Rao, Shanthala

  Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Shanthala is a Partner at the Bangalore office of Kochhar & Co. She is a graduate of the prestigious National Law School of India University where she did an Honours degree in Arts and Law. She was awarded the gold medal for being the best graduating girl student of the University.

Shanthala began her career working at a leading commercial law firm in New Delhi in the areas of joint ventures, foreign investments and aviation law. Thereafter, she worked for a couple of years at a law firm in Singapore. She has also worked briefly with a law firm in Germany.

Shanthala's experience includes foreign investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate work, including advising companies on corporate compliance, labour and employment laws. In particular, she has been involved in numerous projects relating to foreign investments in India, including through establishment of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and acquisitions and represents numerous international companies in setting up their business operations in India.

Shanthala is responsible for the Bangalore office's corporate compliance and restructuring practice. She has handled extremely large, multi company restructuring projects for the firm's clients. She also has strong experience relating to acquisitions of public listed companies in India.

Shanthala's experience in relation to labour and employment laws includes advising companies on Indian employment and labour law issues. Shanthala is also an external member of sexual harassment complaints committee of some companies and has spoken at employee awareness programs in this regard.

Shanthala also has been involved in several aircraft leasing transactions in Singapore. She also has a strong awareness of the regulatory regime relating to civil aviation in India.


  • B.A., LL.B. (Hons), National Law School of India University - She was awarded the gold medal for being the best graduating girl student of the university for the year 1996.


  • Admitted to the Bar in 1999.


  • Bar Association of Karnataka.