Lex-Falcon Awardees dubai 2023
ABDULLAH B. MANZUR
Abdullah is a dynamic Bangladeshi lawyer with over 7 years of working experience. He is a UK qualified Barrister and works for one of the leading law firms of Bangladesh, SHEIKH & CHOWDHURY. He regularly also appears before various courts of Bangladesh in civil, commercial, contractual, intellectual property, information technology, shipping and banking law matters, public sector matters and in Arbitration matters under the Bangladesh Arbitration Act, 2001. He has represented clients in an EPC dispute in one of the biggest Virtual Hearing in Bangladesh back in 2021 in an International Commercial Arbitration matter. Abdullah works predominantly with national and international businesses. His specialisation is in the field of Commercial Law and International Arbitration practice.
Rajeev Goswami is a seasoned corporate lawyer with over 23 years of experience in law firms as well as multinational corporations. He is Fellow Member of ICSI, India, Associate Member of ICSA, UK, LLB from Delhi University and MBA from IIM Lucknow. He has been an entrepreneur himself and has also been imparting knowledge to young professionals as guest faculty in India’s top institutes including various IIMs, ICSI & law colleges. Rajeev is also a prolific and much sought-after speaker and has graced podiums at premier professional bodies like NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, Indian Chamber of Commerce etc.
Abhishek Mathur completed his LLB from Symbiosis International University in the year 2019 and also holds a diploma in Competition Law from National Law University, Delhi. He possesses three years of focused experience in Intellectual Property Laws, Mergers and Acquisitions and Insolvency Laws.
Throughout his career, Abhishek Mathur has represented various clients in matters before various Courts/Tribunals including DRT, DRAT, NCLT, NCLAT, High Courts and the Supreme Court. Currently, he manages the entire IP prosecution and represents his Company in various Registries and Courts.
ABU SADAT MOHAMMAD SAYEM ALI PATHAN
Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem Ali Pathan is a managing partner of Pathan & Associates and practicing lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. His areas of expertise include corporate and commercial matters, IP laws, foreign investment, regulatory and compliance matters, labour law, litigation etc. He has even represented Bangladesh in regional level of Moot Court Competitions and adjudicated in different moot court competitions i.e. Jessup International Round. Abu has even authored three books i.e. Company Laws, Intellectual Property Laws and Drafting.
A high-energy driven professional with experience in Strategic Legal Recovery, Business Legal, Compliance, Civil, Criminal, Consumer matters & Contract & Policy Formulation, Abhishek has worked extensively with various Corporates like Mahindra and Mahindra Group, TATA Motors Finance Limited, Schindler India, Volkswagen Finance Private Limited.
He began his career in 2002 and has expertise in Litigations & Non Litigation profile. Abhishek has a diverse and vast experience in handling all aspects of the corporate legal functions which include implementing Legal Standard Processes, effective policies ensure legal compliance, legal due diligence, drafting and vetting, negotiation, documentations such as Tender documents, Mortgages, Agreements etc.
ACCENTURE MIDDLE EAST
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 721,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
Adhavan Seetharaman is an experienced attorney and business leader with over 14 years of experience in providing legal guidance and support to companies of all sizes. As General Counsel at G10X Pte Limited, he is responsible for overseeing all legal matters and providing strategic counsel to the executive team. Prior to joining G10X, he held a managerial role at Infosys Limited, Bangalore, where he managed a team of attorneys and oversaw all legal affairs for the company. He has also worked as an IP attorney at the Law Firm of Naren Thappeta.
ADVOCATE HIRAN KRISHNASWAMY
Hiran is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a practising Advocate with a wealth of experience and knowledge in corporate, tax, banking and adversarial litigation. After having endured the world of finance for over 8 years, Advocate Hiran Krishnaswamy plunged into litigation and dispute resolution with many high-profile judgments to his credit. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner from the ACFE (USA). Before joining the Bar, he was a part of EY India’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Settlements team where he was engaged as a forensics auditor to investigate various frauds and financial crimes. He has even worked independently as an audit consultant for various Public Sector Banks such as SBI, Indian Bank and Syndicate Bank.
ADVOCATE SACHIN PATHAK
Sachin Pathak has multi-domain Legal Practice exposure to a wide range of Legal Affairs including Litigation in Employment & Civil Laws, Industrial Relation/ Disputes/Negotiation, Human Resource Advice, Compliances, Contract drafting, Legal Advisory, Industrial & Finance.
He is skilled in the areas of Employment Contracts, Labor and Employment Law, Legal Document Preparation, Legal Advice, Employment Litigation, Civil Litigation, Contract Negotiation, Industrial Relations, Human Resources (HR) and Legal Advisory.
Kaushiq has a broad-spectrum background in commercial disputes, across various Courts and judicial forums in India. His core focus areas include contractual disputes, arbitration (domestic & international), government projects, recovery recourses, insolvency, consumer, internet intermediary, and social media related disputes. His work at BTG Legal includes advising and representing domestic and international clients on high-stake legal disputes, starting at the pre-litigation advisory, through the stages of discovery, pleadings, trial, and till the conclusion of the dispute. Kaushiq has contributed to various articles published on renowned platforms and journals and has been quoted by national newspapers on various legal issues.
