Soli Sorabjee

Soli Sorabjee

Formal Attorney-General of India

Soli Sorabjee was born on 9 March 1930 in Bombay. He studied at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and Government Law College, Mumbai, was admitted to the bar in 1953. At Government Law College, he was awarded the Kinloch Forbes Gold Medal in Roman Law and Jurisprudence (1952).[2] In 1971, Sorabjee was designated Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He served as Solicitor-General of India from 1977 to 1980. He was appointed Attorney-General of India on 7 April 1998, a post he held until 2004.[1] In March 2002, Soli Sorabjee was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his defense of the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights.[3] He worked on the Citizen's Justice Committee which represented pro bono the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims.[4] In March 2006 he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM), "for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations".[5] Some of the other important cases he has appeared for are: Keshavananda Bharati, Maneka Gandhi, S.R. Bommai, I.R. Coelho, etc. He recently appeared in the case of B.P. Singhal, where the Apex Court held that Governors could not be dismissed without due cause.
Tushar Mehta

Tushar Mehta

Addl. Solicitor General of India


Lalit Bhasin

Society of Indian Law Firms
President of the Bar Association of India.

Mr. Lalit Bhasin is currently the President of the Society of Indian Law Firms and also the Managing Partner of Bhasin & Co. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the IBA in Melbourne in 1994 for outstanding service to the legal profession. He is also the honorary Secretary General of The Bar Association of India. He was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law. He is the Executive President of the India Law Foundation. According to Asia Law Profiles "the high-profile advocate and litigator Lalit Bhasin, Bhasin & Co., Advocates continues to be one of New Delhi's leading litigation firms. Bhasin is well respected for his leadership abilities in the legal community. Apart from litigation, the firm also has a good reputation for its general corporate and commercial work and has recently joined the list of firms involved in privatization. Bhasin & Co. currently maintains offices in New Delhi and Mumbai and has 28 associates."

Mahaveer Singhvi

Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Mahaveer Singhvi is a career diplomat. He was appointed to the Indian Foreign Service (the diplomatic service of India) in the year 1999. He has been serving as Director (SAARC, BIMSTEC and Border Connectivity) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. Prior to this, he served as Director (E&SA) and was responsible for all aspects of India's multidimensional relationships with the countries of East and Southern Africa. He also served as Director in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Division and Deputy Secretary in Multilateral Economic Relations (MER) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs where he dealt with India's emerging relationship with the Latin American and Caribbean countries and multilateral groupings and organizations such as BRICS, IBSA, IORA, OECD etc., respectively. He also had a stint in the Technical Cooperation (TC) Division of the Ministry where he was responsible for implementation of India's flagship programme of development assistance in the realm of South- South Cooperation known as Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. In the beginning of his career as Under Secretary (On Training), Mr. Singhvi served in the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs. Mr. Singhvi had represented India on several international forums during his various assignments in the diplomatic service. He had also attended a number of professional development programmes, seminars and conferences on diverse subjects including those on National Security and Nuclear Strategy while serving in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Deepak Jacob

President & General Counsel
Star TV Group

Deepak Jacob is currently the President & General Counsel of Star TV group in India. He is responsible for all legal & regulatory matters that impact Star’s businesses in India. He also manages the government relations portfolio along with the CEO for Star and is the point person for all policy and strategic matters involving the government of India & the regulators. Deepak is one of the members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) constituted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, for the phase-wise implementation of the digitalization roadmap of the cable TV sector in India. He is also nominated on the Board of Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), which is the self-regulatory body, for regulation of content for non-news and current affairs television channels in India. As a lawyer, he has rich and varied work experience across a variety of industry sectors such as Media, Telecom, Information Tech and ecommerce businesses. His prior roles have been as the head of Legal for eBay India and Senior Legal Counsel at Reliance Infocomm Ltd, in the Broadband & Corporate Wireless division. Prior to joining the corporate sector he practiced as a litigation lawyer in the Delhi courts for over 6 years and did a 3 year stint as a corporate lawyer with a leading law firm in Delhi.


