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-Jack Welch


Mr. Kaviraj Singh the Secretary-General for Indian National Bar Association in an endeavor to bestow respect and admiration for the challenging and yeoman services rendered by GCs to corporate India, INBA successfully organized INBA 2018 General Counsels Recognition which was an awards ceremony as well as a conference. It strived to recognize the immense professional contributions of general counsels across verticals and functions, and who through their sheer hard work and perseverance have surmounted various obstacles to efficiently drive their team towards greater success in this complex legal world. The esteemed Awards were introduced to acknowledge and reward the exceptional work and the results gained by the General Counsels of the corporate domain, in the face of an ever-increasing competitive market.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Tackling The Future…Today“. The conference aimed to provide a meeting place for related domain professionals to gather under one roof for in-depth brainstorming on a variety of topics and provide an avenue for networking amongst industry peers and colleagues. Few broad topics, which were non-exhaustive in nature, were set out at the outset of the conference.

The event began with registrations and a welcome address by Mr. Kaviraj Singh.

  • The First panel which shouldered the responsibility of discussing Laws and Legal Issues in the Digital Age”, was moderated by the Director of Legal, Raymond Limited, Zameer Nathani.*
  • The Second panel indulged in discussion on“GCs Role in Fraud Risk Management and Compliance” Mr. Amber Gupta as Moderator Head Legal & Compliance, Birla Sunlife Insurance
  • The Third panel which was moderated by the Co-Founding Partner of ANM Global, Mr. Nidhish Mehrotra, centered their discussion on “Intellectual Property – Protection and Implementation Challenges”.
  • The Fourth panel moderated by the Head Counsel of Corporate Legal, Essar Power, Mr. Siddhartha Patnaik, discussed “Competition Law in a Modern Disruptive World”

The conference, before breaking for the much-awaited awards ceremony, was made even more informative with an interesting Presentation on Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity. The Awards were honored for different categories. These awards serve as a token of our appreciation and gratitude to their continued dedication. The list of awardees is stated below:

S. No. Categories Name of the Awardees Designation Name of the Company
1. GC- Insurance Mr. SachinKalra VP – Head Legal Bharti AXA Life Insurance Limited
2. GC- Insurance Mr. Amber Gupta Head Legal & Compliance Birla Sunlife Insurance Limited
3. GC- Re-Insurance Ms. SonaliChawda Compliance Officer Lloyds India
4. GC- Telecom Ms. Dipti Kotak General Counsel Reliance JioInfocomm
5. GC- Consulting Mr. Suresh Kumar General Counsel, Partner Deloitte India
6. GC- Realty Mr. Tushar Chawla General Counsel & Ethics Officer JLL India Private Limited
7. GC- Realty Mr. Surender Varma Co. Secretary & Chief Legal Officer Godrej Properties Limited
8. GC- Infrastructure Mr. Hemant Kumar Group General Counsel Larsen & Toubro Limited
9. GC – Logistics Mr. Nirmal Kumar Pandey EVP & General Counsel Gati Limited
10. GC-Services Mr. Manish Kumar General Counsel & VP Corporate Affairs Zoomcar
11. GC – Media – Print & Electronic Mr. Amit Rai Director, Legal Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited


12. GC – Media – Print & Electronic Mr. Manish Wadkar Associate VP & Head, Legal Times Network
13. GC- Manufacturing Mr. VivekRaizada AVP Legal & Company Secretary Godrej Agrovet Limited
14. GC- Manufacturing Mr. Naveen Raju GC & EVP, Group Legal Services Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
15. GC-Pharma & Healthcare Mr. Rakesh Chandra Sinha Head – Legal Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
16. GC- Entertainment Ms.Priyanka Chaudhari Vice President, Group Legal Balaji Telefilms Limited
17. GC- Hospitality Mr. Rajendra Misra EVP & General Counsel Indian Hotels Company Limited
18. GC- Retail Mr. Pankaj Patel Head – Legal (Corporate Planning) Future Group
19. GC- Retail Mr. Vikram Raj Head – Legal D- Mart
20. GC-BFSI Mr. Bhargesh Ojha Sr. VP Legal Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited
21. GC-BFSI Mr. Pramod Rao General Counsel Citi India
22. GC- IT Mr. Satish Kumar Global Head – Legal & Chief Data Privacy Officer Ramco Systems
23. GC- IT Mr. Madhav Anchan Deputy General Counsel TCS Limited
24. GC- Ecommerce Mr. Rakesh Bakshi Ind. Legal Director, AGC, Inc
25. GC- Ecommerce Ms. Smriti Subramanian General Counsel & VP Snapdeal
26. GC – Best Legal Team Mr. Zameer Nathani Director, Legal Raymond Limited
27. Woman GC of the Year Ms. DebolinaPartap General Counsel Wockhardt Limited
28. GC of the Year – Gentlemen Mr. Sanjay Mishra Head – Legal Essel Group
29. GC of the Year – Gentlemen Mr. Pulin Kumar Gr. Sr. Legal & Compliance Director Adidas India
30. GC of the Year – Gentlemen Mr. KanaiyaThakker Joint President & Head Legal Ambuja Cement

It is with great pleasure that INBA congratulates all the Award Recipients for their dedication towards the community. The event came to a successful conclusion with a reception which accorded the professionals with a golden opportunity to network. We keep our arms open to embrace more GC’s in the next year event and try and approach the maximum number.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    July 19, 2018 9:30 AM
  • End Date
    July 19, 2018 5:30 PM
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