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Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets 2021


Speaker(s): Adam Li, Alex Hao, Andrew Borodach, Caroline Cao, David Grosgold, Emily Golovicher, Everett Miles, Joel Benjamin, Kosturi Ghosh, Michael S. Carl, Molly Stark, Nicole W. Friedlander, Ramesh Vaidyanathan, Randall Cook, Rose Marie E. Glazer, Steven M. Richman, Thomas S. Heather, Thomaz Kastrup
Recorded on: Jun. 7, 2021
PLI Program #: 306603

Alex Hao is a partner at JunHe’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Strategy Committee. Alex has been practicing law in New York since 2003.

Alex has significant experience in corporate, M&A, finance and FDI matters involving China. He also advises US clients on complying with China’s rapidly developing laws in areas such as anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security. In addition, Alex acts as outside general counsel for many Chinese clients doing business in the U.S. (including some of China’s largest developers, banks and manufacturers) and links them with U.S. lawyers and other professionals.

Clients report that “Alex has superb instincts, utmost discretion, a keen judgment, a unique ability to de-mystify the complex, and a phenomenal ability to bring in all the expertise that is needed, but never more than what's needed.” Because “he's always exactly where you need him, when you need him” and “extremely creative and responsive”, clients “would recommend Alex in a heartbeat" and “just can't imagine doing anything legal in China without his counsel.”

Alex frequently speaks and writes on China-related legal and business issues, and has been interviewed by leading Chinese and U.S. media. He is an adjunct professor at Fudan University’s Fanhai International School of Finance in Shanghai, and co-chairs Practising Law Institute’s annual seminar on Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets in New York. Alex reads history avidly, studies Spanish and German, and travels the continents.


Andrew Borodach is a highly analytical, collaborative and methodical transactional lawyer, with a strong financial services and insurance background and a focus on cross-border M&A activity.  He also has extensive global operational experience and broad regulatory, corporate governance and risk management experience.  

Andrew joined Prudential as Chief Counsel M&A in November 2019 and, since then, has overseen the divestiture of the company’s Korean and Taiwanese life insurance businesses.

Prior to joining Prudential, Andrew worked at AIG for fourteen years in a variety of roles.  He joined AIG’s M&A Legal group in 2005, where he assumed a lead role in the company’s Asian dispositions following the 2008 Financial Crisis, contributing to over $75B in M&A transactions, including the $20.5 billion IPO of AIA (one of the largest pan-Asian life insurance companies), the $35.5 billion terminated sale of AIA to Prudential plc, and the $2.2 billion sale of Nan Shan (one of the largest life insurance companies in Taiwan).

In 2011, he was tapped to work with and counsel AIG’s Treasurer in overseeing the Treasury, Capital Markets and Strategic Planning teams as the group’s Chief Administrative Officer.  During this time, he was involved with risk management (including as the Secretary of AIG’s global Financial Risk Group and as a member of the global Operational Risk Committee).  He also worked on AIG’s $8.7 billion re-IPO to begin to eliminate U.S. government ownership of AIG.

Following on these successes, Andrew was appointed Managing Director of AIG Investments in 2013, where he led the active wind-down of businesses within the AIG Investments legacy assets portfolio, including overseeing the $3.5 billion life settlements business and negotiating the settlement of a multi-hundred million dollars litigation.

Recruited in 2016 to serve in AIG’s Transformation Office, Andrew became Head of AIG’s Integration-Separation Office, where he built a centralized function overseeing operational M&A integration and separation activities on a global basis, which impacted more than 30 countries (including in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa) and eliminated >3,000 positions (~5% of AIG’s global workforce).

Prior to joining AIG, Andrew worked at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where he served as a corporate associate for more than seven years, including three years in the firm’s London office.  

Andrew holds a J.D. from Harvard University Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and a B.A. in Medieval Studies (with Honors) and History from Brown University where he graduated magna cum laude.  He is currently the President and a member of the Board of Trustees and Administrative Committee of The Jewish Center in New York.  Andrew resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters.

 


Caroline Cao is a passionate and adaptable corporate lawyer with more than ten years of experience, focusing on corporate compliance and transactional work, with a particular focus on M&A, financing, cross-border transactions, corporate securities, and capital markets.  Her clients range from small startups to public multinational companies, in diverse industries including technology, pharmaceutical and commercial real estate.

