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Tushar Metha. SG (Solicitor General of India)

Tushar Metha. SG

Solicitor General of India

Tushar Mehta is a senior counsel in India and is currently serving as the Solicitor General of India. Mehta began his career as an advocate in 1987 and was designated as senior advocate in 2007 by Gujarat High Court. He was appointed as the Advocate General in 2008

Lalit Bhasin (President at SILF)

Lalit Bhasin

President at SILF

Mr Bhasin was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law. In 2007, the President of India presented the National Law Day Award to Lalit Bhasin.

PK Malhotra (Former Union Law Secretary)

PK Malhotra

Former Union Law Secretary

Mr. P K Malhotra has more than four decades of experience in the field of law and has held many important assignments in the Government of India. He was Secretary, Legal Affairs as well as Legislative Department in the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India; Member, Law Commission of India; Presiding Officer (Offg.) and Member, Securities Appellate Tribunal; Chairman, Adjudicating Authority under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Judicial Member, Income-tax Appellate Tribunal.

Vineet Vij (Global General Counsel at Tech Mahindra Group)

Vineet Vij

Global General Counsel at Tech Mahindra Group

Vineet Vij is currently serving as the Global General Counsel of the Tech Mahindra Group, a USD6 billion enterprise, providing IT, ITeS, consulting and BPO services to clients worldwide. He supports multibillion cross-border commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, disputes and litigations, global compliance, legal policy and regulatory, IPR, strategic legal support with the overall responsibility to safeguard the legal interests of the company and its principal officers. Vineet leads a global team of over 75 passionate and business-focused lawyers, taking care of the legal and regulatory aspects to support the organisation’s growth in due compliance with applicable laws.

Earlier he served as SVP & Head of legal. commercial, regulatory, compliance and corporate affairs at HCL Technologies for more than 11 years. Vineet also worked in legal, regulatory and secretarial roles with TCS and TATA Infotech for eight years, besides handling legal, secretarial and compliance functions at Punj Lloyd and American Express India. He has also been a litigator and practicing advocate before the Delhi High Court and Bombay High Court.

Areas of expertise
Vineet’s work experience of over 27 years in leading IT, ITeS, engineering, banking and NBFCs, spans across a variety of practice areas including commercial and contract laws, litigation and dispute resolution, cross-border M&As, global regulatory compliances, financial and banking, real estate and SEZ and STPI regulations, company law, IT, data protection, privacy, cyber and IPR laws, criminal law, telecom, arbitration, employment, bankruptcy, competition laws, corporate affairs and indirect taxation laws.

He has been bestowed with several awards and accolades by prestigious publications and institutions, including Forbes Powerlist Top 25 India GCs for 2020 & 2021; Global General Counsel Award, 2022 by Legal Era; Business World’s Top 100 GCs of India; General Counsel IT Services 2021 by IBLJ; General Counsel 2020 by IDEX Legal; General Counsel 2019 by Legal Era; Shining Star of Indian Legal Fraternity 2019 by CCAI; General Counsel 2019 by INBA; General Counsel 2018 by ICCA; Compliance Champion 2017 by Legasis Services; Leadership Excellence Award, 2017 by Legal Era; Top 30 GC Powerlist, 2016 by Legal Era; Top 100 finest GC, 2016 by ICCA.

He has B.Com. (Hons) qualification from SRCC and LLB from Delhi University with additional qualifications in company law, labour laws, industrial relations and personnel management, IT & cyber laws. He also serves on the board of studies and advisory boards of leading law schools, editorial board of legal journal and magazines and a member of various associations and advocacy groups such as CII, INBA, UKILP to name a few.

Rajiv K Luthra (Founder & Managing Partner of L&L Partners)

Rajiv K Luthra

Founder & Managing Partner of L&L Partners

Mr. Rajiv Luthra has over three decades of experience as a trusted advisor to the Indian government and top Domestic & International Corporations. He has also advised the Government of India in connection with a number of WTO disputes, as well as, assisted several of its Ministries in the drafting / review of policies & legislation.

Awards & Recognitions

 ‘Eminent Practitioner’ for Corporate/M&A in Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2022 and Chambers & Partners Global 2022
 ‘Asia Best Lawyers 2021’ by IFLR
 The ‘A-List – India’s Top Lawyer 2021’ by India Business Law Journal
 ‘Jai Hind Sammaan’ Award by the Honourable Commissioner of Police
 'Leader' for Project Finance practice by Who's Who Legal, 2021
 'Top Managing Partners', by Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2020
 'Hall of Fame' for Corporate and M&A, India by Legal 500, 2021
 ‘Managing Partner of the Year’ – ALB India Law Awards 2020
 'Top 35 Legal Icons, India' - India Business Law Journal, 2020
 ‘National Law Day Award’ by the Prime Minister of India
 ‘The Most Promising Business Leader of Asia’ - Economic Times’ Asian Business Leaders Conclave 2016 - Kuala Lumpur.
 ‘International Jurists Award’ by the Attorney-General and Chief Justice of the United Kingdom
 Lifetime Achievement Award” in the International M&A sector” - 4th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards, New York.
 Honoured as “Legend in Indian Corporate Law” and “Ace Legal Eagle for Indian corporate law, specializing in tax, regulatory & compliance laws” - Asian Business Leadership Forum Excellence Awards, Dubai.
 ‘Leading Lawyer’ in the areas of Corporate Law, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000, AsiaLaw and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Dr. Subir Bikas Mitra (Advisor Law at GAIL India Limited)

