VAROTTIL, Umakanth
Full C.V.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore),
LL.M. (New York University School of Law),
LL.B. (Hons.) (National Law School of India University, Bangalore)

  • Member, Strategic Advisory Board, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, India
  • Editor (Articles), Singapore Journal of Legal Studies
  • Editor, Asian Journal of Comparative Law
  • Articles Editor, Indian Law Review
  • Member, Editorial Board, Oxford Business Law Blog
  • Member, Executive Committee, Centre for Banking & Finance Law, National University of Singapore
  • Member, Executive Committee, Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore
  • Fellow, Centre for Law & Business, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
  • Member, Advisory Committee & Drafting Committee, NSE Centre for Excellence in Corporate Governance, National Stock Exchange of India, Mumbai
  • External Advisory Member, GNLU Centre for Corporate & Competition Law, Gujarat National Law University, India
  • Member, Board of Advisors, NLS Business Law Review
  • Editor, Asian Journal of Legal Education
  • Member, Advisory Board, RGNUL Finance and Mercantile Law Review
  • Member, Advisory Board - International, Christ University Law Journal
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3606 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Company Law
Corporate Governance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Law & Finance in India

Subjects Taught

Company Law

Mergers & Acquisitions

Indian Business Law

Brief Biodata

Umakanth specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. While his work is generally comparative in nature, his specific focus is on India and Singapore. He has co-authored or co-edited four books, published articles in international journals and founded the Indian Corporate Law Blog. He has also taught on a visiting basis at law schools in Australia, India, Italy, New Zealand and the United States. He is the recipient of several academic medals and honours.

Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India. During that time, he was also ranked as a leading corporate/mergers & acquisitions lawyer in India by the Chambers Global Guide.

Representative Publications

1. "Due Diligence in Share Acquisitions: Navigating the Insider Trading Regime" (2017) 3 Journal of Business Law 237-259

2. "Regulating Squeeze Outs in India: A Comparative Perspective" (2015) 63(3) American Journal of Comparative Law 1009-1051 (with Vikramaditya Khanna)

3. "The Evolution of Corporate Law in Post-Colonial India: From Transplant to Autochthony" (2016) 31 American University International Law Review 253-325

4. Mergers and Acquisitions in Singapore: Law and Practice (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2013) (with Wan Wai Yee)

5. "Microfinance and the Corporate Governance Conundrum" (2012) 9 Berkeley Business Law Journal 242

6. "Evolution and Effectiveness of Independent Directors in Indian Corporate Governance", (2010) 6 Hastings Business Law Journal 281

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