NAME: Rajat Sethi
LAW FIRM: S&R Associates
PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate and M&A, Private equity

Rajat Sethi of S&R Associates is our May lawyer of the month for his role in leading a team for Vodafone Group’s recent $2.15 billion further public offering (FPO).

Sethi is a renowned lawyer in the corporate space. An Economic Times article noted that in Sethi’s early years, he worked on public offerings and capital markets while building up his M&A expertise. Now, his M&A practice focuses on foreign investment, joint ventures, private equity, restructuring, corporate governance and regulatory matters. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, Indian companies and private equity firms. He has also lectured on insolvency law and M&A at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

A sampling of Sethi’s transactional experience includes advising ArcelorMittal in its $7.21 billion successful joint takeover bid with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal for Essar Steel India, representing McDonald’s Corporation on its acquisition of 50% of its former joint venture in North and East India from its Indian partner, and acting for MakeMyTrip in the merger of GoIbibo Group and in the share exchange transaction between International and Naspers. The Government of India also sought his assistance in its initial attempt at the privatization of Air India. Vodafone Group and Vodafone India are key clients of Sethi, having worked with him on numerous M&A, regulatory, competition, general corporate and litigation matters.

Prior to joining S&R Associates in 2005, Sethi worked at P&A Law Offices and at the chambers of Senior Advocate, Arun Jaitley.