Justice M. Jaichandren
Senior Legal Advisor & Former High Court Judge
Justice M. Jaichandren hails from an illustrious family of lawyers, academics and politicians. Justice Jaichandren majored in criminology and then qualified as a lawyer by securing a gold medal. He successfully practiced in the Madras High Court and appeared in several civil, criminal, consumer, labour, administrative and debt recovery tribunals. He held office as an Advocate for the Government (Writs Side) in Chennai and was on the panel of several government organizations as senior counsel. His true passion lay in practicing Constitutional laws with focus on writs in the Madras High Court. He was appointed Judge, High Court of Madras in December 2005 and retired in February 2017.
Besides a stellar legal career spanning nearing four decades, Justice Jaichandren was and is actively associated with several educational, social, cultural and service associations / organizations. The academic in him shines bright. While he is a teacher at prestigious legal institutions, he is also a student pursuing post-doctoral research in Law, University of Madras. Not only has he participated in several legal conferences and seminars, he has judged several moot court competitions and put together team(s) that would represent Indian legal talent internationally. His passion for human rights and environment protection saw him filing public interest litigations of importance.
Senior Legal Advisor & Former CLB (NCLT) Member
S Balasubramanian is a Commerce and Law Graduate. He is a member of the Delhi Bar Council, an associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Management Accountants of India.
He initially joined the Indian Postal Service in 1966 through the Civil Service Examination. Thereafter, he became a member [judge] of the Company Law Board on its initial constitution in the year 1991 a position he occupied for a period of 19 years.
He was also the Chairman of the Company Law Board for over 12 years and has dealt with over 3000 cases and has over 600 reported cases to his credit. One of the landmark cases dealt by him was Satyam Computers Ltd, which due to his pro-active and timely decisions/orders was revived within a short period of 6 months.
He is a General Editor of the ‘Ramaiya’s Guide to the Companies Act, 2013’ and was the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the magazine ‘Chartered Secretary’ for 10 years.
He is also an Arbitrator and handles Arbitrations. He has 50 years of immense experience and expertise in Corporate Law.
K K Balu
Senior Legal Advisor & Former CLB (NCLT) Member
K K Balu holds a degree in B.A and B.L and is a Corporate Lawyer having over 50 years of Legal, Teaching and Judicial experience.
He has obtained training in India and Abroad on matters relating to Banking, Housing, Micro-Finance and Tax planning. He held senior positions in the National Housing Bank and Syndicate Bank between 1978 and 1996 and was a Legal Advisor for various Banks while practicing law.
He is the Former Vice-Chairman [judge] of the Company Law Board which position he occupied for over 12 years and has over 500 reported cases to his credit. He resumed his legal practice in 2009.He acts as an Arbitrator, Conciliator and Mediator.
S Ramanujam, is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years of experience and specialization in areas of Corporate Tax, Mergers or Demergers, Restructuring and Acquisitions. He worked as the Executive Vice-President, Group Taxation of the UB Group, Bangalore.
He is a Specialist Editor of the Ramaiya’s Guide to the Companies Act, 17th Edition. He has authored a popular commentary on Mergers and Acquisition known as ‘Mergers et al’ [released in 2011 with the third edition being the latest] and the book ‘Brands Costs, Concepts and Case Studies’.
He is a faculty member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Costs and Works Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, National Law Schools, etc.,
He devotes substantial time in the academic field, associating with faculty members and enriching the career orientation of students. He has delivered many lectures and presented papers in conferences and is a regular contributor to the Hindu and the Business Line.
R S Mani
Mani holds a Bachelor Degree in Science and P.G. Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations. He has a rich and varied experience of over 4 decades in Banking, Finance, Hospitality and freelance Journalism. He began his career with Andhra Bank and had the benefit of several training programs in Banking.
Later on, he became the Group CEO of the M.R. Kodandaram Group [a part of the M.S. Ramiah Group, Bangalore] in respect of a 5 Star Hotel and their Chemical and Bio Technology ventures. As the CEO, he successfully completed the construction of the hotel and also managed its operations.
He has contributed to several columns of the New Indian Express newspaper on issues relating to Personal Finance.
An MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and an M.Sc. in Tourism Management from the Scottish Hotel School, UK, Ashok Anantram was one fo the earliest IIM graduates to enter the Indian hospitality industry. He joined India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in 1970 and after a brief stint proceeded to the UK on a scholarship. On his return to India, he joined ITC Hotels Limited in 1975. Over the 30 years in this Organisation, he held senior leadership positions in Sales & Marketing and was its Vice President – Sales & Marketing. He was closely involved in decision making at the corporate level and saw the chain grow from a single hotel in 1975 to a very large multi-brand professional hospitality group.
During his stint at ITC hotels, he also headed the Human Resource & Training function as Vice President – Human Resources. Ashok Anantram represented the company at several interactions with Government and Industry Associations on Tourism and Hospitality. He also held key positions in tourismindustry bodies.
He has a passion for teaching and has been faculty at numerous programs related to marketing and hospitality, including the Department of Marketing, University of Strathclyde, UK where he taught Sales & Marketing in their MBA program.
Following his retirement in 2003, he moved to Chennai and was President – Business Development at Apollo Hospitals Ltd. Currently he is a Consultant in good marketing and strategy to several Organisations.