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Management Manager

Gurgaon, Haryana, India
1 Cr
January 04, 2020

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I am a Sr. Corporate Legal Professional currently working as General Counsel of Sterlite Technologies Limited, which is into System Integration, IT, ITES, Software Services and Optical Fibre and Optical Fibre Cables. The current role includes Contract Management, Risk Management and participating in various legal projects, including managing legal issues that arise in existing commercial relationships, handling pre-litigation legal disputes and inquiries, and working proactively with regulators and policy makers.

Gained deep insight into IPO/International Joint Ventures / Merger & Amalgamation with top industry players while working with SMC, Minda and Hero Group.

Deep understanding and expertise in Contract Management (Processes / Framework / Automation /Standardisation / Pre-emptive mechanism) Creation to ensure complete Risk Management

Deep understanding of International Employment Contracts

Managing a Multi-National Legal Department with Personnel from Diverse Cultures and its Budget

Champion of data protection initiatives in the organisation

Exceptional proven track record of 100% positive outcome in Litigation and Regulatory Issues in Vedanta for claims involving amount of INR 70000 Million.

Policy Advocacy and various “Ease of Doing Business” initiatives taken with extremely favourable outcomes in Vedanta and Sterlite Technologies Limited

Providing registration and litigation related legal support for current portfolios of more than 268 patents (IPR) in Sterlite.

Ensured end to end Corporate Governance framework implementation as Per Companies Act, 2013 and SEBI (LODR) in Vedanta.

Rich experience of working on various Technology Licensing, outsourcing, employment and Services Agreement

Worked on various high value assignments related to various IT / ITES

Drafting / vetting and negotiation of contracts related to various IT Partners / IT Infrastructure Service Providers / Strategic Partners

Won various commercial disputes and regulatory matters at Electricity Regulatory Commission, APTEL (Appellate Tribunal for Electricity), District Court, High Court and Supreme Court Level

Documentation related to end to end financing / refinancing of Project (NCDs/Loan Agreements/ECB/Term Sheets etc.) involving capital outlay of more than INR 120000 Million.

Experienced IP 1 / NLD License Regime for carious reforms through Policy Advocacy

Dealing with Department of Telecommunication, Electricity Act, Company Law, SEBI Guidelines and so on

Deep understanding of Power Purchase Agreements and regulatory framework.

Risk Management by ensuring a robust preventive management framework in place

Expertise in end-to-end Contract Management encompassing drafting, vetting and standardizing various legal, commercial and administrative instruments like:

oEPC Contracts, Technical Assistance Agreements, Consortium Agreements, Supply / Service Agreements, License Agreement, Vendors Contract, Outsourcing Contract, Guarantees, MOUs, Engineering Services Agreements, NDAs, Lease Agreements, Business Transfer Agreements and JV Agreements

Recognized by Vedanta Group Chairman as one of the best in-house counsel for ensuring 100% positive outcome in various litigations (of around INR 70000 Million) related to Vedanta Power Vertical.

Extensive experience in dealing with various Restructuring Activities pertaining to Company Law, Amalgamation, JV Merger & Acquisition, RBI Guidelines, M&A, Listing of Equity Shares, IPO and ESOP/ESOS

Steered all Corporate Secretarial and Corporate Governance matters including:

oConducting Board & Committee Meetings, Annual General Meetings (AGMs); drafting of Agenda and Minutes

oLiaising with regulatory authorities including SEBI, ROC, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), National Securities Depository Ltd. (NSDL), Central Depository Services Ltd. (CDSL), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Financial Institutions (FIs), Banks, and so on for compliance management

Excellent in independently controlling all legal and litigation matters, including civil, criminal, labour, arbitration, so on

Skilled in understanding business objectives and advising management on legal ramifications; trained employees to ensure compliance with legal and statutory requirements within TAT

Strengthened the Compliance framework of the Company to ensure “Zero non-compliance”

LLB from Agra College, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University in 2005

CS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India in 2003 (All India Rank holder)

Contract Management Certification from IIM Calcutta

B.Com. Agra University in 2001

General Counsel Since Oct’16

Sterlite Technologies Limited (a Vedanta Group Company which is into IT / ITES / FTTH / Software / SI and NI Business)

Key Result Areas:

Complete Contract Management for Software Agreements, IT Infrastructure Agreements, Licensing Agreements, Enterprise Strategic Partner Agreements.

