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Sequoia India GC of 9 years, Sandeep Kapoor, to leave • VP Siddharth Rao to take top job

Sequoia legal head Sandeep Kapoor to move on and out
Sequoia legal head Sandeep Kapoor to move on and out

Bangalore-based director legal at top venture capital (VC) fund Sequoia Capital, Sandeep Kapoor, will be leaving the firm, probably by the end of this month, according to authoritative sources.

We understand that Sequoia vice president legal, Siddharth V Rao is set to take over the legal director role from Kapoor. Rao is a 2006 Nalsar Hyderabad graduate who had been at Sequoia since 2015, after a one year stint at Platinum Partners from 2014 to 2015. Before that he was at Themis Associates, a consultant at Ashoka, manager at Samhita Social Ventures and an associate for three years at Wadia Ghandy & Co until 2009.

We have not been able to confirm where Kapoor will be moving at this time, who declined to comment when contacted.

Siddharth Rao to take over role from Kapoor
Siddharth Rao to take over role from Kapoor

Sequoia is one of India’s busiest VC players and in his time there since 2010 Kapoor has grown the legal team to around five lawyers.

He is also hugely “passionate” about legal technology, having integrated artificial intelligence / machine learning tools into Sequoia’s investment process.

Before joining Sequoia in 2010, he was working as GC South Asia at computer chips giant Intel and senior attorney South Asia for Intel Capital.

Previously he had also worked with Vaish Associates and Luthra & Luthra in Delhi.

He is a 1996 Delhi University LLB graduate, who is also a qualified company secretary. He had started his career in-house at Ranbaxy.

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