution. Parul has a rich experience of having advised her clients on a variety of projects like roads, ports, highways, healthcare, power, renewables, leisure and real estate. She has advised all major stake holders including government authorities, multilateral organisations, international aid agencies, foreign governments, concessionaires, EPC contractors, lenders, design and engineering firms on various aspects of infrastructure development. She has substantial experience of working alongside global law firms having worked on projects in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Ghana , Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Parul is amongst those prominent lawyers who successfully set up boutique law firms in the year 2018 and who are transforming the legal landscape with their unyielding passion, novel approach and domain expertise. Parul is also a prolific writer who regularly writes on important topics and is recognised for her views on the infrastructure sector. She has a wide experience of working alongside in-house legal and management teams and is widely recognised by her clients for her knowledge and approach. Parul is based out of New Delhi and has completed her LL.B from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She also holds a One Year Executive Diploma in Management (Finance) from Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad.

Rajiv Choubey
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, ACC Limited

Rajiv Choubey, is the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary and an 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. As head of legal & secretarial function and an Executive Committee (EXCOM) member of ACC, Rajiv is responsible for advising the management of all key legal issues related to the entire gamut of business activities of ACC (mining, environment, corporate commercial, IPR, industrial & labour laws etc.)  including, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC).

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 stints at Maruti Suzuki, Hindustan Tin etc. Rajiv has handled not only governance and compliance in India but also in the US /NYSE during his stint at Sterlite/Vedanta. Rajiv and his team has 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. He has been invited by law colleges and business schools to share his experience with students of law and management. He has keen interest in sports, photography and likes cooking for his kids and family.

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 of close to 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. Close to 50% of his team members are based outside of India, including 4 in the U.S.A., 5 in Europe and 5 in Brazil. 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 a leadership in corporate counsel course from Harvard Law School in 2017.

 

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. Prior to joining HSF, Rohit spent close to 4 years working with the New Delhi office of J. Sagar Associate, a leading Indian law firm.

In 2015, Rohit was named by Business Today, a leading Indian business magazine, as one of the hottest young executives of India. He has also participated in several leaderships events like representing India in the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2013 and Asialink Leaders Program in 2009, a year-long program conducted by Melbourne University. 

 

Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Dalmia Bharat Group

Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat is a General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; a thought leader and a strategist with business orientation. He is also a chartered secretary from UK, a chartered accountant and a cost & management accountant. 

Dr. Gemawat has almost three decades of experience spanning through varied industries. He is presently working as Executive Director – Legal and Group Company Secretary with Dalmia Bharat Group – a conglomerate that carries a legacy of over 75 years and having presence in cement, sugar, refractories and power businesses. In the past he has been associated with leading groups like DLF, JCB, Olivetti, GBC, Modicorp etc.

An acclaimed speaker/author on varied contemporary legal and industry specific issues, he has shared his views at various national and international conferences in India and abroad. He has been a part of various committees/delegations constituted by industry/professional bodies and interacted with multilateral trade bodies including WIPO, WTO, European Commission, and Law Society of England & Wales etc. Presently, Dr. Gemawat is a Co-Chairman of the Law & Justice Committee of PHDCCI. 

He has been acknowledged and honoured as one of “India’s finest In-house counsels”, the most “Influential Corporate Counsel & Company Secretary” and also inducted to “Global Hall of Fame” for contribution and work in the Legal Eco System in India and the World.  Dr. Gemawat strives to work with other in-house counsels for a statutory recognition to the profession of inhouse counsels through amendments in extant laws. 

Sheetal Sawhney Kapur
Senior Counsel and Director - Legal, Netflix

Sheetal is currently working with Netflix as the company’s Senior Counsel and Director-Legal. At Netflix, she is involved in lead business partnerships and transactions. Prior to joining Netflix, Sheetal was working at Google where she advised on structuring products for the Indian and West Asian markets. Her work involved dealing with privacy and data protection, regulatory liaisoning/licensing, M&A, FinTech & payments projects, geographic projects, telecom & broadcasting projects, and various other government-led initiatives. Sheetal moved to Google from PayU where she was working as Head - Legal, Regulatory and Compliance. She has also worked in the Private Equity and M&A team at J. Sagar Associates.

Sheetal has been widely regarded as a pioneer in the sunrise sector of Payments Law in India. She has also worked in the M&A and private equity practice at JSA. She holds an LLM from the University of Melbourne and an LLB from ILS Law College, Pune.

