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17.06 Zia Mody - Becoming a Trusted Advisor


August 31, 2017 10:12

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Becoming a Trusted Advisor is often the holy grail for every Consultant, Lawyer, Banker, Doctor etc. who are providing advice to the client. Zia talks about what it takes to become a Trusted Advisor with a client.

Zia Mody is an Indian legal consultant and considered an authority on Corporate Merger and Acquisition Law, Securities Law, Private Equity and Project Finance. She is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and worked for 5 years in the US with Baker and Mackenzie in New York City before returning to India. 
She started her own practice in Mumbai in 1984 and over the years, she has built AZB & Partners – one of India’s largest and most reputed law firms where she is the Managing Partner. She has frequently appeared on Most Powerful Businesswomen and Most Powerful CEO lists over the last several years.
In our conversation, we spoke about her take on how people should think about law as a career, her take on women growing to become leaders and the leaky pipeline there, trade-offs between work and life, what it takes to be a trusted advisor with a client, what it takes to build an institution of repute and more. Without further ado, over to my conversation with Zia. This conversation was published in September 2017. 
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