The Story Behind the End of Two Conglomerates: A Reality Check on Corporate Governance of Enron Corporation & Satyam Computer Services.

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The Story Behind the End of Two Conglomerates: A Reality Check on Corporate Governance of Enron Corporation & Satyam Computer Services.

Rajeev Uberoi, General Counsel and Group Head Legal and Complinace, IDFC Bank Ltd, India

The concept of ’Governance” dates to ancient human civilization whether it was the Indus Valley Civilization or the Mesopotamian Civilization. In a modern-day scenario ’Corporate Governance” is "the system by which companies are directed and controlled" (Cadbury Committee, 1992). This article focuses on the epic meltdown of two large corporates in the light of inadequate corporate governance and lack of fiduciary duties by the Board of Directors. The article further analyses the need unification of long term goals whilst maintaining the culture, long term goals and the foremost aspect which is protection of investors.

Dr Rajeev Uberoi joined IDFC as General Counsel and Group Head-Legal and Compliance in 2009. Having worked in the banking and finance space for more than three decades, Dr Uberoi commands a unique position in the legal fraternity and is looked upon by many institutional heads for his ability to effectively strategize and formulate business - legal decisions which have led to consummation of some path breaking transactions in the domestic and international markets. Having worked as an in- house counsel in multi-functional and multi-jurisdictional organizations with rich experience in banking spanning more than 30 years, he has the ability to seamlessly advice on complex matters including cross border regulatory regimes and enforcement practices, local jurisdiction issues, tax implications, capital market regulations, Mergers & Acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border) including the latest demerger of IDFC Limited and IDFC Bank Limited, corporate restructuring, Private Equity Investments, JVs, foreign collaborations, divestments, major commercial contracts, civil and criminal litigation, property matters and many other incidental issues of legal & regulatory nature. Dr. Uberoi has been instrumental in setting up the governance structure at IDFC that adheres to ethical standards, best practices and compliance of relevant laws to protect the interest of the shareholders. His global outlook has set the foundation for IDFC to collaborate with illustrious law schools like Harvard Law School and Jindal Global Law School and facilitate dissemination of calibrated course contents, allow secondments to student and publish research papers Prior to joining IDFC Limited, Dr. Uberoi worked with Standard Chartered Bank where he was Regional Head - Operational Risk & Assurance, South Asia. In his previous experiences, he has worked with several domestic and multinational banks such as Union Bank of India, State Bank of India, Reserve Bank of India as Asst. General Manager, Dept. of Banking Supervision, Citibank as Vice President & Regulatory Head; ANZ Grindlays Bank as Head - Risk Management & Compliance - India. Dr. Uberoi is also a profound writer and has a lot of publications to his credit. He is also a member of various committees and has been active on the Speaker circuit. He is a recipient of many accolades and awards and his contribution to the legal fraternity has been recognised in the Industry. Dr. Uberoi is a lawyer and a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar with a Masters from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Economics. He also possesses an MBA degree from MDI, Gurgaon.

IDFC Bank is a private sector bank in India offering wide range of Personal, Business, Wholesale & Wealth Management services

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