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Soli Sorabjee

Late Shri. Soli Sorabjee

Honorary Member of the Order of Australia and former Attorney General of India. (Jury member 20016-2020)

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


Lalit Bhasin

President Society of Indian Law Firms, Immediate past 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.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan B

Founder | BGK Law Associates, Advocates and Legal Advisors

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.


Group General Counsel, Vedanta Group

Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat is a General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; a thought leader and a strategist with business orientation. He is Chartered Secretary from India and the UK, Chartered Accountant and Cost & Management Accountant, besides post graduate in Law and Doctorate in Insider Trading.

Dr. Gemawat is presently working as Executive Director, Group General Counsel & Group Company Secretary with Dalmia Bharat Group. He has almost three decades of experience spanning through varied industries like automobile, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing etc. and has been earlier associated with Indian as well as multi-national corporates like DLF, JCB, Olivetti, GBC & Modicorp.

An acclaimed speaker/author on varied contemporary legal and industry specific issues, he has shared his views at various national and international conferences. He has been a part of various committees/delegations constituted by industry/professional bodies and interacted with multilateral trade bodies.

He has been honored as Top 100 General Counsels of India in various prestigious General Counsel lists as released by Forbes India, Business World etc. He has been honored as one of “India’s finest in-house counsels”, the “Most Influential Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary” and also inducted to “Global Hall of Fame” for his contribution in the Legal Eco System in India and the World.

Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat is one of the founding members of the GCAI. He has been advocating the cause of statutory recognition of role of General Counsels and aims to work towards achieving this objective.

Rajeev Chopra

Managing Director - Legal, Accenture

Deepika Chaudhry

Executive Director Legal- APAC,Xerox India Limited


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