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Payal Chawla
Partner at JusContractus Advocates & Attorneys


Payal has had a distinguished legal career. In 1995, Payal joined Coca-Cola India, Inc. and worked there until 2004, serving at several positions. She left Coke as Senior Legal Counsel, and joined Reckitt Benckiser, as their Head of Legal (for South Asia). During her years as In-house Counsel, she gained varied experience. At Coca-Cola, she also had the opportunity to do a short-term assignment in Thailand, where she handled the legal work for 11 Asian jurisdictions including Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam. 

However, having worked 12 years as in-house Counsel, Payal made a shift to the active legal practice. She joined The Chambers of Law as partner. In 2009, she merged her practice with HSA Advocates, demerging in 2013 to set up her own law firm, JusContractus.

Payal is among the premier corporate lawyers in the country. She specializes in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions; litigation and arbitration Franchising Law; Real Estate law, Intellectual Property; Competition law; Environmental law; Food laws; Insecticide law; law relating to Drugs and Cosmetics. In addition to her expertise in the area of commercial transactions, Payal is known in the industry for drawing up robust litigation strategies. During her years as an In-house Counsel, Payal has gained varied experience in different areas of law and jurisdictions.

Payal is a member of the Delhi Bar Council.  She is an independent director on Jamna Auto Ltd..She sits on the Board of the India Center Foundation and Operation Asha and is on the Board of Governors of IILM Institute of Higher Education. Payal is the President of the University of Chicago Alumni Club.  She regularly writes on legal matters for various publications including Hindustan Times.

Agenda Sessions

  • Lending Advice: Understanding Third Party Funding Across Jurisdictions and in India