Dr. Subir Bikas Mitra

Advisor Law at GAIL India Limited

A National Scholar with MBA, MA, LL.M; Ph.D. in Strategic HRM and also Ph.D. (Law) in ADR Mechanism. Has authored numerous research papers/ articles published in various reputed journals.

Having overall experience of more than 37 years. Former Executive Director (Law & HR) in GAIL (India) Limited and Former Director in GAIL Gas Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of GAIL). Presently, Advisor (Law) in GAIL (India) Limited (a Maharatna PSU) and Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Government of India.

-Empanelled as an Arbitrator/ Conciliator with following professional Institutions/ PSUs
-Indian Council of Arbitration (FICCI) including Martine Arbitrations,
-SCOPE Forum of Conciliation & Arbitration (SFCA)
-Indian Dispute Resolution Centre
-Indian Oil Corporation Limited
-Steel Authority of India Limited
-NTPC Limited,
-Oil India Limited,
-Engineers India Ltd., etc.
Has been featured twice as the top General Counsel Power-list for India, published by Legal 500, a leading global legal directory (2016 and 2018).

Visiting faculty of IIMs, VV Giri NLI, Other management and Law Colleges, Industry Forum etc.

Rajeev Chopra (Managing Director – Legal of Accenture)

Rajeev Chopra

Managing Director – Legal of Accenture

Rajeev Chopra is Managing Director – Legal responsible for legal support to India, Philippines,Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Global Delivery Centres. In this role, he leads a team that provides cross-domain expertise for various areas of law and risk mitigation including compliance, operations, regulation and ethics for each of these markets, and has also led several complex organisational restructuring projects.

Rajbeer Sachdeva (President (Group) Legal at JK Group of industries)

Rajbeer Sachdeva

President (Group) Legal at JK Group of industries

R.S Sachdeva is currently President (Group) Legal for J. K. Organisation. He is an alumnus of Delhi University with an LLB & LLM and has about 30 years of experience as a Corporate Lawyer. He has extensively worked in domains of Mergers & Acquisitions, Competition Laws, IPR, Real Estate Transactions, Arbitrations in India & abroad and IBC. Mr Sachdeva was previously Senior Executive Director Group General Counsel at DLF Limited.

Deepika Chaudhry (Group GC at Xerox)

Deepika Chaudhry

Group GC at Xerox

A Board member and a seasoned Leader with a successful track record of executing Strategic Roles across Legal, Compliance Public Policy and Regulatory/ Govt affairs. She has been managing APAC and Global GC roles across diverse industries like IT, Telecom, Insurance, Services, Consumer Products and Manufacturing. Currently working as Group GC for Xerox – APAC countries

Preeti Balwani (General Counsel at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages)

Preeti Balwani

General Counsel at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages

Preeti Balwani is a seasoned commercial attorney with over 15 years of experience both in house and in private practice. She is currently the General Counsel & Board Member of Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages

Sameet Gambhir FCS, LLB (Vice President (Corp. Law) & Company Secretary at DCM Shriram Ltd)

Sameet Gambhir FCS, LLB

Vice President (Corp. Law) & Company Secretary at DCM Shriram Ltd

Sameet’s expertise includes Regulatory & Corporate legal matters, Corporate Governance & Compliances, ESG, SEBI Listing Regulations, SEBI Insider Trading Regulations, Risk management, Corporate Secretarial, IPR matters, data privacy issues, due-diligence, brand protection, investigations, cyber crime matters, corporate restructuring. He carries vast experience in handling Board meetings, shareholders meetings, RBI and FEMA matters, Industrial & labour Laws, contract management and litigations.

He has also done a Leadership Effectiveness Programme from IIM- Bangalore

Sameet is enlisted as one of the Top In-house Counsel by Forbes India in its Powerlist-2022. He is a member of National Committee on Regulatory Affairs of CII and also a member of Corporate Affairs committee of PHDCCI. He is also a member of Board of Study of GD Goenka Law School.

Sameet was awarded the Global LexFelcon award in 2022 in the field of Governance & Compliance in Dubai in 2022 by LexTalk World. He was also awarded as one of the most influential Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary by ACoS in 2019. The Team led by Sameet in DCM Shriram Ltd won the best compliance team of the year consecutively for two years - by LegalEra in 2020 and by Kamikaze in 2019. Sameet has also been featured among India’s leading lawyers in compendium released by ICCA and also among the shining stars of India Legal fraternity as released by CCAI.

