SPEAKERS

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Amy Hariani


Vice President & Legal
Policy Counsel, USIBC
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Anand Desai


Managing Partner
DSK Legal
(India)


Anand Desai, Managing Partner, DSK Legal has extensive experience in the fields of banking laws, financial services, M&A, Intellectual Property Rights, media and entertainment, real-estate and outsourcing issues. He advises various large corporate funds and HNI on diverse issues.

Anand is listed as one of the leading lawyers in India in the Who’s Who Legal for Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, M&A and Regulatory Communication, and also in Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer, IFLR, and Asia-Pacific Legal 500. He has held office as the National President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and has also served and continues to serve on various committees, including the Indian Merchants Chamber, CII, and the International section of the American Bar Association.
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Dr. Lalit Bhasin


President
Bar Association of India
(India)


DR. Lalit Bhasin started his law practice in 1962 and has developed Bhasin & Co. as one of the largest law Firms in North India. His areas of specialization include Employment & Labour Laws, Corporate Law (Formation of Joint Venture Companies, Foreign Collaborations, Amalgamations, Mergers, Acquisitions, Disinvestment); Laws relating to Information Technology; Contract and Conveyancing; Sports Law; Entertainment & Media Laws; Constitutional Law; Banking and Finance; Consumer Protection Laws; Disputes relating to Foreign Investment e.g. Shareholders Agreements, Collaboration Agreements, Agency and Distribution Agreements, Technology Transfer Agreements and Dispute Resolution Practice.

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Erik Wulff


Partner
DLA Piper

Erik Wulff has a broad-based practice in global brand expansion for consumer products and services companies.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of representing clients in expanding their brands internationally and domestically through various collaborative forms, such as franchising, licensing, distribution, acquisition and joint venture arrangements. Erik is a former member of the board of directors of a New York stock exchange-listed company and, as president of its international division, was instrumental in developing its business abroad.

Erik is a citizen of the Netherlands, was born in Calcutta, India, and has traveled abroad extensively.
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Pravin Anand


Managing Partner
Anand & Anand
(India)


Pravin Anand, Managing Partner of Anand and Anand, completed his law studies and was admitted to the Bar, India, in 1979. Since then, in a career spanning almost 4 decades, he has become a leading figure in intellectual property law and as well as representing many of the World’s leading companies and institutions he has worked tirelessly to create one of the most innovative and forward thinking law firms in India.

Under the leadership of Mr Anand the firm has taken on board a series of creative approaches to promote and increase the awareness of IP law among legal students and the wider business community. The firm was amongst the first in India to employ professionals (non-lawyer) in management roles, along with significant investment in advanced knowledge management technologies

Mr Anand has been counsel in a large number of landmark IP cases including the first Anton Piller order (HMV cases), the first Mareva Injunction Order (Philips case), the first Norwich Pharmacal Order (Hollywood Cigarettes case), first order under the Hague Convention (Astra Zeneca case) and many significant cases for pharma clients such as Novartis, Pfizer and Roche.

In addition to his busy practice and co-authoring the two volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of India on Intellectual Property Mr Anand serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He has also spoken extensively, and continues to do so, as a thought leader at key forums including WIPO, AIPPI, INTA, LES, IBA, LAW ASIA and the UN Conference on LDC’s in the Digital World.
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Ranjan Narula


Managing Partner
RNA, IP Attorneys
(India)


Ranjan founded the specialist IP law firm, RNA, in 2004, and is now its Managing Partner. He has twenty years’ post qualification IP experience, both contentious and non-contentious, working in-house in the legal department of Burmah Castrol (now BP) for more than three years, and as a partner of leading international IP consultancy, Rouse, for 10 years, heading its India practice. This combination of in-house and international experience has given Ranjan both an acute awareness of the need for commercial solutions and an understanding of the highest levels of international IP service. He has worked on over 500 civil and criminal actions for clients in various industries including the IT, telecom, apparel, FMCG, confectionery, beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic), and finance industries.

Currently, he advises a wide range of IP holders on IP management issues, providing strategic advice in relation to IP clearance, acquisition, protection, exploitation, and enforcement. Ranjan has been ranked as a leading IP practitioner by various publications including WTR 1000, Who’s Who legal, Asia IP experts and others

Ranjan is a regular contributor to various IP journals and has served on the editorial board of the leading international trade mark publication, Trademark World. He is also a panelist for the ‘.in’ domain Registry.