In addition to obtaining law degrees in both mainland China and the U.S., she received certification in European Competition Law from University of Oxford in the U.K.  With her bilingual skills and deep international law experience, Caroline has built influential relationships with global C-Suite executives and corporate leaders across APAC and the United States, providing legal and strategic counseling to solve complex and challenging problems. Caroline is admitted in the State of New York, and registered in-house counsel in the State of California.


David Grosgold is a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and Insurance Practice Groups. Mr. Grosgold’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions in the financial services and insurance industries, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reinsurance and bancassurance transactions in the U.S., Latin America and Asia.

Mr. Grosgold is a recommended lawyer for insurance in The Legal 500 US 2017 and is also recognized by The Legal 500 Latin America 2015, which notes that he is a “rising star in the financial institutions space.” He was also named a “Rising Star” in 2015 by the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Grosgold received his B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001 and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law summa cum laude in 2005, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as Submissions Editor on the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law Review. Mr. Grosgold is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.


Emily Golovicher co-leads the Technology Law team at Prudential Financial, Inc. She manages a legal team that provides transactional, contractual and advisory support for technology matters worldwide. Emily and her team advise on a wide range of issues, including technology contracts and matters, digital transformation and communication, and outsourcing.

Prior to her current role, Emily served as Chief Legal Officer of Americas and Africa for Prudential International Insurance. She had oversight and supervisory responsibility for legal teams throughout the Americas region, including in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Emily oversaw and managed legal issues with respect to Prudential International Insurance’s reinsurance entity in Bermuda, investments in Africa and pension joint venture in Chile, Colombia and Peru. Emily was also Chief Legal Officer of Digital Transformation for Prudential International Insurance. Prior to this role, Emily supported strategic business initiatives and market expansions for Prudential International Insurance Law in Asia and Europe.

Emily joined Prudential in 2016 as a member of Prudential Retirement Law, where she was a lead lawyer on pension risk transfer and longevity reinsurance transactions.

Prior to joining Prudential, Emily was in private practice in the insurance group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Throughout her career, Emily has worked on a number of large M&A, reinsurance and insurance transactions, including the groundbreaking $25 billion General Motors and $8 billion Verizon buy-out agreements with Prudential.

Emily earned a B.A. in government and history from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.


Everett Miles is Vice President, Capital Markets at the Principal Financial Group®. In this role, he is responsible for long-term capital planning and coordination of the company’s global acquisition and divestiture strategy. Prior to joining Principal, Everett worked at Prudential Financial, serving as Vice President, Business Strategy for the company’s Latin America Region and earlier as Vice President, Corporate Development/M&A.

Everett received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A native of Austin, Texas, he is conversational in both Spanish and Portuguese.


Joel Benjamin has a broad experience in corporate and commercial transactions with a particular specialism in banking and finance, where he has developed top rankings within Kazakhstan and Central Asia. He has played a leading role in numerous transactions including bilateral and syndicated loans, trade finance, project finance, equity / debt capital markets and banking matters.

Joel started his career as a lawyer in Silicon Valley advising start-ups, strategic investors and venture capital, sovereign wealth, and private equity funds on their diverse investment activities across all asset classes.

Joel has built a strong corporate practice including work on numerous M&A transactions across sectors including Oil and Gas, Mining, Telecommunications and Banking. Joel comes highly recommended by Legal 500, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in Kazakhstan. Joel has been named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Banking and Finance and Capital Markets Law in the 2017-2018 edition of the annual directory Best Lawyers in Kazakhstan.

Joel also advises clients generally on Kazakhstan law matters including labour and employment issues, data protection, and commercial and corporate law issues. Joel provides not only legal advice but offers practical solutions to client.


Kosturi Ghosh is Partner, Trilegal, and is also a member of the firm’s governing board. Her primary areas of practice are general corporate advisory, M&A, private equity and TMT.

Kosturi has been actively involved in several high profile in-bound and outbound acquisitions and joint ventures. She specializes in advising multinational clients on their entry into India - advising on commercial, regulatory and strategic matters, on setting up processes and procedures to ensure compliance in India, structuring investments and exit options, conducting due diligence and drafting transaction documentation.

RSG Report, a highly respectable voice in the global legal services area, recognised Kosturi as a leading Corporate M&A lawyer in India. Describing as “an intelligent, business-minded lawyer with exceptional negotiation skills and on-point experience.”

