School of Law

Abhishek Sinha

Associate Dean, School of Law
Deputy Director, Academic Management, School of Law
Associate Professor (Industry Fellow)

Academic Background

  • LLM (Corporate Law), Jindal Global Law School
  • BSL. LL.B. (University Medalist), ILS Law College, Pune University
  • PGDBA in Finance (A+), SCDL, Symbiosis
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (NP), Law Society of England & Wales
  • Teaching Certificate for Higher Education, Harvard University

Honours and Achievements:

  • Icons of India | India Today | 2022
  • Shiksha Bharti Award | Indian Achievers Forum | 2022
  • Times 40 under 40 Individual | Times of India | 2021
  • Most Profound Legal Educator of the Year| Golden Glory Award, BrandsImpact | 2021
  • Top 10 Promising Entrepreneurs of India | The Indian Alert | 2021
  • Asia Pacific International Award | Best Legal Education Platform | 2021
  • India’s Top 40 under 40 Lawyer | LegalEra | 2020
  • Young Achiever Award | Indian Achievers Forum | 2020
  • Best Education & Training Initiative | India Legal Awards | 2021
  • Best Education & Training Initiative | India Legal Awards | 2020
  • Best Online Legal Education Platform | Pride of Indian Education | 2020
  • Startup of the Year | Business Connect | 2020

Career Graph:

Abhishek Sinha was an Equity Partner with the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Team at Khaitan & Co, Mumbai and a Partner with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai. Abhishek is a dual qualified (England & Wales and India) corporate lawyer with a post-qualification experience of more than 16 years. He started his career at a leading law firm in Mumbai (DSK Legal) and later joined the Mumbai office of AZB & Partners. He has also worked as an ‘International Visiting Attorney’ at Morrison & Foerster, Tokyo.

Abhishek has been leading transactions involving corporate and commercial laws. He has wide-ranging experience in advising on private equity matters, as well as structures requiring India entry strategies. He has been involved in various acquisition matters (both domestic and cross-border), and contract negotiations, and has regularly advised his clients on investment strategies, joint ventures, strategic alliances, regulatory compliances, exit options and general corporate matters.

Being academically inclined, Abhishek has been a visiting lecturer at KC Law College, Mumbai and GLC Securities Law Course, Mumbai. He has also spoken on various occasions at several law colleges, academic institutes, big corporate offices, big-4 accounting firms and top law firms. He has also handled various academic assignments, including ILS Law College, Institute of Company Secretaries of India, NALSAR, Nirmal Law College, NLU Mumbai, etc.

In late 2019, with the vision to bridge the gap between academia and industry, he resigned from his equity partnership at Khaitan & Co and founded NotJustLex, a platform to train young legal professionals and law students with the unique construct of participatory learning. This government-recognised startup has been awarded several national and international awards, for innovation in the legal education field.

Research interests:

  • Private Equity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance
  • Joint Ventures & Collaborations
  • Commercial Contracts

Professional Memberships/Fellowships/Awards/Directorship:

  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
  • Independent Director, Blue Energy Commercial Vehicles Private Limited (manufacturer of India’s first green fuel trucks)

Recent Publications:

  • Cabinet approves 100% FDI in telecom sector under automatic route: present health of the sector ignored? | Bar & Bench
  • COVID-19 brings additional screening to Indian M&A | Bar & Bench
  • Will ESOPs lose their shine under SEBI’s new Insider Trading Regulations |Business Standard (Mumbai Ed.)
  • New Ordinance, Old Issue- Calculating Foreign Investment in the Insurance Sector | BW Business World
  • The Ordinance Game- Observations from the Dugout | The Practical Lawyer Magazine
  • Insurance Reforms Continues- The Effective Change for FDI Increase | Lexology
  • The Importance of a ‘MAC’ Clause in Acquisition Deals (Feature Article) |International Bar Association, Newsletter
  • FDI in Education Sector (Cover Article) | The Practical Lawyer Magazine
  • Foreign Investment Regulations- A Hazy Maze | Asian Counsel Magazine
  • Decoding requirements of Constructions Development | India Business Law Journal
  • The Curious Case of Section 4(7) of the Companies Act | India Infoline and Lexology

Online Certifications:

  • Leaders of Learning | HarvardX
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital | Universita’ Bocconi
  • Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract | HarvardX
    Game Theory | Sanford Online
  • Successful Negotiations: Essential Strategies & Skills | University of Michigan
  • Introduction to Philosophy | The University of Edinburg
  • Finance for Non-finance Executives | IIT Delhi
  • Verified Instructor | Wharton Interactive