Harsh Pais


Harsh is Head of India Corporate.

Harsh has a broad corporate M&A practice, focussing on large cross-border acquisitions (involving public and private targets), joint ventures and private capital investments, as well as providing strategic advice on corporate governance, securities laws and crisis management.

Harsh advises a wide range of international clients, both large multi-national corporations and private capital (private equity, sovereign wealth and pension funds) across a range of sectors, including regulated industries such as financial services/insurance, infrastructure, and TMT. He also acts for leading Indian corporates on their major outbound M&A matters.

His past experience includes serving as Corporate practice Co-Head at a leading Indian law firm and working at a major international law firm in New York. Harsh is qualified to practise in England & Wales, New York and India.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member of National Committee on Corporate Laws, FICCI


  • Ranked individual for Corporate/M&A in Chambers Global 2022
  • Recommended, Global Leader, M&A, WWL 2022
  • Leading lawyer for Corporate M&A, IFLR1000 Guide
  • Notable Practitioner for M&A and PE, Asialaw Profiles, 2021



Admitted as solicitor, England & Wales: 2009

Admitted to the New York Bar: 2007

Admitted as advocate, qualified to practise in India: 2002


Columbia University School of Law, New York, LL.M. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar): 2006

National Law School of India University, Bangalore, B.A.LL.B (Hons): 2002


English, Hindi, Kannada
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.