Ajay currently is the Co-Chairman and Member of the prestigious Bar Council of Delhi (BCD). Ajay is also the founder of Sondhi Law Chambers. He is a dual qualified lawyer- an Advocate registered with the Bar Council of Delhi and an Attorney registered with the New York State Bar. He is familiar with the issues involved in both domestic and international financing and has worked as counsel in US deals including investments into Indian entities by corporate groups based out of US and other European jurisdictions. He joined the Banking and Finance Group of Luthra & Luthra in November 2008 and has since worked on some of the leading financing and real estate deals. He is well versed with the issues arising in financing of projects in sectors such as power, oil & gas, hospitals etc. Ajay has regularly appeared as the lead counsel before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, Chandigarh, Allahabad etc, Trial Courts at Delhi, Goa and various quasi-judicial forums including National Commissions, State Commissions.
AKHIL KRISHAN MAGGU
Akhil Krishan Maggu is a practicing Advocate before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, High Courts pan India and Tax Tribunals. He started his legal journey 6 years back after completing his Master’s from London. Akhil’s area of expertise is in Indirect taxes and direct taxes viz Customs, PMLA, ED, GST, Income tax, but he has also handled a wide variety of criminal and civil cases. Akhil is of firm belief that with the emergence of globalization, the legal profession has also surpassed international borders and has expanded across the globe. So this makes the legal profession an ocean with a wide variety of opportunities for one and all. With the oncoming of modern technologies, the legal profession is continuously evolving, thereby bringing new challenges and rewards. Post pandemic, the introduction of Virtual Conference and the ability to work remotely comes as a boon for all the legal professionals. This dynamic legal scenario makes every day unique and offers a satisfying work experience.
ALEXANDRE COSTEIRA FRAZÃO
Alexandre began his journey in the legal profession by acting as a Law Clerk at the Attorney General of the City of Rio de Janeiro. A year later, he left the public service to join Azwvedo Sette, one of the most renowned firms in infrastructure and Public Law in Brazil. Later he also joined the Infrastructure team of Barroso, Fontelles, Barcelos e Miranda Advogados, a Litigation powerhouse founded by the current Justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court Luis Roberto Barroso. Finally in November 2020 Alexandre joined Costeira Advogados e Consultores, his family firm to open a infrastructure, PPP, Project Finance and Public Law department.
With many years of enriching experience in the field of Law and after playing a significant role at various organizational levels with leading Law Firms, Amir Bavani in November, 2021, established his own law office, AB Legal. He brings with him sound background in disputes resolution mechanism especially concerning the aspects of Companies Act and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. He regularly appears before various authorities including High Courts, Debt Recovery Tribunal and National Company Law Tribunals. He advises significant number of companies, creditors, Insolvency Professionals and other stakeholders to effectively deal with the aspects of insolvency and restructuring process.
Amit Kumar, Head of Legal, Tejas Networks Limited (a Tata Group of Companies) is a 2010 law graduate from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhi nagar, Gujarat, India and is qualified to practise law in India. Having started as a full time General Corporate and Commercial Lawyer, Amit Kumar is now a seasoned legal professional with over 13 years of versatile legal experience. His practice areas include Mergers & Acquisition, Private Equity & Debt Transactions, AIF, Fintech and Payment & Settlement Laws, IPR, Telecom Laws, Cab Aggregator Laws, Dispute Resolution and day to day Regulatory Advisories.
Amit has handled a significant number of M&As and general corporate & commercial law matters, advised on high-stake deals and disputes across several judicial and quasi-judicial forums in India as well as Internationally. Amit’s deals experience cuts across sectors to include Telecoms, Fintech, EduTech, Real Estate Funding, Information technology, e-commerce. As a corporate and commercial disputes lawyer, he has advised various companies across diverse forums including the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, National Company Law Tribunals, Arbitrational Tribunal on complex disputes pertaining to commercial contracts, shareholders’ agreements, etc.
Angeline Rodrigues is a Science Graduate; completed her LLB from Govt. Law College, Mumbai University. She's a practising Advocate & Legal Consultant from 2003. She has demonstrated a history of expertise in Strategic Advice, handling Multi–Jurisdictional Litigations & Non-litigation documentations in challenging situations. Skilled in Acquisitions, Deal Structuring, Due Diligence, Negotiations, Contracts, Licensing, Leasing, JVs, ADRs. Her major practice area is Civil, Properties, Finance, Family, Testamentary, ADRs, Corporate, IPR, RERA, IBC & Criminal Laws. She has worked with/been Legal Consultant for Binani, FIs, Real Estate Developers-Swastik, Lodha, Bhojwani, Sunteck Realty, Ashwin Sheth, Fosun Hive; pro-bono cases & an honorary resource person.
