India Business Law Journal reveals 50 up-and-coming lawyers who are making a name for themselves in the profession

In a year where leadership has never been a more crucial quality, India Business Law Journal has sought to identify India’s Future Legal Leaders – 50 young and dynamic lawyers who have caught the attention of clients for their dedication to the profession. Our Future Legal Leaders are lawyers who have either shown entrepreneurial spirit and started their own law firms, or those who are poised to climb the ranks in established firms. This article highlights the achievements of many of the 50 lawyers and includes testimony of some the clients and peers who nominated them.

To identify these up-and-coming lawyers, we turned to those who are well positioned to gauge their talents – the heads of legal departments, senior in-house counsel and other business leaders, in addition to India-focused international lawyers.

Many of our chosen lawyers have worked on headline deals, or have received appreciation for getting their clients out of a tight spot. Others have brought a fresh and innovative perspective on issues, or have advised on complex legal issues while keeping in mind commercial realities.

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Mohit Gogia, a partner at S&R Associates in New Delhi is “excellent at corporate work and comes up with practical solutions”, says Sapan Gupta, the general counsel at ArcelorMittal India.

Gogia began his career working at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York from 2006-2008, after which he moved back to India to become a partner at S&R Associates in 2014. He also teaches transactional M&A courses at Jindal Global Law School as an adjunct professor.

Among his significant work in the past year, Gogia was one of the leads in advising France’s Groupe ADP (formerly Aéroports de Paris), on its acquisition of an aggregate 49% stake in GMR Airports for ₹107.8 billion (US$1.4 billion).

Nitin Jain, a partner at Agama Law Associates in Mumbai, is credited for his “valuable legal guidance” by Bijai Jayarajan, the CEO at tech startup Houm Technology.

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