Hon'ble Justice K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan
Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Justice K.S.P. Radhakrishnan is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Prior to that, he was Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court & Gujarat High Court. He was a part of a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India that dealt with "SEBI vs Sahara" case.
He received PETA man of the Year Award for banning Jallikattu, a bull-taming tradition observed in Tamil Nadu.
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Hon'ble Justice Pankaj Naqvi
Judge of the Allahabad High Court
Hon'ble Justice graduated in law from Delhi University in the year 1984 and enrolled as an advocate on Jan 24, 1985. Later in the year 2011 elevated as Additional Judge & in the year 2013 took oath as Permanent Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad.
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Hon'ble Justice Mridula Mishra
Hon'ble Justice is a former judge of Patna High Court & currently she is Vice Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University. Ma'am, always motivate students with a good initiative to serve a social cause.
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Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath
Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath is a rare combination of an erudite scholar, an astute administrator, a relentless researcher and a revered teacher in the legal community. For the past 46 years, he has with single-minded devotion strived to serve the academia in law in multiple capacities across the country. He was founder Vice-Chancellor,
Chanakya National Law University, he has rendered selfless service to the field of legal education by setting up the University in Patna that competes with 15 other National Law Schools as centre of excellence in legal education. He has been teaching law since the year 1967 to thousands of students who went on to become eminent lawyers, jurists, public figures, judges and academicians. Till date he has guided more than 500 LL. M. dissertations, 345 project reports, 84 Ph.Ds. and 9 LL. Ds. degrees in Law which is a RECORD by itself. He has authored 10 Books and 140 Articles in reputed Journals. Prof. Lakshminath has served the cause of legal education in almost all parts of the country and the backward regions of the country in particular. Having started his teaching career in Nagpur University and later as its Dean of Faculty of Law, he taught at the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and became the Principal of Andhra University Law College and was appointed Professor-Registrar and Dean, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad before finally shifting to Bihar to lay the foundation for the Chanakya National Law University. He has imparted education to the students of the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra and then moved to cater the needs of the students of Telangana Region of Andhra Pradesh and now in Bihar, all the said regions had been backward in education and other concerns. His thirst to reach the unreachable of the society continues and it has been given due recognition. The Government of Bihar in a rare gesture amended the University Act to facilitate the utilization of his services beyond Seventy years. In yet another rare gesture the Government of Andhra Pradesh has reappointed him as Chancellor of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University of Andhra Pradesh. In between these major innings, he continued to enrich himself and the legal community – nationally and internationally. He was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts, U.S.A., Fellow of Salzburg Seminar, Austria and Visiting Professor at Banaras Hindu University amongst many other universities and institutions. He has participated in more than 140 national and international seminars and symposia and has either presided over or delivered key-note addresses in more than 140 academic meets in India and across the globe including USA, UK, Japan and Europe. Prof. A. Lakshminath has contributed immensely to the clinical legal education by spreading legal awareness and organising Legal Aid Camps amongst the masses especially amongst the underprivileged and marginalised sections of the society. Till date he has organised several legal aid camps and legal literacy programmes at various levels and in various regions of the country including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. As Project Director for the NHRC’s Human Rights literacy programmes got published books on Human Rights that are available in four Southern languages - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. As a Senior Consultant to the Andhra Pradesh Government he successfully completed projects on Judicial Process and good governance. As Director of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) he organised several sensitisation programs on Environmental awareness in remote, far off and inaccessible areas. Prof. A. Lakshminath has relentlessly worked towards promoting socio-cultural understanding and integration by heading voluntary organisations for the cause of communal harmony, linguistic minorities and consumer rights. He was President of Cultural Associations and Cooperative Housing Society, Vice-President of Hindu Muslim Welfare Association in Maharashtra and Consumer and Environmental Forums in Andhra Pradesh. He was visiting Professor in reputed Institutions like National Fire Service College, Nagpur, L. B. S. National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie etc. He was the founder Director of Department of Legal Studies in Dr. Ambedkar College, Diskha Bhoomi, Nagpur. Recipient of many awards and honours, Prof. A. Lakshminath has been recently conferred with Prof N. R. Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award 2012 for SAARC countries for his long and distinguished services to the legal education and legal profession, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Education Award in 2008 and Lifetime Achievement award by International Educators for World Peace, Alabama USA in 2007. It is very appropriate to quote Padmashri Prof. N. R. Madhava Menon, “There are very few legal academics still serving the cause of legal education with the devotion and commitment credited to Prof. Lakshminath. As a teacher he excels in class and is admired by students for clarity of expression and depth of learning. As a colleague, law teachers take him as an elder brother who can be approached for help in resolving difficult legal problems. He has become an institution by himself.” Prof. A. Lakshminath is currently serving as a Member, Bihar State Law Commission and Member, Accreditation Committee of Legal Education and to Directorate of Legal Education of the Bar Council of India. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute and a past Governor on the Board of Governors of Doon School, Dehradun. Contact details:
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CA Amarjit Chopra
CA. Amarjit Chopra is an Indian Chartered Accountant. He was the president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) during 2010-11 period. He has
been associated with ICAI as Council Member for over dozen years. Also held the office of Chairman of Northern Indian Regional Council of ICAI (1986-89). Mr. Chopra have specialization in Internal and Statutory Audits of Private and Public Sector enterprises, Banks and Insurance Companies. Bank Audit has been an area of special interest, and have handled Central Statutory Audits of Punjab National Bank, Central Bank of India, Punjab & Sind Bank and internal audits of Reserve Bank of India (Regional Office – Delhi), ICICI Bank (CP Branch). Besides these, have also specialized in Company Law Matters, Accounting Standards and Audit and Assurance Standards.
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Dr. (h.c.) CS Mamta Binani
Immediate Past President, The ICSI
Dr. (h.c.) Mamta Binani is the National Immediate Past President of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) for the year 2016 and she relinquished the office of President on 19  January, 2017. She is the second lady President of ICSI in the illustrious history of the Institute of 48 years.
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is constituted under an Act of Parliament i.e. the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (Act No. 56 of 1980) and is a statutory body. ICSI is the only recognized professional body in India to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries in India. ICSI has its headquarters at New Delhi and 4 regional offices at New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and has 69 chapters spread across the length and breadth of the Country. The ICSI has close to 50,000 members and approximately 4,00,000 students. Mamta Binani is a commerce graduate, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and has done LLB. She has been a meritorious student throughout her education career. She was an All India Topper in the Intermediate Examinations of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, amongst all the Lady Candidates in India and had ranked 14th on an All India basis. She has received various medals, certificates and awards including the D.L. Mazumdar's Silver Medal and Mauji Ram Memorial Award. She received the highest marks on an All India basis in Company law Paper in the Final Examinations of ICSI. She is practising as a Company Secretary for over 20 years now and is a registered Insolvency Professional. She is the first insolvency professional in the country, to be registered with the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India. She also serves as an Independent Director on few of the prestigious Boards and has served as the promoter director of the ICSI Insolvency Professionals Agency. Ms. Binani had been the Chairperson of the Eastern India Regional Council of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India in 2010. She has been the first lady to have held the position, amongst all the 3 professional Institutes, namely The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India and The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, in the Eastern Region. She also holds various positions in prestigious chambers of commerce, NGO’s and Professional Associations.  