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Held in India’s financial capital on March 23 & 24, 2018, the conference witnessed participation from the leading lights of the business-law fraternity who exchanged notes on how the industry can adapt itself to evolving government policy to attract greater investment into the country

Adding to its already impressive repertoire, Legal Era Magazine organized the 7th Annual GENNEXT Business Congress 2018 in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The Conclave, held at Hotel Taj Lands End, was spread out over March 23 and 24, 2018 and saw meaningful participation from top GCs, business professionals, promoters of companies, directors, CEOs, and lawyers from different parts of the world. There were as many as 25 concurrent panels and plenaries over the course of the two days led by national and international speakers of renown.

The inaugural session of the Conclave was aptly titled, “Business & Law, Impact Of Regulatory Regimes, Global Developments & Future Strategies,” and saw the likes of Anand Desai, President, TiE Mumbai, & Managing Partner, DSK Legal; Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, Bar Association of India & Society of Indian Law Firms; and Geoffrey D. Creighton, Immediate Past-President, In-House Counsel Worldwide, & Member, BlackRock Canada IRC; Consulting Editor, Legal Era Magazine taking to the stage to elaborate on the central theme and objective of the Conclave. Aakriti Raizada, Founder & Managing Editor, Legal Era Magazine, Legal Media Group, India, declared the conference open with a warm welcome to all attendees. “The two-day 7th Annual GENNEXT Business & Law Congress 2018 has been conceptualized and constructed with a view to precipitating a collective voice on what should be the desired regulatory framework and what should be the approach of major stakeholders towards it...”, she said.



Varadarajan Chakradhar

Chakradhar Varadarajan
Head Corporate Legal
Godrej Industries Ltd

Chakradhar Varadarajan is currently Head-Corporate Legal at Godrej Industries Limited (GIL) and officiates as the General Counsel for Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) and Nature’s Basket Limited (NBL). Chakradhar joined the Godrej Group in March 2013 as Executive Vice President – Corporate Legal.

Chakradhar’s role is to add value to the businesses as a trusted advisor, shape up, and maintain a client-focused in-house legal team capable of managing the diverse needs of the GIL and its Associated Companies’ businesses housed in corporate entities mentioned above. Chakradhar manages strategic advisory work on risk analysis and mitigation including M&A, indirect taxation, brand protection enforcement, business advisory, compliance, and regulatory aspects.

Prior to joining the Godrej Group’s headquarters in Mumbai, Chakradhar was Senior In-House Counsel at Hindustan Unilever Ltd and Country Counsel for Cargill India Pvt. Ltd., NCR of Delhi (Gurugram). His in-house counsel roles were also at ITC Limited (Kolkata, Hyderabad/Secunderabad, Guntur); Tata Cellular Ltd (now Idea Cellular, Hyderabad); Nagarjuna Investment Trust Ltd; & Nagarjuna Hire Purchase Limited.

The Indian Corporate Counsel Association & the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, bestowed a recognition on Chakradhar as one amongst “India’s finest in-house counsel” in 2016.



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