Name  Siddhartha Patnaik

Designation   Lead Counsel

Company   Essar Group

Country   India

I have an overall experience of around 18 years as a practicing advocate in Supreme Court with renowned Senior Advocates, various High Court, Tribunals, Law Firm, and also have the experience of being an In-house Counsel, Head Legal Etc. in MNCs.

I have been the Corporate Generalist Attorney with substantial experience highly focused on providing preemptive legal support to the business. Keeping focus on pre-defined procedures in the areas of contract management, litigation, corporate laws, intellectual property, legal compliance and managing external counsels /law firms.

I have the expertise in drafting of legal documents such as commercial contracts, agreements including strategic commercial agreements with business partners. I have drafted/ negotiated, supervised contracts including LOI, MOU, Supply/ Services Contracts, Software licensing and Development Contract, or the Joint Venture contract with commercial arrangement on Revenue Sharing basis.

I have the experience in successful Litigation Dispute Management and handling high stake litigation’s in South Asian Countries while formulating appropriate legal strategy in consultation with the business team to avoid exposures in financial, environmental & product and personal liability . Experience in appearing to represent the company before tribunals, quasi-judicial authorities etc.

In the role of head of Legal, Regulatory in Etisalat, I was successful in handling litigation in getting refund of Rs. 160 Crore/ 26 Million USD of PBG & FBG ( Bank Guarantees ) from Department of Telecom (DoT).

As Head Legal of Vodafone South Ltd, I have handled many complex matters in various High Courts & Supreme Court.

From Telecom I have switched to highly litigated and complex Power sector, where I am handling various high stake litigation & regulatory issues , including power generation and transmission matters. I am now heading the Legal Department in Essar Power along with a team of 5 lawyers.