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Veena Sivaramakrishnan

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Mumbai

Contact
Tel: +91 22 6720 5560
veena.sivaramakrishnan@AMSShardul.com

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Key practice areas

Banking & finance; restructuring & insolvency; securitization & structured finance

Introduction

Veena Sivaramakrishnan is an equity partner in the firm’s banking and finance and insolvency and bankruptcy practice, with over 15 years of experience. She has significant experience in banking and finance, financial services regulatory, derivatives, insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring mandates. She has spearheaded and evaluated complex structures with the interplay of multiple jurisdictions while advising clients on financing structures, restructuring and enforcement.

Her role is significantly diversified and she acts on key types of mandates which include:

  • Restructuring and insolvency – Veena regularly advises (a) foreign banks, ARCs and foreign distressed funds in their investment in Indian entities either within or outside the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, directly and synthetically, and (b) resolution applicants, resolution professionals and the Committee of Creditors within IBC.
  • Financial sector collaboration – Veena spearheaded the merger of Capital First (and its subsidiaries) with IDFC Bank, one of the first Bank – NBFC mergers in India. She continues to advise various banks and financial institutions for marquee transactions, including for their expansion in the regulated legal space in India.
  • Financing – Veena regularly advises on cross-border financing, asset financing, acquisition financing and real estate financing, specifically for foreign banks and private equity players. Structured finance, including on a cross-border basis, is Veena’s forte and clients usually reach out to her for structuring advice, even before documentation.
  • Advisory – banks and financial institutions regularly seek Veena’s assistance for matters that impact their Indian operations. Veena is also active in the specialized field of derivatives.

Clients that Veena represents include investment funds, foreign portfolio entities of multinational banking corporations, banks, non-banking financial institutions, as well as distressed funds.

Veena has been consistently recognized by prestigious Indian and international publications individually and within her areas of practice by Chambers and Partners, IFLR and Asialaw Profiles. Her clients praise her for her firm grasp of banking, as well as applicable regulations, and her vast experience in derivatives is highly valued. She has the ability to provide commercial inputs over and above the legal advice and to offer alternative solutions. Clients describe her as proactive, approachable, responsive and timely, very professional and relationship driven.

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