SETTING THE BENCHMARK FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKING, THE LEGAL ERA GENNEXT CONGRESS ON
THEME: GEOPOLITICS, BUSINESS & LAW: UNDERSTANDING IMPACT, CHALLENGES & DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE WORLD
The 9th Annual GENNEXT Business & Law Congress, 2020, to be held on March 6th and 7th, 2020, at HOTEL TAJ LANDS END, MUMBAI, INDIA, will see thought leaders and policymakers congregate to discuss the impact of geopolitics on business and how organizations can tide over threats while cashing in on opportunities.
The past few years have brought a wave of reforms for India; demonetization, the Goods and Services tax (GST) and the Fugitive Economic Offenders’ bill, not to mention the lending of more teeth to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Companies Act and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Barely days ago, the Judiciary brought a contentious socio-political issue to its logical conclusion by ordering that the disputed land in AYODHYA be handed over to the RAMJANMABHOOMI trust for building a Ram temple and an alternate five acres of land be handed over to the SUNNI WAQF BOARD for building a mosque. However, as India pushes on all fronts to occupy pride of place in the world, it cannot afford to ignore the key geopolitical undercurrents driving business and governance across the globe.
For starters, we are moving from a US-dominated to a multipolar world partly due to the growth in emerging economies and partly due to inequality and political discontent in developed markets. This will result in intensely higher levels of complexity for businesses spanning the globe. Secondly, Western democratic models are being challenged by alternative political systems that have proved more resilient and less fractious while tackling global challenges. Thirdly, the 4th Industrial Revolution is well upon us, and its formidable combination of big data, analytics and technology promises to disrupt not only global business but also our world order. These major shifts are manifesting themselves in developments such as the corroding relations between USA and China, internal and external challenges to the unity and stability of the European Union (EU), and a move towards evolution and not revolution in global trade relations, among others.
After obtaining his law degree from the Govt. Law College, Mumbai in 2005, Devansh started his legal career in the Bombay High Court. Thereafter, shifted his base to the Supreme Court of India in 2007.
At a young age of 33 years Devansh became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also a member of the London; of the London Court of International Arbitration, North India User Council; and the Swiss Arbitration Association, Switzerland. He was also a Team member of the “Justice J.S. Verma Committee on the Amendments to Criminal Law” (2013)
Devansh has been in private practice as a Counsel appearing primarily in Civil, Commercial, Criminal and Constitutional matters. Regularly advise and appear in cases arising under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 involving issues of – appointment of arbitrator under section 11(6), substitution of arbitrator under section 14 and 15, applicability of Limitation Act, 1963 to an application under section 34 and also applicability of doctrine of group of companies under section 45. Engaged in many domestic and occasionally international, both ad hoc and institutional arbitration.
Regularly advice and appear as Counsel before various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. He has appeared and made submissions before the Constitution Bench in Girnar Traders v. State of Maharashtra (2011)3 SCC 1. He was engaged by the Ministry of Home Affairs, as special counsel against the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), to challenge the order of the Tribunal under Prevention of (Unlawful Activities) Act which lifted its ban upon SIMI