Sandeep Agarwal, Project Finance and Business Development Professional, at GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd. and a student of PGDBL Batch I, speaks about the PGDBL programme.
Why did you choose the PGDBL programme; and how does it help a non-lawyer, business professional such as you?
I, as a working professional in the area of business strategy & investments infra projects, felt the need to have an understanding of business law to enhance my domain expertise and broaden my bandwidth for additional responsibilities, career growth. After evaluating the choices I had of pursuing the available courses in the domain of business law, the most appropriate for me, considering my hectic work schedule, erratic travel, was the PGDBL program conducted by Rainmaker in collaboration/ certified by WBNUJS. The flexible yet comprehensive learning opportunity it provides, has been an enriching experience and the same is reflected in my assignments at work and appreciated by colleagues and seniors. I am thankful to the program coordinator, Ms Aparna Das, for her kind assistance through out the last one year, and to everyone else that I interacted with at Rainmaker/ WBNUJS.
How does the PGDBL help you in everyday functions at your work?
Project Finance transactions which are large investment projects require contractual protection for stake holders and investors. Thus, legal knowledge for drafting of water-tight contracts, comprehensive due-diligence for project finance structuring, from conception to negotiation to debt closing, and from project difficulties to successful restructuring & closure of M&A deals, debt draw-down, and other aspects of project funding form an essential platform for the overall success of the venture. A robust legal contract forms the base for risk mitigation in any project financing transaction.
Do you think any of the course modules in particular helped you gain new knowledge or brush up on law related knowledge already obtained?
I chose the 2 most relevant topics for my research papers - Corporate Governance & Environment Law. While the former involves regulatory and market mechanisms, and the roles and relationships between a company’s management, its board, its shareholders/ stakeholders; the other topic deals with body of treaties conventions, statutes, regulations, and common law that operates to regulate the interaction of humanity and the natural environment, toward the purpose of reducing the impacts of human activity, by effective stakeholder participation, especially considering the impact any huge infrastructure projects has on its environment. Apart from these, some of the other relevant topics for me were those on taxes and investments.
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