She has been conferred with the "Bharat Nirman Awards" in the year 2010 for "Excellence in Professional Services" and is the first Company Secretary to have received this prestigious award and also the KKMERS award for excellence in profession. She also received the "Tejaswini Award" in the year 2010. She was conferred with the ‘Hello Kolkata’ award for exemplary work in social sector. “Wah Zindagi” has featured a telefilm on her journey which is widely viewed in YouTube. She has been covered by the BBC world for a documentary on the usage of ‘Ghee’ and is the only practising company secretary to have been featured by Femina magazine in one of its coveted anniversary issue. Ms. Binani is a regular and acclaimed speaker in the professional forums on subjects of contemporary and academic interest including inter-personal & communication skills. She takes keen interest in delving into corporate and professional issues and is consulted on various corporate matters by the Industry. She had been an empanelled trainer with ICICI Bank Limited on an All India Basis. She is associated with the financial sector, education sector and is an experienced mentor and counsellor to young professionals & students. She writes for leading journals, magazines and newspapers and contributes articles and papers in various journals of professional institutes, on topics of varied interests. She has served as a jury member of the coveted: 1. ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance and CSR, 2016 2. Golden Peacock Award of The Institute of Directors for the year 2016. 3. ASSOCHAM Award for Commendable CSR Activity for the year 2016. She has wide exposure to the global practices and she takes keen interest in corporate laws, insolvency laws, governance management, sustainability and CSR issues and leadership training. To mention a few, she played an active role in the ‘Make in India’ week held in Mumbai in 2016 for the pavilion of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, managed by professional Institutes. She represented ICSI as a speaker at the high level event on the theme “Improving Women’s Access to leadership. What works?” held at the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Headquarters, in Paris. She was a speaker at the inter-governmental meet at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) forum held in Amsterdam and Madrid, Spain on issues of sustainability and reporting frameworks in different countries and how the Government is driving in its respective countries. She is a regular speaker on Board Diversity, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Corporate Governance and Risk Management issues in varied forums, both in India and abroad and has addressed several webinars and seminars. She was a part of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Annual Conference 2016 held in San Francisco on the subject ‘Integrating ESG in strategic investment decision making’ and has been trained in ESG issues in a 2 day dedicated training program hosted by Blackrock which had coveted trainers from Harvard Law School, among others. She has spoken on the Indian Government’s initiatives in promoting Governance in different walks of life including corporates, at the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, held in Kenya. She spoke on the changing role of professionals at the international conference of Company Secretaries organized by the Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has delved into the subject of governance relating the same with Vedas at the Global Convention of the Institute of Directors held in London and in Dubai. She was one of the observatory member of the ICSI in the CSIA (Corporate Secretaries International Association) executive council and was a part of the meetings of ICSI, held in London and Bangkok. She is also in the India Responsible Business Forum Advisory Panel. She has represented ICSI in Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meetings in the year 2016. She is a trainer with the Kolkata Police Academy on subjects like corporate frauds and white collar crimes. She communicated through ‘Precious You’ medium with her students, through the mode of webcast, which is very widely seen in the YouTube. She has been a Member at various Committees /Forums: 1. Trustee : Board of Directors of National Foundation of Corporate Governance (NFCG), Ministry of Corporate Affairs 2. “Social Responsibility Sectional Committee, MSD10’ of Bureau of Indian Standard, one of the National Standards Body of India engaged in Management and Systems Division Council 3. National Advisory Committee on Accounting Standards (NACAS) – Ministry of Corporate Affairs 4. Indo UK Accountancy Task Force, Ministry of Commerce & Industry 5. Member : Task Force with regard to the Plan Budget of the MCA for the 12th Five Year Plan 6. Working Group constituted in the area of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility as per provisions of LOI signed between India-Netherlands 7. Advisory Group to the GRI Focal Point India 8. Independent Evaluation Committee of Indian Bank Association 9. Quality Review Board of ICSI 10. ASSOCHAM Women Foundation 11. One of the working group of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India 12. One of the working group constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, 2016. She is the Vice President of the Kolkata National Company Law Tribunal Bar Association and is the Chairperson of the Merchant Chamber of Commerce-Corporate Law and Governance Committee and is a member of the Legal Committee of the Indian Chamber of Commerce. She is registered as the First Insolvency Professional of the Country. She has been conferred with the ‘Doctor of Excellence’ Certificate in Honoris Causa in recognition for excellence in the field of Management, for outstanding performance and excellent contribution and undisputed commitment through their sustainable work which benefits country and society at large.
