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Sharad Abhyankar

Little & Co.

Sharad D Abhyankar is a partner of Little & Co., Mumbai. Admitted as an Advocate on the rolls of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1988, he was admitted as a Solicitor by The Bombay Incorporated Law Society and as an Advocate on the rolls of the High Court of Judicature at Mumbai (Original Side) in 1991. He is also a registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.

His professional expertise includes corporate law, joint ventures, foreign collaborations, technology transfers, intellectual property law, mergers and acquisitions, information technology law, infrastructure projects, competition law and insurance. Mr Abhyankar is a director on several Indian corporations. He has also lectured and published extensively in his fields of interest.

Rashi Anand

Titus & Co.

Rashi Anand graduated from Lady Sri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi and did her law from University of Delhi. Ms. Anand practices mainly in areas of infrastructure, venture capital funding, information technology, telecommunications, cyber laws, insurance, foreign investment related guidelines and ministerial policies, foreign exchange regulations, taxation, corporate laws, labor laws and food and packaging laws. Ms. Anand's representation in the telecommunications sector includes advice on the guidelines and regulations and use of foreign satellites by Indian Internet services providers and international gateway operators, permitted levels of foreign equity participation, procedure for setting up of international gateways for Internet and review of licensing documents, etc. In the infrastructure sector, Ms. Anand's representation include advice on regulatory and policy framework with scope of work ranging from review of project documentation, project finance and development, investment structuring, privatization of projects and their restructuring, escrow ratings and guarantees, mergers and acquistions, joint venture divestments.

Ms. Anand has authored several reports and parliamentary submissions on important proposed legislations on broadcasting, judicial reforms and public interest litigation on environmental issue. Ms. Anand has several articles to her credit for various law and business journals, magazines including, "Asia's Technology Future: Transforming Business", "Regulating Transactions in cyberspace" and "Technology Transfer and Joint Venture: Legal Considerations". Ms. Anand is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and Forum of Parliamentarians on Intellectual property and Working Group on Patent laws.

Prarthana Awasthi

J.Sagar Associates

Prarthana Awasthi received her Bachelor's degree in Law (Honours) from the National Law School of India University in 1995. Prarthana is currently engaged in the practice of securities laws, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and related issues. Her experience extends from the equity markets to the newly emerging debt markets and derivatives. She has earlier worked for the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's primary capital market regulator, where she has regulatory experience in securities laws. She also was with a law firm in Mumbai where she practiced securities laws. She conducts a Capital Markets Course for management students at the Sydenham Institute of Management, Mumbai.

Prabjot Singh Bhullar

Senior Associate, J.Sagar Associates, New Delhi

Prabjot Singh Bhullar is a Senior Associate with J. Sagar Associates, New Delhi, a partnership firm which focuses its practice in the areas of Corporate & Commercial laws, IT, Infrastructure projects, Privatization, Dis-investment, Litigation & Arbitration and Legal reforms. Mr. Bhullar is primarily involved with projects in the Power, Oil and Urban Infrastructure sector and is advising State Electricity Boards in India on Power Sector reforms and companies and statutory bodies on Privatization , Disinvestment and Corporatisation.

Gunanath Govind Desai

Little & Co.

Gunanath Govind Desai is an Advocate Associate with Little & Co. He passed LL.B. examination from University of Bombay in 1997 and was enrolled with The Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in the same year.

Mr Desai has had extensive experience in Power Sector Projects and Infrastructure Development Projects throughout India since he started working with Little & Co. in 1994. Mr. Desai is been involved in areas of general advisory, corporate and business practice. He has also contributed to several articles on subjects of his expertise.

Sandeep M Farias

Nishith Desai Associates

Sandeep M. Farias is a senior associate at Nishith Desai Associates and leads the strategic initiatives team of the firm which focuses on the development of new areas of practice of the firm, legal reform and research & training on various issues of legal significance.

He is also a member of the corporate team of the firm and his areas of practice include, mergers & acquisitions (domestic & cross border transactions), privatization, securities and capital market transactions (both domestic and international), telecom, insurance, regulatory law, foreign direct investment & exchange control and legal compliance & corporate governance advisory.

Dara Phirozeshaw Mehta

Little & Co.

Mr. Dara P. Mehta is a Senior Partner of Little & Co., a leading law firm in Bombay. He took his LL.B. degree at Pune University in 1953; B.A. degree from Bombay University in 1995; and LL.M. degree from Harvard University in 1966.

