Role of In-House Legal in Construction Projects in India

Madan Mohan, Head of Legal, D.S. Constructions Ltd (DSC), India

The structure of the construction industry in India is similar to anywhere else in the globe. Since the role and structure of the In-House Legal Departments in each industrial sector depends upon the industrial culture, practices and the statutes prevailing in those industries in the region, there is related variation in India from what exists in other countries. Presently India is in construction mode. Construction of infrastructure, roads, highways, ports, airports, metro railways, power projects, townships, SEZ, malls, hospitality projects and so on are taking place all over. Construction is very hectic and the industry is booming. It has re-bounced with added vigour and spirit after the set-back during the economic down-turn of about past two years. The effort and focus now is to achieve the best in international standards.

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India Management Construction February 2011 Vol. 4, No. 14, Winter 2011

Madan Mohan

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V. K. Madan Mohan is a citizen of India. He was born in 1951 in the State of Kerala in India, a renowned world tourist destination. After his primary schooling, the Author migrated to Bombay and first graduated in Economics in 1971. Since he was good in debates in his colleges, he chose Law for his further studies. The Author took LL.B from Bombay University in 1974 and thereafter chose to go for Masters in Law in Commercial laws and finished his LL.M from Bombay University in 1976. He excelled in his academics by securing distinction in LL.M by being SECOND in the University. After his LL.M the Author had a very brief stint in Court practice and thereafter chose to join Corporate Legal Departments. For the initial period of about 12 years the Author was working for leading consumer Industries in Bombay in their In-house Legal Departments. Thereafter the Author had the opportunity to assume senior legal positions with top- most project companies in India. Now the Author has a total experience of over 33 years in In-house legal. The Author was fortunate to lead the In-house Legal Departments of premier project companies in India like Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance Energy Ltd., GMR Group, HIRCO Developments Ltd., and now with DSC Group, in leading positions like: General Manager-Legal, Vice President-Legal and Legal Advisor. Through his long association with power, infrastructure and construction industries he has acquired rare and exclusive legal expertise in these areas. Now the Author is one of the senior most Corporate In-house Legal Experts in Power, Infrastructure, Construction and Real Estate sectors in I ndia. The Author holds the position: Head –Legal/ Legal Advisor with DSC Group and presently with their Joint Venture with world renowned Egis Infra Group of France. The Author lives in Delhi, India.

D.S. Constructions Ltd (DSC)

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DSC Group is in the field of construction and Development of Infrastructure Projects. Its activities envelope undertaking BOT projects through Concessions, EPC construction projects, Power, Real Estate and Urban Development Projects. It has been undertaking construction and development of Roads, National Highways, Bridges, Fly-overs, Metro Rail Projects, Multi-level parking projects, Hydro-power projects, ROBs, Elevated corridors, Residential High Rise Buildings and similar other construction projects in India and abroad. Its business activities span over India, Middle East, Europe and Africa. The latest addition in its expanding business empire is its successful Joint Venture with the world renowned Engineering and Infrastructure giant French Multi-national Egis Infra, for O&M of Infrastructure projects. The Author is Head-Legal/ Legal Advisor with the DSC Group, presently with their i Joint Venture with Egis Infra.

India Management Construction February 2011 Vol. 4, No. 14, Winter 2011