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May 03, 2018

ELP appoints two members to Strategy & Planning, Defense & Aerospace practices


On May 01, Economic Laws Practice (ELP), a leading full-service law firm in India, announced the appointment of two significant members to its team: Ashutosh Gupta as Partner of Strategy & Planning and Karishma Maniar as Associate Director of Defense & Aerospace.

With regard to the appointments, Suhail Nathani, Managing Partner of the firm, said, “At ELP, we always endeavour to remain relevant to our clients’ business and legal needs as they keep changing. While we are strengthening the defense & aerospace portfolio with the appointment of Karishma, the plethora of new laws and regulations today provides an opportunity for ELP to work closely with clients to evolve legal thought leadership efficiently and relevant to their businesses. To demonstrate our commitment to this space, we have Ashutosh, who has joined us as a Partner to lead that effort. I look forward to working closely with Ashutosh and Karishma as we embark on this exciting new phase of ELP’s journey”.

Having previously worked with Khaitan & Co as Director – Business Strategy & Business Development; KPMG; and Aon Hewitt in different capacities, Ashutosh possesses nearly 12 years of business development and strategy consulting experience across diverse markets and industry sectors, most recently and notably in the legal space. He pursued law at Delhi University; is an LLM graduate from Columbia University; and is an MBA graduate from University of Oxford.

Karishma possesses over 11 years of experience within the Defence Sector and has been responsible for long and medium-term strategy and business planning, bidding, strategic HR and investment planning, along with key activities related to strategic teaming arrangements, partnerships, and alliances. She has been the lead on many large deals with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and/or clients as well as foreign OEMs and brings to the table in-depth understanding of issues faced by all stakeholders in the Defence Sector. Additionally, Karishma has actively engaged in Policy Advocacy along with Industry Associations, including FICCI, ELCINA, DIIA, and CII to drive changes in Procedures and Policies in the Defence Sector. Prior to joining ELP, Karishma has worked with Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division as Principal-Corporate Strategy and Legal & Contracts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics) from Sardar Patel College of Engineering and is a Post Graduate in Executive Management Programme from SP Jain Institute of Management Research, Mumbai.

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