A Top 3 Infrastructure Development Company: Group General Counsel and President Legal

  • The Mandate

    A top 3 infrastructure development company and longtime longtime Vahura client turned to us to support their strategic hiring of a Group General Counsel & President Legal to help manage the organization's growth progression.

  • The Challenge

    The client required the initiation of an executive search before a retirement from the organization. For the client, the successful execution of their next growth initiative depended on this senior hire.

  • Vahura Methodology

    Following a detail-driven planning meeting with the client's hiring team, Vahura determined the goals and parameters of the search. Rather than publicizing and advertising the position, our team conducted discreet recruiting through a combination of market mapping, headhunting, networking, and database mining. We conducted a comprehensive search of potential candidates in the market. In the 15 business days that followed, 7 prospective executive candidates were identified with conferences in progress, and 3 were shortlisted. Vahura provided a weekly status update highlighting the search progress. Finally, a candidate was offered.

  • The Impact

    Our experienced search methodology and Vahura's unparalleled network proved to be an effective solution that ensured quality results. The search was viewed as a great success, and the client has since engaged Vahura to recruit other roles following this successful placement.

A Leading IT Enterprise: General Counsel

  • The Mandate

    It was a poignant moment for our client – one of the most respected companies in India and a bellwether of the Indian IT industry.

    The organization had recently instituted widespread changes in its senior management and a new high-profile CEO had just taken charge under intense media glare. Under such circumstances, the organization did not have a General Counsel in India. This was a high-priority and high-profile vacancy, since the person appointed would lead the legal function in India, advise global business teams and guide the senior leadership in this time of transition and flux.

  • The Challenge

    Compounding the challenge was the fact that even the overseas position of the General Counsel remained vacant. As a result, the client faced the danger of the legal team being rudderless at so crucial a time. A sound General Counsel had to be found in double quick time and tehy had to be an outstanding leader.

  • Vahura Methodology

    During the first meeting itself, Vahura presented a deep understanding of the context. A tight timeline was set to present a shortlist, and we agreed to a tight timeline to close the position. We combed through our extensive network and presented an impressive shortlist a mere three days after the first meeting.

  • The Impact

    The General Counsel was identified and hired in 30 days.The General Counsel has extensive industry experience in India, Asia and North America. He quickly took charge of the client’s legal operations and led a team of over 30 lawyers spread across the world. This gave the company the luxury of time to identify and recruit a global General Counsel. Meanwhile, the General Counsel led with aplomb for the next few months, and the revitalized legal team played a key role in our client’s turnaround in performance

A Leading Global Telecom Enterprise: Group Company Secretary for India

  • The Mandate

    Our client, a US$2 billion global telecom operator, was looking to hire a Group Company Secretary in India. The client was looking at an IPO in a few years and was keen on bringing on Board, a seasoned candidate who could get the organization IPO-ready. The candidate should have had listed company experience and worked with large organizations, including possessing gravitas and charisma, to successfully communicate with the CEO, the Board of Directors, and the investment community.

    Vahura met with the CHRO to fully understand the company, culture, job brief, and candidate competencies required.

  • The Challenge

    A significant challenge of this role was convincing a sitting public Company Secretary to move to a pre-IPO organization.

  • Vahura Methodology

    Our initial research and recruiting strategy included both direct competitors and best-in-class companies in different industries. From the start of the long-list development to the offer stage, the process took no longer than 12 weeks.

  • The Impact

    Throughout hiring, our head of in-house practice assessed the client's requirements and kept in regular contact with stakeholders, ensuring open and joined-up communications.

    One particular candidate, whose career was outstandingly well-matched to the brief, stood out to the client.

A Bulge-Bracket Global PE Fund: General Counsel for India

  • The Mandate

    A Global Bulge Bracket Private equity fund was looking to hire it’s first India General Counsel for their market leading India investments team spread across sectors and asset classes.

  • The Challenge

    The client had a very high threshold for quality, pedigree, international qualifications but contextual India deal experience. Another critical part of their hiring process was the multiple stakeholders involved in the search process in India and internationally across jurisdictions.

  • Vahura Methodology

    Vahura ran a retained search campaign where we identified over 40 top transactional lawyers from private practice firms and other investment funds. After combing through a long list of such professionals, a comprehensive prescreening process within a short timeline was conducted around key parameters some of which turned out to be soft behavioural skills sets that turned critical for the role. Though the process was long winded at the client end eventually running into 18-20 rounds, Vahura was able to identify and discreetly manage search process for a number of targetted professionals and their cross jurisdictional team in a time and value driven process. The professional ultimately selected also needed to benchmarked to top bands within the Indian legal market. Vahura was able to provide the client with market data needed to elevate both the designation and compensation band offered to make an offer that could not be refused.

  • The Impact

    Vahura’s carefully curated contextual network of legal professionals and discreet management of a high engagement search ensured that the client made headline news by hiring a top deal making lawyer who has since gone on to become a top Indian general counsel in the investments space. The fund has since recommended Vahura for a number of its internal legal roles as well as general counsel roles for it’s large India portfolios.

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