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Mini Gyan Gautam

Honorary Advisor and Thematic Expert for Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 16

Ms. Mini Gautam has been recognised as one of India’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 by Business World.

Areas of practice include:
M&A and transaction structuring, contracts, data protection and management, real-estate, private equity & investments, intellectual property rights, infrastructure & project financing and general corporate advisory.

Professional Engagement:

Founder and Managing Partner
September 2020 - Present
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Arthavat Law Offices is a boutique law firm founded by Mini Gautam, to address the unique requirements of clients and provide efficient legal solutions. The firm advises many startups and companies in the MSME sector, along with bigger business conglomerates on regulatory, statutory andcompliance issues.

Areas of practice include General Corporate, M&A, IPR, Technology-related laws, Data Privacy, Fund Raising and Financing.

Industries: food, healthcare, digital marketing, education, pharmaceuticals, fintech and renewable energy

August 2020 - Present
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
AIC RAISE BUSINESS INCUBATOR is India's first Startup Incubation Centre focusing on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and established with the support of the Atal Innovation Mission of NITI AAYOG, Govt. of India.

Startup BBSR
Legal Advisor
September 2020 - Present
Startup Bhubaneswar is Odisha’s premier online platform aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups based in Odisha and startups founded byentrepreneurs from Odisha across the world.

Instructor and Mentor
July 2020 - Present
NotJustLex is a platform for law students and young professionals to improve, upgrade and master their legal knowledge, giving them a competitive edge in the market. The teaching methodology is through participatory learning and discussions, where students can resolve their doubts and queries on a realtime basis. For more information visit:

IntellecTech Law
Member Of The Board Of Advisors
August 2020 - Present
IntellecTech Blog is a virtual forum for reviewing and analyzing ground-breaking legal developments in Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, Privacy and Competition Laws.

National Stock Exchange of India Limited
Senior Legal Manager
November 2019 - February 2020
Mumbai Area, India
An exciting role in the in house legal team of India's leading stock exchange with focus on a variety of legal issues including monitoring and ensuringcompliance with various statutory bye laws, rules, regulations, etc; strong impetus on investor protection and grievance redressal; and the overall objective of market regulation being the stock exchange's focused and dedicated commitment.

L&T Financial Services
Legal Team Manager (Wholesale and Infrastructure Project Finance)
November 2018 - October 2019
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The brand name of LTFS includes various entities such as L&T Finance, L&T Capital Markets, L&T Investment Management, L&T Housing Finance, L&T Infrastructure Finance, L&T Infra Debt Fund, etc. The conglomerate providesa wide range of financial services. As a member of the senior legal team of the wholesale and infrastructure business, Ms. Gautam's role involved managing risk and spearheading transactions. Fund raising: She had been a part of the integral project team dedicated to public issue of secured non - convertible debentures for an amount of Rs.5,000 crores. The scope involved reviewing of draft shelf prospectus, shelf prospectus, the respective tranche prospectus, debenture trust deed, and various other documents/agreements entered with lead managers for the purpose of theissue.

Wholesale and Project finance: Transaction documents for infrastructureand project financing including loan agreements, inter-creditor agreements,security related documents, sponsors’ undertakings, etc. General corporate advisory/contract and documentation review: Advisingvarious business functions on legal issues and ensuring compliance with legaland regulatory regime. Drafting and vetting agreements for various businessand support functions like HR, IT, marketing, CSR, corporate communications,etc. Replying to statutory notices and dispute resolution: Replying to noticesreceived from various statutory authorities.

Legal Consultant
April 2015 - October 2018
Kolkata Area, India

Areas of service:
Contract Management: Drafting and reviewing of contracts for the entire group, including financing and security related documents, HR and recruitment related agreements, IT solution agreements, agreements for sale and leasingof property, investment terms, etc.

Mergers and Acquisitions/Investment: Involvement in several high valueacquisitions by the Company, and advising on diligence and acquisitionpricing, drafting of definitive documentation and successful closing.

Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets: Advising on various innovativestructuring solutions and asset protection mechanisms, and drafting ofnecessary documentation. Risk Management: Advising business on the legal and regulatory risks to pre-empt any claims/liabilities.

General Corporate Advisory: Providing effective support for corporate legalqueries including drafting of suitable replies to customers, vendors, statutoryagencies, etc.

Regulatory and Policy Making: Reviewing, updating and recommendingimprovements to various corporate and regulatory policies for the organization like whistle blower, insider trading and sexual harassment policies.

Dispute Resolution: Advising on strategy formulation for dispute resolutionincluding arbitration and insolvency proceedings.

Argus Partners (Solicitors & Advocates)
Corporate Legal Associate
April 2013 - March 2015
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Corporate legal associate, drafting and reviewing of contracts, performing due diligence exercises for M&As/legal audit, real estate documentation and diligence on seller's title, labour compliances under central and state laws, etc.

ITC Limited
Associate Legal Manager
February 2011 - September 2011
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager, Applications, Registration, Oppositions, Rectification and Infringement of Trademarks.

Kings College London
LLM in International Financial Law, Syndicated Loans; Derivatives;Securitisation. Research Paper submitted on branding and trademarks. (2011 - 2012)

ILS Law College, Pune
BSL LLB · (2005 - 2010)

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