Attendees at the global summit

The Seventh Annual International Summit of the Indian Corporate Counsel Association’s (ICCA) was held in the Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi in October and was attended by commerce secretary Rita Teotia, law secretary Suresh Chandra and, Department of Commerce joint secretary Sudhanshu Pandey.

ICCA president Ashok Sharma (left) and Luthra & Luthra founder and managing partner Rajiv Luthra share a moment
ICCA president Ashok Sharma (left) and Luthra & Luthra founder and managing partner Rajiv Luthra share a moment

Indian legal luminaries were joined by legal professionals from as far afield as the UK, France, Singapore, South Africa, Canada, Africa, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

The event was held over two days and included an opening session discussing “Transforming India – opportunities and challenges for the legal profession”. Other sessions included: Role of a general counsel; Anti-corruption – how to conceptualize and implement successful compliance programmes; Multijurisdictional operations – need for care; Standard setting organizations and standard essential patents; Managing risks in M&A – perspective from India and overseas; and Arbitration and ADR – current trends in India.

During this two-day event, the ICCA also released two books, on successive days, entitled: The Trailblazers: India’s Finest In-House Counsel (2017 edition); and The Vanguards: Trusted Corporate Lawyers.

The books were launched in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, with Pandey presenting mementos to the featured lawyers along with Ashok Sharma, the president of the ICCA. “Forums like ICCA play a critical role in shaping the legal services ecosystem, by fostering dialogue, creating channels of communication, and providing opportunities for meaningful conversations between various stakeholders,” said Sharma.

“ICCA is continuing its engagement to provide a platform to the in-house counsel community to connect and discuss issues of importance. We are grateful to the Department of Commerce and In-house Counsel Worldwide for the support they have lent to the summit.”

The ICCA International Summit was supported by the Department of Commerce, In-house Counsel Worldwide, the Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance, the Africa Legal Network and many international and national law firms.