Shruti Ajitsaria

Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy

Overview

Shruti is the Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation space which opened in September 2017. Fuse’s philosophy is to identify legaltech, regtech and dealtech companies relevant to A&O lawyers and their clients and to find ways to start working together.

Prior to launching Fuse, Shruti was a Counsel in the Derivatives and Structured Finance group based in London, specialising in credit derivatives (involving drafting almost all of the standard documentation in this area over the last decade). Shruti is now on A&O’s i2 panel and Advanced Delivery Board, which are tasked with authorising funding for pilots and larger projects, respectively.

Outside of Allen & Overy, Shruti has three children (aged 8, 6, and 2) and used her most recent maternity leave to undertake the FT Diploma in Non-Executive Directorships and a 3 month course for entrepreneurs at Google Campus, as well as being selected to partake in the Judicial Support Scheme (aimed at increasing diversity in the judiciary). She is a governor at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools in Elstree, a member of the Fundraising Committee of Noah’s Ark Hospice and a TEDx speaker. She also manages a sector-agnostic portfolio of private investments and is currently on BBC 2’s “Million Pound Menu” as a restaurant investor.

During the course of 2018, Shruti has been awarded a TechWomen 50 Award and a Fastcase 50 Award as well as being included in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 list, Brummell Magazine’s 30 Inspirational Women list and Management Today’s Power Part Timers List.


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