(Last Updated on : 31/05/2013)
Zia Mody is one of the top corporate Lawyers famed for her legal and business acumen. AZB & Partners is one of the prominent law firms in India. The firm has around four hundred personnel, which includes a team of approximately two hundred and twenty five legal professionals.
Early life of Zia Mody
Zia Mody was born in Mumbai as the oldest and only daughter of Soli Sorabjee. She initially was educated at Elphinstone College, Mumbai
. She went on to study law at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, followed by a master's degree from Harvard Law School. She passed the New York State Bar examination, and qualified as an attorney in the State of New York.
Career of Zia Mody
For five years she worked with Baker & McKenzie in New York City. After returning to India she started her own practice in Mumbai in 1984, which she merged twice with other firms to form AZB & Partners, now India's second-largest law firm.
She is also a senior partner in this firm. She is also a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India's Standing Committee on Mutual Funds, and of the Capital Market Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Mody is the daughter of well known Indian jurist Soli Sorabjee. She is also a Board Member of the New Era High School.
Zia's experience includes: Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Foreign Inward Investment Related Practice and Corporate Law, Project and Other Financing (oil and gas, power and telecommunication projects and other lender financing issues); Securities Law & Capital Markets (legal advisor to issuers and underwriters in FCCB and Eurobond transactions; counsel for major financial intermediaries in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Securities Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India); Litigation and Arbitration (appeared before various courts and forums, including High Courts throughout India, as well as the Supreme Court of India, in matters involving indirect tax, commercial and company law and constitutional issues); Offshore Funds/Venture Capital/Private Equity Funds (structured various offshore equity funds in Mauritius; counsel to venture capital companies and private equity funds, as well as major private equity funds and investors for investments into India); Mutual Funds (advised mutual funds and asset management companies).
She is also the Member of various organizations that include:
SEBI Standing Committee on Mutual Funds
Capital Markets Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry
National Council on Corporate Governance and Regulatory Framework of the Confederation of Indian Industry
Mutual Funds Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry; Director, Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Hong Kong
Trustee, New Era High School, Panchgani, Maharashtra
; and Trustee, J. N. Petit Trust, Mumbai.
Personal Life of Zia Mody
Zia is admitted to practice in India and in the State of New York. Mody is a mother of three teenage daughters and is married to business tycoon Jaydev Mody. They live in Mumbai, India.
Awards received by Zia Mody
She is a recipient of the Financial Express Knowledge Professional of the Year Award. She has also received the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence as the Businesswoman of the Year, 2010.