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Soli Sorabjee

Soli Sorabjee

Honorary Member of the Order of Australia and former 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

Solicitor General of India



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Lalit Bhasin

President
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

Joint Secretary , Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India



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.

PulinKumar

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.

 

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.

Dr. SANJEEV GEMAWAT

B. Com.(Hons.); LL.B.; LL.M.; Ph.D. F.C.A.; F.C.S.; F.I.C.W.A.; F.C.I.S.(UK).



Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat is Executive Director – Legal and Group Company Secretary with Dalmia Bharat Group and looks after the legal, secretarial, regulatory and compliance affairs of the Group. Dr. Gemawat has more than 2 decades of experience as head of legal, taxation & secretarial functions of esteemed corporates, MNCs and joint ventures in India such as DLF; JCB, UK; Modi Olivetti; GBC, USA and has also practiced as an Advocate. He worked across various industries in the areas of legal, risk and compliance, taxation, secretarial, regulatory and corporate affairs for producers/manufacturers/service providers of cement plants, industrial equipments, computer/IT hardware, office automation & solutions, construction & earthmoving industry and real estate industry including utilities/services, power generation, hospitality sector and retail business.

Dr. Gemawat’s areas of practice includes corporate & commercial laws, real estate/property laws, tax laws, intellectual property laws, industrial & employment laws, environmental laws, contracts including international contracts, litigation & arbitrations including foreign jurisdiction, joint ventures, private equity transactions, acquisitions mergers amalgamations restructuring, compliances and risk management, corporate governance etc.

Dr. Gemawat is a post graduate in law and holds a doctorate in Insider Trading from J.N.V. University. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, UK; the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India; the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He has done specialization course in International Trade Laws and WTO from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a member of the International Bar Association and a founder member of the Indian Corporate Counsel Association, an organization of In-house Counsels in India.

Dr. Gemawat has been a Guest/Expert Speaker at various national and international conferences in India and abroad organized by various industry bodies and academic institutions including Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), National Law University (NLU), ICSI, Lexis Nexis, Legal Era, Global Outsourcing Association, to name a few.

Subhadip Sarkar

Assistant Vice President at Cognizant Technology Solutions



Subhadip works as Assistant Vice President in Cognizant Technology Solutions and has diverse industry experience in both products and services in Software and engineering domains. He brings in a unique combination of Intellectual Property Mgmt, business and operations management, business development, finance, strategy and Government Affairs and Public Policy to drive business for the company. Some of his core competencies include Intellectual Property (IP) strategy and management, incubating new businesses and practice areas and growing the business, driving product strategies, business delivery and operations, project management, licensing and commercialization, M&A, managing complex deal negotiations and structuring product deals, Enterprise Risk and compliance mgmt., Pricing and valuation of technologies, technology transfers, enabling co-creation with clients, partners, universities, managing P&Ls, managing Govt. Affairs among others. Subhadip is also the Board Member of a few APAC entities of the Company.

Subhadip speaks frequently at several industry forums, conferences/workshops and has to his credit several papers and articles/book chapters in national and international journals/conference / books including a granted patent. He is an active player in the national committee of various Government and Private bodies in India.

Ritesh Khosla

Senior Vice President – Legal at Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited



Ritesh Khosla is the Senior Vice President – Legal at Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited. His vast experience spans across the whole gamut of media & entertainment industry that includes broadcasting, distribution, digital, new media, technology, sports, TV content, motion pictures, publications, gaming, software and IPR litigation. He has spearheaded the legal and regulatory work of some of the leading M&A transactions in the media space. He is a regular speaker at various industry forums. He is a member of the Committee on Intellectual Property Laws at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and a part of legal committee of the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India). He is also the lead & practice faculty of ‘Media & Entertainment Laws’ at the SP Jain Management Institute and Times Learning Centre’s PSMEM (Program in Strategic Media & Entertainment Management) for working executives.
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