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Columbia University, School of Law, Degree 1996
University of Pennsylvania, BA 1993

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Vinit Bharara

VINIT BHARARA-Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Board Director

Vinit Bharara was previously the General Counsel of the then publicly traded The Topps Company, Inc, the leading manufacturer of sports trading cards and novelty confectionary (e.g., Bazooka gum and Ring Pop, Push Pop and Baby Bottle Pop). Vinit managed the entire legal function of the 500 employee worldwide company and its subsidiaries. Prior to that, he was a co-founder, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Pit, Inc. which was successfully sold to Topps.

He was previously part of a team that assisted court-appointed Special Master Judah Gribetz, former deputy mayor of New York City and counsel to former New York Governor Carey, in drafting the historic distribution plan for the $1.25 billion settlement reached in the class action lawsuits initiated by victims of the Nazi Holocaust against the Swiss banks. He began his legal career at the Wall Street law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York.

Vinit graduated from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 1993-94 and a research assistant to the former dean. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa.

Vinit and his wife, Veenu, have one daughter, Kareena, and one son, Kavi.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Lot18 8/2011Venture Round$1M2



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