Lakshmi Ramachandran

Lakshmi Ramachandran, Senior Associate, JSA

Lakshmi is part of the firm’s Labour & Employment Practice and she focuses on employment, labour and industrial laws and related issues, including data protection, privacy and compliance investigation as they relate to the workplace.

Over her last 3 years with JSA, Lakshmi has been advising clients on all aspects of employment laws, including compliances, benefits, policies, termination, as well as confidentiality and non-compete obligations. She assists clients in conducting disciplinary enquiries, including those related to corruption, anti-trust and sexual harassment complaints. She routinely advises and guides clients on conducting large scale reductions in force and preparing them for any problems or questions that may arise during the process.

A major part of Lakshmi’s work involves working with clients to set up internal policies and implementing the same. This includes drafting all employment related documents including various contracts with employees, employee handbooks, codes of conduct and related policies.

She also assists with the human resources issues involved in major corporate transactions including asset and business transfers and share acquisitions, including employee transfer, integration and other closing and post-closing activities related to such transactions.

Before joining JSA, Lakshmi was a litigator with Karanjawala & Co and has over four years of experience in civil and corporate litigation, having practiced in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India.

 

Memberships

Delhi Bar Council

 

Education

  • B.A. LLB from Faculty of Law, Delhi University
  • B.A (Hons) English Literature, Delhi University

 

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam

Amit has been associated with several precedent setting Infrastructure and PPP projects including incubating climate change technologies and innovation as pilots; convergence of renewable energy with conventional energy; Delhi electricity privatization; Metro Rail projects in Mumbai & Delhi; the first 3 ultra-mega power projects (each involving over US$ 3.5 billion); pilot projects for social / developmental Infrastructure et al. Such assignments have involved:-

  • Advising on constitutional, legal, policy and regulatory issues; drafting laws, delegated legislation, policies.
  • Evolving facilitative frameworks which integrate technology, finance, climate change with law in regulatory instruments and reform / restructuring strategies.
  • Transactions: Mergers & Acquisitions, investments, commercial arrangements and financing.
  • Evolving market mechanism and frameworks, regulatory regime & policies to facilitate Public-Private-Partnerships and functioning of regulated utilities.
  • Anchoring as counsel complex, precedent-setting commercial and regulatory matters before the Supreme Court, High Courts, Appellate Tribunals, Regulators (in Competition, Power, Hydrocarbons, Airports) and Arbitral Tribunals (particularly construction and project implementation disputes).

 

He has structured and conducted capacity building programs for Competition Commission of India; Ministry of Finance (for PPP); South Asia Regulators in SAFIR; visiting faculty for Executive Education programs for National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad, National Law School of India University (Bangalore), IIM – Bangalore.

Over past 15 years he has been a member of the National Infrastructure Council and Energy Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry and currently serve as a member of the CII National Council on Public Policy since 2019. Amit serves as a member of the FICCI Power Committee and chairs the Distribution Financial Viability sub-committee. He serves on the Management Governing Council of CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC).

Amit is a regular speaker / faculty at International & National workshops and Programs on issues of Policy, Law, Regulation, Project Finance, reforms and private participation in Infrastructure and has published position papers and articles in established international and domestic journals.