LEGAL ERA CELEBRATES TOP CROSS-BORDER (INDIA DESK) LAWYERS FOR THEIR LEGAL FINESSE & EXCELLENCE Have cross-border deals and transactions become harder than they used to be? Especially given the rapidly changing legal landscape across the globe over the past two years? Has the subject matter of disputes and matters before courts become complex? Especially considering that digital tools...
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LEGAL ERA CELEBRATES TOP CROSS-BORDER (INDIA DESK) LAWYERS FOR THEIR LEGAL FINESSE & EXCELLENCE
Have cross-border deals and transactions become harder than they used to be? Especially given the rapidly changing legal landscape across the globe over the past two years? Has the subject matter of disputes and matters before courts become complex? Especially considering that digital tools and digital mediums now constitute the heart of these matters? Is the law keeping pace with the growth of technology and its consequent impact on cross-border matters? Especially when tech users are not only invisible but also nearly unidentifiable across the globe?
If so, don't we agree that it's time we recognize those who have been key players in the field of cross-border legal practice?
Legal Era plugged this gap on 4 February 2022. In a glittering high-profile virtual awards' ceremony attended by global icons and stalwarts across time zones, Legal Era proudly hosted and marked their Global Achievers Awards 2022 "Recognizing Cross-Border (India Desk) Lawyers for their Legal Finesse, Innovation & Accomplishments." This was an occasion to celebrate legal finesse, innovation, and accomplishments of the top Cross Border (India Desk) Lawyers from Global Firms who lead and assist all the inbound and outbound legal work while working with Indian clients in Indian geographies.
Legal Era Global Legal Media Group, a Think Tank of Global Experts, Lawyers & Law Firms has diversified into a mega global think tank of expert professionals in the field of business and law. It has been anticipating the needs of the legal community and empowering them with tools to succeed in these rapidly-changing times. The brand plays a leading role in thought leadership and policy debates by being the global voice of the legal fraternity.
Well connected with more than 75,000+ professionals, subscribers & members and with an international presence in Singapore, South Africa, the Middle East, the UK, and the US, Legal Era's vast array of slick services and solutions makes it the only brand serving the legal community with a comprehensive suite of content offerings and services in all mediums.
Well, Legal Era has done it again – nodding their heads and acknowledging the global icons who played a key role in transforming the legal landscape as cross-border lawyers. The cross-border legal professionals seated at the Indian Desk and who are assisting in the inbound and outbound legal work while they work with the Indian clients have been playing a pivotal role.
Today, every MNC has a South Asia business that requires extremely localized hand-holding at every legal touchpoint during their operations. No wonder every global law firm today has a cross-border lawyer that focuses on meeting these specific business needs rooted in emerging markets.
And Legal Era is conscious of the fast-growing need for both inbound and outbound legal assistance in emerging markets and equally conscious of the need to recognize the faces delivering such unique skill-sets and high-value assistance rendered over multi-jurisdictional matters.
The Legal Era team conducted extensive and exhaustive research that assessed the leading Cross-Border Lawyers from Global Firms and rewarded the deserving ones, rightfully. Based on review & data, the team shared the information with a panel of judges, an accomplished and independent fleet of stalwarts of the legal industry, and multi-jurisdictional matters experts, who thoroughly examined and churned out unbiased ranks. Out of the umpteen nominations received, 150 cross border lawyers were shortlisted and from those, 30 winners were finalized - the most competent and credible Cross-Border Lawyers from Global Law Firms who have been making an exceptional contribution to their firms, the legal industry, and the world of business and law, across continents. The Awards' Categories included diverse practice areas such as Corporate, law, M&A, capital market, security, dispute resolution, arbitration etc.
The event began with an earnest welcome address by Aakriti Raizada, Founder, Legal Era, well known for her vision to create One Voice One Community for knowledge-sharing across the Global Business - Legal Industry. Driven by unflinching commitment to create opportunities and showcase the stellar talent of the country, Ms. Aakriti epitomized the uniqueness of the awards as she invited a huge round of applause for each one of the finalists for navigating the unchartered waters of the global pandemic and carving a niche for themselves as Cross-Border (India Desk) Lawyers.
Especially noting the significant role these lawyers played in placing India on the global map as a favored nation for investments and galvanizing our economic growth, she made a reference to Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget Speech that highlighted the Government of India's strong commitment to 'minimum government & maximum governance', trust in the public, and ease of doing business.
