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Based on research conducted by India Business Law Journal, the following are the winners and highly commended in-house counsel of IBLJ In-house Counsel Awards 2023-2024. The awards are split into individual and team awards.

Click here to read the editorial report that accompanies the awards.

Biographies were provided and written by the in-house counsel themselves and have not been independently verified.

In-house legal team of the year
  • YES Bank
    Sanjay Nambiar
    General Counsel
    YES Bank-IHCA-IBLJ-2024-winnner
  • Agriculture
    PI Industries
    Shilpa Sachdeva Bhullar
    Head - Legal, Risk & Compliances
    PI Industries

    (Left to right sitting) Chetan Khurana, Shilpa Sachdeva Bhullar, Sidharth Kanwar (Left to right standing) Sant Kumar, Prabhat Kumar Misra, Kirti Agarwal, Anuja Chakraborty, Nupur Mantoo, Naman Joshi (Team members not in photograph) Sunik Shetty, Saurabh Warang, Udai Lal Vaid

    PI Industries’ vision is to lead with science, technology and human ingenuity to create transformative solutions in life sciences. The company is guided by its core values – courageous, curious, creative and caring, with the purpose of reimagining a healthier planet.

    The legal, risk and compliance team is committed to living up to these values and works towards achieving its purpose.

    With more than 18 years of experience, Shilpa Sachdeva Bhullar heads the team as assistant vice-president responsible for managing the legal affairs of PI Industries and its affiliates. She is chair of the sub-committee on consumer protection, product liability and product recall of the Confederation of Indian Industry and has been recognised by The Legal 500 in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist 2023. She spearheads a team of 11 legal professionals working across the contract life cycle management and trademark, litigation, risk and compliance domains.

    The team includes Chetan Khurana, lead – contract management & TM; Sunik Shetty and Sidharth Kanwar, leads – legal contracts; Kirti Agarwal and Udai Lal Vaid, team members – litigation management; Nupur Mantoo, legal consultant; Anuja Chakraborty, team member – risk & compliance; Naman Joshi, risk & compliance associate; Prabhat Kumar Misra, Sant Kumar and Saurabh Warang, paralegal associates.

    The team is responsible for making informed business decisions across the company’s PAN India operations and providing in-house transactional legal support for its overseas business in the EU, Asia and the US. It monitors all compliance matters and licences applicable to the company to minimise its risk exposure.

    It manages end-to-end contract life cycle for contracts related to various functional and business transactions in accordance with contracting guidelines, charter documents, SOPs read together with its delegation of authority matrix.

    The team also safeguards the company’s trademark portfolio to ensure brand protection, and that it is in line with the overall branding strategy of the company, including opposition against infringing marks, cease and desist notices for infringing products in the market, monitoring and taking action against counterfeit products. This includes supporting copyrights, designs and labels, etc.

    It handles dispute resolution, managing end-to-end litigation caseload including court appearances, mediations and depositions, etc., conducting legal research, analysing and formulating legal strategies, and assisting internal departments in legal interpretations. The team identifies, evaluates and mitigates various levels of risks based on risk criticality along with business stakeholders. It is responsible for developing SOPs, and the framing and formulation of various policies.

  • Automotive
    Daimler India Commercial Vehicles
    Vinay Bhagawan
    Head - Legal & Compliance
    Daimler India team-In-house-counsel-award-IBLJ-2023
  • Automotive
    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India
    Balwant Rawat
    Head of IP
    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India
  • Automotive
    Hyundai Motors India
    Yogesh Wadhwa
    General Counsel
    Hyundai Motors India
  • Aviation
    Air Vistara
    Shashank Jain
    VP & Head Legal
  • Aviation
    Akasa Air
    Priya Mehra
    Chief Legal, Regulatory and Strategic Relations Officer
  • Banking
    Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
    Srikumar Vadake Varieth
    Chief Legal Officer
  • Conglomerate
    JSW Steel
    Somashis Mohapatra
    Group Head - Litigation
  • Construction & infrastructure
    Cube Highways and Transportation Assets Advisors
    Mukul Shastry
    General Counsel
  • Consumer & retail
    LG Electronics India
    Rajiv Malik
    General Counsel
  • Energy & natural resources
    Apraava Energy
    Sudipta Ghosh
    General Counsel
  • Energy & natural resources
    Vena Energy
    Praveen Singh
    General Counsel, India
  • Financial services
    Indiabulls Housing Finance
    Kaushik Mukherjee
    President - Legal
  • Information Technology
    Ingram Micro India
    Nagendra Pal Goel
    Executive Director & Senior Legal Counsel
    Ingram Micro India

