S.P. Purwar

Shri Prakash Purwar, Consultant, JSA

Purwar focuses his practice on Infrastructure in general and Communications/Broadcasting and IT/ITES in particular.

Currently, he is involved in helping develop an appropriate Regulatory environment, Corporate Restructuring and Dispute Resolution in the Telecom sector. He also handles Debt Financing, Refinancing, Mergers & Acquisitions and licensing of Telco’s.

Having worked for over three decades and grown to the top in the Department of Telecom, which was till recently the policy maker, the regulator & the operator, all rolled into one, Purwar has   had exposure in all aspects of Telecom functioning. He has played a key role in the process of Telecom privatization as also in the development of the Regulatory regime. He has closely monitored the development of number portability regulations and has attended consultation processes.

He, when in Department of Telecommunications in senior positions, advised on setting up of telecom regulator created in 1997, called TRAI, has overseen privatization of telecom in India for which he was sent to attend a crash course in 1992 in Washington DC.  He has been involved in formulation of first National Telecom Policy (NTP) in 1994 and contributed a great deal in bringing about required changes in NTP in 1999 to address the challenges faced by new telecom service providers.  He also assisted in revision of TRAI Act in 2000 to separate its administrative functions from the judicial leading to setting up of Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal. After retirement he has taken up a career in law as an expert corporate lawyer in telecom and has been contributing in the development of appropriate regulatory regime through active and regular participation in the activities for a strong regulator.

As a nominee Director on the Boards of HTL (Hindustan Teleprinters Ltd.), TCIL (Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd.) and MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.) and as a Finance Director of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.), the largest landline and one of the largest fixedline telecom operator in India, Purwar also brings with him a rich experience of Public Sector Telcos engaged in fields as diverse as manufacture, consultancy & operations.

He has also represented Indian Telecom in various bilateral, regional and international fora and acted for four years as Vice-chair of ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) Tariff Group for Asia-Pacific. In 1997, he headed the team who successfully launched MTNL’s first GDR (Global Depositary Receipt) issue.

For over sixteen years in JSA now, he has been advising & assisting Telcos/Broadcasting companies and companies in IT sector in regulatory, licensing, spectrum and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) matters and other corporates in Government and Foreign Direct Investment approvals.



  • Bar Council of Delhi
  • ITU/APT Foundation of India



  • B.Com, University of Allahabad  (1960)
  • M.Com, University of Allahabad (1962)
  • LL.B., University of Allahabad (1964)


  • English
  • Hindi

Some of the key assignments in these areas handled or being handled by Purwar, amongst others, cover the advice & assistance to:-

  • A major telco on foreign investment, acquisition, restructuring and dispute resolution.
  • A US Multinational in obtaining Govt. Approval and spectrum license and setting up lawful intercept mechanism, as also de-licensing of low power spectrum
  • ITES Corporates on regulatory regime for international and domestic OSPs.
  • A telco in diversifying, acquisition and restructuring.
  • Foreign Banks/Financial Institutions for investment in telcos based on due diligence.
  • Foreign telco on acquisition of substantial stake in telecom service provider based on available spectrum.
  • Foreign and Indian Companies on IT regulations and licensing regime in India.