Archana Balasubramanian Partner
Archana is the Founding Partner of Agama Law Associates (“Agama”).
Archana, has versatile experience of over 13 years wherein she has gained immense tactical transactional understanding as well as significant industry expertise across diverse sectors such as manufacturing, logistics, media, pharmaceuticals, financial services, shipping, real estate, technology, engineering, infrastructure and health.
Archana is driven by the philosophy that the growth of her clients is fundamental for her firm’s growth. Clients commend Archana for her result-oriented approach and ability to grasp the commercial impact of legal concerns to advise in the most pragmatic manner as a business partner. She wears the hat of a generalist and approaches agreements with the disputes experience gained over the years.
Presently, Archana is catering through Agama to Listed / Unlisted enterprises, mid-sized firms and also Start-Ups. Archana advises her clients across a whole gamut of transactions essential for the functioning of any organisation in the economic-legal environment. She has successfully advised organisations in relation to standardization and negotiation of documents, statutory compliance advisory including employment advisory, corporate advisory, advice on compliance with Companies Act, foreign exchange laws as well as SEBI laws.
Archana has recently advised several logistics companies – global as well as Indian listed entities, in running and managing their existing contracts, creating templates for new business verticals and structuring transactions with clients and vendors. Archana has also been instrumental and continues to develop retail expansion strategies for her clients in healthcare and apparels sectors along with End-to-end documentation and diligence support on a pan-India basis.
She also advises clients on dispute strategy and actively provides pre-dispute advisory services for commercial litigation before various courts and tribunals. Archana and team have been instrumental in recovering and defending over INR 150 Crores for clients in the past few years. Archana has also been key in handling sensitive arbitrations related to data privacy laws in India as well as several shareholder / joint venture disputes that were successfully resolved.
Archana is strongly focused on commercial documentation. Archana has developed a highly streamlined diligence and documentation process for enterprises and has been instrumental in assisting clients save substantial costs and resources.
Archana routinely contributes her views and opinions to various publications including the Business Manager HR. She has authored articles on various topics and issues, including disputes, insider trading regulations, corporate social responsibility and prevention of money laundering.
She has been recently been awarded the “India Rising Star” Award (2021) by Asian Legal Business. She was previously identified as one of “The 30 Influential Business Leaders in 2017” by Insights Success Magazine. Archana was shortlisted for “Women Lawyer of the Year” by ALB India Law Awards 2019 and 2020.
Archana completed her B.L.S, LL.B from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2006. She is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and is a qualified non-practicing company secretary.