Zia Mody, Co–Founder/Managing Partner of AZB & Partners, is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She worked in the NY office of Baker & McKenzie for 5 years before moving to India to establish the Chambers of Zia Mody, which became AZB in 2004. Zia specializes in M&A, JVs, restructurings, foreign investment and general corporate law. Her abilities are recognized globally, as reflected in her appointment as Deputy Chairman and Non–Executive Director of the HSBC Asia Pacific Board and as an independent director of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee, Singapore. She also currently serves on the following committees: (i) member, Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and (ii) member, CII National Council. Zia is widely acknowledged for her expertise, ranking No. 1 in Fortune India’s ‘India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ list in 2018 & 2019, on which she has consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2011. The 2017 RSG India Report recommended Zia for M&A, Securities Law, PE and Project Finance. She has been ranked a 'Star Individual' for Corporate / M&A by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia–Pacific. Zia has a B.A. (Law) from Cambridge, an LLM from Harvard and is a member of the New York State Bar.