LION M. ANIL KUMAR
Lion M. Anil Kumar is an advocate and a successful Lion Member since 1997. He became the District Governor of the Lion’s Club in 2016-2017 when the Lion’s Club observed its 100 Year Anniversary. In August 1995 he began his Legal Career. Lion Anil Kumar usually deals with Motor Vehicles Accident Claims cases and has successfully dealt with more than 2000 clients and continues to do so.
ANUJA MOHILE PATANKAR
Anuja Patankar is the Head of Media Practice and one of the founding partners at Mohile PatankarAssociates (MPA), a Mumbai based law firm. She has over 13 years of experience in intellectual property, media and general corporate and commercial advisory with a focus on film, television, OTT, music, digital media, advertising, fashion, gaming, marketing, events. She has advised clients on a range of legal issues such as deal structuring, contract negotiation, content regulation, IP monetization, music acquisition, content distribution and dispute resolution, on deals with cumulative worth near half a billion dollars.
Anjali Ghosh is a revered legal luminary and trailblazer at the intersection of technology, competition, and data privacy. With over 14 years of invaluable expertise, she has garnered worldwide recognition for her exceptional legal acumen and remarkable contributions to the field.
Currently serving as the Legal Head for Amazon Web Services' Public Sector in India & South Asia, she exemplifies excellence in her role.Renowned as the senior legal counsel to AWS Board Members, business leadership, and government affairs teams, Anjali has been instrumental in driving Amazon's global expansion strategy in South Asia. Her astute analysis of international procurement laws and regulations, coupled with their engagement with top government officials, ensures optimal policy compliance and mitigates reputational risks, solidifying Amazon's standing as a global industry leader.
Anjali stands as an inspirational figure within the legal community, showcasing unparalleled expertise in navigating complex legal landscapes. Her unwavering commitment to excellence has earned them widespread acclaim and admiration.
Apoorva Mayank has a legal career span of over 4 years, she has gained invaluable experience within the Industry, by having the privilege of collaborating with both domestic and international clients, each with their own unique set of challenges and requirements.
She has honed her skills in Legal Support & Advice, Contract Drafting, Reviewing, and Redlining. Furthermore, she is also experienced in Legal Research and Compliance Management. Notably, Apoorva has also garnered considerable expertise within the dynamic field of AI and Internet Industry. Currently she is working with a Start-up, lending her unique skill set to ensure their continued growth.
Apoorva Pandey is an advocate with an experience of close to ten years, practicing in various courts of Delhi. In these years of practicing law, she has dealt with a multitude of eclectic and diverse cases pertaining to Matrimonial Cases, Criminal Law, White collar crimes etc. As an individual, she considers herself as an avid learner, fascinated by the intricacies of the legal field. Apoorva has been humbled to have worked on some noteworthy cases.
ASAF GÖKTUĞ AKDERE
Asaf Göktuğ Akdere is a legal professional with over 10 years of experience in the legal industry, currently he serves as the General Counsel and Company Secretariat at HAVELSAN, one of the leading technology and defence companies in Turkey. Asaf's professional experience includes working as a Judge for the Ministry of Justice for over 5 years. He holds two L.L.Ms in Private law and International Civil, Commercial Law. During his career, he held various positions allowing him to gain significant experience in international executive negotiations, legal risk management, corporate governance and compliance, crisis management, and acting as a trusted business advisor.
Upon graduating in the year 2016 from University Law College, Bangalore, Ashwini started her career as a legal practitioner in Lawyers Inc law firm in Bangalore in the year 2017, where she appeared before the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, civil court and various other courts in the state of Karnataka.
In 2019, she joined as a legal manager in HDFC Bank for Retail Agri Department, where she was in-charge of Karnataka and Kerala state. After that, Ashwini started real estate practice in ILP Law firm and K Law Firm in Bangalore and is currently working as a Senior Associate at Indegene Company.
ASMITA ABHIJEETA NAYAK
Holding 18 years of experience in the field of Taxation & Corporate Laws, Asmita graduated from Symbiosis Society’s Law College, Pune in 2005 and was enrolled as an Advocate. In 2011, she started her own Law Firm, SM LEGAL and currently operates from offices in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Cuttack. She has appeared in over 500 cases Pan-India and is empanelled in NHAI, IndusInd Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. Asmita has been awarded with the Scroll of Honour by Ex-President of India, Under 40 Rising Star by Legal Era Group and Professional of the Year Award by Indian Achievers Forum.
Mr. Biçer is a qualified lawyer and mediator. He is currently working as chief legal officer at Arma Group and of counsel to Eurasia Legal. Having an LLM in Information Technology Law, he is about to obtain a 2nd LLM degree in international trade and investment law from Xiamen University with high success as a fully funded Chinese Government Scholar. He enjoys working interdisciplinary and continues his studies on law and economics especially in the EMEA region. His fields of professionalism are start-up & venture law, SaaP, commercial law, international investment law, financial markets, private international law, and immigration services.
