Santosh is a partner with Link Legal India Law Services and has 14 years of experience.

He is a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, India and Law Society of England & Wales, London.

He is a dual-qualified corporate lawyer with international work experience gained in India, China, UK and Thailand. His work experience encompasses cross-border M&A, joint ventures, greenfield investments, technical collaborations and policy research. His other areas of interest include cross-cultural negotiations, business development and public speaking. He is also a practitioner of the ‘Policy Governance’ model of board governance.

As the founder and head of the India-China practice group at DH Law Associates which is now merged with Link Legal India Law Services, he has advised Chinese investors in India and Indian companies doing business with Chinese counterparts since 2010. He has lived in China for five years and visited over 40 Chinese cities. He is one of the few Indian lawyers who can speak Mandarin Chinese. He was the only Indian speaker invited to the Annual China Outbound Forum in 2016.

He has authored a thesis titled “Chinese investments in India: Opportunities and Challenges” under the guidance of Prof. Gao Xiqing, former Vice-Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission and China’s sovereign wealth fund. He is also the founder of China-India Legal Research Foundation which is working on research projects in collaboration with universities and government bodies in India and China.

Contributions from him have appeared in the China Business Law Journal, Asia Times, Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) China newsletter, and Chinese business magazines such as Board & Directors (董事会)and SOE (国企). He has also been quoted in several leading newspapers. He speaks at a variety of events in India and abroad. He teaches a core course in the ‘Managing Business in India-China’ Program at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong.

  • Exchange Control and Foreign Investment
  • General Corporate & Commercial
  • M&A, Joint Ventures and Private Equity
B.A.,LL.B (Hons.) National Law School of India University, Bengaluru; LL.M (Chinese Laws) Tsinghua University, Beijing, PRC; MBA, Vlerick Business School, Belgium (at Peking University, Beijing, PRC)


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