The India Economic & Law Summit, 2018 - Convergence of Busniess and Law


9:15 AM Onwards: Registration

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome Speech by:
Ms. Bithika Anand, Founder & CEO – Legal League Consulting

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Opening of Summit & Inaugural Session: India a Rising Super Power
In 1947, the Indian economy was just at 15% the size of the U.S. economy. Fast forward to 70 years later, it is about half as large if measured in terms of purchasing power parity. It is the sixth largest economy of the world. The country has made great strides in GDP growth, life expectancy, infant mortality, and literacy over the decades, yet is still has to tackle many economic, social equity and human development goals to close that last gap and reach the level of development that match its western counterparts. Highly eminent representatives from multifarious industry sectors and business leaders as well as legal luminaries will share their insightful and compelling views on their perception of the country’s global economic performance and their views on continued economic & policy reforms crucial to keep the economy growing in the positive direction!

Chief Guest: Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of India

Guest of honour: Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia, Founder and Chairman, Datamatics Group of Companies, and President, IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Summit Chairman : Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President of Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and President of Bar Association of India

Eminent Panelists for the Inaugural Session
Mr. Ameet Naik, Founder & Managing Partner, Naik Naik & Co.
Mr. Anand Desai, Managing Partner, DSK Legal
Mr. Nishith Desai, Founder, Nishith Desai Associates
Mr. Suhail Nathani, Managing Partner, Economic Laws Practice

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Session I – Banking and Finance in India – Legal and Regulatory Framework

Session will be opened with a Key Note Address by Mr. Sunil Mehta, MD & CEO, Punjab National Bank
The Indian Banking & Finance Sector supports the world’s fastest growing economy. With the advent of the recent banking reforms including IBC, the NPA crisis is expected to settle down. The sector needs more attention to bring a balance with greater supervision. The panel of experts in this session will delve into the current legal and regulatory framework. Some of the key points of discussion will include the following:

Assessment of recent legislations in the sector, challenges and reforms required;

  • Dispute Resolution Landscape in the dwindling banking & finance sector;
  • Role of digital banking, Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in the banking sector
  • Financial Crime & Corporate Liability

Key Speakers:

  • Mr. Atul Juvle, General Counsel, General Counsel, Compliance Officer & Company Secretary – India & South Asia, Schindler India Private Limited
  • Mr. Krishnava Dutt, Managing Partner, Argus Partners
  • Mr. Rajesh Narain Gupta, Managing Partner, SNG Partners (Chair)
  • Mr. Swarup Choudhury, Executive Vice Chairman Asia Pacific, Biz2Credit Inc.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM: First Networking Break

12:15 PM – 12:35 PM: Special Address by Mr. Gaurav Mediratta, Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel at Marico Limited on Managing Legal Compliance in the VUCA World

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM: Session II – Indian Infrastructure: Key Towards Fostering Economic Growth

Session will be opened with a Key Note Address by Mr. Badrinath Durvasula, Vice President & General Counsel, HCC Ltd.
The infrastructure sector is an important determinant of economic growth. Starting with an allocation of around INR 1.81 trillion in 2014-15, expenditure towards infrastructure is expected to reach around INR 5.97 trillion in 2018-19 under the effective Modi led NDA Government. Measures like Smart Cities Mission, budgetary allocation towards affordable housing, developing inland waterways for transport, revival of airports are only some of the reforms promised by the government towards building the country’s infrastructure. The session aims to bring together a panel of experts to address the questions on appropriate finance models, investments, policy changes required to attain a seamlessly connected country and the issues involved therein. The topicsinclude:

  • PPP Projects – Challenges & Advantages
  • India’s power distribution transformation, paradigm shift in the energy sector, the regulatory environment, inter alia.
  • Arbitration in Infrastructure
  • Financing Public Sector Projects – Recent Trends, Schemes and Risks
  • Smart cities – Key trends, developments and impact of smart cities on the future of the Indian economy.

Key Speakers:

  • Mr. Kanaiya Thakker, Jt.President & Head – Legal, Ambuja Cement Ltd. (A LafargeHolcim Group Company)
  • Mr. Ketan Mukhija, Partner, P&A Law Offices (Chair)
  • Mr. Russell A. Stamets, Partner, Agrud Partners
  • Mr. Srivals Kumar, Vice President – Legal, Rustomjee Group
  • Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman & Managing Director, Balaji Infra Projects Limited

1:35 PM – 2:25 PM: Networking Lunch

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM: Session III: Mental Health & Wellness
This unique session is being hosted to create awareness about the importance of mental health and well being in the midst of today’s busy and competitive lifestyles. Experts will discuss the incredible power in training the conscious mind and the changes that can be brought to the overall wellbeing of an individual through a positive lifestyle.

