Date of birth:

16 March 1978

The name of the law school from which you received your first law degree:

National Law School of India University

Current law firm:

Aarna Law

Position within the firm:

Founding Partner

Details of past law firms that I have worked for:

Chambers of Mr S Muralidhar, then Advocate, Supreme Court of India

December 2001 to December 2002;

Chambers of Mr A N Jayaram, Senior Advocate and the then Advocate General, State of Karnataka - December 2002 to November 2003;

Founder, Jayasimha Law Chambers, Bangalore

November 2003 to November 2008

AZB & Partners

Key practice areas:

LITIGATION, ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION:

Appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, Trial Courts and a variety of tribunals including conducting complex trials and cross examination in civil and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitrations. In addition, appeared in complex domestic and international commercial mediations.

Appointed as Arbitrator in an International Arbitration matter.

Handled corporate criminal law matters including quashing of criminal proceedings before the High Court.

Have handled several technical and financial litigations in the aviation sector

Advised on Bilateral Investment Treaties and protection of investment

Member of Amicus Team representing LCIA India before Supreme Court in the BALCO case (2012)

Pursued constitutional and public law remedies for environmental issues, human rights, right to information, etc.

INVESTIGATION

Anti-corruption across a variety of industries

Corporate Fraud across a variety of industries

Other Areas of Experience:

CORPORATE LAW:

Advised on issues relating to the Companies Act, 1956, and other statutes. Advised on various corporate issues and transactions across different industries in India.

TECHNOLOGY LAW AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW:

Advised, negotiated, drafted and acted on issues relating to trademarks, passing off, copyrights, designs, patents, geographical indications, commercial disparagement, etc. Negotiated and drafted agreements for IT, ITES, Wind Energy, Biotech, Aerospace and other industries.

Visiting Faculty, IIM–Bangalore (2004) on International Trade Law and several lawcolleges (2003 till date) having taught courses on Contracts, International Trade Law, Intellectual Property, Evidence, Private International Law, Dispute Resolution, Legal History and Constitutional law.

Visiting Faculty, National Law School of India University, Bangalore (2013)International Commercial and Investment Arbitration.

Why you chose to focus in these areas:

I like the variety in my work and find it very fulfilling to argue my cases as a lawyer, and to assist in resolution of cases as a mediator and arbitrator. I find the resolution of transnational disputes and handling complex investigations particularly challenging and rewarding. I am also attracted by the element of tact and diplomacy involved in dealing with sensitive commercial and cultural issues.

Details of the matter that you have worked on in your career to date that you are most proud of, and why:

I have to pick two -

One involved my undergoing a brief course in aviation engineering so as to deal with the technical aspects of an extremely complex aviation dispute. This case taught me to drill deep into the subject matter of the case and to be able to explain it plainly to Courts, and the increasing need to develop strategies for concurrent disputes in various parts of the world.

The other was my very first case for a small shareholder of a large company where I had the privilege of arguing before the High Court and Supreme Court opposing some of the best lawyers in the country. This case taught me that the even the smallest cause matters, and that if a lawyer manages to retain the trust and confidence of such clients lead to invaluable professional rewards disproportionate to the amounts involved in such cases.

The name of any more senior lawyers that you look up to or consider to be mentors:

Justice R Jaysimha Babu (Retd), my father

A N Jayaram, Senior Advocate

Zia Mody

Ajay Bahl