LegalEra Indo-Asian Business and Law Conclave 2014
March 19, 2014 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Mysore Prasanna, Former General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group who chaired the inaugural session welcomed the guests and announced the theme of the Conclave to be Emerging Trends in Business and Law and Indian Legal Awards 2013-14. The Chief Guest was Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Rajeev Shukla, Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, GOI was the Guest of Honour.
In his inaugural speech Justice B.N. Srikrishna said consumer is the king of all businesses, businesses thrive on feeding the appetite of the king and revel in feeding the kings appetite grew. That kind of consumerism has changed the global consumerism and is replaced by cautious buying. We face today the frugal consumer. This he has used this as a shift towards a more permanent condition of consumerism that will change the way businesses operate and all will have to change the new mindsets that are redundant and adept to the new mindsets of the king. Globally people of all income and demographic level have reduced compulsive spending and opting for products that provide value and meaning to their lives. Shop till you drop is no longer the creed; it is now spend if you need which has replaced the old credo.
Rajeev Shukla the astute politician also the driving force for the Indian Premier League. Choosing to speak as a commoner “India has emerged” he unquoted. He said that growth should spread across all cross-sections of society and development reached not only the urban populace but rural India too benefitted from the same. It is imperative that we must protect the growth of the nation. Another aspect that Rajeev Shukla commented upon was the affordability of justice. He emphatically asked: “Can a retired Supreme Court justice afford to fight his case in Supreme Court? “ He added “My humble request is that the High Courts and judiciary should not get carried away by Big Names. If a youngster is correct then he should be given levy and the popular names should not monopolize the practice of the courts.” He raised a relevant question by stating that the numbers of lawyers is swelling and if they don’t get their bread and butter and if how will the profession expand. There is evidently a gap in the same and the disparity has to be addressed, he emphasized.
Rajeev Shukla shared his views with LegalEra – Legal help he said should be easily available to all. Generally dates are given after dates what is the status of the legal system. I believe that the dowry act is totally wrongly used. The abused are women, the lawyers are women and the perspective is from the women’s side. The entire scenario is fake and misused. The bites and public appearances are adversely affecting the judiciary. The media persons miss the substance and take only the quotes and do not with reference to the context.
A lamp was lit to inaugurate the event post the first welcome session and the LegalEra Conclave India 2014 kick started to a grand opening launch.
The panel discussions that followed were on topics that ranged Emerging Trends in Business and Law, Business and Economy - FDI and Social Reverberations on the first day followed by a panel discussion on Compliance - Defining Corporate Culture - Are Crimes and Corruption on the Rise? There were some more discussions on Alternative Dispute Resolution - International Arbitration & BITs; Global Business Trends in Mergers & Acquisition and Banking Structure in India - The Way Forward. A keynote address on Business & Law; Corporate Corruption & Bribery - Understanding Complex Anti-Corruption Laws and India’s Prevention of Corruption Act.
Some of the speakers included Mysore Prasanna, Former General Counsel, Aditya Birla Group, Ashok Barat, Managing Director, Forbes & Company Limited, Rajat Jain, Managing Director, Xerox India Limited, Chakradhar Varadarajan, Executive Vice President - Corporate Legal, Godrej Industries Limited; Anand Desai, Managing Partner, DSK Legal, Hemant Kumar, Group General Counsel, Essar Group, Ajay Vaidya, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Kotak Mahindra, Biswajit Chatterjee, Partner, DLA Piper, Ashish Kumar Chauhan, Managing Director & CEO, BSE; S. Ramaswamy, Group General Counsel, Escorts, Debolina Partap, AVP & Head Legal, Wockhardt Group, Shukla Wassan, Executive Director – Legal & CS, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd., Bharat Mehta, VP, General Counsel and Ethics & Compliance Officer - India, South East Asia and Japan, Capgemini, Jeff Watkins, Treasurer - SCCA, VP Finance & Legal, Acromobile Pte. Ltd; Talat Ansari, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Vivekananda N., Deputy Registrar & Head (South Asia), SIAC, Dr. Daniel Sharma, Partner, DLA Piper, J L N Murthy, General Counsel, Red Bull; Deepak Nambiar, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Archana Rajaram, General Counsel, Unilazer Ventures, Percival Billimoria, Senior Partner, AZB & Partners, Dr. Sanjeev Gemavat, Vice President - Legal & Secretarial, DLF Rentco Group, Vinay Ahuja, Head - Regional India Desk, Senior Adviser - Regional M&A Practice Group, DFDL Mekong, Nilanjan Sinha, General Counsel, GE Capital India, Pramod Rao, General Counsel, Citibank India, B. Gopalakrishnan, Legal Advisor and Head - Legal Operations Group, Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd., Rajesh Narain Gupta, Managing Partner, SNG & Partners, Advocates & Solicitors, Zia Mody, Managing Partner, AZB & Partners, Dr. Akhil Prasad, Country Counsel India, Boeing, Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal), Hinduja Group, Badrinath Durvasula, VP & Head Legal, L & T Ltd.
This event provided a good opportunity to network with your peers and people who represent diverse interests, stated that the conference was designed on the theme conference. The galaxy of speakers and panelists hail from three distinct constituencies, namely The Business Community, the External Lawyers Community and the Community of In-House Counsel. The conclave was a rich resource of information and a great opportunity to network, exchange views, and discuss ideas with the speakers and other delegates.
LegalEra is thankful to Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Rajeev Shukla, Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, Government of India, Mysore Prasanna, Former General Counsel, Aditya Birla Group and distinguished speakers, delegates from various organizations who have participate at this LegalEra Conclave 2014 and Indian Legal Awards 2013-14. Also an heartfelt thanks to all sponsors- Banking Partner: YES Bank; Exchange Partner: Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE); TV Partner: ET NOW; Gold Partners: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, DLA Piper, AZB & Partners; Silver Partners: SNG & Partners, DSK Legal, Pradesh Today; Bronze Partner: Sidley Austin LLP; Exhibitor: SEPC; Alliance Partners: SCCA & SIAC; Supporting Partners: SILF & IOD; Print Partner: Business Standard, Outdoor Partner: Bright Outdoor Media Pvt. Ltd; PR Partner: Optimize Public Relations; Talent Partner: ARA Consultants; Online Media Partner: legalera.in for their valuable support in this initiative and making this conclave a huge success.
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Source: Business Wire India