Team KK brings together decades of experience and deep expertise in a number of areas, including competition law, trade development, regulatory compliance and public policy.
Kirti Kumar Mehta
Mr. Kirti Mehta is former Cartels Director in the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission. Holding a Ph.D in Quantitative economics specialising in the fields of competitive analysis and international trade from London School of Economics, Kirti Mehta’s last assignment with DG Competition, EU Commission, was that of Principal Advisor. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a senior economist in the Commodity Analysis and Export Projections department of the World Bank, Washington D.C.
His expertise principally covers competition and trade law and economics. Aside from enforcement responsibilities, he directed the development of EU Commission’s market definition notice and guidelines on merger transactions as well as revisions of guidelines on vertical restraints, joint ventures, technology transfer agreements and legislative texts on horizontal state aids.
Bankim P Mehta
Mr. Bankim Mehta is a dynamic entrepreneur, who has made many path-breaking achievements in the financial world. He has been in the equity markets as a broker as well as an investor for almost three decades. He has been instrumental in attracting NRI funds to Indian markets via his valuable contacts in the broking and banking industry within as well as outside India (MENA region).
He has won laurels for attracting funds in to India’s primary market. Some of his achievements include – the largest mobilisation of India Fund of UTI, and the largest procurement of SBI’s India Development Bonds. Some of the major syndications done by Mr. Mehta for large and mid-size corporations (Indian and international) are in excess of a billon US Dollars.
Kaushal K Sharma
Mr. KK Sharma is former Director General & Head of Merger Control and Antitrust Divisions of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). He has to his credit the distinction of drafting the competition law and regulations in India and overseeing their enforcement thereafter. Mr. Sharma has investigated several cases of competition law violations falling under a number of sectors as the first Director General of the functional CCI.
The creation of Merger Review Format for India, drafting of merger regulations and overseeing the first few merger clearances was done under his leadership. He has a comprehensive experience, of nearly three decades, in various Government departments and public bodies, including direct tax administration, the Competition Commission of India as well as the private sector.
A regular speaker at national and international Conferences on competition law, he is an active member of International Competition Network (ICN) Merger Working Group. Mr. Sharma is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, a qualified lawyer and an economics masters. He is trained in competition law economics from King’s College, London.
Dr. Derek Ireland has worked as an economist, policy analyst and manager in the Canadian public and private sectors for 45 years. His positions in government were Senior Economist and Director of Economics and International Affairs at the Canadian Competition Bureau from 1990 to 1995; and Director of Consumer Policy Research and Acting Director-General for the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) of Industry Canada from 1995 to 1998. His extensive international experience includes more than 30 major consulting assignments in China on urban and regional development, infrastructure financing and regulatory reform for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and local governments; as well as research and policy development work in several other developing countries such as Malaysia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and in Botswana working with the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community on the enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws among the SADC Member States.
Mr. Ireland has a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Economics from Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University Ottawa Canada, with his research focused on competition policy, law and institutions, governance and regulatory reform in developing and emerging market economies.
Swaminathan S A Aiyar
Mr. Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is a research fellow at the Cato Institute with a special focus on India and Asia. His research interests include economic change in developing countries, human rights and civil strife, political economy, energy, trade and industry. He is a columnist and TV commentator in India, well-known for a popular weekly column titled “Swaminomics” in the Times of India.
He is the author of Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers – The Best of Swaminomics (New Delhi: Times of India, 2008) and has been called “India’s leading economic journalist” by Stephen Cohen of the Brookings Institution. He has been the editor of India’s two biggest financial dailies, The Economic Times and Financial Express, and was also the India correspondent of The Economist for two decades. He has frequently been a consultant to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He holds a masters degree in economics from Oxford University, UK.
Mr. Frank Fine has been practicing EC competition law in Brussels since 1986. Mr Fine, amongst other prestigious assignments, currently serves as the Executive Director of the China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment, established in March 2012 under the auspices of the China University of Law and Political Science, where he is Visiting Professor of Competition Law.
Mr Fine obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola International & Comparative Law Journal. He subsequently obtained an LL.M. (with honors) and Ph.D. in EC Competition Law from the University of Cambridge in England.
Ms. Nivedita Sharma is having more than 20 years of rich experience in international corporate and commercial laws, arbitration, property, environment laws, Media & Broadcasting, Infrastructure & Energy Laws. Ms. Sharma acted as standing counsel for union of India in many high profile cases.
