Bharat Vasani, Tata Sons Former General Counsel (GC) who was
presently serving as a Legal Advisor to Tata Group Chairman, Tata Sons Ltd has
decided to retire from his professional career. He will be retiring from January
Vasani is going on a brief sabbatical of a month after which
he will be resuming as a private practitioner. So also, he will be continuing
his lectureship at Mumbai law schools, colleges and professional bodies, and
would also continue to be spending time on academics in the future.
“I am certainly going to be spending quality time with my
family after a legal career of 39 years,” said Vasani.
“One satisfaction I have is there’s not a single legal
complexity that has not come across my desk,” he added, noting that he had a
few available options that he would be considering.
Bharat Vasani has over 30 years of experience at the senior
management level in the corporate legal industry. In his career span, he
specialized in mergers & acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border),
corporate restructuring, JVs, foreign collaborations, divestments, major
commercial contracts, civil and criminal litigation, property matters, and all
legal and regulatory issues.
He also has extensive expertise on foreign investment and
FEMA Regulations for both in-bound and out-bound investments. Moreover, he has
extensive experience in handling complex commercial negotiations and has sound
domain knowledge of various corporate laws.
Vasani had joined Tata in 2000, in which time the legal
function at all Tata companies has grown to more than 450 people across the
Tata Consulting Services (TCS) had the biggest legal team at
around 110, while Tata Motors and Tata Steel each had around 40 lawyers, while
Tata Power companies also included a large number of lawyers, as stated by him.
As a part of the Tata Group, Bharat won the IFLR Award for
the Outstanding Achievement as the Tata Group General Counsel in 2010.