In recent years, over 25,000 compliances have been reduced and 1486 Union laws have been repealed. India is growing at an accelerated pace and people are undertaking multiple financial transactions…There has been a phenomenal increase in transactions in virtual digital assets. Cross-border insolvency too occupied a specific spot in the Annual Financial Statement.
After Aakriti Raizada's emphatic address, Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, Society of Indian Law Firms, addressed the international gathering with the key message - Legal professionals should be integrated into a global legal profession in an era of cross-border economies.
"There should be no borders for legal practice."
He made a fervent case for the need for Indian and foreign lawyers to work together to meet the goals of their respective clients.
"There has to be reciprocity between legal professionals throughout the world." Dr. Bhasin highlighted that the doors were already open for mutual cooperation in the form of exchange of technology, knowledge, and advice. Indian lawyers can advise foreign clients and vice versa. That was an urgency. He made a plea that the government should formalize the entry of foreign lawyers into India. They must regulate the entry. But remove the artificial barriers. Our law firms can handle any type of work that comes with all kinds of specializations. "The Indian legal profession is second to none. We have very eminent in-house General Counsels. And external counsels. SILF and BAI has recommended to the GOI that they should follow the Singapore Model of allowing foreign lawyers to come and practice in the country."
In that context, Dr. Bhasin highlighted that the Legal Era Global Achievers Awards was an extremely critical occasion to recognize lawyers delivering unique skill-sets and high-value assistance rendered over multi-jurisdictional matters.
The esteemed presenters who shared the screen with Dr. Bhasin for the first half of the high-profile awards' evening were Vineet Vij, Group General Counsel, Tech Mahindra; Ameet Naik, Managing Partner at Naik Naik & Co; and Shahnaz Ahmad - Managing Director, Legal, Accenture.
Vineet Vij, Group General Counsel, Tech Mahindra expressed deep pleasure for having the opportunity to honour the stupendous efforts of the very best lawyers we have in today's times who have not only made a significant mark for themselves at a global level but have also played a role in positioning India as one of the preferred nations for cross border investments. "They can be surely called the flagbearers for India Inc. at the global level supporting end to end with multi-jurisdictional legal knowledge and procedural mastery."
Explaining their increasing relevance today, Vineet Vij said: "While the role of cross-border lawyers had attained prominence in the last century with globalisation, but more so, their role has become pivotal with the onset of the pandemic. With recent changes in the digital world, new age structures like AI, blockchain, we are witnessing a truly seamless and borderless world with the ever increasing need to have the right legal counsel help us in our business engagements at the global level. Given the complex regulatory environment and regimen in India - right from FDI, project financing, M&As, data protection, anti-trust, IPRs, and multi-fold compliance requirements - the expectations from lawyers who partner and guide through cross-border transactions goes up multi-fold. And it really takes a lot of experience, unique skill sets, high value multi-jurisdictional assistance and support from the very best."
Adding to Dr. Lalit Bhasin's plea on integration of the legal community globally, Mr. Vij seconded his opinion, "I've looked at multiple trans-border transactions as existing in over 50 countries and sometimes working with a pool of law firms for the same transaction. And I can tell you, the lawyers here are no less good than the lawyers anywhere else! There are just some finer points that we may not be equipped with sitting here in India. So, the collaboration works really well. We should formalize with some form of regulation. We bring that value at low cost and yet at a high quality."
Ameet Naik, Managing Partner, Naik Naik & Co resonated with Vineet Vij and Dr. Lalit Bhasin on the economies being global and the lawyering community becoming one. He affirmed, "You must see that the legal community is developing. The Indian lawyering is rubbing off everywhere! India has become so important in lawyering across the globe. You are seeing a legal community developing and it's great to see an India focus. All the India desks are doing very well and are extremely busy. The budget on cross-border insolvency is very interesting and is a step in the right direction based on the Model Law. We are seeing healthy cross-border work - whether it's Singapore, Tokyo, Dubai… And international commercial arbitration. 40% of SIAC arbitrations are of Indian origin. And that is a great indication of where our litigation is going let alone transactions' work.
And yes, integration is key. We will follow the Singapore model. Sitting on Zoom today, we are dialling into hearings there. Friends from Singapore are dialling into the Indian Supreme Court hearings. It is ever so increasing. One great takeaway is that today our colleagues are participating in hearings here! And in that context, events like these that recognize people participate in the development of India and who put India on the global map is very important."