Sheetal is an Executive Committee Member - Privacy and Data Protection of the Indian National Bar Association. She has  been awarded for her work by various organizations in the legal fraternity.

Sheetal’s experience entails product structuring and development, government and regulatory liaisoning, policy creation, data privacy and protection, risk mitigation, development of partnerships and M&A.

 

Sheetal Talwar
Associate General Counsel, Tata Chemicals

A Mumbai based legal professional & lawyer, presently working with TATA CHEMICALS LIIMITED (TCL) in the capacity of an Associate General Counsel. TCL is a part of the TATA GROUP, an Indian Conglomerate and has Strategic Business Units across the globe. She has headed the Legal Compliance of the Consumer Products’ Business of the Company and as a progression in the Career path, now, is responsible for and heads the Legal Compliance for the vertical of the entire Chemicals Business; she is responsible for Corporate Legal work, The Innovation Centre and manages the entire IPR portfolio of TCL.

Not only does she demonstrate Leadership in the Corporate Sector where functional expertise is desired along with her soft skills by leading teams, but she is also a people’s person where she is passionate about sharing my knowledge with the underprivileged. Over the past few years, she has managed to set her balance between work commitments and what she is most passionate about; volunteering and mentoring kids who need her the most; spending her time with them and listening to them. These are done through various NGOs, either by connecting with the NGO either by herself or through the platform that the Tata Group gives me through the programme called Proengage.

Leading a Corporate Sector to her means leading from the front, leading in a way that she is respected and treated as a leader, not only in what she does but also in what she demonstrates.

Not stopping for a moment, never looking back she is “An all-rounder”. “Walking the talk” is what she believes in since it’s all about trusting oneself first, sharing with the Society and give back to the Society what she must, going beyond! 

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.

 

Vivek Sethia
Vice President-Legal & Company Secretary, ABIL Group

Vivek Sethia, carries a versatile experience of around 15 years in various sectors like Textiles, Pharma, Wind Energy, Real Estate, Steel, Shipping, EPC, Hospitality etc. He has been associated with global conglomerates like Essar, Suzlon, LANXESS and is currently heading the Legal & Company Secretarial Functions of the ABILGROUP in the capacity of Vice President, a leading name in real estate, hospitality and infrastructure sector, headquartered at Pune. He has advised and handled issues relating to acquisition of land worth more than Rs. 1500 crores, tax issues under various treaties for avoidance of double taxations, Income Tax and Customs litigations, FDI and Private Equity in real estate and infrastructure, retail and shipping. He has been into leadership roles since 2008 and played a key role in proposed IPO worth Rs. 400 crores in 2009 and has been part of one of the most successful LSE Listing action in 2010. 
In his current role, he has advised and handled myriad of transactions in relation to property laws, land acquisition/transfer, structuring real estate project worth more than Rs. 1000 crores post onset of MAHRERA, acquisition of mall having 8,00,000 Sq. ft. Built up area, landmark deal of prestigious chain of hotel, IBC matters, FEMA, corporate law matters, just to name a few.
He enjoys litigation and transaction advisory and has worked in international commercial hubs like Dubai, Mauritius and Singapore.

 

and many more...

 

FINALISTS*

 

 

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year
Akshay Pathak - Airtel Payments Bank
Anup S Shah - Anup S Shah Law Firm
Ashwath Rau - AZB & Partners
Cyril Shroff - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Hemang Parekh - DSK Legal
Iqbal Khan – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Nusrat Hassan - Link Legal India Law Services
Rishabh Gopesh Mastaram - RGM Legal
Ruchir Sinha - Nishith Desai Associates
Shashank Mittal - Bharti Airtel 

 
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Amit Vyas - Vertices Partners
Anish Wadia - Chambers of Anish Wadia
Anuj Berry – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Atul Sharma - Link Legal India Law Services
Bobby Chandhoke - L&L Partners
Charanya Lakshmikumaran - Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Mustafa Motiwala - Clasis Law
Prateek Bagaria – Singularity Legal
Rajendra Barot - AZB & Partners
Shaneen Parikh - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Akshay Pathak - Airtel Payments Bank
Gopala Krishna Gangavelli - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Partha Pal - Ness Technologies
Parveen Mahtani - Tata Realty and Infrastructure
Prashant Marathe - Sula Vineyards
Rahul Tyagi - Andritz
Rajendra Misra - The Indian Hotels Co
Ramaprasad S - Landmark Group
Vineet Vij - Tech Mahindra
Zoheb Amin - Zycus Infotech 