Ms. Sharma is well known public interest litigation lawyer. She has fought many important PIL’s including for Unsolicited Marketing Calls and Preservation of Environment & Ground Water. She has special interest in the field of Environment Infrastructure, Media and Broadcasting, and Community Service. She is an active member and office bearer of several Associations
Alkanshree Dahar holds an L.L.B. degree from Delhi University and was awarded Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Honours) from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi. She practiced for many years in London while extensively dealing with matters relating to Oil & Gas Sector. Her other practice areas of specialization are Aviation Law, Maritime Law, Media Law, Infrastructure, Joint Ventures, Intellectual Properties Rights and International Arbitration.
Alkanshree Dahar was appointed counsel for Indian Oil Corporation for its Jamnagar Pipeline Refinery Project, which was a project of national importance that cut across four states in India. She is also advisor to many Oil Companies on environmental and related legal issues. She advised IOC on SKO, which was being introduced for the first time in India. She has also done extensive work in the areas of project finance and ECB’s.
Debasish Moitra is the senior partner of the firm and holds a master’s degree in commerce with an L.L.B. degree and is also qualified as a Corporate Secretary.
Mr. Moitra is having more than 26 years of specialization in corporate and commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, real estate laws, Intellectual Property Rights, infrastructure laws, labor and environment laws, banking and debt recovery laws.
Mr. Moitra also has rich experience in litigation including criminal, writ, private international laws and has represented a number of PSU’s and various global corporations before various forums, tribunals and courts.
He is actively acting as co arbitrator with Retd. Chief Justice of India and Retd. Delhi High Court Judges in many high profile cases. Mr. Debasish also speaks regularly at various domestic and international forums, conferences.
Shantha Devi Raman
Shantha Devi Ramano has a rich experience of around 3 decades in litigatin, arbitration and corporate practices. She is known for her civil law practices, consumer, contractual issues, insurance service matters, real estate, property related litigation and Arbitration.
She has been an integral part of various conferences and conclaves focusing on various socio-economic and legal genres. She has been a panel speaker at seminars and discussions on the prevailing laws of the land and has been felicitated by “Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyaan” in “Women Advocate’s Conference.” She is head Legal Affairs of an NGO “Dignity Restoration & Grievance Settlement Association” which has been actively working all over the country to provide fast and free redressal to consumers and also educating consumers of their rights.
She is advising a number of MNC’s, domestic corporate entities and high net worth individuals in joint venture projects and rendered consultancy services on legal and statutory documentations & procedures. Her acumen involves drafting and vetting of high complex legal agreements such as shareholding agreements, JV agreements, technology transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements and various employment related agreements. She has been assisting the clients in devising their strategies pertaining to matters related to regulatory and other corporate commercial issues.
Labour & Industrial Law
Mr. Kulvinder Singh has exclusive expertise in Labour and Industrial Laws on behalf of the Management since 1996. Mr. Singh has wide experience in providing consultancy in Employees Provident Fund & Misc. Provisions Act, E.S.I. Act and disciplinary matters. Mr. Singh also handles I.R. matters like strikes, lockouts etc. besides appearing before Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals, in the courts of District Judge in PWA Appeals and Provident Fund Appellate Tribunals, EPF Authorities in 7A and 14B matters and ESI Appellate Authorities etc.
Mr. Singh conducts cases before Labour Courts and other Labour Authorities at Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Haridwar and occasionally Dehradun. Mr. Singh expertise also cover matters pertaining to E.S.I and P.F cases. Mr. Singh is specialized in conducting domestic enquiries and provide consultation regarding maintenance of records, recruitment and disciplinary matters etc.
Mr. Shreyaskar Gaur
Mr. Shreyaskar Gaur is a dynamic professional who comes with a diverse experience of working on various profiles in different industries for about 15 years. His expertise includes Strategic Consulting, Understanding of IT and relevant Technologies, Business Development, Branding, Creatives, PR and Marketing. His technical expertise is credible to the organization in terms of maintaining the technological infrastructure, integrating new elements to enhance the efficiency, be it website, digital communication channels or other online portals etc. Organization’s marketing collaterals, corporate communication, PR campaigns, Business Development drives are all designed and taken care by him along with strategizing the relationship management with clients from govt. organizations, semi govt. organizations, PSUs, private sector etc.
He is also running a consulting firm “Abhyudaya Udyam Maestros” which works primarily in Environment and Solid Waste Management. The company’s core strength is to aware the concerned authorities in all sectors about the alarming position of waste being generated everyday everywhere, ways to effectively segregate the waste and primarily the supply of smart automatic machines for waste reduction & disposal. His research oriented technical bent of mind enables him to define the problem statement effectively, understanding the area wise needs and then designing the machine solutions in such a way that they are in sync with the government’s policy of “Reduce, Recycle & Reuse”. The master solutions he provides are Fully automatic smart composting machines, Sanitary waste incinerators, Animal carcass incinerators, Automatic dust collection system etc. His inclination towards the betterment of society as a whole includes his efforts in raising voice for the pubic issues such as general hygiene, mental health, education for all, legal literacy, awareness about our constitution, accessibility for disabled people and many more.
