Practice Area: Banking,Investment, Taxation, Corporate and Intellectual Property
Education & Qualification:
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Sacramento, California
LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice and Constitution 2008, December
Tribhuvan University (TU) Kathmandu, Nepal
LL.M. in Commercial law, October 2007
Bachelor in English Literature and Economics April 1998.
Mr. Rudra Sharma is the managing partner of Transnational Law House(TLH) and manages a team of young attorneys, senior attorneys and very senior attorneys. Rudra comes from the core of corporate law practice of Nepal as he worked as a legal consultant for five years for the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FNCCI), represented several legal issues from the privates sector of Nepal, established Brand ( intellectual property) cell and commercial mediation center in the FNCCI. He worked for FNCCI to draft core corporate laws of Nepal like Company Act, Competition Act , Intellectual Property Law, Government Procurement Law, Custom Act and some other similar laws. Rudra’s duel advance degrees LL.M in Commercial Law from Nepal and another LL.M from United States of America in Transnational Business Practice and his over 13 years practice of law has made him a seasoned corporate lawyers of Nepal. He is typically known for his expertise on international contract formation, contract negotiation and implementation of contract with respect to projects.
Rudra advises national and international banking institutions and he has advised transactions of multinational companies like Group 4 Falk, ICRAFT, HUAWEI, OPTICHINA and ALVARION. He has also advised mega projects like Birjung-Kathmandu Railway of Benchmark Pvt. Ltd. and has also advised Telecommunication Company, NCELL (erstwhile Mero Mobile), Rasuwa Bhotekoshi Hydropower Project (100 MW), Mistrikhola Hydropower Project (42 MW), and has advised several other hydropower projects including Energy Council of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI). Rudra has also worked as a consultant for UNDP project to frame Intellectual Property for Nepal. He has also worked in a renowned law firm in California called Rothschild & Sands and interned in another law firm in California called Hector Davila. Rudra is also a frequent writer and opinion maker on corporate, constitutional and transnational legal issues as he writes frequently in national and international publications including the American Chronicle (http://www.americanchronicle.com/authors/view/3932) and speaks frequently in media on these issues. His writings on World Trade Organization (WTO) became remarkable to build national opinion in order to make Nepal a member of the WTO in 2004.
Rothschild Wishek & Sands Sacramento, California
Consultant, March 2009 – May 2009
De Avila Law Firm Sacramento, California
Legal Intern, June 2008–August 2008
• Drafted memos and worked as a legal assistant.
Oxford University Press, London London, United Kingdom
National Representative, 2006–2007
• Responsible to watch application of International law in courts of Nepal and report to Application of International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) Project.
Supreme Court of Nepal (September, October 2007)
• Worked as a Consultant for the mid-term review of the five years strategic planning of the judiciary of Nepal.
Worked as an Editor of the International Journal of Law ” Lex Nepali” which was subscribed by most of the pioneer Law Universities and Law Libraries all over the world. Worked as a joint Editor of Business Law Journal published by Commercial Law Society of Nepal. 2005-2007.
Legal Advisor 2004- 2005
Worked as a legal advisor to Multi National Company Group 4 Falk (the worldwide security company) and some other local companies like Swodeshi Cable (A cable manufacturer based in Kathamandu). 2003-2004.
Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)
The apex body of the private sector of Nepal –
Legal Consultant, May 2003 to March 2007
Responsible to provide legal opinions/consultancy on matters relating to commercial laws. Looked after the matters about trademark (brands) and intellectual property vis-à-vis in the context of World Trade Organization (WTO). Worked on behalf of the FNCCI to draft Industrial Property Act, Company Act, Government Procurement Act, Competition (Anti-trust) Act and FNCCI Commercial Mediation Center Regulation.
USAID/Mediation Administrator May 2006- March 2007
For the last 9 months in FNCCI.
Established the Mediation cell in FNCCI and drafted FNCCI Mediation Regulation, 2006. The USAID project was funded by USAID Nepal.
Journalism/ The Kathmandu Post, Kantipur Publications —- (19 November 2000 to August 2002)
(The largest selling English daily of Nepal)
Sub-editor/law correspondent – Followed legal issues including WTO, intellectual property rights (IPR)/human rights and other related issues.
Taught intellectual property law for five years at the Central Department of Rural Development, TU, Kirtiur for the student of Masters in Rural Development, Second Year. ( 2002 to 2006). Taught Business law at the College of Chartered Accountants (2006 – 2007) and Kantipur City College.
1. Research Article ” Nepal’s Road to World Trade Organization: A pragmatic Overview” Published in the Asian Yearbook of International Law. Boston/ The Netherlands.
2. Nepal’s Accession to World Trade Organization (Two subsequent articles) published in World Trade Review, Pakistan. (December 15, 2003 and January 1, 2004).
3. Nine research articles published on Nepal Law Review published by Nepal Law campus and three research articles in the Journal Essay on Constitutional Laws of Nepal published by Nepal Law Society.
4. Over 90 periodical articles published in daily newspapers Kantipur, The Kathmandu Post, Nagarik Daily and monthly magazine Business Age, New Business Age.
• Honored by the Award Travel writer of the year 2000 under the category of “Tourism Entrepreneurship Development” by Nepal Tourism Board. The award carried Rs 20,000.00 cash prize and a certificate in the year 2000.
• Helped Nepali community in northern California by voluntarily providing services for counseling on immigration law, appearing for interpretation in the Citizenship and Naturalization Services Office in San Francisco; and by delivering speeches on immigration law and contemporary affairs among Nepali community.
• International speaker on “ The role and Nepal in anti-counterfeit alliance” at an international seminar of intellectual property organized by the Confederation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries ( CII) , 24 August, 2004
• Represented the private sector of Nepal in an international seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution organized by Asian Productivity Organization (APO), New Delhi, November, 2006.
• Represented Private sector of Nepal in study tour on intellectual property to India August 2005.
• Member of Nepal Council of World Affairs, Kathmandu, Nepal
• Founder Member of Nepal Mediators’ Society
• Executive Committee Member – Foundation for Parliamentary Studies and Development (FPSD).
• Secretary, Kanoon Mitra Samaj. ( A forum of practicing lawyers, judges and senior judicial officers including present and former chief justices).