Payal Kakra is a legal professional with close to two decades of experience, with an impressive repertoire of legal cases having appeared before various courts and commissions. With exposure to diverse spheres of research work, documentation and drafting of various pleadings, she has handled a wide range of cases, related to Intellectual Property Laws, Telecommunication and Media and Entertainment Laws, Consumer Disputes, Oil & Gas, Insurance Laws etc. She also advises in respect of structuring of the transaction, leading the due diligence, drafting various contractual agreements and documents, negotiating the deals and providing overall transactional support including regulatory approvals, etc. from Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Foreign Investment Promotion Board of India (FIPB) and the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Apart from this, she has expert knowledge in the Energy Sector with specialization in upstream Oil and Gas, having looked after the regulatory and compliance aspects on behalf of her clients.
Payal has also had experience in advising banks and financial institutions in relation to the restructuring of debt obligations under the corporate debt restructuring. She has also been involved in matters relating to RDDBFI Act and SARFAESI Act which includes Arbitration matters; matters relating to NPAs and proceedings under Debt Recovery Tribunal.
Over the years, she has gained specialization in negotiating and drafting documents relating to commercial, operational, contractual arrangements, service level agreements and policy formulation with various regulatory bodies. She also advises on compliance in connection with corporate laws applicable to listed as well as unlisted entities. She has also advised several multinational and Indian companies, on various matters involving inter-alia, strategy, negotiations and implementation of the transactions in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, compliance of various cross border and domestic rules and regulations.
Her efforts are also extended to the social front, as she has significant exposure in regulatory and compliance work with respect to the environmental clearances. As a strong believer in equality at work place, Payal takes special interest in laws which promote the same and has helped many a corporations design and lay out their policies on Prevention of Sexual Harassment at workplace and handled with much expertise various matters pertaining to the same as well.