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Shruti Ajitsaria

Partner & Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy


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 the first person at A&O to have directly been promoted to partner into its Advanced Delivery offering. She is also on A&O’s i2 panel and Advanced Delivery Board (tasked with authorising funding for pilots and larger projects, respectively).

Outside of Allen & Overy, Shruti has three children (aged 9, 7, and 4) 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 appeared on both series of BBC 2’s “Million Pound Menu” as a restaurant investor.

In 2019, Shruti won the Asian Women of Achievement Award in the Professionals category and was included in the HERoesRole Model List and the Financial Times List of the Top 10 Legal Intrapreneurs. During the course of 2018, Shruti was awarded a TechWomen 50 Award and a Fastcase 50 Award and was also included in the following lists: Lawyer’s Hot100, Brummell Magazine’s 30 Inspirational Women, Management Today’s Power Part Timers, the Inclusive Boards 100 most influential BAME leaders in UK and Innovate Finance’s Standout 35 Women in FinTech.