The legal profession has gone through some drastic transformation over the last few years. Today, ambitious legal firms are marking their presence in various corporate houses, law agencies, litigation, administrative services and many more. The law firms are playing a vital role in shaping up various economic laws and an implementation through their practices across all their workplaces. These firms are also playing important role in even the executive accords of the various industrial sectors.
With a vision to provide top class services to all clients, Athena Legal was established in August 2012 as a boutique Law Firm with specialization in Dispute Resolution. With over six and a half years of its existence, the Firm has evolved as a Full-Service firm advising numerous clients across the globe. Currently, the Firm has tie-ups with approximately 200 lawyers across India and approximately 30 lawyers globally to take advantage of global exposure.
Driving Force of Athena Legal
Expert in Corporate Laws and Capital Market, Rajat Prakash is the Founder & Managing Partner of the Firm. A first-generation lawyer, he is equipped with cross border experience of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Washington D.C), Mayer Brown LLP (Brussels) and Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh Suresh A Shroff & Co. (India).
He also has experience in Indian equity capital market and transaction advisory including legal due diligence, drafting, negotiation. He has extensive experience in general advisory work in relation to an Initial Public Offering, Qualified Institutional Placements, and Rights Issuances in the capacity of the Firm’s transaction counsel.
At Athena Legal, his vision is to combine legal professionalism with business acumen to effectively support the success of clients. It is his vision which has directed the Firm in its various endeavors. He was awarded as the Rising Star in recognition of Achievement & Excellence by Legal Era 2015-2016. He was also awarded Mahatma Gandhi Samman by the NRI Welfare Society of India at the House of Lords, London, and the U.K. in September 2016 and is also the recipient of ‘Visionaries of Uttar Pradesh’ award by Dainak Bhaskar Group. Under the Rajat’s leadership, the Firm is continuously scaling to greater heights.
A Single Window for all Legal Needs
Athena Legal is a full-service law firm. The practice areas of the Firm are divided into Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial law advisory and Intellectual Property & Technology, Media and Telecommunications laws. The Firm is dedicated to catering the distinctive needs of every client with fair assessment, best practices, and innovative techniques.
The Firm’s core value lies in giving an unbiased opinion to its clients. The Firm not only helps its clients with their legal needs but also further emulates to act as their partner in the expansion of their business and opportunities across the globe. Having an office in New Delhi, the Firm’s clients include Leading Indian FMCG company, a global real estate company, leading Indian conglomerate, mid-sized IT- Company. The Firm believes that the talent and viewpoint of a diverse team create a fulfilling professional environment, and this has brought them a consistent recognition from clients.
Thriving Values that Signify Firm’s Strength
With a growing network of lawyers across the country, the Firm strives to provide the best legal services not only to corporates but to each individual. The Firm is giving access to its services to individuals who do not have recourse or who cannot afford these services. The Firm’s vision is to educate each and every individual about their legal and fundamental rights and fighting for their justice.
In a country like India it is difficult for a vast number of people to get quality legal services. The Firm has done pro-bono work for under trial prisoners by representing them before courts. The Firm has provided assistance to NGO’s and public-spirited individuals to draft their contracts and other documents. Going forward one of the missions of the Firm is to create more avenues of making legal advice accessible to people at large by use of technology.
Leader’s View on Guiding Budding Businesses
From inception, it is important for start-ups/ small businesses to seek proper legal advice. In most cases, early-stage start-ups/small businesses see legal consultation as a cost. However, getting proper legal advice and doing things in a legally sound manner is very beneficial in the long run. “By the time startup, founders realise their folly it is usually too late. Also, a good lawyer due to his experience can be a trusted advisor for start-up founders. Hence I would advise start-ups to engage with an experienced legal advisor from the very beginning”, says Rajat.
The Journey towards Flourishing Future
The Firm has grown tremendously in the last six years. Progressing forward with a positive approach, the Firm’s one of the endeavours is to expand practice internationally. In addition, the Firm would like to nurture and grow its team and be an employer of choice for lawyers and para-legal staff.