Kumkum Sen Sowl - India

Kumkum Sen started her practice in the Chambers of S.B and Urmibala Mukherjee, Barristers at law, in the Calcutta High Court, where she had her initial exposure to company Law, then an emerging area of Practice. Moving on to Khaitan & Co, New Delhi, she handled both litigation and advisory work for the Birla, Shriram, Dalmia and Modi Groups of Companies across the country, as well as for major banks and financial institutions. An Advocate on Record (AOR) of the Supreme Court of India since 1988, Kumkum was a founder partner of Khaitan & Khaitan, New Delhi, now Khaitan & Jaykar. In 2004, Kumkum joined Rajinder Narain & Co, New Delhi as a partner, which provided significant value addition to her rich experience in the form of cross-border transactions.
Kumkum has very recently joined Bharucha & Partners as a lateral partner in their start up Delhi office, of which she is in charge with the challenge to make it grow.
Kumkum has advised various Indian and multinational clients such as Deloitte, BMW, Starwood, Sumitomo Electric, GE Energy, Shinmaywa Group of Companies, Rosenberger, Jindal Group, ALSTOM, Areva, VKR Holding, Sudchemie AG, Shanghai Urban Construction Group, Delhi Metro, Sinochem, among others.
Kumkum's core area of expertise lies in advising, structuring and documentation on inbound and outbound acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures in diverse sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, power, engineering services, IT industry, construction and infrastructure. She provides her services as a litigator equally adeptly, specializing in domestic and international arbitration and mediation, as well as appearing before various High Courts and quasi-judicial bodies, and has handled a number of cases as Standing Counsel for Delhi Development Authority (DDA). A landmark case is that of Tata Cellular vs. Union of India in which she represented India Telecom.
Kumkum regularly addresses professional conferences in India and overseas and is well known as a regular contributor to leading financial newspapers and journals in India. She writes a fortnightly column on business law in the Business Standard, a leading financial daily in India, and is frequently interviewed by major television channels on topical corporate issues.
Kumkum obtained her LLB from the University of Calcutta and is an Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India. She has been actively involved in several business and legal associations, including the Bar Council of New Delhi, Delhi High Court Bar Association, Committee of Corporate Law and Legal Affairs, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and is a Committee Vice-Chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
As a young woman lawyer entering a profession predominantly family- and male- dominated, Kumkum has had to struggle in order to make her mark, which is why without being an activist, she strongly believes that women lawyers should combine their strengths to make the profession more gender positive, which is why she is one of the forces behind SOWL-India.