Founder, Nishith Desai Associates
AT NISHITH DESAI ASSOCIATES
Nishith Desai is the founder of the research & strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, New Delhi, Munich and New York.
AREAS OF PROVEN EXPERTISE
Nishith himself is a renowned International Tax, Corporate, IP lawyer, researcher, published author and lecturer in leading academic institutions around the world. He specializes in the Financial
Services sector and assisted Government of Mauritius and Government of India in launching their individual offshore financial centers. Soon after India opened up its economy to the outside world in 1991, he established the first five India Focused Funds and pioneered the roots of now burgeoning asset management industry. He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. The firm has now worked for over 1400 funds across all classes of assets.
THE ‘INNOVATIVE’ LAWYER
A practicing advocate in India, Nishith holds a special license from the State Bar of NY, California and Singapore to practice Indian law. His vast understanding of international comparative law along with lateral thinking helps him be solution oriented innovative lawyer. Apart from being a well-known transactional lawyer, he is also a litigator and has personally argued some of the most complex tax cases, globally. Nishith Desai also sits on the Board of Singapore International Arbitration Centre, apart from being on the Advisory
Board of the New York State Bar Association's International Law Review
The firm has been consistently ranked amongst the world's Most Innovative Law Firms. In fact, NDA has been the proud recipient of the award 4 times in a row (2014-2017) as the Most Innovative Indian Law Firm.
OUT OF OFFICE
Nishith's commitment to the development of a research based law firm to achieve the highest standards of excellence stands exalted amongst industry stalwarts. Combining his love for research with his inherent trait of innovative thinking, Nishith has driven the conceptualization and creation of Imaginarium Aligunjan, a state-of-the-art facility that stands as an ode to ‘Blue Sky Thinking.’ Nishith is also passionate about supporting and mentoring young entrepreneurs and is an integral part of Indus entrepreneurs. He also works closely with Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus on social issues.