InternFeel (IF): Please tell us something about yourself. Where are you studying currently? What are your hobbies and interests?
Neha Vijayvargi: I am Neha Vijayvargi, Final year student of law pursuing Business Law Hons., at the Institute of Law, Nirma University Ahmedabad.
IF: Tell us something about your internship including stipend, duration and place?
Neha: Process of application: One has to mail CV along with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance like 2 months before you want to secure an internship.
After your CV is reviewed, there will be a telephonic interview call from the firm followed by a confirmation mail in a day or two.
Duration- 10th November, 2016- 9th December, 2016
Place- ARA Law, 10th Floor, The Capital Building, BKC, Mumbai, 6-8 associates
Stipend- INR 5000
IF: How competitive was the selection process? According to you, which qualities have helped you have an edge in the selection process? Also, what were the key things that selectors were looking for?
Neha: I think the firm selects interns based on their merits and overall CV. I had a pretty good academic record at my college and hence, it gave me an edge above others to be able to work here.
The firm looks for consistent and dedicated interns who will live up to firm’s expectations as the firm practices in niche areas which require great research.
IF: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?
Neha: Since I was completing my final year during the internship, I was given tasks relating to Corporate Law, Alternate Investment Funds, Private Equity, and Real Estate. Further, you can call it an advantage that since I was the only intern during my tenure I had an opportunity to work with one of the Principal Associates and the Senior Associate too, who guided me through the intricacies of the niche areas the firm practices in.
One really gets to deal with various PE & VC work which consists of research related to corporate laws like Company Law, SEBI Regulations, FEMA Regulations, RBI regulations and Due diligence. Every intern has to write an article and present before the firm on the last day of internship.
IF: Can you give us interesting details about your experience – good and bad?
Neha: The firm’s location is startling and I was captivated by its location in the corporate hub of Mumbai i.e. BKC. Adding cherry to the cake is the building where the firm has its office (THE CAPITAL) which is known for its State of the Art infra. Even the office has a perfect ambience and resembles a complete corporate professional culture.
All Saturdays are off and mostly you get done from office around 7:30 P.M. One of the best parts of the firm is that you get a mentor on very first day and you will be fully occupied throughout the day.
One good thing about the firm is that it offers evening snacks to everybody where you get an opportunity to interact with the associates.
Not to forget, all associated here are highly approachable and friendly.
IF: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?
Neha: Key takeaways would be that I now know what a PE/AIF is and what regulations govern them. This internship has really helped me identify what I am going to practice in future. I was impressed by the quality of work given to me and it was an honor for me to work at such a great firm. I now know how foreign exchange is regulated in India and about foreign investments which form a core part of corporate laws.
IF: Has this internship had a decision altering impact on your career? Do you now think of a different future path as compared to before doing the internship?
Neha: Yes, any young, budding lawyer wanting to specialize in the firm’s practice areas needs to work here so that all intricacies of the sector are known to him/her. The firm has an excellent work-environment where you don’t feel stressed and burdened but actually enjoy your work. I would prefer taking up a job in such a firm.
IF: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?
Neha: I would recommend the firm to other students but with caution that the firm deals in niche areas and specializes in Private equity, Real Estate and General Corporate. I think one needs to have interest in the firm’s practise areas to make the best out of the opportunity of interning at a Boutique Firm.