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Obituary: Young, big-hearted, respected JSA Delhi regulatory partner Vishal Anand RIP [UPDATE]

RIP Vishal Anand
RIP Vishal Anand

J Sagar Associates (JSA) Delhi partner Vishal Anand has died earlier this morning of cardiac arrest following multiple organ failures, after having been admitted to hospital several weeks ago.

Anand had been promoted to salaried partner at JSA in 2015, after having joined the firm in 2011 from Trilegal, where he had worked for two years.

After graduating from In 2008 he had also worked for Sen Associates, North Delhi Power Limited and Hemant Sahai Associates, as it then was.

JSA senior partner Amit Kapur, in whose team Anand had worked, said: “A real loss... bright young lawyer full of life driven with ambition.”

Update 3 December: Kapur added in a statement:

‎In the wee-hours of the morning of 2nd December we suffered a devastating, unfair and untimely loss of a much-loved member of the JSA family - Vishal Anand. It is a deep personal loss for me - we worked closely together at JSA for over 6 years and I have known him for over 10 years.

Vishal was an amazing young man driven to achieve with a never-say-die attitude in the face of a challenge. He had tremendous energy, a big heart, an infectious laugh and a child-like enthusiasm for everything. He was one of the pillars of our team and amongst the bright young leaders in the firm.

Vishal was a committed family man - carefully planning for a secure and happy future with his loving wife Neha and young daughter Darshi. He was a devoted son and brother.

At a very young age he earned the respect of the judges he appeared before, and made a place in the heart of his clients, friends and professional opponents alike - many of them have called and written in expressing absolute dismay and shock.

It is heartbreaking to see such an accomplished young man being snatched away from his loving family and from us at such a young age. Our hearts go out to his grieving wife Neha, his young daughter Darshi, parents and younger brother. May God give peace to the departed soul and strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss. We stand by them at this sad moment in their lives.

The JSA family was fortunate to have Vishal amongst us and for his contribution to the the firm and to our lives. Vishal will be sorely missed by us.

Anand’s JSA profile stated:

Vishal’s practice ranges from Regulatory to General Corporate Commercial and covers Electricity, Competition and other branches of law.

He specializes in Regulatory advisory and Dispute Resolution, and has acquired special insights into matters relating to the Electricity sector. His clients have included electrical power generators, transmission & distribution utilities, electricity traders, state regulatory commission’s bulk consumers and airport operators.

Vishal handles different aspects of Dispute Resolution including legal and regulatory appraisal of projects for securing statutory compliances, giving strategic advice and suggesting measures for mitigating regulatory risks, drafting pleadings, briefing counsel, appearing and conducting matters. He has represented a variety of public and private companies before different forums including High Courts, Electricity Regulatory Commissions, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity and the Supreme Court of India.

He has also been involved in advising clients, rendering legal opinion on regulatory issues such as issues relating to parallel license, power allocation from a generating company and powers of Regulatory Commissions. He is also Empanelled as Amicus curiae to the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, the apex regulatory authority for electricity in India.

Vishal has been practicing law since 2005. Before joining JSA, he was working with Trilegal where he handled several distribution licensees, generating companies and State Electricity Regulatory Commission before various forums.

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