Kosturi has been the recipient of special jury award - Women in Legal Leadership - at IDEX Legal Awards 2016 and was featured in ’40 Under 40’ in Asia Pacific by Asian Legal Business.

Chambers and Partners recognises Kosturi as a leading Corporate M&A and PE lawyer in India and describes her as someone who is “approachable at all times and whose commitment towards clients is really admirable”.


Michael S. Carl is an international legal advisor at SSEK Legal Consultants in Jakarta, Indonesia. His practice is oriented toward mergers and acquisitions, technology, finance, insolvency and restructurings, mining and energy. Michael joined SSEK in 2004 and has more than 20 years of experience practicing law in Southeast Asia, principally in Indonesia.

Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer in Indonesia for banking and finance, corporate law and M&A, projects and energy, real estate, and restructuring and insolvency by legal directories including Asialaw, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.

Michael obtained his B.A. in history from Harvard University in 1988 and earned an M.A. in economics from the University of Hawaii in 1990. While in Hawaii, he was a graduate fellow at the East-West Center.

Michael received his J.D. in 1994 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law. He earned an S.H. (the equivalent of an LL.B.) in Indonesian law in 2012 from Atma Jaya University, Jakarta, where he was first in his class.

Before joining SSEK, Michael was associated with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie in its Singapore and Bangkok offices, where he handled capital markets and investment transactions and represented Indonesian and Thai companies in US debt and equity offerings and debt restructurings. He was also previously associated with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, as part of the firm’s capital markets group.

Michael is fluent in Indonesian.

 


Molly Stark has been a lawyer with the Rainforest Alliance since 2013. Prior to coming on board, she practiced at Shearman and Sterling, a large international law firm based in New York. Before attending law school, Molly worked at several nonprofits in both San Francisco and Michigan. Molly holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and received her J.D. from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law after graduating summa cum laude.


Mr. Li has dedicated his 30 years of practice to assisting multinational corporations, entrepreneurs and investors in cross-border investments and financing, M&A and public offerings, providing comprehensive, thoughtful, innovative and practical legal advice in complicated transactions, concluding deals for clients with different background.

  • Investing in China  Mr. Li’s has advised in monumental transactions in investing in or exiting from China, covering investment strategies, M&A, IPO or many others.  He has been advising several Fortune 500 corporations in different industries, from pharma to hospitality, from automobile to online retails, etc., on corporate governance, business expansion and compliance for their China operations.
  • Investing in the US  Leveraging his experience in both China and the US, the East Coast and the West Coast, Mr. Li has been active in advising clients in licensing, investing, financing and M&A in the US, especially in AI, bioscience/healthcare, IoT, SaaS, and other emerging technologies and markets. 
  • Global Experience  Mr. Li has a long history in representing corporations, banks (commercial and investment), funds, NGOs and multinational institutions from different nations and regions.  He works closely with colleagues from the US and China in IP, employment, tax, privacy, cyber security, CFIUS, export control, compliance and regulatory matters, dispute resolutions, and has rich experiences in working with professionals from around the world.

Since 1990’s, Mr. Li has consistently been a ranked lawyer in corporate, M&A, private equity, and capital markets, etc.  He was named as Eminent Practitioner by Chambers from 2019 through 2021, and entered Hall of Fame by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2021. 

Mr. Li was a Former Vice-Chair of China Committee, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, a member of International Bar Association, Shanghai Bar Association, Chinse American Lawyers Association of the Bay Area, etc, He graduated from Columbia Law School in New York City with both J.D. and LL.M. and Fudan University in Shanghai, with LL.B. and LL.M.  He co-founded the only Red Circle law firm based in Shanghai earlier in his career.


Rose Marie E. Glazer joined AIG in March 2017. She leads the corporate governance, securities, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and administrative services legal teams as well as oversees AIG’s Sustainability Office.

Before joining AIG, Rose Marie was Senior Vice President and General Counsel – Americas for Siemens Corporation where she oversaw all aspects of the Siemens legal department throughout North and South America beginning in 2012. Prior to that, she was General Counsel of Siemens PLM Software. Before becoming general counsel, Rose Marie was Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Siemens PLM Software. Rose Marie has also served as interim General Counsel of Siemens' Mesoamerica operations in Mexico City.