Steering Risk Management through effective contract management

Spearheading bid management, correspondence management, repository management

Leveraging knowledge of the UL VNO NLD License Regime

Strengthening the Preventive Mechanism through effective Contract Management to ensure favourable outcome in all potential litigation issues

Undertaking functions pertaining to policy advocacy; addressing matters related to Intellectual Property Rights

Ensuring a robust compliance management framework along with risk identification, assessment and mitigation

Managing litigation at all levels (District Court, High Court or Supreme Court) including arbitration management

Monitoring day-to-day legal affairs regarding various advisories, opinions, notices, replies and submissions

Defining and formulating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) towards effective legal framework

Creating pan India external counsel panel for effective and hassle free handling of litigations

Strengthening the Contract, Litigation & Compliance Governance Mechanism

Head Legal & Company Secretary Dec’11 – Oct’16

Vedanta Group Company –TSPL (Power Vertical)

Key Result Areas:

Corporate Governance and Companies Act, 2013 Compliances

Board / Committee Meetings

Dealing with SEBI/BSE/NSE/CDSL/NSDL/RTI and other intermediaries

Protect the interests/reputation of the CEO, Board and the organization

Preparing and presentation of reports/annual reports.

Liaison with the shareholders/strategic investors and provide prompt and efficient investor related services

EPC Contracts, Partner Contracts, Service Agreements,

Managed regulatory matters with regards to Electricity Act, 2003 in PSERC, APTEL, and Supreme Court worth over INR 7000 Crores

Drafted, vetted, negotiated and dealt with EPC contracts, power purchase agreements, fuel supply agreements, project contracts, supply and service contracts

Administered PAN India litigation at all levels (District Court, High Court, Supreme Courts and Regulatory bodies) with positive outcome

Prepared, vetted, negotiated and standardised all types of agreements, legal notices, plaints, rejoinders & written submissions

Briefing to Senior Counsels of High Court and Supreme Court (including Solicitor General of India) with respect to legal cases.

Planned, strategized and implemented organisation-wide legal policies to ensure regulatory and statutory compliance

Facilitated Labour and Industrial Laws Compliance Audits; acted as custodian of Sexual harassment, whistle-blower and gift policy

Addressed arbitration matters at ICC & ICA levels; ensured ROC/RD/MCA/SEBI/CDSL/NSDL/PSPCL compliances

Controlled end-to-end documentation of various funding and re-funding agreements for INR 120000 Million.

Responsible for complete legal and secretarial affairs;

evolved a robust e-compliance management system in the Company

Finalized / negotiated Information Memorandum, term sheets for various financing facilities, issuance of NCDs and related compliances

Head – Legal, M & A, and Company Secretary Sep’09 – Dec’11

Hero Motors Limited

Key Result Areas:

compliance with Company Law, Capital Market Regulations, FEMA and other Corporate Laws

Led legal functions related to the joint venture for various auto sector entities such as ZF Lemforder, Sumitomo, Mitsui for JVs in transmission, die casting and wiring harness vertical

Conducted due diligence of various Indian and foreign entities including European companies like Bombardier & Rotax

Obtained RBI, FCPA, MOC, ROC and other autonomous bodies approvals for the JV entities

Addressed the IR issues of the group companies in the state of U.P., Maharashtra, Haryana and Gujarat

Undertook legal control for overseas subsidiaries incorporation in Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, USA and Taiwan

Drafted and standardised legal agreements (TAA, ESA, JVA, CSA, NDA, Supply Agreements, Lease Agreements, Leave & License Agreements, Purchase Agreements, Contract Labour Agreements, Service Contracts, Consultancy Agreements, Employment Contracts, BTA and other contracts)

Steered merger of Minda Capital Ltd. through High Court of Delhi

Ensured timely compliance of various provisions of Companies Act, FEMA Regulations, SEBI Guidelines, RBI Compliance and other applicable laws

Attained Central Government approvals related to erstwhile sec. 297, 212, 269 of Companies Act, 1956

Organized and managed various EGMs, AGMs, BMs and other committee meetings of group companies

Spearheaded legal aspect of acquisition of 2 big German Auto companies

Sr. Manager- Legal and Company Secretary Sep’07 – Sep’09

Minda Management Services Limited (Group Corporate AKM Group)

Key Result Areas:

Drafting & vetting of MSA, Franchisee Agreement, MOU’s, Foreign Collaboration & Joint Venture Agreement and various Suits (e.g. Recovery Suit, Summary Suit, etc.), Criminal Complaints etc.

Compliance of various provisions of Companies Act, FEMA Regulations, SEBI Guidelines, RBI Compliance and other applicable laws.

Handled Amalgamation and Merger Schemes / restructuring process of various Company’s under the group.

