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.

openingThe 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.

image01The Conclave witnessed participation from top industry professionals such as: Alok Kumar, Advocate (India) & Solicitor (England), & Founder Partner, THS- The Law Firm; Amarjit Singh Chandhiok, Senior Advocate & President, INSOL India; Amber Gupta, Head Legal & Company Secretary, Birla Sun Life Insurance Co. Ltd.; Amir Singh Pasrich, Managing Partner & Counsel, I.L.A. Pasrich & Company; Amit Thukral, VP Legal, APAC, Lupin Limited; Arun Prabhu, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Atul Juvle, General Counsel, Compliance officer & CS-India & South Asia, Schindler India Private Limited; Avnindra Mohan, President, Legal & Regulatory, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited; Bharat Vasani, Corporate Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai Office; Bitika Sharma, Senior Partner, Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP; Bukola Oyinlola-Anuwe, Head of Chambers (Abuja Office), Perchstone & Graeys; Chakradhar Varadarajan, Head - Corporate Legal, Godrej Industries Ltd; David Nordell, Senior Vice-President, International Cyber Strategy, Policy and Law, Center for Strategic Cyber Space & Security Science; Dr. Akhil Prasad, Country Counsel India & Company Secretary, Boeing International Corporation, India; Dr. Cornel Borbély, Criminal Lawyer, Former Prosecutor Of The Canton Of Zurich; Chairman, Investigatory Chamber, Ethics Committee, FIFA; Dr. Manoj Kumar, Founder and Managing Partner, Hammurabi & Solomon; Dr. Rajeev Uberoi, Chief General Counsel and Group Head Legal & Compliance, IDFC Bank Ltd; Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat, Executive Director & Group Company Secretary, Dalmia Bharat Group; Dr. T. K. Viswanathan, Chairman, Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee; Dr. Vivek Mittal, Regional Counsel - METAI Region, Diagnostics Platform, Danaher Corporation; Emeka Offor, Director, Strategic Communications, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC); G. R. Raghavender, Joint Secretary - Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice; Giri Giridhar, Chief Financial Officer, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris; Gopal Menghani, Senior Vice President - Legal, Lodha Developers Private Limited; Gowree Gokhale, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates; Gururaja Rao, Senior Director - Legal, Sony Pictures Networks Distribution India Pvt. Ltd.; image2Janak Dwarkadas, Senior Counsel, Bombay High Court; Justice A. K. Sikri, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Justice Deepak Verma, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India; Justice Hans-Joachim Eckert, Former Judge, Regional Court Munich, Germany; Justice Mohit Shah, Former Chief Justice, Bombay High Court; Kanaiya Thakker, Jt. President & Head – Legal, Ambuja Cements Ltd. (A LafargeHolcim Group Company); Kapil Chaudhary, Corporate Counsel, India & SAARC, Autodesk India Pvt. Ltd.; Kavitha Gupta, Co-Chair, Bangalore KnowledgeNet Chapter, IAPP; Kumar Saurabh Singh, Partner, Khaitan & Co; Lakshika Joshi, Global IP Head and Legal Leadership, Aricent; Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (CT), Ministry of External Affairs of India; Meera Vanjari, Sr. Vice President - General Counsel, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Mihir Rale, Senior Vice President, STAR India; Murali Neelakantan, Executive Director & Global General Counsel, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited; Na.Vijayashankar, Managing Director, Ujvala Consultants Pvt. Ltd; Nakul Dewan, Independent Advocate Practicing, Maxwell Chambers, Singapore; Nandish Vyas, Partner, Veritas Legal; Nirav Shah, Partner, DSK Legal; Nishant Singh, Partner, IndusLaw; Osaro Eghobamien SAN, Managing Partner, Perchstone & Graeys; P Ashok Kumar, Group Head of Litigation, JSW Energy Limited; Pankaj Patel, Head – Legal and General Counsel, Future Group; Parveen Nagree Mahtani, Head-Legal, Tata Housing Development Company Limited; Prashant Saran, Former Whole-Time Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India; Priya Khanna, Founder, Smart Souls; R Kannan, Head of Performance Management, Hinduja Group; R R Mehta, Mentor, Reliance Energy (Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.); R.K. Sinha, Former Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines, Government of India; Rachika Sahay, General Counsel, Ostro Group; Rafique Dada, Senior Counsel, Bombay High Court; Rajeev Chopra, Managing Director – Legal and Senior Legal Business Partner, Accenture Global Delivery Network; Rajendra Misra, Senior Vice President - General Counsel, The Indian Hotels Company Limited; Rajesh Narain Gupta, Managing Partner, SNG & Partners; Rohan Shah, Senior Counsel, Bombay High Court; Rohit Kapadia, Senior Counsel, Bombay High Court; Roopa Vikram, Asst. General Counsel, ITC Limited; Sagar Kadam, Partner, DSK Legal; Sameer Chugh, Director - Legal & Regulatory, Bharti Airtel Ltd; Sankalp Jain, Vice President, Legal, HDFC Life; image3Shankar Jadhav, Head - Strategy, BSE; Shantanu Mukherjee, Legal Head Asia Pacific and Japan, Lupin Limited; Shardul S. Shroff, Executive Chairman, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co; Sheetal Sawhney Kapur, Regional Counsel - India & West Asia, Google; Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.; Shujath Bin Ali, Senior Director - Legal & Risk Management and Company Secretary, PAREXEL International; Shweta Bharti, Senior Partner, Hammurabi & Solomon; Sivarama Krishna Prakash, Senior Corporate Counsel, Cisco Systems India; Sonjai Kumar, CMIRM, Certified Member Of IRM, London, Ambassador In India Of Institute Of Risk Management; Srivals Kumar, General Counsel, Rustomjee; Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.; Sujit Ghosh, Partner, Advaita Legal; Surath Mukherjee, Head - Internal Audit & Risk Assurance, Dalmia Bharat Group; Tushar Ajinkya, Partner, DSK Legal; Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Picture Distributors Association (India) Pvt. Ltd; V Manickam, Secretary General, Life Insurance Council; V. Lakshmikumaran, Founder and Managing Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S); Vikas Chadha, Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, KEYS Hotels (Berggruen Hotels Pvt. Ltd); Vikram Trivedi, Managing Partner, Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co.; Vyapak Desai, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates; and Zameer Nathani, Director - Legal, Raymond Limited.