Shahnaz Ahmad, Managing Director, Legal, Accenture encouraged the awardees and extended much congratulations to them. She thanked Legal Era for organizing such a wonderful event and acknowledged, "Legal Era is one of the most coveted in the industry and during these testing times organizing such an event and recognizing the efforts of competent lawyers stands as testimony to the team's hard work and diligence."
The first set of Legal Era Global Achievers 2022 awardees not only received their coveted recognition but also shared their elation, the prime challenges they faced during the pandemic, and their strategy on cross-border practice for the years ahead.
The winners of the Legal Era Global Achievers Awards 2022 exhibited an applause-worthy drive to explore and excel in a niche space unconfined to specific practice areas. They have led the way for many other young lawyers to take the path less trodden. And undoubtedly, their contribution to making India a business-friendly destination for businesses worldwide was equally worth applause.
Dr. Lalit Bhasin closed the evening with his succinct thoughts summarized the crux and relevance of the Global Achievers Awards,
"These are very unique awards as they are being given to those cross-border lawyers who head the India-focused practice of the global law firms - so it appears as if we are honouring ourselves.
The awardees have at some point of time been an integral part of the Indian legal profession. At least they've done their legal education in India, for some years they practiced their legal profession in India, and then they went to foreign jurisdictions where again they made their presence felt by being a part of the India desk so that the commitment to remain India-focused was always there.
So, these awards recognize the India lawyers and the foreign lawyers who have contributed significantly to the economic development of the jurisdictions for which they practiced and also the development of India's economy by providing legal support to the M&As, to the IPOs etc. Economies cannot achieve the desired result unless they have proper legal support. Even governments need such legal support to draw up the protocols etc. And these awardees have lent their services to enable that at a global level. Thank everyone for providing a service to our country. There is a great potential and opportunities galore ahead to collaborate with each other and make them more meaningful."
Legal Era has set another benchmark at rewarding the Cross-Border (India Desk) Lawyers' fraternity with global visibility and relationship-building opportunities like no other. This platform, the next Edition of the Global Achievers Awards 2023, and the potential for opportunities are only set to grow in the times to come.
Here is the list of the awardees:
1. Abhimanyu Jalan, Partner, Clyde & Co
2. Amit Kataria, Partner, Morrison Foerster
3. Ashok Lalwani, Partner & Head, Global India Practice, Baker Mckenzie
4. Biswajit Chatterjee, Partner, Hogan Lovells
5. Dr. Daniel Sharma, Partner, DLA Piper
6. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Partner & Chair India Business Groiup, Reed Smith
7. Gautam Narasimhan, Joint Managing Partner, Allen & Overy
8. Jai Pathak, Partner, Gibson Dunn
9. Jamie A Benson, Director, Duane Morris
10. Kamal Shah, Senior Partner, Stephenson Harwood
11. Karthik Kumar, Partner, Jones Day
12. Laurence Lieberman, Partner, Taylor Wessing
13. Lord Peter Goldsmith, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
14. Nipun Gupta, Partner & Joint Leader of India Strategy Group, Bird & Bird LLP
15. Nish Shetty, Partner, Clifford Chance
16. Raja Bose, Partner, K&L Gates
17. Ralph C Voltmer, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
18. Robert Friedman, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
19. Ryo Kotoura, Partner & Head India Practice, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
20. Sherina Petit, Partner & Head of India Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright,LLP
21. Sunil Kakkad, Partner, Gowling WLG
22. Taeko Suzuki, Partner & Head India Desk, Nishimura & Asahi
23. Talat Ansari, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
24. Ulrich (Uli) Bäumer, Partner, Osborne Clarke
25. Vikram Nair, Partner, Rajah & Tann
Here are the profiles of all the awardees:
Abhimanyu JalanPartner, Clyde & Co
A multi-specialist partner in Clyde & Co's Middle East corporate practice, Abhimanyu Jalan has successfully led numerous high-profile and complex mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and public-private partnerships (including in business sectors relating to power, healthcare, retail and telecommunications).
Experienced in all aspects of acquisition structuring, deal negotiation and documentation, Abhimanyu advises in relation to the full range of transnational acquisitions and other major corporate investment transactions. His clients include private equity entities, financial intermediaries, transnational corporations (both listed and unlisted), family offices and Governments.
Abhi is qualified to practice law in England, India and Ontario (Canada).