Preparation of Annual Reports and handling of Bonus Issue and getting the same listed in Stock Exchange

Compliances of Companies Act, 1956, Updating & Maintaining statutory records and registers, Drafting and finalizing the minute, notice, agenda and resolutions for the Board and the General Meeting, Finalization of Balance Sheets, Auditor Reports etc.

Internal Secretarial Audits & Compliance Audits, Audit for certifying various forms, Audit under Clause 47(c) of the Listing Agreement

Stock Exchange compliances and related follow up.

Creation of Charge Drafting and Vetting of various kinds of Agreements, deeds and Contract, change of name of a Company, Objects Alteration and Increase in the Authorized capital of private / public companies.

Manager-Equity Jul’05 - Sep’07

SMC NEXGEN Capitals Limited (A Category I Merchant Banker and part of renowned SMC Group)

Assignments undertaken for Initial Public Offering (Kamayani Patients (Care) India Ltd).

Drafting, Finalizing and filing of Prospectus, Expression of Interest and Information Memorandum with SEBI & the concerned Stock Exchanges.

SEBI matters (SAST condonation, Listing Follow up etc.)

BSE Listing, Stock Exchange Compliances of Listed company

Bonus Issue, Right Issues, Preferential issues, SAST.

Liaisoning and coordinating with all regulating authorities as BSE, SEBI, CDSL, NSDL and RTI.

Associate Jun’02-Jul’05

M/s Pramod Sharma & Associates (Engaged in providing Legal and Company Secretarial services to Indian / Overseas Corporates)


D – 3/6, Ardee City, Sector -52, Gurugram – 122002, Haryana

DOB : 01.03.1981

Contract Management

Regulatory (Electricity /Telecom)

Legal Affairs and Advocacy

Arbitration & Litigation

Audits & Statutory Compliances

Legal Documentation

IPR & Telecom Litigations

Amalgamation, JV, Merger & Acquisition

Client Relationship Management

Stakeholder Engagements

Company Secretarial Operations

Corporate Governance

Due Diligence

SOP Development

Environmental Laws

International Arbitrations (ICC/SIAC)





Team Leader

At Sterlite Technologies Limited

Successfully defended the Company in various disputes against BSNL, BBNL, L&T, Huawei and so on

Negotiated high stake Contracts with Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Ericsson, Reliance, Voda-idea and other key players

Created robust Preventive Management framework through Contract Mgt.

Regulatory issues and Policy Advocacy initiatives.

IPR Issues and Compliance framework

Ease of doing business initiatives

At Vedanta Group Company

Created panel of refined lawyers/law firms for Power vertical of Vedanta Group

Led matters related to land acquisition of 2100 acres including litigations

Defended the organizational interest before Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC), Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), High Court, Supreme Court and Arbitration as per Electricity Act, 2003

Led end-to-end documentation / agreements of INR 120000 Million funding

Identified for “Enhanced Leadership Role”

Recognised as a “Star of the Business” in Vedanta Group

At Hero Group

Contract Management for various Licensing Agreement and Technical Support Agreement, Service Agreements

Managed Joint Ventures and related issues for 3 International JVs Completely from deal structuring, due diligence to agreement drafting, vetting, negotiation and implementation with German and Japanese counterparts

Spearheaded 4 International Joint Ventures (of world’s renowned auto sector enterprises) including complete agreements drafting and execution

At Minda Management Services Limited

Managed legal aspects of acquisition of Schenk plastic Solutions (Czech and Austria based entity), KTSN (Uzbekistan based entity) and due diligence of other Australian entities

Contract Management for various Licensing Agreement and Technical Support Agreement, Service Agreements

Controlled amalgamation and merger schemes / restructuring process of various company’s under the group

Addressed Bonus Issue and got the same listed in Stock Exchange

At SMC NEXGEN Capitals Limited

Undertook assignments for Initial Public Offering (Kamayani Patients (Care) India Ltd)

Liaised with all regulating authorities like BSE, SEBI, CDSL, NSDL and Registrar to the issue

Managed legal matters related to takeover (Rossel Tea Limited, BMG Enterprises Ltd.); delisting (Spice Systems Limited); demutualization of Delhi Stock Exchange and drafting of “Expression of Interest” and “Information Memorandum”

MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Internet Applications

Enforce Compliance tool

SAP Ariba – Contract Management



Qualified Company Secretary & LLB with 17 years of extensive experience in Legal & Secretarial sphere

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Career Timeline

Dec’11 – Oct’16

Vedanta Group Company


M/s Pramod Sharma & Associates

Since Oct’16

Sterlite Technologies Limited

Sep’09 – Dec’11

Hero Group

Sep’07 – Sep’09

Minda Management Services Limited

Jul’05 - Sep’07

SMC NEXGEN Capitals Limited

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