Amrita Barthakur

Hi, I’m Amrita!

I am a transactional lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in the Indian VC/ PE ecosystem. At Saama, I lead all efforts on legal & regulatory affairs, deal structuring & execution, and portfolio management. In addition, I also lead Operations. I greatly enjoy interacting with people and draw energy from working with the entrepreneurs in our portfolio.

Upon graduating with a Law degree in 2002, I worked with Fox Mandal, a leading law firm. Subsequently, I worked with Nishith Desai Associates, where I went on to head the Fund Investments practice. In that capacity, I advised several top venture capital and private equity funds and witnessed the emergence of the Indian venture capital ecosystem from a unique vantage point. In 2011, I joined Saama as its first General Counsel.

In over a decade at Saama, I’ve broadened my repertoire to contribute to the setup of the fund and its people and operations. From overseeing only the legal function, I have, thanks to my colleagues, transcended my original remit to be actively involved in the management of our consumer portfolio. While I tremendously value and enjoy my diversified role at Saama today, I must confess that even after all these years of executing deals, I still can’t resist the draw of involving myself in drafting deal documentation and in legal negotiations!

Apart from my work at Saama, I am very passionate about supporting initiatives that empower women and am a regular mentor/speaker with organizations like The Rebalance, Ladies Who Lead, etc., that are focused on helping women entrepreneurs.

My life outside of work revolves around my family – and especially my two beautiful children, Ananya and Aryan. We, as a family, enjoy spending a lot of time traveling together and discovering new places, cuisines, and experiences.

Fun Fact: When I am not negotiating deal documents, I de-stress by indulging in my love for dancing, especially Bollywood dancing. I am also (in)famous for indulging in unusual pairings of food – curd rice with gobi manchurian, anyone? Or idlis with chicken 65, washed down with some merlot?