Nishith Desai is the founder of the research-based strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com) with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, Mumbai – BKC, New Delhi and Munich.
Nishith himself is a renowned international tax, corporate, IP lawyer researcher, published author and lecturer in leading academic institutions around the world. 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 asset management industry and the firm has now worked for over 900 funds across all classes of asset.
The Firm recently won an award for being the Most Innovative Law firm in Asia Pacific by the Financial Times (London). NDA was able to demonstrate innovations in all the 3 major categories: Finance, Corporate & Commercial and the Business of Law. This year’s win marks a hat-trick (2014-2016) for the firm as the Most Innovative Indian Law Firm. Financial Times quoted “….firm that is ahead of the curve is Nishith Desai Associates, an Indian law firm. It adopted its industry focus, or “vertical” approach to sectors, in the mid-1990s, well before many UK firms. With only 75 professionals, NDA tops the FT’s ranking of firms headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region in this year”. Financial Times earlier quoted “Nishith Desai…a constructively contrarian, created his law firm in 1990 using a model and approach radically different from that of the most international premium law firms”.