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Archana Khosla, the wonder lady, untangling legal puzzles with Vertices Partners
Archana Khosla,the wonder lady, untangling legal puzzles with Vertices Partners
Traditionally, the legal sector in India is amale-dominated profession. Women entered in this industry after long andprotracted legal battles, and even then, their presence in the courts continuedinsignificant until the end of the twentieth century. The invasion of modernityhas moderated the court environment and also put an end to the genderdisparities in the legal profession. Moreover, the concept of globalization inthe twenty-first century has provided additional opportunities to Indian womenin legal education and training. That is why, huge numbers of young womenaspiring for a career in law, and some have already created a remarkable namefor themselves.
Archana Khosla is one such superwoman who hasevolved blazing through and has created her mark in the legal field. She hasbroken stereotypes with her ability and carved the path for future generations.Archana holds strong wings to fly high and entered the market with a uniquebusiness approach to legal services. In 2016, she initiated Vertices Partnerswith an aim to redefine the social norms that govern women's economicparticipation. Archana possesses great expertise in corporate commercial,venture capital, private equity practice, alliances & acquisitions, andjoint ventures. She has been constantly advocating on FDI, outboundinvestments, joint ventures, technology transfers, and commercial contractualaspects. She has served across numerous sectors like inter-alia financialservices, consumer products, healthcare, production, education, andpharmaceuticals.
VerticesPartners: Taking Legal Services on a Broader Perspective
Vertices Partners has been established as aboutique law firm. It is a team of 32 expert and proficient professionals, whobelieve in relationship-driven servicing. The entire team is committed todevelop and nurture relationships with clients. The firm has become a renownedname in the industry in just three years, because of its ability to presentoptimal solutions packaged with pragmatism. Vertices assist clients with theincisive approach and unmatched know-how.
The firm offers comprehensive legal services indifferent verticals like corporate and commercial, venture capital privateequity, and many more. Here are Vertices's key areas of expertise:
- Private Equity & Venture Capital & Fund
- Corporate Commercial Advisory
- Joint Ventures & Collaboration
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Dispute Resolution
- Compliance, Bribery, Anti-Corruption, White Collar Crimes
- Foreign Investment & Exchange Control
- Regulatory Affairs
In an exclusive interview with Puja Bhardwaj –Editor, Startup City, Archana Khosla shares more insights on her businessventure, her professional journey and more.
Here are edited excerpts.
Hello Archana,thank you so much for your valuable time. To kick things off, throw light onyour personal and professional life.
I grew up in a family of military personnel,given that my father served in the armed forces. Because of the migratorynature of military life, I got exposed to the social and culturalmultifariousness of the country at a very primitive phase of my life. Thatexposure performed a significant character in forming my mind and making meself-governing and proactive.
During the final years of schooling, I found mycalling – to become a lawyer, as I observed that I could make a difference byusing my analyzing and reasoning ability. As a first-generation lawyer, I beganpracticing as a litigating lawyer in the High Court of Delhi and the SupremeCourt of India. As a part of my career progression, I shifted to corporate lawand held leadership roles in some of the imminent law firms in thecountry.
Though, thedesire to break out of the monotony of a routine job, design my own successpathway and establish my own corporate culture drove me towards kick-startingmy entrepreneurial journey. Being a specialist in the field of private equityand venture capital practice, I came in close contact with severalentrepreneurs. Their passion for innovation and ideas was infectious and suchpassion fuelled my entrepreneurial dream further. Finally, in 2016, dispellingall self-doubts, I founded Vertices Partners along with my husband and otherco-founding partners.
Where does your interestin entrepreneurship come from – how did you initiate?
Well, I had always been nurturing a dream ofbecoming an entrepreneur. Initially, I couldn't garner the needed courage andconviction to outline my own path. Nevertheless, with the growth in my career,the desire to become an entrepreneur began becoming stronger. As I mentionedwhile answering the previous question, the tedium of a routine job, the urge tobecome independent, etc. were some driving factors which prompted me to takethe plunge. Though, giving a shape to your inner realization defying self-doubtand cautions requires a huge amount of conviction. Thankfully, I picked wheremy heart lies to set up Vertices Partners.
