Navneet S. Chugh


Navneet S. Chugh is the Chairman of Chugh, LLP founded in 1985. He is an Attorney-at-Law, a Certified Public Accountant, holds a MBA from USC, and is a graduate of Senior Executive Leadership Program from Harvard University.

Chugh, LLP provides corporate, tax, litigation, immigration, employment, media & entertainment, M & A, and business strategy & coaching services to emerging growth and mature companies. Chugh, LLP has a staff of 650 employees with 184 attorneys and CPAs (

Mr. Chugh was the founder president of South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA) in 1995; TiE Southern California in 1997; SABA North America in 2003 (SABANA has 27 chapters representing over 10,000 Indian lawyers in the U.S. and Canada); International Indian Bar Association (IIBA) in 2006; and Indian Lawyers Association in 2017 (ILA – with 100 chapters in India representing 1.3 million lawyers).

He is on the board of HAB Bank, Dhandho Holdings, Pratham USA, 1947 Partition Archives, and newspaper India Journal. He has served on the boards of TiE Global, American India Foundation (AIF), Ignify Consulting (sold to Hitachi), Sikh Center of OC, India Community Center (Silicon Valley), and Asia Society. He is a member of U.S. India Business Council (USIBC), Indiaspora, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

He is married to Ritu Chugh, who is a professor. Their two kids are Veeraj and Sabrina.



Manuj Bhardwaj

Secretary General

Manuj Bhardwaj is an international lawyer based in The Hague, with his legal & corporate professional managerial expertise has recognized the fault points in the present culture of legal & strategic services. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of BSM Legal Advisors & Strategy Consultants LLP which is an international legal advisory, investment solutions and strategy consultancy firm headquartered in New Delhi with operations in UK, The Netherlands and Poland. Manuj has a Dual Masters (MSc) in Public Policy & Human Development with specialization in Foreign Policy from United Nations University & Maastricht based in The Netherlands. His areas of expertise include International Economics, IPR Laws, Trade & Investment Laws, International Refugee Laws, Cyber Laws, Data Privacy, Artificial Intelligence and International Arbitration. He has a keen interest in the issues related to climate change and climate justice. He is the receipient of awards like Best Youth Entrepreneur 2015 and Youth Icon of India 2016. Currently he is the Indian Representative of Human Rights & Democracy Network of the youth division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has recently announced a grant of USD 15000 for young entrepreneurs/start-ups at World Investment Forum organized by United Nations Conference on Trade & Development at UN Headquarters in Geneva. He is a regular speaker & invitee to various international forums related to human rights, entrepreneurship, trade & investment and climate change. He is also the Co-Chair of India – UK Legal Exchange Programme.




Hrishikesh Datar


Hrishikesh is the founder and CEO of, India’s largest and among Asia’s fastest growing legal technology platforms.

During his student years at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, he had the opportunity to work with an interesting cross-section of lawyers, ranging from divorce and criminal lawyers in the lower courts to Advocates General in the High Courts and Mr. Arun Jaitley in the Supreme Court of India.

After graduating, he founded with the vision of making legal simple for millions of Indian citizens and businesses.

Through a relentless focus on customer satisfaction, vakilsearch today has the largest client base of over 300,000 happy clients and close to 30,000 lawyers on its technology platform, LIBRA.

They continue to innovate with products including, LIBRA – the Advocates App and Steno – a free voice to text tool for lawyers.

Hrishikesh has been recognized as one among the 30 leading entrepreneurs in Asia by Forbes Magazine in its 30 under 30 list, 2017.




Rajashree Rajasekaran

Executive Member

Rajashree Rajasekaran is presently associated with Chugh, LLP, founded in 1985 in US. She has been educated in law with preferential post-graduation LL.M from New York University [2016] towards the focused domain of International Arbitration superseding her B.A. LL.B [Hons] Degree with the University rank and Gold Medal for Academic Excellence from NUALS [Kochi] and preceded by her whole gamut of schooling in Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, Bengaluru.
To her credit, she has internships with Samvad Partners and in Supreme Court of India under the tutelage of Chief Justice (Retd.) M.N. Venkatachaliah and then Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer and Justice A.K. Ganguly and Senior Advocates Mr. Ram Jethmalani and Mr. K.K. Venugopal.
She has represented her alma mater in many national and international Moot Court Competitions fetching laurels of individual Championships and Rolling Cups collectively. She was a studentmember on the Academic Council and Governing Committee of NUALS[Kochi].
Her professional interests include legal research on contemporary challenges to jurisprudence for dynamic competence and publication of practical law articles on various disciplines including Constitutional Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
She was the student-editor of in-house journals, periodicals of repute and commemorative souvenirs of law of different hues. Her article, during her studies, for the Right to Euthanasia, which has gained legalistic traction in India now, was nationally well-acclaimed and published along with contributions of legal luminaries and jurists in V.R. Krishna Iyer’s Centenary Birthday Festschrift. She is on the guest faculty of distinguished academic institutions of law in India, lecturing on the complex matrix of

evolving domestic legal disputes and inventive solutions in the global perspective.




Sumes Dewan

Executive Member

Sumes Dewan is the corporate and securities lawyer with a broad range of experience in M&A transactions, Private Equity, banking & finance and Hospitality sector with over twenty two (22) years’ experience.

Area of specialization include Foreign Investment in India, Project Financing, Corporate Laws, Joint Ventures, Cross Border Taxation Issues, Technology Transfer, Securities Law, SEBI Takeover Regulations, Banking and Finance and has been advising clients on issues relating to acquisition of both Indian and overseas companies including the foreign exchange and other governmental regulations applicable to such transactions; filing applications and obtaining clearances, with the various regulatory authorities; conducting legal due diligence; structuring the domestic and cross-border acquisition, with focus on issues such as tax management, determining the type of SPV, jurisdiction of SPV, type of instruments etc.; advising clients on various laws, rules and regulations applicable to the setting up of business operations in India; advising domestic and foreign clients in setting up joint ventures in India or overseas, including issues that are of critical significance to a joint venture, such as the nature of the entity to be set up, inter-se rights between the joint venture parties and the Indian legal, tax and exchange control implications.

One of few lawyers in India to be admitted as an Honorary fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars, Center for International Studies; and Member of Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies.

Nominated by Asia Law Leading Lawyers survey 2007, 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of the most highly-acclaimed legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region in practice area – Capital Markets & Corporate Finance.