Mr. Nishith M. Desai is the founder of Nishith Desai Associates. Mr. Desai has substantial experience in the Fund sector, advising perhaps the largest number of offshore investment funds. He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. He has advised the Small Industries Development Board of India and the Department of Electronics, Government of India, on their domestic venture capital fund. Mr. Desai serves as a Member of
Advisory Board at Avendus Advisors Private Ltd. Mr. Desai is on the Advisory Board of the New York State Bar Association’s International Law Review. He is the Chairperson of Taxation Committee of LAWASIA and a senior country correspondent for “Tax Notes International”, US. Mr. Desai is a member of the International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Inter Pacific Bar Association, LAWASIA, International Tax Planning Association, and Supreme Court Bar Association. He is an international tax and corporate lawyer, researcher, author and lecturer. In November 2004, he was ranked as No. 28 in a global Top 50 “Gold List”. Mr. Desai also holds a special license from the State Bar of California to practice Indian law.