He is a regular speaker on various seminars / conferences / Webinars and also guest lecturer at various Management and Law Institutes. He is also a member of Company Law Task Force of ICSI, Faculty / Member of committee on CSR Certification course of ICSI. He is Regular speaker / faculty at various programmes organised by Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSI).

H.S Rajpal (Chief General Manager (Corporate Affairs) at Indian Oil Corporation Limited)

H.S Rajpal

Chief General Manager (Corporate Affairs) at Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Shri H.S. Rajpal, is the Chief General Manager (Corporate Affairs), Indian Oil Corporation Limited and handles the Legal aspects of the Corporation at the Corporate Level, including those of related to its joint ventures and step-down Companies.

An alumni of the Law Centre, Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, from where he did MBA in International Trade. He had served an earlier stint in Corporate Affairs Department and was instrumental in the formation of several JVs & Subsidiaries of IndianOil.

Previously he served as the Legal Head in Rajasthan State Office of IOC in Jaipur.

He had the honour of representing the 3-member of Indian delegation in WTO negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade-In services (GATS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

He is also a member of the Legal standing committee of SCOPE and is actively involved in the organization of Knowledge Sharing Programs.

Gaurav Pachnanda (Senior Advocate)

Gaurav Pachnanda

Senior Advocate

Gaurav Pachnanda is a Senior Advocate, based in New Delhi, whose practice before the Supreme Court of India and other courts and tribunals is focused mainly on commercial and corporate litigation, including domestic and international arbitrations.
Gaurav is a Door Tenant at Fountain Court Chambers, London and Singapore. His practice at Fountain Court Chambers includes a wide range of commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work; with a significant multi-jurisdictional component.

Gaurav read law at the University of Jammu (LL.B., 1996) and at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (B.C.L., 1997), where he was elected a Felix Scholar.
He began his career as an Advocate in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, in the year 1997.

Gaurav was appointed Additional Advocate General for the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir in January 2002 and the Senior Additional Advocate General for the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, for representing the State before the Supreme Court of India in 2010.

Gaurav is an Honorary Adjunct Professor of Law and Distinguished Professor of Legal Practice at Jindal Global Law School of O.P. Jindal Global University, India, where he teaches Law and Practice of Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in India. He is also a member of the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Law, University of Jammu, India.

He is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), upon being nominated by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and a member of the Board of Directors of Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre (NP.AC), at New Delhi and Chennai.

Gaurav is regularly briefed as Senior Advocate to lead in complex commercial
disputes, both by Indian public sector undertakings and by private multi-national
corporations, before courts and tribunals in India as well as in domestic and international
commercial arbitrations. He also acts as an arbitrator in high -value commercial disputes, in
India and abroad.

Manish Gupta (Group General Counsel at CK Birla Group)

Manish Gupta

Group General Counsel at CK Birla Group

In addition to LLM and LLB, Manish Gupta is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. He is currently working as Group General Counsel on CK Birla Group. Prior to this, he has worked with various Indian and MNC companies such as Jumbo Electronics, Dubai, Usha International Ltd, Xerox India Ltd, Carrier Airconditioning & Refrigeration Ltd, GE Capital, KPMG amongst others in Indian as well as regional roles. With experience spanning over 25 years, his repertoire includes setting up strong governance and compliance culture, litigation, cross border M&A and advising on company and corporate related issues.

Karthik Balisagar (Senior Managing Director, India Practice Leader - Economic & Financial Consulting of FTI Consulting)

Karthik Balisagar

Senior Managing Director, India Practice Leader - Economic & Financial Consulting of FTI Consulting

Karthik Balisagar is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in London. He is a member of the Economic and Financial Consulting segment. He also leads the FTI Consulting Economic and Financial practice in India. Karthik has 16 years’ experience in valuation and transaction consulting. At FTI Consulting, Karthik specialises in valuation issues in the context of international arbitration and litigation.

Over the years, Karthik has advised banks, private equity firms, institutional investors and corporates in both contentious and non-contentious valuation matters across various industries, including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, mining and technology. Karthik has been appointed as an expert witness in numerous litigation and arbitration matters.

Karthik has prepared or assisted with the preparation of expert reports for submission to Singapore, UK, Dutch and EU courts, as well as in arbitrations under ICC, HKIAC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules. In non-contentious matters, Karthik has advised clients in valuing their equity portfolios, loan books and management incentive structures, as well as conducting purchase price allocations, impairment reviews and valuations related to M&A transactions.

Karthik was also part of the expert panel of valuers advising the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore with respect to policy on intellectual property valuation. He is currently a member of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) Europe Board where he assists the board in setting and harmonising international valuation standards across jurisdictions.

