Nishith Desai is the Founder of the research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), ranked amongst Asia-Pacific’s Most Innovative Law Firms by Financial Times. With offices in Asia, Europe and the US, NDA is the go-to firm for corporates looking to conduct business in India and Indian companies looking to set up operations abroad.
Mr Desai’s interests span a wide spectrum of law, society and ethics. Soon after India opened up its economy to the outside world in 1991, he established the first five India-focused funds and is renowned for his pioneering efforts in establishing legal and tax roots for Asset Managers in India back in the 1990s. He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. The firm has now worked for over 1,400 funds across all classes of assets. He has even assisted the Governments of Mauritius and India in launching their individual offshore financial centers.