Balall Maqbool is an English qualified lawyer with over 11 years’ experience in the knowledge team at DLA Piper Middle East. Balall provides guidance to the global KM team to develop, manage and maintain its KM platforms and supports fee earners with client-related queries. Balall has developed and specialised in areas of law including Corporate, Employment and IPT and is well-rounded with the technical know-how to deliver the firms' strategy to DLA’s partners, fee-earners in groups, countries and sectors. Balall has over 5 years’ experience teaching various subjects in universities across the GCC as part of the firms’ pro-bono program
BHAVITT K RASTOGI
Bhavitt K Rastogi is a professional with close to 7 years of experience in the legal industry, dealing with an array of legal complexities, gaining valuable transferable skills in strategic planning, project management and relationship building. He has proven records of combining diligent approach using business ingenuity and strong research skills with well-developed management and leadership qualities achieving favourable outcomes.
Mr. Bhrigu Dhami is an experienced Lawyer with a demonstrated experience of representing clients before the Apex Court, Delhi High Court, Delhi District Courts and various Tribunals and Forums across Delhi, NCR. He is a strong professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Amity Law School, Delhi, with primary focus on Arbitration Disputes (Commercial Disputes, Government construction contracts, Real-Estate development disputes, Home-Buyer disputes), Consumer Disputes (Medical Negligence, Automobile Industry), Real-Estate Laws (Advisory, Compliances, Consumer & RERA Disputes), Insolvency & Bankruptcy Laws.
Bijetri Roy is an entrepreneur, project finance and renewable energy, climate change and ESG advisory lawyer and tech enthusiast. She is the Managing Director of her startup company InsPIRE. She has an LLM from Centre for Commercial Law Studies - Queen Mary University of London.
Bijjani Advocates is a Lebanese boutique law firm based in Rabieh Lebanon. The firm combines the traditional values of trust and confidentiality with the highest standards of the modern legal profession. We are proud to serve Lebanese, GCC and foreign corporate clients, from multinational companies to local start-ups. We also advise selected private clients.
CAPT ASHWANI KUMAR JHINGAN
Advocate (Capt) Ashwani K. Jhingan is a Master Mariner, Extra Master (the highest marine professional qualification), Law graduate (L.L.B.) He possesses over 30 years' experience in a wide gamut of functional areas, with significant expertise in the areas of Start up Ventures. He has over 15 years of sea sailing experience with command on various types of vessels as the Captain.
Chief highlights of his career have been a long nearly 13 years tenure with the Tata Group Company, in various ascending capacities to the level of Vice President, which included start up operations for the agency of one of the top 10 International Shipping and Logistics players in the World. He headed the commercial organisation on "All India Basis" capturing significant market shares through concerted efforts in Marketing and Strategy. He was a Director in one of the subsidiary companies, as well. He also received an appreciation letter from the Tata group chairman Mr. Ratan Tata for contributions made to the business group through quality related activities.
Ashwani is even registered with the Supreme Court Bar Association, New Delhi (July 2018), the Apex Court of India. Also, he is registered as an "Arbitrator" in Aug 2018 in Mumbai High Court.
CHRISTIA SHEINE EVANGELIO GIRAO
Christia Sheine Evangelio Girao is the Co-Founder and Chief Legal Officer of Tetrix Network. She advocates to reshape the landscape of the legal profession by bringing the traditional practice of law in convergence with innovative, out of the box ideas and new-age technology, in a predominantly millennial society.
Her key practice areas include Data Protection & Privacy, Intellectual Property and Technology
She endeavours to establish her own mark in the legal profession by providing legal services to her diverse clientele to match those offered by larger law firms while also creating a culture that adapts to the ever-changing landscape of the practice of law.
Chudi Ojukwu is the leading legal authority in Nigeria electric power sector and infrastructure regulation, with over 33 years of experience as a legal practitioner in Nigeria. An Associate Professor of law, Chudi Ojukwu has advised on over 30 power sector transactions in the past decade, including utility-scale PV solar and hydro projects. A Certified Utility Regulation Specialist, he has been involved in most of the IPP transactions in Nigeria. He has held many consulting roles, including as a Regulatory Advisory Expert to the Government of Liberia. His practice interests also include general commercial practice, data privacy, blockchain and AI.
David is the Managing Director of Burrows Attorneys Incorporated and is responsible for the firm’s vision and growth. He has built and manages a full-service law firm that provides world-class legal services with clients ranging from listed companies on international Stock Exchanges to individuals. David is responsible for a new generation South African law firm and prides the firm's success in the relationships built with clients.
Dina is an experienced legal, compliance and public affairs professional with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceutical, food & beverages and oil & gas industries. She is skilled in providing practical and innovative legal advice; strategic negotiations; drafting contracts and legal documents; managing litigation; ensuring compliance with national and international legal instruments; investigations; and outreach and lobbying with government authorities.
DIVENDER KAUR SIDDHU
A dynamic and result-oriented legal professional with over 14 years of experience in the legal arena, Divender is an Associate Director Legal with MarshMclennan and specialises in Corporate, IT, Human Resource, Employment and Labor law matters. She has formerly worked with American Express and Infosys advising and handling general legal matters, legal and employee relation matters.
Her work further includes negotiating and advising digital and technology platforms, amongst others. Her key role with her clientele is advising, structuring, and negotiating deals across all domestic and international transactions and platforms.
