IDEX Legal Awards 2018 – The Winners

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Mumbai Maharashtra 14 April 2018

IDEX Legal announced the winners of the seventh annual IDEX Legal Awards held in Mumbai at The St. Regis Hotel on April 13th 2018.

Attended by over 250 senior lawyers from in-house and law firms, the awards night was a stand out celebratory affair for the legal community in India.

The IDEX Legal Awards rewards best practice and celebrates excellence amongst in-house counsel and law firms whilst operating in a turbulent business environment. The ILAs is recognised for its unstinting impartiality with awards earned by sheer demonstration of hard work over the course of year as judged by one of the finest jury panels in the region who look to honouring meritocracy and quality above all else making it the the most coveted and bona fide awards in the industry and one of the toughest to win anywhere.

With 20 categories across in-house and law firms along with 3 jury nominated categories, the awards saw record-breaking entries with almost 200 submissions from in-house counsel and law firms doubling the previous years entries.

This year our jury panel led by jury chairman Mysore Prasanna alongside Anubhav Kapoor, Anupam Sharan, Baron Armah Kwatreng, Deepa Baburaj, Erwan Carpentier, Jonathan Middleburgh, Navneet Hrishikesan,Pramod Rao, Rajeev Uberoi, Umakanth Varottil, Vijaya Sampath, Vivek Mittal and Valerie Bowles, had their toughest time separating the entries as the submissions were of the highest quality ever and at times there was little to split the winners.

It was a hattrick for TRA who bagged three major awards, Social Impact Initiative Of The Year, Best Legal Advisor To Start-Up Businesses and Young Achiever Under 35. General Counsel of the Year was awarded to Sandeep Kapoor, Sequoia Capital and the Best Law Firm of the Year Domestic award went to Link Legal India Law Services.

Building on our charity initiative, IDEX continued their partnership with legal charity IDIA and raised donations to the tune of almost 10 lacs through a fundraising dinner which will go to to empowering underprivileged students through legal education. Auction items included artworks by Akbar Padamsee, Francis Souza, Zarina Hashmi curated by IDEX’s Auction Partner Prinseps, and a special painting by  Mr. Paresh Maity and Rajiv Luthra, 2 books from the personal library of one the most famous poet , lyricist and screenwriters Mr Javed Akhtar and 2 books written by the famous film director and composer Mr Vishal Bharadwaj.

The winners for the ILA are given below

In-House Awards

NEXT GEN IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR

Mandar Maruti Nalawade, Schindler

BEST IN-HOUSE LEGAL DEPARTMENT TO WORK FOR

Cognizant Technology Solutions India Private Limited

 LITIGATION DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR

Bank of Baroda

 LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR- SMALL

Sequoia Capital India Advisors Private Limited

LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR- MEDIUM

IDFC Bank

LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR- LARGE

HDFC Bank Limited

GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR

Sandeep Kapoor, Sequoia Capital India Advisors Private Limited

Law Firm Awards

SOCIAL IMPACT INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

TRA

INDIA DESK OF THE YEAR (INTERNATIONAL)

Zaiwalla & Co LLP

YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD UNDER 35 AGE

Anirudh Rastogi, TRA

DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Anand and Anand

EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Trilegal

M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Khaitan & Co

BEST LAW FIRM TO WORK FOR

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

INNOVATIVE LAW FIRM

DSK Legal

BEST LEGAL ADVISOR TO START-UP BUSINESSES

TRA

START-UP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Rajaram Legal

REGIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Tatva Legal, Hyderabad

 MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

 LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Link Legal India Law Services

Jury Awards

LEGAL JOURNALISM OF THE YEAR

Live Law

LEGAL ACADEMIC / SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR

Prof. Shamnad Basheer, IDIA

ICON OF THE YEAR

Justice (Retd) A P Shah Former Chairman of the Law Commission