Finsec Law Advisors

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Finsec Law Advisors is a financial sector law firm based in Mumbai. The firm provides regulatory advice and assistance in the financial sector, focusing on the securities, investment and banking industries. The firm’s work extends from advisory services to transactional and litigation. They provide advice on complex securities market and financial market issues, including to two of India’s regulators, on areas such as takeover regulations, market infrastructure regulations and derivatives. Finsec also advises and represents clients on adversarial issues and litigation in cases of fraud, insider trading, front-running, manipulation and takeover violations. The firm leads in new and innovative areas of finance with a leadership position in the newly formed alternative investment space and under the new route of Qualified Foreign Investment where they have handled the biggest investment into India through the route. The firm is very active in policy making and its members regularly write or are quoted in the press.

Sandeep Parekh, the founder of the firm has worked as an executive director at the Securities and Exchange Board of India, India’s securities regulator, where he headed the Legal Affairs andEnforcement departments. Previously, he has worked for a law firm in Delhi and Mumbai and Washington, D.C. Sandeep has been a faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.Sandeep focuses on securities regulations, investment regulations and corporate governance. Sandeep has obtained an LL.M. (Securities and Financial Regulations) degree from Georgetown University and an LL.B. degree from Delhi University. He is admitted to practice law in New York and is a member of Mensa. He has been invited to speak at Davos, has published op-eds in the Financial Times, is a member of various committees of chambers of commerce, has been chairman, SEBI sub-committee on integrated disclosure, and past member of various SEBI and central bank (RBI) committees on financial markets.

Indrajit Mishra, brings a decade of experience in private equity and foreign investments. Indrajit is also a qualified company secretary. Tejesh Chitlangi, a graduate of NLU, Jodhpur is a senior associate and brings experience in funds including FIIs, Venture Capital and mutual funds. Yash Bansal is an associate and graduate of NALSAR, Hydrabad and Ankit Thakur is an associate from NUJS, Kolkata.

The firm is backed by senior advisor to the firm, K D Zacharias, former legal head of RBI who provides his expertise and advice in the banking and non-banking financial space.

The firm has advised financial sector regulators, stock exchanges, domestic and offshore investment fund managers, advised two of the three largest mutual funds, several portfoliomanagers, FIIs, large brokerages, leading private equity players, merchant bankers, leading chambers of commerce, custodians, banks, insurance companies etc. The firm has been regularly working with the big four firms on structuring and documentation for setting up alternative investment and PE funds. As a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ firm, Finsec has advised or worked with several other law firms andprofessionals. Finsec not merely helps navigate the law but also helps clients in communicating with regulators to improve the policy framework of the country for the longer run. The firm provides an intellectually stimulating work atmosphere rather than routine work, though its focus may not suit everyone. Internship Experience @ Finsec Law Advisors Law Firm, Mumbai


Lateral hires The firm welcomes applications from exceptional lawyers with 1+ year experience and competence in the financial sector who would like to work in a team in a professional environment.

Associates The firm hires entry level associate positions from those who have previously interned with the firm and limited numbers from campus recruitments.

Internship The firm welcomes internship applications from bright students from top law schools beginning mid Jan 2012. Credible demonstration of interest in financial regulations is useful. Please send a cover letter and a one page resume in hard copy to be considered – no emails please. All applications are seriously considered - you will hear back in the event there is a match - within two weeks. Please do not follow up by emails and phone calls.


Finsec Law Advisors has been featured in the internationally circulated Hong Kong based Indian Business Law Journal as one of the 50+ high quality law firms that prospective clients and referral partners would do well to know about. "Finsec Law Advisors, set up in 2010 by Sandeep Parekh, a former executive director of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, is one such firm. Its impressive list of clients includes MCX Stock Exchange, Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund and Goldman Sachs. Finsec reports that it recently represented an Indian broker in an enforcement action by the US Securities and Exchange Commission." [1]

Chambers 2013 ranking

Capital Markets [2]

Private Equity [3]

Legal 500 2013

Capital Markets [4]

Investment funds [5]

IFLR1000 2013

Banking [6]

Private Equity [7]

Asialaw Profiles 2013

Banking and finance [8]

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