Rajiv K Luthra

Rajiv Luthra, Founder and Managing Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices India, has over three decades of experience as a trusted advisor to the Indian government and top domestic and international corporations. He has advised the Government of India in connection with a number of World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes as well as assisted several of its Ministries in the drafting/review of policies and legislation. He has been closely involved with the development of Project Finance and Public-Private Partnership models in India, and has advised on Infrastructure Projects worth over US$ 100 billion.

He and his firm conceived, advised on and presented to the Union Human Resources Development, Government of India, the amendment to the Copyright Act, 1957, on the issue of equal share of royalties to authors and composers, arising from the exploitation of music in India. He appeared and gave evidence before the Standing Committee of the Parliament tasked with reviewing the proposed amendments that were passed unanimously by both Houses of Parliament. Luthra & Luthra Law Offices India specializes in Anti-Corruption & Compliance; Capital Markets; Competition and Anti-trust Law; Corporate Governance; Dispute Resolution (Litigation and Arbitration); General Corporate Commercial; Management, Labour and Employment; Insolvency & Restructuring; Insurance & Re-Insurance; Intellectual Property – Patents & Trademarks; International Trade (WTO) Laws and Policy & Advisory; Investment Funds; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity & Venture Capital Investments; Project, Infrastructure & Energy; Project Finance; Public Procurement; Retail & Franchising; and Regulatory and Tax (Direct & Indirect) across Aviation, Banking & Finance; Brand Management and Sports; Construction; Defence Procurement & Production; Environment; Health & Pharmaceuticals; Mining; Oil & Gas; Real Estate and TMT (Technology, Media & Telecoms).

Mr Luthra advises the Planning Commission of India, the Government of India and government-owned corporations i.e. merger of Air India and Indian Airlines. Additionally, he advises multinationals such as Arcelor Mittal, AT&T, Bank of America, Emaar, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Monsanto, MYLAN Pharmaceuticals, Reliance, Rolls Royce, Temasek, World Bank, and the Blackstone Group, among others. He has represented companies and financial institutions for numerous infrastructure projects in India, Sri Lanka, China and Bangladesh across the Energy, Telecommunications, Airports, Aviation, Inland-ports, Toll-roads and Bridges, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Oil Refinery sectors. He has been involved in major transactions, including the US$ 4 billion Sun Pharma-Ranbaxy merger, and Mylan Inc.’s acquisition of the Agila Specialties Division from Strides Arcolab.

Mr Luthra is also actively engaged in providing pro-bono legal services, and has provided advice to and assisted various not-for-profit/charitable organizations such as the Paani Foundation; Formal Working Group of Experts for the completion & advocacy of Ganga River Basin Management Plan; and Grameen Foundation USA on different aspects of law.

Mr Luthra has been appointed to: high-level committees of the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI); the CII Task Force on Legal Services (2019-20); Convener of the Joint Economic & Trade Committee (JETCO), Ministry of Commerce; Advisory Board of the Competition Commission of India; Competition Advocacy Steering Committee; and the Expert Panel to formulate the 11th Five Year Plan by the Planning Commission of India; among others. He is a member of: the Round Table on Legal Education; Board of Governors of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore; Advisory Board of the National Law University, Jodhpur; City of London Advisory Council for India; National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); and National Executive Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He serves on the Boards of: Network18 Media & Investments Limited (Independent Director); Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); Symphony International Holdings Limited (London Stock Exchange-listed company) and DLF Group; among others. He was a member of the Corporate Governance & Audit Committee of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; and of the Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs. He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association; Bar Council of Delhi; International Bar Association; American Bar Association; Inter-Pacific Bar Association; and International Union Des Avocats.

Mr Luthra is a regular Speaker at numerous law college campuses across the country. He is a regular commentator in the general news media on legal and economic issues, and his articles and opinions frequently appear in publications including the Economic Times, Business Standard, New York Times and Financial Times. He completed his B.Com and LLB from the University of Delhi, and is an Alumnus of Harvard Law School. He was conferred Managing Partner of the Year at the ALB India Law Awards 2020; and Leader in Project Finance by Who’s Who Legal 2020. He received the National Law Day Award from the then Prime Minister of India for “… his singular contribution to the practice of corporate and commercial law in India, and for being one of the country’s earliest pioneers in international transaction lawyering”. He received Most Promising Business Leader of Asia at the Economic Times’ Asian Business Leaders Conclave 2016 in Kuala Lumpur; and International Jurists Award from the Attorney-General and Chief Justice of the United Kingdom for “…his unique contribution in the field of cross-border transactions and banking & finance law in India”. He won the Lifetime Achievement Award for “… his accomplishments & achievements in the International M&A sector” at the 4th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards, New York; and was inducted into the M&A Hall of Fame, New York. He was recognised as a Legend in Indian Corporate Law; and an Ace Legal Eagle for Indian corporate law, specializing in tax, regulatory & compliance laws at the Asian Business Leadership Forum Excellence Awards, Dubai. He was conferred Managing Partner of the Year at the IDEX Legal Awards 2016. The Lawyer.com included him among its top 40 “to have been making waves outside the UK” and ranked him among ALB's Hot 100 Lawyers in recognition of his contribution to various sectors. While, India Business Law Journal ranked him in The A-List: India’s Top 100 Lawyers 2016. He was recognised as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000, Asia Law and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

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