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GC Summit Mumbai

17 May 2019 |



With the Indian economy predicted to hit $10tn by 2030, the country’s rapid growth is transforming the way businesses, both domestic and multinational, operate. For India’s lawyers, finding ways to deal with an unprecedented lever of change is becoming essential. To find out what India’s rise means for its legal counsel, The Legal 500 has joined together with CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (CMS), Blackstone Chambers, Kochhar & Co, Vahura, and Veritas Legal for the GC Summit – Mumbai 2019. Now in its second year, this half-day summit will bring together India’s leading lawyers to explore how GCs and senior in-house lawyers are preparing themselves for the legal and business challenges of the future.


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Friday 17 May 2019


The St. Regis Mumbai, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013

GC Summit Mumbai
15:00 – 15:45Registration
15:45 – 16:00Welcome address and keynote
16:00 – 16:50Panel discussion (CMS) – Leading by example: Essential lessons in talent management.
Led by CMS’s Jonathan Warne, the panel will look at how GCs – and their teams – can effectively build, develop and manage a world-class legal function. The panel will also offer their thoughts lateral moves and staff departures, ways to minimise attrition, and how developing an international presence can help lawyers grow their profile within the business.
16:50 – 17:05 Coffee break
17:05 – 17:55Panel discussion (Blackstone Chambers) - The uncertainty principle: An in-house perspective on global disputes trends.
With global markets facing another year of uncertainty commercial litigation and arbitration volumes look set rise. Mat Swallow and Gary Oliver of Blackstone Chambers join some of India’s leading GCs to discuss what this uncertainty means for in-house counsel and their advisers. The panel will explore of the most recent trends and statistics in global dispute resolution before turning their attention to some of the latest developments shaping the way in-house counsel manage disputes, including case management technology, third party funding and new sources of risk in the market.
18:00 – 18:50 Panel discussion (Kochhar & Co) - The DealRoom: How lawyers can add value to M&A transactions.
Our panel of seasoned deal lawyers explore how disruptive technology is changing the M&A landscape and how GCs and their advisers can add value to a deal. Drawing on their experiences of high-value transactions, the panel will discuss a range of topics, including:
  • The role of corporate counsel in the decision to buy or sell an asset;
  • Deal dynamics when private equity or venture capital is involved;
  • How GCs can more effectively help prepare an asset for sale;
  • Valuing IP and dealing with transactions where critical IP is not owned directly by the seller;
  • Bridging the gap between India-based deal teams and their global counterparts in multijurisdictional deals;
  • How disruptive technology is shaping the market and how M&A teams are responding.
18:50 – 19:00Closing remarks
19.00-21:00Networking drinks and canapes (sponsored by Veritas Legal)



Jonathan Warne was appointed to lead CMS’s litigation and arbitration team following its 2017 merger with Nabarro and Olswang. He has advised on domestic and cross-border disputes in a number of areas, including financial services, company commercial, fraud, insolvency related proceedings, competition disputes and investigations. He has also acted on many of the leading pension litigation cases and has been involved in some of the leading disputes arising out of the last financial crisis, including Lehman Brothers and Kaupthing. A council member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Warne has played a central role in developing the Singapore offerings of both Nabarro and CMS. He has also written extensively on the role of general counsel (GC) and has led a GC thought leadership initiative over a number of years.

Jonathan Warne
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Bijoya Roy is vice president and group general counsel for the Flipkart Group (Including the various Flipkart entities, Myntra and Jabong entities and the PhonePe entities). She manages all of Flipkart Group legal affairs and ensures legal compliance and minimisation of legal risk in support of the business objectives. Roy joined Walmart/Flipkart from Thomson Reuters. Roy is part of the leadership team at Flipkart with functional reporting to Walmart Asia, SVP, CAO & General Counsel and additional reporting to the Flipkart Group CEO and the PhonePe Group CEO.

Bijoya Roy

Shweta Rao leads Vahura’s independent director search practice – Vahura OnBoard – on a national level, helping to identify and select independent directors and women directors in-line with the requirements of the nominations committees of the boards of directors of Indian corporates. She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Mumbai and was formerly employed at Jet Airways and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.

Shweta Rao

Kushal Gandhi is a senior associate in the litigation and arbitration team at CMS London and a member of the CMS India Desk. He has previously worked in the in-house legal team at a major investment bank in London and has also been on secondment to an asset manager and a major multinational technology company. His practice is resolution of disputes through litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation. He also undertakes anti-bribery and corruption investigations and provides advice in relation to anti-money laundering issues.

Kushal Gandhi

Sree Patel is executive director, chief counsel, India and Asia, Middle East and Africa region legal lead at Mondelēz International. She works closely with senior business figures to develop corporate strategy across the region and acting as company representative in discussions with government, regulators and other stakeholders to help influence policy. Patel has more than 25 years’ worth of in-house experience in senior roles. Immediately before joining Mondelēz she served as vice president for legal and corporate affairs at GlaxoSmithKline India.

Sree Patel

Blackstone Chambers

Mat Swallow is deputy chambers director at Blackstone Chambers. He works closely with the senior clerk and chambers director to help develop client relationships and manage the practices of Blackstone’s members. Before joining Blackstone in his current role he helped launch a joint venture between YouGov, the leading research organisation, and Centaur, the listed publisher.

