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Chitra Narayan

Senior Fellow – India

Chitra Narayan is a lawyer and an accredited mediator with experience mediating commercial, corporate and family (including partition and matrimonial) disputes.

About Chitra Narayan

Chitra Narayan is a lawyer and an accredited mediator with experience mediating commercial, corporate and family (including partition and matrimonial) disputes.

As a lawyer, Ms. Narayan has over 20 years’ experience in corporate commercial law, both as a transactional attorney and dispute resolver, experience she uses to inform her work in mediation and conciliation. Prior to establishing her independent practice, she was a partner with leading law firms in India.

Ms. Narayan has been a mediator with the Tamil Nadu Mediation and Conciliation Centre, annexed to the Madras High Court, since its inception in 2005.  She is a founding Trustee of the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution (FCDR), Chennai, an initiative to mainstream mediation and provide mediation and conciliation services.

Litigation, Advisory and Transactions Practice

  • Prior to establishing her independent practice, Ms. Narayan was a partner with J. Sagar Associates (JSA) and a founding partner with Vichar Partners, a Chennai-based law firm.
  • In her commercial law practice, Chitra advises her clients regarding corporate and shareholder disputes, commercial disputes, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and investment agreements, apart from general commercial agreements.

Mediation Practice

  • Ms. Narayan is a certified accredited mediator with the Tamil Nadu Mediation and Conciliation Centre, Madras High Court (TNMCC)).
  • She is a Founding Trustee of the Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution (FCDR), an organization providing mediation training and mediation services in Chennai.
  • She is the Joint Secretary of Mediators India, a federation of mediators established for mediation research and advocacy.
ADR Achievements and Training

  • In partnership with leading mediators and experts around the country, she is currently working on policy and legislation for mediation in India.
  • Weinstein JAMS International Fellow (2017)
  • Mediating Disputes at the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School (2017)
  • International Court ADR Intensive Program, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2017)
  • Commercial Mediation Training by the Bangalore Mediation Centre in association with the JAMS Institute and FSRI (2013)
  • Civil and Commercial Mediator Training by the ADR Group, UK (2007)
  • Certified Accredited Mediator with Tamil Nadu Mediation and Conciliation Centre, Madras High Court (2007)
  • Basic Mediation Skills Training by the Indian Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution (2002)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Mediation awareness and training to judges and lawyers in Kolkata (April 2018)
  • Speaker at conferences and seminars on mediation, including at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Centre for Advanced Mediators Practice (CAMP), LITCON 2017 – Conference on IP Litigation
  • Organizer and speaker at FCDR-Madras Management Association Conference on Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Chennai (February 2016)
  • Negotiation training for lawyers (2015)

Publications and Education

Publications

Editor, Pollock and Mulla, The Indian Contract and Specific Relief Acts, 15th Edition

Specialist Editor, C.R.Datta, Company Law, 7th Edition 

Specialist Editor, A. Ramaiya, Guide to the Companies Act, 18th Edition 

Authored articles on company law and mediation in law journals and newspapers

Researcher, Legal Origins: The Impact of Different Legal Systems on the Regulation of the Business Enterprise in the Asia-Pacific Region Project, Monash University: Research on legal history of company law and changes in India (2011)

Columnist, The Hindu Metro Plus on legal issues concerning women and the law (2005-2006)

Educational Qualifications

  • Graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (1994)
  • Masters in Law in Development from the University of Warwick, U.K., which she attended as a Chevening Scholar (1995)

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