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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 Unadkat is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial practice group. She is a qualified Solicitor registered with the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and the Law Society of England & Wales and is qualified to practice both Indian and English laws.

Kalpana specialises in cross border joint ventures and M&As, commercial contracts and corporate governance laws and offers practical solutions to clients on doing business in India. She is experienced in leading diverse teams in dynamic environments while achieving success in competitive markets.

Kalpana’s practice has always been broad-based and she regularly advises multinational companies on their investments/ projects in India and has been a strategic advisor to global clientele from a range of jurisdictions including the US, UK, Japan, Canada, China and Australia.

Kalpana is also a well-recognised expert on Corporate Governance principles. She advises senior board members, executive and non-executive directors, and promoters on board effectiveness, particularly around the issues of corporate governance, leadership, organisational structures, and decision-making.  She is also an independent director on the 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.

Some of the clients Kalpana regularly advises include Expedia, Rockwell Automation Inc., Nippon Steel Limited, Russell Reynolds, Groupon, RSM McGladrey Inc., University of Reading, Dako CZ Group, Eris Lifesciences Limited, CMTA, Syntax, Edenred, Nichepharm Lifesciences Private Limited, etc.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa
  • The Bombay Incorporated Law Society
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Chairperson – Confederation of Indian industry, Corporate Governance Committee (Western Region)

Recognitions and Accomplishments

  • Recipient of the Chevening Scholarship - English and EC Commercial Law and Practice (College of Law, York (1997)

  • Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year, India in 2019

  • Rising Women of the Year Award in 2019 by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart

  • Corporate Governance Lawyer for India Award in 2018 by M&A Today

  • Female Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by ACQ Global Law Awards

  • Women in Law awards by Lawyer Monthly in 2017

  • Women Super Achiever Award by World HRD congress in 2017

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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