Preeti Balwani is the General Counsel for Kraft Heinz in India with over 15 years of experience as a seasoned commercial attorney. Preeti is also an Executive Director on the Board of Directors for the company and is part of the Executive Leadership Team. Preeti has been recognized by Legal 500 in their annual publication of the GC Powerlist (India, 2018).

Preeti has also received recognitions by Legal Era Magazine - Star Women in Law for 2019, Conference Gorilla - Top 50 Legal & IP Lawyers in Asia and Indian National Bar Association - Woman GC of the Year for 2019.

Prior to moving in-house, Preeti served as an external counsel for Indian companies providing them legal advice on M&A, for over a decade. She has a keen interest on how digital solutions can help legal departments be more efficient and mitigate corporate risks. She is an active member in the legal community and is a member of the Indian Corporate Counsel Association, International Bar Association and the American Association of Corporate Counsel.

In her career as an external counsel, Preeti has advised on several complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions across industries such as Life Sciences, Insurance, FMCG and Infrastructure. Her most recent M&A experience - in-house, was the sale of Kraft Heinz’s Indian business, which housed the iconic brands Complan, Nycil and Glucon-D to the Zydus Cadila group for approximately USD 700 million.

Preeti is passionate about giving back to the society and likes to spend her free time volunteering with organizations to impart free legal education. She routinely speaks at forums on gender diversity and inclusion, women leaders and women on the board, brand protection and legal operations.


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