Meet our Core Team
Founding Partner, 10+ years experience; Ex- AZB & Nishith Desai
Archana Rajaram is the Founding Partner of Rajaram Legal. She represents Rajaram Legal as the independent General Counsel at Matrix Partners, where she advises the $700 million dollar fund on their investments across sectors, exits as well as on-going portfolio management. In addition to Matrix Partners, Rajaram also acts as independent General Counsel at Ronnie Screwvala’s Unilazer Ventures, where the firm advises the board of directors and manages and guides Unilazer’s in-house team of legal advisors.
Prior to founding Rajaram Legal, she was a Senior Associate at AZB & Partners, where she worked on several mergers and acquisitions and divestments, including the sale of UTV Motion Pictures to The Walt Disney Company for an enterprise value of $1.4 billion. She started her career at Nishith Desai Associates.
Archana Rajaram is also Guest Faculty at UpGrad, an online education company founded by Ronnie Screwvala. The International Bar Association awarded her a scholarship for her paper on ‘Minority Shareholder Protections’. She is often invited to speak at conferences both in India and internationally, including the IBA's Annual Conference, where she was a keynote speaker on international tax structuring. She was admitted to practice in 2006.
Partner, 8+ years experience; Ex- Nishith Desai
Priyadarshani Sherchan is a Partner at Rajaram Legal. Her core areas of practice include venture capital and private equity investments and corporate transactions. She has advised companies as well as major private equity funds on transactions in various sectors, including e-commerce, media and microfinance. Priyadarshani also has a keen interest in renewable energy and has been involved in investment transactions and legal reform in the hydropower power sector in Nepal.
Priyadarshani started her career with Nishith Desai Associates and went on to join a law firm in Nepal, where she co-headed the corporate and knowledge management teams. Priyadarshani is an alumna of the National Law School of India University. She completed her Master in Energy and Resources from Melbourne Law School with a scholarship from the Australian Government.
Principal Associate, 5+ years experience; Ex- Khaitan & Co. & Nishith Desai
Prasad Subramanyan is a Senior Associate at Rajaram Legal. He is experienced in handling complex cross border transactions with a special focus on exchange control compliances. While his industry focus is e-commerce and IT / ITES principally, he has handled transactions in the telecom, oil & natural gas, F&B, FMCG and real estate sector amongst others. Prasad has worked across the entire spectrum of private equity and venture capital space, from setting up funds (fund formation) to leading investments (fund investment) to facilitating exits.
Prasad started his career with Nishith Desai Associates and went to on to join Khaitan & Co., Bengaluru. Prasad is an alumnus of Bangalore University.
In addition, the firm has a growing team of dual qualified company secretaries, associates and paralegals.
Associate, 5+ years experience, Ex- Bharucha & Partners and Times Television Network
Aakanksha Pagnis is an Associate at Rajaram Legal. Aakanksha’s core practice areas include private equity, venture capital and media & entertainment. She has given private equity and VC funds as well as companies end-to-end advice on investment and exit transactions in companies at varied stages of growth, and across a wide range of industries, including financial services, technology and real estate. Aakanksha has also dealt with premium Hollywood studios, content providers and distributors on a variety of media deals.
Aakanksha is dual qualified to practise law in India as well as the state of New York. She is an alumna of ILS Law College, Pune, and an LL.M. graduate from Columbia Law School. Aakanksha has previously worked in-house at the Times Television Network and later at Bharucha & Partners.