Nirupam Srivastava (Vice President – Strategy and AI at Hero corporate)

Nirupam Srivastava

Vice President – Strategy and AI at Hero corporate

Nirupam Srivastava is Vice President – Strategy and AI at Hero Corporate looking after Strategy, New initiatives and AI(Artificial Intelligence). He is directly involved in Educational and Health care verticals and governance of other business.

Hero Enterprise is a diversified group with interests in Metals, Education, Healthcare, Insurance, Real Estate etc.Earlier he was with LexisNexis as Director - Strategy & M&A for India, South Asia where he led strategy. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and business development, in various profiles such as leading IBM as Managing Consultant. He has also worked as Head of Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions at Schneider Electric, and with Infosys, Hughes Software Systems and Nokia Networks. He is an MBA from the founding class of Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India, and has been awarded B. Tech in Electronics and Communications from NIT Kurukshetra, and ACS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India and LL.B. from Faculty of Law, Delhi University.

Ms Avisha Gupta (Partner at L&L Partners)

Ms Avisha Gupta

Partner at L&L Partners

Ms. Avisha Gupta, a lawyer and Qualified Company Secretary is the go-to lawyer for all complex legal issues, especially in areas where there is either little or sparse regulatory guidance. She has in-depth knowledge in Technology laws (including fin tech), securities laws and foreign exchange regulations.
Her core area of work includes, advising on strategies for addressing legal and regulatory risks, navigating unclear regulatory requirements, and ensuring good corporate governance. She is recognized by both clients and colleagues for her clarity of thought, practical and solution-oriented approach, and earnest commitment towards clients.
In recognition of her professional impact and leadership skills, Avisha was featured in the Economic Times Young Leaders 2019 list that recognized India’s 47 young business leaders under the age of 32 across various industries
Avisha devotes substantial time working pro-bono with the Indian regulators and industry associations on policy issues. She also takes keen interest in training the next generation and is regularly invited to deliver guest lectures at several leading business schools of India.

Shraddha Ray Menon (Founder of Tag & Bench Associates)

Shraddha Ray Menon

Founder of Tag & Bench Associates

Shraddha, is a corporate commercial lawyer acts as out counsel for corporates on transactions and operations advisory. She has worked with Coca-Cola India as in-counsel. Currently, Founder/Owner of niche Firm TAG & BENCH ASSOCIATES, HQ out of Gurgaon, Shraddha engages in advising corporates in transactional & business operations.
Shraddha, is Gold Medalist from Symbiosis Society's Law College Pune, Chevening Scholarship Alumni, studied at the College of Law, York.

Abhisaar Bairagi (Partner at Khaitan & Co)

Abhisaar Bairagi

Partner at Khaitan & Co

Abhisaar Bairagi is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group in the NCR office. Abhisaar specialises in civil litigation, arbitration (both Domestic and international) and is also actively Involved in giving advice, pre-litigation advisory to clients.

She is representing a wide range of clients, I.e., individuals and corporates before various judicial fora, I.e., Supreme Court, High Court, District Courts, National Green Tribunal, Consumer Fora, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Debt Recovery Tribunal, etc.

Suhana Islam Murshedd (Partner at Khaitan & Co)

Suhana Islam Murshedd

Partner at Khaitan & Co

Suhana is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group in the Kolkata office. She has 15 years of work experience as a transactional lawyer. Her core expertise includes private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, business transfers, joint ventures and foreign investments. She advises several multinational clients on their India entry strategies, inbound investments and foreign exchange laws. She also regularly advises on corporate laws and other allied commercial laws.

Her work experience in M&A and private equity spans over several sectors such as healthcare, electric vehicles/ e-mobility, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, information technology (IT) and IT enabled services. She also specializes in corporate governance and is a core member of her Firm’s ESG (Environment, Social an Governance) practice where she advises companies on various aspects of ESG regulations and compliances including ESG specific diligences in M&A transactions.

Sonal Verma (Partner-ESG & Global Leader (Market & Strategy) at Dhir & Dhir Associates)

Sonal Verma

Partner-ESG & Global Leader (Market & Strategy) at Dhir & Dhir Associates

Sonal is well acclaimed for his work in regulatory & compliance programs over the last decade. He had in the past worked with 1800 plus clients in India and 61 other countries globally. He has worked with the top 3 unicorns and many Fortune 500 companies.

His clients have been across different industries, viz. Automotive and OEMs, Pharma and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Chemical Industry, BFSI, Infrastructure and Utilities (including state-owned PSUs), e-Commerce and Fintech Companies, Diversified Conglomerates etc.

Ranjana Roy Gawai (Managing Partner at RRG & Associates)

Ranjana Roy Gawai

Managing Partner at RRG & Associates

Ms. Ranjana Roy Gawai, the Managing Partner, who is a reputed law practitioner with vast experience in the area of Corporate and Commercial laws. Ms. Gawai has carved a niche for herself and for the Firm and has earned Clients’ trust with her over a decade long expertise in handling complex and high stake matters.

