Attendees at the global summit

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More than 250 legal professionals from as far afield as the UK, France, Singapore, South Africa, Canada, Africa, New Zealand and Dubai descended on the Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi in October for the India Corporate Counsel Association’s (ICCA) Seventh Annual International Summit.

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

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

The summit ran 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; Multi-jurisdictional 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 the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, with Sudhanshu Pandey, the joint secretary of the ministry, 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.”