DR SACHIN SHARMA
Dr. Sachin Sharma is an LL.B (Hons.); LL.M.(Merit Holder),England; Company Secretary fromICSI; Doctor of Laws(GST,India). He is a well-known practitioner in the stream of In-direct taxation. Dr.Sachin has been recognized and awarded by “Forbes India 2021 & 2022” amongst “Top Managing Partners of India” & “Top Individual Lawyers of India” respectively. In the stewardship of Dr.Sachin, his firm has been awarded by “Forbes India 2022” as “Top Law firms of India”. Dr.Sachin has a dominance over holding GST training sessions. He also manages a YouTube channel ‘KSV Tax Consultant’ which guide clients and viewers to understand the pertinence of GST law.
DR. ABDULHAFEEZ MOHAMMAD OSMAN
Dr. Osman started his career in 1991 as a lawyer before all courts in Khartoum, Sudan. In 2001, he joined Al-Fozan Group, one of the major family businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a general legal counsel. He spent ten (10) years with Al-Fozan Group and left the Group in January 2015 to join Al-Naghi Group, which is considered as the major automotive agent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with more than ten (10) car brands, in the position of the Group Executive Legal Director. In 2016, he returned to the Al-Fozan Group as a general legal counsel for Shomoul Holding Company, a joint venture company between Alshaya Group, one of the major retailer companies in the Middle East, and Al-Fozan Holding Company.
Dr. Osman has over 30 years in litigation, arbitration, corporate law, real estate development, property management, investment, international contracts construction contracts (FIDIC Forms of Contracts) , board of directors secretary and legal translation and holds a PHD degree in law from Al Neelain University, Sudan.
DR. ADITI KAUSHAL BHARDWAJ
Dr. Aditi is a POSH & Labour Law Consultant & Lawyer, Trainer, Certified POSH Trainer, State Secretary at N.C.T of Delhi, Bar Association of India, Supreme Court of India General Counsel Member at PNGI. She has pursued her B.A. L.L.B from the Institute of Law and Management Studies, Gurgaon, P.G. Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights and L.L.M from Kurukshetra University on Labour & Industrial unrest. She has also pursued diploma in ADR from ILI, New Delhi.
DR. FAKHARA RIZWAN
Dr. Fakhara Rizwan is an Author, aCertified Director, and a qualified corporate lawyer (Doctorate in Corporate Laws from International Islamic University Malaysia). She is distinguished as the only Pakistani with a doctorate in corporate laws governing takeover and merger activity in Pakistan. Dr Fakhara is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist and member of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists –an internationally recognized, elite standard association for financial crime compliance professionals in over 80 countries and jurisdictions. The certification allows banking and corporate compliance officers, law enforcement investigators, regulators, auditors and others to skillfully detect and prevent the broad array of risks that is the new reality of financial crime.
She is a director of the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance and a member of the MIA Arbitration, Mediation & Conciliation Center. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has approved her as a supervisor to supervise PhD candidates. She teaches law and governance as a visiting faculty at various prestigious institutions and universities.
DR. KUMUDANI SHARMA
Dr Kumudani Sharma is heading the Legal Department of Oil India Limited at Corporate office Noida since September 2021. She is an economics graduate from University of Delhi and a member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India since 1995 besides possessing being Doctorate degree and bachelor’s Degree in law.
She started her professional journey in September 1993. During these 30 years, she has worked with infrastructure consulting company (Elektrim), NBFC (Tulip Finance), Delhi Stock Exchange, Hydropower company (NHPC), Engineering Company (EPI) and presently in Oil India Ltd
She believes that in-house legal counsel should be good business strategist while being a legal advisor to the company. She is a good negotiator and aims to resolve the disputes amicably with focus on business interest.
Edith is an experienced corporate and commercial litigator with an expert qualification in employment law. She is specialised in cross-border business transactions and is an international ADR-certified mediator. Being fluent in German, English, Dutch, French and Italian and understanding differences in mentality, culture and legal systems, Edith is able to help her clients in a unique way.
Edith is an international public speaker and engages in many charitable and social organisations using her professional expertise to help others and empower them in their endeavours.she is also a member of the Task Force Future of Work, Skilling and Mobility under the B20/G20 2023.
Emel Nakay is the Contracting Effectiveness Lead and a Senior Legal Counsel at Accenture for the Middle East region. With more than 20 years of experience across multinational companies, she has gained a wealth of knowledge in corporate and commercial contracting, negotiations, technology transactions, managing compliance programs, business strategy, and risk analysis. During her 12-year tenure with Accenture, Emel has been focusing on helping Accenture’s sales, solution development and client delivery teams and she has also developed a collaborative global mindset by working with cross-functional teams, and senior business leaders around the world.
Emel is a fully qualified lawyer registered with the Istanbul Bar. She is also an active mentor of INJAZ Company Program and Middlesex Future Lawyers Program to help the next generation's talents grow.
