5th Edition Legal Era Awards 2015-16 (Indian Legal Awards) Winners Announced.
The 5th edition of the Legal Era Awards 2015-16 (Indian Legal Awards) organized by Legal Era Magazine - India's No. 1 Magazine on Business & Legal World witnessed strong participation from the legal-business community of India and overseas.
The Legal Era Awards 2016, held at the Sea Side Lawn of Hotel Taj Land’s End, Mumbai, on Saturday, March 5, was a glittering affair, with a galaxy of stars from India Inc. descending upon the venue. Organized by Legal Era Magazine, the Awards show was a grand culmination of the three-day LEGAL ERA GENNEXT COUNSEL CONGRESS, which saw extensive discussion and deliberation on the theme, “Business, leadership and law: Global exchanges on business trends and challenges”.
L-R: Ashok Barat, Hemant Kumar, B. Gopalakrishnan, Rupa Vora, Vineet Vij
Aakriti Raizada Sharma, Founder Director & Managing Editor, Legal Era, ARA Legal Media Group, warmly welcomed everyone present - distinguished delegates, speakers, jury members, sponsors and partners from the Indian and international legal-business fraternity as well as members of the press. “Legal Era Magazine is an enabler of services and also an integral part of Legal Business Ecosystem. As a platform we aim to have a dialogue on industry challenges and needed reforms that will transform challenges into opportunities accelerating economic growth. We, at LEGAL ERA, truly believe that through these annual awards, we are giving the industry some of its best practitioners, inhouse teams and law firms who have redefined success without the slightest compromise on ethical standards. The Awards are our way to restore some of the great confidence in this profession,” said Ms. Raizada, while addressing the stellar audience.
|Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award|
“This year, like every year, our eminent jury, comprising of R.A. Shah, Solicitor & Senior Partner, Crawford Bayley & Co.; Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF); Ashok Raizada, Chairman & Editorin-Chief, Legal Era Magazine and Managing Director, Aakriti Constructions; Ashok Barat, Managing Director & CEO, Forbes & Company Limited; Rupa Vora, Former Group Director and CFO, IDFC Alternatives; Hemant Kumar, Group General Counsel, Essar Group; Vineet Vij, VP & Head-Legal, Commercial, Regulatory & Compliance, HCL Technologies; and B. Gopalakrishnan, Advisor – Legal and Secretarial, Neterwala Group has carefully reviewed the shortlisted individuals / teams and impartially weighed pros & cons to arrive at the winners across categories.
|Justice A.P. Shah, Chief Justice, Delhi High Court was honored with Legal Icon of the Year|
Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, while receiving “Lifetime Achievement Award”, said, "This award does not signify my sunset. For me, it is the start of a new era of my life. Law is not about making money but it means to stand for justice.” While Dilip Udeshi, Udwadia & Udeshi, was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award - Law Firm Partner”.
“Star of the Millennium for Outstanding Contribution & Excellence” was awarded to Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, whereas Justice A.P. Shah, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court, was awarded “Legal Icon of the Year”. “CEO of the Year”, was won by Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank. The Award for "Legal Innovation & Legislative Drafting" was recieved by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.
|Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. was honored with Star General Counsel of the Year (Male)|
Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd., who took home “Star General Counsel of the Year (Male)”, struck an emotional chord by dedicating his award to his mother and proudly sharing it with his entire team. The “Media & Entertainment In-House Legal Team of the Year” award was shared by Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. & Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL). There was huge applause as Neera Sharma, Executive Director – Legal, MTS, walked up to the stage to receive “Star General Counsel of the Year (Female)”, for which, she thanked her husband and family for their undying support.
|Athena Legal was honored with Up & Rising Law Firm of the Year (less than 3 years)|
“Up & Rising Law Firm of the Year (less than 3 years)” went to Athena Legal, while Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi bagged “IT & TMT Law Firm of the Year”. Anand and Anand picked up “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year”, even as Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan Attorneys took home “Tax Law Firm of the Year”, while PLR Chambers received “Policy and Regulation Law Firm of the Year”. Tatva Legal (Hyderabad) was the proud winner of “Regional Law Firm of the Year”. "Litigation Law Firm of the Year was bagged by Karanjawala & Co. whereas "Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year" was won by DSK Legal. "
The "Competition & Anti-Trust Law Firm of the Year" was picked by Economic Laws Practice. It was a double whammy for both AZB Partners which won “Corporate Law Firm of the Year” and “Best National Law Firm of the Year (Overall)”, and Naik Naik & Co. Advocates which bagged “Media & Entertainment Law Firm of the Year” and “Star Law Firm of the Year (laudable work in less than 12 years)”. Luthra & Luthra Law Offices took away “Best National Law Firm for Innovation, Strategies & Continuous Growth”.
|Squire Patton Boggs Singapore LLP was honored with Best International Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year|
In the international segment, “Best International Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year” went to Squire Patton Boggs Singapore LLP, while “Best International Law Firm of the Year” was bagged by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. The "Best International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year" was picked by DLA Piper.
|State Bank of India was honored with Banking In-house Legal Team of the Year|
In the In-House segment, “Banking In-House Legal Team of the Year” was received by State Bank of India, while “Insurance In-House Legal Team of the Year” was won by Max Life Insurance Company Limited. Wockhardt Limited picked up “Pharmaceutical In-House Legal Team of the Year”, while TATA Technologies Limited bagged “IT In-House Legal Team of the Year”. Telecommunication In-House Legal Team of the Year” was conferred on Bharti Airtel Limited, whereas “E-Commerce In-House Legal Team of the Year” was given away to Snapdeal (Dot) Com. Sharing the “FMCG In-House Legal Team of the Year” were Godrej Consumer Products Ltd and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. Winning “Compliance In- House Legal Team of the Year” was ITC Limited.
In addition to established names, the evening witnessed many up-and-coming lawyers find their place in the sun. Deepak Nambiar, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, took home “Star Young Achievers Award of the Year Law Firm Category (42 years and below)”, while Lakshika Joshi, General Counsel & Head – IP & Licensing, Nucleus Software walked away with “Star Young Achievers Award of the Year In-House (42 Years And Below)”. Anand Pathak, Managing Partner, P&A Law Offices, walked away with “Star Competition & Regulatory Lawyer of the Year”.The “Star Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” was won by Pravin Anand , Managing Partner, Anand & Anand.
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