Our people

At Sarthak Law, we bring together bright legal minds with high calibre, empathy and progressive thinking. Our team is down to earth and our first priority is helping the client. Through the depth of our collective experience, we offer attainable results and create long lasting client relationships. That is what defines our success.

Abhishek-Tripathi
ABHISHEK TRIPATHI

Managing Partner

Abhishek advises clients on a wide range of laws, such as energy and power sector laws, insolvency laws, real estate laws, companies’ law, foreign exchange laws, securities regulations, insurance laws and telecom laws. A keen observer of politics and regulatory environments, he routinely interacts with governmental and regulatory authorities in India, such as Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Department of Telecommunication and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on several matters. He is also a registered insolvency resolution professional.

Abhishek has been involved in advising clients in several cross border transactions, including in setting up of power projects, in Nepal, Senegal, Bhutan, Maldives and Myanmar.

Abhishek enmeshes his passion for the practice of law with his penchant for mentoring and engaging with young minds. To that end, his career has been punctuated with various teaching stints, including at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Amity Law School at New Delhi and Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat. He regularly contributes to various blogs, online magazines and has written several articles in leading national dailies and journals.

Mani-Gupta
Mani gupta

Partner

Mani heads the Firm’s litigation practice. She also heads the Firm’s insolvency litigation practice. Prior to helming the Firm’s dispute resolution practice, Mani was a corporate transactional lawyer. Her background as a transactions’ lawyer brings to the table a unique perspective on understanding of commercial contracts and commercial risk-allocations.

She is advising several clients in their corporate/ commercial disputes before various courts, tribunals and in arbitrations. Mani has been extensively involved in advising clients in financial distress in managing their litigation, and in advising on the Corporate Debt Restructuring and Strategic Debt Restructuring process of the Reserve Bank of India. Mani also has an expertise in handling commercial arbitrations in construction contracts, and power and infrastructure projects.

Mani has been involved in advising the Government of India in developing legal documentation for public-private partnership projects in the education space. She has advised the Government of Delhi on review of its school education laws and was invited by the Parliament’s Standing Committees for expert depositions on bills like Registration (Amendment) Bill, National Academic Depository Bill, 2011, the Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011, and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

Mani has been a key pillar of setting the Firm’s culture. She believes that all lawyers have an obligation to give back to the community in whatever way they can. To this end, Mani has co-founded a platform – Samvedna – for discussing issues around wellness in law. She is also a prolific writer, having contributed articles on legal issues in newspapers, legal journals and legal blogs.
Mani is an alumnus of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and had worked with Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi before joining Sarthak.

Recent Recognitions: Notable Practitioner for Dispute Resolution by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2022; Top 100 women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation Asia- Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation 2021 and 2020.

Apoorva Chandra

Partner

Apporva mainly focuses on General Corporate & Commercial advisory, Private Equity, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Due Diligences, Commercial Contracts and Real Estate. Apoorva regularly advises his clients on a plethora of complex legal issues, ranging from company laws and other allied laws, real estate laws and foreign exchange laws, amongst others. He also regularly advises his clients on their day-to-day corporate business operations and compliances, related matters. Apoorva also has an extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He has also assisted and advised his clients throughout the entire life-cycle of a transaction ranging from giving general structuring advice, entry strategy, conducting due-diligences, drafting, finalizing and negotiating the transactional documents and further advising on exit strategies.

Apoorva has advised and represented his clients in sectors as diverse as QSR, e-commerce pharmacy, fertilizers & petrochemicals, real estate, pharmacy distribution, textiles, IT / ITeS, pharmaceutical companies, re-insurance brokerage, fashion line including advising and / or representing HNI’s.

Apoorva is a graduate of the National Law University, Jodhpur in 2008 with Honours in Trade Law and is admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi. He is also a member of Delhi High Court Bar Association.

Anubhav
Anubhav Tiwari

Partner

Anubhav is a part of the corporate transactions of the Firm. Anubhav advises clients on a wide range of laws, such as energy and power sector related laws, real estate laws, companies’ law, foreign exchange laws, securities regulations, and education laws. Anubhav is involved in several M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Anubhav also specializes in EPC contracts and project finance.

Some of Anubhav’s notable clients include Africa Energy S.A. (a Senegal based power producer), Sterlite Group, Hindustan Power Group, Moser Baer Group, Coastal Projects Limited, Jal Power Corporation Limited, Manav Rachna Group of Institutions and Indus World Schools. Anubhav is involved in advising clients in several cross border transactions, including in setting up of power projects, in Nepal, Senegal, Bhutan, and Maldives.

Anubhav is a graduate of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University at Lucknow.

Siddarth Rao

Partner

Siddarth has advised various levels of government departments and public officials across the country, and has extensive expertise in resolving regulatory and legal policy challenges. He has assisted in drafting Private Member Bills for MPs, and also provides litigation and dispute resolution services. He has been involved in advising clients on investments in India and cross border transactions. He has also been a legal advisor to the Climate Policy Initiative and is empanelled with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, and Convergence Energy Services Ltd.