Rahul Narayanan (Partner at Dua Associates)

Rahul Narayanan

Partner at Dua Associates

Rahul is a dispute resolution specialist, with over 13 years of experience as a litigator in disputes at all levels of the judicial pyramid. Rahul is particularly effective in arbitration in complex commercial disputes requiring significant expertise in evidentiary hearings. Rahul is equally at home being lead counsel in arbitration, as well as working to instruct Senior Counsel.

Rahul acts for Fortune 500 companies in India, as well as the Indian Government in their contractual disputes. Rahul is one of the few counsel able to point to a track record of victories for the Indian Government in arbitral disputes. Rahul is regularly instructed in high value construction disputes, shipping, oil and gas and investment/shareholder disputes.

Nishant Menon (Senior Partner at Kochhar & Co)

Nishant Menon

Senior Partner at Kochhar & Co

Nishant is a Senior Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group. He is a seasoned arbitration specialist focusing on complex and high-value disputes, notably claims in delay and breach in construction contracts, oil and gas contracts, supply contracts and transfer of technology.

Nishant has extensively acted for Indian public sector undertakings (PSU) in international and domestic commercial arbitrations involving claims in excess of INR 1000 crores. He has also represented prominent domestic and foreign clients (including several Fortune Global 500 cos.) on post M&A, joint venture, and shareholder disputes, before the world’s leading arbitration centers, including Singapore and London.

In addition to his arbitration practice, Nishant regularly handles complex civil, commercial, and regulatory matters in various courts across the country. He regularly appears before various Statutory Tribunals, State High Courts, and the Supreme Court of India.

Pradeep Ratnam (Senior Partner at Kochhar & Co)

Pradeep Ratnam

Senior Partner at Kochhar & Co

Pradeep Ratnam is a Senior Partner in the New Delhi office of the Firm and co-chair of the Firm’s Infrastructure, Banking and Project Finance Practice.

Pradeep obtained a B.A, LL.B. (Hons.) from the prestigious National Law School of India, Bangalore and is a British Council Chevening Scholar with an LL.M (with Distinction) from the University of Warwick, U.K. Prior to joining Kochhar & Co. Pradeep, who is dual qualified in India and the UK, worked in Herbert Smith LLP, Allen and Overy LLP and White and Case LLP in London and in Singapore. Since his return to India, Pradeep has served as Director (Legal) in IDFC Alternatives (the alternative assets platform of Global Infrastructure Partners) and as Group General Counsel at Infrastructure Leasing and Financing Services Limited (IL&FS).

Pradeep has over 24 years of multi-jurisdictional work experience in the areas of Infrastructure and Finance, Public Law and PPP, and advises on transactions in Banking, Projects & Structured Finance and Restructuring, as well as M&A and Private Equity investments in Infrastructure.

Pradeep’s clients comprise of domestic and international banks and other financial institutions, infrastructure companies, project developers, EPC and O&M contractors, asset reconstruction companies, credit funds and private equity. With practice experience of over two decades in diverse jurisdiction – the UK, Singapore and in India, Pradeep advises on the legal aspects of cross border transaction structuring in India, investment regulation, complex due diligence, financing, project development, M&A and exits. He is currently involved in various transactions in conventional power, health and IT, renewable energy, power transmission, roads, telecom, water, ports, housing, and social and urban infrastructure.

Gagan Puri (Managing Director – Disputes and Investigations of Alvarez & Marsal India)

Gagan Puri

Managing Director – Disputes and Investigations of Alvarez & Marsal India

Gagan is a Managing Director and leader of risk and regulatory practice with Alvarez & Marsal India. His primary role is to assist clients and their legal advisors protect their interests, navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment and assist them on crisis management in contentious situations.
Mr. Puri’s investigative experience includes several sensitive and headline matters that have been covered extensively in the press. He has assisted many regulatory and law enforcement agencies in assessing evidence, presenting facts, providing an expert opinion on highly complex issues before the judiciary and regulatory bodies and government appointed committees.
Mr. Puri was appointed as a ‘Monitor’ by the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) in a large combination to enforce the order of the CCI in a large combination. He has assisted many large organizations in their submissions to the CCI and assisted Board of Directors in submission to be made to several regulators.
Mr. Puri has worked on abuse of dominance, matters, cartel investigations, defining relevant markets and carrying out research on impact of policies and practices of organization on the markets and consumers. He has presented his research to various stakeholders including regulators, external counsels, board of directors and provided expert witness on the same.
Mr. Puri has presented his paper on privacy and data protection to government bodies of an Asian country which has been used in drafting the privacy related regulations in that country.
Mr Puri’s expert testimony experience includes matters in arbitration (domestic and International in various jurisdictions and seats) and litigation (India, Middle East, Asia, United States and the United Kingdom). These include joint venture disputes, family disputes, interests of minority shareholders, fraud, management disputes, significantly high value contractual claims, quantum and damage computations, contractual disputes (various kinds), valuations, intellectual property related matters, forensic analysis of business matters, etc.
Mr. Puri has also been involved in a number of pro-bono initiative which have included expert analysis on public interest matters. He is featured in Who’s Who Legal under consulting experts 2020 with the commentary ‘Gagan Puri is a “class expert” and “undoubtedly the market leader for forensic accounting in India’; and under Who’s Who Legal-GAR as Arbitration Expert Witness 2021. He has been acknowledged as a contributor to the Forensic Accounting and Investigation Standards published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2021.
Mr. Puri has a degree in commerce from the University of Delhi and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Puri was the India Leader for Forensic services at PwC and his other prior employments include leadership positions in forensics and disputes in India, South East Asia and the United States.

