|Full name||Rajiv Krishan Luthra Zauba Corp|
|Nickname||Thudd Rajiv K. Luthra – Facebook|
|Profession(s)||Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Chartered Accountant (CA)|
|Known for||Being the co-founder of Luthra and Luthra, a law firm|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Salt and Pepper|
|Bars & Courts||• Supreme Court Bar Association
• Delhi High Court
• Bar Council of Delhi
• International Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• Inter-Pacific Bar Association
• International Union des Avocats
|Memberships of Committees, Boards, and Advisory Bodies||• Round Table on Legal Education (a Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, a Government of India initiative)
• National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
• National Executive Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
• Member of the Governing Body of BML Munjal University
• International University of Legal Education and Research: nominated by The Bar Council of India
• High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG): appointed by Commerce Ministry to formulate India’s trade policies
• High-Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility – 2018: appointed as a member of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
• CII Task Force on Legal Services 2019-20: entrusted with the task to undertake policy advocacy on legal services / legal reforms in the country
• Convener of the Joint Economic & Trade Committee (JETCO), Ministry of Commerce: between India and the UK, formed to advise the Government of India on the liberalization of legal services under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
• National Law School of India University’s Board of Governors
• Advisory Board of the Competition Commission of India
• Competition Advocacy Steering Committee
• Advisory Board of the National Law University, Jodhpur
• Advisory Board of BML Munjal University, School of Law
• City of London Corporation India Advisory Council
• National Competition Policy: An expert panel to formulate the 11th Five-Year Plan by the Planning Commission of India
• High-Level Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Market Leader: Banking, Finance, and Corporate by IFLR1000 (2022)
• Eminent Practitioner for Corporate/M&A in Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2022 and Chambers & Partners Global (2022)
• Commended External Counsel by In-House Community
• Mentioned in India Business Law Journal’s A-List – India’s Top Lawyer 2021
• Jai Hind Samman Award
• Leader for Project Finance practice by Who’s Who Legal (2021)
• Hall of Fame for Corporate by India by The Legal 500 (2021)
• M&A Awards (2021)
• Mentioned in Top Managing Partners, a Forbes India Legal Powerlist list (2020)
• India Business Law Journal’s Top 35 Legal Icons (2020)
• LegalEra India Award in the Managing Partner of the Year category (2020)
• ALB India Law Award in the Managing Partner of the Year category (2020)
• Qadat Al Tagheer Awards under the Excellence in Business Transformation category in UAE (2019)
• Forbes India Leadership Award (2017)
• The Most Promising Business Leader of Asia Award by Economic Times’ Asian Business Leaders Conclave (2016)
• National Law Firm of the Year Award by IFLR (2015)
• International Jurists Award by the Attorney-General and Chief Justice of the United Kingdom
• Lifetime Achievement Award in the International M&A sector at the 4th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards in New York
• Asian Business Leadership Forum Excellence Awards’ Legend in Indian Corporate Law and Ace Legal Eagle for Indian corporate law, specializing in tax, regulatory & compliance laws honours
• National Law Day Award by the Government of India (2008)
|Date of Birth||1 August 1957 (Wednesday)|
|Birthplace||New Delhi, India|
|Date of Death||10 May 2023|
|Place of Death||Medanta Hospital, Gurugram, Haryana|
|Age (at the time of death)||65 Years|
|Death Cause||Prolonged illness Business Today|
|School||• The Air Force School, Subroto Park
• Air Force Bal Bharati School (AFBBS), Delhi
• St. Xavier’s High School
• Methodist High School
|College/University||• The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
• Delhi University
• Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Chartered Accountancy at ICAI
• LLB at the Delhi University
• Post-graduate law courses at the Harvard Law School Rajiv K. Luthra - Facebook
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Wife/Spouse||Gayatri Luthra (entrepreneur)
• Sanaa Krishan Luthra
• Arshia Krishan Luthra
|Parents||Father- Anirudhar Krishan Luthra (deceased; retired IAF personnel)
Mother- Ved Luthra
|Siblings||Brother- Amit Luthra (professional golfer)
Sister- Rashmi Uday Singh (entrepreneur)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajiv Luthra
- Rajiv Luthra was an Indian advocate, social worker, Chartered Accountant (CA), and businessman who was the owner of a Delhi-based law firm named Luthra and Luthra – Law Offices India, which he co-founded in 1989.