Ranjan is also active within INTA and currently chairs India IPO Subcommittee of Trademark Office Practices (TOPC).
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Rakesh Mohan Bakshi


Head Legal and India Legal Director
Amazon
(India)
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Neera Sharma


Chief Legal Officer
Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.
(India)


Known for her ability to be strategic, anticipate issues, and estimate risks including safety, security, reputational, regulatory and legal, Ms Neera Sharma has the ability “to see around corners” and deliver what’s best for the business. Her qualification extends beyond legal expertise to broader business and industry knowledge and financial acumen. She has been acting increasingly as legal and business advisors to the shareholders, CEO and senior leadership team and has drawn upon broader business knowledge and a wider skill-set, having the legal pedigree – deep knowledge of the law and regulations, negotiating skills, and specializations such as securities law. In her case differentiation comes from being, in the words of one general counsel, “more than just a lawyer.” She is known for her good & tested judgment quality which involves sophistication to properly evaluate and weigh multiple inputs and impacts of any particular decision or course of action. She has experience, both in dealing hands-on with complicated, messy matters that require consideration of compliance, litigation, business processes, etc., and in leading complex, cross-functional teams and assignments.
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Manoj Kumar Singh


Founding Partner
Singh & Associates Advocates and Solicitors
(India)
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Suhail Nathani


Managing Partner
Economic Laws Practice
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Geoffrey D Creighton


Immediate Past-President In-House Counsel Worldwide Member
BlackRock Canada IRC

Geoffrey D. Creighton, B.A., LL.B., C. Dir., CIC.C, is currently the inaugural elected President and Chair of In-House Counsel Worldwide (ICW), an international association-of-associations of national bodies representing the in-house bar. Geoff is also the retired Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for IGM Financial Inc. IGM is a Canadian public company with over $135 billion of assets under management, and a market capitalization of $10 billion. With offices in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Ireland and Singapore, IGM is part of the Power Corporation of Canada group of companies.

Prior to joining IGM in 2008, Geoff was a partner with Torys LLP. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, complex corporate finance and cross-border securities transactions, corporate governance and litigation.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A., gold medal) and the University of Toronto (LL.B, gold medal), Geoff was called to the Bar in 1982, and joined Torys at that time. He clerked with Mr. Justice Estey at the Supreme Court of Canada for his articling year.

In a voluntary capacity, apart from ICW, Geoff serves as a Trustee of Legal Leaders for Diversity trust fund, and on the Advisory Board of Arbitration Place. He is a past Chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and has also chaired and served on several committees of the Canadian Bar Association. For twenty years he was Ontario Editor of the Canadian Bar Review.

Geoff was recently honoured with the Douglas Miller Award of the CBA, and the Robert V.A. Jones Award of the CCCA, in each case for exceptional contribution to the profession.
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Deepak Jacob


President & General Counsel – Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Star TV India
(India)


Deepak Jacob is currently the President and General Counsel of Star India, which is one of India’s largest Multinational Television Broadcasting companies. Star India is a wholly owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox and has multiple business units such as TV, Film Studio, Sports, Sports Leagues, and Digital. Star currently broadcasts over 40 channels in 8 languages across India and over 100 countries worldwide. His role at Star is unique since it encompasses not just the legal and compliance functions but also the regulatory, government affairs and public policy functions thus covering the entire gamut of the risk landscape.
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Fernando Gracia


General Counsel
Nissan Canada Inc.
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Shukla Wassan


Executive Director-Legal & Corporate Affairs, South Asia
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
(India)


Shukla Wassan is the Executive Director – Legal & Company Secretary of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd and Chairperson of International Beverages Pvt. Ltd, Bangladesh; Bottlers Nepal Limited and Bottlers Nepal (Terai) Limited, Nepal; subsidiaries of The Coca-Cola Company plc. She is a member of The Coca-Cola Company Bottling Investment Group Women’s Advisory Counsel and a Founder Member of Indian Corporate Counsel Association.

In her career spanning over three decades, Shukla Wassan has been part of the corporate management team of companies like Reckitt Benckiser, Xerox India, & Max New York Life Insurance Co. Her areas of expertise include joint ventures, strategic alliances, fund structuring, intellectual property, indirect taxation, competition law and corporate governance and compliance. A sought-after speaker and active participant in a number of seminars and international conferences, she is a law graduate from Calcutta University and a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.