Aarthi Sivanandh


Aarthi started her practice in the US in 2001 as a foreign legal consultant concentrating on the US-India business corridor until 2006. In 2010, she co-founded Vichar Partners that merged its law practice with J. Sagar Associates in April 2014.

Aarthi’s practice focuses on the full spectrum of corporate laws and transactional matters: mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, private equity, foreign collaborations including joint ventures and licensing transactions. She has extensive experience in working in the India region, having acted for bidders, target companies, sellers and advisors in such transactions. 

Her significant work also includes representing India clients investing in foreign markets, family businesses in southern India in their growth initiatives and corporate advisory, restructuring of family holdings. 

Her expertise is also called for in board led internal investigations, corporate governance issues, general corporate advisory and strategic advice as trusted counsel.

A versatile lawyer with experience over 17 years, Aarthi has been noted by clients as a lawyer who “exhibits sharp acumen”, for “great communication skills”, for “keen eye not to miss trouble spots” and for “resolving commercial issues quickly.”

She also leads the pro bono practice of the firm. She has led the firm’s cross-office attorney team in efforts relating to the ability of technology providers to supervise media content, which was awarded the 2017 Trust Law Collaboration Award. Her team was also nominated as a recipient for the 2016 Trust Law Impact Award for its comparative law perspective on rights related to women acid violence survivors.  

Her recent transactions include:

  • Advised Sundaram Finance Ltd (SFL) and Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co. Limited (Royal Sundaram) for the sale of 40% of the shareholding of Royal Sundaram to Ageas Insurance International N.V.
  • Advised Multiples Private Equity Funds in the strategic buyout of Peoplestrong HR Services Private Limited 
  • Advised Global Hospitals in its acquisition by Parkway Pantai’s Gleneagles Development Pte Ltd. 
  • Advised Trivitron Healthcare Private Limited in a joint venture with Dutch based fund, Investment Funds for Health in Africa 
  • Advised Polaris Consulting and Services Limited on its sale to Virtusa Corporation
  • Advised Southern Health Foods Private Limited in the sale of its shares held by existing shareholders to Morgan Stanley 
  • Advised Neuberg Diagnostics Private Limited in its acquisition of South African pathology chain, Global Clinical and Virology Laboratory
  • Advised Veritas Finance Private Limited in receiving investment from CDC Group Plc and Lok Capital Growth Fund 
  • Advised Equitas Holdings Private Limited in each of its capital raises until the IPO 
  • Worked with Computer Age Management Services Limited, during the significant minority acquisition by the strategic investment arm of National Stock Exchange’s 
  • Advised REPCO Home Finance in a private equity investment from the Carlyle Group 
  • Worked with the Carlyle Group in its buyout of Newgen Knowledge Works Private Limited from exiting investors Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India) Private Limited, Aureos South Asia Fund (Holdings) L.L.C and ePlanet Ventures Mauritius Limited

PRACTICE AREAS

SECTORS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Bar Council of India
  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu

EDUCATION

  • Master of Law, LLM, Tulane University Law School (2001) (distinction)
  • Bachelor of Commerce., Stella Maris College University of Madras (1997)
  • Bachelor of Law, The Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University, Chennai (2000)

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Tamil

Last Updated on 15th July 2019

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