Tata Sons today announced the appointment of Shuva Mandal, who has worked with some top legal firms, as the Group General Counsel. The announcement comes on the heels of the appointment of veteran investment banker Saurabh Agrawal as group chief financial officer (CFO) of the holding company of the salt-to- software conglomerate. Mandal will join the company with from July, a statement said here.
He will replace Bharat Vasani, who has been holding the post of Group General Counsel for the last 17 years. Vasani has expressed a desire to move into a more strategic and advisory role. He will continue with the group as legal adviser to the Chairman’s office, the statement said.
A graduate of the National Law School, Bangalore, Mandal has over 17 years of experience in the legal profession and has advised leading Indian enterprises, global private equity firms as well as Fortune 500 companies. Mandal began his career with legal firm AZB Associates between 2000-15 before moving to Shardul Amarchand & Co (Advocates & Solicitors) as Partner and National Practice Head for corporate, M&A and private equity, the statement said.
During his career, Mandal has been actively involved in deal structuring, advising on securities law and development of legal strategy for corporations. “Mandal brings wide-ranging legal experience and energy into this important role as the Group General Counsel. His time spent at India’s top legal firms have given him a ringside view of different legal strategies and his long experience of working with multiple Tata companies in the past will hold him in good stead in his new role,” said Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran.
“It has always been an enriching and learning experience working with the Tata group as an advisor, and now I look forward to playing a bigger role under the guidance of Chandrasekaran and his new team,” Mandal said. Mandal has been advising the Tata group on various matters. In his early days, he worked with the diversified group as a legal adviser to Tata Motors and Tata Chemicals on multiple international projects.