Mr Rohan Shah received his law degree from the Government Law College of Bombay University (now the University of Mumbai). After his LLB, he worked with Crawford Bayley and Co, Advocates and Solicitors in Mumbai (1988–1989). In 2001 Mr Shah founded Economic Laws Practice, a leading law firm in India.
Mr Shah is a qualified solicitor and is also authorised to practise in England and Wales, as a member of the Law Society. He is well known for his expertise in advisory, policy and controversy issues related to indirect taxes (excise, service tax, VAT and customs), as well as domestic and international taxation in India. Mr Shah is also actively engaged in various advisory and transactional issues in the areas of corporate and commercial transactions, media and international trade laws. As a litigator, Mr Shah has successfully represented a wide spectrum of clients before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, various high courts and the tribunals resulting in several reported judgments in the areas of indirect tax and trade remedial disputes.
Mr Shah has been appointed to various expert committees formed by the Indian Ministry of Finance and the Indian Ministry of Commerce on issues related to the introduction of presumptive taxation for the gems and jewellery sector. He was also a member of the Indian Commerce Minister's negotiating team at the WTO ministerial conferences in Seattle (November 1999). He was recently appointed as legal expert of the CBEC sub committee constituted by the Ministry of Finance (March 2016) to investigate all issues relating to the imposition of excise duty on jewellery.
Mr Shah has been listed as a leading lawyer in India for his expertise in taxation and TMT practices by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2009–2016); and by Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2013–2015). International Tax Review placed him among the "Leading Tax Lawyers in the World", while Tax Directors Handbook also recommended him (2007–2016). He has also been selected among the "100 Leading Tax Lawyers in the World" by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax (2009), and named a "Leading Lawyer" by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax (2010–2016) and Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs (2013 to 2016). Mr Shah has featured in Asian Legal Business’s "Hot 100" list in 2010, and was named in the January 2000 edition of India Today as one of the "50 Indians for the Next Millennium". He was recognised as the exclusive winner in the corporate tax category in India at the Client Choice Awards (2014 and 2015), as a leading tax controversy adviser in India by Tax Controversy Leaders (fourth, fifth and sixth editions), as a leading individual for transfer pricing advisory services by World Transfer Pricing 2015, and as a leading disputes star in India by Benchmark Asia-Pacific (2014).
WWL says: “Shah really takes the time to understand the issues and connect the dots so that he can communicate an issue effectively”.
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