Ashwath Rau

Senior Partner

I continue to be driven by the pursuit of excellence albeit in a manner that extends beyond me to solving problems, delivering results and building value for my clients, team and firm.

Ashwath Rau oversees a large body of work that covers M&A and investments. He is a well–known figure in the market and earns plaudits for his commercial, easily accessible advice.

Chambers & Partners Asia–Pacific (2021)

Ashwath Rau has over 21 years’ experience across a diverse range of practices, including Corporate / M&A, Investment Funds & Asset Management, Private Equity, Joint Ventures, Financial Regulatory, Corporate Governance and General Corporate Advisory. His clients include leading multinational corporations, private equity houses, banks and other financial services companies, as well as companies in the infrastructure, IT & ITES and telecom & digital services sectors.

DIRECTORSHIPS, MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, SEBI committees / working groups for the review of regulations
    relating to mutual funds and foreign portfolio investors (2018 – 2019)
  • Member, Investment Funds Committee, International Bar Association (2014 – 2018)
  • Member, Limited Partners + Manage in India Council, Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (IVCA) (2018 – Present)
  • Invitee, SEBI Working Group on redrafting the SEBI (Foreign Portfolio Investors) Regulations, 2014, under the Chairmanship of Shri. Harun R. Khan (2018 – Present)
  • Invitee, SEBI Working Group to reconcile the SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 with the Companies Act, 2013 and the Insolvency and the Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (2018 – Present)

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

RECENT RECOGNITION

2022

2021

2020

2019

Asialaw Profiles

‘Distinguished Practitioner’ for Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

Asialaw Profiles

‘Distinguished Practitioner’ for Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters)

Named among ‘Asia’s Top 15 M&A Lawyers’

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards

Dealmaker of the Year

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

IFLR1000

Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers

IFLR1000 India Awards

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

• Leading Lawyer for Private Equity & Investment Funds
• Recommended Lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Insurance

Who’s Who Legal

‘Global Leader’ for Corporate Governance, M&A and Private Funds

Asialaw Profiles

‘Distinguished Practitioner’ for Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

Asian Legal Business

Part of Asian Dealmaker of the Year

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

‘Highly Regarded’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

IFLR1000

Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Leading Lawyer for Investment Funds

Mergermarket

Ranked # 2 by Deal Count Globally in the Mergermarket Individual League Tables

Who’s Who Legal

• ‘Thought Leader’ for M&A
• ‘Global Leader’ for Corporate Governance

AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers

Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

‘Highly Regarded’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

IFLR1000 Asia Best Lawyers

One of the Best Practitioners in India

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Leading Lawyer for Investment Funds

Legally India

Ranked # 1 of the ‘Top 100 Corporate Deal Makers of the Year’ in The InLegal 50

Mergermarket

Ranked # 1 by Deal Volume for India in the Mergermarket Individual League Tables

RSG India Report

Recommended for M&A

Who’s Who Legal

Leading Practitioner for M&A, Governance, Corporate and Private Equity

RECENT RECOGNITION

Asialaw Profiles

‘Distinguished Practitioner’ for Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

Asialaw Profiles

‘Distinguished Practitioner’ for Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters)

Named among ‘Asia’s Top 15 M&A Lawyers’

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards

Dealmaker of the Year

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

‘Market Leader’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

IFLR1000

Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers

IFLR1000 India Awards

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

• Leading Lawyer for Private Equity & Investment Funds
• Recommended Lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Insurance

Who’s Who Legal

‘Global Leader’ for Corporate Governance, M&A and Private Funds

Asialaw Profiles

‘Distinguished Practitioner’ for Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds and Private Equity

Asian Legal Business

Part of Asian Dealmaker of the Year

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

‘Highly Regarded’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

IFLR1000

Named among Asia’s Best Lawyers

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Leading Lawyer for Investment Funds

Mergermarket

Ranked # 2 by Deal Count Globally in the Mergermarket Individual League Tables

Who’s Who Legal

• ‘Thought Leader’ for M&A
• ‘Global Leader’ for Corporate Governance

AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers

Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity

Chambers & Partners Global

‘Band 1’ for Corporate/M&A

IFLR1000

‘Highly Regarded’ for M&A, Private Equity and Investment Funds

IFLR1000 Asia Best Lawyers

One of the Best Practitioners in India

India Business Law Journal

Featured in ‘A–List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers’

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Leading Lawyer for Investment Funds

Legally India

Ranked # 1 of the ‘Top 100 Corporate Deal Makers of the Year’ in The InLegal 50

Mergermarket

Ranked # 1 by Deal Volume for India in the Mergermarket Individual League Tables

RSG India Report

Recommended for M&A

Who’s Who Legal

Leading Practitioner for M&A, Governance, Corporate and Private Equity