Ramesh K. Vaidyanathan is the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm. He is a general corporate lawyer with varied experience in M&A, joint ventures, projects and infrastructure, aviation and franchising. Before founding Advaya, Ramesh had the opportunity to be in private practice as the Partner of a large law firm and the General Counsel of a large Indian infrastructure company.
During his initial private practice stint, Ramesh specialised on all aspects of corporate law. He helped set up several international companies in India, which involved advice on aspects such as company formation, joint venture documentation, regulatory approvals, lease of premises and employee agreements.
When India's busiest airports in Delhi and Mumbai were privatised in 2006 in an unprecedented PPP initiative of the Government of India, Ramesh moved in-house as the General Counsel of the Mumbai International Airport development and modernisation project. Given the complexities involved in developing India’s busiest yet completely land constrained airport in the heart of Mumbai, the project was rated by many experts as one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in the world. In addition to this airport role, Ramesh was also the GVK Group Counsel, advising on power, retail, oil & gas, hotel, mining, port, road and other infrastructure projects. He moved back to private practice in 2010 to set up Advaya Legal.
Ramesh is active in legal fora at the national and international level and speaks regularly at various conferences. He sits on committees of international organisations such as the International Bar Association (IBA), Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA). Ramesh teaches Indian law course modules at the Michigan State University (MSU) in the US and has also rendered a visiting lecture at the Seikei Law School in Tokyo. He is also the founder director of Advaya Charitable Foundation that works with organisations creating awareness for legal education among underprivileged sections of society and in supporting them to access quality legal education.
In his free time, Ramesh enjoys travelling to new and interesting places, attending Carnatic music concerts and watching Mohan Lal movies.
Meenakshi specializes in dispute resolution and has vast experience in handling a wide variety of complex litigation, alternative dispute resolution in diverse areas of commercial and corporate disputes, real estate, infrastructure, oil & gas, and intellectual property related disputes. She advises clients on formulating effective strategies for dispute resolution, including enforcement/execution of foreign decrees or arbitral awards. She appears before various legal fora including the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, National Company Law Tribunal, Arbitral Tribunals, Consumer Courts and the Charity Commissioner’s office. She also handles real estate transactions such as conveyancing, mortgaging, leasing, tenancy, licensing, building and engineering contracts, stamp duty and registration issues and structuring of such transactions.
Meenakshi started her career in litigation in 1997 with a respected real estate practice based in Mumbai and joined a leading litigation firm in Mumbai shortly afterwards specializing in various kinds of dispute resolution matters.
Meenakshi is a member of the International Bar Association, the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and the Bombay Bar Association. She enjoys pro bono work and is passionate about legal aid in any form. She is also a director of Advaya Charitable Foundation that works with organisations creating awareness for legal education and in supporting them to access quality legal education.
When she is not busy drafting pleadings or advising clients, one would find Meenakshi either in the kitchen churning out some exotic dishes or travelling to lesser known places. She dreams of being a full-time holiday planner one day!
Sharanya is a corporate, commercial and transactional lawyer having extensive experience in handling corporate and commercial transactions, foreign direct investment, M&A, joint ventures, investment transactions (angel, venture capital and private equity), India entry and exit strategies, commercial contracts, and general corporate advisory relating to doing business in India. She advises on a wide variety of digital and e-commerce transactions ranging from legal and regulatory issues in the sharing economy, software/technology licensing, technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights to data privacy. She also counsels companies on labour and employment issues, focusing on anti-harassment law and the complaint redressal/investigation process.
She is passionate about the start-up ecosystem in India and engages with early-stage venture capital firms and angel investor networks, apart from mentoring entrepreneurs regularly on the myriad legal touch points for their businesses. She is a member of the International Bar Association and a charter member of TiE-Mumbai. She writes regularly on aspects relating to doing business in India, entrepreneurship and technology and also speaks often at various startup forums/workshops.
Sharanya started her career with the Bangalore office of a South India based firm before moving in-house for a brief while. She thereafter moved back to private practice and went on to set up and head the Mumbai office of a mid-size full service law firm handling assignments in the corporate, commercial and transactional sphere.
Sharanya enjoys travelling and exploring the local cuisine, flora and fauna honing her amateur bird watching skills. She is also a certified ‘Life Skills Trainer’ and has volunteered with Unnati, an NGO based in Bangalore, in conducting gender sensitization and sexual harassment awareness sessions.
Laxmi is a part of the corporate, commercial and transactional practice of the firm advising multinational and domestic corporations on investment transactions (venture capital and private equity), corporate restructuring, M&A and general corporate advisory. She also actively works on project finance, infrastructure and other related real estate transactions. Prior to joining the Firm, Laxmi was associated with one of the oldest law firms of Mumbai focusing on various aspects of corporate and real estate law.
