New Delhi; appeared for the NY bar in July 2016.
Publications: authored UAE section of the Labor Laws for the World Bank Doing Business in Dubai (published in 2015); authored Alternative Dispute Resolution article for the India Business Law Journal (published in 2011).
Professional bodies: member of the NY State Bar Association; member of the ABA M&A and Business Law Committee.
Other Interests: chair at book and debate clubs; reach-out projects for autistic children and fund raising for animal welfare.
can speak English, Arabic and Bengali
Corporate and M&A Associate, 06/2009 to 01/2015 Afridi & Angell, Legal Consultants – Dubai, UAE
Specialized in corporate transactional matters and regularly engaged to represent various corporate clients and financial institutions in a wide variety of matters, including corporate reorganizations; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; initial public offerings and corporate governance matters (refer to the Deals Sheet at page 2 below).
Consistently recognized by the firm for client focused, responsive and diligent approach: joined as a trainee and gained expeditious promotions.
Formed and maintained excellent lasting relationships with key government officials in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and as a result obtained quick regulatory approvals for client matters.
Regularly volunteered to assist on projects on a pro bono basis including representation on behalf of Oxfam UK to assist the organization with holding charity events in the Dubai Film Festival.
Intern, 10/2008 to 11/2008 Fox Mandal & Associates – Bangalore, India
Advised clients in respect of adoption of the Employee Stock Option Purchase scheme and floating stock option schemes.
Researched and submitted a report on FEMA laws in relation to the telecom sector in India as per Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.
Prepared memorandum of advice on small scale industries units in respect of available registration benefits and tax exemptions pursuant to the state laws and Companies Act 1956.
Intern, 02/2008 to 03/2008 Ashwini Chandra & Associates – Pune, India
Assisted in filing a reply with respect to the application of Sec.
13(4) of the Securitization and Reconstruction Act of 2002.
CORPORATE AND M&A ASSOCIATE, 06/2009 to 01/2015 DUBAI, UAE
Represented a global restaurant chain in acquisition of new restaurants, expansion of business and the reorganization of companies.
I was responsible for drafting the master share and asset purchase agreements, resolutions and conducting due diligence on target entities.
I managed and led a team of paralegals while reporting directly to the Managing Partner.
Obtained repeat business from the clients.
Represented an international chain of multi-brand, multi-national food corporation in obtaining a tender for the private placement of its Series A preferred stock.
I was responsible for preparing and finalizing the private placement memorandum, consolidating disclosure documents and acting as a corporate secretary on behalf of the client with respect to matters related to the private placement offering.
Co-represented the principle investment arm of the Government of Dubai in the formation of its $15 billion joint venture with the principle investment arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, forming the world's 5th largest aluminum company.
Reported directly to the Partner.
My role involved drafting, reviewing and rendering opinions on the shareholder's agreements, service agreements, companies' existing contracts and obligations, debt instruments and employment agreements and conducting the due diligence review.
The team played an integral role in structuring and strategizing the joint venture deal on an end-to-end-basis.
Acted as the UAE counsel to an internationally-renown PC monitor and TV manufacturer on its cross-border acquisition of a U.S.
health technology company's business units in Dubai and the Middle East.
This transaction was valued at $110 million.
I oversaw all aspects of the deal including drafting and finalizing the share purchase agreement, reviewing and rendering legal opinions on the existing contracts, conducting due diligence on the target company and assisting the client with its closing obligations and post-closing matters.
Accomplished successful completion of an acquisition financed by debt and equity by a leading national bank in the UAE of a global bank in a deal valued at $100 million.
Reported directly to the Managing Partner and was awarded a performance bonus and promotion based on the efficient leadership and timely completion of the deal.
IPO Co-represented a leading retail luxury developer in listing its IPO of depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange.
This deal won the ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL's Deals of the Year 2014 award.
I worked independently on the due diligence portion of the deal with minimal supervision of the senior members of the team.
Corporate Governance Rendered compliance advice to the Dubai subsidiary of the world's largest search engine for its corporate regulatory filings and was engaged on a retainer basis to render advice on its day-to-day corporate matters.
Coordinated with the in-house counsels of the company on a regular basis and supervised and led a team of junior Associates and paralegals to respond quickly and efficiently to the clients.
Engaged by a Fortune 500 technology company to advice on the UAE employment regulations.
Prepared compliance matrix to provide comparative analysis on the laws governing executive compensation and employment compliance in the UAE.
Advised a US Billboard chart topper musician on tax structuring in the UAE and assisted with obtaining Tax Certificates for his company in the UAE.
Established long term relationship with the client and obtained referrals from the client due to quick turnaround time and for the provision of practical timely advice.
General Corporate Regularly engaged to advice a global footwear brand (listed in NASDAQ) in its general corporate matters in the free zones in Dubai and to assist with its board and management restructuring.
LL.M: May 2016 Columbia Law School - New York
Coursework: Corporations, Securities Regulation, Deals M&A, Negotiations, Corporate Finance, and Deals Litigation.: Board Member of the Columbia Antitrust Law and Economic Association; member of the Columbia Law Revue Theatrical Society. Top ten percent of the class
Deals M&A and Negotiations courses.:
Bachelors: Business Administration, Symbiosis Law School - Pune Business Administration
Bachelors: Law, April 2010 Law Core committee member of the Student Senate Committee; founding member of the Environmental Protection and Consumer Protection Organization: represented 75 pro bono consumer complaints before the High Court of Pune; national level moot court speaker and rank holder represented school in ULC Bangalore All India Moot Court competition and Babasaheb Ambedkar Justa Causa National Moot Court competition. Class Rank: Top one-third of the class (GPA system not followed). The Indian High School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Arts and Humanities Activities: Duke of Edinburgh silver medal recipient. Class rank: All India topper and gold medalist in History.