Legal Era Business Leaders & Lawyers Meet on Make in India Challenges & the Future followed by 4th Annual Awards 2015

The two-day Business Leaders & Lawyers conference saw valuable dissemination and exchange of information and insights on pro-business laws, challenges facing ‘Make in India’, the business-legal landscape and emerging trends among others. The 4th annual awards held at the end of the second day saw more than 590 attendees as nominees waited with bated breath for the winners to be announced…

Unpredictable Delhi weather could not mar the enthusiasm at the 4th Annual Legal Era Conclave (2015) held on March 12 and 13 at the ITC Maurya. The two-day conference themed “How pro-business laws can make invest in India a thumping reality” was a roaring success, what with more than 45+ prominent speakers, hundreds of participants and the who’s who of India Inc. in eager attendance.

The unique platform witnessed valuable dissemination and exchange of information and insights on across eight panels spread over two days.

session02 L-R: Dr Lalit Bhasin, President, Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), Hon. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India & Vineet Nayar, Former CEO, HCL Technologies

In the opening plenary, Chairperson Dr Lalit Bhasin, President, Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), said, "The only person in whom ignorance of law is not punishable is the lawyer. Lawyers help you protect your escape from your enemies but then take over the estate themselves. Where there is a will, there is a lawyer, and the lawyer can go to any extent to win the case for the client and he will even speak the truth. I am very happy to see a great transformation in the standard of legal education and thanks to our academicians like Prof Madhava Menon and also because of the inherent and potential growth in our profession."

Hon. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Vineet Nayar, Former CEO, HCL Technologies were also part of the introductory panel Extending a warm welcome to all present, Aakriti Raizada, Founder Director & Managing Editor, Legal Era magazine, said, "It is a great occasion to be in New Delhi as Legal Era completes 5 years of its journey. Our magazine serves as a unique platform to discuss legal and business regulations. We are committed to promoting, strengthening and creating legal awareness at the corporate and individual level."

Day one saw sessions including Redefining Role of Regulatory Bodies like SEBI, CCI and TRAI; Energy, Resources and Infrastructures – Control, Clearances, Trends & Challenges; Manufacturing Industry & its Challenges: What would be the way forward to expedite Growth & Opportunities; E-commerce & Digital Markets, Challenges & the Future; and Corporate Governance: How do you demonstrate your ethical values?

Topics like Legal Structures for Business Growth & Global Business; 100 smart ways for Dispute Resolution - Rethinking the practice of arbitration in India; Mergers & Acquisitions - Deal Making Trends & Challenges in 2015 and Telecom Industry, Challenges & Way Forward were discussed on day two of the conference.

session02 L-R: Hon. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India & Hon. Justice Arjan Sikri, Sitting Judge, Supreme Court of India

Hon. Justice Arjan Sikri, Sitting Judge, Supreme Court of India and Hon. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, graced the occasion as Chief Guests.

"This is a function by the lawyers for the lawyers through the medium of this magazine Legal Era," began Justice Sikri. "Legal Education has made this profession see such lawyers, young lawyers in the last 20 years and the credit goes to my teacher, my colleague, Professor N.R. Madhava Menon. As children, all of us have read so many stories and if you remember, those stories would start with the words 'once upon a time, there was a king,' after which the story would start. Whenever one talks about legal education, it will always start with ‘once upon a time there was Prof Menon," he said.

"There are so many organizations that keep giving awards to lawyers. When I was invited to this function, I tried to know about the awards that are given because I wanted to be sure about the credentials of these awards before accepting the invitation. I talked to a few lawyers and one of them said that these awards could be treated like you would the Oscars in the film industry. The only other thing I would like to say while congratulating all the winners is that your genius is respected and acknowledged as it is said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% courage which is true as far as our legal profession is concerned," said Justice Sikri.

session02 Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India

Honorable Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, shared a moment with the audience saying, "I'm very happy to know that the Indian law practice is changing gear, professionalism is coming in, and all this is an indication of an emerging New India – an India of opportunity and hope. I am sure with this new India of hope, larger opportunity awaits and this competition is going to become tougher."

