September 05, 2017


Vasanth Rajasekaran

Seth Dua & Associates’ (SDA’s) Partner Vasanth Rajasekaran has joined Phoenix Legal as Partner. Rajasekaran joins the firm along with his team members Sukrit Seth, Senior Associate, and Saurabh Babulkar, Associate. Prior to joining Seth Dua & Associates, Rajasekaran served as Senior Associate at Kachwaha & Partners – India.

With focus on international arbitration and keen interest in defence procurement and urban infrastructure, Rajasekaran has been recognized and recommended by various legal directories for his expertise in international arbitration.

Rajasekaran’s practice areas include Dispute Resolution (Litigation & Arbitration), Infrastructure Projects (real estate, roads, power, airports, ports, railways, water, and sanitation), Construction, PPP, Energy and Natural Resources, Aerospace Defence and Aviation, Railways, Urban Development, Real Estate, and Competition Law.

Rajasekaran holds International Practice Diploma in Joint Ventures from College of Law, England & Wales; Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi; and Master’s Degree in Political Science from JNU.

Among Rajasekaran’s recent success stories is a case wherein he acted as the lead counsel on behalf of the Builders Association of India before the anti-trust regulator that resulted in imposition by the regulator of the highest penalty till date (approx. US$ 1.05 billion) against leading cement manufacturers.

In addition, Rajasekaran has assisted the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in drafting the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill and has been nominated as a member of the core committee set-up by the Ministry for the preparation of sub-ordinate legislation under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. He has also been credited for drafting the first-of-its-kind Financial Management & Procurement Manual for a sui generis socio-economic PPP project of Government of India.

With respect to Rajasekaran’s appointment at Phoenix Legal, Firm’s Partner Manjula Chawla said, "Rajasekaran brings with him exceptional skills and is a natural fit and addition to our projects and disputes teams. We are very pleased to have him join us and wish him success."

In response, Rajasekaran stated, "We are excited to be part of Phoenix Legal. My experience of handling international commercial arbitration and litigation combined with my specialized expertise in aerospace, defence, infrastructure projects, Government procurement and defence procurement will augment Phoenix Legal's core strengths and complement its other practices."

Currently, the number of partners in Phoenix Legal’s three offices (New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai) is 16.

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