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Nishith M. Desai

Founder and Managing Partner
Nishith Desai Associates

Nishith Desai, Founder and Managing Partner, Nishith Desai Associates, spent extensive time studying the management styles of top global law firms prior to setting up the firm in 1989. He has been inspired by the principles of trusteeship and democracy by legendary thinkers, Mahatma Gandhi and Charles Handy. Since its inception, Nishith Desai Associates has continued to evolve based on these beliefs in its vision, values, policies, and culture and is rooted firmly in its ideological and philosophical approach on conducting fair business.

Nishith is a recipient of several awards and accolades, including the Managing Partner of the Year (2014); Tax Lawyer of the Year 2013; External Counsel of the Year 2009; and ranked No. 28 in a global Top 50 “Gold List” by a leading UK-based international tax journal. In addition, Nishith was honored with the title of “Prof. Yunus Social Business Pioneer of India” – 2010 by The Grameen Lab and the Wockhardt Foundation.