Meenal Shah

Lead Commercial Counsel, Essar Group

I am a business lawyer with more than a decade of experience. My role is to be a gatekeeper and business enabler simultaneously. I co-work with various global business teams and senior management to provide legal advice and solutions based on strategic business choices. I started by being a part of the M&A team at a premier Indian law firm.

Thereafter, I have practiced as an arguing counsel at Indian courts. For the last 5+ years I have been supporting businesses as an in-house counsel. I lead multi-jurisdictional cross-border & domestic transactions such as private equity, M&A, JV, business/ asset transfer, debt transactions. I work with senior management on transaction strategies.

I structure, draft and negotiate high value commercial contracts. I regularly advise on privacy and data protection laws. I am certified data privacy practitioner for the Indian and global privacy laws.

I am an active member of the Foundation of Data Protection Professionals of India which is a non-profit knowledge group on global privacy laws. I won the fully paid Chevening fellowship award for Cyber-security which is offered to only 6 Indians annually by the UK Government.

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The Biggest Challenges for Indian Data Protection Professionals in 2021

From the coronavirus pandemic to changing regulation in the region, India faces special challenges over the coming year. This panel brings together practitioners and experts to discuss how organisations in the private and public sector can prepare themselves for the most important issues facing them.

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