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Lalit Bhasin
President of Society of Indian Law Firms & Managing Partner, Bhasin & Co.
Dr. Lalit Bhasin started Law Practice in September, 1962 and was honored By Hon’ble Chief Justice Of India On Law Day, November 6, 2012 For Completing 50 Years In The Legal Profession. This legal luminary has a lot of achievements
a few of them being, He is/was: • President, The Bar Association of India • President, Society of Indian Law Firms • Chairman, CIArb India • Past President, Inter Pacific Bar Association • Former Chairman, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal of India • Honorary Life Member, International Bar Association • Chairman, CII National Committee on Dispute Resolution • Chairman, PHD Chamber Committee on Corporate Affairs • Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration • Former Chairman, Delhi Bar Council (1973 – 1977) • Executive Vice President, Indo American Chamber of Commerce He was awarded Doctor of Laws (LL. D.) Honoris Causa by Jaipur University in 2013, the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law as well as the National Law Day Award by the President of India in 2007. His areas of specialization include Aviation, Employment and Labour Laws, Corporate Law, Entertainment and Media Laws; Constitutional Law; Banking and Finance; Consumer Protection Laws; Dispute Resolution Practice. Has Authored various books such as ‘Media World and the Law’, ‘Doing Business in India’, ‘Employment Laws of India’, ‘Issues before the Afro-Asian World’, ‘World beyond Nuclear Weapons’, and ‘Lawyers in the Freedom Struggle of India’.
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Professor (Dr.) Paramjit S. Jaswal
Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
Professor (Dr.) Paramjit S. Jaswal is currently the Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. He has a Teaching Experience of Thirty Four years and Research Experience of Thirty Six years.
His fields of specialisation are Constitutional Law, Adminstration Law, Human Rights and Environmental Law. He also has 36 books published in his name and the Book on "Environmental Law” second edition (2003) has been cited thrice by the Supreme Court of India in the landmark judgement reported as In Re: Noise pollution (V) (2005) 5 SCC 733. Hon’ble Mr. Justice R.C. Lahoti, the Chief Justice of India, has authored the judgement. He is Patron, RGNUL Law Review (RLR), Patron-in-Chief, RGNUL Financial and Mercantile Law Review (FMLR), Chief Patron, RGNUL Student Research Review (RSRR) and Patron, RGNUL Journal of Social Sciences. He is also the Former Chief Editor, PULR & Journal of UILS, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has served as University Counsel from 1997 to 2005, to contest the university cases in courts. In this capacity handled various university matters before the Labour Court, Consumer Fora, State Commissions and the High Court. He was served as Chairman of the first Academic and Administrative Audit Committee of the Panjab University, Chandigarh (2002) for conducting Academic and Administrative Audit for the colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh (Ludhiana Zone). He has also served as member of the first Academic and Administrative Committee of the Panjab University for conducting Academic and Administrative Audit of Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has served as Chairman/Member of various Academic and Administrative Bodies like High Power/Expert Committees, Search Committees, Screening Committees, Advisory Boards/Committees, Academic Council, Planning Board, Board of Studies of different International and National Institutions/Universities such as, International Association of Law Schools, United States, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, National Assessment & Accreditation Council, (NAAC), Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Karnataka State Law University, Hubli, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur, National Law University, Delhi, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana and Kashmir University, Srinagar, Maharaj Vinayak Global University, Jaipur, University of Jammu, Jammu, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, APG Shimla University, Shimla, and U.T. Legal Service Authority, Chandigarh. He has previously, served as: Lecturer in Law & Coordinator ICE/Reader, University of Jammu, Jammu (J&K) [1983-1988], Reader in Law, Department of Laws, P.U. Chandigarh [1988-1998], Professor of Law, Department of Laws, P.U., Chandigarh [1998 – 2017].