This year, the elite jury comprised R. A. Shah, Solicitor & Senior Partner, Crawford Bayley & Co.; Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF); Ashok Raizada, Chairman & Editor in Chief, Legal Era Magazine; Managing Director, Ashok Constructions; Ashok Barat, Managing Director & CEO, Forbes & Company Limited; Rupa Vora, Former Group Director And CFO, IDFC Alternatives; Debolina Partap, General Counsel & Vice President - Legal, Wockhardt Group; Atulya Sharma, Former Head of Legal, Indian Sub-Continent & Mauritius Deutsche Bank; B. Gopalakrishnan, Legal Advisor & Head- Legal Operations Group, Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd and Vineet Vij, Vice President, HCL Technologies.

Legal Era recognized the overall performance through the year across practice areas through its Premier League Award categories. It is meant to honour excellence in the industry. A galaxy of stars from the legal & business universe wined and dined under a star-studded sky.

The awards saw participation of over 100+ Law Firms and 150+ Corporate Houses hailing from distinct constituencies like the Business Community, the External Lawyers Community and the In-House Counsel.

The most deserving were felicitated while the most thriving were motivated at the 4th edition of the Legal Era Awards 2015.

session04 Professor (Dr.) N. R. Madhava Menon was honored with Education Leadership Award

For outstanding contribution and excellence in the field of Education Professor (Dr.) N. R. Madhava Menon was honored by Education Leadership Award.

session004 Avnindra Mohan, President (Legal & Regulatory), Zee Network was honored with Corporate Personality of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award as Senior Counsel was honored to Amarjeet Singh Chandhiok, Former Additional Solicitor General of India, Delhi High Court; K. S. Suresh, Group General Counsel, ITC Limited received Lifetime Achievement for In-House Counsel and V. Lakshmikumaran, Founder & Managing Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan was honored by Lifetime Achievement as Law Firm Partner.

Chris Parsons, Chairman, India practice; Herbert Smith Freehills was honored Pro Bono Excellence Award recognizing his noble contribution for fund raising for Indian Widows & their Children.

Neera Sharma, Executive Director Legal, MTS was recognized with the Award for Outstanding Achievement In-House; Award for Outstanding Contribution & Excellence was honored to Harish K. Vaid, Sr. President (Corporate Affairs) & Company Secretary, Jaypee Group; Avnindra Mohan, President (Legal & Regulatory), Zee Network was honored as Corporate Personality of the Year. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank, was felicitated as ‘Visionary Business Leader’ outstanding contribution to Indian Business and the Banking Industry.

session04 DLA Piper was honored with Best International Law Firm of the Year

The winners in the Indian Law Firm categories were Bose & Mitra & Co.; DSK Legal; Chadha & Co.; Luthra & Luthra; Khaitan & Co; Economic Laws Practice; Anand and Anand; Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.; P & A Law Offices; Karanjawala and Co.; Tatva Legal; S K Singhi & Co, Advocates. DLA Piper was recognized as the Best International Law Firm of the Year.

session04 Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd was honored with FMCG In-House Legal Team of the Year

Winners 2015 in In-House Team categories were HDFC Bank Ltd; Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.; Bharti Airtel India; Max Life Insurance Company Limited; DLF Limited;; Star India Private Limited; Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd; Asian Paints Ltd & Hindustan Unilever Ltd; Tata Sons Limited.

Winners 2015 in Individual categories were Aseem Chawla, Managing Partner, MPC Legal; Ashwath Rau, Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co; Ashish Chandra, General Counsel, Snapdeal.Com; Shruti Jain, Vice President - Legal & Company Secretary, Aegis; Ramji Srinivasan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court Of India; Deepika Chaudhary, Executive Director Legal, Xerox India; Rajeev Uberoi, General Counsel and Group Head Legal & Compliance, IDFC; Manjula Chawla, Partner, Phoenix Legal and Rajiv Luthra, Founder And Managing Partner, Luthra & Luthra

The evening ended with the promise that the next edition of the Legal Era Awards 2015-16 would be even bigger and brighter.

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