When she is not buried in some transactional work, Laxmi can be found checking out the recipes of exotic cuisines for her latest culinary experiment or absorbed in a spy thriller by Robert Ludlum.
Prachi is a part of the dispute resolution and real estate team of the firm. Her areas of practice primarily involve representing clients in various judicial fora and arbitrations in a wide variety of matters ranging from company law, breach of contract, land acquisitions to intellectual property rights. Prachi also actively handles property due diligences and conveyancing on real estate transactions for domestic and international companies. Prior to joining Advaya, Prachi was associated with a solicitor’s firm where she represented public sector banks in Debt Recovery Tribunals and advised on real estate matters. Prachi has also had a brief stint with corporate compliance when she was a part of the company secretarial/compliance team of an Indian multinational BPO service provider.
In her spare time, Prachi enjoys reading, watching movies and exploring the outdoors.
Nidhi’s practice primarily revolves around intellectual property with a focus on trademarks and copyrights including advisory, filing, prosecution, litigation, passing off, infringement, licensing and assignment aspects. She actively assists on technology, brand acquisitions, media and entertainment matters besides consumer and trust law matters. Prior to joining the firm, Nidhi was associated with a reputed law firm in Mumbai where she was involved in managing the IP portfolios of domestic and multinational companies across different sectors and assisting in litigation matters ranging from Geographical Indications, enforcement of trademark for famous marks, enforcement of non-disclosure agreements, copyright infringement and contractual violation issues.
In her spare time, Nidhi enjoys dancing, traveling and exploring new places.
Mansi is a part of the corporate and commercial practice of the firm and focuses on advising multinational and domestic corporations on commercial contracts, due diligence, foreign direct investment, M&A and general corporate advisory. She is also involved in aviation law matters including legal and regulatory issues relating to registration and deregistration of aircraft besides employment and real estate matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mansi was associated with a reputed law firm in Mumbai handling matters relating to corporate and commercial law.
In her spare time, Mansi enjoys working out and is also learning to play the violin.
Priyanka is a part of the dispute resolution and real estate team of the firm focusing on corporate litigation, arbitration and disputes relating to commercial contracts and land acquisition. She also assists on property due diligences and conveyancing on real estate transactions. Prior to joining Advaya, Priyanka assisted a counsel in legal matters pertaining to negotiable instruments, company matters, intellectual property, arbitration and consumer protection.
In her spare time, Priyanka enjoys swimming and playing tennis.
Neil is a part of the corporate, commercial and transactional practice of the firm and focuses on investment transactions, joint ventures, foreign direct investment, due diligences and general corporate advisory. He is involved in matters pertaining to alternative investment funds, securities laws and regulatory compliances in domestic and cross-border transactions. Neil has completed his masters in law (LLM) specialising in corporate law from Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat, Haryana, and advises clients in the financial sector, technology, e-commerce and start-ups space.
In his spare time, Neil enjoys playing the guitar, keyboard and drums.
Arvind is a part of the corporate and commercial team of the firm advising multinational and domestic corporations on commercial contracts, foreign direct investment, anti-trust, anti-bribery and general corporate advisory. He advises clients in the technology, aviation and construction space and has also assisted the firm in developing a module on Food Laws in India for the Michigan State University. Arvind is an alumnus of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
In his spare time, Arvind enjoys reading and listening to blues, classic rock and progressive rock music.
Riya is a part of the corporate, commercial and transactional practice of the firm and focuses on investment transactions (angel, venture capital and private equity), M&A, foreign direct investment, due diligences, corporate advisory and exchange control issues. She actively assists on labour and employment law aspects including anti-harassment and compliance. An alumnus of Symbiosis Law School, Pune, Maharashtra, Riya advises clients in the technology, life sciences and start-ups space.
Riya is a wildlife enthusiast and enjoys listening to old Hindi music in her free time.
Aditi is a part of the corporate and transactional practice of the firm and focuses on investment transactions (angel, venture capital and private equity), M & A, foreign direct investment, corporate advisory, company secretarial and exchange control issues. She also assists on employment aspects relating to corporate restructuring as well as employee stock option plans. An alumnus of Chanakya National Law University, Patna, Bihar, Aditi advises clients in the technology, media & entertainment, logistics, start-ups and not for profits sector.
In her spare time, Aditi enjoys travelling, spending quality time with family and cooking regional delicacies. She is a volunteer with IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access), a not for profit organization that is striving to make legal education accessible to the underprivileged sections across India.
Probal is a part of the corporate and commercial practice of the firm and focuses on advising multinational and domestic corporations on commercial contracts, franchising, foreign direct investment, joint ventures and general corporate advisory. He also assists on legal and regulatory issues relating to companies in the technology space besides employment and intellectual property matters. An alumnus of the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Probal advises clients in the technology, media and e-commerce space.
Probal likes to play basketball, watch football and read in his leisure time.