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HEMANT K BATRA

ANGEL INVESTOR, ACADEMICIAN, WRITER, SPEAKER & POLICY EXPERT

Hemant K Batra is an internationally renowned Speaker, Author, Academician, Writer, Law – Policy Expert in the areas of policies governing Economics, Corporate, Commercial, Business, Trade & Cross-Border Investment regime. He is also an Angel Investor in the impact and development projects. For more than 27 years, his professional career has been spread across the Globe. He is an international Corporate, Business and Strategist commercial lawyer. He is the founder and Chairman of Kaden Boriss Global, a legal and business strategist organization of global law firms and offices.

Kaden Boriss was founded in 2003 by international and business laws specialist lawyers Hemant Batra and Preeti Batra. The intellectual property rights (IPR) in the trademark and copyright of legal brand Kaden Boriss (KB) vests with Hemant Batra. Kaden Boriss was originally established as a partnership firm under the common law of the Indian partnership act but was later transformed into a newly set up regime of LLP. However, due to lack of clarity under the regulatory framework for lawyers and law firms, Kaden Boriss LLP reverted to its old structure under the older partnership law. It was also felt by the partners of Kaden Boriss that unless foreign direct investment was permitted in the Indian legal services sector, forming an LLP had hardly any added benefits. It also partnered with I-Inspire 2013, national conference for women leaders, aiming to be a confluence of ideas, a convergence of thoughts and celebration of the spirit of diversity and entrepreneurship. Hemant holds a position as the Secretary-General of SAARCLAW (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law). SAARCLAW is a regional Apex body of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). He is also the Chairperson of the Organizing Council of International Infrastructure & Construction Law Arbitration Moot (IICLAM) and Member of the Advisory Board of the Organisation for International Cooperation (OIC) based in New Jersey, USA. IICLAM is a joint initiative of Kaden Boriss, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore.

He is the recipient of prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal with other awardees being the Dalai Lama, then President of India Shri K. R. Narayanan, UPA Chairperson & President of INC Smt Sonia Gandhi and Speaker Lok Sabha Smt Meira Kumar. Batra is the author of speaking threads a collection of his thought-provoking quotes. The most popular being – Think twice before saying `yes’ and just once before saying `no’. Hemant Batra took over as the Chairman of the prestigious panel of the jury for the grant of Aces Awards for Corporate Excellence and Sustainability in Asia.

UNDP acknowledges Hemant Batra as a socio-legal activist. “We are committed to social justice and can play a key role in encouraging legal reforms and disseminating information on progressive decisions, related to human rights, across the legal community in South Asia,” says Hemant Batra on UNDP website.

Batra joined the advisory board of the pivotals, the first ever stakeholders engagement platform. He joined the advisory board along with award-winning business journalist Vivek Law. In his role as a policy specialist and global business lawyer, he was invited to join the leadership team of a well known not for profit organization called Goeman Bind HTO.

Hemant Batra has been appointed in July 2017 as an Active Member of the globally acclaimed world body “Union of International Associations (UIA)”, a rare lifetime honor for anyone from the Indian legal fraternity. Mr. Hemant Batra is the only appointment from India this year to the UIA. UIA is a non-profit, apolitical, independent non-governmental research institute and documentation center based in Brussels, Belgium, and operating under the United Nations mandate. The UIA enjoys Associate status with UNESCO and consultative status with ECOSOC.

Law & Legal Cooperation

Bhutan hosted the 12th SAARCLAW Conference and the 9th SAARC Chief Justices’ Conference with Hemant Batra as the Secretary-General of the Conference. Hemant Batra is also actively associated with National Law University, Delhi. The University organized its first International Conference on Access to Legal Information & Research in Digital Age in association with SAARCLAW in March 2012. The Conference was inaugurated in the presence of Hon’ble Mr. Justice D.K. Jain, Judge Supreme Court of India Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, Acting Chief Justice, Delhi High Court & Chancellor, NLU, Delhi, Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, NLU, Delhi and Mr. Hemant Batra, Secretary General SAARCLAW. Batra also presented a vital paper on issues connected with WTO at the 10th SAARCLAW Conference held at Karachi on the theme, “Leap Forward – Next Generation Laws”. Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake, President, SAARCLAW and Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Law Reform and National Integration, Sri Lanka complimented Hemant at the 10th SAARCLAW Conference, Karachi, Pakistan for his efficiency and commitment. 20 February 2004 The first annual Asia Entrepreneurship Forum (AEF), organized by Enterprise Asia kicked off on 19 September 2012. Five hundred of the region’s leading business leaders and industry thought leaders gathered in Macau, one of Asia’s fastest growing cities to discuss the future of entrepreneurship in Asia. Hemant K. Batra, Executive Managing Partner, Kaden Boriss, Secretary General at SAARCLAW spoke on legal and regulatory issues in mergers and acquisitions deals.