During his tenure at International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the World Bank Group (WBG), Siddarth provided legal advisory services to GoI on state level Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) rankings, and global EoDB rankings. He co-authored the section on ‘Enforcing Contracts’ in “Doing Business in India: Reform Memorandum”, submitted to GoI to improve the enforcement of contracts in India. He also represented WBG at consultations with the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC), constituted by GoI to draft the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016.

Siddarth has provided transactional advice on Concession Agreements including, on the Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas, a PPP scheme under the Ministry of Rural Development. While at WBG, he also drafted the Model Concession Agreement for NITI Aayog to facilitate PPPs in the health care sector across districts in rural India.

He is an alumnus of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and holds an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School, as a Thomas Buergenthal Scholar.

Santosh Pandey

CEO

Santosh’s career in law has been preceded by a long-career in FMCG companies Bata India Limited and Hindustan Unilever Limited. Before joining the legal profession, Santosh did consulting with MSMEs to compete globally and helped four such factories to scale up 10x in eight years, delivering reliability to global clients and earning their trust.

Santosh has a great passion for learning and to this end, he has pursued and successfully completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi; Master of Business Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore; LLB from University of Delhi; and Chemistry Honours from Bhagalpur University.

Santosh is enrolled with Bar Council of Delhi with Certificate of Practice from Bar Council of India. His practice areas include legal advisory, consumer protection, real estate, and dispute resolution.

Iti Pandey

Managing Associate

Iti is a managing associate in the Dispute Resolution team of the Firm, and has experience in diverse fields of law. Prior to joining Sarthak Advocates & Solicitors, she worked as a legal consultant with OYO, alongside her independent practice. She has also worked in the chambers of Ms. Nandita Rao, Additional Standing Counsel (Crl.), Delhi High Court, where she gained a rich insight into criminal litigation, alongside looking after matters dealing with family law. She has also worked with Hon’ble Mr. Late Justice S.B. Sinha, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, after he had retired from TDSAT. She assisted Justice Sinha in numerous civil commercial arbitrations, and in two Judicial Commissions chaired by him, and constituted by Hon’ble the Supreme Court of India.
Further, Iti has a keen interest in issues surrounding access to justice, and worked with iProbono, an organisation committed to providing quality legal assistance to other NGOs.

Iti read law at Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

Aishwarya Nabh

Senior Associate

Aishwarya Nabh is in the dispute resolution and litigation team focusing on arbitration law, competition law. Her other area of interest includes feminist jurisprudence. Some of Aishwarya’s notable clients include Red Fort Capital, UnoGrowth, and B&S Strategy Services Private Limited.

Aishwarya has previously worked at Trilegal, Delhi and at the chambers of Senior Advocate Shri Darpan Wadhwa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and an LL.M. from Queen Mary University, London where she was a distinction holder.

Aishwarya is a co-founder of a blog on the intersection between gender and sexuality and has a keen interest in mental health law.

Avantika-Shukla
Avantika Shukla

Senior Associate

Avantika is a law graduate and a company secretary with a demonstrated history of working in the legal service industry. She has extensive experience in handling issues relating to foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other allied corporate and commercial laws matters. Her work domain majorly includes advisory and consultancy in the area of Corporate Transactions, Secretarial matters, Securities Laws, Foreign Exchange Laws, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and other related corporate laws. She has prevalent experience in drafting transaction documents, commercial agreements and other agreements/ policies; conducting due diligence; corporate advisory; company secretarial work; and insolvency. Her expertise lies in the field of Corporate Law and Insolvency Law.

Avantika regularly advises foreign and Indian corporates, entrepreneurs, funds, start-ups, social business enterprises and other organizations on a wide range of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance-related issues and also assists them in their day-to-day compliances as required by the regulatory authorities from time to time. She is well exposed in liasoning with various regulatory authorities like Registrar of Companies, Regional Director, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, National Company Law Tribunal, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal and other governmental authorities.

Shivika Agarwal

Associate

Shivika is a part of the corporate transaction team of the Firm. Her area of interest involves General Corporate and Contracts. At Sarthak, Shivika practices in core areas of Commercial Law and assists clients on various transactions including due diligence, drafting agreements and regularly advises the Clients on various issues. Shivika firmly believes in integrity in the workplace and always looks forward to work with motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Shivika is a graduate of National Law University Odisha.

Deepak Behal

Counsel

Deepak is part of the Firm’s litigation practice. He started his career in law in criminal law, particularly white-collar crimes. He has also participated in many arbitrations, civil suits, and has advised clients on CGST matters. He appears before various forums such as Supreme Court, High Court, National Companies Law Tribunal, Adjudicating Authority and Appellate Authority for GST, amongst others.

Deepak entered the practice of law after a successful career as an entrepreneur in textile and garments industry. Besides LL.B, he has pursued B.Com(Hons) from Delhi University, and MBA (Marketing) from Birla Institute of Management Technology.

Deepak also has a specialization in marketing from IIM Calcutta.
Deepak combines his training and experience in marketing with his legal acumen to help the Firm in providing holistic business-oriented solutions to its clients. He also assists the Firm in its marketing and business development activities. Some of his key clients include Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd, and Amber Enterprises.