Priti Suri, founder and managing partner, is a seasoned lawyer with over three decades of experience spread across three continents. Starting as a litigator, she evolved rapidly to become a business lawyer. Spanning a career just over 35 years, she has worked in the US (New York & Chicago) and Europe (Paris) before returning to India where she set up the firm and the practice. She holds the distinction of being appointed as “Special Counsel” to the State of Ohio, Office of Attorney-General. In April 2017, Priti was honored with the prestigious “Mayre Rasmussen Award” for the Advancement of Women in International Law by the American Bar Association in Washington D.C. She is the first Asian to receive this award in its 18-year history. She is been rated as one of India’s top 100 lawyers by India Business Law Journal for four consecutive years since 2016 and Indian Corporate Counsel Association has listed her as one of India’s top 100 corporate advisers.
A first-generational lawyer, her global experience has provided valuable insights to understand concerns and business realities on both sides so that projects can be closed successfully. She developed the firm and represented its international and domestic clients in the full range of cross-border M&A transactions, strategic investments, joint-ventures including tender and exchange offers as well as competition law. The deal size of her M&A representations is over USD 10 billion. She has counseled clients on venture capital financings, structured private equity deals, leveraged buyouts and divestitures. She continues to work closely with senior management of the firm’s clients, she counsels public and private companies on corporate governance, executive compensation, director responsibilities and fiduciary duties, general corporate advice, listing issues and project finance matters. A business lawyer, known for her pragmatic ability to get the deal done, her industry experience covers clients operating in many different sectors, including aerospace, automotive, chemicals, defense, energy, infrastructure, media, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, telecom and technology.
In the past, she authored two books published by LexisNexis Butterworths.
An active member of the international bar, Priti is currently on the Board of International Technology Law Association. She has chaired the India Committee of American Bar Association’s International Law Section for two years and was its senior adviser till August 2018 when the Committee was integrated into a larger regional committee. In addition, she is the immediate past Chair of the Women Business Lawyers’ Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, where she headed the committee for four years and is currently the Chair of IPBA’s Publications Committee. Priti has been instrumental in the formation of Society of Women-Lawyers–India and is its current President. SOWL-India is the first platform of its kind to aid women legal professionals address the evolving challenges of a changing legal market place. Priti remains deeply engaged to ensure that young women who want to practice international law have a platform and to do so and, to that end, has been instrumental in gender sensitization and equality while promoting sustainability of women in the law.
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