Pankaj Jain is the founder of Impact Law Ventures, a mission-driven, start-up law practice based in New Delhi and Mumbai, India which provides affordable legal counsel to start-ups, social business enterprises, impact investors and non-profit organizations.
A corporate lawyer by profession, Pankaj specializes in venture capital and private equity matters, especially in the impact investing and venture philanthropy sector.
He is also an ardent advocate of building bridges between law, development and entrepreneurship. His service offerings are primarily at the intersection of start-up, sustainable development, social enterprise and impact investment sectors, designed to help clients wade through laws that were not originally designed with them in mind.
Prior to founding his independent law practice in early 2011, Pankaj worked in-house as the India counsel for Acumen Fund, a non-profit social venture capital fund and was involved in working across agriculture, healthcare, water, housing and energy portfolios as well as structuring transactions in the social development space. Prior to joining Acumen Fund, he worked as an associate with the Indian law firm AZB & Partners in New Delhi on corporate advisory and private equity transactional matters.
He received an integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree in arts and law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India where he graduated as the university first rank holder and was a recipient of 11 gold medals.
Pankaj is a mentor to a number of start-ups, social entrepreneurs as well as non-profit organizations in India. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards in an honorary capacity. He is a regular speaker at a number of conferences and also delivers guest lectures and training workshops at a number of law, management and engineering schools in India.