    The Ingram Micro India legal team, under the guidance of Nagendra Pal Goel, stands as a formidable force with nine legal professionals exhibiting expertise in diverse domains. Each team member has brought rich and varied work experience from different industries, contributing to the collective strength of the company’s legal team. Their diversity is not just in professional backgrounds but also in gender representation, with 50% of the team comprising women, of whom 67% hold senior positions, aligning with Ingram Micro’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Covering territories in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the legal team plays a pivotal role in supporting Ingram Micro’s operations.

    As part of a leading technology distribution and solutions company, the team manages legal aspects ranging from traditional litigation support to complex issues like data privacy and the implementation of new business initiatives.

    One of the team’s notable achievements is its instrumental role in the rollout of Xvantage, Ingram Micro’s digital twin, in India. This initiative marked a transformative shift from a traditional distribution company to a platform company, a pioneering move in the industry. The legal advisory for Xvantage encompasses a wide spectrum, which includes crafting data privacy notices, formulating sales terms and conditions, and refining customer onboarding processes.

    The team’s cohesiveness and collaborative approach extends to interactions with business unit heads, transcending hierarchical barriers. Cultivating a culture where legal is considered a business enabler, the team emphasises daily passion and dedication to its tasks. Over the years, it has developed a consistent approach to tackling critical issues and challenges, contributing significantly to Ingram Micro’s success.

    Continuous learning and development are ingrained in the team’s ethos. Members are encouraged to become subject matter experts, staying abreast of new developments through various courses and seminars sponsored by the company. Peer learning is also a focal point, not only within the legal team but also extending to cross-functional teams.

    Ingram Micro’s commitment to leveraging technology is evident in the resources and support provided to the legal team. Equipped with the latest technology, the team plays a pivotal role in the company-wide digital transformation, particularly in the contracting process.

    Ingram Micro’s legal team is a dynamic and professional group, embodying adaptability, collaboration and a commitment to excellence. Its contributions go beyond legalities, shaping the company’s strategic initiatives and playing a crucial role in its digital transformation journey.

  • Information Technology
    Inderpreet Sawhney
    Group General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Internet & e‐commerce
    Anurag Sharma
    General Counsel
  • Media, entertainment and sports
    Junglee Games India
    Kapil Chaudhary
    General Counsel
  • Media, entertainment and sports
    Warner Bros. Discovery
    Nupur Jain
    Director - Corporate Legal Affairs
  • Technology & telecoms
    Route Mobile
    Route Mobile
    Rathindra Das
    Group Head Legal, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer

    Route Mobile’s legal team acts for an impressive roster of enterprise customers in a wide industry scope viz. banking, financial services and insurance, social media, public utilities, e-commerce, etc., as well as governmental entities. The team manages the gamut of contentious matters across the globe, with operations spanning across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, the US, the UK and Africa.

    Founded in 2004, Route Mobile is a publicly listed company and among the leading cloud communications platform service providers offering communications platform as a service (CPaaS) solutions. The company caters to enterprises, over-the-top players, and mobile network operators, with a portfolio comprising solutions in messaging, voice, email, SMS filtering, analytics, and monetisation.

    Rathindra Das, group head legal, company secretary and compliance officer based in Mumbai, oversees the team and the handling of a broad range of regulatory/capital markets and cross-border transactions and complex corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, syndicated finance, corporate restructuring, inbound and outbound investments, private equity, and privacy and data protection matters.

    Senior managing associate Gaurav Jhunjhunwala is a seasoned commercial contracts, arbitration and intellectual property rights expert. The team boasts of another half a dozen associates handling disputes and regulatory issues in the technology-CPaaS sector, in areas of privacy and data protection, trademarks protection and enforcement alongside the full range of R&D and product development, licensing and authorisations.

  • Technology & telecoms
    Bharti Airtel
    Vidyut Gulati
    General Counsel, Director Legal
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