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Street legal: Zia Mody

November 11, 2010
Zia Mody
54, Managing Partner, AZB & Partners
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 6)

Biggest achievement in 2010: Clear domination in M&A legal advisory

Being a powerful woman is important because: It enables you to achieve change in the workplace and people listen and take you seriously

Tip for work-life balance: De-prioritise the unimportant and recognise that everything does not need micro-management

A workplace without women is like: A plant without water, a bird with one wing
This writer waited for Zia Mody along with a young lady at her South Mumbai office - she had come to be interviewed at Mody's law firm, AZB & Partners. Half of those who work at AZB Partners are women. "We try and nurture young women lawyers in their careers through the difficult patches of marriage and bringing up children with sensitivity and understanding," says Mody.

It is working well. AZB advised on the biggest transactions in 2010 - Bharti-Zain, Fortis-Parkway as well as Vedanta-Cairn (which has not been completed yet). "We have become one of the first points of call in any major merger and acquisition transaction," says Mody.
-Suman Layak
The 30 Most Powerful Women
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2. Zarin Daruwala
3. Lynn de Souza
4. Tanya Dubash
5. Shyamala Gopinath
6. Vinita Gupta
7. Kaku Nakhate
8. Vedika Bhandarkar
9. Manisha Girotra
10. Lalita Gupte
11. Usha Narayanan
12. Akhila Srinivasan
13. Leena Nair
14. Vinita Bali
15. Chanda Kochhar
16. Roopa Kudva
17. Naina Lal Kidwai
18. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
19. Zarina Mehta
20. Zia Mody
21. Kalpana Morparia
22. Vishakha Mulye
23. Swati Piramal
24. Meher Pudumjee
25. Madhabi Puri Buch
26. Chitra Ramkrishna
27. Preetha Reddy
28. Shikha Sharma
29. Mallika Srinivasan
30. Sangeeta Talwar

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