The legal luminaries shared their views on a wide range of topics including: Business & Law, Impact Of Regulatory Regimes, Global Developments & Future Strategies; Healthcare & Pharma Industry: Impact Of Regulatory Regime On The Healthcare Industry: Good, Bad, And Ugly; Media & Entertainment: Impact Of Policy Reforms On The Media & Entertainment Industry; Manufacturing & FMCG Industry; The Ease Of Doing Business In Africa; Business Disputes & Challenges; Anti-Corruption Legislations: Global Developments; Cross Border M&A; Banks And Financial Technology Companies: The Era Of Fintech; Corporate Culture And Diversity: Driving Governance And Compliance; Strategic Issues For Cybersecurity In Law And Business; Strategies For Legal Department; White Collar Crimes: Fraud And Business: Fraud Cannot Be Ignored!; Interplay Of Law & Economics; Privacy Laws & Business: Are The Privacy Laws Taking India To Next Level? What Does The White-Paper On Privacy Say?; Energy & Mining Industry: Black & White Measures; Real Estate & Construction: Understanding RERA, Reforms, Impacts, & Challenges; Powering Smart Cities Of Tomorrow In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence: Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Challenges; Seeking The ‘Perfect’ IBC Code Yet?; Moral & Ethical Responsibilities Of Big Sporting Organisation; Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code - Limitations And Challenges; Court Proceedings V/S Arbitration; Tax Reforms - Can India Tax Itself To Prosperity?; Know The Law - The Sexual Harassment Of Women At Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition And Redressal) Act 2013; and Insurance Sector & Risk Management.

The two-day 7th Annual GENNEXT Business Congress 2018 culminated in the 7th Annual Legal Era Awards 2017-18, where Legal Era Magazine felicitated leading national and international legal practitioners, in-house teams, and law firms with the Best-in-Class Awards. The awards were categorized as: Law Firms, In-House, Individual, International, and Premier League. The winners were honored at a power-packed ceremony which unfolded on the lawns of Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India, on March 24.

The celebrations continued well into the small hours of the next day as experts from the global legal fraternity bonded and exchanged insights over flowing cocktails and a sumptuous spread under the starry night sky.



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