Ameet’s father Late Justice Bhimrao N. Naik (Retd.) firmly believed that “Work comes to the worker”. This has also been Ameet’s guiding philosophy and a priced learning from his father that has stayed with him since he started his career.
With over two decades of experience in the fields of dispute resolution, international arbitration, and general corporate advisory, Ameet is a lawyer with a rare combination of skill sets and brings varied experience that allows him to provide bespoke advice to clients, enabling them to achieve their business and commercial objectives within the contours of law. He is regarded as a ‘Litigator Par Excellence’ and carries several important reported judgements and landmark decisions to his credit. Ameet has been at the forefront of several high-stake litigations and has represented one of the major Indian stock exchanges in its dispute against SEBI. In the International Arbitration space, Ameet has handled a variety of claims from shareholders’ disputes to representing international players from key industry sectors like oil & gas. Ameet has advised Future Group over the years including on the ongoing dispute with Amazon. Amongst others, Ameet has advised Singapore Exchange-SGX, Essar Group, Hardy Oil, Reliance PPMS, Vedanta Limited, IDFC, JM Financial, Naresh Goyal, ADAG Group, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, Purem International GMBH, Believe SA, Collective Artists Network India Pvt Ltd, Hoichoi, Spirit Medica Private Limited, Locations Bank, Digital Blinc, Global Hospital amongst others.
Ameet has been a frontrunner in the media and entertainment domain, having advised marquee clients in the space for over two decades. His nuanced and deep understanding of the business makes him a trusted adviser to clients seeking holistic business advice. He is credited with bringing legal discipline to a traditional form of business. Ameet’s clients include Warner, Fox and other studios in Los Angeles, while closer to home he has been a longstanding adviser to Pen Films, Maddock Films, Super Cassettes Private Limited (T Series), Rohit Shetty Productions, Endemol Shine India, David Dhawan, Anil Kapoor Film Corporation, Boney Kapoor, Applause Entertainment and works closely with the producer’s guild in various policy matters. Ameet also has been representing key talent in the industry including Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kriti Sanon, Tiger Shroff, Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Jayantilal Gada, Vikas Bahl, Sriram Raghavan, Madhu Mantena, Kishore Lulla, Atul Kasbekar, Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar.
Ameet is an experienced corporate lawyer with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, guiding a large variety of companies, ranging from multinational companies to medium-sized and small private companies. This combined with his litigation skills allows him the ability to structure and strategise transactions effectively focussing on commercial objectives whilst mitigating risks.
Ameet has worked 360 degrees across all major sectors and has in-depth knowledge of factors and players that affect these sectors. It is, perhaps, his entrenched knowledge of sector-specific operations and laws that he is the first choice of all his clients - ranging from macro-level strategic inputs to micro-level compliances and implementation-related legal issues.
Ameet is regularly invited and appears as a panelist on television shows. He is also a visiting faculty at reputed law schools in India.
Ameet has authored two books - “The Role and Rule of Law: A legal handbook on the Indian Media & Entertainment Industry” and “3600 OF LAW on Cinematograph Works”, which have been very well-received by the fraternity and have established him as a thought leader in the field of media & entertainment laws.
“The ability to stay relevant is a must. The legal and commercial landscape is continuously evolving and to stay relevant, one must not only keep up with the times but make an effort to constantly change, reinvent and experiment.”
“I have known Ameet for many years now. He is one of the sharpest media and entertainment legal minds we have. In different avatars, we have been working with Ameet Naik and his associates and have always found them to be knowledgeable, helpful, quick and responsive. They make it seem easy to work through legal challenges with a commercial savvy that is quite unique.”
CEO, Applause Entertainment Limited