- Being from a military background, Rajiv completed his schooling in different parts of India. Between 1968-1969, he took admission into the Air Force Bal Bharati School (AFBBS) in Delhi. There, he was appointed as a house captain, an appointment which he held for four years. Later, he left the school after his father expressed his desire to shift him to another school. In an interview, he talked about it and said,
In Balbharti, there were mainly lady teachers, so there was a holiday on Karwa Chauth; so my father said, how can you be in a school where there is a holiday on Karwa Chauth. So he shifted me from there.”
- After passing the 12th class, Rajiv appeared for the CA examination, which he passed on his first attempt.
- After completing his CA studies, Rajiv started working in his father’s firm. There, he looked after the firm’s finances.
- After working for more than seven years in his father’s firm, Rajiv decided to pursue law studies at Delhi University.
- After earning his law degree, Rajiv entered the tours and travel business and established a travel company.
- In 1991, he co-founded Luthra and Luthra – Law Offices India with Mohit Saraf, a firm providing law services, in New Delhi.
- The company quickly gained recognition following which it began taking care of the legal and financial requirements of renowned entrepreneurs in Delhi.
- Later, the firm provided its services in the advisory category to a US-based firm operating in China.
- In 1993, Luthra and Luthra, under Rajiv Luthra’s leadership, oversaw the merger of Coca-Cola and Parle Bisleri.
- He became the director of Petroleum Helicopters India Private Limited on 9 September 2000.
- Rajiv was one of the brains behind the conceptualisation of the Pro Kabaddi League in India. He served as the director of Mashal Sports, under which the league was organised in 2014. Rajiv talked about the league in an interview and said,
The sport is very big in rural India, which is where the next big growth in the Indian economy will be. It is about time we gave ourselves a new sport to breathe for.”
- In 2015, Luthra and Luthra, led by Rajiv, played an eminent role in the $4 billion merger of two pharmaceutical giants Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy.
- On 24 November 2008, he assumed Afc Network India Private Limited’s directorship.
- He became the director of DLF Limited on 12 August 2013.
- He assumed the directorship of Network18 Media & Investments Limited on 27 November 2014.
- On 30 March 2015, he established Mylan Laboratories Limited, based in Hyderabad.
- He was appointed as the director of Lex & Legal Services Llp, a Delhi-based law firm, on 31 March 2015.
- He became TV18 Broadcast Limited’s director on 12 October 2015.
- Rajiv terminated Mohit Saraf’s services from the firm in 2018 after a feud between the duo took place over the ownership pattern of the firm. While giving an interview, Rajiv said,
To explain my point, on 12th October 2020, he (Mohit Saraf) sent a notice to me and retired me from the Firm. Of course he had no such authority. Immediately after this letter he also sent a firm wide email telling everyone that I have retired from the firm. On the same evening he purported to distribute the equity held by me to others. This left me with no option but to terminate him in order to save the firm and the fate of the clients who would suffer from the dissolution of the firm..”
- Following his dismissal, Mohit filed litigation against Rajiv Luthra in the Delhi High Court, which gave its decision in Mohit’s favour in 2021 instructing Rajiv to pay Mohit Rs. 52 Crores in addition to Rs. 25 Crores as a bank guarantee.
- The litigation department broke off from Luthra and Luthra and merged with DSK Legal in July 2022.
- Thereafter, the Indian government asked him to draft and submit a copy of the Copyright Act of 1957 amendment.
- On 16 February 2023, he became the director of First Source Impex Private Limited.
- On 19 February 2023, he assumed the post of director at Kairos Edutech Private Limited.
- Rajiv Luthra breathed his last at the age of 65 at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana, where he was being treated for an illness. On 11 May 2023, his family cremated him in Delhi. Business Today
- Rajiv Luthra smoked pipe occasionally.
- Rajiv was a disciple of Sadhguru and followed his teachings with zest and zeal.
- Rajiv Luthra was a polyglot and was eloquent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Japanese.
- Rajiv Luthra loved playing golf.