Amit KatariaPartner, Morrison Foerster
Amit Kataria has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities offerings, as well as a broad range of cross-border transactional and corporate advisory matters. He represents corporations, financial sponsors, and their portfolio companies in global mergers and acquisitions across a wide range of industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Biotech, Hospitality, Insurance, Logistics, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, and Real Estate.
Amit focuses on advising strategic acquirers and financial investors in connection with cross-border transactions involving the United States of America, Europe, Latin America, China, South Korea, India, the rest of South Asia, and South-ast Asia.
Amit's clients appreciate his "take-no-prisoners approach to negotiations and drafting" and find "working with Amit a fantastic experience." Others say he is "very prompt in anticipating potential roadblocks in a transaction and finds innovative solutions to address such roadblocks."
Amit has practiced in New York, London, Hong Kong, and India.
Ashok LalwaniPartner & Head, Global India Practice, Baker McKenzie
Ashok Lalwani is the Head of Baker McKenzie's Global India practice and also heads the International Capital Markets practice in Asia Pacific. He has more than 25 years of experience handling Indian transactions – both inbound and outbound – for clients in various industries.
Ashok focuses his practice on public and private international securities offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including the representation of non-US based companies in transactions involving US federal securities laws. His practice also includes the representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings in the US and abroad. Additionally, Ashok has more than 20 years of experience handling Indian transactions – both inbound and outbound – for clients in various industries.
Some of his notable work highlights includes:
Biswajit ChatterjeePartner, Hogan Lovells
Biswajit (Bis) Chatterjee is a corporate partner, and leads the US securities laws practice focused on India, SE Asia and Middle East. Biswajit divides his time between Singapore and Dubai.
Biswajit focuses on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, M&A and PE transactions in India, SE Asia and Middle East. He has worked across industries, including technology, fintech, energy, financial services, defense, infrastructure, real estate, retail and hospitality. He also supports Indian corporates and conglomerates growing and/or reorganizing their global operations on corporate commercial matters. Biswajit has also worked on a range of regulatory issues, including economic sanctions, government procurement, white collar investigations, corporate governance and regulatory issues.
Dr. Daniel SharmaPartner, DLA Piper
Daniel Sharma has extensive experience in advising clients in international disputes.
He regularly acts for private companies as well as governments, governmental institutions and international organizations in a variety of industry sectors, including infrastructure, power, aviation, oil and gas, automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, financial services and manufacturing. Daniel has advised clients with regard to ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in English, French and German, and under different rules, including ICC, SIAC, DIS, CIETAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID. He regularly sits as an arbitrator. Daniel is also highly experienced in antitrust laws and represents clients in private antitrust litigation proceedings.
Daniel is the chair of the firm's global India Group.
Daniel is Rechtsanwalt admitted with Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Gautam BhattacharyyaPartner & Chair India Business Groiup, Reed Smith
Gautam Bhattacharyya specializes in international commercial arbitration and litigation in a broad number of areas. He is a member of Reed Smith's global board, its Executive Committee. He has been a partner in the firm since 2000 and is the former Managing Partner of Reed Smith's Singapore office. Gautam is also chair of our India Business Team.
Gautam has extensive experience of acting in international arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UNCITRAL, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, and other arbitration bodies. He has also conducted numerous litigations before the English courts, as well as cases involving the courts of many other jurisdictions. He was previously a visiting law lecturer at the University of Westminster.
Gautam is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1993 (after completing his solicitors' training contract in London between 1991-1993); he became a partner in Reed Smith LLP in 2000; from 2012-2015 he served as the founding managing partner of Reed Smith's Singapore office.
Gautam NarasimhanJoint Managing Partner, Allen & Overy
Gautam Narasimhan is a banking partner and joint managing partner of Allen & Overy's Singapore office. His practice focuses on leveraged finance, structured finance and private equity in South and Southeast Asia, particularly India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore.
He has advised many international banks, private equity funds and credit funds on numerous high-profile financings and structured transactions in the region, including some of the most significant acquisition financings on recent high value intra-Asia deals.
Gautam has been practising in Singapore for the last 14 years and worked in London and New York previously. He is qualified to practise in England, Singapore, New York and India.
