Chitra Talwar has over 30 years of experience in two leading consumer products companies-Britannia & Pepsico. She has worked both in India and extensively in international markets, based out of New York.In 2009, she retired as the Vice President, International Sales Operations from Pepsico. Chitra is currently actively engaged in two Start Ups and in an NGO in the field of education.
Chitra has an in-depth knowledge of sales, marketing and running operations/profit centre. Chitra has held several leadership positions with strong functional expertise in Sales, marketing, strategy and general management. She has worked extensively across global markets on sales best practices and developing, implementing and sustaining through ‘Train the Trainer Model’. Amongst the best practices tool developed and rolled out was the advanced negotiation process which was critical sales tool when working with large retail customers. She has negotiated with tough/hard bargaining customers in the consumer products space on trading terms for a win-win.
Pras worked as Head of the Legal function for over 28 years with different organizations like Alfa Laval and Brooke Bond India Limited (now part of Hindustan Unilever). He was the Chief Legal Officer of Larsen & Toubro Limited, Mumbai for seven years. For 12 years, Pras was the General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group, spearheading mergers and acquisitions. During his stint in Mumbai, he was the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and also played the role of Advisor to the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber. .
He has extensive experience:
– Has advised corporates on a variety of Corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions
– Is a member of the Karnataka Bar Association and appears in court primarily in diverse corporate matters
– Is associated with Aarna Law as a Senior Advisor to that firm. Pras has been and continues to be a Director on the Boards of many of the Aditya Birla Group Companies both in India and abroad
– Serves as a Director on the Boards of Indian Companies as well as on the Advisory Board of: (i) OPC Asset Solutions Ltd, an Operating Lease Company and (ii) Economic Law Practices, a large law firm headquartered in Mumbai
– Is a Senior Consultant, in India, to the renowned Private Equity Firm, TPG Growth
– Is currently active in the working of various committees of the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce & Industries and also the local chapter of the Confederation of the Indian Industries.
Nandan Kamath is Principal Lawyer at LawNK – The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath, a boutique sports, entertainment and intellectual property law practice based in Bangalore. He is also Managing Trustee of the GoSports Foundation, a sports non-profit providing scholarships and support to talented Indian athletes. Nandan is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, the University of Oxford (on a Rhodes Scholarship) and Harvard Law School. He has published widely on technology, intellectual property, media and sports laws.
Nandan’s practice serves a variety of international and national sports bodies, athletes, sponsors and artists as well as brand oriented and content driven businesses. He was previously an associate with the international law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, working in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Hong Kong offices.
Promod is admitted as both an Advocate in India and as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in England and Wales. He is a dispute resolution specialist, with extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has appeared as Counsel and Advocate (often as amicus curiae) in a broad range of commercial litigation and public law matters before the Supreme Court of India and the Karnataka, Bombay and New Delhi High Courts.
Promod regularly sits as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. He also has extensive experience in acting as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having conducted arbitrations in various jurisdictions in Europe and Asia, and under various institutional rules such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Promod is a Vice President of the Indian Arbitration Forum and a member of the IBA Asia Pacific Arbitration Group (APAG) Working Group on Harmonizing Arbitration Laws in the Asia Pacific Region. He teaches modules on commercial and investment treaty arbitration at the National Law School of India University, and regularly lectures at law schools and universities in India and abroad. He is currently working on a commentary on the law and practice of arbitration in India. Promod holds degrees in law from the National Law School of India and was a DFID-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he was a recipient of the Clive Parry (Overseas) Prize in International Law and the Pegasus Scholarship. In May 2013, Promod was appointed as a Member of the LCIA Court.
Ritvik Lukose is a lawyer and legal entreprenuer. Ritvik graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2004 and worked with Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai as a corporate lawyer. In 2007, he left the law to co-found Rainmaker, a pioneer in recruitment, training and education services to the legal domain. In 2011, the legal recruitment and consulting business of Rainmaker was restructured into Vahura. Ritvik has since exited Rainmaker as a co-founder, to lead Vahura as CEO and Co-founder. Vahura is India’s preminent talent management & consulting firm focussed on the legal domain. Vahura’s stated mission is to help lawyers do good work.
– Teaching Assistant – Alternative Dispute Resolution, National Law School of India University, 2003
– Associate, Amarchand & Mangaldas – M&A, Structured Finance and Capital Markets, 2004 – 2007
– Co-Founder, Vice-President – Rainmaker Training & Recruitment, 2007 – 2011
– Co-Founder, CEO – Vahura, 2011 till date
Samuel Mani is a founding partner of Mani Chengappa & Mathur, a technology, outsourcing and employment focused law firm based in Bangalore. A graduate of the National Law School of India, Samuel specialises in advising clients on technology and outsourcing transactions, early stage investments/M&A, privacy, insurance and dispute resolution.
Prior to founding the firm, Samuel was the global Head of Legal for Infosys Limited and all of its subsidiaries. He was the primary lawyer at Infosys for a large part of its growth from 700 million dollars per annum to 7 billion dollars per annum. Samuel has also served as a legal advisor to Reliance Industries Limited where he worked primarily in the telecommunications space. In September 2010, Lex Witness Magazine named Samuel to its Hall of Fame as one of the top 50 people who are shaping the legal landscape of modern India. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on a variety of topics including technology and the law, insurance, and dispute resolution. Most notably Samuel delivered the Annual Lecture to the Society for Computers and Law in 2010 in London, England.
Shreyas Jayasimha MCIArb, read law at National Law School of India University and was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Warwick. His principal practice areas include litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations. He has been trained as Mediator and has been appointed as arbitrator. Shreyas is listed in the Who’s Who of International Arbitration (2010 to 2014), was Regional Editor (South and Central Asia) of the Newsletter of the IBA Arbitration Committee and has published several articles, including co-authoring the India Chapter for Oxford’s Guide to Arbitration in Asia (2011). He has been chosen as one of 40 Indian lawyers under 45 years.
Shreyas is also engaged as counsel to argue matters before various Courts and Arbitral Tribunals. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Federation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Geneva and conducts training programs for advocacy and cross examination techniques.
Poornima Hatti, is partner based out of Bengaluru and heads the dispute resolution practice of Samvad Partners. Poornima obtained her B.A. LL.B (Hons) from the National Law School of India University and read for a Masters in Law from the London School of Economics where she was a graduate merit scholar. She has more than a decadeâ€™s experience in legal practice across various jurisdictions. She has worked in Singapore and has experience working in various parts of South East Asia. Poornima is also a trained mediator.
Poornima has extensive experience in advising clients across jurisdictions in all aspects of dispute resolution. She has represented clients in both international commercial arbitrations and domestic arbitrations, litigation before various fora in India including the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, Karnataka High Court and various courts in South East Asia.
Poornima has a particular interest in mediations and is making every effort to popularise the same. Poornima has contributed to books and also lectures on invitation at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru and the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.
Prior to joining Samvad Partners, Poornima was with a leading international disputes practice with their Singapore office. Poornima was also with Herbert Smith LLP, an international firm with their Singapore office where she assisted clients across various Asian jurisdictions. Her past experience also includes working in Bengaluru as a sole practitioner and working with Amarchand Mangaldas as part of their dispute resolution practice in New Delhi.