Legal Awards 2023

Luxury Retail Lawyer of the Year 2023 (India): Stuti Galiya, Partner, Khaitan & Co. Stuti Galiya is a Solicitor and Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group of Khaitan & Co’s Mumbai office. This firm is one of India’s oldest and most well-known full-service law firms, with a practice area that covers full gamut of services, including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, capital markets, regulatory, real estate, banking & finance, projects, tax, competition& antitrust, employment and intellectual property rights. Khaitan & Co is one of India's oldest and most recognized full-service law firms with various offices across India and providing wide range of legal services. Award winning solicitor & advocate, Ms Stuti Nemji Galiya works within the Mumbai office of Khaitan & Co. Her primary areas of practice include India entry, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, foreign investments, technology collaborations, commercial contracts, regulatory and general corporate laws. Her M&A and private equity work has been focused on areas such as retail, Jul23296 hospitality, construction & development, financial services, manufacturing industries, automobiles, service industries and the like. Most of her expertise involves cross-border work. She works predominantly with international clients including the luxury retail sector. Her prestigious list of clients includes some of the foremost luxury fashion and retail brands in the world. According to Stuti, the biggest challenges as far as the M&A practice and for that matter any area of law is concerned, which also makes the practice exciting and interesting is that it is dynamic and continuously changing. Hence, it is imperative that lawyers keep themselves updated with all the latest regulatory and legal developments. With increasing globalization, there has been considerable rise in both the number and size of cross border deals. Apart from legal expertise, a lawyer also needs to have significant understanding on current happenings in other countries, including international relations, trade barriers, critical regulations, like foreign investment regime, privacy regulations, anti-bribery and foreign corrupt practices regulations which could have significant impact on the entire cross border dealmaking. Stuti feels that today clients want their legal advisors to have an eye on the horizon, anticipating and mitigating risks around the corner before they materialize. Clients appreciate their legal advisors provide innovative solutions and put forth on the table newer, simpler and better ways for execution. Stuti believes that a lawyer needs to continuously work towards solutions that work best, keeping the client’s commercials in mind. This requires thinking ahead of the future, which according to her makes it challenging and exciting at the same time. Apart from this, as we are moving to a digital era, newer technologies like artificial intelligence are transforming ways in which deals are being conducted. New digital tools are completely changing the “Our expertise across diverse practice areas and sectors covers varied and nuanced needs. Backed by more than 100 years of legacy, delighted clients from across the globe, and topical, commercial and specialised services, we deliver the best legal solutions for our clients.”