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Babita Ambekar

Head of India Desk, Singapore

CMS Holborn Asia
7 Straits View
Marina One East Tower
Singapore 018936
Languages English, Gujarati, Marathi, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi, French

Babita is a partner, based in our Singapore office, specialising in cross border M&A, capital raising, new market entry, joint ventures and restructurings across Asia Pacific.

Babita has an established track record in advising on cross-border transactions and her sectors of focus include: technology, with a specific interest in FinTech, HealthTech, Food & AgriTech and InsurTech, renewable energy, healthcare and life sciences and retail, food & hospitality. Her clients include publicly listed entities, multinational conglomerates and regional entities. 

Babita has over 20 years of experience in Asia Pacific and has worked on matters involving Singapore, Japan, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal, Malaysia, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Thailand and Vietnam.

Prior to joining CMS, Babita was the Global Head of India Practice at another international law firm. She is ranked in India Business Law Journal’s A-List 2020 as one of the top 100 India-focused legal practitioners globally and has been recognised as Non-resident Indian Lawyer of the Year by the Indian National Bar Association.

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Recognised as "Responsible, knowledgeable and solution-oriented" in The Legal 500 2019 rankings.

Legal 500, 2019

Ranked in India Business Law Journal’s A-List 2020 as one of the top 100 India-focused legal practitioners globally.

India Business Law Journal

Recommended in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Asialaw Profiles in the categories of Corporate / M&A, Energy & Resources and India.

Legal 500

Described in the 2019 Client Feedback Survey by AsiaLaw as having “Impressive handling skills. Excellent negotiator too.”

AsiaLaw Client Feedback Survey, 2019

Referenced by clients as a “seasoned, mature and capable lawyer [who is] dependable, effective and quick to respond.”

Ambekar, Babita, feedback from clients

Relevant experience

  • Krazybee, one of the largest online lending platforms in India, on its investment round involving a Hong Kong headquartered entity.
  • A minority shareholder in relation to the sale by Axiata of a 10% stake in its Cambodian telecommunications entity to Mitsui. 
  • A global renewable energy developer and investor on its acquisition of a majority stake in a Southeast Asian solar business.
  • Barilla Group on regional commercial and regulatory matters across Asia Pacific.
  • HCL Infosystems on intragroup acquisitions and disposals in conjunction with the divestment of part of its Singapore business to PCCW.
  • A Government of India Enterprise involved in the exploration and production business, on Myanmar market entry-related aspects.
  • Prathamesh Solar Farms, a joint venture between Ostro Energy and Suzlon, on international aspects in relation to a solar power project in Telangana, India.
  • Uncharted, an InsurTech start-up, on its funding round, establishment of ESOP and various other corporate and commercial matters.    
  • A retail group on its global reorganisation, involving entities in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Middle East, Indonesia and the USA. 
  • Cadila Healthcare Limited, on various regional market entry and distribution matters.
  • Nexus Venture Partners in relation to its investment in nektar.ai.
  • A Japan-focused private equity fund on its acquisition and sale of various hospitality projects in Osaka and Kyoto.  
  • Cityneon on its licensing arrangements with Marvel and Hasbro, local partner joint venture initiatives and various other corporate matters.
  • GlobeOne, a financial services intermediary, on a multi-jurisdictional project to determine the legal and regulatory framework for its services in several emerging and mature markets.    
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  • 2014 - Indian Business Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • 2002 - Intensive course in Mandarin language studies: Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing.
  • 2002 - Putonghua Parts 1-3 at the British Council Hong Kong,  Hong Kong.
  • 2001 - Solicitor, England and Wales.
  • 1998 - Legal Practice Course: College of Law, London.
  • 1997 - BA (Hons) Law & Criminology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield. 
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  • 2020 - “A Comparison of Energy Sector Regulations”, Asia Business Law Journal.
  • 2018 - “Singapore as a Hub for Indian Investments”, published in the Special Edition of “India Global Business” for UK-India Week.
  • 2018 - “Regional Developments in E-Commerce Law in Southeast Asia”.
  • 2018 - Contributor, “Investment: A Two Way Street” India’s Next Leap Forward. Essays on its Socio-Economy”.     
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Lectures list

  • 2020 - Accelerating Your Digital Strategy: Legal Implications.
  • 2020 - Consumer Goods: Trends, Opportunities and Operations.
  • 2019 - Trends in Regional M&A.
  • 2019 - Indian Multinationals and Global Innovators.
  • 2018 - Legal Perspectives on Blockchain.
  • 2016 - Choice of law in Regional Mergers and Acquisitions.
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