Change of leadership at ADA

Sonia Gupta

Sonia Gupta has taken over as managing partner of Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA) from 1 April. She is one of ADA’s co-founders, with dual qualifications as a chartered accountant and attorney.

Gupta takes over the role from Ashok Dhingra. The firm will retain its name and Dhingra will head the investigations and regulatory laws practice. “We are known in the market as a customs and trade firm,” Gupta told India Business Law Journal. “We will now also focus on growing our white-collar crimes, data privacy, and goods and services tax practices.”

Gupta primarily focuses on customs and trade laws, foreign trade policy, and regulatory laws, providing both advisory and litigation services to clients. Before working at ADA, Gupta worked at J Sagar Associates as an associate from 2009, in the customs and trade group, and was later promoted to retained partner in 2013.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, ADA’s immediate focus will be to assist clients in faster recovery, returning to normal operations and then helping clients through the severe economic conditions. The firm will consider opening offices at other locations in India, depending upon the economic conditions and the demand of clients next year.

“These are really trying times that humanity and the global economy is passing through, the likes of which probably the next few generations may not see,” said Gupta.