He started his career traditionally from IT sector so his understanding about various technologies is deeper in terms of design and deployment in the organizational IT infrastructure.
Also, he has worked in the capacity of an Assistant Professor in an Engineering College where he mentored hundreds of B.Tech, MCA and MBA students on different techno-management subjects. During his academic tenure, his expertise and experience helped students understand the gap between crude academic practices and industrial culture along with dealing with it credibly.
While being an academic person and industry resource for the engineering institution, he has also taken care of the marketing & PR campaigns, events, conferences and administrative responsibilities.
Further, he has a vast experience working with Advertising agencies, many online video blogging channels including Times of India (Speaking Tree) and a film production house in the capacity of Creative Director. His specializations, being a part of media & entertainment industry, include the roles of an Idea Baker, Writer, Creative Director, Lyricist, Music Composer/ Producer, Vocalist and an Actor. Mr. Shreyaskar Gaur has done few notable musical campaigns like the anthem for drive against corruption led by social activist Anna Hazare ji and done many live concerts for this noble cause.
He has also done a musical election campaign for Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji supporting the Loksabha General Election 2019 and for the same he has done live concerts while campaigning for candidates across entire West Bengal.
His all round contribution in the overall planning and execution of plans is key factor in organization’s growth and success.
Ms. Ira Gupta
Ms. Ira Gupta, an alumnus of Faculty of Law, Delhi University is a practicing lawyer in Hon’ble Supreme court, Hon’ble Delhi High court, National Green Tribunal (NGT), National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), National consumer dispute redressal commission (NCDRC), National medical commission (NMC) and majorly all lower courts, tribunals and commissions.
Ms. Ira Gupta, Advocate specializes in Medical Law, Civil Law, Corporate Law, Consumer Law, Arbitration Law, Mediation, Environmental Law, Public Interest Litigations on various social and public health issues.
With the Certificate of Practice from Bar Council of India, she can practice across the county and can appear before any court, tribunal, commission, etc. in the country. She is also a certified Mediator.
Prior completing her Bachelors of Law in 2010 from Faculty of Law, Delhi University,she has earned Economic Hons. from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University.
She is an esteemed Partner in KK Sharma Law offices (KKSLO) founded by KK Sharma, former first Director General of functional Competition commission of India, certainly known as the Father of Indian Competition Law. Mr. KK Sharma is an IRS of 1985 batch who served the country in the capacity of Commissioner of Income Tax prior he took VRS and founded KKSLO. Mr. KK Sharma is a special counsel appointed by the President of India to take care of the complex tax matters of Govt. of India. Ms. Ira Gupta plays an integral role in the overall functioning of KK Sharma Law offices as well.
From 2015 till 2017, she was the panel lawyer of Indian Medical Association (IMA). During her tenure with IMA, she was also the member of IMA Ethics Committee. She has appeared before Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Hon’ble High Court of Delhi on behalf of IMA. For her credible services given to IMA, she was awarded with “Distinguished Service Award” consecutively for 2 years i.e. 2016 and 2017.
Since 2018, she is the panel lawyer of Indian Red Cross Society, Delhi branch where the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is the President and has been looking after all legal matters and issues of Indian Red Cross Society, Delhi branch.
Since 2016, she is the panel lawyer of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) mainly for appearing in cases before Delhi District Courts.
She is the panel lawyer of Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) for the cases in National consumer dispute redressal commission (NCDRC), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for the cases in Hon’ble High Court of Delhi and many other empanelments of similar stature.
Since 2015, she has been working with Padma Shri awardee Late. Dr. KK Aggarwal and for his Pan India based NGO Heart Care Foundation of India. She takes care of all legal issues and matters relating to Heart Care Foundation of India along with issues relating to social and public health. She works as an expert in filing Right to Information (RTI) applications to various government uthorities, ministries, etc. and PILs before Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and High Court. In the year 2018, for the same work, she was awarded with prestigious “HCFI G L Sanghi Award”
She is the External Member of Internal Sexual Harassment Committee of many companies like Yatra Group,IFCI Limted, M/s. Triazine Software Private Limited, M/s.Caastle India Private Limited,M/s. IJCP Publications Limited, etc. Being the external member, she frequently conducts various training sessions and workshops on the law relating to the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment. She has also conducted workshop and training for other members of the committee for understanding the procedure of the complaint.
On daily basis, she has been writing for a column named “MedicoLegal Corner” on the website www.emedinexus.com which is being visited by more than 50,000 doctors every day. She has written various articles relating to law for the nation wide journal named “IJCP Journal and for other magazines, journals, etc.