Mat Swallow
Blackstone Chambers

Nitin Banerjee heads the legal and compliance function at Cairn, the oil and gas vertical of Vedanta Ltd. He is also a member of Cairn Business Executive Committee and an integral member of the Vedanta’s Group legal team. An international corporate commercial lawyer qualified both in India and the UK, Banerjee has held a number of senior legal leadership and country general counsel roles with Vodafone and BG Group Plc, and also has significant private practice experience at law firms like Trilegal, JSA, and big four accounting firm, PwC.

Nitin Banerjee
Cairn Oil & Gas

Parveen Mahtani is general counsel at Tata Housing Development Co Ltd and Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Sons and one of the leading real estate development companies in India. Prior to joining Tata Housing in 2017, Mahtani led the litigation and non-ligation practice at the Wadia Group of Companies. She began her career at the Mumbai and Palo Alto offices of Nishith Desai Associates. She moved on to join IL&FS Trust and subsequently Lodha Developers where, as vice-president legal, she spearheaded the largest private investment in London’s prime residential market as well as one of India’s largest FDI deals in real estate.

Parveen Mahtani
Tata Housing

Gary Oliver is senior clerk at Blackstone Chambers where he has overall responsibility for managing and developing the individual practices of each member of Chambers. This also includes the strategic and focused business development and marketing of Chambers, across all areas of practice and advising clients as to the most appropriate counsel to instruct. He has built strong relationships with clients worldwide, in particular India, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Cayman, BVI, Bermuda, USA, Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and Europe.

Gary Oliver
Blackstone Chambers

Dr. Bharati Nadkarni is vice president and head of portfolio planning and IP litigation at Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. During her nearly two decades at Sun Pharma and has been instrumental in building the IP Portfolio and team at the company. She is responsible for IP strategy, IP due diligence for M&A and management of IP litigation through a cost-effective and business driven strategy for generics and brands. . She has PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a post-graduate diploma in patent law and practice along with an executive MBA.

Dr. Bharati Nadkarni
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

Rashna Mistry is head of legal and senior vice president of Essar Group, one of India's biggest multinational conglomerates. Mistry supports Essar globally across all matters, from M&A to regulatory enquiries and dispute resolution. Before she joined Essar in 2018, Mistry was head of legal disputes resolution at Standard Chartered Bank India, where she led a large team of lawyers, bankers and paralegals in various jurisdictions in India and South Asia.

Rashna Mistry

Kochhar & Co

Chandrasekhar Tampi is a partner in the corporate practice of Kochhar & Co. He is a member of the firm’s M&A and private equity practice and has extensive experience in representing several domestic and international clients in private equity and M&A deals in India. He has advised clients in diverse sectors (manufacturing and services) including automobile, logistics, FMCG, power, non-conventional energy, petroleum, retail, hospitality, healthcare, financial services, real estate, IT-ITES, e-commerce, media & entertainment, telecom etc. on all aspects pertaining to joint ventures, foreign investments –inbound and outbound, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He also routinely advising clients on complex and general corporate commercial issues, regulatory, compliance and corporate governance issues as well as drafting and vetting of contractual documentation.

Chandrasekhar Tampi
Kochhar & Co

Preeti Balwani is General Counsel at Kraft Heinz in India. She is also an Executive Director on the Board of the company and is part of the executive leadership team in India. Her responsibilities as General Counsel for India include Legal, Compliance and Government Affairs. Her name is also featured in the GC Powerlist 2018 India published by Legal 500 which lists the top 100 in-house counsels in the country and has recently won the Star Women in Law of the Year awarded by Legal Era magazine. Preeti has a keen interest in how digital technology transformations can help in-house legal teams, start-ups, brand protection and innovation. She has authored articles on sexual harassment, gender diversity, in-house counsels, start-ups, doing business in India etc. She routinely speaks at various forums gender diversity, women in the board room, sexual harassment laws, data privacy and corporate governance.

Preeti Balwani
The Kraft Heinz Company

Mrinal Chandran joined India Resurgent Fund (IRF) – a joint venture between Bain Capital and Piramal Enterprises – in 2018. He was previously part of the founding team at non-banking financial company Altico Capital where he also served as managing director, head of structuring and general counsel. Chandran has also held roles as a corporate and private equity lawyer at Amarchand Mangaldas and DSK Legal.

Mrinal Chandran
India Resurgent Fund (IRF)

Sarika Raichur is a partner in the New Delhi office of Kochhar & Co. She is a member of the corporate practice group with a focus on private equity and venture capital. She has over a decade of experience of advising clients on corporate and commercial matters. She has advised domestic and foreign clients in the areas of private equity, venture capital, fund formation, M&A, joint ventures, setting up business in India, besides advising on a wide range of general corporate, commercial and regulatory issues, contracts and employment law matters. She regularly assists clients in structuring, due diligence, drafting a variety of contracts and negotiations.

Sarika Raichur
Kochhar & Co

Sudipta Ghosh leads the CLP India legal team. She joined CLP in 2009 as assistant legal counsel and since then she has grown with the organisation. In 2017, Sudipta was appointed general counsel for the CLP India group, becoming the first woman to ever be part of the leadership team of CLP India and the youngest member of the team as well. As GC of CLP India group, she is actively involved in advising on various legal aspects of setting up and operating conventional and renewable projects, M&A transactions and works closely with the business teams to establish business terms, identify legal issues and decide the type and level of risk that is acceptable.

Sudipta Ghosh
CLP India