In November 2004, Rose Marie joined Siemens PLM Software from Telvista, Inc., an international contact center company. Rose Marie was Telvista's Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Telvista, Rose Marie held in-house counsel positions at Allied Riser Communications and American Airlines. She began her legal career as an attorney with the law firm Jones Day in Dallas.

Rose Marie was awarded "Governance Professional of the Year (Large Cap)" at Corporate Secretary Magazine's Corporate Governance Awards in 2020 and named one of the “Twenty Most Influential Hispanics in Technology” by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine in 2017. In 2016 the National Diversity Council honored her as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology”.

Rose Marie has been featured in numerous publications and is a frequent author and speaker on topics such as Corporate Governance, Crisis Management, Compliance and Ethics and the intersection of Technology and Law. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow.

Rose Marie earned her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. She also has a BBA in Accounting, summa cum laude, and a BA in Spanish, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.  She is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.


Steven M. Richman holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980, Order of the Coif, and a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Drew University.  He is a member of Clark Hill PLC, based in Princeton and New York, with a national and international litigation and arbitration practice including representation of foreign and domestic companies in dispute resolution and contract matters.  He is the author of the ABA book, Photography Law Handbook, and has written and spoken extensively in the areas of international law, corporate social responsibility, contracts, litigation and arbitration, and ethics and professional responsibility. He is Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s 17,000 member Section of International Law, a Section delegate in the ABA House of Delegates, as well as an ABA Liaison to the UIA and the United Nations.  Within the International Bar Association, he is an officer of Bar Issues Commission.  He is a former member of the National District Export Council Board, and appointed to the New Jersey District Export Council by the United States Secretary of Commerce.


Thomas S. Heather is a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Derecho, School of Law, the National University of México (Business and Finance), and of the University of Texas at Austin (LLM).

Mr. Heather joined Creel in 2021 as of-Counsel.  His consolidation of a multidisciplinary career of more than 40 years, has positioned him as a leader in his areas of practice.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of several leading public corporations, and chairs the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of Grupo Financiero Banorte, and its operating subsidiaries, and GRUMA. In addition to sharing the Investment Committee of Afore Siglo XXI, Banorte, he is a Member of the Audit Committee of Grupo Televisa, and RLH Properties. Recently, he was invited as Independent Member of the Audit Committee of the Central Bank of Mexico.

Mr. Heather has earned several recognitions as a leading lawyer. He is a founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute, co-Founder and Chairman of the Mexican Institute of Mediation, and headed the Financial Law Committee of the Mexican Bar Association. He is an international fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and Member of the Mexican Academy of Arbitration and Best Practices Committee of the Business Coordinating Council (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial-CCE). He has also participated in the Advisory Council of Harvard University's International Financial Institutions Program.

Mr. Heather has been a delegate at UNCITRAL, participating in international conferences and seminars on multinational insolvency issues.  He has published more than a hundred articles, and he also has co-authored several treatises.

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Thomaz Kastrup holds an LL.M from Columbia University. He specializes in the Insurance and Reinsurance industries, advising clients in regulatory and corporate matters, including aspects of insurance, reinsurance and pensions, focusing on transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions and contracts for the distribution of insurance products (bancassurance). Considering this experience, he was involved in the main operations of this nature in Brazil. He is the author of several papers and publications on insurance law and is a member of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA) and the Insurance Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). In addition, he has experience as an international lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (USA).


Randall H. Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience as a former federal prosecutor, in-house executive leader and counsel, Inspector General, law firm attorney, and US Army officer leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational, compliance, and risk mitigation challenges. Randy assists companies, organizations, investors, and counsel to navigate complex risks arising from national security concerns (including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and US trade controls); government and regulatory investigations and audits; and public and fiscal integrity issues.

Prior to joining Ankura, Randy was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 aerospace technology companies, where he built and led global compliance and investigation programs focused on consistent, process-based risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation. These programs were a critical enabler for the companies’ successful navigation of consent agreements with the US Department of State.

Randy also was an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal district of New Jersey, where he prosecuted numerous complex crimes while serving as District Coordinator for Counterproliferation Initiatives and as the Anti-Money Laundering District Coordinator for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Previously, he was an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he provided counsel and advocated for clients confronting complex regulatory issues in multiple industries.

Randy served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Inspector General. He is currently assigned as an instructor in the US Army Command and General Staff College, where he teaches strategy and operational design to Army field-grade officers.