FAHIMUDDIN AHMED KHAN
Fahimuddin Ahmed Khan is a highly accomplished legal professional specializing in Criminal & Civil Litigation, Writ Jurisdiction, and Advocacy. He established his independent practice in 2018, founding Syndicate Law Offices. As the Managing Partner, he leads a team of skilled Lawyers and professionals, providing comprehensive legal services. Fahimuddin has made a significant impact in the industry, representing over 950 foreign nationals in the Tablighi Jamaat Case, and obtaining honorable acquittals. His innovative, strategic and has a future-proof approach embracing technology. With his exceptional track record and client-centric focus, Fahimuddin Ahmed Khan is a prominent figure in the legal field.
Gaurav Saxena, a prominent Independent Lawyer , is an in-house Lawyer, the first generation of his family. Over the years he has advised all types of cases, including criminal, civil and banking & financial cases. Currently, he is working as an Academician in Sangam University Bhilwara. His Practical approach towards teaching has inspired many budding lawyers to become an achiever. Gaurav excels in Drafting and litigation of Criminal ,Civil and Banking ,financial cases making his clients include names such as, Mahindra , Jaipur cooperative Bank, Yutika Naturals pvt ltd and others. Currently, he is pursuing his PHD in Law and is also working to write legal Books and Research Papers.
Govinda Toshniwal is a Principal Associate at Khaitan & Co’s corporate and commercial practice group. He graduated from Christ College of Law, Bangalore (now School of Law, Christ University) in 2012 with a B.A. LLB degree. With over 10 years of experience, he has advised clients across various sectors on several complex domestic and cross-border transactions. His practice spans a range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, assets and business transfers, collaborations and exits transactions and general corporate advisory. Throughout his career, he has also served as an in-house counsel with notable conglomerates such as Accenture and Honeywell.
Hamza specialises in the infrastructure sector with a focus on public procurements and public private partnerships. He works closely with various public sector companies/departments as a transaction advisor in structuring projects and conducting competitive bidding processes for selection of private parties while also representing private sector companies seeking to participate in infrastructure projects.
Hamza completed his LL.B (Hons.) from the University of London and holds an LL.M from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also enrolled as an Advocate and is a member of the Sindh Bar Council and Karachi Bar association.
Barrister Harold Chiedu Ekwerekwu is a renowned lawyer and public figure from Onitsha, Nigeria. Born on November 10, 1974, he obtained his law degree from the University of Jos in 2000 and was called to the Bar in 2005. Harold is the proprietor of his father's law firm and holds titles such as Chartered Arbitrator and Jerusalem Pilgrim.
He is actively involved in various organizations, including the Nigerian Bar Association, Igboezue Unity Association, and Nigerian Youth Volunteers. Beyond his professional and civic commitments, Harold enjoys extensive travel and is passionate about sports, particularly football and lawn tennis. Currently, he is the APGA flag bearer for the Anambra State House of Assembly. Married to Mrs. Ada favour Uche Harold Ekwerekwu, they have children named Una, Isaac, Harold Columbus, and Peron.
Harsha Shivakumar is a General Counsel working with Adcuratio Inc. as a part of the Firm, Swamy & Kumar Associates. Being a Graduate of Deakin University, Melbourne He worked in Sales Analytics to improve sales of PSUs and began his initial Litigation practice with Criminal Matters, Real Estate, and Corporate Litigation. He started a firm in partnership with Hiran Krishnaswamy named as Swamy and Kumar Associates.
Harshika is a Professional IP Lawyer offering expert legal advice and presentation in the field of Intellectual Property since 2016. Her practice presently focuses on matters pertaining to IP rights and Enforcement in the MENA region, and she has previously worked in Indian firms in overall aspects of trademarks, copyright and design prosecution along with a steady practice in brand protection and IP enforcement.
Harshika has been honoured with a law degree from Indian Law Society’s (ILS) Law School, and also has a specialised Diploma in Intellectual Property Law.
HENNA KAPADIA POOJARA
Henna is a first-generation lawyer. She is currently a Senior Associate at Universal Legal and has read law at the Government Law College, Mumbai. She also has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick, UK. Her expertise lies in corporate and commercial laws and general corporate advisory. Henna has advised and assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and start-up advisory, intellectual property, and commercial contracts. Henna has worked extensively on both domestic as well as cross-border deals across a wide variety of sectors including inter-alia technology, media and pharmaceuticals.
HIRA ILYAS CHOUDHRY
Hira Ilyas Choudhry is a versatile and hardworking individual, she always showcases a strong desire to learn and unlearn to develop continually. With well-developed knowledge as a legal professional, she has gained valuable experience working in corporate environments and possesses a strong understanding of the startup ecosystem and the intersection between technology and the law.
Her exceptional research skills and strong verbal and written communication abilities has allowed her to excel in legal opinions, litigation, contracts, IP, and corporate governance.
INFOBIP APAC & INDIA LEGAL DEPARTMENT
Infobip is a global leader in omnichannel communication. Through a single platform, they offer advanced tools for customer engagement, support, security, and authentication across diverse communication channels for businesses worldwide. The APAC and India Region Legal Team ensures regulatory compliance and supports contract negotiations with clients and partners for the company's success – all in a fast, secure and reliable way.