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Former Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India & Founder and Chief Patron of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti
Mr. D. R. Mehta is the Founder & Chief Patron of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) Jaipur, the parent body of Jaipur Foot
the largest organization for the rehabilitation of the handicapped in the world, by now, providing more than 1.65 million handicapped beneficiaries with artificial limbs / calipers and other aids and appliances, giving them mobility and dignity. Born in 1937, he is an alumnus of Rajasthan University, Jaipur, Royal Institute of Public Administration, London and Alfred Sloan School of Management M.I.T., Boston, USA. The Jaipur Knee developed by Stanford University – USA, working with BMVSS, has been hailed by the TIME Magazine (issue of 23rd Nov 2009) as one of the 50 Best Inventions of the world for the year 2009. In Nov 2007, Mr. D. R. Mehta’s was given the prestigious TECH Museum Innovation Award in Silicon Valley in the USA for Innovation and its Use for Humanity. The Indian for Collective Action Award in San Francisco was also given to him. Earlier Mr. D. R. Mehta was given DIWALI BEHAN Award by Dalai Lama. Mr. D. R. Mehta received CNBC Award for Social Enterprise on behalf of BMVSS. He also got Satpal Mittal Award. He received several other awards too. On 26th of Jan 2008 the Government of India honored Mr. D. R. Mehta by conferring on him the prestigious National Award “Padma Bhushan” for his social services. He was given Rajiv Gandhi National Sadhbhavna Award 2012 by the Prime Minister of India. Harvard Business School has written a case study on Jaipur Foot. Mr. Mehta is a retired civil servant. He joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1961 and held various responsible positions in the Government of Rajasthan and Government of India. He was the secretary to Government of Rajasthan dealing with various departments in different times; he was Secretary Industries; Secretary Mines; Secretary to Chief Minister etc in Rajasthan. In Government of India he was Controller of Capital Issues, Additional Secretary Banking in the Ministry of Finance. He was also the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports or the Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. During this time the fundamentally changed Export – Import policy for the country was introduced. He was also the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (1992-95) (RBI) when the banking reforms where introduced. Subsequently, he became the Chairman of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the regulator for the capital market in India. He held this responsibility for seven years from 1995-2002. During this period the Indian capital market became modern and sophisticated because of large number reforms. Mr. Mehta was also a Director on the Board of Alfred Sloan School of Management of MIT for Europe, Asia and Africa.
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Hemant K. Batra
Managing Partner, Kaden Boriss Partners
Hemant Batra is a Corporate, Business & Strategist Commercial Lawyer, whose practice is concentrated across the globe in general, specifically in India, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Australia and UK.He is the Managing Partner of Kaden Boriss
, Corporate/Commercial law firm. He is also Director-Legal Services, Kaden Boriss Consulting Private Limited, a legal/knowledge process outsourcing Company (LPO/KPO). Kaden Boriss is engaged in undertaking consulting assignments for clients seeking to outsource their legal, para-legal and strategic advisory, regulatory and compliance work. With strategic ideas and skill to implement, Kaden Boriss delivers seamless legal and logical solutions that bring tangible business value to leading organizations. In addition to the above he is also one of the Directors with Thames Tobacco Company Ltd. and Kaden Boriss (UK) Ltd. located in the United Kingdom. He is the elected Vice President of SAARCLAW (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law). As Vice President of SAARCLAW he enjoys a quasi-diplomatic status. SAARCLAW is an Association of the Legal communities of the SAARC countries namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka (Japan and China being observer members) comprising of Chief Justices, Judges, Lawyers, Academicians, Law-teachers, Government Servants and a host of other law related persons. SAARCLAW assists the SAARC countries in inducting newer laws in the face of an ever-changing society as well as helping the member nations to amend their obsolete laws. He is also the Chairperson of the Organizing Council of International Infrastructure & Construction Law Arbitration Moot (IICLAM). He is a Member of the high-powered National Legal Affairs Committee of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and has recently been appointed as an Advisory Board member of OIC, USA. He began his legal career in 