Managing Partner of the Year
Abhijit Joshi - Veritas Legal
Akil Hirani - Majmudar & Partners
Anand Desai - DSK Legal
Atul Sharma - Link Legal India Law Services 
Cyril Shroff - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Pravin Anand - Anand and Anand
Priti Suri - PSA
Rajiv Luthra - L&L Partners
S.K. Singhi - S. K. Singhi & Co.
Zia Mody - AZB & Partners

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
A. L. Mary - Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail
Akshay Pathak - Airtel Payments Bank
Komal Gadia - Aditya Birla Group
Pallavi Taneja - Kotak Mahindra Bank
Preeti Wadhawan - Springer Nature
Shivli Katyayan - Policybazaar & Paisabazaar
Suchita Saigal - CLP India

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Archana Balasubramanian - Agama Law Associates
Archana Khosla Burman - Vertices Partners
Damini Bhalla - L&L Partners
Kritika Sahni - Ajay Sahni & Associates
Niloufer Lam - ZBA
Nisha Kaur Uberoi - Trilegal
Reeba Chacko - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Shweta Shroff Chopra – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Sonam Gupta - Bharucha & Partners
Zia Mody - AZB & Partners

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Ajay D’cruz - ISS Facility Services India
Akshay Pathak - Airtel Payments Bank
Jatin Arora - 1MG Technologies
Pallavi Taneja - Kotak Mahindra Bank
Prashant Marathe - Sula Vineyards
Preeti Wadhawan - Springer Nature
Rahul Konda - CLP India
Rahul Tyagi - Andritz
Shashank Mittal - Bharti Airtel
Tushar Mehrishi - Airbnb

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Anish Wadia - Chambers of Anish Wadia
Ankit Sahni - Ajay Sahni & Associates
Bharat Raichandani - UBR Legal
Prateek Bagaria – Singularity Legal
Rishabh Shroff - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Sameena Chatrapathy - IC Universal Legal
Shoubhik Dasgupta - Pioneer Legal
Vinayak Burman - Vertices Partners
Vineet Shingal - Khaitan & Co
Waseem Pangarkar – MZM Legal

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IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance
Altico Capital India
Blackstone
Everstone Capital
HDFC Property Ventures 
ICICI Lombard
IL & FS Financial Services
Mastercard Technology
Piramal Capital & Housing Finance

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
CLP India
Petronet LNG

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
GE John F. Welch Technology Centre
Greaves Cotton
Hike
IL & FS Financial Services
Mastercard Technology
Nestaway Technologies
Piramal Capital & Housing Finance
Uber India
WNS
Zycus Infotech

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Hike
Ness Technologies
Nestaway Technologies
Uber India
Vodafone India

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
Allcargo Logistics
Tata SIA Airlines
Uber India

Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year
Andritz
Cummins India
Greaves Cotton
Landmark Group
Proctor & Gamble
Schindler India
Sula Vineyards

India In-House Team of the Year
Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Co
Allcargo Logistics
Cummins India
Greaves Cotton
ICICI Lombard
Ola
Schindler India
Tata SIA Airlines
Uber India
WNS 

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DEAL CATEGORIES** 

Debt Market Deal of the Year
Adani Green Energy’s Issuance of Senior Secured Notes
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters

Bank of Baroda's Dual-Tranche Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; J. Sagar Associates
Banks: Citibank, London Branch; Citicorp; Citigroup Global Markets Europe

Export-Import Bank of India’s MTN Programme
Law firms: J. Sagar Associates

Greenko’s Green Bonds
Law firms: Ashurst; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Mayer Brown; Shearman & Sterling; TT&A; YKJ Legal
Banks: Barclays; Citigroup Global Markets; Deutsche Bank; Emirates NBD; Investec Bank; JP Morgan Securities; Morgan Stanley; Standard Chartered Bank

India Infrastructure Trust's issuance of non-convertible debentures
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Khaitan & Co.; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Trilegal

JSW Steel’s Finance Deal with Duferco
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Dentons; Juris Corp; Trilegal

Network i2i’s Issuance of Securities
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Appleby; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters

Oil India’s Bond Offering
Law firms: Allen & Overy; ZBA
Bank: Citibank, London Branch

Project Financing for Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; L&L Partners
Banks: Andhra Bank; Bank of Baroda; Bank of India; Bank of Maharashtra; Canara Bank, India Infrastructure Finance Co; Indian Bank; Oriental Bank of Commerce; Syndicate Bank; Union Bank of India

