In Conversation With… Ramya Hariharan, Founder, Citadel Law Chambers
Can you help us know about your professional background?
I am a lawyer and also a qualified Company Secretary. I started my career as a litigation lawyer in 2002. After about two years of litigation experience, I gained experience in IP laws. Thereafter, in 2004 I joined Amarchand Mangaldas, where I practiced corporate law. I quit Amarchand Mangaldas in 2009 to co-found Argus Partners. Thereafter, in 2014 I started Citadel Law Chambers. In 2016, I merged my practice with HSA Advocates and was the partner of HSA Advocates heading their eastern region operations till 2020. In August 2020 I restarted Citadel Law Chambers.
Can you please tell us about your venture ‘Citadel Law Chambers’?
Citadel Law Chambers is a full service law firm whose practice area straddles across general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, projects and real estate, and dispute resolution. The team at Citadel is a very experienced and energetic team.
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
An entrepreneur is someone who is driven by the zeal to create and is willing to take risks, and do all that it takes to give wings to his/her idea.
What is the USP of your business? Why should consumers choose you over the competition?
The USP of our firm is that we first focus on understanding our client’s business and needs, and then provide solutions basis their requirements. Dedicated partner time, quick turnaround and effective legal solutions give us an edge over competition.
How do you think the industry niche in which your business operates has evolved over time? In what direction do you see the industry moving in the future?
Over time, a lot of emphasis has been on governance; especially, with business environment in the country getting more complex. We have seen the Companies Act, 1956 being replaced with the new Act of 2013, overhauling of the listing regulations by SEBI, tightening of the corporate governance framework for companies including enhancing the role of independent directors and new insolvency laws. With the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, I see a lot of focus being on digitization; in the future, greater use of AI, data protection and privacy laws would also gain prominence.
What is the problem you are trying to solve with your venture?
We aim at providing simplified legal solutions to our client to address their business needs.
What is the best moment in your professional journey so far?
The best moment in my professional journey has been when I decide to restart Citadel Law Chambers.
What is your vision for your venture ‘Citadel Law Chambers’ in the long run?
Look forward to Citadel Law Chambers emerging as one of the best law firms in the country.
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