Key Speakers:

  • Mr. Anuraag Agarwal, Head – Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Future Group
  • Mr. Rishi Lalwani, Ironman which is considered to be toughest one day event in the world
  • Ms. Farhana Vohra, Business Facilitator, Certified Trainer & Life Coach (Chair)
  • Professor Dr. Aadil Shaukat Chagla, Professor of Neurosurgery, K.E.M Hospital, Mumbai and Ted X speaker

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Session IV – Healthcare Regulation: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges
The Indian healthcare and Life Sciences sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players and is expected to reach $275 billion in t he next ten years. Some of the topics covered in this 2018 session are:

  • Globalisation and its legacy
    • the GDUFA
    • increasing FDA enforcement
    • the expanding reach of anti-bribery legislation
  • Pharma and IP: an uneasy balance
  • Buying (and financing) growth: M&A and licensing in the healthcare industry
  • Trends in healthcare regulation: Data protection/privacy, regulation of marketing practices, pricing regulation, competition law, etc.

Key Speakers:

  • Dr. Milind Antani, Lead – Pharma, Life Science and Healthcare Practice, Head – Social Sector Practice, Nishith Desai Associates
  • Mr. Kaizad Adi Hazari, President & Global Head – Legal and Corporate Affairs, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • Mr. Kunal Tandon, Founder, Tandon & Co.
  • Mr. Shantanu Mukherjee, Legal Head, Asia Pacific and Japan, Lupin Limited (Chair)
  • Mr. Shujath Bin Ali, Senior Director – Legal & Risk Management, PAREXEL International Corporation
  • Mr. Sumit Sinha, Partner, DMD Advocates

3:45 PM – 4:55 PM: Session V – Sustainable Energy: Driving India from a Developing to a Sustainable Economy

3:45 PM – 3:55 PM: Session will be opened with a Key Note Address by Mr. Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) & General Counsel (Europe), Hinduja Group

3:55 P M – 4:55 P M: Renewable energy today accounts for about 33% of India’s primary energy consumptions. India is increasingly adopting responsible renewable energy
techniques and taking positive steps towards carbon emissions, cleaning the air for a more sustainable future. Leading individuals from this sector along with legal luminaries who have developed an expertise in the legalities involved in the sector will discuss the opportunities, challenges and way forward in the sustainable energy sector by navigating through various topics including:

  • Business Models and Financing Structures in sustainable energy projects
  • Corporate Power Purchase Agreements – Current Trends, Alternative Structures, Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
  • Legal & Regulatory Challenges towards Waste Management in India
  • Energy Litigation- An In-House Perspective

Key Speakers:

  • Dr. Surat Singh, Founder & Managing Partner, Dr. Surat Singh & Associates (Chair)
  • Mr. Akshay Hiranandani, Senior Associate Principal, Piramal Capital
  • Ms. Jacqueline Aikin, Associate Partner, Solomon and Co.
  • Mr. Pathik Arora, Director Legal & General Counsel India, Senvion Wind Technology
  • Mr. Rupinder Singh Suri, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

4:55 PM – 5:05 PM: Trend in Growth of Renewable Energy Sector by Mr. Hemant Sahai, Founding Partner, HSA Advocates on (Video Session)

5:05 PM – 5:25 PM: Second Networking Break

5:25 PM – 5:35 PM: The increasing threat of Antitrust challenge facing industries : Insights and perspective by Mr. Vaibhav Gaggar, Partner, Gaggar & Partners

5:35 PM – 6:35 PM: Session VI – Technology: India’s Emerging Dominance in Digital Innovation

Session will be opened with a Key Note Address by Mr. Siva S Ramann, MD, National E-Governance Services Limited
The digital economy is the new productivity platform that some experts regard as the third industrial revolution. Digital revolution, also known as ‘The Internet Economy’ or Internet of Everything (IoE), is expected to generate new market growth opportunities, jobs and become the biggest business opportunity of mankind in the next 30 to 40 years. As the world becomes more conducive to changing technologies, experts from various segments will form a panel to enlighten our audience on the current regulatory & economic challenges engulfing this sector and the road ahead. Some of the points for discussion will be:

  • Increased Dependence on AI: Striking a balance between technological growth and protection of rights of citizens
  • IP strategies for Fintech innovations
  • Block Chain Technology and Smart Contracts in India (how do smart contracts work, will they revolutionize the dispute resolution process in India, can smart contracts be hacked amongst other topics)
  • Contribution of start ups in India’s increasing dominance to digital innovation

Key Speakers:

  • Mr. Amber Gupta, Head Legal and Company Secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company
  • Ms. NS Nappinai, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Mr. Rajarshi Chakrabarti, Founding Partner, Lumen Partners
  • Mr. Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Viacom 18
  • Mr. Vaibhav Gaggar, Partner, Gaggar & Partners

6:35 PM onwards: Opening & Presentation of Leadership Excellence Awards followed by Cocktails
Exemplifying the best in Leadership, The Excellence Awards 2018 will be a celebration to distinguish and honour the visionary business leaders & luminaries across sectors for their unmatchable commitment to excellence.

The Awards will be presented by:

  • Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of India
  • Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President, SILF and Bar Association of India
  • Mr. Iqbal Chagla, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court





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