LexTalk World Interviews with Vandana Bhatia, Director- Legal & Compliance at Ryan India tax service
Vandana is a self-empowered award winning multi-disciplinary professional. She entered the corporate realm at a very young age – right after Class 12, due to family crises. Over the years, her go getter and can-do attitude kept her going; even now, as the Director – Legal, Compliance & Company Secretary of Ryan, it helps her excel in various responsibilities, including Compliance Officer and Legal Head. During her last stint working with Caspian, she had worn multiple hats being CIO, Principal Nodal Officer, Compliance Officer, Legal Head and Member of POSH Committee.
Host: What motivated you to choose the Legal sector as a domain of work and how has been your career span?
Vandana: Here is my journey which explains my reason to be legal and compliance professional. I did my CS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India because I always wanted to be a governance professional and simultaneously did my MBA (finance) from Symbiosis, Pune to give me an edge over understanding finance deeply (very important when you are signing Financial Statements). Thereafter, I pursued to study LL.B from CCS University, Meerut to diversify my horizon and be a combination of both legal and governance professional. Grabbing these qualifications helped me pursue my career in eminent organizations: Dr.Reddys, NIIT, IQVIA, Caspian and currently Ryan.
Host: As a professional how did you deal with the challenges and also how did you figure out the solutions to counter these challenges?
Vandana: Challenges for me are always welcoming thing which gives me an opportunity to learn and grow. I always try to find innovative methods to deal with it. For example: in one of my past company where I constantly had a challenge how to improve client's experience by reducing the TAT of legal documentation execution, I had successfully completed a project of consolidating various legal documents and digitalize them for easy execution, this helped a lot in reducing TAT and improve profits for the business. I have also have been successful in establishing the Corporate Governance Framework at IQVIA India and currently doing the same for Ryan India. Further, the laws keeps on changing, I always try to keep myself updated. Also, diversifying my knowledge on non-core legal areas help me to overcome challenges, it gives me edge to be "Master of All".
Host: Time is money in any profession and in legal it's most of all. How do you ensure to make the best of your time as a lawyer?
Vandana: I always prioritize things in a form of matrix where I define which items are firefighting, high importance, low importance and not urgent. It helps me to give equal importance and justice being both a legal and compliance professional.
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