Vishal Narula (Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal India)

Vishal Narula

Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal India

Vishal Narula is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal India in its Disputes and Investigations practice based out of Bangalore. His area of expertise includes investigations into complex accounting frauds and financial mis-statements, investigations into anti-trust and anti-competition matters, investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption and crisis management.
He is one on the few accountants in India specializing in ‘privileged consulting’ which consists of assisting counsels in defending clients under regulatory enquiries, or those who are targets of investigations through various agencies such as lenders, investors or third parties.
He has over 16 years of experience in disputes and investigations and has worked across various sectors in approx. 20 different countries. He has led some of the most high-profile investigations into accounting frauds in India, many of which were of national importance. He has also worked on many high-profile ‘privileged consulting’ matters covering multiple jurisdictions and statutes.
He has the unique distinction of advising clients on most the large combinations which have been modified by the Competition Commission of India (India’s anti-trust regulator) by assisting clients in articulating the business model, defining ‘relevant markets’ and suggesting behavioral and structural remedies for preserving the value in the deal.
His experience spans across multiple sectors such as Technology, E-Commerce, Food and Beverages, Retail, Manufacturing, Industrial, Global Capability Centers and Media and Entertainment, amongst others.
He has extensive experience in providing expert testimony in commercial arbitrations and litigations at multiple forums in India and abroad. His experience consists of strategizing in preparation of the legal strategy based on the strength of evidence and claims, defending and rebutting claims and counter claims, preparation of expert reports on loss of future profits and valuation of businesses.
He has developed and implemented large scale proactive fraud detection and prevention programs using technology, intelligent data analytics and process reviews. He has developed innovative methodologies to conduct ‘penetration testing’ of an organizations systems and processes to find out its vulnerability to manipulation and fraud.
Before joining A&M, Vishal was an Executive Director (Partner) at PricewaterhouseCoopers India, leading forensic services for south India and leading Crisis Management pan India. Vishal was responsible for leading strategic initiatives of PwC in India and Globally such as setting up the Global Crisis Centre.
He has conducted several trainings for Indian Judiciary in the National Judicial Academy and the National Law University on technical subjects such as Forensic Accounting - methods and techniques, ‘Evidence’ in accounting frauds, Evidence in technology frauds, etc.
Vishal is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with a bachelors' degree in commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Dr.James J. Nedumpara (Professor and Head at Center for Trade and Investment Law)

Dr.James J. Nedumpara

Professor and Head at Center for Trade and Investment Law

James J. Nedumpara is Professor and Head of the Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL), established by the Government of India at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. In this capacity, he advises the government on international trade, investment and dispute settlement matters. He is currently on leave from Jindal Global Law School, where he joined as a founding faculty member.
James received his PhD from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and holds graduate degrees in Law from the University of Cambridge, UK; the NYU School of Law, USA; and the National University of Singapore. He has appeared in various WTO dispute proceedings as part of the Indian delegation, including India: Agricultural Products and India: Export-Related Measures, and other dispute consultation proceedings. James has published widely in the field of trade remedy law, most recently, Non-Market Economies in the Global Trading System: The Special Case of China (2018). James has also co-authored a comprehensive text book with Professor Leila Choukroune titled International Economic Law: Text, Cases and Materials, published by Cambridge University Press (2021)

Deepak Dhawan (Legal Consultant at OPaL (ONGC Petro Additions Ltd ,a JV of ONGC,GAIL and GSPC)

Deepak Dhawan

Legal Consultant at OPaL (ONGC Petro Additions Ltd ,a JV of ONGC,GAIL and GSPC

A Bachelor in Law with 32 years of experience in Oil Industry in India, worked with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., ( 1984-2016)the highest ranked 'Fortune Global 500'company of India, with a turnover of over Rs 4,86,040Crore. Innovative thinker with core experience in Legal, Litigation, Arbitration, Drafting, Vetting, Legal Opinion in matters of JV formation, Merger & Acquisition.