Jai S PathakPartner, Gibson Dunn
Jai S. Pathak is a partner in the Singapore office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the firm's corporate department and its Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. Mr. Pathak established the Singapore office in 2008 and has served as its Partner-in-Charge until 2021. He has also served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Mr. Pathak has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, dispositions, privatizations, joint ventures, licensing, infrastructure development, as well as private equity and structured finance transactions. He has significant experience in the telecommunications, technology, banking, hospitality, oil/gas, pharmaceutical, FMCG and chemical industries. His clients have included governments, financial institutions, investment banks, multinational companies and U.S., European, and Asian companies. His practice has included projects in the United States, Europe, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Canada, Australia and China.
Jamie A BensonDirector, Duane Morris
Jamie A. Benson is the head of Duane Morris and Selvam's U.S. Capital Markets practice, U.S. Venture Capital and India Practices. He has more than 20 years' experience and has advised on more than 100 securities offerings throughout the world with total proceeds of approximately US$22 billion. He is one of the leading international legal counsel advising on securities offerings by Indian issuers. He is currently based in Singapore, having previously worked in New York, Sydney and London.
Jamie's experience includes advising on: equity offerings (public offerings and private placements); high-yield, convertible and investment-grade bond offerings; debt private placements; SEC- registered equity and debt offerings; mergers and acquisitions of both U.S. and non-U.S. public companies; going private transactions; SEC reporting obligations; compliance with U.S. broker-dealer laws; general corporate law matters; commercial law matters; and FCPA matters. Jamie has worked on deals across industries.
Jamie has represented almost every major international and Indian investment bank. Jamie studied law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where he was awarded a B.A. and an M.A. He received his Master of Laws from the University of Virginia. Jamie is admitted to practice law in New York, USA and Tasmania, Australia.
Kamal ShahSenior Partner, Stephenson Harwood
Kamal Shah is a Senior Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group, as well as the head of the India and Africa groups at Stephenson Harwood. He is based out of the London office, but travels regularly to India and Africa. Kamal specializes in International Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, fraud and asset tracing. He advises a diverse mix of Corporations, Banks, Governments, and Wealthy Families and Individuals, in complex disputes in India, many of them crossing several jurisdictions. Kamal is a member of the LCIA Court, as well as the president of the LCIA's African Users' Council.
Kamal Shah acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking and finance, shareholder arrangements, energy and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations.
Karthik KumarPartner, Jones Day
Karthik Kumar is an experienced project development, acquisition, and finance lawyer. He has advised on high-profile renewable energy and infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific region since 2003, including on the development, financing, sale, and acquisition of projects in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, China, and Australia.
Karthik acts for a wide variety of clients such as developers, sponsors, borrowers, and financial institutions, including banks and multilateral lending institutions. Karthik has a strong focus on the renewable energy sector with extensive experience in solar, onshore and offshore wind, biomass, and waste-to-energy projects across the region.
Karthik is highly regarded in the market for his in-depth regulatory knowledge and significant transactional experience across Asia- Pacific.
Laurence LiebermanPartner, Taylor Wessing
Laurence Lieberman specializes in litigation, international arbitration, and regulatory and corporate investigations. His sectors of expertise are life sciences and financial services. Laurence is also the Head of the India group. He regularly travels to India, and acts for Indian multinationals across a range of sectors. In life sciences, Laurence represents UK and international pharmaceutical, biotech, and other life sciences companies on commercial disputes. This includes disputes concerning royalty payments and licencing, joint venture and collaboration agreements, marketing approvals and market entry for medicines, distribution and supply of products, and regulatory and compliance investigations and breaches.
In financial services, Laurence advises clients on disputes, investigations and enforcement actions. He has particular expertise in private banking and wealth management, structured products and derivatives, securitizations and financial frauds. Laurence acts for a range of domestic and international banks and other financial institutions, and also represents senior executives in financial institutions involved in high profile, often transatlantic, regulatory investigations.
Lord Peter GoldsmithDebevoise & Plimpton LLP
Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, is London Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation.
Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients, alongside his role as chair of the firm's European and Asian litigation practices, in arbitration and litigation in the UK and other countries. He is a QC and appears regularly in court as well as in arbitration.
He has served as the UK's Attorney General from 2001-2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.
His significant work includes leading cases on auditors' liability; insurance and takeover law; banking law; company law; insolvency litigation; revenue cases; public law and public international law; and arbitration. He has a double first class honors from Cambridge University and a Masters from University College London.
