IFLR India Capital Markets Forum 2020

January 22, The St. Regis Mumbai

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Speakers at IFLR India Capital Markets Forum 2019 include:  

Sudhir Bassi

executive director
Khaitan & Co

Sudhir Bassi is an Executive Director in Capital Markets Practise Group. Prior to joining the firm is 2013, he was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited. He has vast experience of over 26 years in capital markets wherein he has advised companies on all types of capital raisings (public/private/international both in equity and debt space), open offers, buy-backs, delistings etc. 

He has been involved in dicussions with SEBI and Stock exchanges in relation to development of regulatory framework for the Offer for Sale Mechanism, SEBI (Issue of Capital & Disclosure Requirement) Regulations, 2009, SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt) Regulations, 2008. 

Bassi was also head of Capital Market-Policy Issues sub group of the Industry Affairs Committee of Association of Investment Bankers of India (AIBI). He has been a member of various committees like the committee constituted by SEBI on  Issue of Capital & Disclosure Requirements, Capital & Disclosure Requirements, regulatory framework for public issue of debentures and more.

Abhimanyu Bhattacharya

Khaitan & Co

Abhimanyu Bhattacharya is a Partner in the Capital Markets Practice Group in the Mumbai office. He has significant experience in various capital markets transactions, including initial and follow-on public offers, rights issues, qualified institutions placement, ADR/GDR and FCCB offers and offshore high yield bonds. Bhattacharya is a member of the visiting faculty at the BSE Training Institute and has assisted the SEBI CRDA Committee with respect to reforms in the disclosure and application process in public offers. Bhattacharya is a member of the Academic Council of the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai.

David Cameron

partner, capital markets
Dorsey & Whitney

David Cameron is a dual New York and Hong Kong qualified lawyer who specializes in representing and advising corporate and investment banking clients in connection with equity and debt securities offerings pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, including high-yield private placements, block trades and medium-term note programs for issuers across Asia. Cameron also has extensive experience with green bonds and Masala bonds and has been actively involved in the India market for over 10 years. For his complete bio, please visit: https://www.dorsey.com/people/c/cameron-david

Cameron joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2018 from Allen & Overy in Hong Kong. Founded more than 100 years ago, Dorsey & Whitney has over 575 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide and has been in Asia for nearly 25 years, with locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, and the firm has been active in India since 2005. Cameron is also the Co-chair of the India Practice Group at Dorsey & Whitney, which is a network of lawyers spanning across Dorsey’s Hong Kong, London, Minneapolis, New York, Palo Alto, Salt Lake City, Toronto and Washington, DC offices covering a wide spectrum of services, from M&A to Intellectual Property. This is a Dorsey practice group that is dedicated to servicing its clients out of India for all of their international needs.

Amber Gupta

head legal & company secretary
Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance

Amber Gupta is Head - Legal & Company Secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited (ABSLI) and has been associated with Aditya Birla Capital (ABC) since 2008.  He manages the litigation, dispute resolution, IPR, contract management, Corporate Secretarial, Board and Shareholders matters. He has rich experience of 18 years in Corporate laws, Securities & Capital markets, Insurance, Banking & NBFC regulations, IPR & IT Laws.  Apart from formulating strategies and best practices for an effective legal department and advisory to business, Gupta has also worked on various projects, transactions and acquisition at Aditya Birla Capital with specific focus on risk assessment, regulatory issues,  technology and privacy laws. Gupta holds Bachelor degree in Law and is a member of ICSI. He also holds Diploma in Business Finance from ICFAI and Diploma in Cyber Laws from NALSAR. Gupta has also completed membership level international arbitration -Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, London. Amber also undertaken certification course on Governance and Director Duties Excellence by Institute of Directors.

Mushtaq Kapasi

managing director, chief representative,Asia-Pacific
International Capital Market Association

Mushtaq Kapasi is ICMA’s Chief Representative for the Asia-Pacific region. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2002, engaged in senior strategy, capital market and legal roles covering the region at international banks active in Asia. He has worked as a lawyer in debt capital markets and derivatives, a structurer in equities and fixed income, a manager of complex trades with regulatory and accounting considerations, and an adviser to top executives on emerging market strategy. He has also served as a consultant on financial structures of renewable energy projects in frontier markets. He is a member of the New York State Bar, and studied mathematics at the University of Texas and law at Yale University.

Sriram Krishnan

managing director, co-head, global transaction banking & head of securities services India
Deutsche Bank

Sriram Krishnan is Co-Head for Deutsche Banks Transaction Banking business in India. He also heads the Securities Services business for India & the sub-continent. Krishnan joined Deutsche Bank in 2015 and has varied experience of more than 23 years, largely within the Indian capital markets space. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Krishnan has worked with Citi, HSBC, Franklin Templeton and Stock Holding Corporation, and has managed leadership roles over the last 15 years across multiple functions and businesses. Sriram is a qualified Chartered Accountant as well as Management Accountant.

Manan Lahoty


Manan Lahoty is a partner in the firms Mumbai office and specialises in capital markets. Lahoty is qualified to practice in both England and Wales, and India. He has advised on some of the largest and prestigious Indian transactions in the domestic and international capital markets, including the largest public offering, and largest block sale in India, as well as on a number of novel transactions such as public offering of an exchange traded fund.  He has recently advised on capital markets transactions across sectors, including BFSI, technology, telecom, hospitality, real estate and manufacturing. He also provides general advice on securities law matters to leading domestic and international investment banks in India. In addition, Lahoty's practice includes providing advice on pre-offering corporate restructuring, corporate governance and other corporate and securities law matters.

