Corporate finance lawyer with both traditional and new age financial services experience. Expertise in capital markets, debt restructuring, fund formation and regulatory compliance matters including in the technology space.
Pooja is a corporate finance specialist with the unique ability to advise clients in both the traditional and new age economy. Her traditional experience includes representing corporates, bulge-bracket investment banks, funds and other financial services intermediaries on banking, fund lending, capital markets and debt restructuring transactions. She also has experience of investment fund formations and financial services compliance matters. Her new age experience includes guiding technology-enabled businesses on a range of matters from their regulatory licensing strategy, contractual risk mitigation strategy and fundraising through both the traditional and new age routes.
Having trained at and then qualified in Clifford Chance, London, Pooja relocated to Asia with Linklaters and was thereafter part of O’Melveny’s award-winning Singapore office launch team. Most recently, she was a Partner at a Singapore-based international innovator firm. She has closed 100+ cross-border deals in the US, Europe and Asia in a 20+ year stint that has spanned 4 countries. She has worked on several first-of-its-kind deals and has been a featured lawyer in the Chambers and IFLR lawyer rankings, among others.
Pooja graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, India with a B.A.L.L.B. (Hons) and holds a masters in law from the University of Oxford. She is registered as a solicitor in England and Wales. She also holds a number of compliance-related certifications – the International Compliance Association's Advanced Certificate in Governance, Risk and Compliance, the PDPC’s Practitioner Certificate in Personal Data Protection and the CIPP (Asia) and the CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Apart from the above, Pooja holds leadership roles in global, professional associations- She is the Asia Networks Director of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and received the 2018 IWIRC Fetner Award for Outstanding International Contribution by an International Member. She has also been appointed on INSOL’s Technical Committee 2019-2021.