Nipun GuptaPartner & Joint Leader of India Strategy Group, Bird & Bird LLP
Nipun advises Bird & Bird on their international strategy for India. Her focus is international M & A, particularly cross border matters and emerging markets. Before joining the team at Bird & Bird, she was a partner at a US headquartered international law firm, where she was recognized by Chambers Global as 'a driving force behind the India practice'. Prior to that, she was the Global Head of Legal at Ispat International which has since rebranded as Arcelor Mittal to become the world's largest steel manufacturing group.
In 2001, she was recognized as one of the 'Hot 100' lawyers in the UK, and received the 2001 International Professional Award EFBWO.
In 2006 she received the prestigious Law Day award from the Indian Prime Minister recognizing her outstanding contributions in the field of law as a 'role model for women lawyers in India and abroad'.
Nish ShettyPartner, Clifford Chance
Clifford Chance Asia is a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore between Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavanagh Law LLP. Nish Shetty leads the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in Asia Pacific.
He specializes in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on international arbitration, restructuring & insolvency and regulatory work. He regularly advises on complex cross-jurisdictional disputes including arbitrations and is widel y recognized as a leader in the field of dispute resolution in the region.
Nish is on the panel of arbitrators of most of the key arbitral institutions in the world.
Nish has an LLB from the National University of Singapore. He has been admitted as a Solicitor in Singapore and in England and Wales.
Raja BosePartner, K&L Gates
Raja Bose leads the firm's commercial disputes and international arbitration practice in Asia and has more than 20 years of experience in international dispute resolution and has worked in both London and Singapore. He is qualified both as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore as well as admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales.
He is also a qualified arbitrator and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the UK as well as of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Raja is on the panel of arbitrators of a number of arbitration institutions including the SIAC, KLRCA, ICA, and HKIAC.
Whilst his practice focuses on international commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on international arbitration, he also has considerable experience supervising, coordinating, and managing complex court-based litigation in a wide number of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region including South Asia, Indo-China, and South-East Asia. Raja has also been involved in a number of high profile investor/state disputes and investment treaty arbitrations including defending the Governments of India and Bangladesh as well as pursuing actions on behalf of foreign investors against the Governments of Thailand, Egypt, and Sri Lanka.
Robert FriedmanPartner, Sheppard Mullin
Robert Friedman is a partner and Practice Group Leader of the Business Trial Practice Group and is based in the firm's New York office. He is also head of the firm's South Asia team and a member of the White Collar and International Arbitration groups. Robert focuses on business and corporate litigation matters and internal investigations. He has tried over 70 cases and regularly represents financial institutions, technology companies, media companies and litigation trustees in significant business disputes, including those involving trade secrets, software theft, non-compete, securities and license agreements. He has achieved successful outcomes in the major international arbitral forums and has led numerous internal investigations for clients in all industries.
Prior to entering private practice, Robert was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney's Office.
Ralph C Voltmer Jr.Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Ralph Voltmer, Jr., a partner in the firm's corporate group, advises both U.S. and foreign clients in cross-border transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and financings (whether debt or equity). Ralph has represented clients on a variety of transactions in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and he is the chair of the firm's India Practice.
Ryo KotouraPartner & Head India Practice, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Ryo Kotoura is a partner and head of India practice team at the Japanese law firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. He is working primarily in the field of Japan-India related matters. With his experience working at an Indian law firm, he regularly advises on domestic clients advancing to South Asian Countries (India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In particular, India) (establishment and operation of local subsidiaries, branch and liaison offices), joint ventures and acquisition of local companies (including those acquired through tender offer), research of regulations and support for filings, support for conclusion of distributorship agreements and agency agreements, employment management, management of intellectual property rights, litigation, as well as on other legal issues that Japanese companies often face in South Asian Countries (in particular, India).
He has abundant experience of advising Japanese companies disputing with the companies in South Asian countries (in particular, India) by international arbitration in a third country, those litigation in those countries etc. He also advises domestic clients in Japan on M&A, corporate restructuring and internal compliance matters. He has abundant experience of internal investigation and outside investigation through a third-party committee.
Sherina PetitPartner & Head of India Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP
Sherina Petit is a partner in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, leading the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East and the firm's India practice globally. Sherina has significant experience in international commercial arbitration, investor state disputes resolution, alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) and litigation. In addition to acting as counsel, she regularly sits as an arbitrator.
Sherina has a wide range of experience in all key aspects of international arbitration across a broad range of industries, including: energy; construction; oil and gas; trade; transport; pharmaceuticals; commodities; finance; and technology. She represents international clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, including those before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), as well as in ad hoc proceedings.