Jyoti Dastidar (Partner Dispute Resolution at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas)

Jyoti Dastidar

Partner Dispute Resolution at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Jyoti has significant experience in Supreme Court practice, commercial litigation, arbitration, original civil/ trial work, and white collar crime. She is an Advocate on Record of the Supreme Court of India and a gold medalist.
She has regularly appeared before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts and District Courts in several matters, including in matters of constitutional import.

Relevant Experience

Represented and appeared for
A leading airport operator in relation to a domestic commercial arbitration involving interpretation of key commercial terms for revenue allocation and their treatment under the relevant accounting standards.
A major Indian engineering, construction and manufacturing conglomerate in relation to mediation (and arbitration) proceedings arising out of contractual disputes raised by a Canadian company constructing the Sturgeon Refinery Project, Canada’s first greenfield refinery in 30 years.
A Japanese FMCG major in relation to an international commercial arbitration under the aegis of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
A major oil and gas conglomerate in relation to arbitration proceedings arising out of a dispute involving offtake of gas under a gas supply agreement
Mumbai International Airport Limited, a major airport joint venture consortium, in relation to arbitration proceedings (and a subsequent challenge to the arbitral award) arising out of disputes under the Operation, Maintenance and Development Agreement.
Several government authorities and PSUs in proceedings before constitutional courts.

Ms Renuka Iyer (Partner at ASA Legal Services LLP)

Ms Renuka Iyer

Partner at ASA Legal Services LLP

“Renuka joined the bar in 2012, she has obtained B.L.S. LL.B. degree from Government Law College, Mumbai. She is a specialized professional in litigation and has experience of 10 years in Civil Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. She represents matters before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, LCIA, National Company Law Tribunal, Debts Recovery Tribunals, National Commission, District Forums and quasi-judicial authorities. She predominantly handles matters inter alia relating to Civil Commercial Litigation, Arbitration (Domestic and International), Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Banking and Finance and Constitutional matters.

Roop Loomba (General Counsel at Rolls-Royce)

Roop Loomba

General Counsel at Rolls-Royce

Ms. Roop is the General Counsel, Head of Ethics and Compliance, Rolls Royce India and South Asia. She has over 20 years of experience in Legal Operations encompassing Legal Strategy planning, Business Partnering, Business Divestment, etc.

Pratibha Jain (Group General Counsel And Head - Corporate Affairs at Everstone Capital Advisors)

Pratibha Jain

Group General Counsel And Head - Corporate Affairs at Everstone Capital Advisors

Pratibha Jain is Group General Counsel and a member of the Management Committee at Everstone. In addition to overseeing all legal matters across the Group, Pratibha also leads Public Policy and Corporate Affairs for the Group. Before joining Everstone, Pratibha was a Partner at Nishith Desai Associates, where she founded their New Delhi office and led their M&A and Private Equity practice. She has over two decades of international and Indian experience and has worked with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in Hong Kong, and with Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Mumbai. Pratibha holds a Master of Laws from the Harvard University, a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi.

Gaurav Gupta (India Legal Counsel at Bentley)

Gaurav Gupta

India Legal Counsel at Bentley

Gaurav Gupta has a total of 17 years of experience as an corporate and commercial lawyer. He is currently been working with Bentley Systems India Private Limited India Legal Counsel with for last 11 years for Asia South and South East Asia Region.
Prior to joining Bentley Systems,Having worked in AZB & Partners for 6 years and was on secondment with Boeing India as the Legal Adviser.
He has proficiently established the entire legal department for Bentley Systems India Pvt Ltd and have been heading contract management related to software license agreements, solution selling transactions including advice on cloud offering based services in the region. He has extensively worked on Government and Public Sector Undertaking’s tenders and contracts related to software licenses, maintenance, solution selling etc. is also handling regulatory matters and corporate compliance matters, M&A transactions, complex HR Issues for Bentley in Asia South and South East Asia Region.
He has done is law from Himachal Pradesh University and BCom Hons from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata

Rimali Batra (Partner at DSK Legal)

Rimali Batra

Partner at DSK Legal

Rimali joined DSK Legal in June 2015. She was a merit rank holder at the University of Pune and holds a master’s in law from University of Oxford, UK, where she specialized in regulatory laws, philosophical foundations of common law and dispute resolution.

She has been practicing in Energy and Regulatory Litigation for over 10 years now and also has an extensive experience of handling arbitrations / dispute resolution. She represents and advices a wide range of government and non-government organizations.

She also practices in projects and policy advisory and has a wide-ranging experience of working in the Oil-Gas and the Railways sector.

