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

Bharucha & Partners provides a wide range of HR-related guidance, particularly relating to ESOP structuring and POSH matters, as well as on employee exits – often at senior or executive level. Practice co-head Justin Bharucha also advises on industrial relations and labour issues in corporate transactions, with close support from private equity team lead Vandana Pai. On the contentious side, recent work includes wrongful termination disputes and gratuity claims, while the firm has assisted various clients with assessing government notifications regarding wage payments and workforce redundancies following the Covid-19 pandemic.

India > Private equity and investment funds

Bharucha & Partners has a downstream investment practice based in Mumbai and a recently expanded presence in Bangalore under managing associate Swathi Girimaji. As practice head, Vandana Pai focuses on investor-side work whereas Alka Bharucha, Justin Bharucha and Girmaj advise target investees across the technology, financial services and infrastructure projects sectors. The team also provides support on fund registrations.

India > Corporate and M&A

The senior partner-driven M&A practice at Bharucha & Partners attracts impressive, headline mandates from a global client base. Vandana Pai and co-head Alka Bharucha are key names, who handle high-value instructions from major industrial, telecoms, financial services and automotive conglomerates. Though traditionally acting for acquisitive entities from India and abroad, co-head Justin Bharucha is driving the team’s sponsor-side practice, advising a sector-agnostic client portfolio on M&A as well as general corporate matters including governance, regulatory risk and incorporations. Managing associate Swathi Girimaji is driving the expansion of the Bangalore desk.