He was enrolled as a Solicitor in 1957. Mr. Mehta has authored several papers on subjects of Law. He is on the Board of 19 Companies.

He specializes in Company law, joint ventures, banking and intellectual property law. He lectures regularly on legal subjects at national and international seminars.

Deanne D'Souza Monie

Nishith Desai Associates

Deanne is a practicing lawyer, admitted to the Bar in 1995. She currently heads the firm's Corporate Law Team. She has had extensive training on the American initial public offering process and listing of securities on NASDAQ at the law offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati based in Palo Alto, California in 1997. She has authored several papers including Foreign Investment with Special Reference to Mauritius, Foreign Investment in India and its Taxation, Strategies for foreign investment and Legal and Regulatory Issues Confronting Venture Capitalists. Her practice areas include Corporate and Securities Law, M&As, international listings (including listings of ADRs and GDRs), Venture Capital and offshore investment funds, Exchange Control Regulations and derivatives and on-line trading in securities

Ravi Nath

Rajinder Narain & Co.

Ravi Nath is the Vice president of the Inter Pacific Bar Association and Sr. Partner at Rajinder Narain & Co., a full service International Commercial and Corporate Law Firm. He has advised on some of the major projects of multinationals and specialises in structuring of Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions and cross border Securitisations. The Firm has rich experience in Telecom, Franchising, IPR, E-laws, Banking, Power, EPC contracts and Insurance Sectors, besides Leasing and Securitisation of Aircraft and equipment and Trade Laws.

Nikhilesh N Panchal

Little & Co.

Mr Nikhilesh N Panchal is a Senior Solicitor Associate with Little & Co., Mumbai. He was admitted to the rolls of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1991 and enrolled as a Solicitor with The Bombay Incorporated Law Society in 1995.

Mr Panchal has extensive experience in Intellectual Property Law and specialises in acquisition of IPRs. Mr Panchal has also advised on corporate laws, joint ventures, foreign collaborations, mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Vijaya Sampath

Partner J Sagar Associates, New Delhi

Vijaya Sampath is a Senior Partner of J.Sager Associates. She is a liberal Arts graduate and received her Bachelor's degree in Law in 1975. She is a Fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Her field of specialization is corporate and commercial law including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. She has attended the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers at the Harvard Business School and the Joint Ventures and strategic Alliance Program at The Wharton Business School


P. Srinivansan

J Sagar Associates, New Delhi

P. Srinivasan is a senior associate in J. Sagar Associates, a New Delhi based partnership firm with branches in Mumbai and Bangalore, that focuses its practice in the areas of corporate and commercial law, infrastructure projects, commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration.

He is a graduate in Mathematics and received his Bachelor's degree in Law in 1992. He is also a MBA in Finance, a graduate member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, and a licentiate member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India. His areas of practice include corporate planning and re-structuring. Prior to his current practice, he was associated with the financial services sector in a non-banking finance company. He is based at New Delhi.

Diljeet Titus

Titus & Co., New Delhi

Diljeet Titus graduated from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi and completed law from the University of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh in 1989, practices mainly in areas of project finance, telecommunications, information technology, loan syndication and structuring, corporate investment structuring and restructuring, Corporate mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, securities, banking and commercial and financial transactions.

Diljeet Titus, a founder member of Titus & Co., is a member of the International Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Company Law Board Bar Association, Indian Council of Arbitration, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Associated Chambers of Commerce, Indo American Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of Indian Industry, Society of Indian Law Firms, The Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India, India Israel Business Alliance, Joint Business Councils and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is also a Board Member of Indo-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Titus has authored several articles for law and business journals, magazines and newspapers. Speaker at the PowerGen Conference held at New Delhi in November 1996. Mr. Titus has several articles to his credit including "Legal Considerations in evaluating, structuring and developing infrastructure projects in India", "India Report on the Impact of the Financial Crises in Asia", "Legal Aspect of a Co-Generation Plant – A case study" and co- authored "Power – Regulatory and License Issues", "Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions, Refinancing and Re-negotiations of Projects, and "Structuring Venture Capital Investments in the Information Technology sector".

Anil R Wani

Little & Co.

Anil R Wani is a partner of Little & Co., Bombay. He was admitted as an Advocate on the rolls of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1983. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1986 on the rolls of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society.

His professional expertise includes corporate law, arbitrations, taxation, securities law, project finance, telecommunication and shipping law