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SURBHI KUWELKAR


Lawyer and international Ultimate frisbee athlete, with 6 years experience in commercial transactions and disputes with a leading law firm and clerking with a Supreme Court’s Chief Justice; and 3 years with a national sports federation leading the legal team and managing a national team at Worlds.

DEGREES
Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) (Honours), National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India

LANGUAGES: English, Hindi, French, Marathi, Konkani

WORK EXPERIENCE
TOTAL YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 4

Legal Counsel, Governance Committee and National Team Manager, Ultimate Players Association of India, Mumbai, India

  • Lead the organisational structuring and government recognition processes, oversaw federation and athlete compliance and policy drafting on liability, children, harassment, discrimination and doping
  • Lead negotiations of federation, team and event sponsor contracts with multi-national companies
  • Raised end-to-end sponsorship and ran team crowd-funding in tight time-frame for Indian national team’s WFDF World Championships campaign in Australia
  • Organised open regional and national selections for India-teams and coaches, as well as national team training camps across the country
  • Led logistics, documentation- visas, accreditation, marketing and branding, merchandise and PR work for the Indian World Championship team

Associate, S&R Associates, Mumbai, India

  • Executed various agreements and diligence in some of India’s largest M&A transactions including the USD 12.2 bn Vodafone-Idea Cellular telecom deal
  • Represented various parties in primary and secondary capital market transactions including some of India’s largest IPOs (Endurance Tech, Equitas) across sectors
  • Undertook general corporate advisory drafting and research on matters including CSR, intellectual property, employment and contract law
  • Undertook research, drafting and filing on high value commercial disputes before the Securities Exchange Board of India and Mumbai courts
  • Responsible for circulation of updates on legal developments in corporate law and securities law

Law Clerk and Research Assistant to the Chief Justice of India, Hon. (Retd.) Mr. R. M. Lodha at the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi, India

  • Responsible for briefing the Chief Justice on daily court matters and miscellaneous engagements
  • Undertook research on proceedings before the Chief Justice including matters of commercial law, arbitration, constitutional law and policy

SPORTS ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Currently playing Ultimate for the Swiss Women’s National Team
  • Currently rostered and playing Ultimate with Clubs in the National Leagues of India and Switzerland
  • Competed as a junior on the Indian Junior Squash Circuit
  • Competed in Women’s Division Football Clubs playing state leagues in India

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Raised over USD 50,000 in 3 months in a difficult market for a small sport, to enable 31 athletes, coaches and staff to finish 11th in the World Flying Disc Federation’s World U-24 Ultimate Championships, 2018, working on a voluntary basis
  • Chief Editor of Indian Journal of International Economic Law (2012-2013)
  • Academic Gold Medallist at the National Law School of India University’s annual convocation
  • Fellow and winner of grant at Resolution Project, a US fellowship for social entrepreneurs
  • Founding member of the 1st UNIC-ICRC National Law School MUN Conference leading a 25 member organisation team

SKILLS: Communications, Consulting, Event Management, Legal, Research, Sponsorship

SPORTS: Football, Squash, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

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