PEOPLE

Abhilekh Verma

Senior Partner

LOCATION
Bangalore
EMAIL
abhilekh.verma@kochhar.com
PHONE
+91 80 4030 8000

Profile

Abhilekh Verma is a Senior Partner in the Firm’s Bangalore office.  He is a seasoned corporate and business lawyer with more than two decades of integrated in-house and law firm experience.

Abhilekh is a key member of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups and has advised numerous multinational and domestic business entities across industry segments at various stages of project conception and execution. Clients have benefited from his extensive experience on cross-border and domestic M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions, strategic tie-ups, entry strategies, foreign inward and outbound investment.

Abhilekh has advised various stakeholders operating in high growth sectors such including IT & ITeS, e-commerce as well as infrastructure projects like surface transport and aviation, on full spectrum of legal and regulatory issues ranging from investments, financing arrangements, transaction structures, risk assessment, allocation and mitigation.

Abhilekh’s prior experience includes working with two of India’s top -tier law firms and also as an in-house counsel with one of the largest Indian telecom operators in the private sector.

Expertise

Corporate/M&A
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Employment Law
TMT
Life Sciences
Projects & Infrastructure

Publications

Authored/co-authored articles and whitepapers in leading journals and business publications on various topical issues, from time to time, including e-commerce, net neutrality, spectrum trading, product liability, liquidation.

Education

  • LL.B, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, 1995
  • Management Development Program on Infrastructure Development and Financing, IIM, Ahmedabad
  • Management Development Program on Valuation in Mergers & Acquisitions, Basic Finance & Taxation, MDI, Gurgaon
  • B.A in Economics and Sociology, 1992

Memberships

  • Bar Council of Delhi, 1995

Select Experience Statement

  • Rendered transactional and regulatory advice and assistance to an American multinational software technology group in transactions involving various businesses including (i) divestment of their document imaging business; (ii) sale of its Indian company focusing on core network VAS; and (iii) sale of health information management transcription business and the electronic health record go-live services business.
  • Rendered advice and assistance to a leading American computer user interface and user experience consulting group in the Indian leg of the restructuring involving spin-off of their Media and Connect businesses.
  • Engaged by National Institute for Smart Governance as a subject matter expert on various e-governance initiatives including, Aadhaar Authentication Project, implementation of an e-auction project by the Tobacco Board, and project of Ministry of Defence, Government of India, involving implementation of an ERP system for the Army Ordnance Corps.
  • Advised a major oilfield equipment manufacturer in relation to the sale of entire stake of a Indian Private Equity Funds along with primary subscription by the incoming investors.
  • Advised a leading e-commerce player in relation to its 100% acquisition of payment solution business (overseas and domestic legs) as well as in relation to investment into this e-commerce company by some of the existing shareholders of the target.
  • Advised French group (one of the world leaders in seed business) in their business ventures and investments in India, including acquisition of Indian targets, restructuring and consolidation of their Indian businesses.
  • Rendered transactional and regulatory advice to a renowned French food group in setting up of a joint venture with one of the largest private sector dairy enterprises in Southern India.
  • Advised a construction major in India and a New York based private investment firm in the first deal of its kind in the country in the general aviation sector, involving picking up of stakes in one of the oldest aircraft maintenance companies in India.
  • Rendered transactional and regulatory advice in relation to investment by a leading American based venture capital fund in an Indian Fintech company through primary acquisition of securities as well as secondary acquisition of securities from the existing shareholders.
  • Rendered transactional and regulatory advice to a leading Canadian based pharmaceutical group in exit from an Indian joint venture and fresh technical tie ups.
  • Advised one of the Indian conglomerates on various M&A transactions including:
  • - Sale of its healthcare business to a leading American pharmaceutical group,
    - Investments by various private equity and venture capital funds into its software venture,
    - Transaction involving acquisition of stakes in its telecom venture by one of the leading international telecom groups,
    - Investment into its venture focusing on talent/skill development and corporate/vocational training space by financial investors.

  • Advised two Indian construction majors on assignments in the surface transport sector including the ones being implemented by NHAI, based on PPP model.
  • Advised the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits on the Indian leg of transaction involving world-wide acquisition of wine and spirit business of one of the then industry major.

Industry Presence

  • Speaker and panelist on business laws at various seminars and conferences organized by leading chambers of commerce and industry bodies such as Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce &Industry, and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry).
  • Panel speaker at a session titled Navigating the US market from Banking & Investment perspective organized by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Guest speaker at top Indian law schools such as National Law School of India University (NLSIU), School of Law, Christ University and B-schools like Management Development Institute and IILM
  • Guest speaker at a session on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code organized by NLSIU, 2016

Contact Details

  • 201, Prestige Sigma, 3 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001, Karnataka (India)
  • +91 80 4030 8000
  • +91 80 4112 4998
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