Shahana Chatterji is a Partner in the General Corporate practice of the Firm. She is based out of the Delhi office.
Shahana has been deeply involved with policy and regulatory issues both in India and in the United States. Shahana has worked with a U.S. Representative on expansive legislative and policy matters including health car e-reform and financial reform. She has also extensively worked on capital markets and corporate finance transactions along with foreign investment and financial advisory here in India.
At the Firm, Shahana works on public policy matters with a specialisation in food and beverages, agri-business and retail cutting across to commodities trading and reform and policy analysis of regulations governing food procurement and subsidy. With respect to this sector, she has advised a plethora of Indian and international manufacturers and retailers on issues relating to structuring, licensing, vendor and internal compliance, labelling and claims and product approval. She has extensive and unique experience in advising both the Government and its regulatory authorities, private sector and industry associations on all matters pertaining to food & beverages, agri-business and retail. She has been at the forefront assessing the evolving regulatory framework and the corresponding risk and liability impact it will have on businesses in India. She has advised on niche and technical areas of this sector such as categorization of food additives. Shahana’s experience extends to advising on legal metrology issues for clients in sectors ranging from home appliances to automobile manufacturing.
Shahana has worked very closely with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (the FSSAI), the statutory regulator for the food and beverages sector on matters relating to policy formation and drafting, legislative drafting and advisory, implementation, enforcement and capacity building.
Shahana is also involved in other public policy matters including being part of the Firm’s advisory group to the Government of India for the reform of key financial sectors. She has worked on white papers, advisory and legislative reform and drafting for various ministries in the Government of India. She has also advised private sector clients on sustainable structuring, compliance and regulatory issues and several not-for-profit organisations on entry strategies and other general corporate advice as part of the pro bono initiative of the Firm.
Prior to Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, she has worked with S&R Associates, New Delhi and the U.S. Congress, Washington D.C.
Select Experience Statement
Jubilant Foods Limited on internal compliance structuring with respect to their food business.
A large international automobile manufacturer in India on replacing their entire internal operations to with new protocols to ensure compliance with the legal metrology regulations.
A large high-end audio components manufacturer in connection with prosecution initiated by the legal metrology authorities.
On state specific requirements of the agricultural produce marketing regulations in order to structure procurement of ingredients in the most cost effective manner.
A food additives manufacturer on classification and labelling requirements for additives.
An American manufacturer of food for special dietary purpose on all matters relating to food compliance, licensing, product approval and labelling and claims under the FSS Act.
Regulatory Experience with the FSSAI
She has worked closely with officers of all levels at the FSSAI including being part of the scientific panel drafting committee for certain subordinate legislations such as labelling and claims.
She has advised on implementation of new regulatory processes under the FSS Act.
She has developed standard operating procedures with respect to certain enforcement action.
She has extensively travelled across India on behalf of the FSSAI undertaking training and capacity building of the enforcement officers with respect to the new regulatory framework.
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