Rajiv Mohapatra

director senior counsel,regulatory affairs

Rajiv Mohapatra is a senior corporate legal professional having experience of nearly 2 decades in managing legal and regulatory issues in banking and financial services industry. He holds experience in advising board members and management of the companies on legal and regulatory affairs. In his current assignment as Director & Senior Counsel Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific at Mastercard he manages the regulatory affairs for Asia Pacific markets. Prior to this, he had worked with Vodafone, HSBC Bank, CitiFinancial, in various leadership roles. Before moving into corporate legal role he was into Private Practice in High Courts and Supreme Court of India. He is a life member of Bar Association of Odisha, India and International Bar Association, London.

Mihir Ponda

head of client services team
BNP Paribas Securities Services India

Mr Mihir Ponda Heads the Client Services Team with BNP Paribas Securities Services India. Mihir has been with BNP Paribas since 2015. He has played a key role in setting up the Client Services Team in BNP Paribas Securities India, he and his team serve as a one-point contact for all the FPI, FDI clients from various jurisdictions i:e APAC, Europe and Americas. He also manages local AIF and PMS clients of BNP Paribas Securities Services.  Apart from managing the day-to-day BAU of the client, Mihir also manages the regulatory queries received from the client, FX related queries/issues and also any compliance related queries that the client may have. Apart from local reporting to the Location Head of India, Mihir also reports to the Global Head of Client Services in Paris and represent India to the Global Client Services community. Mihir has an overall experience of 14 years in Capital Markets spread across tenures with HSBC Bank and HDFC Bank, with extensive experience in Client Servicing, Custody Operations, Project Management, Market Intelligence, FX and Derivatives. Mihir is also the sponsor of the Uplifting Service Program for BNP Paribas Securities India, this program helps train the employees on how do we take the client satisfaction to the next level and maintain a desired level of service. Mihir is also been recognized as a Talent by BNP Paribas Bank and is a part of the Leaders For Tomorrow APAC & Global Community. Mihir holds a Masters degree in commerce from Mumbai University with Business Administration Qualification from Symbiosis, Pune having specialization in Finance.

Mohit Saraf

senior partner
L&L Partners

Mohit heads the Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices at the Firm. With over 20 years of experience across sectors & industries, he has advised major global and Indian companies. He has been recommended as one of Asias top 25 M&A lawyers; and was honored by ALB HOT 100 as one of the top performing lawyers. He has been awarded the Shaurya Chakra (a national peacetime gallantry award by the Indian President, Mr. R. Venkatraman); and is also a recipient of various national & international awards and has been consistently ranked as a Band 1 M&A lawyer in Whos Who Business Lawyers, Chambers Asia Leading Lawyers, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Practical Law Company. Chambers & Partners describes him as a dream lawyer for corporate transactions because he balances the legal and commercial aspects of a transaction. IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate lists him as Leading Lawyer in Banking, Energy & Infrastructure, Project Development, M&A and Project Finance; while Asialaw lists Mohit, as a Leading Lawyer for Corporate M&A and Project Finance. The RSG 2015 Report recognizes him as Recommended by Clients for Corporate / M&A. Additionally, he has over 50 publications in various national & international journals and magazines like Financial Worldwide, Finance Yearbook by PLC, Economic Times, Business Standard, Financial Express, Powerline, Tele.net, India Infrastructure, India Business Law Journal and SIAC Yearbook. He is also a visiting faculty at various law & management schools in India and is a regular speaker at various conferences.

Mohit Shukla

managing director, head - India legal and India lead - regulatory and government relations

Mohit Shukla is Head of Legal for India, and the India Lead for Regulatory and Government Relations, for Barclays. As Head of Legal, he is responsible for the general oversight of legal services to all the Indian businesses and Barclays entities in India. He has over 20 years of work experience with a diverse background, including the metals manufacturing, tobacco and hospitality industries, prior to financial services (first with the ANZ Group). Shukla is actively engaged in various citizenship and diversity initiatives of Barclays in India and is currently the executive sponsor for its LGBT network, Spectrum, in India. He also serves as a Senior Advisor in India to WiN, the Barclays gender network for employees. He also donates time as a teacher at the Happy Home and School for the Blind in Mumbai. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Foundation for Mother & Child Health, India, a not-for-profit focused on nutrition related awareness and training for vulnerable communities. Shukla has a degree in law from the University of Calcutta, and has a keen interest in theatre, having designed sets for, directed, and acted in, plays on the proscenium stage, and in Indian classical music which he continues to study.

Vishal Yaduvanshi


Vishal Yaduvanshi is a Partner in our capital markets practice and is based in Delhi. Yaduvanshi has extensive experience of over a decade in representing both underwriters and issuers and has led domestic and international offerings of equity and equity linked securities (including IPOs, QIPs, rights issue, buy backs and block deals) in a wide variety of industries. Yaduvanshi also specialises in overseas listings by Indian issuers such as depository receipt listings, direct overseas listings through offshore structures and listing of business trusts. In addition to advising on capital market transactions, Yaduvanshi has wide experience advising in a variety of sectors and leading investment banks in India on corporate and securities law issues and on pre-offering restructuring.


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