Randy’s professional experience includes:

  • CFIUS Monitorships: Supervised design and implementation of CFIUS-required independent third party monitorship programs for: a global technology company that recently acquired software products used by US Government agencies; a global financial services company that was acquired by a Chinese multi-national conglomerate; and a sensitive solar power facility. In each instance, the program includes collaborative development and monitoring of sensitive data management, minimization, and security elements; training; incident identification and reporting; non-retaliation; insider threat; cyber security; system and product integrity assurance; and physical security.
  • Disaster Recovery Procurement Compliance Program Design and Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement a public procurement compliance program office in support of disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts for a large public utility following a catastrophic hurricane. The program office reviewed over $1.5 billion in procurement activity for Stafford Act compliance, conducted a compliance assessment and enhancement plan, and provided policy support and reporting in order to assure the utility’s credibility and the availability of federal disaster recovery assistance funds.
  • Compliance Risk Assessment and Prioritized Program Design: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design a post-audit compliance program for fortune 500 international manufacturer. Approach integrated existing enterprise processes and systems, and developed a project plan that enabled the enterprise to implement the program through phased, risk-prioritized, iterative enhancements.
  • Monitorship Investigations and Compliance Program Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement an internal investigations and related compliance program for a fortune 50 aerospace defense and technology company to satisfy the requirements of a Consent Agreement with the US Department of State. The program enabled the company to successfully implement an accountable, efficient investigation process and fulfill its compliance requirements to the satisfaction of the Consent Agreement’s monitor.
  • As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official for two fortune 50 aerospace technology firms, Randy built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as the “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100 percent success in resolution without enforcement action. Randy reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent over a two-year period.
  • As an Assistant US Attorney, Randy served as the lead federal prosecutor on over 100 cases involving trade controls, sanctions, government contracts, fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, bank and tax fraud, narcotics, war crimes, and terrorism. During his tenure, he tried five cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions, as well as interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
  • As a law firm attorney, Randy focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; CFIUS; trade controls; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; and corporate defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
  • As a Lieutenant Colonel for the US Army and the Army Reserve, Randy served as an Inspector General, conducted federal whistleblower and contract fraud investigations, and led organizational audits. As an Infantry Battalion Executive Officer, Task Force Operations Officer, and Company Commander, he provided mission-critical leadership, planning, coordination, and decision-making during multiple international and domestic contingencies.


Nicole Friedlander is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and co-head of its Cybersecurity Practice. Ms. Friedlander represents clients in complex internal investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings and criminal matters involving every aspect of white-collar crime, including fraud, FCPA, insider trading, theft of trade secrets, money laundering and tax matters. Ms. Friedlander also advises major corporations and Boards of Directors in cybersecurity planning and incident response.

Ms. Friedlander joined the Firm in 2016 from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, and served for over eight years. In white-collar, among a wide range of cases, Ms. Friedlander led major prosecutions of offshore banks for facilitating tax evasion; secured one of the largest-ever FCPA resolutions; led cutting edge prosecutions of virtual currency exchangers for money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act violations; and brought a groundbreaking racketeering case against the owner of multibillion-dollar payday lending companies. In cybersecurity, Ms. Friedlander led the successful investigation of the largest-ever cyber theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution; oversaw the indictment of Iranian state-sponsored hackers for coordinating cyberattacks on 46 financial institutions; and prosecuted a Russian national for hacking U.S. banks in a case the FBI named one of its top ten of the year. Ms. Friedlander was also a part of the litigation team that challenged an internet services provider to comply with a warrant, leading to Congress’ passage of the CLOUD Act.

During her tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Friedlander also successfully tried numerous federal criminal cases and briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Ramesh K. Vaidyanathan is the Managing Partner of Advaya Legal. He is a general corporate lawyer with extensive experience in setting up foreign collaborations, joint ventures and franchising entities in India. 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 diversified Indian infrastructure conglomerate.

During his initial private practice stint, Ramesh specialized on all aspects of corporate law. When India's busiest airports in Delhi and Mumbai were privatized 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 modernization project. Given the complexities involved in developing India’s busiest yet completely land constrained airport in the heart of Mumbai, the project was considered 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 is an officer of the International Bar Association (IBA). 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 organizations creating awareness for legal education among underprivileged sections of society and in supporting them to access quality legal education.