She got herself enrolled with Bar Council of Delhi in the year 2010 and her enrolment no. is D/2485/2010
Kanwaljeet Kaur Soni
Advisor – Fraud Prevention and Anti-Corruption
Kanwaljeet Kaur Soni is a fellow chartered accountant, certified international investigator with over 19 years of cyber security, fraud detection and prevention experience. She is currently part of PHD Chamber of Commerce as a committee member , advisor of MSME India Forum, Member of Centre of Audit Quality-ICAI and she has been supporting multiple govt. and private initiatives. Kanwaljeet has worked closely with companies across India and outside in Fraud prevention and detection, Sanctions , Anti money laundering, KYC, Due diligence and Regulatory Compliance audits. She has been instrumental in delivering training and offering the consulting solutions in the fraud prevention and anti money laundering domain.
ARVIND KUMAR SHRISHRIMAL
Advisor, Project Finance
Shri Arvind Kumar Shrishrimal, after completing his CA course, gained over a period of time rich experience in core financing in diversified sectors. With a value add and outcome based approach, he always believed in delivering value and satisfaction to all his clients in all financial challenges brought before him by the clients.
Diverse areas where he has been actively involved include Financial Project Preparation and assisting in appraisals, Debt Equity Syndication Services, providing Business revival solutions, Due Diligence, dealing in tax and Compliance matters , Financial Investment Advice, Business Restructuring Strategies, Exploring/Suggesting New Business Opportunities, Management Consultancy and Rehabilitation of Sick Industries.
Though his expertise is frequently sought in other areas also, as a integral part of the firm, but his expertise and success in securing finance for clients in need of either expansion or stabilising their business is extremely valuable.
Mr Rajinder Sharma
MCIArb , London,
Mr Rajinder Sharma, Former General Counsel and a Corporate Affairs professional, and now a practising lawyer in Supreme Court of India was last General Counsel and Board Director at Flipkart, the leading E Commerce Company in India, having 38+ years total experience with companies like Punjab Tractors, Tata Steel, IBM, Reliance Industries, Escorts, Bharti, Coca-Cola, DuPont, JSW and Samsung. Amongst all above he has set up legal (and corporate affairs) Depts, and was the First GC in IBM India in 1992, Reliance Industries in 1994, in Lucent Technologies in 1999, in Bharti Airtel in 2000, JSW group in 2009 and for DuPont in 2011.
Rajinder features in the list of 100 Legal Luminaries of India and is also 2nd in the list of Top GC Power list of India. Rajinder has worked in manufacturing, services and various types of industries and has been a GC and Corporate Affairs leader in companies like Lucent, Coke, Bharti, JSW, DuPont, Samsung and Flipkart.
Rajinder, a hands on professional, still carries the distinction of having closed a 100 Mn. USD M&A transaction in 58 hours flat, the fastest in India, and disposed of successfully first and unique litigations in M&A space, PE tax issues all being first of their kind in India, apart from having worked successfully to close many International and Domestic Commercial Arbitrations and inward M&A transactions as also working to acquire coal mines in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.
Rajinder has been a Member of the Board of many reputed and prominent MNCs and Indian Corporates in which he was employed, while also being an Independent Director in few of major Companies where he was involved in strategizing various business and operational issues of the organisation, in addition to leading advocacy efforts in intriguing areas of commerce, tax, sciences and Law.
Rajinder is an international awardee for Ethics & Compliance from DuPont and Samsung
Rajinder has also been a National Executive Board Member of AMCHAM in India for two years and has also been an active member of Legal Affairs committee of USIBC, a G2G initiative of Indian and US Govt., apart from being a member of various Human Rights, Equality, Legal, IPR, Governance, Tax, ADR and Advocacy Committees of CII, FICCI and PHD chambers as well. Rajinder has also worked in various statutory committees and sub-committees.
Rajinder has been speaking regularly and passionately in various Law schools across the country and a regular speak on Anti-Corruption in G-20 meets and on ADR Litigation strategies, Compliance etc in Asia Pacific forums and conferences organized by Industry Chambers and Organisations in India, South-East Asia, USA and Europe.
Rajinder is life member of Indian Council of Arbitration, Indian Society of International Law, Indian Institute of Administration and Chartered Institute of Arbitration, London, in addition to have worked as Committee and Sub-Committee member of various statutory and non statutory bodies in various areas of Law, ADR, Tax and Compliance.
Rajinder is an Honours Law graduate of 1982 having qualified from Indore Christian College, Indore (MP) India and has also undertaken management courses from INSEAD and CCH, apart from many CLE courses in different areas of Management, ADR, Tax, M&A, Corporate Affairs and Core Values/Ethics.