General Counsel Manthan 2016 and India International Legal Conclave at Thimphu, Bhutan: August 12-15, 2016


Corporate Counsel Association of India (CCAI) has organised General Counsel Manthan 2016 and India International Legal Conclave at Thimphu, Bhutan on August 12-15, 2016. It is a distinctive platform, which provides the opportunity to Network with Corporate Counsels from India and South Asia.

Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA is the ‘Exclusive Academic Partner’ of the Conference.

The General Counsel Manthan 2016 and India International Legal Conclave will provide an opportunity to meet more than 50 Senior General Counsel from India & South Asia, Network with representatives from India, South Asia & Global Experts from the legal Fraternity and share Knowledge & Experience with key decision makers.

Topics for India International Legal Conclave 2016
  • Changing the Legal Dynamics in South Asia
  • Merger & Acquisition and Competition Law
  • Managing Cross Border Investments & Transactions
  • Data, Privacy and Cyber Security
  • Litigation: Analysing the Litigation Risk & Strategies for Litigation Management
  • IP Trends & strategizing the IP
  • Creating an anti-fraud Culture and Robust mechanisms to Prevent Fraud
  • Benchmarking the Best Compliance Practices
  • Impact Analysis of GST in Indian Economy
  • International & Cross Border Arbitration
  • Legal Aspects in Contracts, Projects & its Financing
Programme Schedule


1500 hrs


1600 hrs

Opening Session

Changing Legal Dynamics of Business In South Asia

1600 hrs

Welcome Remarks

Mr B Gopalakrishnan, Founder & President, CCAI

1610 hrs

Address By

Mr Badrinath Durvasula,Sr. VP – Legal, Adani Group

1620 hrs

Address By

Mr Hardeep Sachdeva, Partner, AZB & Partners

1630 hrs

Address By

Mr Mohit Saraf, Sr. Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

1640 hrs

Address By “Special Guest”

H.E. Mr Jaideep Sarkar, Ambassador of India to Bhutan, GoI

1650 hrs

Address By “Chief Guest”

Honourable H.E. Mr. Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk

Supreme Court of Bhutan

1705 hrs

Tea / Coffee break

1720 hrs

Plenary Session – 1

Disputes Resolutions – 3 Questions – How, By Whom and By When

Litigations – still time consuming

Arbitration – an update on amendments and challenges in new time bound arbitration processes

Challenges in international arbitrations/ disputes resolutions

Session Moderator: Mr Abinav Bhushan, Director –South Asia, ICC

Ms Nishtha Kharb, Regional Counsel Asia, Carestream Health Singapore

Mr Pankaj Patel, Head – Legal, Future Group

Mr Sonal Kumar Singh, Partner, A K Singh & Co.

Mr Alok Kumar, Managing Partner, THS – The Law Firm

Mr Naresh Thacker, Partner, Economic Laws Practice

1830 hrs

Plenary Session – 2

Corporate Transactions – M&A, BTAs, JVs, Technology transfers, Cross borders, foreign direct investments – complexities on its run

What are various corporate transactions

Due diligences – length and depth of it

Stamp duties – needs an overhaul

Regulatory approvals

Mergers/ de-mergers – court process needs to be simplified

Session Moderator: Mr Ashish Chandra, GC,

Mr Rajiv Arora, Chief Legal, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Bharti Infratel Ltd

Ms Pooja Mahajan, Partner, Chandhiok & Associates

Mr Hardeep Sachdeva, Partner, AZB & Partners

Mr Darshan Upadhyay, Partner, Economic Laws Practice

Mr Amit Shetye, Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

1930 hrs

Plenary Session – 3

Changing Role Of GC’s in Indian Corporates

Session Moderator: Mr Mohit Saraf, Sr. Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices

Mr Rajesh Mukhija, VP and GC , JCB India

Mr Rajiv Choubey,General Counsel, HCL Ltd

Mr Sameer Karekatte, Head – Legal, Tata Motor Finance

2030 hrs

Cultural Program, Cocktails & Dinner


0630 hrs

Morning Walk through Memorial Chorten, Thimphu ( 5 Min. walk from Hotel)

0730 hrs


0900 hrs

Plenary Session – 4

Technology Trends & strategizing the IP and Data,  Privacy and Cyber Security

Session Moderator: Mr Rajeev Nair, Associate General Counsel, HP

Mr Ashish Chandra, GC,

Ms Seema Manku, VP - Legal, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Mr Sivarama Prakash, Sr. Legal Counsel, CISCO

Ms Kavitha Gupta,Sr. Corporate Counsel, Hitachi

Mr Rajesh Kumar V, Director – Data Privacy & Security, HCL

Ms Rachna Bakhru,Partner, RNA IP

1000 hrs

Plenary Session -5

Competition Law & Merger Control Review

EU Competition law Compliance & fines

Session Moderator: Mr Amber Gupta,Head Legal & Compliance, Birla Sunlife Insurance Co. Ltd.

Ms Nandita Khurana, Zonal Director – Legal, Public Affairs, & Govt., Michelin India

Mr Mark Clough QC, Senior Counsel, Dentons

Mr Karan Singh Chandhiok,Partner, Chandhiok & Associates

1100 hrs

Tea Break

1115 hrs

Plenary Session- 6

Tax – New Legislative Initiatives in the pipeline – Substance over form - Good, Bad or Ugly



GST: Impact Analysis

What else will come

Session Moderator: Mr B Gopalakrishnan, Neterwala Group

Mr Anshuman Sharma,Chief Legal, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd

Mr Badrinath Durvasula, Sr. VP – Legal, Adani Group

Mr Abhinav Ashwin,Partner, AZB & Partners

Mr Rohit Jain,Partner, Economic Laws Practice

1205 hrs

Plenary Session -7

Legal Aspects in Contracts, Projects & Its Financing

Session Moderator: Mr. Badrinath Durvasula, Sr. VP – Legal, Adani Group

Mr Anupam Sharan, Head Contracts, American Exp

Mr Jasmeet Wadehra, Head Legal, Vedanta Power

Mr. Sujjain Talwar,Partner, Economic Laws Practice

1250 hrs

Plenary Session – 8

Corporate Compliances – Never Ending Challenges

Implications of concept of Foreign company and Place of business under the Companies Act & their related compliances

Continuing challenges for compliance with POSH Act


Others – new legislations

Legal Metrology

Session Moderator: Mr Pulin Kumar, Sr. Director – Legal, Adidas India

Ms Sunila Awasthi, Partner, AZB & Partners

Mr Manish Gupta,Head – Legal, Usha International

Ms Jyothi VK, Head - Legal, Aditya Birla Group (Apparel Division)

Mr Raghu Tandon, Head - Legal, Panasonic India

Mr Pathik Arora, Head – Legal, InterGlobe Hotels

1315 hrs

 Lunch Break

1400 hrs

Concluding Session – Contemporary Issues In Indian Legal Sector

Liberalization of Indian Legal Sector

Conflict between Judiciary & Legislation

Judicial Activism at the right State & Direction

Corporate Criminal Liability

Session Moderator: Mr. Manoj Kumar, Founder  & Managing Partner, Hammurabi & Solomon

Mr. Manish Lamba, GC, Bharti Realty Ltd

Mr. B Gopalakrishnan, Neterwala Group

Mr. Anshuman Sharma, Chief Legal, JSPL

Dr. C J Rawandale, Director, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA

1500 hrs


1505 hrs

Local Thimphu Sightseen

2000 hrs

Cocktails & Dinner