Rajiv Luthra has over three decades of experience as a trusted advisor to the Indian government and top domestic and international corporations.
Rajiv Luthra is actively engaged in providing pro bono legal services and has provided advice to, and assisted, various not-for-profit / charitable organisations on different aspects of the law. Some of his works, include;
- “LIFE” Foundation (Leading India to a Fresh Environment): Founder & Chairman of LIFE, which was set up to follow-up on the implementation of progressive court orders on a wide range of issues and attempts to ensure bureaucratic accountability.
- Ministry of Finance: Revised the draft Public Procurement Bill, 2012 and submitted extensive comments.
- Ministry of Commerce: Advising on WTO dispute. This involves a WTO dispute filed by Japan against Canada where India is a third party. The matter concerns certain renewable energy policies established by Canada which are seen as WTO-incompatible.
- Ministry of Commerce: Advising on agricultural policies and subsidies provided by the EU. This involves reviewing various subsidies established by the EU in the dairy and wine sector and determining if they are WTO-compatible.
- Ministry of Commerce: Advising on WTO dispute. This involves advising the Government of India on the Panel Report issued, concerning compatibility of USA’s labeling requirements with WTO Rules. India is interested in this dispute and is a third party to the case.
- Formal Working Group of Experts for the completion and advocacy of Ganga River Basin Management Plan
- SPIC MACAY: Advising the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (“SPIC MACAY”) on the most suitable legal entity for undertaking certain activities for furthering its objectives of conservation and promotion of Indian culture.
- ‘Save the Coastline’ Campaign: Assisting NDTV with the initiative for raising awareness about threats to India’s coastline.
- ‘Save the Tiger’ Campaign: Filed a public interest litigation (“PIL”) in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (tiled “Tehelka and Another v. State of Uttarakhand and Others) for the conservation of tigers and protection of ecology in the Tiger Reserves of India.
- SRIMS Free Ambulance Service: Advised in setting up of the Section 25 (not for profit company); tax exemption; registration of ambulances with RTO; trade mark applications; FCRA Regulations with respect to receive donations/ contributions from foreign sources.
- Grameen Foundation, USA: Advising the Foundation (which is a non-profit organization dedicated towards alleviation of poverty through access to information and finance) on the existing legal regime for data protection in India.
- Advanced Nursing Foundation (ANF) – a Clinton Foundation Initiative: Advising the Advanced Nursing Foundation (ANF), a Clinton Foundation Initiative, which is a national society set up with the goal of promoting nursing education, training, and research across India, by establishing centres of excellence in post-graduate nursing education across the country.
- Lotus Flower Trust: Advising Lotus Flower Trust (which is a charitable trust engaged in providing assistance to the underprivileged for establishing shelters, skill centres and schools in remote Indian villages) on issues of receipt and utilization of foreign contribution and on establishing a presence in India.
- Central Square Foundation: Aided the trust in drafting a deed for its not-for-profit educational trust, also aided in registering the trust. We continue to aid with other compliances.
- ANI Foundation: Assisted ANI Foundation, a registered public trust working in the field of AIDS, in filing its trademark applications, and advised on other related issues.
- East West Institute: Advised East West Institute (an international institution of repute involved in devising innovative solutions to pressing security concerns on a global scale) in relation to setting up of an entity in India for facilitating conduct of various programmes and conferences on the subject of cyber-security.
- Embassy of South Korea: Involved in rendering advice on diverse legal issues, including, inter alia, foreign contribution, clearance for infrastructure projects, etc. for the Model Village Project.
- Assisting Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharya in legal proceedings (before the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal and the criminal proceedings) regarding the accident and death of a young girl due to drunken driving.
- Assisting Dr. Mitu Khurana with various ongoing legal proceedings in different legal forums (Delhi High Court, Tis Hazari, Dwarka, Rohini courts). She was featured in the programme ‘Satyamev Jayate’, hosted by Aamir Khan. The episode focused on female foeticide and she happens to be the first person to file a case under the Preconception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, alleging that a sex determination test was performed on her when she was pregnant with her twin daughters.
Rajiv Luthra has also advised the Government of India in connection with a number of WTO disputes, as well as, assisted several of its Ministries in the drafting /review of policies and legislation.
He has written Wills and effectively planned estates for one of the late President of India, eminent politicians, members of Indian royalty and constitutional jurists.
Rajiv Luthra has been appointed and nominated by:
- the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, which has been established by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for capacity building and training in various subjects and matters relevant to corporate regulation and governance
- the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on it’s high level committee for “Reviewing Insider Trading Regulations” and its committee on “Rationalization of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments.”
- the Ministry of Commerce as Convener of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) between India and the UK, formed to advise the Government of India on the liberalisation of legal services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
- the Government of India to the Advisory Board of the Competition Commission of India and the Competition Advocacy Steering Committee.
- the Planning Commission of India to an expert panel to formulate a “National Competition Policy” for the 11th Five Year Plan.
Rajiv Luthra advises the Planning Commission of India, the Government of India and government-owned corporations including the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines.
Additionally, he also advises multinationals such as, ArcelorMittal, AT&T, Bank of America, Emaar, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Monsanto, MYLAN Pharmaceuticals, Reliance, Rolls Royce, Temasek, The World Bank, the Blackstone Group, among others.
Rajiv Luthra has taken his Firm, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices to being one of India’s pre- eminent full-service corporate law firms, which was recognized as the “2009 No.1 law firm in the world in the realm of Project Finance by Dealogic. It was ranked as the global leader in Project Finance and Public-Private-Partnership and has been recognized as the No. 1 law firm in the world for Global PFI/PPP Deals‟.
He has been closely involved with the development of Project Finance and Public-Private- Partnership models in India and has advised on infrastructure projects worth over US$80 billion. He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance.
Rajiv Luthra and his Firm conceived, advised on and presented to the Union Human Resources Development, Government of India, the amendment to the Copyright Act, 1957 on the issue of equal share of royalties to authors and composers, arising from the exploitation of music in India. Appeared and gave evidence before the Standing Committee of the Parliament tasked with reviewing the proposed amendments. The proposed Amendments were passed unanimously by both the Houses of the Parliament.
Rajiv Luthra has been inducted in the M&A Hall of Fame, New York and has been honoured as a “Legend in Indian Corporate Law” and as an “Ace Legal Eagle for Indian corporate law, specialising in tax, regulatory and compliance laws” at the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Excellence Awards held in Dubai in December 2013.
He is the recipient of:
- the “Managing Partner of the Year 2015” at the LegalEra Conclave and Awards.
- the “International Jurists Awards 2013” for his “unique contribution in the field of International Cross-border transactions and Banking & Finance Law in India.”
- the “2012 Lifetime Achievement Award” for “his accomplishments and achievements in the International M&A sector” at the 4th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards 2012 in New York, and
- the “2008 National Law Day Award” by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the (then) Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, for “…his singular contribution to the practice of corporate and commercial law in India and for being one of the country‟s earliest pioneers in international transaction lawyering”.
In addition to numerous publications in professional journals and magazines, Rajiv Luthra is also a regular commentator in the general news media on legal and economic issues, and his articles and opinions frequently appear in publications including the Economic Times, the Business Standard, the New York Times and the Financial Times.
Rajiv Luthra is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association; the International Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and International Union des Avocats.
Rajiv Luthra is an alumni of the Harvard Law School and a Fellow of the British Commerce Society and the Royal Geographical Society.