Sapphire & Sage Law Firm

We practice general civil law for businesses, individuals, and local governments.

We are a highly competent and effective team, a blend of “Experience and Youth” lead by Partners and domain experts who bring their immense experience in their respective field of law and practices to manage Corporate, Regulatory & Policy Advisory, Litigation, Commercial Arbitration, and general legal practices.

OUR LEGAL TEAM

Sapphire & Sage Law Firm, Management & Domain Experts

We are a highly competent and effective team, a blend of “Experience and Youth” lead by Partners and domain experts who bring their immense experience in their respective field of law and practices to manage Corporate, Regulatory & Policy Advisory, Litigation, Commercial Arbitration, and general legal practices.

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Somesh Arora

Founder and Senior Partner

He started his legal practice in 1990 and is very well regarded amongst the counsels for his systematic and aggressive approach. He enjoys a high success rate in arbitration, has several write-ups on key issues involved in arbitration and actively participates in seminars and conferences on the issue. Mr. Arora has also provided for his valuable suggestions in the proposed draft bill of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act.His key areas of practice include Commercial & Civil laws, Infrastructure & Real Estate laws.Mr. Arora has been an arguing counsel in numerous cases at the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts. He has also been advising several Multi-nationals, Aviation, Finance, Construction and Manufacturing companies and has been extensively involved in drafting a variety of agreements, from all types of business agreements, aircraft leases, joint venture and technical collaboration agreements to commercial contracts and finance agreements. He has also been actively involved in international matters taken up by the American Arbitration Association, the United Kingdom Courts and the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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S C Pahwa

Partner

Mr. S.C Pahwa has been into legal practice since 1991 and has vast experience in Insurance Sector. He specializes in advising on Insurance regulations and conduct of general insurance and life assurance business, policy wordings and complex forms of risk transfer, and litigation and arbitration of insurance and reinsurance disputes. He has been arguing matters before the National Commission and Supreme Court on his specialized areas. He has been speaking in workshops on legal risk management all over the country. He is active on social welfare laws and labour laws, and has advised various institutions in framing their policies. He also has vast experience in human resources structuring in large organisations. He is actively involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution especially in Mediation on industrial and labour issues.

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LAJPAT SHRIVASTAV

Domain Expert

Lajpat Shrivastav, a Mechanical Engineer from Mumbai University is a Fellow Member of Institution of Engineers, Kolkata & of All India Management Association New Delhi. He has worked as a Member of National Power Committee of CII for two years and was also on the Executive Committee of Delhi Management Association as well as All India Management Association for two consecutive years.
He has over 44 years of experience of working with the most reputed companies like NTPC, L&T, TATA POWER, BECHTEL, ATOMIC ENERGY & HINDUSTAN POWER (EARLIER MOSER BAER POWER) & has held senior level positions including CEO and Director. He was the Founder CEO of Moser Baer Power & Infrastructures Limited (now changed to Hindustan Power) and spearheaded the entry of Moser Baer in to thermal power & coal business. During a brief stint as Head of Bechtel, one of most successful EPC companies in the world, he was responsible for implementing an LNG extraction and purification project in Australia as well as Open Cycle Gas Turbine Plant. He has also worked as CEO for entire energy business of Jindal India group & was heading their coal and thermal power business.

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MR. PULAK BAGCHI

Domain Expert

Mr. Pulak Bagchi is a professional with expertise in corporate legal affairs, policy evangelism, contracts, litigation, and regulatory advocacy. He has over Eighteen years of multifarious exposure to varied industries and diverse branches of the law such as Policy Evangelism, Corporate Litigation, and Regulatory Practice.

Contract Drafting and Management,Compliance Management,Transactional Expertise, M&A, IP and Competition Law Issues, Civil,Criminal and Constitutional matters, Real Estate issues, Due Diligence,Finance and Investment structures, Labour Laws, Arbitration, Taxation and Consumer Laws, Infrastructure Projects, Pharma,Telecom, Media and Energy Sector practice. He has held the position of Senior Vice President – Legal and Regulatory at Star India Private Limited for 7 years and is currently engaged as Group Head Legal, Regulatory and Policy at Srei Infrastructure and Finance Ltd.

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Vivek Verma

COO

Vivek Verma with over 25 years’ experience and knowledge of the Indian Air Force has served in various important and sensitive assignments. His expertise has been in the field of aviation, Administration of airfields, air bases and their management. He has vast experience of regulatory issues of the Air Traffic Management services in Indian Airspace. Over the years, he has managed several air field and infrastructure projects of the IAF that range from a few million rupees to a couple of billions.In the Corporate sector, he worked with Punj Lloyd Ltd as Head of Business Development for their Building & Infrastructure vertical and later shifted to Defence & Aerospace division of the company’s Defence vertical. He successfully executed various programs of the Indian Armed Forces and the Indian Ministry of Defense. He established strong business and operational relationships with foreign technology partners such as Raytheon, Airbus, Sikorsky, Thales, Elta, DIEHL and Marshal Aviation, UK for various Aerospace programs. Vivek continues to lend his expertise to various corporates such as Aditya Birla Group, Tonbo Imaging Singapore, EVPU Slovakia, HDS Greece, etc and various Indian firms as a consultant and advisor within the Defense & Aviation sector.

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DR. Prakash Nanda

Domain Expert

Dr Prakash Nanda is an author and a columnist with over 30 years of media and academic experience with specialization in international affairs, strategic issues of the Indian Government & Politics who is currently engaged as the Editor of “Geopolitics”, a niche Indian monthly on strategic affairs. He is also the Distinguished Fellow of Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. He has also authored various articles in South Asian Journal, Think India Quarterly and Journal of Peace Studies. In addition to this, he has written over 2500 articles and columns in India’s national media and several international dailies and magazines. Dr Nanda holds memberships to numerous esteemed organizations like India International Centre, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, United Services Institute of India, Indian Institute of Public Administration, The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia and The Press Club of India.

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MR. VIJAY GOPAL JINDAL

Domain Expert

Mr. Vijay Gopal Jindal, an accomplished professional, has more than 30 years of experience in managing businesses, brands, private equity investments and undertaking strategic initiatives. He has been Advisor to the Chairman at Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., Chief Mentor of UFO Moviez India Limited, as well as Joint Managing Director of Ansal Properties & Infrastructure Ltd. He has been Chief Intellect Officer of the Times of India group and rejoined the group as Principal Secretary and Member of the Board in November 2002. During his career he also served as Chief Executive Officer of The Economic Times.
As Vice Chairman and Managing Director of ZEE Telefilms Ltd., he was instrumental in the dynamic growth of the company. Mr. Jindal served as Director for Corporate of BCCL. He was also the Chairman of the Marketing Advisory Board of Doordarshan.
Mr Jindal has been Non-Executive and Independent Director of Lokmat Media Limited since December 2010 and has been engaged as the Director of N R Media & Marketing Private Limited. He held the position of Director of Entertainment Network (India) Ltd. until October 2005.

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