Jatin is a qualified lawyer in India and has over 23 years of wide-ranging experience in the field of indirect taxes including GST/VAT, Customs and international trade and other allied laws. He started as a practising lawyer in 1999 and later joined Big 4 consulting firms such as Deloitte and PwC. He was a Tax partner with PwC India, before he shifted back to law practice in 2021. Currently he is a Partner with Phoenix Legal, a full-service corporate law firm in India, supporting clients, across different industries and sectors, on advisory and litigation matters.
Jatin sharma is a dynamic and result oriented legal professional with over a decade of experience in law practise encircling Complex Corporate Legal Issues, Compliance Issues, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Matters, Intellectual Properties Rights Matters, Capital Market and Business Laws, Litigation and Arbitration. He is an eminent founder and Managing Partner of world-renowned law firm “Jurist & Jurist International Law Firm” based at New Delhi with presence in five states of the country. He has addressed various constitutional and legal issues before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi and his efforts have brought the appropriate and relevant changes in the law and its implementation in Labour Laws, Fire Safety Norms etc. Apart from this, he is known and eminent speaker, author and mentor and has addressed various Conferences on corporate issues, IPR laws and Constitutional topics. He is also a prominent author of most admired book “Denial of Maintenance to Wife” and the book is still a most referred by readers and apart from it, he has authored and written various professional courses in the field of law and the courses are being admired by various students of different renowned law universities and colleges.
Josephine was admitted as a Barrister-at-law (Inner Temple) and later as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2019. She commenced her legal career with civil and commercial disputes involving insolvency exercises, asset recovery, shareholder disputes, strata management matters and industrial relation issues. She also cultivated an active portfolio of chancery, probate and administration matters in which she represents major trust corporations and individuals alike. She has since focused her dispute resolution practice to advisory work, arbitration and adjudication in the construction, infrastructure and energy sector.
JOSHI AND JOSHI
Joshi & Joshi is a full-service firm of Company Secretaries based in Pune. The Firm commenced its operations in December 2009 (then Apte Joshi & Associates). CS Raghavendra Joshi, Founder Partner, has vast experience of more than 30 years in this profession and CS Harshal Joshi, Partner, has been in practice for more than 12 years now. Since its inception, the Firm has been
providing top-notch services to its clients and provides a wide array of advisory and compliance management services ranging from business set-up, capital infusion, private equity transactions, winding-up, among others. Apart from this, the Firm is engaged in matters pertaining to FEMA, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Oppression and Mismanagement, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Litigations and appearances and Legal advisory and drafting services to name a few. The Firm along with its associate entities, is also involved in providing Merchant Banking services. The Firm is providing services to the clients across the globe.
JP LEGAL CORP
We would like to formally introduce our law firm as JP Legal Corp. managed by Mr. Jay Rajesh Vasani & Ms. Persis Hodiwalla as Law Firm Partners formed in the year 2021. This year JP Legal Corp has also been listed in Legal500 in Mumbai focus, under the media and entertainment category. JP Legal Corp. is a law firm offering bouquet of services for the Intellectual Property Rights prevailing in the media & Entertainment sector. Our firm's primary vision is to own, safeguard and protect the intellectual property developed by the originator of the content for future commercial exploitation on all modes, medias, platforms in India and worldwide. We draft, vet and execute agreements and contracts required towards the production and execution of the content either theatrical or web-series, subject to client’s requirements. On an average we churn out cumulatively 4000 agreement annually for our clients. We also provide legal and commercial services for our clients who are the producers of the content and we are a part of their journey from script to screen.
K. RAMAKANTH REDDY
Designated Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court, with more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of fields like land laws/land Revenue Acts related to land matters, criminal matters, and commercial and constitutional matters. Practises in all courts and has represented Statutory bodies of the Government of India like Andhra Pradesh State Wakf Board, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Moulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), SUN TV Network, Gemini TV, etc. Enrolled as a mediator with IAMC, Hyderabad and a Nominated Member of the Telangana State Legal Services Authority.
Kaan Çetinkaya is the founding lawyer of Cetinkaya Law Firm and Chief Legal Counsel of a leading media company in Türkiye. He has been actively advising foreign investors in their transactions and disputes work in Turkey and abroad. Mr. Çetinkaya's practice focuses on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, digital media, media, investigations and dispute resolution, data protection, intellectual property, corporate maintenance. He extensively advises clients on matters involving joint ventures, strategic investments, start-ups managing risk and resolving complex disputes relating to M&A, litigation and arbitration across a wide range of sectors.
Keerthi is a Partner with Anantha Legal, Hyderabad. She practices in the areas of corporate law, real estate and private clients. Keerthi has experience in transactional matters, including structuring and documentation. She has undertaken various types of transactions such as acquisitions, foreign investments, joint ventures and infrastructure projects (including real-estate transactions). She has substantial experience in general corporate and advisory matters.