Dr. Sameer Kaul (President at bcpbf - The Cancer Foundation)

Dr. Sameer Kaul

President at bcpbf - The Cancer Foundation

Dr. Sameer Kaul was brought up in Srinagar, Kashmir where he studied at the Burn Hall School. His basic degree in medicine was acquired at the Govt. Medical College, Srinagar in 1978. Soon work at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai led to a master’s degree in Surgical Oncology. Having acquired varied surgical skills at Nanavati Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, KEM Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, he left for London to work at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. His work led to an Oncology Fellowship, where after he returned to work in Delhi, initially at Batra Hospital and now for more than 25 years at the Apollo Cancer Institute, New Delhi. He heads the Surgical Oncology Unit ‘ONKAULOGY KOMBINE’ which comprises half a dozen consultants and other junior consultants and is certainly among the busiest oncology divisions in India. He conducts outpatient clinics in APOLLO CANCER INSTITUTE New Delhi, KASHMIR CLINICS Srinagar, SHIFO CLINIC Dushanbe & also in DRC. His interest lies in popularizing Innovative Techniques in oncology. Port insertion, Primary Reconstruction for Ca Breast, and now Radio Frequency Ablation, PIPAC owe its pioneering efforts in India. An avid speaker keenly sought in this region for his original thought, his ability to ask questions, and best practices in oncology.
In a significant step towards Healthcare Entrepreneurship, he has recently joined as Managing Director & CEO, EBIXCITY.
He is also the Founder President of a successful non-governmental organization called ‘bcpbf-The Cancer Foundation’. The foundation works in the area of offering better cancer care to economically under privileged patients in India, spreads awareness about this dreaded disease, run a Central Drug Repository and most importantly trains clinicians in the field of oncology across India and the neighboring countries leading to a fellowship program

Amit Mohaan Meharia (Partner at MCO Legal)

Amit Mohaan Meharia

Partner at MCO Legal

Amit Meharia is the Managing Partner at MCO Legals based in New Delhi. His area of covers Corporate law, Commercial Arbitration, Oil and Gas.

Professional Associations include:
• Law Society of England and Wales
• International Bar Association
• Bar Association of Supreme Court of India
• Incorporated Law Society of Bombay.
• World Jurist Association

Pashupati Nath (Partner at Khaitan & Co)

Pashupati Nath

Partner at Khaitan & Co

Pashupati Nath Partner in the Corporate and Commercial practice group in the Delhi office Prior to joining the Firm, Pashupati was Associate at Vaish Associates, Advocates, Delhi.

Dr Ashok Sharma (Founder & CEO of FICL)

Dr Ashok Sharma

Founder & CEO of FICL

Dr. Ashok Sharma, a Fellow of CIArb (London), is sitting as an arbitrator both in commercial, construction and maritime arbitrations. He is on Panel of Arbitrators of Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC); Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre (BAIAC), Singapore; Indian Council of Arbitration(ICA)-Commercial & Maritime; International Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR); SCOPE Forum of Conciliation & Arbitration (SFCA).

He was the General Counsel of MMTC Limited, India’s first Golden Super Star Trading House and leading USD 15 billion Government of India International Trading Company having a subsidiary Company ‘MMTC Transnational Pte Ltd’. in Singapore and a Steel Plant ‘NeelachalIspat Nigam Limited’ in Orissa, India.

He has advised MMTC in complex commercial matters, structuring of JVs, setting up of a Gold Refinery JV, a Steel plant in Orissa, setting up of a Commodity Exchange etc.

His track record of 46+ years in the legal profession stands amply acknowledged by being a Member of the Executive Committee, ICC India [India Chapter of International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (ICC)]; General Committee, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA); Governing Body, Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA); Hony Treasurer, International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution ( ICADR ) New Delhi; Governing Body, SCOPE Forum of Conciliation & Arbitration [SFCA]; and former Chairman of the Standing Legal Committee, SCOPE (Apex body of Public Sector Units in India).

Suparna Singh (Head at NDTV Convergence Limited)

Suparna Singh

Head at NDTV Convergence Limited

20+ years experience in broadcast and digital media. Editorial plus management expertise and skills. Core member of team that built NDTV Convergence into India's leading online news destination. Passionate about writing, firm believer in team work.

Siddharth Srivastava (Partner at Khaitan & Co)

Siddharth Srivastava

Partner at Khaitan & Co

Siddharth Srivastava is a partner in Khaitan & Co's banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency practice groups. He has worked for leading banks and financial institutions and advised clients on syndication, debt restructuring, project finance and structured finance matters. He also advises on various international and domestic bonds, including bonds under the FPI VRR route. A large part of his practice is focused on restructuring and insolvency work, as part of which he has advised resolution professionals on some of the largest insolvency matters. He regularly represents lenders and investors/bidders in the stressed asset space. He has recently been involved in some of the largest pre-insolvency restructuring deals. Sidharth is a regular speaker in various forums, such as CII and IPBA, and has published numerous articles in leading newspapers. Siddharth is also a recognised as the recommended practitioner Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000 and Forbes. He has also featured in the Asia Legal Business list of 40 under 40 lawyers (Asia Pacific) as well as BW Legal World 40 under 40.