Zia Mody is a prominent Indian legal consultant and is considered an authority on corporate merger and acquisition law, securities law, private equity and project finance.
Her initial education was at Elphinstone College, Mumbai. She then went on to study law at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, followed by a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School. She then passed the New York State Bar examination and worked for five years with Baker & McKenzie in New York City, before returning to India. She started her own practice in Mumbai in 1984, which she merged twice with other firms to form AZB & Partners, now India’s second-largest law firm, where she is a senior partner. She is also a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s Standing Committee on Mutual Funds, and of the Capital Market Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Business Today listed Zia Mody as one of the 25 most powerful businesswomen in India in September 2004 and again in February 2006. She is a recipient of the Financial Express Knowledge Professional of the Year Award. She was also named one of India’s 100 Most Powerful CEOs by The Economic Times in 2004 and 2006. She is also the recipient of The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence as the Businesswoman of the Year, 2010.