Though not as a Secretary-General of SAARCLAW taking advantage of his standing in South Asia including Pakistan, he took up the issue of grant of mercy to the Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh (now deceased). Batra has done substantial work for ensuring the legal rights of people living with HIV and key populations at higher risk of exposure to HIV.

Considered as one of the prominent authorities on cross-border issues connected with the legal profession, he was invited by the Harvard Law School to share his thoughts with senior students on the Future Market for Corporate Legal Services in India.

He has always mooted for opening up of the legal profession in India be it allowing foreign lawyers as well as showcasing. According to him medicine and law were once on the same footing as “noble professions” and as the corporatization of the medical profession has been permitted, the restrictions on lawyers are unjustified. These views were expressed by him to the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal.

Origin and Background

Hemant was born in Hisar (city) located in the Indian state of Haryana, to Veena Batra and G.L Batra who was the Additional Secretary in the Indian parliament and Chairman of the Haryana State Public Service Commission. In 1988 he graduated with bachelor’s degree in Humanities and in 1991 received his Bachelor of Law degree from Chandigarh Law faculty in Panjab University. Hemant Batra and his wife Preeti Wahi Batra, who is also a prominent commercial lawyer were interviewed by a leading international business magazine Outlook Money regarding changing trends in investing for the future of one’s child. They have two children. Interestingly, Hemant has a fetish for electronic gadgets and changes them every six months.

Legal & Socio-Economic Pathways

Hemant started his law practice in the year 1991 with Solicitors – Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. Four years later he joined Kesar Dass B. & Associates and by the year 2000 became a managing partner of its corporate office. In 2006, he founded an international law firm named Käden Boriss Legal. Kaden Boriss is a legal and business strategist firm with offices in India, Australia and UAE. A prominent Australian law firm LBR Legal merged its practice with Batra’s law firm Kaden Boriss in 2010 when the Managing Partner of LBR Sunil Lal said that ‘if you can’t beat Indians then the best way is to join them’.

Hemant has worked with many multinational firms such as Bayer, Suzuki, LG, Philip Morris (JV), Coca-Cola, Accor, Findel, AMEX, Western Union, ABB, and Knight Frank. He has also been an advisor for various former Chief Justices of India, Senior Counsels and Members of the Indian Parliament. On the social front, Hemant associated with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNAIDS, and the World Bank by venturing into a very sensitive zone thereby discussing Human Rights Challenges Faced by Key Populations at Higher Risk of HIV. He has always propagated the idea of Parents respecting the sexual preferences of their kids. People find themselves so busy these days that they only have vague succession plans with no documentation. But irrespective of age (everyone) needs to keep his or her succession planning ready as death always comes unannounced, propagates Hemant Batra. Recently, one eminent lawyer from Cornell described Hemant as one of the best brains in the corporate transactional legal work.

He is Goodwill Ambassador to the World NGO Day, headquartered in London. The World NGO Day is an international calendar day held on 27 February every year. For stronger, better & more effective civil society worldwide through an international annual calendar day for NGOs, NPOs, and CSOs. WND Secretariat and SAARCLAW have entered into a MoU on 24 February 2012 to promote objectives of their respective organizations and also expand NGO horizons in India and the SAARC region.

He was re-elected as the Secretary-General of SAARCLAW on 12 April 2014 in Kathmandu when Indian and Pakistan came together to propose his name and Bangladesh/Bhutan seconded it.

Hemant Batra as the Chairman of the prestigious panel of the jury for the grant of Aces Awards for Corporate Excellence and Sustainability in Asia promoted the concept of excellence and sustainability in the corporate world terming it an integral part of good governance.

Honorary positions

  • Elected Vice President of SAARCLAW (2016-2018)
  • Re-elected Secretary General of SAARCLAW (2014-2016)
  • Elected Secretary General of SAARCLAW (2011-2013)
  • Vice President of SAARCLAW (2008-2010)
  • Founder of AKNOI
  • Chairperson of IICLAM
  • Goodwill Ambassador 2012 – World NGO Day (WND)
  • Expert-Observer for a hearing of the United Nation’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Organization for International Cooperation (OIC)
  • Member of leadership programme committee of ICAAP11
  • Chairman of the panel of Jury of prestigious Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES)
  • Active Elected Member of Union of International Associations (UIA)
  • Law & Policy Specialist in Goeman Bind HTO, Think Tank