IPBA 2021

Sudipta Ghosh

General Counsel
Apraava Energy (earlier CLP India)

As a part of the Leadership Team of Apraava Private Limited (previously known as CLP India Private Limited) and as the General Counsel of Apraava group, Sudipta is actively involved in advising the Company on various legal aspects of setting up greenfield conventional and renewable power projects including transmission assets, M&A transactions specially in relation to acquisition of Power Projects and works closely with the business people to establish business terms, identify legal issues and decide what type and level of risk is acceptable.

She leads a team of young and dynamic lawyers. The Apraava Legal team operates as a perfect blend of in-house and private practice experience. Sudipta joined Apraava in 2009 as an Assistant Legal Counsel and since then she has grown with the organization. In 2017, she was appointed as the General Counsel for Apraava group. Prior to joining Apraava, she has worked with two prestigious law firms – Trilegal and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (previously known as Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A. Shroff & Associates), where she handled various domestic and international financing for infrastructure projects including the financing for Power Projects and Airports.

As a General Counsel it is her constant endeavour to become counsellors in the truest sense of the term, to not only prevent problems before they can materialize, but to offer innovative legal strategies that support the business goals. She works as a strategic partner to the business units and in the last few years sphere headed the acquisition of power transmission assets in 2019, which marked Apraava’s entry into the power transmission sector; aided in evaluating the regulatory framework for SECI VIII Project where Apraava emerged as a successful bidder and concluded construction contracts for the Project; advised on acquisition of two solar projects and guided the company through various regulatory changes and were victorious in various litigations.

Sudipta also works with various forums internally as well as externally to promote gender diversity and inclusivity. She is the Chairperson of the Internal Complaints Committee set up under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and a member of the D&I Council. She is also a director on the Board of three (3) Apraava’s subsidiary companies.

Sudipta has been recognized as one of the “top 100 women lawyers in India” by World IP Forum in 2017 and was recently awarded the “Star Woman in Law” by Legal Era Magazine. The Apraava Legal Department was also awarded the “Best in-house Legal Department” (small size) by IDEX Legal in 2019 and the Energy and Resource in- house team of the year 2020 by Asia Legal Business.