What are thedifferentiating factors that make your company stand out in the market?
Our unparalleled expertise, extensive knowledgeof the commercial nuances, quick turnaround ability, speedy availability,honest and transparent approach, and partner involvement in every assignmenthave made Vertices Partners unmatched in the market.
We are not just mere transactional advisers. Wehave established ourselves as the market-leading dealmakers. Going beyond theconvention of identifying the inherent risk factors for the clients, we alwaystry to mitigate those possible risks by offering pragmatic and efficientresolutions.
In addition, our dynamic capacity to offercustomized and sector-specific advice differentiates us from the rest in thebusiness. In fact, that's the hallmark of our corporate and transactionalpractice. Every sector has its own intricacies and complexities when it comesto complying with the regulatory regime. Our grasp over those fundamentalsalways supports us come up with the right solutions for our clients.
How do women feelin the male-dominated industry? Share your experience and learning to deal withit.
I think gender discrimination still persists inevery industry, albeit in a more restrained form. Because of a regressiveoutlook, women often end up being side lined. As a result, for a woman, earningrespect in a male-dominated set-up is a continuous struggle. However, based onmy experience, I can say that if your determination is strong and learning iscontinuous, gender-discrimination won't hinder your growth.
What is yourpoint of view on the current situation of women entrepreneurship in India? Doyou think it is still challenging for women to commence a business in India?
The growth of businesswomen in India is a healthytrend. It underlines the evolving perception of entrepreneurship and thegrowing acceptance of women ventures. However, there is still a long way to go.Women entrepreneurs in India are still confronting a number of hurdles. Butnothing is too big in front of your dream. There will be hurdles in yourjourney. Your desire to build and grow a company has to be so intense that itwill inspire you to find a way out.
Tell your successsecret for achieving a balance in your personal and professional life.
Maintaining balance at the professional and homefront is a perennial challenge. As a doting mother to an 11-month-old son,there are occasions when I have to handle my son and check documentssimultaneously. My husband and parents have been my prominent source ofmotivation and enthusiasm to grow as a better professional and a human being.My secret to striking equilibrium between my personal and professional life isalways to select the priorities right both at home and at work. I believethat's the key to attain peace and prosperity on both fronts.
Stars in the Skyof Vertices Partners
- Ranked among Top 10 Youngest Law Firm 2017 & 2018 inthe Private Equity Segment
- Awarded Debutant Law Firm of the Year in Private Equity& Venture Capital League table 2016
- Ranked Top 10 club member of the year 2016 in PrivateEquity & Venture Capital League Table 2016
INDIA BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL:
- Awarded Best Indian Law Firm 2019
- Won Indian Law Firm Awards 2019 in the category PrivateEquity & Venture Capital
- Awarded Top 10 Law Firm – 2018 in Private Equity Practice
- Awarded The Best New Law – 2017 & 2018
- Adjudged Rising Star
ASIAN LAW PROFILES 2019
- Recognized as a Notable Firm in 2019
- IFLR 1000
- Awarded as a Recommended Firm in 2019
- Vertices Partners scored higher consistently in RSG report2017 on some key parameters
As a source ofinspiration for countless young women, what would your advice be for them, whowant to start their venture in the same domain?
At the initial stage, an entrepreneur has tobattle a number of doubts, on a daily basis. Ranging from the basic, "Am Itargeting the right market segment?" to more operational questions like, "Howto reach out the potential partners for my business?" Here, the solution is toface them and deal with them holistically.
It is essential for Entrepreneurs to activelymake efforts on nurturing and deepening their networks. They should steadilyseek mentorship and advice from experts, as it will be helpful in theirentrepreneurial journey.
Make a commitment to education, to learning asmuch as you can as the idea should be to be at high competence levels at allpoints of time.