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Archana Rajaram
Founder and Managing Partner

Mumbai Office

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Mergers & Acquisition

Private Equity 

Venture Capital


Media & Entertainment


Start-ups & Emerging Companies


Archana (AR / Aer) is the Founder of Rajaram Legal. Consumed by guilt for naming the firm after herself, she tries to compensate by pretending to be weary of big titles or hierarchy, but insists on everyone calling her CMD (Chairman and Managing Director). CMD started her career at law firms Nishith Desai Associates and AZB Partners (where her highlight was advising on the sale of UTV Motion Pictures to The Walt Disney Company for an enterprise value of $1.4 billion). She then moved in-house as General Counsel to Ronnie Screwvala’s Unilazer Ventures where she did a 180 and realised that the start-up and venture capital space is where it’s at. She tries to be more subtle about high value transactions, but has not succeeded.

Having gone down the only 2 paths available to a corporate lawyer, she decided to try her luck starting something of her own. More weary than most founders when it comes to lengthy Shareholder Agreements, she spends her free time reducing the word count of the firm’s template deal documents. Her driving force is the freedom to work with like-minded clients and colleagues and cornering everyone into playing a game of Psych over Zoom catchups. And getting a deal done without a 10 hour negotiation on defining ‘best efforts’ (or worse, ‘material adverse change’). 

Professional Experience

General Counsel, Unilazer Ventures

Nishith Desai Associates

AZB & Partners

Awards and Recognition

The Economic Times and Spencer Stuart have named Archana Rajaram in the 'ET 40 Under Forty: India Inc's Top Young Leaders 2021' list.

Archana Rajaram has been listed in
India Business Law Journal's A-List 2022-23.

Archana Rajaram has been ranked by
Chambers and Partners in its Asia-Pacific Review 2021 rankings as Band 3 Lawyer for Venture Capital.

Archana has been enlisted in the Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2020 as one of the "Top Individual Lawyers (Above 10 years- Exp)" for Private Equity & Venture Capital, Technology Law, Fintech & Start-ups practice. 

Archana has been enlisted in the Forbes India Legal Powerlist 2020 as one of the "Top Managing Partners".

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