Ramesh K. Vaidyanathan is the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm. He is a general corporate lawyer with varied experience in M&A, joint ventures, projects and infrastructure, aviation and franchising. Before founding Advaya, Ramesh had the opportunity to be in private practice as the Partner of a large law firm and the General Counsel of a large Indian infrastructure company.
During his initial private practice stint, Ramesh specialised on all aspects of corporate law. He helped set up several international companies in India, which involved advice on aspects such as company formation, joint venture documentation, regulatory approvals, lease of premises and employee agreements.
When India’s busiest airports in Delhi and Mumbai were privatised in 2006 in an unprecedented PPP initiative of the Government of India, Ramesh moved in-house as the General Counsel of the Mumbai International Airport development and modernisation project. Given the complexities involved in developing India’s busiest yet completely land constrained airport in the heart of Mumbai, the project was rated by many experts as one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in the world. In addition to this airport role, Ramesh was also the GVK Group Counsel, advising on power, retail, oil & gas, hotel, mining, port, road and other infrastructure projects. He moved back to private practice in 2010 to set up Advaya Legal.
Ramesh is active in legal fora at the national and international level and speaks regularly at various conferences. He is an officer of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA), and is also active with the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA). Ramesh teaches Indian law course modules at the Michigan State University (MSU) in the US and has also rendered a visiting lecture at the Seikei Law School in Tokyo. He is also the founder director of Advaya Charitable Foundation that works with organisations creating awareness for legal education among underprivileged sections of society and in supporting them to access quality legal education.
In his free time, Ramesh enjoys travelling to new and interesting places, attending Carnatic music concerts and watching Mohan Lal movies.