V. Lakshmikumaran is the Founder and Managing Partner of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan. He advises companies in all areas of taxation, including International Taxation and Transfer Pricing, Goods and Services Tax (GST), Customs, Excise, Service Tax, Value Added Tax (VAT), Foreign Trade Policy and Special Economic Zones; offering consulting, advisory, litigation and compliance services. He has successfully represented clients from many countries in several anti-dumping, subsidy and trade investigations initiated by India. His expertise in handling cross-border matters and related party transactions is widely recognized.
Mr Lakshmikumaran has been involved in interpreting and applying various multilateral agreements at both national and international levels. He is considered an authority in trade remedy laws and TRIPs, and has handled several disputes between companies and Government authorities in various countries. As a delegate of the International Chamber of Commerce, he has attended the WCO-HS (World Customs Organization - Harmonized System) Committee meetings on Classification in Brussels. He has addressed the WCO GATT Valuation Workshop on Customs Valuation.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr Lakshmikumaran was part of the Indian Revenue Service for about ten years and was instrumental in devising certain key tax policies of the Indian government. He has played a pivotal role in the development of jurisprudence relating to customs and excise laws in India. His clients include many well-known Fortune 500 companies and leading Indian corporates.
Mr Lakshmikumaran has a LLB from the University of Madras; and MSc in Mathematics from the University of Madras. He was recognized as a “Market Leading Lawyer” in Tax as well as an “Elite Practitioner” by Asia Law (2019). Benchmark Litigation considered him a “Dispute Resolution Star” in 2018. IAM Patents 1000 recognized him as an “Individual Expert in Litigation and Transaction” in 2017. Legal 500 recognized him as a “Leading Individual” in Tax also in 2017.