Ajit Mishra, partner and head of India practice at London law firm Rosenblatt, speaks to IndiaGBnews.com about his career, his thoughts on the future for India’s economy and where he can most likely be found while eating out in London and Delhi.
What are your main responsibilities?
Being a corporate partner and head of the firm’s India practice, my focus remains on corporate transactions that have a strong Indian element. Accordingly, my main responsibility within the firm is to develop and group our India practice and assist the British, European and Indian in respective jurisdictions.
What are your Unique Selling Points (USPs)?
My USP is INDIA. I am a dual qualified lawyer (Indian Advocate and English Solicitor) and have extensive experience in UK – India business corridor. Over a period of time, I have developed a great understanding of the Indian market both from business and legal perspective. Accordingly, my clients find a good fit in me while investing in Indian market.
What achievement are you most proud of?
I received the prestigious National Law Day award from the Hon’ble President of India recognising my contributions in the field of law and to acknowledge me as a ‘role model for young lawyers in India and abroad’. Being recognised in India has been my best achievement till date.
What would you still like to achieve in life, leisure or business?
Being a role model for my son and nephew.
What do you think makes India an attractive destination to do business?
India is a land of opportunities and what make India an attractive destination is its 1.3 billion population. With a growing middle class, India has largest number of people of working age in the world, so there is an opportunity there, especially in growth areas like technology, software, services and manufacturing.
What sectors do you think will thrive in India in the coming years and why?
India’s economy is on a sharp upward trajectory and we might see enormous growth in all sectors. But the real opportunity would be in infrastructure, manufacturing, renewable energy, healthcare, education and of course technology and financial services will remain investor’s favorite.
Favourite destinations in India and why?
Kashmir for its beauty and Goa, it’s a fun place.
Favourite destinations in the UK and why?
‘Capital of Capitals’ – London. For its vibrancy, food, culture and tolerance.
Favourite restaurant in India and UK?
Zuma at Knightsbridge, London and Bukhara ITC Maurya, Delhi.
Describe your character in five words?
Caring, humble, ambitious, realistic and a dreamer
What are your hobbies?
Painting and shooting.
What five items would you take to a desert island?
Barbeque kit, my phone, sunglasses, Kindle and a boat to return.
What public figures do you most admire and why?
Mahatma Gandhi for being a living example with his ascetic life in simplicity, kindness and love.