Ms Vandana Pai > Bharucha & Partners > Mumbai, India > Lawyer Profile

Bharucha & Partners
13th Floor, Free Press House
Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021

Work Department

Private Equity / Venture Capital
Mergers & Acquisitions
Employment & Human Resources
General Corporate Advisory




Vandana commands a strong reputation from market commentators and clients alike. Clients state that, “she foresees business and legal issues, and is very proactive in addressing potential concerns”.
Vandana leads the Firm’s Private Equity Practice and advises on complex private equity investments, which include structuring and negotiating the investments and exits across sectors for leading fund houses and financial institutions. She also has extensive experience advising on investments, both in equity and structured products in the real estate sector in India.

Her mergers and acquisitions experience includes structuring and advising on joint ventures, foreign investment by non-resident investors, overseas investment by Indian companies, court-based restructuring, business and asset transfers, takeovers, and preferential allotments by listed companies.
Vandana has garnered some of the most marquee names in her practice area as her clients, like Apollo
Global, Ivanhoé Cambridge, General Atlantic, and Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets, to name a few.


English, Hindi, Konkani


Successfully cleared the New York State Bar Examination


B.A. LL.B (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
LL.M, Columbia Law School, New York | James Kent Scholar (top 1-3% of the graduating batch)

Lawyer Rankings

India > Labour and employment

A substantial roster of multinational clients retains Bharucha & Partners’ labour and employment practice for HR guidance pertaining to ESOP structuring, whistleblowing policy support, POSH matters, M&A due diligence and senior-level hires and exits. Regarding the latter, Vandana Pai and practice head Justin Bharucha represent the interests of both senior employees and employers. Recent contentious matters included novel disputes concerning unrecognised labour unions, breach of confidentiality and theft of trade secrets by ex employees.

India > Private equity and investment funds

Bharucha & Partners advises on transactions for foreign private equity funds and target companies, with recent engagements in the sectors of food and drink, TMT and real estate. Practice head Vandana Pai is advising US-based private equity investors on high-value investments in the e-learning space and multinational AIFs on exits and sovereign fund sales in the infrastructure sector. Assistance with fund restructuring is also provided.