Corporate & commercial; data protection; mergers & acquisitions; restructuring & insolvency
Gopika Pant has more than 36 years of legal experience, and is dual qualified in India and New York. She completed her BA (Hons) in history from St Stephens College (1982) and LLB from the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University (1985) following which she was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi in the same year. She completed her LLM from Columbia University (1986) then was admitted to the New York State Bar Association (1987). She is also a member of the ABA and the Supreme Court Bar Association. Gopika previously worked in New York, then returned to India, was named a partner in a leading law firm before setting up Indian Law Partners in 1999.
Gopika has significant experience in Indian corporate and commercial laws, and is a specialist in cross- border commercial transactions, inbound and outbound, including restructurings, acquisitions, JVs, business alliances, foreign portfolio investments, PE investments and exits, insolvency and bankruptcy, banking and finance, infrastructure and project finance and real property transactions.
Her experience includes advising Times Bank in India’s first private banking merger with HDFC Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation in various equity and debt transactions, including in the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Takshasila Hospitals and TechnoTrends Auto Parks. She has also advised clients such as Kuwait Petroleum, BlueScope Steel, Toshiba, Mitsui, Nippon Paper, Hyundai, Dow Jones, KIA Motors, Merlin Entertainments, Savills, Blueair, Fujitsu General, Microsoft, Brookfield, Trivest Partners, Diligent Corporation USA, Navitas, Cardtronics and Major League Baseball on diverse matters.
Gopika is currently an independent director in Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd, Colgate Palmolive India Ltd and ABB India Ltd and has completed tenures on the boards of various reputed MNCs such as GKN Driveline (India) Limited, Aegis BPO and Xchanging.
She is a keen environmentalist and has also completed a Diploma in Environmental Law with the WWF. She is an enthusiastic public speaker and has addressed several international conferences. She has also authored articles in various Indian and international publications.
Gopika is also a keen sportswoman having been ranked No. 1 in badminton and No. 2 in squash in New Delhi and No. 3 in squash nationally, and has played several national level championships in India.