“Kites rise high against the wind, not with it.” – Winston Churchill
Lekha believes that no two clients are the same, and her practice focuses on providing non-generic solutions to entrepreneurs and startups on business formation, startup planning and capital raises. She also regularly provides ‘outside in-house’ counsel services and has been a trusted team player and counsel for many small and medium sized businesses, advising them on drafting and negotiating a wide range of business agreements, regulatory compliance and risk assessments, employment issues, dispute resolution and other general corporate matters.
Growing up, Lekha was constantly encouraged to analyze, reason and debate and as a result, she developed a strong sense of justice and fairness. Becoming a lawyer was a logical culmination of these childhood values and influences, which continue to inform and enrich her lawyering. Prior to M&T Legal, Lekha owned her own solo practice focused on business law, which helped her find her niche and lay the foundations for much of her practice today. She completed her Masters in Law from UC Berkeley and holds a bachelor’s degree in law from NALSAR, one of the top law schools in India. She began her career at the prestigious Indian law firm, Amarchand & Mangaldas, where she advised top private equity funds on cross-border investments and represented leading merchant bankers on securities offerings by prominent Indian companies. Before relocating to the US in 2012, she also worked as a M&A lawyer in PwC where she advised multinational clients across industries. Moving to the United States opened up new horizons but also presented several challenges including passing the California Bar, getting a foothold in Silicon Valley’s extremely competitive professional space and navigating a new life in a new country; in retrospect, it is these very experiences that set her up for growth, both as a lawyer and as a person.
Lekha loves exploring and experiencing the outdoors with her husband, Alexy and son, Abhay. Lately, she enjoys making short movies with her husband (who is a photography enthusiast), combining her music and choreography interests.
“Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.” – Anthony Bourdain
Priyanka’s law practice focuses on providing legal services to entrepreneurs, early-stage startups, and small and medium businesses. She is known for simplifying the path forward for her clients through creative solutions consistent with their goals. Priyanka’s experience spans three countries—United States, Singapore, and India – and includes representation of clients from Asia, Europe and North America. She advises on a wide range of corporate and business matters and transactions, including formation and startup planning, developing strategies for businesses to protect their interests, corporate governance and compliance, privacy laws, debt and private equity transactions, asset and stock acquisitions, and structuring and negotiating a wide range of corporate and commercial agreements and transactions.
Priyanka grew up in a small city in India, in a big, bustling family. She was a voracious reader from an early age, which kindled her curiosity about the bigger world and eventually influenced her decision to move from her hometown to a bigger city to study law. She received her law degree from Bangalore University in India and began her legal career working in the National Judicial Academy, India’s foremost training institute for the judiciary. From there, Priyanka went on to work as a foreign counsel in the business practice group of one of Singapore’s top law firms.
After four years in Singapore, Priyanka relocated to the United States to practice law in California. Before founding M & T Legal, she worked in the business groups of two of San Diego’s oldest and prominent law firms. Priyanka’s experience of living and working in three countries allows her to navigate differences in cultures and legal systems and has also shaped her empathetic approach to lawyering. Priyanka also has a post graduate degree in law with a specialization in business law from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is actively involved in the legal community and served as Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association (San Diego chapter).
Outside of work, Priyanka enjoys spending time with her young son, watching British murder mysteries with her husband, reading, and trying her hand at new recipes.