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AMSS, NLS alum, entrepreneur Gauri Manglik joins investment behemoth Softbank in part-India-facing role

After 3 years of running start-up, Gauri Manglik joins Softbank in-house legal team
After 3 years of running start-up, Gauri Manglik joins Softbank in-house legal team

Former (long-time-ago) Amarchand Mangaldas senior associate and 2003 NLSIU Bangalore graduate Gauri Manglik has joined Japanese-headquartered private equity powerhouse Softbank Group International as corporate counsel in San Carlos, in California’s Silicon Valley.

She is understood to be reporting to Softbank Group Corp chief legal officer Rob Townsend, and is involved with managing a wide variety of general corporate matters at the company, according to her Linked-in profile.

We understand that her position will also include looking at Softbank India businesses, which include investments in the energy sector via SB Energy, as well as major stakes in Indian unicorns such as Oyo and Ola.

Manglik had begun her career at Amarchand in 2003, interspersed by an LLM from UCLA’s School of Law in Los Angeles, leaving in 2010 as a senior associate.

She then joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Palo Alto in 2011 and co-founded KitaabWorld.com in 2016 in the Silicon Valley, which aimed to “identify opportunity to create a unique space for South Asian children’s literature”, according to her Linked-in profile.

Softbank, with its giant war chest, has been one of the global private equity players most heavily betting in India, including investments of billions of dollars in Paytm and Flipkart, and stakes worth hundreds of millions of dollars in Ola and Oyo.

We have reached out to Manglik for comment.

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