Dalmia Bharat’s former general counsel, Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat, joined Vedanta as the group’s general counsel this month. He had worked at Dalmia Bharat for more than six years, serving as the group’s managing director and general secretary.
With nearly three decades of experience in a variety of industries such as automotive, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, etc., Gemawat has been associated with numerous Indian and multinational corporations including Dalmia Bharat, DLF and JCB, to name a few.
“I am attracted to the idea of the president (of Vedanta) to create an institution that would function for the next 500 years. I think it will be great to be part of such a vision and contribute to the growth of the nation. The idea that it would be a company run by the people, for the people, for the country gives a sense of belonging, which is very important when working for an organization,” said Gemawat. Indian Journal of Business Law.
Gemawat is a co-founder of the Association of General Counsel of India and has advocated for the statutory recognition of the role of General Counsel and aims to work towards this goal.
Speaking about his new role, he said: “Given the scale and diversity of the operations, I believe the (new) position has greater responsibilities and more flexibility.
“I’ve also been a group general counsel before, but I think that role would give me a bigger canvas to deal with complex issues. Also, I hope to work in synergy with the company to provide legal support, so that the legal team is seen as a business facilitator.
Gemawat is an Indian and UK Chartered Secretary, Chartered Accountant and Cost and Management Accountant. He also holds a graduate degree in law and a doctorate in insider trading.
During his last assignment at Dalmia Bharat, he dealt with many complex and multifaceted issues in the field of law and order.
“I enjoyed my time at Dalmia as it gave me the opportunity to handle complex and multi-faceted issues. Some of the complex acquisitions, the structuring of the business as well as critical litigation and issues regulations would always be memorable to me,” he said, while talking about his accomplishments at his former workplace.
“I successfully managed some of the issues, which were both reputationally and operationally significant. I would say that I managed legal solutions, which were commercially viable.