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Jeevanandham Rajagopal





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Jeeva co-heads the Corporate and Commercial practice of the firm in South India and heads the Chennai office. A second-generation lawyer, he has over 15 years of experience in advising clients on Indian laws and laws relating to domestic and international transactions. He works on inbound investments and M&A transactions across industries, and specialises in promoter / founder / investee representation. He has particular expertise in the renewable energy (“clean tech”) sector including solar, wind, biomass, solid waste-to-energy and hybrid projects.   Jeeva’s core work is around: Corporate Laws with a specific focus on foreign investment in India, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity funding of projects and companies; Renewable Energy projects; Advising start-ups and entrepreneurs; Structuring and advising on overseas direct investment by Indian entities; and Intellectual Property laws with a specific focus on transaction IP, IP strategies and facilitation and management of technology transfers. He also has substantial experience in advising on debt and equity funding strategies, private equity and fund investments. He mentors several entrepreneurs and start-ups and has hand-held many of them through multiple rounds of funding and exits. A Fulbright Fellow, Jeeva is also one of the first non-American lawyers to be recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as Ambassador for its Business Law Section. He has been co-chair of ABA's International Sub Committee of Young Lawyers since 2013. He is also a committee member at the British Business Group and member of a renewable energy committee of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 


    Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisition, Private Equity
    Energy, Telecom, Automotive, Manufacturing, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Infrastructure & Transportation


  • Bar Council of Tamil Nadu
  • Madras Bar Association
  • Patent Agent
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Bar Association
  • British Business Group


  • B.A. (Law) and B.L. from University of Madras Global Leadership Program from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pittsburgh
  • USA