1991, when he was inducted in one of India's most prestigious firm of Solicitors - Amarchand Mangaldass & Hiralal Shroff & Co. Four years later he joined Ke Dass B. & Associates as a Partner and became Managing Partner of its Corporate Office. In 2005, he took over as the Director - Legal Services of Kaden Boriss Consulting Private Limited, a legal/knowledge process outsourcing Company (LPO/KPO) in addition of being the Managing Partner of the Corporate Office of Ke Dass. In 2006, the Corporate Office of Ke Dass got renamed as Kaden Boriss. He has written as well as edited and published various papers and books. He has delivered speeches and addressed gatherings on Corporate, Commercial, Trade and Foreign Investment Policies and Issues in Australia, Singapore, UK, USA, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives and Bhutan. He is a visiting Guest Speaker to the Griffith University, Brisbane, National Law School, Hyderabad and American Bankruptcy Institute, New York. He has been associated with various literary projects undertaken by Nova Southeastern University, USA and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Germany. He is a an expert on Cross Border Investment Policy & Procedures (Regulatory Advise & Documentation), Commercial and Transactional Law (Consultancy & Documentation), Corporate Law including Corporate Management (Consultancy & Documentation), Mergers, Acquisitions, Takeovers Consulting and Documentation; and Legal Auditing Commercial and Transactional law practice and consultancy are his areas of expertise.. He has experience of 14 years in rendering strategic advice to his clients all across the globe. He extends legal opinion and consultancy on Company laws and also provides Company management services to several Companies.
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Karan S. Thukral
Founder Thukral Group
Karan S.Thukral is an Indian lawyer enrolled with the Bar Council of India and a member of the Delhi High Court Bar Association. Mr.Thukral is not explicitly affiliated with any mainstream political party in India. He has appeared on television several times on issues related to Indian laws.
Mr.Karan S.Thukral is the founder of 'The Thukral Group'. He is the Managing Partner of the Law Firm 'Thukral Law Associates'. His name and law firm appear in the global legal directories of lawyers, law firms & Attorneys in Gulf Advocates. He is a foreign associate Business and Immigration lawyer with the famous international Beijing Yingke Law Firm in China. Karan and his Office-Thukral Law Associates in the year 2015 became International Partner of RL Advogados Law Firm in Lisbon, Portugal. Mr.Thukral was the lawyer representing the Solicitor from Canada in the well- known adoption case before the Delhi High Court. The case involved several pertinent legal issues related to inter-country direct adoptions and International Hague Convention which were framed by the single Judge and later referred to the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. Thukral was the main counsel representing the petitioners in all the cases. Mr.Thukral came out to be the main legal counsel who represented the Australian couple before the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in the famous surrogacy case. The Australian couple was seeking an exceptional waiver of the applicability of the anti-sex determination law for those couples who want to have a balanced family with a male and a female child through surrogate mothers. Mr.Thukral also represented the US based prominent doctor before the Delhi High Court in her struggle to take her adopted child back to US. The High Court was hearing two petitions by US nationals who were unable to take their children adopted from biological parents outside India in the absence of any guidelines in the country on the issue. The daily issue of the Business Standard on the cases represented by Thukral quoted "Voicing concern over the issue of inter-country adoptions where biological parents are directly giving their child for adoption, the Delhi High Court sought details of the process of adoption in United States." The Guardian quoted Mr. Thukral in an article published as "The lack of legal clarity means such adoptions become vulnerable to delays, harassment and corruption". The Minister for women and child welfare Maneka Gandhi in the same article was quoted saying, "People have to wait for three to four years to adopt. That is inexcusable, I want to overhaul the system so it takes not more than four months to adopt." The Washington Post taking account of the two famous cases represented by Mr. Thukral published an article with a heading 'India moves to improve 'shameful' record on orphan adoptions' reporting that 'A large number of children go missing every year in India, and the number of infants is huge.' The Newstral mentioned about the report as India is targeting adoption red tape as a black market for babies thrives. The Court further observed that 'it was a larger issue and needed