SATVIK VARMA (born June 9th 1975) is an lawyer admitted to practice both in India and in the State of New York. He is the founder of Independent Law Chambers, a boutique law practice based in New Delhi, but works across India.
Satvik was born on June 9th 1975 to Mr. Mohan Lal Varma, a former Judge of the Delhi High Court and current practicing as a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India, and Mrs. Nita Varma, who teaches visually impaired students and has been involved in social works for 20 years. His elder brother, Kartik Varma, is a serial entrepreneur, who set-up iTrust, a wealth management business that was acquired by a leading Indian company and recently founded an online property portal called PropTiger.com. Satvik Varma is the fourth generation lawyer of his family, and is successfully carrying forward the family tradition of career in law. SATVIK VARMA is the founding advocate of Independent Law Chambers and specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and corporate transactions. Satvik lives in New Delhi and practices at the ,Supreme Court of India, University of Delhi, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (with Honours) in History with a Political Science minor, and graduated in 1995. He then completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at the Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1998. Satvik joined the legal practice and started working in the chambers of Mr. Kailash Vasdev, a leading lawyer at the Supreme Court of India. After 3 years of working in the court, Satvik joined a law firm, Dua Associates, as a corporate attorney. In the year 2001, Satvik Varma was accepted to pursue a Master of Law (LL.M.) at the Harvard Law School. At Harvard Law, Satvik specialised in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and negotiations and wrote a paper on the copyright and other issues of internet file sharing in the age of Napster. Satvik graduated from Harvard in 2002 and went to work at Lehman Brothers, where he was a Corporate Vice President in the Legal Department from 2003 to 2005. In 2006, Satvik returned to India and joined the law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Company, as a Senior Associate. At Amarchand, Satvik’s primary area of work included private equity placements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment transactions and various policy related matters. Satvik became a Partner of the firm in 2010.
Independent Law Chambers
Satvik left Amarchand in 2010 to set-up his own legal practice under the name of Independent Law Chambers. Independent Law Chambers is a boutique law practice and Satvik and his legal team specialise in commercial litigation, arbitration, corporate transactions and negotiations. A large number of Independent Law Chamber’s clients include other lawyers or law firms, government departments and leading corporations of India and overseas.
Awards & Achievements
Satvik Varma holds a dual qualification and license to practice law in both India (1998) and the State of New York (2003). Satvik also has a keen interest in global and regional affairs and serves on the advisory board of the Asia Society India Centre. In 2007, Satvik was selected as the Asia Society Young Asian Leader to represent India at a regional summit attended by 400 leaders from all over Asia. Recently, Satvik was nominated as the an Aspen India Leadership Fellow a part of the world’s leading think-tank Aspen Institute. Satvik Varma is a frequent speaker at various panels and writes for most of India’s leading newspapers, magazines and journals on current affairs and issues of national and international importance where they overlap with the law. He also expresses his views on various issues on his blog satvikvarma.wordpress.com. Satvik Varma is a frequent guest on CNN-IBN, Times Now, Rajya Sabha Tv and NDTV, and their like, providing the legal aspects and his takes on the current issues. Satvik's comments were sought on the infamous admittance of Team Anna's political aspirations, where although Satvik applauded Anna Hazare’s sincerity and determination for attempting to pave way for the a corruption free nation, he does not sugar coat his distaste to the antics and drama that surrounds the anti-corruption movement. Satvik also was asked throw some light on the controversy surrounding the General's Age row. Satvik Varma also runs a New Delhi-based non-profit organization, “Support An Innocent Heart” (SAIH), which regularly facilitates heart-related surgeries on children born with congenital heart ailments. Satvik Varma has been lauded time again with praise from his clients. One such client, Mr. A R Chandrasekharan, the Executive Director and Company Secretary of Ashok Lelyland, described working with Satvik Varma as ‘enriching’, in the Indian Law Firm Awards and highly recommended his work by saying that he is able to go beyond the scope of his work and give a considered and practical opinion to resolve the matter at hand.
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