Shailaja Lall is a Partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and heads the Non Contentious Insurance practice. She has worked extensively in the field of insurance law for over 20 years.
Shailaja’s experience includes advising insurers, reinsurers and other financial institutions on a full range of transactional and regulatory matters, including share and business acquisitions, joint ventures, reinsurance, distribution agreements, bancassurance arrangements and group re-organisations. Shailaja has also advised multinational insurers on key regulatory developments impacting the sector. She works with many of the best-known and most-respected companies throughout the insurance sector, and has extensive experience in advising clients on a variety of complex legal issues. Clients endorse her for her comprehensive and nuanced knowledge of all aspects of the practice.
Shailaja was the Vice Chair of the Lex Mundi Insurance & Reinsurance Practice Group (2012-16) and a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) Insurance and Pensions Committee (2014-15).
In relation to insurance regulatory advice, her experience includes advising reinsurers, insurers, corporate agents, TPAs and insurance brokers on investment structures, distribution arrangements, service arrangements, reinsurance arrangements and interpretation of regulations, circulars and guidelines issued by the IRDAI. She also regularly advises foreign reinsurance companies in relation to registration requirements in India and applicable regulatory compliances.
Shailaja has been recognised as a “Leading individual” for Insurance by The Legal 500 2019, which quotes “As a practice head Shailaja Lall is a key name to note for non-contentious matters. She has also been ranked by Chambers and Partners, 2018 & 2019 in Band 2 for insurance and it states, “Shailaja Lall both heads the team and takes the leading role in most of its key mandates, enjoying market recognition as a “very bright” practitioner who is equally at home in both the transactional and regulatory spheres. A client reports that she valuably combines “a fantastic understanding of the sector” with “a very good understanding of our structure” and “a very clear approach.”
Shailaja is described as a “very sharp lawyer on the rise.” Peers remark on her transactional expertise and clients appreciate her availability and her negotiation skills. Legal 500 describes her simply as ‘outstanding’, whereas Chambers & Partners has quoted her clients as saying “She understands time pressures and the intensities. There were many break points and she made sure that we got the advice and that the negotiations didn’t break down”, and “knowledgeable, with strong research skills”.
Shailaja has worked for two top tier corporate law firms in Mumbai early in her career. She was a Partner at Tuli & Co, New Delhi prior to joining Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co in 2007.
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