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Pankaj Singla

Profile and Expertise

Pankaj Singla is a Partner at Acumen Juris, Law Office. Pankaj specializes in multi-jurisdictional transactional work across various sectors, including luxury retail, medical devices and equipment, cosmetics, chemicals, defence, logistics, IT and hospitality. He has regularly advised clients on their India entry strategy, dispute resolution, expansion and structuring, and has dealt regularly with various regulators in the country including Reserve Bank of India, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Foreign Investment Promotion Board and Competition Commission of India to successfully obtain various approvals and has been instrumental in ensuring compliance with the regulatory framework in India including under The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, FCPA and the UK Bribery Act.

Apart from having strong work experience in India, Pankaj has also worked in Japan and have been part of the team advising clients on their multi-jurisdictional transactional work and day-to-day corporate legal work.


Notable Transactions:

Goyal Engineering Polymers Pvt. Ltd., a leading supplier of engineering plastic resins in India, advised on sale of minority stake to Sojitz Asia Pte. Ltd..

Insecticides (India) Limited, a leading manufacturer of agricultural chemicals in India, on structuring, negotiations and formation of a joint venture (named OAT & IIL India Laboratories Private Limited) with a Japanese chemical manufacturing company named OAT Agrio Co., Ltd. (previously named Otsuka AgriTechno Co., Ltd.).

A large PE company, conducted due diligence of a target (a large size media company) that included assistance of auditors in forensic audit part that focused specially on locating and advisory on transactions potentially prohibited under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, FCPA and the UK Bribery Act.

Creation of internal policies under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, including the reporting mechanism and forms for obtaining declarations from employees, vendors, supplier and consultants for clients in industries including automotive, component manufacturing, consulting, non-banking financial companies, chemicals, logistics and IT.

D’Gipro Systems Private Limited, a technologically advanced Indian company focused on indigenous defence electronics design and production, on acquisition of majority stake in Si2 Microsystems Private Limited., a hi-tech semiconductor and systems company specialising in miniaturisation using System-in-Package, with India based facilities for 3D packaging.

An Art Fair Organiser, a well-known organiser of art fairs and manager of art galleries in India, in acquisition of business of another company in the similar field in India.

Japanese Footwear Wholesaler, on acquisition of minority stake in a rapidly growing footwear manufacturer in the US.

Leading Japanese Logistics company, on formation of a joint venture in the business of logistics in Mexico.

Japanese Logistics and Shipping company, on formation of a joint venture in the business of shipping and logistics in Turkey.

Large Japanese Retailer, engaged in the business of department stores selling luxury fashion brands, on their business collaboration with a Thai corporation operating in South-East Asia in the similar business.

Japanese Cosmetics Manufacturer, on their expansion of business in South-East Asia through business collaborations and franchising.

Japanese Beverages Company, on food and consumer laws in India for their entry into Indian market.


LL.B.: Faculty of Law, Delhi University (2007)
LL.M.: Faculty of Law, Kyushu University (2011)

Practice Areas
Mergers & Acquisitions
Joint Ventures
Foreign Exchange Control
Corporate Advisory
Dispute Resolution

Admitted to practice
Mr. Singla is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and is licensed to practice in the Union of India.


Presentations & Publications

・Presented paper on “Regulation of Gifts under Indian Anti-Corruption Laws” at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association's 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver.
・Held workshops on “Mergers & Acquisitions in India” and “Investment and Corporate Laws in India” in Tokyo in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
・“Reforming India’s Retail and Aviation Sectors and the Opportunities for Overseas Indians” OIFC Newsletter, October, 2012.
・“Indo Japan Trade and Investment Bulletin” Monthly Newsletter Published by Corporate Professionals (Contributed in a total of 27 monthly issues between 2012-2014).


English, Punjabi & Hindi