consideration. It will have huge repercussion'. Mr. Thukral is one of the known good lawyers in India and one of the top 3 Handpicked Property Case Lawyers in Delhi. Many international counsulates regularly seek his opinion on interpretation of arbitration contracts and international treaties. Mr. Thukral was the leading lawyer in the five important cases decided by the Delhi High Court in 2016 with the landmark judgment PKH versus CARA related to Hague Convention for adoption of children. Thukral represented Sonu Ahluwalia in the Indian Court proceedings related to his divorce in US with Bollywood actress Pooja Batra. Thukral had also represented the Australian citizen before the Delhi High Court in the Indian citizenship revocation case. His name also appears on the Delhi Criminal Lawyers listings as one of the eminent lawyers. His name appears as one of the top international lawyers having a full service law firm in the indexes of international lawyers from various countries. The Wall Street Journal interviewed Mr. Thukral on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill which was passed by the Indian Parliament later in the year 2014 which aimed to strengthen the country's laws on sexual assault. Mr. Thukral was again interviewed by the Wall Street Journal's Deborah Kan in 2013 on the famous Delhi Gang Rape case on the aspect of how India's legal system was dealing with a trial that was seizing the country. Mr. Thukral is a recipient of many international legal awards and has been a guest of honour in conferences and seminars.
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Vinod Surana
Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer @ Surana and Surana International Attorneys
Surana & Surana is a reputed international law firm ranked among the top law firms in India for the past 18 consecutive years and among the top law firms in South East Asia. Mr. Surana did doctoral, masters & other qualifications from prestigious international universities in UK, USA and India:
University of Madras, India Cornell Law School, USA Harvard Law School, USA London School of Economics, London, U.K. Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India He is conferred with the prestigious (a) “Viswa Yuva Ratna” title in 2010; (b) "Yuva Pratibha Shodh Sadhana Seva Samman” award in 2011 and (c) “Rajasthan Yuva Ratna” title in 2012. Mr. Vinod is first non-American to be elected as President of the International Law Students Association, USA (1999) – an association of professors, judges, lawyers and students as members from over 85 countries. Also, elected to the Governing Council of the International Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. The ICADR promotes Arbitration, Mediation & conciliation in India. He is Co-Chairman – ASSOCHAM’s Southern Region Development Council & ASSOCHAM’s TN Regional Council. Led eleven CII & FICCI delegations of leading Indian business & Government leaders to countries in the Caribbean & South America to promote Indian diplomatic, political and business interests in that region widely acclaimed for the success achieved (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Led FICCI’s annual business delegation of leading Indian business leaders to Israel to explore synergies & joint venture possibilities between Indian and Israeli companies. Organized by FICCI & Government of Israel (2014). Honorary Positions: Member, Advisory Board of the National Maritime Foundation Chennai Chapter (Govt. of India) 2014 - 2017. National Governing Council of Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 12-13; 13-14; 14-15. Elected Hon. Gen. Secretary of All India Manufacturers’ Organization (TNSB) - 2015 to 2017. Elected Vice Chairman of All India Manufacturer’s Organization (TNSB) - December 2017. Executive Council Member, National Institution for Quality & Reliability. Council Member, Institute of Company Secretaries of India (SR) – (2007 – 2009). Secretary, Bar Association of India for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Member, Executive Committee, LAWASIA (2010-11). Qualified Independent Director. Registered Patent Agent (IN/PA-832). Empanelled arbitrator & Fellow of Assocham’s International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, New Delhi. Visiting faculty in some of India’s leading law universities. Inspires and guides law students to achieve international standards in comprehensive legal education. Under his leadership and administration, over 130 moot court competitions have been conducted till date. Over 32,000 law students in the past 19 years have benefited – making it the largest exercise of its kind in the world. He is a rare combination of an international lawyer, legal academician, law firm CEO, policy advisor and strategist. Countries travelled for professional work : Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Trinidad Tobago, Uruguay, United States of America, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
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