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Kripa Miriam JoyGeneral Counsel

Kripa joined Elevar in 2021 as the firm’s General Counsel. She has close to fifteen years experience in legal transactional work, including in the impact investment space.

Kripa has previously worked with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. Immediately prior to joining Elevar, Kripa was general counsel at Lightrock India, the impact investing initiative of the LGT Group. She has worked in diverse practice areas such as private equity, financing and investment management, and has represented various stakeholders. Kripa also headed the learning and training function at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, and has taught a seminar course at the National Law School of India University.

Kripa has completed an integrated law and arts degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, a masters degree in law from Columbia Law School, New York, and a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

She enjoys pottering around her tiny balcony garden and experimenting with cooking (with mixed results!). Free time revolves around her daughter – be it weekend art projects, re-reading favorite books or walks in neighboring parks.

Why Elevar?

I grew up seeing my grandfather build a healthcare enterprise catering to low-income communities in a remote corner of Kerala, and I could see first-hand the impact of that enterprise on the community. Years later, I heard the term ‘impact investing’ while assisting on a pro bono matter at Paul Weiss in New York. These experiences really resonated with me and I have seen the same ethos echoed at Elevar. To be a part of this journey with Elevar is a privilege.

If you weren’t working at Elevar what would you be doing for a living?

I’d like to imagine that I would be designing beautiful spaces from a Bawa-esque setting or writing a food and lifestyle blog. After all, Geoffrey Bawa was a lawyer before he turned to design and architecture!

What are the most and least favorite parts of your job?

I love working to find a solution that is fair to all stakeholders. It is extremely energizing to engage in conversations that help build bridges and enable stakeholders to think differently about positions they take initially. Least favorite parts would be doing routine administrative tasks.