Akshay Jaitly, Trilegal, India

The biggest challenge for our firm is to keep the engine of growth running well while making progress inclusive for a larger number of people.

Akshay Jaitly
Akshay Jaitly



What was your first-ever job?

Policy Analyst at the World Bank

Where did you study?

St. Stephen’s College (1985-1988), Columbia University, School of International Affairs (1989-1991), Oxford University (1993-95)

Where did you train?

Ashurst Morris Crisp

Have you lived or worked outside your home jurisdiction? What did you learn from it?

Yes, I’ve lived and worked in the United States (New York), the UK (London and Oxford) and Japan (Tokyo).

When did you become partner?

March 2000, by virtue of being one of Trilegal’s founding partners (I wasn’t convinced that anyone else would make me a partner so I had to make myself one!)

What deal/case in your career stands out the most and why?

On behalf of Vivendi Water and Suez, the attempt to bring in private participation in Bangalore water distribution. It was fascinating and deeply challenging intellectually, for its combination of constitutional, statutory, contractual, environmental and projects related issues, against the background of the political economy of water in a major city in India.

What have been your recent deals?

Advising IFC on a street lighting project in Jaipur, the Chennai Metro project and a port in Kerala, in addition to a host of renewable energy projects, mainly solar and wind, for various private developers.

What is the biggest challenge facing your market at the moment?

Keeping the engine of growth running well while making progress inclusive for a larger number of people.

What has been the most significant development in your sector in recent years?

The fuel related crisis in the power sector, brought about by high quality coal being in short supply, plus the fact that fuel cost is not a pass through in most long-term power purchase agreements.

If you hadn’t been a lawyer, what would you have been?

Either a sports journalist or a chef.

Which country do you travel to most frequently and which country do you like the best?

France, as my wife is French. I love the quality and pace of life in the South of France, Italy and Spain.

What is your favourite book?

This changes over time but one that I recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in spirituality is Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis.

What is your favourite restaurant?

This changes frequently but currently, Orient Extreme, a Japanese-fusion restaurant in Paris.