Senior Legal Director Group Legal & Compliance Adidas India

Pulin Kumar is a Group Senior Legal and Compliance Director of adidas India. Currently he looks after the legal and compliance functions of the group i.e. adidas India and Reebok India. The mandate includes contract, compliance, litigation management and advisory of the legal commercial issues. Pulin Kumar is a commerce graduate from Patna University and graduated in law from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in the year 1991. He is also a PG Diploma in IR&PM from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. Pulin Kumar has started his journey as in-house counsel from Indian and MNC conglomerates such as Montari Industries, Triveni Engineering, Ambuja Cements, New Holland Tractors, Jubilant Organosys, Samsung India and currently with adidas India group. Pulin Kumar has been a part of many significant best practices and improvements in the internal governance related to the corporate sector and has immensely contributed in this area. He has been actively participating in legal conferences. He also co-hosts a knowledge sharing platform "Sadgamaya" an informal association, founded by a few likeminded General Counsels and lawyers. Pulin Kumar has been conferred with an award of the "General Counsel of the year 2015-Retail" by Indian National Bar Association (INBA). He has also been appointed as the Chairman of INBA's Retail Law Section.


Badrinath Durvasula

Senior Vice President at Adani Group Mumbai Area, India | Logistics and Supply Chain

  • Wide exposure to M & A, Due diligence, Transaction agreements, Joint Venture Agreements, Confidentiality & Non-disclosure Agreements in Indian and international domains.
  • Experience in Infrastructure Projects in BOOT, DBOOT & other models, structuring share holders agreements (SHA), Concession Agreements and Project Agreements besides extra price claims & litigation.
  • Hands on experience in litigation - civil & criminal - in various states and geographies on Industry specific law, Regulatory Affairs, consumer affairs besides Arbitration in Indian & International geographies.
  • Handled Domestic and International Arbitrations of significance, include in London and Singapore on a variety of issues and well conversant with processes and procedures thereof
  • Legal support in commercial negotiations in filalising Project Purchase requirements. Insurance Management & Risk mitigation.
Specialties: M&A - Indian & International, Contracts, Litigation - Indian & International, Intellectual Property, Arbitration besides Commercial Negotiations. Risk Management & Insurance

Pranav Mago

Head (South Asia) Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Pranav joined SIAC in August 2015 and will be based in the SIAC Mumbai office. Pranav graduated from Amity Law School, Delhi in 2010 and enrolled as an Advocate and cleared the All India Bar Exam in the year 2011. Prior to joining SIAC, he was working with the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution team of a UK Magic Circle firm. During his time at the UK Magic Circle firm, he worked on a number of SIAC, ICC, LCIA and ICSID arbitrations and also advised clients on mediation matters. He was also appointed secretary to the tribunal for SIAC arbitrations. In addition to arbitration matters, he has been part of a team to undertake global investigations of regulatory breaches and also has experience of working on insolvency and restructuring matters."

B. Gopalakrishnan

Legal Advisor and Head- Legal Operations Group Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd.

A dynamic and result oriented legal professional with 3 decades (37 years) of experience in legal areas encompassing Banking, Corporate, Capital Market and Business Laws, Cross Border Transaction & procedures, Human Resource issues and Employee Grievance Redressal. Litigation & Cross Border Litigation and International Arbitration. Currently designated as Legal Advisor and heading the Legal Operations Group of Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd. (Arcil), Mumbai, one of India's largest and premier ARC. Prior to that he was President & Head of Law Dept and is heading the Legal department of AXIS Bank Ltd, Mumbai. A new generation Private sector bank having a total of over 2100 branches in India and abroad. The team comprised of 35 Legal Professionals. In-depth understanding of matters related to Documentation, Structured finance, Mergers and Takeovers, Capital Markets, Capital raising, GDR'S / Cross Border, Acquisition, setting up of Foreign Branches, financing companies for foreign acquisition, Private Banking, Taxation Laws, Banking Laws, Suit Filings and Litigation, Civil and Criminal Laws, Recoveries of Debts including SARFAESI related issues, Documentation, of all types of loans and structured finances, IPR, Trade Marks and Copyright Laws, Corporate & Structured Finances and compliance. Proficient in drafting legal documents and assisting senior legal professionals and appearing before courts and tribunals. Practical and business focused approach to achieve organizational goals & coupled with strong inter personal skills. Adept at maintaining cordial business relationship with legal counsels/ senior counsels & external agencies. An effective communicator with exceptional relationship management skills. Apart from this, known and admired speaker in many of the National & International Conference on various subjects as also a Guest Lecturer and a Visiting Faculty for many institutions on Banking Laws, Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax Laws in India. Independently appears before the Courts, Tribunals and represents the Bank in major tax related cases. Contributes to many professional magazines and newspapers and is a member legal and operational committee of Indian Banker's Association apart from a Faculty Member in many reputed Institutes.