Anup Vijay Kulkarni

Anup is a Fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and is also enrolled with the Bar Counsel of India. He is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional, and a certified POSH professional as recognized by the ICSI. He is a Partner with JSA and is one of the heads of Corporate Compliance & Secretarial practice at JSA. His practice focuses primarily on corporate compliance, corporate governance & secretarial matters with particular emphasis on corporate laws and Foreign Exchange Regulations. He actively assists in setting up subsidiaries of foreign companies /Special Purpose Vehicles, as well as Branch and Liaison offices in India.

He regularly appears before the National Company Law Tribunal, Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs on various compounding and adjudication matters involving private & public companies. He also appears before the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Foreign Investment Facilitation Portal, Department of Telecom, Bureau of Indian Standards, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization, SEZ & STPI in relation to various compliance, registrations, and licensing matters.

He has undertaken Compliance, audits, and legal due diligence exercises with particular emphasis on RBI Guidelines, CDSL & NSDL Audits, Concurrent Audits of Depository Participants and Company Secretarial Audit. He also assists in closing of operations of LLP’s and companies indulge voluntary winding-up of a private and public limited company.

He regularly conducts workshops on CSR. Anup is also a Certified Corporate Director as certified by the Institute of Directors and Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. By virtue of this, he conducts regular workshops on Directors’ Liability and Indemnification. Being a faculty member of ICSI he is called on to speak at various training programs, masterclass, and conferences.

Anup is a member of Alternative & New Law Business Structures Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is currently serving as Technology Law Committee Liaison Officer for the period from 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2024.

He has co-authored the India section of the book on Directors’ Liability and Indemnification: A Global Guide, published by Global Law and Business-a UK publishing house.

For the period from 2018 to 2021 Anup has contributed to the India section of the ‘Doing Business Report’ published by the World Bank Group.

Anup has been awarded by the Former President of India Shri. K.R. Narayanan, which is considered to be the highest award in The Bharat Scouts and Guides.



  • International Bar Association
  • All India Bar Council
  • Karnataka State Bar Council
  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • Institute of Directors
  • Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs



  • Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016- A focus towards ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India published in Business Today.
  • Road to CSR non-compliance published in Financial Express.



  • LLB, Karnataka State Law University
  • Fellow Company Secretary, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • Certified CSR Professional
  • Certified POSH Professional
  • Certified Corporate Director



  • English
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Kannada

Some of the key assignments in these areas handled and being handled by Anup amongst others, cover the following: –

  • Appeared before the Reserve Bank of India in a compounding matter in relation to a complex cross border transactions involving group entities.
  • Appeared before the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization in relation to a complex matter involving approvals for setting up of a manufacturing unit involved in manufacturing of explosives.
  • Appeared before the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in a matter involving merger of group companies.
  • Setting up of a section 8 company (non-profit organization) involving approvals under Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act.
  • Was leading the corporate compliance mandate of the transaction involving DXC Technology on the India leg of the sale of its healthcare provider software business to the Dedalus Group.
  • Appeared before the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade in relation to FDI approval in Telecommunication sector.

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