Founding partner Akshay Jaitly rejoins Trilegal

Akshay Jaitly

Akshay Jaitly, a co-founder and former partner of Trilegal who retired from the partnership in 2020 after relocating to France, has rejoined the firm as an equity partner in New Delhi.

Jaitly had been with Trilegal for two decades and extensively assisted in policy and strategic advisory on India’s energy transition, and the role of the rule of law in India’s growing economy. Jaitly is also seen as one of the most renowned names in the projects space.

“I’ve stayed connected to the firm throughout the time I’ve been away, including as a member of the firm’s board,” Jaitly told India Business Law Journal.

“I’ve also been helping with client relationships and development in Europe. Also, I have been working with Trilegal co-founder Karan Singh to launch Trustbridge, a not-for profit research and policy organisation working on the rule of law as it relates to the economy in India. Beyond that, various work-related matters were bringing me back to India often and it made sense to return to the firm.”

During the past two-and-a-half years, Jaitly has been working on India-related strategic advisory and policy advocacy mandates, and writing and researching on policy issues mainly in the energy and infrastructure space. Jaitly’s family continues to stay in France and he plans to visit often.

“We are delighted to have him back in the partnership at this crucial juncture in the firm’s evolution,” said the firm’s managing partners Sridhar Gorthi and Nishant Parikh.

“Akshay was instrumental in building the firm’s market-leading energy and infrastructure practice and has performed a key role in mentoring many of our lawyers through their careers, into partnership and beyond.”

Jaitly holds a bachelor’s degree in history from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from the University of Oxford.