State Bank of India's Dual-Tranche Offering
Law firm: Allen & Overy; J. Sagar Associates; Linklaters; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Banks: Citibank, London Branch; Citicorp; Citigroup Global Markets Europe

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Axis Bank‘s QIP
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Latham & Watkins; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Bharti Airtel's Perpetual Securities Offering
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters
Banks: Barclays; BNP Paribas; Citigroup; HSBC; J.P. Morgan; Merrill Lynch; Standard Chartered Bank

Coal India’s Offer for Sale
Law firms: Herbert Smith Freehills; Khaitan & Co

Embassy Office Parks REIT’s IPO
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; S&R Associates

India Grid Trust’s QIP
Law firm: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Investment in OYO Group
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Gunderson Dettmer; IndusLaw; Morrison & Foerster; Themis Law Associates

JM Financial’s Shares Placement
Law firms: Herbert Smith Freehills; Khaitan & Co; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Sidley Austin

Vodafone Idea‘s Rights Issue
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; S&R Associates.; Sidley Austin

M&A Deal of the Year – Midsize

Blackstone Group’s Acquisition of One BKC
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Economic Law Practices; Kirkland and Ellis; Samir Sanghvi & Co; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Brookfield Asset Management’s Aquisition of Leela Hotels
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Khaitan & Co.; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Veritas Legal

Fortis Healthcare's Acquisition of RHT Health Trust
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

GMR Financial Settlement with PE Investors
Law firms: CMS; Link Legal India Law Services

KKR’s Acquisition of Ramky Enviro Engineers
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Link Legal India Law Services; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Metal One and Ganglian's Joint Venture with SteelMint
Law firm: Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Reliance Capital’s Stake Sale to Nippon Life
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo; Khaitan & Co; L&L Partners

Swiggy’s Series H Financing
Law firms: Goodwin Procter; Kochhar & Co; L&L & Partners; Latham & Watkins; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Westbridge’s Acquisition of Star Health and Allied Insurance
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Luthra & Luthra; Nishith Desai Associates; Phoenix Legal; Platinum Partners; Trilegal
Banks: Evercore Bank; Kotak Bank; Mizuho Bank

Zydus Wellness’ Acquisition of Heinz India
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Khaitan & Co.
Bank: JP Morgan Securities

M&A Deal of the Year - Premium

ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel’s Acquisition of Essar Steel India
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; L&L Partners; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; S&R Associates

 

Ctrip’s Acquisition of Nasper’s Stake in MakeMyTrip
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; S&R Associates; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Trilegal
Bank: Goldman Sachs

Exit of Star Health Investment
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Kochhar & Co.; L&L Partners; Nishith Desai Associates; Phoenix Legal; Platinum Partners; Samvad Partners; Trilegal

Global Investors’ Stake in Airtel Africa
Law firms: Banwo & Ighodalo; Bowmans; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Corpus Legal Practitioners; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; JWF Legal

Gruh Finance’s Merger with Bandhan Bank
Law firms: Argus Partners; AZB & Partners; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Singhi & Co.

Hindustan Unilever’s Merger with GlaxoSmithKline
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Baker Mckenzie; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

India Grid Trust’s Acquisition of Stake in Sterlite Power
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Khaitan & Co

IHH Healthcare’s Acquisition of Stake in Fortis Healthcare
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Foong & Partners; Khaitan & Co; Trilegal
Banks: Arpwood Capital; Citibank, Deutsche Bank, HDFC; HSBC; Standard Chartered Bank

L&T’s Acquisition of Mindtree
Law firms: AZB & Partners; Baker & McKenzie; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Khaitan & Co; Samvad Partners
Banks: Axis Capital; Citigroup; ICCI; KPMG

Radiant Life Care’s Merger with Max Healthcare
Law firms: AZB & Partners; L&L Partners; Nishith Desai Associates; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

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FIRM CATEGORIES 

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
HSA Advocates
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
L&L Partners
Majmudar and Partners
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Trilegal
TT&A

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
A&P Partners
Agama Law Associates
Ajay Sahni & Associates
ARA Law
Assentio Legal
Ikigai Law
Nishith Desai Associates
NITYA Tax Associates
Singularity Legal
ZBA

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year
Anand and Anand
AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Clasis Law
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
HSA Advocates
Khaitan & Co
L&L Partners
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singularity Legal

