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Kalpana Unadkat

Kalpana Unadkat

, Mumbai

Partner | Corporate and Commercial, Corporate Governance


  • Solicitor, England & Wales (1999)
  • Solicitor, Mumbai (1995)
  • LL.B., Government Law College (1993)

Kalpana is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group in the Mumbai office.  She is a qualified Solicitor registered with the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and the Law Society of England & Wales. Prior to joining the Firm, Kalpana spent 10 years at the Ashurst’s London office. She is qualified to practise both Indian laws and English laws. While working at Ashurst, Kalpana played a key role in building Ashurst’s India practice and in building a team at Germany, Milan, Paris and Singapore.

Kalpana specialises in cross border joint ventures and M&As, private acquisitions and disposals, commercial contracts, issues of compliance and corporate governance laws and offers practical solutions to clients on doing business in India. 

Kalpana is a well-recognised expert on Corporate Governance principles. She also advises on board effectiveness, particularly around issues of corporate governance, leadership, organisational climate and decision-making. In this regard, she has led several workshops and trained more than 200 directors with a comprehensive approach to director development. 
She is also an independent director on board of public companies (listed and unlisted).

She regularly acts for international companies and is recognised in independent guides as one of the leading lawyers.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
  • The Bombay Incorporated Law Society
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Chairperson - CII IWN (Western Region)
  • Indian Merchant Chambers - Corporate Governance Committee Member

Recognitions and Accomplishments

  • Recipient of the Chevening Scholarship - English and EC Commercial Law and Practice (College of Law, York (1997)
  • The Corporate Governance Lawyers of the Year, India in 2019
  • The Rising Women of the Year Award in 2019 by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart

Representative Matters

Kalpana Unadkat has represented and advised the following clients

Clanwilliam Group

Advised on the acquisition of 100% of Dictate IT Limited (UK entity) together with 100% acquisition of British Orient Infotel Private Limited.

Babcock & Wilcox

Advised on joint venture with Thermax Limited and its subsidiaries operations in India


Advising on its on-going India operations.

CAIA Association

Advised on its India operations.

CMT Association Inc

Advised on its India operations.

Russell Reynolds Associates

Advised on commercial and advisory matters for its India operations.

McGladrey LLP

Advised on the joint venture in India and its operations.

Waterlogic plc

Advised on the joint venture with Eureka Forbes Limited.

Gem Jewellery Export Promotion Council

Advising on the on-going corporate and commercial matters.



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