Sherina has vast international experience, having practised across multiple jurisdictions. She qualified as an Advocate in India whilst working at a leading law firm in Mumbai (now non-practising).
Sunil KakkadPartner, Gowling WLG
Sunil Kakkad heads the Firm's Corporate Team. He has over 30 years' experience advising UK and foreign companies, financial institutions and high net worth individuals and families on public and private mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), capital markets transactions (including IPOs and secondary issues on the Main Market and AIM), private equity investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
As joint head of the Firm's India Group, Sunil also advises Indian companies, financial institutions and high net worth individuals and families on a wide range of cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, disposals and capital raising in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
Sunil's clients include Main Market-listed clients, including Wilmington plc and Hardy Oil & Gas plc, AIM-listed clients, such as Codemasters Group Holdings plc and The Stanley Gibbons Group plc, and other listed and large private companies in the UK and abroad, including Greenko Group plc and Mytrah Energy Limited.
Taeko SuzukiPartner & Head India Desk, Nishimura & Asahi
Taeko Suzuki is a well known Japanese lawyer who heads India Desk of Nishimura & Asahi. Taeko advises Japanese corporations investing into and doing business in India, with a special focus on dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) and regulatory work (criminal and competition related matters) in India. She also handles jurisdictions such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and other countries in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
She represented major Cases in 2021 -Monstarlab Holdings, Inc. - Acquisition of Dubai's ECAP DMCC Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. - Sale of machine tool business to Nidec Corporation etc.
Talat AnsariPartner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Whether advising Indian companies doing business in the US or American companies faced with commercial and legal challenges in India, Talat Ansari's goal is to help his clients remain competitive on both a regional and global scale.
Talat is a member of the Litigation practice group and co-chair of the International Dispute Resolution Group. He also advises on corporate and commercial transactions (M&A, finance, trade regulations), infrastructure projects, and international litigation (American & Indian law) and arbitration. He also advises US corporations on matters pertaining to Indian business law, banking, direct & indirect taxes, foreign exchange regulations, and foreign direct investment issues. Talat's clients are both India-based clients doing business in the US, including large Indian conglomerates, and US industrial and financial clients doing business in India.
Talat is admitted to practice in both the United States and India. He was born in India, is bilingual in Hindi and English, and currently based in New York. Talat has proven, time and again, that he is able to synthesize and reconcile American and Indian law, culture, and business.
Talat offers his clients more than four decades of experience representing India-based industrial, servicing and trading companies doing business in the US, including several large Indian conglomerate businesses with international reach and particularly extensive US business objectives and holdings. Talat also serves as trusted advisor on matters pertaining to business law, banking, direct and indirect taxes, foreign exchange regulations and foreign direct investment issues.
In addition, Talat advises a myriad of well-known and emerging US industrial and financial clients on Indian law.
Ulrich (Uli) BäumerPartner, Osborne Clarke
RA Ulrich Bäumer, LL.M. (Washington, DC), Attorney-at-law (N.Y), is a partner of the international law firm Osborne Clarke in Cologne. He advises the clients of the firm mainly in the areas information technology and (offshore) outsourcing, as well as complex licensing issues (inter alia ERP, XaaS, Cloud, etc). He drafts and negotiates complex international IT project (especially outsourcing and licensing) contracts and assists the technology clients of the firm in M&A transactions. He also advises in all other aspects of technology, data protection and licensing law. Clients of the firm recommend him as a lawyer who "gets the deal done" (the Lawyer in Germany (JUVE), 2020). He also advises the clients in international law and in establishing and expanding their business abroad, especially to India.
He drafts and negotiates complex international IT projects (especially outsourcing and licensing), contracts, and assists technology clients of the firm in M&A transactions. He also advises in all other aspects of technology, data protection and licensing law. Ulrich has successfully worked on and finalized 400 + global IT projects in the last 22 years.
Vikram NairPartner, Rajah & Tann
Vikram Nair is a dispute resolution lawyer specializing in commercial and corporate litigation in Singapore courts and international arbitration. He is experienced in handling complex international disputes based or seated in Singapore, where assets or parties are located in different jurisdictions.
The disputes he has handled over the years span a wide range of sectors including construction, infrastructure, mining, manufacturing, commodities, logistics, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, banking, structured products and finance/ lending agreements. These disputes typically involve assets or parties in a range of jurisdictions, including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Dubai, the US, UK and the EU.