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Advaita Legal
HSA Advocates
IndusLaw
Khaitan & Co
L&L Partners
Link Legal India Law Services 
Phoenix Legal
Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singularity Legal
Trilegal
 
India Deal Firm of the Year
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
DSK Legal
Hammurabi & Solomon
IndusLaw
Khaitan & Co
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Phoenix Legal
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Trilegal
Veritas Legal

India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year
Collyer Law
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Drew & Napier
Shook Lin & Bok

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
ALG India Law Offices  
Anand and Anand
IndusLaw
Khaitan & Co 
L&L Partners
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Lall & Sethi
Remfry & Sagar
RNA Technology and IP Attorneys
ZeusIP Advocates

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Clasis Law
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
DSK Legal
Hammurabi & Solomon
IndusLaw
J. Sagar Associates
L&L Partners
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Trilegal

Rising Law Firm of the Year
A&P Partners 
Assentio Legal 
Beruar & Beruar 
Halder & Associates 
NITYA Tax Associates 
Pioneer Legal 
PSL Advocates & Solicitors
RGM Legal 
Singularity Legal 
UBR Legal 
Veritas Legal 
Vertices Partners 

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Clasis Law
Titus & Co.
ZBA

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DSK Legal
J. Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
Kochhar & Co.
L&L Partners
Majmudar & Partners
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singh & Associates
Trilegal
 
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
ANM Global
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Ikigai Law
IndusLaw
Khaitan & Co
L&L Partners
Majmudar & Partners
Phoenix Legal
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Trilegal

Tax Law Firm of the Year
Advaita Legal
AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Economic Laws Practice
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Majmudar & Partners
Phoenix Legal
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
TLC Legal
Trilegal

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year
Bharucha & Partners
Clasis Law
DSK Legal
HSA Advocates
IndusLaw
Kochhar & Co. 
L&L Partners
Majmudar & Partners
MZM Legal
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Trilegal
Vertices Partners

International Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Goodwin Procter
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin

India Law Firm of the Year
ARA Law
AZB & Partners
Clasis Law
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DSK Legal
HSA Advocates
Khaitan & Co
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Singh & Associates
Trilegal

* The above list will be updated as may be necessary.  For queries about the shortlist, please email Lokesh at lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com.

**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.

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WINNERS

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES 
Dealmaker of the Year 
Cyril Shroff - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Bobby Chandhoke - L&L Partners

In-House Lawyer of the Year 
Akshay Pathak - Airtel Payments Bank 

Managing Partner of the Year 
Rajiv Luthra - L&L Partners

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House) 
Pallavi Taneja - Kotak Mahindra Bank

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) 
Nisha Kaur Uberoi - Trilegal

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House) 
Preeti Wadhawan - Springer Nature

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) 
Anish Wadia - Chambers of Anish Wadia
Vineet Shingal - Khaitan & Co

IN HOUSE CATEGORIES 
Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
Piramal Capital & Housing Finance

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year 
CLP India

Innovative In-House Team of the Year 
WNS

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

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year 
Uber India

Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year 
Landmark Group

India In-House Team of the Year 
Allcargo Logistics

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES 
Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
Ikigai Law

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year 
Khaitan & Co

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year 
L&L Partners

India Deal Firm of the Year 
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 

India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year 
Collyer Law

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
Anand and Anand

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Rising Law Firm of the Year 
Veritas Legal 

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
ZBA

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
DSK Legal

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Tax Law Firm of the Year
Trilegal

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year
Bharucha & Partners

International Law Firm of the Year 
Herbert Smith Freehills

India Law Firm of the Year 
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 

DEAL CATEGORIES 
Debt Market Deal of the Year 
Network i2i’s Issuance of Securities
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Appleby; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters

Equity Market Deal of the Year 
Embassy Office Parks REIT’s IPO
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Latham & Watkins; S&R Associates

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) 
Reliance Capital’s Stake Sale to Nippon Life
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo; Khaitan & Co; L&L Partners

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) 
ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel’s Acquisition of Essar Steel India
Law firms: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; L&L Partners; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; S&R Associates

 

 

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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 award categories are subject to change at the discretion of ALB. 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 2020?
There will be an independent judging panel of at least 30 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) 6870 3917 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 lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com.
 
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 lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com or call +91 22 6841 4325
 
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) 6870 3917.
 
I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).
Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6870 3917.
 
How can I receive communications related to the ALB Law Awards?
Please email lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com to subscribe to the ALB mailing list.

 

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