Keerthi graduated with B.A., B.L(Hons.) degree from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2003 and was awarded four gold medals for academic excellence. She also holds a Masters of Law degree from Columbia University Law School, New York,USA
KIRAN GUPTA RAYAPATI
Kiran Gupta Rayapati is a qualified lawyer with strong commercial, finance and business knowledge, gained from 25 years of experience as a practising corporate lawyer. He has worked for companies in diverse industries such as Tata Teleservices Ltd (Telecom), Satyam Computer Services P Ltd (Information Technology), Peepul Capital (private equity fund) and Waycool Foods & Products P Ltd (Agri-tech). After working with leadership teams on various corporate and private equity transactions, he believes that successful deal closures require a commercial lawyer who thinks like an entrepreneur and who is adept in law and knowledgeable in finance, to arrive at a commercial consensus expeditiously.
Kshitij Gupta has been working with JSA Advocates since 2022 as legal associate in the corporate and projects team.
Prior to this he was working in HSA Advocates. In the past 2 years, Kshitij has advised on corporate matters, private equity, regulatory aspects across multiple industries and sectors including PPP Projects, FMCG and automotive. Kshitij is a common law registered, first-generation lawyer and graduated with First-Class Honours degree with a focus on corporate laws.
KUMAR SALVA RAGHUVANSHI
Kumar Salva Raghuvanshi is currently designated as Manager (Legal) in the National Oil Company (Oil India Limited) under Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India. He has Master’s Degree focused on Business Laws from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He is also the Gold Medallist & Merit cum means scholarship holder in his B.Com-LL.B (Hons.) program from Amity University Uttar Pradesh.
He is currently providing legal assistance in the Global Business Development Section and looking after the legal issues in overseas business of the company in the USA, Russia, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Gabon, Mozambique, and Nigeria. Besides, he is also handling litigation and arbitration cases of the company. He believes in “maximum business, and zero litigation strategy”
Kuriakose Varghese, likes to believe that he is primarily a litigator. He has argued several matters in the Supreme Court of India, High Courts at Delhi, Bombay, Chandigarh, Kerala and Madras. He has also appeared in several National level Tribunals and Statutory Commissions. Some of them are reported judgments in the field of arbitration, banking laws, law of trusts, employment law, mining laws, ecclesiastical law, criminal law etc. He has been a keynote speaker in the ASEAN Conference at the UN- Asia Pacific Commission and has lectured widely in Malaysia, Singapore, Suriname, Egypt, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Kyle Wright has 20 years of experience and has contributed to the success of global consultancies and corporations under multiple jurisdictions and VUCA environments. His main legal focus is corporate and commercial (incl supply chain and procurement) contracting under English, Saudi, and UAE law, regulatory and economic sanctions compliance, legal operations, and legal technology transformation. Kyle is an advocate for the advancement of legal tech and harnessing the power of AI for more efficient, effective, and accessible legal and contract management systems.
LEXLEO ADVOCATES & CONSULTANTS
LexLeo Advocates & Consultants is a start up law firm founded in 2019 by Karuna S G and Swaroop Anand R. The firm is positioned as a boutique law firm and has a diverse area of expertise ranging from civil law, criminal law, matrimonial, corporate, commercial, employment, IP and many more.
Lydia Flocchini is a legal technologist, business transformation and go-to-market leader. She is the CMO for SurePoint Technologies, a leading provider of client relationship, financial and practice management software solutions to law firms. She has extensive experience scaling legal tech startups, company acquisitions and integrations, rebranding, and launching new product categories including WestlawNext, Lex Machina, and next generation financial and practice management solutions including mobile, analytics dashboards, time management, and payments. Recently, The International Legal Technology Association recognized her as one of the 2023 Influential Women in Legal Technology, which honors outstanding women leaders in the global legal technology community.
Maitreyi Kannur is a commercial litigator from Bangalore, India since her graduation 2016.
She primarily deals with civil commercial litigation and arbitration related to a wide range of legal subjects like company, contract, employment, intellectual property, land and real estate, partnership, banking, infrastructure, energy, consumer protection, land acquisitions, public procurements, labour, foreign exchange, excise, partition and infrastructure
Maitreyi has extensive experience of appearing and conducting matters before various Courts, Arbitration Tribunal and quasi-judicial bodies in India.
Her core expertise in making strategies and handling multifarious and complex litigations as well as arbitrations. Also, mediated and negotiated various settlements for clients.
As a trusted advisor, Majdoleen Aboudi possesses over 26 years of experience spanning across a variety of sectors ranging from power, chemical gases, change management, banking and business legal consulting. She has experience in supporting a Multi-Billion USD portfolio, with proven success at building and leading quality cross border legal teams and implementing legal infrastructure, managing corporate affairs, mergers and acquisitions, as well as managing external counsel across the Middle East and India regions. In her current position, she heads the Legal Function and is also the Ethics Officer of Air Liquide (Middle East and India). She is also a certified IPEC and NLP coach as well as a photographer in her free time.
With over 11 years of experience in many legal fields, Manal Alzaahrani chose to focus on helping good companies to be greater by taking their innovation mission to a solid legal and governance ground.